ACI January Newsletter Print

President's Report

Happy New Year!

2017 was another great year for concrete in Georgia. Suntrust Park and Mercedes-Benz Stadium both opened and construction continues to remain strong.

Our Georgia chapter had over 270 members last year. We had an eventful year with lunch meetings, Awards Banquet, Skipper Seminar and the Scholarship Clay Shoot. I hope you can join us at our next meeting, January 19th, on colloidal nano-technology in concrete.

Don’t forget to submit your projects and register for the Dan R. Brown Awards Banquet which will be held on Monday, February 26 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.

Best Regards,
Tom Pfeifer
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

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Luncheon Recap

We had our December year-end lunch meeting of 2017 this year at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. We had a nice group of people in attendance and an open bar for dinks. 

For the year-end meeting, we set aside a good amount of time to meet all of the attendees, catch up on current industry news and to exchange holiday greetings and well wishes for the new year.

The presentation was given by Jason Wright, who is a student at the University of Georgia and a student scholarship winner. Jason’s presentation on pervious concrete and his research activities at the University of Georgia on this topic. Interestingly, a good part of the presentation dealt with the clogging of pervious concrete over time and the testing of serval ways to perform maintenance.


In closing, 2017 Vice President Tom Pfeifer presented Jason the GA Chapter Travel Mug and thanked everyone for their attendance. In addition, Tom presented Wayne with a plaque in appreciation of this tenure as president of our chapter of ACI. Thank you Wayne for all of your efforts!

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Our Next Event

Please join us on January 19!


Lee Thrasher, Southeast Regional Manager, Spray Lock Concrete Protection (SCP) 

Lee Thrasher joined SCP in 2017 to become the Southeast Regional Manager.  A year 2000 graduate of the CIM Program at MTSU, Lee came to Georgia shortly after graduation as a Technical Sales Rep for BASF Concrete Admixtures. In 2004 he joined Ready Mix USA as an Area Manager in Central Georgia and helped that company in growth throughout the state.  Moving to the Atlanta area in 2012 shortly after the Cemex buy-out of RM USA, he took over as Technical Services Manager for Cemex in Atlanta. An active member of the industry, Lee currently serves as Sub-Secretary in ASTM for C09.60 & C09.61 and is a voting member for ACI 304, 329, & E701.

Donald Hamm, SVP Business and Market Development

Donald has been with SCP since 2010 and started developing the business in the NW in a sales support and as lead technical contact. Donald now oversees development of new markets and business globally. Donald has been actively involved in many projects with SCP that have become the basis for the growth of this technology. Donald has been involved in new product and business development for construction products for nearly 20 years and spent part of his early life in construction from placing and delivering concrete to eventually being a GC. Donald is an active member with CSI.

Ariel Soriano, PE, Business Development

Ariel Soriano graduated from the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and has more than 25 years of experience that includes: Forensic, Geosynthetic, Geotechnical, Hydraulic, Materials, Pavement, & Structural Engineering; Statistical QA/QC; and LEAN & Six Sigma-Based Manufacturing.


Colloidal Nano-Technology To Improve Concrete Durability

Colloidal Nano-Silica Concrete Treatments are the newest state-of-the-art technology for enhancing the durability of Portland Cement-based concrete materials. Colloidal Silica Technology from Spray Lock Concrete Protection does this in two ways; by filling the void and capillary structure with C-S-H and chemically stabilizing the concrete. Their unique approach is to use this technology in a spray applied process that deeply penetrates and reacts to form a permanent seal of the concrete matrix; completely controlling concrete moisture escape or intrusion into the concrete. 

This presentation shall provide the participants with the following technical information and real-world results:

      I.        Brief introduction to Spray-Lock Concrete Protection (SCP)

     II.        Why Use SCP / Colloidal Silica Technology?

    III.        Description of SCP Technology with Technical Backing

   IV.         Real-World Examples of Concrete Treated with Colloidal Nano-Silica Treatments

    V.         Question & Answer 

The Georgia Chapter ACI hosts monthly luncheon meetings throughout the year. Luncheons are an opportunity to network with your peers, earn Professional Development Hours and further your industry knowledge.

11:30 am – Registration
12:00 noon – Luncheon

*Walk-Ins will be charged $45.00
Please register by Wednesday, January, 17 2017.

Click here to register!

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Outside the Cylinder

"Motherland Calls"

Motherland Calls is a huge statue in Volgograd, Russia (formerly known as Stalingrad, USSR), honoring the World War II battle of 1942-1943 that took place there and destroyed 99% of the city in the process. In 1967, when it was erected, it was the largest statue in the world at 279 feet. I note the Statue of Liberty is actually smaller if you subtract the elaborate base (lady herself about .

