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  • 28 Aug 2017 12:14 PM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

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  • 09 Aug 2017 9:15 AM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

    Building the Global Concrete Community

    08/01/2017

    The topic of relevance is a core aspect of ACI's strategic plan. Actually, the first task assigned to new ACI Board of Direction members is to read Race for Relevance by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers. Questions about relevance impact all standards development organizations (SDOs) like ACI.

    In a world driven by a superfast technology train, how can SDOs be as impactful tomorrow as they have been in the past? Isn't it easier to find a quick (and free) answer on Google, YouTube, or Wikipedia, rather than purchase and dive into hundreds of pages of codes and standards?

    The new dynamics of unpredictable technology change prompted ACI in 2015 to assign a task group the mission of developing an outlook for ACI in 2030. The result was ACI Vision 2030, which identified the megatrends in the world and our industry and recommended responses and actions ACI should take to maintain its relevance in the future.

    In discussing the current and future roles of ACI, we need to consider data, information, and knowledge and the relationships between them. The following chain from Making Sense of Data and Information (Elsevier, 2007) explains it best:

    Let's apply this to the data, information, and knowledge developed around properties of concrete production and supply. As shown in the table below, data are finite descriptions of the concrete delivered to the project, and information includes the application and the interpretation of the data. Knowledge results from the processing of the information as needed to manage or enhance the project schedule, cost, and quality.

    ACI has been developing consensus-based documents to equip the concrete industry with the tools to structure the data, transform it into useful and reliable information, and finally, and most importantly, model the information to develop consensus and universally trusted knowledge. While data is precise, information can take different shapes or forms, whereas useful knowledge must be based on consensus for it to be a universally accepted agent for improvement. Because of its rigorous consensus-based system, ACI provides a unique platform to build trusted and assured knowledge, something that Internet search engines fall short of guaranteeing.

    Having random information does not necessarily lead to correct knowledge. Knowledge implies deep understanding of data and information, experience in using and developing them, prior research, and continuous validation. This is exactly what our volunteers and staff bring to the industry. And that is how our Institute brings tremendous value in different critical areas of concrete construction, whether that value is life safety, durability, or constructability.

    While this noble mission will surely survive the test of time, as validated by ACI Vision 2030, it may still not address tomorrow's requirements. The industry also needs quick access, smart and customized information, and direct answers—not just consensus-based documents, as valuable as they will always be.

    ACI has over 200,000 Facebook followers and around 60,000 members on its LinkedIn page, with most of our 21,000 active members participating. There are huge numbers of people on ACI social media channels who are not only seeking information, but also yearning to enhance their knowledge of concrete and its applications.

    ACI is therefore evolving from disseminating consensus-based knowledge to empowering a global concrete community, able to successfully address the challenges of concrete construction. Assuming this new responsibility will maintain ACI as one of the most relevant associations on concrete and its uses.

    Khaled W. Awad

  • 13 Jul 2017 9:12 AM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

    Leading by Example—ACI Research and Innovation

    07/12/2017


    Strut Efficiency-Based Design for Concrete Deep Beams Reinforced with FRP Bars: ACI Structural Journal

    For more than 110 years, the American Concrete Institute has been the global authority on concrete knowledge, moving the industry forward by innovation, research and development, proper design and construction, and sustainability.

    To continually improve the quality of concrete knowledge, research is needed on a continual basis. Research has always been part of ACI’s mission. From its committees who incorporate the latest research into new documents, to the newest research published in ACI’s Structural and Materials Journals, to ACI Foundation’s  Concrete Research Council (CRC).

    CRC works closely with its sister councils – the Strategic Development Council (SDC) and the Scholarship Council – to explore and put into motion opportunities to support research that is essential to ACI and the concrete industry. CRC also works closely with several foundations and other organizations to fund, coordinate, and promote research initiatives.

    This year the ACI Foundation will provide $200,000 of research funding through four $50,000 research grants. The awarded projects are:

    • “An Experimental Study on The Effect of Wall-Slab Connection Details in Liquid Containing Structures”
    • “Minimizing the Effect of Pumping on Self-Consolidating Concrete Workability and Freeze-Thaw Durability”
    • “Benchmark Tests on Anchoring Columns to Foundations”
    • “Evaluating the Performance and Feasibility of Using Recovered Fly Ash and Fluidized Bed Combustion Fly Ash as Concrete Pozzolan”

    More details on the projects can be found here.

    Earlier this year CRC announced two new completed research products. The first, a two-part study, was conducted to help define both feasible and structurally acceptable mechanical properties of high-strength steel reinforcing bars—“Low-Cycle Fatigue Performance of High-Strength Steel Reinforcing Bars (Part 1)” and “Defining Structurally Acceptable Properties of High-Strength Steel Bars through Material and Column Testing (Part 2).”

