Highlights of the ACI Fall 2013 Convention
Conserving resources through innovative technologies was the inspiration for the technical program of the ACI Fall 2013 Convention, which drew 1558 registered attendees, which included 280 students plus 108 guests, to Phoenix, AZ. Here is a summary of the convention highlights, which took place October 20-24, 2013.
Opening Session Awards
Several annual awards of ACI and the ACI Foundation were presented at the Fall Convention. These awards and the recipients included:
* ACI Distinguished Achievement Award to the construction firm Hensel Phelps;
* Arthur J. Boase Award to David Darwin, Deane E. Ackers Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS;
* Robert E. Philleo Award to Robert Douglas Hooton, Professor and the NSERC/Cement Association of Canada Industrial Research Chair in Concrete Durability and Sustainability in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada;
* Jean-Claude Roumain Innovation in Concrete Award to Kevin MacDonald, Principal Engineer at Beton Consulting Engineers LLC, Prior Lake, MN;
* ACI Concrete Sustainability Award to Aris Papadopoulos, CEO of Titan America; and
* ACI Young Professional Essay Contest Award to Karla Kruse, Engineer at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.
The featured event of the opening session was the presentation of the ACI Commemorative Lecturer Award in the series honoring Katharine and Bryant Mather to H. Celik Ozyildirim. He is a Principal Research Scientist at the Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation and Research, the research division of the Virginia Department of Transportation, Charlottesville, VA. Ozyildirim's talk was titled "Katharine and Bryant Mather: Pioneers and Visionaries," which recounted many of the significant achievements they amassed over a combined 98 years of involvement in ACI and 100 years of activity within ASTM International. He summed up the Mathers' influence: "They were two great educators with a vast knowledge of concrete who touched many lives, including mine."
For the ACI Student Pervious Concrete Cylinder Competition, student teams cast two cylinders of pervious concrete that are tested for infiltration and splitting tensile strength. Teams are awarded in two categories: load-to-cost ratio and cylinder performance. To qualify for cost analysis, a team's specimens must meet a minimum threshold of permeability, as is true with placements in the construction industry. Cylinder performance is evaluated based on permeability and splitting tensile strength. At the ACI Fall 2013 Convention, the top teams in the Highest Load-to- Cost Ratio Category were:
**First place: Universidad AutÓnoma de Nuevo LeÓn Team 1, students Marcos Balderas-Varela, Jorge De La Fuente-Valdez, Hugo MartÍnez-Maldonado, Yanni Rangel-Mora, and Yazmin Torres-RÍos; Alejandro DurÁn-Herrera, Faculty Advisor.
* Second place: Northern Arizona University, students Junyi Shan and Darius Ikan-Tubui Ishaku; Chun-Hsing Jun Ho, Faculty Advisor.
* Third place: Universidad AutÓnoma de Nuevo LeÓn Team 2, students Alan Aguilar-Dominguez, Luis A. Alvarado-Leal, Pedro Avitia-ValdÉz, David GonzÁlez- Moreno, and Rafael Ortiz-Ponce; Alejandro DurÁn- Herrera, Faculty Advisor. In the Cylinder Performance Category, the results were:
* First place: Ryerson University, students Mahmoud Al-Fayez, Mo'tasem Aljawhary, Osama Al-Mohammedi, Shahid Quraishi, and Yousuf Faroqi; Medhat Shehata, Faculty Advisor;
* Second place: Universidad de Costa Rica, students Grace Foulkes, Pablo EcheverrÍa, Ricardo Zamora, and Luis Álvarez; Ruben Salas, Faculty Advisor;
*Third place: University of Arkansas, students Kaisha Plambeck and Matthew Watters; Frances Griffith, Faculty Advisor.
The first-, second-, and third-place teams in each category received cash awards of $750, $500, and $250, respectively.
ACI also announced the winners of the Art of Concrete Student Competition. Sponsored by the ACI Arizona Chapter, the competition explored the artistic nature of concrete with varied displays of form, function, and beauty through a work of art. The order of finish at the ACI Fall 2013 Convention was Hayden Bilyeu, first place; Disan Katumba, second place; and Narguis Benyamin, third place.
