Knowledge to Practice:
Join Us at SDC’s Technology Forum 46
The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council
(SDC) will host Technology Forum 46 in Pittsburgh, PA, on
August 27-29, 2019. Please join us as we discuss numerous
material options in reinforcement and prestressing, code
changes, and industry-critical research results, along with the
potential roles of computer vision, artificial intelligence, and
robotics in the concrete industry.
The program begins on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, with an
opportunity to take a tour of the Frick Environmental Center.
This outstanding Pittsburgh Chapter – ACI project won
second place in the Low-Rise Buildings category in the 2017
ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards
competition. The tour will take place from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.
and is available for a maximum of 20 people. Following the
tour, a fun evening of mingling is planned as we host a
welcome reception at the Kimpton Hotel Monaco, located in
downtown Pittsburgh, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
During the Forum, presentations will include: ••Reinforcement—a 2-hour panel discussion on the use of
nonmetallic reinforcement. Speakers will present the
viewpoints of owners, manufacturers, contractors, and
academia; discuss the state of research and development
activities by ACI, ASTM International, and AASHTO; and
address constructability, productivity, and risk; ••Technology Showcases—using titanium to strengthen
bridges and existing concrete structures; fiber-reinforced
polymer macrofibers for precast concrete; and TyBot, an
autonomous robot for tying reinforcing bars; ••Codes and Design—engineering analysis of fiberreinforced
polymer (FRP) composites and fiber-reinforced
concrete using ACI 440.1R and ACI 544.4R, respectively;
integration of the work products of ACI Committee 375,
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SDC Technology Forum 46 will be held in Pittsburgh, PA
Performance-Based Design of Concrete Buildings for
Wind Loads, and ACI Committee 440, Fiber-Reinforced
Polymer Reinforcement, with those of ACI Committee
318, Structural Concrete Building Code; and building code
changes related to the use of high-strength steel
reinforcement; and ••Future Trends and Inventions—potential applications of
computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, and
The City of Pittsburgh is currently undergoing a
postindustrial reinvention. Advances in robotics and other
cutting-edge technologies are the result of research by
Carnegie Mellon University’s Manufacturing Futures
Initiative and the Advanced Robotic Manufacturing Institute.
Join the discussion on how these technologies might affect the
future of concrete and the built environment. Then use the
remainder of the day on Thursday, August 29, 2019, to
network or connect with several start-up companies focused
on bringing new technologies to the market.
For more details, visit www.acifoundation.org/sdc.aspx.
Applications for Scholarships and Fellowships
On July 1, 2019, the 2020-2021 application cycle for ACI
fellowship and scholarship awards will open. Based on essays,
submitted data, and endorsements, the ACI Foundation’s
Scholarship Council will grant awards to those candidates
judged to have the strongest combination of interest and
potential for professional success in the concrete industry.
During the last award cycle, the council awarded the
first-ever Middle East (MENA) Fellowship, which is available
to students studying in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi
Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates. The ACI Foundation is
pleased to offer this award again for the next cycle.
ACI Foundation fellowships and scholarships are made
possible through generous contributions by our donors in the
concrete community. Together, we are strengthening the
concrete industry by encouraging students toward a
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