July 2020 Newsletter Print

President's Report

I hope the message finds you and your family well.  We are certainly in unprecedented times.  I’m sure some of you haven’t missed a day in the office and others of you haven’t seen your office or co-workers in person since March.  I fall into the latter camp, and while I’ve fallen into a rhythm working from home, I am really missing all of the day-to-day interactions with colleagues, clients and friends.  I think it’s therefore even more important that we maintain connections where we can and endeavor to keep business moving.

We had hoped to have an in-person meeting in July but unfortunately our speaker fell through and we ultimately needed to cancel the meeting.  The board will be meeting virtually to discuss our next steps and plans for August and the remainder of the year.  Whether it be in person, virtual or some combination, we are committed to maintaining the connections and relationships of this chapter so it can remain the best chapter in the country.

Stay Well,

Kelly Roberts

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Our Next Event

Your GA Chapter has struggled mightily this summer trying to host lunch meetings and keep certification activities on track.  We already had to cancel normal our lunch meetings for March, April and May; we tried to reschedule those meetings for this Summer and were able to have one in-person meeting on June 26.

Chapter Member Wayne Wilson stepped up and gave us a presentation on Portland-Limestone Cement.  We had a relatively small group in attendance and the hotel was able to accommodate us in a very large room with box lunches and plastic utensils to promote social distancing and limit contact.  Wayne’s presentation is attached here for those that could not attend.

We attempted to hold a similar event for July 31; with the recent increased COVID Case numbers this summer and logistic issues with another speaker we have made the difficult decision to cancel this event. Our hopes are to try again to hold a summer meeting on August 28, were Chapter Member, George Harrison with SGS/TEC Services has agree to make a presentation on some recent forensic inspections they have been a part of….  We really hope we can make this happen, stay tuned?

And finally, Certification Activity has suffered as well.  We just recently had to cancel the July Lab Tech Exam due to a positive COVID case at our host lab!  We have rescheduled for August 29; we continue to hold other exams by trying to limit numbers, promote social distancing as much as possible and remind those in attendance to use masks and PPE as they see fit.  We have also relaxed our reschedule policies to allow any examinee to reschedule without penalty.

Stay Safe Out There,

Wayne M Wilson, PE, F.ACI

GA Chapter ACI Executive Director                     

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ACI Awards

Several weeks ago, the Georgia Ready Mixed Concrete Association was excited to announce that their 52nd Annual summer tradition of gathering at the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club would proceed as planned. COVID-19 was on the decline and businesses were returning to more normal activities. In the meantime, there has been a summertime surge, particularly in Florida. Out of an abundance of caution, the GRMCA Board of Directors has reviewed the current situation and made the decision to cancel their meeting in Ponte Vedra.They intend to still have some sort of "virtual meeting" later this summer or in the fall, or possibly something abbreviated and in person at a local venue should the pandemic subside.

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Calendar of Events

Saturday, July 18, 2020

ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams

Lehigh SE Concrete Lab.

Doraville, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

 

Saturday, July 25, 2020

ACI Aggregate, Lab & SCC Certification Exams

TEC Services, Inc.

Lawrenceville, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

 

Friday, July 31, 2020

GA Chapter ACI Monthly Lunch Meeting

Adrian Persaud, Uzun+Case, LLC

Project Showcase

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

7 Concourse Parkway NE

Atlanta, GA 30328

11:30 am Registration

12:00 Lunch & Program

 

Saturday, August 1, 2020

ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Exam Review Workshop

TEC Services, Inc.

Lawrenceville, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

 

Saturday, August 8, 2020

ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams

Argos Concrete Lab

Cumming, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

 

Saturday, August 22, 2020

ACI Masonry Lab & Field Tech Exam Review Workshop

S&ME, Inc.

Duluth, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

 

Friday, August 28, 2020

GA Chapter ACI Monthly Lunch Meeting

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

7 Concourse Parkway NE

Atlanta, GA 30328

11:30 am Registration

12:00 Lunch & Program

 

Saturday, September 5, 2020

ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Exam Review Workshop

TEC Services, Inc.

Lawrenceville, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020

ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams

Thomas Concrete Lab

Atlanta, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Friday, September 25, 2020

GA Chapter ACI Monthly Lunch Meeting

Westin Atlanta Perimeter North

7 Concourse Parkway NE

Atlanta, GA 30328

11:30 am Registration

12:00 Lunch & Program

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

ACI Masonry Lab & Field Tech Certification Exam

S&ME, Inc.

Duluth, GA

7:30 am — 2:00 pm

 

Saturday, September 26, 2020

ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams

Terracon

Savannah, 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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Concrete International Magazine Article

This month in Concrete International…..

Reprinted from the July, 2020 (V. 42 No. 7) issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (www.concrete.org)

Incorporating Recycled and Crushed-Concrete Aggregates in Structural Concrete

Authors: Kenneth C. Hover, Terence C. Holland, and Colin L. Lobo

For economic and environmental reasons, it is increasingly desirable to augment the supply of natural aggregates for concrete production with recycled aggregates derived from crushed hardened concrete or from returned concrete. This article introduces new provisions in ACI 318-19 that set requirements for the use of recycled aggregates in concrete.

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ACI International

ACI INTERNATIONAL ANNOUNCES VIRTUAL OCTOBER FALL CONVENTION IN PLACE OF RALEIGH, NC EVENT 

The American Concrete Institute has made the difficult but necessary decision to transition the ACI Concrete Convention from an in-person event in Raleigh, NC, USA, this October, to a 100% virtual event. There were many factors that lead to this decision, but the most important was the health and safety of convention attendees and staff.  It was clear that local, state, and federal regulations would have made hosting an in-person event practically impossible.  Furthermore, based on informal feedback from many of you, travel this fall would not be possible because of company or personal restrictions.

But, we do have good news to share – by making this decision now, we will be able to plan and deliver the best possible virtual convention! We will build on the lessons learned during our virtual committee meetings, virtual technical presentations, and virtual mixer held earlier this year.  For the ACI Virtual Concrete Convention this coming October, we will be expanding the number of committee meetings and technical sessions, and adding many of the other events and activities that really make ACI’s conventions stand out as the world’s gathering place for advancing concrete. While we don’t have all those details worked out yet, we will keep you posted as plans develop. Also, if you have ideas or suggestions for the ACI Virtual Concrete Convention, please send those to [email protected]. You may be wondering what you can do now to help us prepare.  We suggest the following:

  1. Mark your calendar – we are currently planning to host the ACI Virtual Concrete Convention over similar dates at the end of October; and
  2. Register for the ACI Virtual Concrete Conventionso we know who will be joining us and can plan to have the necessary support in place. Registration fees will be $299, but substantially reduced to $49 for all ACI members and free to all ACI student members;
  3. If you are not an ACI member, now is an excellent time to join our communityof 30,000+ members (if you are a member; thank you – please take this opportunity to ensure your membership has been renewed and is active); and
  4. Invite your friends and colleagues – without the expense of travel, we are hopeful more concrete professionals locally and from around the world will attend, too; and 
  5. If you’ve already registered/paid for the in-person event, we will contact you individually regarding a refund.

In addition to planning for the ACI Virtual Concrete Convention this October, ACI is actively making sure we have the most comprehensive and up-to-date resources on all facets of concrete technology available digitally and on-demand in response to today’s challenging environment – please visit concrete.org for more information.

We’ll be back in contact with additional details soon.  We send our wishes for your continued health and safety. 

Sincerely,

                                                        

Jeffery W. Coleman, PE, FACI, President 

  Ronald G. Burg, PE, FACI, Executive Vice President 

 

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