The proposed overlay will be similar to any repair where shotcrete is placed over existing concrete. Proper surface preparation is essential for allowing good bond. Guidance on surface preparation can be found in ACI 506R-05, “Guide to Shotcrete”. It also appears you are suggesting tapering the thickness from 15 to 0 in. (381 to 0 mm). Feathering thickness down to 0 in. (0 mm) is not encouraged, and a minimum thickness should be established. Because the overlay section will be quite thick and experience differential shrinkage from the previously shot material, the overlay will require additional reinforcement to accommodate temperature and shrinkage stresses. You should consult with an engineer experienced in shotcrete design to establish the proper amount of reinforcement. The required reinforcement and cover over the reinforcement will control your minimum overlay thickness.