The competition results were announced at the Student Lunch, featuring speaker Ryan Abbott, Project Director, Sundt Construction, Inc., Tempe, AZ. He discussed the topic of "Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Hired." At its most basic level, the construction industry is about "solving a problem," Abbott said. There are "amazing challenges that are out there for you to tackle," he told the students, and "if we work together, we can achieve more than can ever be done separately." Abbott implored the audience to "foster creativity and don't fear failure," "challenge yourself and believe in your work," "protect your personal integrity," and "do work you're proud of."
International Forum and Lunch
ACI Vice President William E. Rushing chaired the ACI International Forum, a networking event that is held on Sunday at each convention. The meeting is designed as an opportunity for representatives from ACI's international partner associations to provide updates on their recent activities and initiatives. It was followed by the International Lunch, where the featured speaker was Jorge Luis Quijano, Chief Executive Officer, Panama Canal Authority. His presentation was on "The Panama Canal Expansion Program: A Story of Challenges, Innovation, and Commitment."
"Panama is the logistics hub of the Americas," Quijano said. "The expansion will achieve the maximum potential of the geographical position of Panama." The route through the expanded Panama canal system can mitigate carbon emissions worldwide according to Quijano, as larger vessels will be able to pass through, lessening the carbon footprint generated by more, smaller cargo ships.
For such a massive undertaking, more than 120 studies on design, water resources, environmental impact, costs, and finances were completed over a 4-year period. Among the challenges Quijano detailed was the necessity to conserve water resources during the operation of the expanded locks. This will be achieved with water-saving basins, an innovation borrowed from Germany's Minden Locks, which were built over 100 years ago. The concrete being used is designed for a 100-year service life, with 55 MPa (7980 psi) strength for the downstream set of valves and 35 MPa (5000 psi) for the culverts.
Zachary Barnett, Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office in Phoenix, AZ, presented an "Overview of OSHA Initiatives" to the Contractors' Day Lunch audience. He began by discussing OSHA's increased state plan oversight. Most U.S. states run their own programs, which are consistent with federal regulations. OSHA has a number of controls in place to bring down worker fatalities and its investigations focus on identifying how people can be hurt.
For the reinforced concrete construction industry, a prime concern is preventing injuries and fatalities caused by equipment backovers. An OSHA crane guidance standard is being developed, along with a directive for certifying crane operators. OSHA residential construction fall-protection products have been updated, and mobile, downloadable tools are available on heat safety and fall hazards.
W. Gene Corley honored at special session
The special technical session "Structural Concrete Design-The Legacy of Dr. W. Gene Corley" was a tribute to Corley's 40-year participation in the activities of ACI Committee 318. He passed away March 1, 2013. The two-part session was moderated by Anthony Fiorato and Basile Rabbat, with presentations from Jim Cagley, Neil Hawkins, Jim Jirsa, Paul Mlakar, Jack Moehle, Randy Poston, and Mete Sozen.
Rawhide Western Town An old-time Arizona frontier experience awaited ACI convention attendees during an event at the Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse, located at Wild Horse Pass. After an outdoor buffet dinner of wood-fired steaks and authentic western-style side dishes, the ACI guests were treated to an entertaining skit stocked with stereotypical characters from an 1880s western town, which segued into a mock gunfight down the town's main street. When the show was over, the attendees were able to amble down the main street and view the recreated shops and buildings of the town.
Four levels of exhibits at the Arizona Science Center provided the backdrop for the Concrete Mixer. Among the permanent exhibits that ACI members could try, the hands-on components were "Nano," an interactive demonstration of nanoscale science, engineering, and technology; "Solarville," a look at renewable energy; and "Forces of Nature," with displays of the Earth's dynamism.