    The second research product evaluated the use of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete to allow the design of coupling beams that no longer require the use of diagonal bars. “Evaluation of Seismic Behavior of Coupling Beams with Various Types of Steel Fiber-Reinforced Concrete,” was funded by CRC and several other financial supporters.

    The ACI Foundation, through its Councils' Work, has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in funding to worthy research projects designed to advance the technologies and practices within the concrete industry. This year’s proposal submittal will open late summer 2017 and continue through December 1, 2017.

    ACI produces two bi-monthly technical journals – the ACI Materials Journal and the ACI Structural Journal. The peer-reviewed Journals, edited for professional and technical personnel in engineering, construction, design, research, manufacturing, and education, contain technical, archival papers from around the world. ACI Structural Journal offers cutting-edge, investigative, and/or potentially transformational research papers on topics such as analysis of buildings and bridges, shear and torsion, and structural concrete. Similarly, ACI Materials Journal offers “innovative papers on” topics such as mixture proportioning, creep and shrinkage, and materials research.


    Seismic Response of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Coupled Walls: ACI Structural Journal

    The ACI Foundation’s SDC facilitates advancement of concrete technology by providing a forum for visioning and prioritizing key challenges facing the concrete industry, assisting ACI in timely adoption of innovative technologies, problem solutions, and best practices, and providing a framework for development of programs that respond to industry opportunities to accelerate technology acceptance.

    Every new technology that is introduced and presented through SDC is offered several options to gain exposure and to address barriers or obstacles that are preventing or slowing adoption of the technology within the concrete industry.

    ACI ITG-9R-16, “Report on Design of Concrete Wind Turbine Towers,” is the result of cooperation between the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council and industry leaders, who identified concrete wind turbine towers as an industry-critical technology for the concrete industry.

    ACI also conducts Research in Progress sessions at its conventions, featuring presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world. The sessions discuss recent techniques, research methods, and describe emerging ideas in concrete research.

    ACI is a global authority in research and innovation in concrete, and is committed to leading the way in disseminating research knowledge to benefit all participants in the concrete industry, with the vision to provide everyone with the knowledge needed to use concrete effectively to meet the demands of a changing world


  • 05 Jul 2017 8:17 AM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

    ACI is incorrectly perceived sometimes as a U.S.-focused association, or more generally as a North American Institute. It is very true that the American Concrete Institute, as the name and the history suggest, has strong roots in the United States and North America, but it is equally true that ACI is a global organization.

    The facts and numbers corroborate this.

    The ACI 318 Building Code is adopted, either directly or as a main reference, in the national code of more than 30 countries, representing around 45% of the world gross domestic product (GDP) and 30% of the world population.

    Our Institute has around 21,000 members, including corporate and sustaining members. Out of these, 30% are from outside the United States, and ACI also has just over 3600 international student members in more than 30 countries.

    ACI has a total of 43 international chapters in 31 countries. In parallel, ACI has 39 international agreements with regional partners in six continents.

    In addition to ACI chapters involved in certification, the Institute has 17 international local sponsoring groups organizing ACI certification programs in more than 20 countries. ACI certification has been recognized as an essential tool to assess the competence of concrete professionals, even in some countries that adopt different standards than ACI and ASTM International.

    All these numbers clearly underline the global influence of ACI. Still, given the pace of concrete construction around the world, especially in Asia, it is fair to say that the Institute must be even more present internationally to fulfill its mission of disseminating knowledge globally and achieve the vision where "everyone has the knowledge needed to use concrete effectively to meet the demands of a changing world."

    How? There are several initiatives currently underway at ACI aiming to increase our global clout. I am confident we will start seeing some results very soon. At the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition – Spring 2017 in Detroit, I cited three targets for 2021 that should reflect increased international engagement for ACI in the next 5 years. They are called the 100,000, 10,000, and 1000 milestones.

    By the end of 2021, ACI will have 100,000 student members around the world. Students and Young Professionals define the very future of the Institute. Being able to attract them is an insurance for ACI relevance. Not all civil engineering students end up in concrete construction but for those who will, ACI must be the preferred platform for professional networking and career development. We will work with ACI chapters around the world to encourage local and regional student competitions and develop a career support center for young professionals.

    Secondly, by 2021, 10,000 projects around the world will be linked to the ACI Manual of Concrete Practice (MCP), the Institute's largest knowledge source. This resource is still so untapped nationally and internationally. We will find innovative ways to communicate to the world the technical, practical, and commercial value of the tremendous intellectual capital our volunteers bring to ACI.

