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Convention Highlights

October 15, 2017


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: Narayanan Neithalath, Gaurav N Sant

A wide variety of cement replacement materials are being used in concrete. It is important to understand and predict the early age response of concrete containing these materials. This session will cover all aspects of early age property development in concrete with supplementary cementing/cement replacement materials including laboratory investigations and field practices. The session will provide attendees with state-of-the-art information on early age response of concretes with multiple-blend binders, advances in earl-age property characterization methods, and simulation of the early age response, in an effort to design and proportion sustainable binders.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. To disseminate latest information on the early age response development of concrete containing SCMS;
2. To enable selection of type and quantity of SCMs for appropriate concrete applications considering the early age property development;
3. To understand the latest methodologies to test for early age properties; and
4. Promote sustainability in concrete by enhancing the use of green materials.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Kamal H Khayat

The use of SCC in precast and cast in place applications has been growing steadily worldwide with SCC becoming the material of choice to facilitate concrete placement in highly restricted sections and in extreme placement conditions. This includes high-rise building construction, such as the One World Trade Center in New York City, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, and the Jeddah Tower in Saudi Arabia.
The objective of this session is to highlight recent projects involving design and construction of SCC for high rise building and major bridge construction projects and the potential obstacles to further implementation of SCC. Lessons learned for concrete producers, structural designers and architects, and contractors will be addressed. Several important examples regarding the structural performance of SCC will be highlighted. This includes strength development, elastic moduli, bond strength to embedded steel, prestress losses, shrinkage, and permeability will be highlighted. The session will be beneficial to practicing professionals dealing with the structural design and construction of SCC.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. The session will highlight in recent construction projects made using SCC. Lessons learned on these projects will be discussed from the perspective of concrete producers, structural designers and architects, contractors, as well as public owner agencies;
2. The session will discuss special challenges and adopted solution to secure high robustness of SCC mixtures and adequate workability despite of complex geometries and long hauling distances;
3. Quality control testing at concrete plans and job site will be highlighted, and constructability issues regarding architectural surface finish, form pressure characteristics, and form tightness will be discussed; and
4. Engineering properties and durability characteristics of various SCC classes will be discussed.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: William J Gold, Maria Lopez de Murphy

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement;
3. Specific Knowledge of FRP Systems for Seismic Retrofit of Existing Structures; and
4. Specific Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement Design Issues in Seismic Resistant Structures.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: William J Gold, Raafat El-Hacha

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement;
3. Specific Knowledge of FRP Systems for Strengthening Concrete Structures; and
4. Specific Knowledge of Design Issues related to Bond of External Reinforcement.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

First-time convention attendees are invited to join a member of the ACI Convention Committee, for a continental breakfast and brief session to orient you to the week ahead. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet other first-time convention attendees, connect with convention mentors, and learn about what the ACI Convention has to offer.


9:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Moderator: Walter H Flood IV

The objective of this competition is to design and build the highest-impact, load-resistant plain or reinforced concrete Egg Protection Device (EPD). Students will learn about and report on concrete's impact resistance, design of reinforcing steel, and other real-life aspects that an EPD simulates. Testing will begin bright and early and continue until only crushed EPDs and mangled reinforcing bar remain. The winners will be announced during the Student Lunch, and the top three entries will receive prizes.


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Moderator: David A Lange

The ACI International Forum provides an opportunity for convention attendees to meet and learn from ACI international partners, ACI chapter representatives, and ACI leadership about worldwide events, activities, initiatives, and common themes of interest to the concrete materials, design, and construction industry.

Speakers include: Prof. Ali Attiyah, ACI Iraq Chapter; Prof. Chang-Sik Choi, Korea Concrete Institute (KCI); Dr. Paolo Casadei, ACI Italy Chapter; Prof. Hitoshi Shiohara, Japan Concrete Institute (JCI); Dr. Surendra Manjrekar, India Chapter of ACI; Prof. Nemkumar Banthia, Canada India Research Center of Excellence; Speaker TBD, Jordan Concrete Association/Jordan Engineering Association (JCA/JEA); and others.