Spring in Reno
The Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, NV, is the site of the ACI Spring 2014 Convention, March 23-27. "Concrete Endures" will be the convention theme. A special dinner is scheduled on Monday, March 24, to thank the ACI Student Fellowship Program founders, and all who have generously helped fund the Scholarship and Fellowship Program of the Scholarship Council. ACI Past President Ken Hover will serve as the evening's master of ceremonies for the "Tribute to the Fellowship Founders." The ACI Foundation will salute the major founders of the Fellowship Program: Jim Cagley and Cagley & Associates, Inc.; Tom Verti and the Charles Pankow Foundation; and Dan Baker and Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.
Some of the other key events on the convention program include:
* A tour of the University of Nevada-Reno Earthquake Engineering Laboratory, which recently underwent an expansion;
*Dan Payne of Webcor Concrete and Leo Panian of Tipping Mar will answer the question, "Sustainable concrete and a tight construction schedule: Can it be done?" at the Contractors' Day Lunch; and
* Gordon Clark, President, fib, will address the issue of "Making Our Concrete Structures Last Longer-A Global Challenge" at the International Lunch. Visit www.aciconvention.org for more details.
ACI President Anne Ellis presented the ACI Distinguished Achievement Award to Alex Bertolini, Project Manager, Hensel Phelps, who accepted on behalf of the construction firm
Karla Kruse (right) received the ACI Young Professional Essay Contest Award
H. Celik Ozyildirim received the ACI Commemorative Lecturer Award in the series honoring Katharine and Bryant Mather
ACI President Anne Ellis thanked (from left) Jennifer Monson, Teresa Coleman, and Dawn Rogers, the Tri-Chairs of the Phoenix Chapter Convention Committee, with certificates of appreciation
Students from the Universidad AutÓnoma de Nuevo LeÓn finished in first and third place in the Highest Load-to-Cost Ratio Category of the ACI Student Pervious Concrete Cylinder Competition
Phoenix Chapter Convention Committee
Tri-Chairs: Teresa Coleman, Jennifer Monson, and Dawn Rogers
Contractors' Day: Tony Polusny, Jim Rogers, and Luke Snell
Exhibits: Dan Eberle, Mike Jones, and Kristi Lattin
Fundraising: Teresa Coleman
Guest Program: Terri Castles and Billie Snell
Publicity: Paul Radtke and Angelo Trujillo
Roving Members: Robert Barkley, Matt Marcus, Jennifer Porter, and Matt Rogers
Secretary: Billie Snell
Social Events: Beth Britt
Student Program: Jim Ernzen and Robin Tuchscherer
Technical Program: Bryan Castles, Tarif Jaber, Jim Rogers, and Luke Snell
Treasurer: Bryan Castles
Zachary Barnett (left), Director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Phoenix, AZ, spoke at the Contractors' Day lunch; pictured with Jim Rogers of the Phoenix Chapter Convention Committee
Exhibitors at the ACI Fall 2013 Convention included: ACI Foundation; AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc.; Arizona Builder's Exchange Booth; Arizona State University'sDel E. Webb School of Construction; BASF Corporation; BC Graphics, Inc.; Bentley Systems, Inc.; Blucor Contracting, Inc.; Blue Planet, LTD; Braun Intertec; Burgess Pigment; CalPortland Company; CEMEX; Construction Materials Engineering Council, Inc.; Drake Materials/ Cement; ELE International; ERICO; The Euclid Chemical Company; Fox Blocks by Airlite Plastics Co.; Germann Instruments, Inc.; Grace Construction Products; Headed Reinforcement Corp.; Hoskin Scientific Limited; Hughes Brothers, Inc.; Ingenera USA; ITW Commercial Construction; Korber Sales Company; KPFF Consulting Engineers; Kryton International Inc.; MMFX Steel Corporation; Myers Associates, Inc.; NY CO Minerals, Inc.; PlastiForm Concrete Forming Systems LLC; Proceq USA, Inc.; S-FRAME Software; Salt River Materials Group; Sensors & Software Inc.; Sika Corporation; Silica Fume Association; Simpson Strong-Tie; Smith Emery Laboratories; STRUCTURAL TECHNOLOGIES; Suntec Concrete Inc.; Tourney Consulting Group, LLC; uGRIDD Corporation; Universal Construction Testing; Vector Corrosion Technologies; Wacker Neuson Logistics Americas LLC; Xypex Chemical Corporation; and Zircon Corporation.
