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Upcoming Public Seminars

ACI 318-19: Changes to the Concrete Design Standard

Price: $695 (non-member) / $595 (ACI member) / $150 student

Continuing Education Credit: 7.5 PDH / 0.75 CEU

Time: 8am - 5pm


Speaker Bios

Neal S. Anderson

Neal S. Anderson, PE, FACI, FPCI, Staff Consultant, Simpson Gumpertz

Mr. Anderson is a Staff Consultant with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc. in Chicago, Illinois. He has been extensively involved with the investigation and rehabilitation of reinforced and precast/prestressed concrete and steel structures for over 30 years. He was one of the principal investigators for PCI’s research program on the behavior and design criteria of headed stud anchorages. He serves on ACI 318 - Structural Building Code, is chair of 318 Subcommittee B - Anchorage and Reinforcement and is a member of ACI 445 – Shear and Torsion. He is also active in concrete anchorage as a member of ACI 355 - Anchorage and C680 - Adhesive Anchor Certification, as well as several PCI committees. He is a licensed professional and structural engineer in Illinois, and several other states. Mr. Anderson received both his BS and MS in structural engineering from Purdue University. He is a Fellow of both ACI and PCI.

Dr. Catherine E. French

Catherine E. French, PE, FACI, FPCI, Distinguished Professor, University of Minnesota

Dr. French is College of Science and Engineering Distinguished Professor at the University of Minnesota, where she has been a member of the faculty for more than 30 years. Her research addresses the behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete structural systems, field monitoring of bridges, numerical and experimental investigations of structural systems including the effects of earthquakes, evaluation and repair of damaged structures, and development and application of new materials. She is a recipient of a number of awards including the ACI Joe Kelly Award, ACI Henry L. Kennedy Award, ACI Reinforced Concrete Research Council Arthur J. Boase Award, and American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Raymond C. Reese Research Prize. She is a past member of ACI Board of Directors, and numerous other ACI committees. She currently serves on ACI Technical Activities Committee and ACI 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, for which she has been a member since 1995. Dr. French is an honorary member of ACI.

Dr. Robert J. Frosch

Robert J. Frosch, PhD, PE, FACI, Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Purdue University

Dr. Frosch currently serves on the ACI Board of Direction and is a member of several ACI board and technical committees including the ACI 318 Structural Building Code. For the 318-14 code cycle, he served as Chair of Subcommittee D on Flexure and Axial loads as well as on the 318 Steering Committee. He is continuing in these positions for the next code cycle. A registered professional engineer, his research focuses on the design and behavior of structural concrete, earthquake engineering, and bridge engineering. He has received numerous awards for both his teaching and research and was recently recognized with the ACI 318 Distinguished Service Award and the Arthur J. Boase Award from the Concrete Research Council for his research on shear, bond, and cracking behavior of reinforced and prestressed concrete.

Robert Howell

Robert M Howell, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Mr. Howell joined ACI as Professional Development Program Engineer in 2014. Previously he was a Lead Structural Engineer at IBI Group/Giffels LLC formerly Giffels Associates, Inc. Howell has 26 years of structural design experience in health care, industrial, research, power plant, educational, and commercial facilities. He also has 7 years of experience as an Owner’s Representative Project Structural Engineer with GM Worldwide Facilities Group. Howell received his BS in civil engineering from Wayne State University and his MBA in supply chain management from Michigan State University. Howell is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Michigan and is a LEED Green Associate.

Dr Khaled Nahlawi

Khaled Nahlawi, PhD, PE, Distinguished Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Dr. Nahlawi's role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees and communicate the work of these committees to other Standard Developing Organizations and Regulatory Agencies. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan. Has over 20 years of experience in the design and strengthening of structures. He joined ACI in 2009 as a senior engineer and has supported, among other duties, in the re-organization effort of 318. He is a registered engineer in California and Michigan.

Lawrence C. Novak

Lawrence C. Novak, SE, F.SEI, F.ACI, CERT, LEED AP, Chief Structural Engineer, International Code Council

Mr. Novak was previously the Senior Director for Structural Engineering and Codes for the Portland Cement Association and he was an Associate Partner with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill where he had the opportunity to be lead structural engineer for the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building. Novak is also an adjunct Professor at Northwestern University where he teaches advanced structural design to the next generation of engineers. He serves on several technical committees, including the ACI 318 Code committee and the ASCE 7 committee on Building Loads. He has served as Director on the governing board for organizations including SEAOI, TCA and the Illinois Engineering Hall of Fame. Novak was selected as the “Centennial Lecturer” in engineering and was named the “Citizen Engineer of the Year” by the Illinois Chapter of ASCE. In 2010, he was selected as the ACI “Educational Speaker of the Year”, in 2017 he was bestowed the ACI “Educational Award” for his “unique ability to convey concrete knowledge and inspire others to greater heights”, in 2018 he was presented with the SEAOI life-time “Service Award” for his contributions to the industry and in 2019 he was part of the team honored with the “nVent Award for Code Simplification and Improvement”. In his free time, Novak utilizes exciting interactive demonstrations to bring structural concepts to life with the goal to inspire the next generation of young minds to study math, science, and engineering

Matthew R. Senecal

Matthew R. Senecal, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Mr. Senecal's role at ACI is to provide technical and administrative support to ACI's Technical Committees and communicate the work of these committees to other Standard Developing Organizations and Regulatory Agencies. He received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Notre Dame and his MS in civil engineering from the University of Kansas. He worked as a Civil and Structural Engineer for 14 years before joining the ACI Engineering Department in 2004.

