ACI February Newsletter Print

President's Report

If you missed our January luncheon it was a great topic on Colloidal Nano-Technology to improve concrete durability. Thank you to Lee Thrasher and the Spray Lock team for their presentation.

The Dan R. Brown Awards Banquet will be held on Monday, February 26 at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North. This awards banquet celebrates the excellent concrete projects we had in Georgia in 2017. Don’t forget to register and reserve your seat or table for your group. I look forward to seeing you there.

Due to the banquet, we will not be having a regular lunch presentation in February.  Our next lunch presentation will be in March at KSU. Stay tuned for more details.

Please login to our chapter website and renew your membership if it is overdue.  It helps the chapter stay current and keeps you on our email list.

Best Regards,
Tom Pfeifer
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

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Luncheon Recap

 We kicked off 2018 this January with a lunch meeting of at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North.  We had a big group of people in attendance to hear ACI Georgia Chapter updates and our first presentation of the year. 

  

The presentation was given by Lee Thrasher, who is the Southeast Regional Manager for Spray Lock Concrete Protection (SCP).  Lee Thrasher joined SCP in 2017 to become the Southeast Regional Manager after working at BASF, Ready Mix USA, and Cemex. 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. Click here for the full presentation.

Also presenting for SCP where Donald Hamm, who is the SVP of Business Market Development, and Ariel Soriano, who does business development. 

The presentation showed how SCP easily penetrated concrete voids due to the very small particle size and then seals them back up. In addition, it was demonstrated how it chemically stabilizes the concrete and significantly increases durability and longevity of the concrete mix.  Many charts and graphs were used to visually show the difference SCP produces.

Several examples of the application of this technology, methodology of pricing, and real projects were presented.

In closing, 2017 Vice President Justin Lazenby presented the GA Chapter Travel Mug and thanked everyone for their attendance. There were several good questions, including questions about pricing.

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Our Next Event

 

The Annual Georgia Chapter ACI Dan R. Brown Awards Banquet will be held on February 26, 2018 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel. Come and join us for a celebration and networking event to recognize and encourage the innovative design, construction, maintenance and repair of concrete structures in Georgia.

In addition to the awards, the chapter will also celebrate scholarship winners for 2018.

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. 

Opening reception will start around 5:30 pm followed by Awards presentations and Banquet at 7:15 pm.

Click here to register!

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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

THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2018, ATLANTA, GA
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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Outside the Cylinder

"Concrete Consumer Products"

I know this article has missed the holiday consumer orgy season, but I have increasingly stumbled upon some consumer products that are very unusually made of concrete.

Concrete has increasingly been used as a finish material.  In buildings, exposed, polished concrete slabs and “terrazzo concrete” are fairly common items these days. I think most people are now even familiar with concrete kitchen counter tops in homes and they are often seen in trendy bars as well. Some people even use concrete to make plaques for industry awards…imagine that! Below are a few samples of some unusual things I have found, but there are many more.

A company called “Poshprojects” makes a “Luna Concrete Skin” for iPhones.  They say it is made of “real concrete”. I kind of wonder what aggregate size was used…

A San Francisco company called “Montaag” makes an Expresso machine, which you can get with the “brutalist concrete” finish:

My personal favorite, however, is the 1,000 pound concrete foosball table by a company called “Stone Age Concrete Table Tennis”. They also have “all weather” table tennis products (ping pong to unrefined people like me).

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Concrete International Magazine Article

This month in Concrete International…..
Reprinted from the January, 2018 (V. 40 No. 1) issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (www.concrete.org)

First Use of Self Consolidating Magnesium Silicate Concrete for the Runners of a Racing Toboggan

This article examines concrete made with Magnesia (MgO) as one of the primary reactive components. 

Some of the history and scientific benchmarks are discussed and finally an application with the concrete toboggan race.

Link to article: https://www.concrete.org/publications/getarticle.aspx?m=icap&pubID=51702017

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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


Eligibility:


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 ngroome@gaconcrete.org 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: www.concrete.org/events/conventions/aspx

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: www.aci-ga.org

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