Special Convention Sponsor: ACI Arizona Chapter
The Phoenix: Baker Concrete Construction; Drake Cement, LLC; Suntec Concrete
Gila Monster: BASF Corporation; CalPortland Company; CEMEX; The Euclid Chemical Company; Grace Construction Products; Salt River Materials Group (SRMG)
Roadrunner: ACI Missouri Chapter; Arizona Builder's Exchange; Arizona Materials, L.L.C.; Hanson Aggregates; Sundt Construction
Coyote: ACI Carolinas Chapter; ACI Greater Michigan Chapter; ACI National Capital Chapter; ACI Northern California & Western Nevada Chapter; ACI Pittsburgh Area Chapter; ACI South Texas Chapter; Hardrock Concrete Placement Co., Inc.; L.R. Cowan Concrete Co., Inc.; Lafarge North America; Luke & Billie Snell; Oremus Materials, Inc.; Silica Fume Association; Simpson Strong-Tie; Speedie & Associates; Western Technologies, Inc.
Diamondback: ACI Central Florida Chapter; ACI Eastern Pennsylvania and; Delaware Chapter; ACI Florida Suncoast Chapter; ACI Houston Chapter; ACI Illinois Chapter; ACI Intermountain Chapter; ACI Kansas Chapter; ACI Las Vegas Chapter; ACI Louisiana Chapter; ACI Mid-South Chapter; ACI New Jersey Chapter; ACI New Mexico Chapter; ACI Northeast Texas Chapter; ACI Rocky Mountain Chapter; ACI San Diego International Chapter; ACI Southern California Chapter; Concrete Industry Board, an ACI NYC Chapter; CRSI; Fleming & Sons Concrete Pumping, Inc.; FORTA Corporation; Jaber Engineering Consulting, Inc.; Kleinfelder; Western Concrete Pumping, Inc.
Scorpion: ACI Arkansas Chapter; ACI Minnesota Chapter; ACI Washington Chapter; Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping; Meyer Borgman Johnson
Prickly Pear: Arizona Foundation Solutions and Ninyo & Moore
Beer/Margarita Garden: Headwaters MB and Speedie & Associates
Registration Bag: Imagination, Inc., and Jaber Engineering Consulting, Inc.
Lanyard: S-Frame Software
Highlights of the ACI Fall 2013 Convention
Preparing to test the rate of infiltration of a pervious concrete cylinder
As a sign of support for the Concrete Cares initiative, water with pink dye was used for the infiltration tests
The sculpture "Out of the Abyss" by Hayden Bilyeu won first place in the Student Art of Concrete Competition
At the International Lunch, from left: H.S. Lew, moderator of the International Lunch program; Ramon Carrasquillo, Chair, ACI International Conferences/Conventions Committee; Sharon Wood, ACI Vice President; Jim Wight, ACI Past President; speaker Jorge Luis Quijano, Panama Canal Authority; Ron Burg, ACI Executive Vice President; Anne Ellis, ACI President; and Bill Rushing, ACI Vice President
For the Concrete Cares day on October 21, convention attendees were encouraged to wear pink. Pink concrete hearts were available for purchase at the ACI Arizona Chapter Desk, with the proceeds going to charity
This mixer truck was parked outside the Phoenix Convention Center
Hayden Bilyeu, Secretary of Middle Tennessee State University ACI Student Chapter, received her first-place award in the Art of Concrete Competition from Jim Ernzen of the Phoenix Chapter Convention Committee
Student Lunch speaker Ryan Abbott, Project Director, Sundt Construction, Inc., discussed "Things I Wish I Knew Before I Got Hired"
Women in ACI
At the Women in ACI reception