Dr. Andy Taylor

Andy Taylor, PhD, SE, FACI, Associate, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Seattle, WA

Dr. Taylor has 29 years experience in structural engineering research and structural design practice, including seven years with the Earthquake Engineering Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Since 2007 he has been a member of ACI Committee 318, Structural Building Code, is currently Chair of ACI 318 Subcommittee H on Seismic Provisions, and is a former member of Subcommittee D on Flexure and Axial Loads. He is a member of the ACI Technical Activities Committee, and is Chair of the Earthquake Engineering Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of Washington. Dr. Taylor’s interests are in the areas of reinforced concrete structures, and performance based seismic design. He is KPFF’s technical lead for design of special seismic protection devices such as seismic isolation and seismic damping systems. Dr. Taylor serves as an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Washington, where he teaches courses in structural systems and reinforced concrete design.

Dr. Michael L. Tholen

Michael L. Tholen, PhD, PE, Managing Director, Engineering and Professional Development, American Concrete Institute

Dr. Tholen received a BS in architectural engineering, with distinction, in 1992, an MS in civil engineering in 1995, and a PhD in civil engineering in 1996 from the University of Kansas. He previously worked at ACI as the Engineering Editor of Concrete International. Prior to joining ACI in 2005, he spent over 8 years as a structural engineer in the Aviation and Architecture Division at Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company in Kansas City, MO.

Dr. James Wight

James Wight, FACI and FASCE, F.E. Richart, Jr. Collegiate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Michigan.

Dr. Wight is well-known both nationally and internationally for his work in earthquake-resistant design of concrete structures. Professor Wight has been an active member of the American Concrete Institute where he has held several important positions including President of ACI, Chair of the ACI Building Code Committee, Chair of the Technical Activities Committee, Member of the Board of Direction, and President of the Greater Michigan Chapter. He has received numerous awards for his teaching, including the ASCE Student Chapter Teacher of the Year Award, the College of Engineering Teaching Excellence Award and the ACI Joe Kelly Award. He has also won several awards from ACI for his research and service, including the Structural Research Award (twice), the Delmar Bloem Award, the Alfred Lindau Award, and the Wason Medal. He has received a Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Illinois and from Michigan State University. He is the lead-author of a widely used textbook on design of reinforced concrete structures and is a registered engineer in the State of Michigan.

Gregory M Zeisler

Gregory M Zeisler, Engineer, American Concrete Institute

Mr. Zeisler has been with ACI since 2009. Zeisler works with several technical committees as staff liaison including ACI 318 and will be the secretary for the next cycle of the ACI 318 code. Previously he was a Structural Engineer at Durrant. Zeisler has 8 years of structural design experience in parking and retail facilities. Zeisler received his BS in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and his MS in civil engineering from Purdue University. Zeisler is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Indiana and Wisconsin.

Topics Covered

    • New provisions allowing the use of higher steel strengths along with changes to design provisions such as strength reduction factors, minimum reinforcement, and requirements for development and splice lengths of straight, hooked, and headed bars.
    • Higher steel strength limits for shear walls and special moment frames with accompanying changes to lateral support of vertical reinforcement.
    • Newly included and updated provisions related to shotcrete design and construction.
    • Provisions governing nonlinear response history analysis for performance-based seismic design.
    • Revised seismic design and detailing requirements for structural walls.
    • Reduced column tie spacings for intermediate and special moment frames.
    • Inclusion of IBC provisions for deep foundations, including seismic provisions, to expand the scope of deep foundations covered in the code.
    • Consolidation and updating of one-way and two-way shear provisions.
    • Changes to reinforcement and penetration requirements for two-way slabs.
    • Removal of two-way slab design methods and shearhead provisions.
    • Detailing and distribution requirement changes for transverse, integrity, and flange reinforcement.
    • Modifications to requirements for prestressed concrete detailing and design.
    • Revisions to strut-and-tie provisions.
    • Simplification of shrinkage and temperature reinforcement provisions.
    • Modification of load test provisions.
    • Addition of screw anchor and shear lug provisions in Chapter 17.
    • Use of alternative cementitious materials, crushed concrete, and recycled aggregate.
    • Revisions to the definition of modulus of elasticity.
    • Changes to the lightweight concrete modification factor.
    • Addition of requirements governing the certification of personnel.
    • Addition of commentary references to ACI 562 for repair issues.
    • Changes to exposure categories and mixture proportioning requirements for durability.