The statue is very complex and was created by the sculptor Yevgeny Vuchetich and structural engineer Nikolai Nikitin. The structure is hollow and is a mix or precast concrete and wire ropes.  Below the 279 foot statue, the base of the structure is about 6 feet tall and the foundation is 52 feet into the ground. The statue is about 8,000 tons, of which 5,500 tons is concrete.  A series of 200 steps, signifying the 200 days of the battle, lead up to the statue. Soviet Marshall Chuikov and famous sniper Vasily Zaytsev are buried on the grounds of the monument.


Groundwater level changes below the monument have led to movement of the foundations over time, but restoration work was started in 2010. In 2017, another restoration, more comprehensive, has been started to address cracks and longevity.

The pictures are very impressive.     

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Concrete International Magazine Article

This month in Concrete International…..
Reprinted from the December, 2017 (V. 39 No. 12) issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (

The Challenges of Achieving Compatibility in Concrete Repair

Issues of compatibility in repair composite systems is often overlooked or misinterpreted. The authors discuss some of the critical issues concerning the achievement of compatibility in a concrete repair composite system and its influence on repair durability. They also point out important gaps in the industry’s basic knowledge of the subject.

Link to article:

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ACI Awards

Submit YOUR Projects! 

2017 Project Submission Form.

The ACI Awards Program is your chance to show off your organization's expertise and ingenuity. ACI Award winners are recognized as industry leaders invested in advancing the design and construction of concrete structures. 
Submitting your project is an opportunity to:

  • Promote your industry partners and share the good work they do
  • Share new technologies your organization is utilizing

Award winners will receive:

  • recognition in Georgia construction publications
  • recognition on Georgia ACI website
  • recognition and awards plaque at the annual awards banquet


All architects, engineers, contractors, developers and industry-related professionals are eligible to enter this competition. Projects to be nominated must have been completed between January 1, 2016 and November 31, 2017 and be located in the state of Georgia. 

There is a $95 cost per entry.  


You can now upload project materials throughout the year in your own private folder through Google Drive! Simply contact and she will create & share a folder with you where you can compile all your submission materials as you go. 

This will make it easy to organize everything as you prepare for your submission.
Click Here for Google Drive Submission Instructions.

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Calendar of Events

February 10, 2018

ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, February 17, 2018
ACI Aggregate & Concrete Lab Tech Exam Review Workshop
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

February 24, 2018
ACI Masonry Lab & Field Tech Exam Review Workshops
S&ME, Inc.
Duluth, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

February 24, 2018
ACI Concrete Flatwork Finisher Certification Exams
Argos SE Concrete Lab
Cumming, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Monday, February 26, 2018
GA Chapter ACI Banquet
2017 Dan R. Brown Concrete Project Awards

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
7 Concourse Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328
5:30 pm Registration & Reception
7:00 pm Awards Program

Saturday, March 3, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Exam Review Workshop
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm  

Saturday, March 10, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
Lehigh Cement SE Concrete Lab
Doraville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm  

Saturday, March 17, 2018
ACI Aggregate & Concrete Lab Tech Certification Exam
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm  

March 17, 2018
ACI Masonry Lab & Field Tech Certification Exam
S&ME, Inc.
Duluth, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm  

March 24, 2018
ACI Concrete Tilt-Up Certification Exam
Argos SE Concrete Lab
Cumming, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Sunday-Thursday, March 25-29, 2018
ACI International Spring Convention
Concrete Elevated
Spring 2018 — Concrete Elevated

March 25-29, Grand America & Little America
Salt Lake City, UT
Grand & Little America Hotels
Salt Lake City, UT
Information and registration at:

Saturday, March 31, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Exam Review Workshop
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 7, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
Ready Mix USA Concrete Lab
Woodstock, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, April 14, 2018
ACI Special & Transportation Inspector Certification Exams
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Important Note:  ACI Training & Exams are for Pre-registered Persons Only.
**No walk up seating available**

For Information on any of our exams or events go to:

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News from ACI & NRMCA

ACI Spring 2018 Convention

Presented by the American Concrete Institute Spring 2018
March 25-29, 2018 
Grand America & Little America, Salt Lake City, UT

The American Concrete Institute is pleased to invite you to The Concrete Convention and Exposition. The ACI Convention is dedicated to bringing together the leaders in the concrete industry. These individuals work to improve the design, construction, maintenance, and repair of concrete projects. Conventions provide a forum for networking and education and an opportunity to provide input on the concrete industry’s codes, specifications, and guides.

Click here to view the convention preview.

ACI Offers New Global Benefits

Now is the time to join your GA ACI Chapter! Sign up to become a member of the Georgia Chapter of the American Concrete Institute, and you will join a premier community dedicated to the best use of concrete. In addition to the benefits received locally, all local chapter members will also receive select global benefits. Click here to view the flyer.

NRMCA Offers Improving Concrete Quality Course

This course will be of significant value to concrete producers that will come away with readily implementable steps to manage variability and attain a more consistent product, thereby seeing performance benefits and cost savings. 

Click here to learn more about the course and to register.

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