    The MCP is invaluable for every concrete construction project. The wealth of information that it encompasses can undoubtedly help address the challenges and opportunities concrete presents around the world. We will design different tools and means to make the ACI MCP accessible to projects, with hands-on guidance provided by ACI staff and intelligent workflow solutions available in ACI publications.

    Finally, the third goal is that by the end of 2021, ACI will process 1000 international certification exams every month. This is around 10 times what the Institute does today. By recognizing the local standards of different nations and regions in ACI certification programs, ACI will become the global enabler for assessing the competence of technicians, inspectors, quality control managers, and other levels of concrete practitioners and professionals.

    These are hard numbers, in every sense of the word. But with the energy and dedication of ACI staff and volunteers, these milestones can become very achievable targets in 5 years.

    Khaled W. 

  • 15 May 2017 7:51 AM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

    My Story with ACI


    It is a true honor to become the 94th President of ACI. Words can't describe this exceptional milestone in my career. Sharing my background with you, and how ACI has been the core driver for my success, might best explain how humbled I am.

    I graduated as a civil engineer from AUB—the American University of Beirut, Lebanon—in June 1985. The only job I could find was in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It was a laboratory engineer position with Ready Mix Beton, a fast-growing ready mixed concrete company in the Arabian Gulf.

    I learned the hard way that being a civil engineer does not necessarily mean someone understands concrete. This was particularly true in the Gulf region, with its perfect recipe for concrete corrosion: very high humidity, exceptionally high temperatures, and plenty of airborne salts because of the adjacency to the sea. Much more than academic knowledge or the technical resources available locally at that time was needed to overcome the challenges of producing durable and workable concrete in the Gulf.

    My first employer, Khaled Ghandour, to whom I owe a lot of my professional advancement, sent me to the 1987 World of Concrete in Houston, TX. It was at the ACI booth, while looking at the dozens of codes, guides, and publications, that I truly started drinking from the fire hose of concrete knowledge.

    Back then, other than ACI, no authority in the world had addressed hot weather concrete. In ACI 305, Guide to Hot Weather Concreting, I found the appropriate correction for so many misperceptions in the local industry.

    The pumpability chart in ACI 304.2, Placing Concrete by Pumping Methods, was my key reference for designing concrete mixtures, and ACI 308, Guide to External Curing of Concrete, was my post-placing gift for every contractor.

    ACI helped my employer and me in educating the market in Abu Dhabi. A few years later, Ready Mix Beton grew to become a multinational company, and ACI had an indirect equity in its technical success. In 1995, I asked the ACI Certification Department how I could certify my field and lab technicians. At that time, there was no local sponsoring group for ACI in the Middle East. John Nehasil, ACI's current Managing Director of Certification, sent me all the required documentation to start the first sponsoring group in the region, as it was impractical to send technicians to the United States.

    The moment I received John's letter, I decided it was time I started my own business. I went back to Lebanon in 1996 to establish Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), a consulting firm with laboratories for testing concrete and other construction materials. To expedite the certification initiative, John introduced me to Wally Rooke, ACI examiner and at that time Secretary of the Manitoba Chapter – ACI. Wally helped me in developing the training materials and assisted ACI in metricating the certification exams. We started promoting ACI Certification in every country of the Middle East, and we held the first ACI Certification session in Lebanon in December 1996. We then expanded to Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Oman, and Qatar. By 1998, with the help of Wally who traveled with me to deliver the programs, and the support of ACI staff, ACI Certification (and ACTS) became popular in most countries of the region. Wally also assisted me in establishing the Lebanon Chapter – ACI.

    Today, ACTS has become a multinational company, enjoying a unique reputation for integrity and knowledge. Needless to say, ACI has so much equity in this success.

    ACI Past President Jim Wight once said during a board meeting that people become emotional when they receive an ACI award—not just because of the recognition bestowed on them, but because the award was a strong reminder of how ACI helped them become who they are. This could not be more true for me.

    For that, and for the bigger mission of advancing concrete construction that ACI represents, I am full of enthusiasm to serve you in the best possible ways during my Presidential term. I am also very aware of various expectations about having a President from outside the Americas for the first time in ACI's history. I look forward to joining with the ACI staff, the Executive Committee, and the Board of Direction in living up to your greatest expectations.

    Khaled W. Awad


  • 12 Dec 2016 10:20 AM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

    YOU CAN’T COMPETE WITH THE REAL THING This is World of Concrete—a firm foundation for the entire concrete and masonry industries and the first and most important annual international event of the year. It’s everything you need and nothing you don’t. Put in four high-efficiency, low-cost, smart-work days at WOC 2017 and you’ll see your bang/buck ratio go through the roof.