This seminar covers the major changes in the 2019 edition of ACI 318, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete (ACI 318-19) and Commentary. This edition is the first edition of ACI 318 in 5 years and the first update since the reorganization of the code in the 2014 edition.

All major changes in this edition of the code will be presented and discussed. This includes major changes centered around the topics of higher reinforcing steel yield strengths for many applications and the associated design provision changes; the addition of shotcrete provisions; deep foundation provisions; seismic requirements for deep foundations and other applications; vertical seismic motions; nonlinear analysis for seismic design; modification to development length equations; and updated shear design provisions and equations.

Troubleshooting Concrete Forming and Shoring

Price: $395 ACI Member / $495 Non-member / $150 Student

Continuing Education Credit: 7.5 PDH / 0.75 CEU

REGISTER: OCTOBER 3 (ACI HQ, Farmington Hills, MI) 8 am - 5pm

One-day seminar for contractors and engineers. Attendees will learn tips and traps associated with form stripping and reshoring and will work through calculations for a reshoring problem. Instructors will address tolerances for vertical alignment and slope, slab deflections, balcony drainage issues, and tolerance incompatibilities with cladding materials. Expectations for formed surface quality will be covered with tips for minimizing surface effects such as bugholes that can lead to disputes. Attendees will also learn how to achieve forming economies and compute form pressures. Advanced topics such as one-sided forming, forming overhangs, and SCC formwork basics will also be covered.

The training will be led by Kim D. Basham PhD, PE, President of KB Engineering, LLC, Cheyenne, WY; and Rodney D. Adams, PE, National General Manager, Baker Equipment Materials LTD, Monroe, OH. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask these experts in-depth questions about the building code requirements and see applications on how it is used in practice.

Troubleshooting Concrete Construction

Continuing Education Credit: 7.5 PDH / 0.75 CEU

Coming Spring 2020 (ACI Headquarters: Farmington Hills, MI, USA)

This seminar will discuss the steps involved in concrete troubleshooting including: identifying symptoms that may affect the appearance or structural integrity of the material, collecting information, developing a preliminary diagnosis, conducting testing of the material properties, and confirming the diagnosis. The causes and solutions of common concrete problems will be examined.

Attendees will receive the following ACI publications:
• Specifications for Structural Concrete ACI 301-16
• Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction ACI 302.1R-15
• Guide to Cast-in-Place Architectural Concrete Practice ACI 303R-12
• Guide to Curing Concrete ACI 308R-16
• Identification and Control of Visible Effects of Consolidation on Formed Concrete Surfaces
• ACI 309.2R-15

Concrete Slabs-On-Ground

Continuing Education Credit: 7.5 PDH / 0.75 CEU

Coming Spring 2020 (ACI Headquarters: Farmington Hills, MI, USA)

This seminar will provide an overview of concrete slabs-on-ground. Information regarding how to design, specify, and build quality concrete floors will be shared. Details regarding soil support systems including vapor transmission control, post-tensioning for expansive soils, and more will be discussed. The causes of joint curling and cracking and how this affects the design, materials, and construction of concrete floors will be discussed

Attendees will receive the following ACI publications:
• Guide for Concrete Floors and Slab Construction ACI 302.1R-15
• Design of Slabs-on-Ground ACI 360R-10

Certification Workshops

Cement Physical Testing Technician


This certification program includes a review of those test methods associated with the physical testing of ordinary portland cement (ASTM C150) and the proper equipment necessary to perform these tests. Tests methods covered in the program include the following:

    • ASTM C109 Compressive Strength of Mortar
    • ASTM C151 Autoclave Expansion
    • ASTM C185 Air Content of Mortar
    • ASTM C187 Normal Consistency of Cement
    • ASTM C191 Time of Set of Hydraulic Cement
    • ASTM C1437 Flow Determination of Mortar
    • ASTM C204 Blaine Fineness
    • ASTM C230 Flow Table Requirements
    • ASTM C305 Mechanical Mixing of Pastes and Mortars
    • ASTM C430 #325 Sieve
    • ASTM C490 Practice for Determning Length Change

The scope of the proposed program includes a classroom review of each test standard/method, viewing of ACI’s DVD on cement testing procedures, and hands-on practice session in the laboratory. We will also discuss the importance of maintaining laboratory equipment and the impact bad equipment has on test results. On the last day of the program participants will take a written exam and demonstrate each test. An agenda for the program will be provided to those that enroll.

Who should attend?
Laboratory staff that test cement and cementitious materials, including new and experienced laboratory staff members, QA/QC supervisors and managers, laboratory supervisors, project managers, or anyone interested in the basics of testing cementitious materials.

Michael Morrison is Manager, Certification Program Development, for ACI. Has 35 years’ experience in construction materials testing area with 18 years of experience supervising or performing physical tests for cement, he has trained more than 125 cement testers in the last 20 years.

Program Handouts
ACI Workbook with program requirements, study questions, performance checklists, practice test and articles about physical testing of cement. It does not include any of the program specific ASTM standards. Each attendee must bring their own copies of all required ASTM standards.

For more program information visit the ACI Certification webpage and select Cement Physical Tester.

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