Understanding ICF bracingn

Training Session, Delta, Friday, 24th November 2017, 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM


The objective of the training program was to show you and your crew how to build successfully with Nudura, Fastfoot, Fast-Tube, Helix and Prefab Monopour.

This four and one half hour training session was designed for framers and forming contractors and provides the knowledge and skills necessary to build proficiently with these sustainable products for the concrete forming industry. This course provided 4.0 points for Continuing Professional Development for those builders registered with BC Housing.

Katherine Chevier

Guest Speaker: Katherine Chevier, Quality Manager, LafargeHolcim

Katherine has worked in quality control for 17 years, first starting with the the Miller Group in Eastern Canada, testing Aggregates and Asphalt - both in the lab and insitu placement. She then worked three years for an Engineering Company that developed asphalt and concrete mix designs, becoming supervisor of the Asphalt QC/QA CCIL Testing Lab and performed QA Management and testing of Aggregates, Asphalt and Concrete paving for Airport, Ministry and Municipality Projects.

Returning to the Miller Group as QC Director for the Transit and Infrastructure Division, she was involved in the dedicated bus line expansion in the GTO Region. The project included underground water work relocation, road expansion, bridgework, retaining walls, CIP culverts and bus stations. In 2013, Katherine moved to BC to become the GVA Quality Manager of Ready Mix for Lafarge Holcim.

If you want to understand concrete, you must hear Katherine's talk. In particular, she will discuss what causes concrete to "go off" which is an extremely important part of pouring ICF foundations in lifts. Otherwise form failure will result.


Vancouver ICF Training Program
Beginning the build

Discussing the importance of the marriage line.

Progress with the build

With Nudura, the blocks click together horizontally. Form uplift does not occur.

Walls complete

Reading the drawing for the build.


Joey Fearn
Joey Fearn, Training Manager, Vancouver ICF

Joey received his education from the University of British Columbia in 2006. He has been working with Vancouver ICF since that time and has been instrumental in the development of the Zontâ„¢ bracing system as well as the ICF Monopour System.

Joey produces all videos on the Vancouver ICF website and looks after on-site training of contractors for all of Vancouver ICF products.

Rick Fearn, President, Fab-Form Industries Ltd.
Rick Fearn

Rick is an inventor and entrepreneur with various inventions related to concrete forms.

He will discuss products that Fab-Form manufactures and distributes.

Stephen Gabbott, CAD Manager, Vancouver ICF
Stephen Gabbott

After graduating from the School of Architecture at the University of Sheffield, Stephen Gabbott qualified as an architect in the United Kingdom. He worked for architectural firms in St Albans and Central London, ending up as a partner in a Facilities Management CAD Bureau.

Emigrating to his wife's homeland of Canada in 1989, Stephen has had a variety of experience including material handling engineering with Earl's Industries, producers of widely used container spreaders; custom house design with a well known lower mainland designer, and 3D photo rendering.

At Vancouver ICF, Stephen is responsible for the computer aided drafting of all projects. This entails detailing the manufacturing drawings for ICF (insulated concrete form) components and creating the installation layouts for the building site. Stephen will explain ICFs and conformance to local bylaws.