    2017 WOC Exhibit Hall Hours
    Tuesday, January 17-Thursday, January 19
    9:30 am -5:00 pm
    NEW! Friday 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Exhibits Only
    $70 by 12/1/16; $85 after 12/1/16
    Exhibits Only Spouse
    $70 by 12/1/16; $85 after 12/1/16
    Shuttle Bus (If NOT booking hotel through WOC Housing)
    $30 by 12/1/16; $40 after 12/1/16
    WOC 3-Hour Seminars
    $145 by 12/1/16; $175 after 12/1/16
    WOC 90-Minute Seminars 
    $105 by 12/1/16; $135 after 12/1/16
    WOC 4-Hour Certification Seminars
    $190 by 12/1/16; $225 after 12/1/16
    Super Pass 1
    $425 by 12/1/16; $550 after 12/1/16 (Incl. FREE Exhibits-Only)
    Super Pass 2
    $425 by 12/1/16; $550 after 12/1/16 (Incl. FREE Exhibits-Only)
    Super Pass 3
    $525 by 12/1/16; $650 after 12/1/16 (Incl. FREE Exhibits-Only)

    2017 WOC Education Program Hours:
    Monday, January 16 (Pre-show Education all day)
    WOC 3-Hour Seminars: 8:00 am - 11:00 am; 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    WOC 4-Hour Certification Seminars: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    WOC 90-Minute Seminars: 8:30 am - 10:00 am; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm;
             1:30 pm - 3:00 pm; 3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

    Tuesday, January 17 - Thursday, January 19

    WOC 3-Hour Seminars: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    WOC 4-Hour Certification Seminars: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm; 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    WOC 90-Minute Seminars: 8:30 am - 10:00 am; 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

    Friday, January 20
    WOC 3-Hour Seminars: 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    WOC 90-Minute Seminars: 8:30 am - 10:00 am

    Something for everyone:

    WOC will once again feature special product and action areas, including The Producer Center, a marketplace of materials, equipment, demos, and seminars for concrete producers; Material Handling, offering trucks, excavators and more for material delivery, distribution, concrete placement, and earth moving; Concrete Repair & Demolition, housing a display of surface preparation equipment, scarifying, grinding, sawing equipment, and other demolition products; World of Masonry, showcasing products, tools, information, and technology for masonry professionals; Technology for Construction, featuring the newest products and tools for the commercial construction industry from top information technology and systems providers; and Concrete Surfaces & Decorative showcasing the popularity of decorative concrete for both commercial and residential applications. Precast was launched in 2016 and highlights the latest products and technologies in the precast/prestressed sector.

    NEW FOR 2017
    Concrete Masonry (North Hall)
    This area showcases everything for the producers of concrete masonry (block, segmental retaining wall units, veneer, slabs, pavers, and more.)
    • Admixtures
    • Equipment & Supplies
    • Pigments

    Concrete Reinforcement (North Hall)
    Features the leaders in concrete reinforcement showcasing reinforcement bending, cutting, straightening, and fabricating machinery.
    • Reinforced positioners & locators
    • Epoxy-coated, steel, glass fiber, galvanized bar
    • All types of reinforcement accessories


    BENEFITS OF ATTENDING WOC:
    See it all in one place.
    Find everything you need to win more jobs, make more money and streamline your business.
    Get connected.
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    Work smarter.
    Learn how to work leaner, get the safety training and courses you need in today's economy.
    Get hands-on.
    See, touch and test the latest products under real-world, jobsite conditions.
    Find new opportunities. Capitalize on the trends that will drive future markets and provide opportunities to profit.
    Get your questions answered.
    Attend expert-led seminars for the new skills, practical solutions and creative strategies to improve your business.


    Please note: All info is subject to change. During normal show hours, persons 17 years-old and under will be admitted only with parental supervision. THIS RULE IS STRICTLY ENFORCED. Persons 18 years-old and over must register and pay in order to receive a badge.  The use of Segway and Segway-type units are prohibited on the show floor unless the Segway is identified with and ADA placard



    Go to Registration Page

  • 01 Jul 2016 12:00 PM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

     

    The Concrete Convention and Exposition is coming to Philadelphia, PA this fall! All convention events will take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.  October 22 - 26th, 2016.

    REGISTER HERE:

    https://www.concrete.org/events/conventions/currentconvention/registernow.aspx?step=Start_MemberInfo

  • 01 Jul 2016 10:41 AM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

    The mission of ACI is to develop and disseminate consensus-based knowledge on concrete and its uses. How does this happen? Here is a brief summary of a very daunting task. ACI is a Standards Developing Organization (SDO), which means we must follow generally accepted consensus guidelines. The Technical Activities Committee (TAC) is the group that manages these consensus guidelines and therefore manages ACI's mission.

