Currently, the Chapter provides certification classes to
approximately 100 people per year. Barringer has served as
Examiner of Record for practically every class. The Chapter
has qualified as an Excellent Chapter for several years and
most recently was named an Outstanding Chapter.
Central Ohio Chapter – ACI Collaborates with
Ohio State University Student Chapter – ACI
for Networking Event
The Ohio State University (OSU) Student Chapter – ACI
partnered with the Central Ohio Chapter – ACI to host a speed
networking event on January 10, 2019, at the Varsity Club
This event consisted of local ACI professional engineers
having 5- to 10-minute talks with students about careers
within the concrete industry. After everyone had eaten, 13
industry professionals were organized in booths with 30
students split among them for the first round. Todd Surrarrer,
local Chapter President, used a bell to signal when students
should rotate to the next station. The total networking event
lasted for an hour and a half, but most students stuck around
and talked with professionals for an additional hour. The
networking event also included a tour—organized by Lisa
Burris—of the newly renovated OSU Civil-Structural
Engineering teaching laboratory; the Cement, Concrete, and
Coal Combustion Products research laboratory; and the
Geotechnical Engineering teaching laboratory.
While most undergraduate students are interested in
internships and networking opportunities, many do not realize
the breadth of the civil engineering and construction fields.
One of the major goals of the student chapter is to expose
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At the Eco Concrete Competition held at NED University of Engineering
Networking participants from the Central Ohio Chapter – ACI and
OSU Student Chapter – ACI
students to different paths within the concrete industry.
Future events planned include a tour of the new exhibit at
the Columbus Zoo. The speed networking event will also
become an annual event.
Eco Concrete Competition Held in Pakistan
Challenges Students to Explore Sustainability
The NED University of Engineering and Technology
(NEDUET) Student Chapter – ACI hosted BAMCRETE 1.0
at the campus undergraduate facility on January 16, 2019, in
Karachi City, Pakistan.
The competition required student teams to prepare
bamboo-reinforced concrete (BAMCRETE) beams. The
objectives of this event were to increase awareness of how
abundant, sustainable, and extremely resilient bamboo can be
if used as reinforcement; and to encourage creativity in
engineering design and analysis.
A total of 34 teams, comprising three to five team members
each, participated in the competition. Each team was assigned
a mentor, who was a member of the ACI working body
(research team). The mentor assisted the team and determined
whether the team complied with the rules of the competition.
Using the material that was provided, each team designed
and constructed a beam with a cross section of 3 x 3 in. (76 x
76 mm) and a length of 6 to 12 in. (150 to 300 mm). A day
after casting, teams were required to remove the formwork
and place the beams in the provided curing tank for 7 days.
After the completion of the curing process, beams were
weighed and measured by the research team, then positioned
for flexural testing. The testing, analysis, and final judgment
were made by the research team, and the winning team was
declared. A stellar trophy and a cash prize of Rs.8000 was
awarded to the winning team.