    I recently attended the ACI Chapter Leadership Training, which is held annually in Farmington Hills, MI, at ACI headquarters in mid-May. This 1.5-day event was attended by U.S. and international chapter officers. There were 28 ACI members present, plus staff. This is the second year in a row that I have had the privilege of attending this event. Every chapter had the opportunity to send their leadership to this training session. The intent was for participants to return to their local chapters with tools to help improve chapter performance, to gain access to a network of fellow chapter officers to call if necessary, and receive an update of what is going on with ACI. I was very impressed with the enthusiasm, candor, and information sharing between the participants. Everyone participated and shared their best practices. Staff did a great job of coordinating this event. If your chapter has not participated in this training, I would personally recommend it for next year.

    The local ACI chapter is the initial ACI experience for many of our members. Many in the Institute consider local chapters as the roots of ACI. The local chapters are independent organizations that follow guidelines for chapter operations established by ACI. The chapter is where "the rubber meets the road." In other words, most chapter members are deeply involved with the local concrete construction community and are often the instructors and examiners for the various concrete certification programs. At present, 55 chapters serve as sponsoring groups for ACI certification programs.

    In the current ACI Strategic Plan, chapters play an important role under the Engagement pillar to strengthen the relationships between chapters, ACI national members, and staff. When this plan was approved, ACI had less than one full-time equivalent (FTE) staff member supporting chapter operations. I remember ACI Past President Ken Hover coming to the Executive Committee with a proposal to hire additional staff to support the chapters. At that time, Ken was the Chair of the Chapter Activities Committee (CAC). Today, thanks to the input of CAC, ACI now has three full-time people who support the chapters: John Conn, Director of Chapter Activities; Cheryce Haddad, Chapter Awards and Activities Coordinator; and Kanette Mwanjabala, Chapter Services Coordinator.

    The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Program traces its roots to the local chapters. A number of chapters have held award programs for years. Suggestions were made to have the chapter winners compete for international awards. In 2015, ACI held its first Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Gala. All entries came through local chapters or International Partners. If your chapter is not currently participating, ACI's Project Awards Guide is a step-by-step online reference on how to set up an awards program.

    ACI has developed a series of 1-hour technical meeting presentations delivered by ACI staff for use by chapters. Programs are available on a first come basis and ACI will cover the speaker's travel expenses in the United States. Topics for 2016 include ACI Repair Code, Concrete Cracking, ACI Certification – Now and the Future, and Adhesive Anchor Installer and Inspector Certifications. Additional programs are being developed for 2017.

    Each year, chapters submit an Annual Report Form, which is scored to determine the official Excellent or Outstanding Chapter designations. These chapters are all recognized at The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in the spring. Will your chapter be recognized in Detroit in 2017? I personally hope that we are able to recognize more chapters. Review the criteria to receive an Excellent or Outstanding Chapter Award designation and make the necessary adjustments to qualify. I know of chapters that successfully review this on a quarterly basis.

    A new member benefit for local chapter members is currently being implemented: a free electronic version of Concrete International magazine. This will allow local chapter members who are not ACI members to stay up to date on what is happening at ACI. The only requirement for the local chapter is to provide a member list that includes e-mail addresses on an annual basis.

    I began my ACI journey at the local chapter level in Southwest Ohio in 1978. The local chapters provide the opportunity for members to meet and connect with other professionals in this rewarding industry that we have chosen as our career. I still maintain that our chapters are the front line of the Institute and are critical for ACI as we carry out our mission.

    Michael J. Schneider


  • 01 Jul 2016 10:38 AM | Beth Britt (Administrator)

    This year, the Portland Cement Association is celebrating its centennial year.

    The organization sees its centennial year as an opportunity to celebrate not only the association itself, but also the great progress the industry has made and the role that concrete will continue to have in building a resilient, sustainable world.

    "On behalf of the ACI Board, Membership, and staff, I congratulate PCA on 100 years of outstanding services to not only the industry, but to all those who benefit from effective and beneficial use of concrete." Ron Burg, ACI Executive Vice President

    ACI has a long history of working together with PCA for the benefit of all concrete industry professionals. Many PCA members and staff work on ACI Committees, helping develop the latest codes and reports related to concrete. PCA is also a member of the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC). SDC provides an in-house forum where the concrete industry can come together with companies and entrepreneurs with new technologies at senior levels to discuss strategic issues and tactics including support of practical research to the benefit of all.

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