10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Moderators: William J Gold, Lijuan Cheng

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement;
3. Specific Knowledge of FRP Strengthening and Reinforcement of Masonry; and
4. Specific Knowledge of FRP Strengthening and Reinforcement of Concrete Shear Walls.


10:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Moderators: William J Gold, Maria Lopez de Murphy

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement;
3. Specific Knowledge of Field Applications of FRP Reinforcement and Strengthening; and
4. Specific Knowledge of FRP Uses in Concrete and Masonry Structures.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: Narayanan Neithalath, Gaurav N Sant

A wide variety of cement replacement materials are being used in concrete. It is important to understand and predict the early age response of concrete containing these materials. This session will cover all aspects of early age property development in concrete with supplementary cementing/cement replacement materials including laboratory
investigations and field practices. The session will provide attendees with state-of-the-art information on early age response of concretes with multiple-blend binders, advances in earl-age property characterization methods, and simulation of the early age response, in an effort to design and proportion sustainable binders.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. To disseminate latest information on the early age response development of concrete containing SCMs;
2. To enable selection of type and quantity of SCMs for appropriate concrete applications considering the early age property development;
3. To understand the latest methodologies to test for early age properties; and
4. Promote sustainability in concrete by enhancing the use of green materials.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: Ahmed M Abdel-Mohti, Shahria Alam

ACI 341 Committee will be sponsoring a session on performance based design of bridges during the ACI convention in Anaheim, CA. This session aims to provide the current knowledge in performance based design of bridges. Bridges are a critical component of our infrastructure system and failure of bridges is a safety issue. There is more progress taken place in performance based design in seismic analysis of buildings than what has been achieved in that in seismic analysis of bridges. AASHTO seismic requirements are based on the level of ductility of structural members, importance of the structure, level of deformation, and soil conditions. On the other hand, performance based design is based on having bridge performance to achieve a defined performance criteria such as strength, ductility, deformation, etc. This session entitled “Performance Based Design” will have presentations of research (experimental, analytical, or both) focusing on the performance based design of bridges and bridge components. Some examples of the topics suitable for this session are the development of fragility functions of different types of bridges considering various soil conditions and development of fragility functions of bridge components. Also, research work that addresses analysis and design of bridges or bridge components focusing on levels of damage (slight, moderate, etc.) will be also suitable for this session.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Current knowledge in performance based design;
2. Current techniques to model and analysis bridges;
3. How to better evaluate seismic performance of bridges at component level and system level; and
4. How we can improve current design guidelines to design and analysis earthquake resilient bridges.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$30.00

Speakers: Jae-Hoon Lee, Yeungnam University and Hong Gun Park, Seoul National University
This presentation will introduce Korean experience in developing national standards and concrete technology since 1960’s when large scale constructions of buildings and infra-structures started. At the early stage as a developing country, a lot of effort was needed due to very limited knowledge and information on concrete technology. During last two decades, various research programs have been conducted to develop more rational design code and concrete technology, which enables Korean engineers to design and construct diverse civil structures and buildings in Korea. Particularly, in this speech, the roles of Korea Concrete Institute and Universities on the development of concrete technology and construction of Korea will be presented showing several instances of infra-structures and mega buildings.
International Lunch Flyer


12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Moderator: Walter H Flood IV

This new student competition aims to promote the idea of enviornmental performance in cocnrete miture design as an important aspect of sustainability. For the first-time run of the new student competition, 20 teams have the mission to develop an innovative concrete mixture, which must have the lowest possible environmental impacts while maintaining optimal mechanical and durability performance. After designing their concrete mixture, teams are asked to perform a simplified lifecycle assessment (LCA) and present their results in a written report. At the competition, teams will have a poster to preent thier innovative concrete to the audience and judges,w ith an emphasis on environmental aspects considered in their design, and their mixture wil be checked for durability by testing the resistivity. Winners will be announced on Monday at the Student Lunch.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Thomas J Van Dam, R Doug Hooton

These two sessions will be organized to introduce the new ACI 201.2R-16 Guide to Durable Concrete. In the course of these presentations, the chapter leaders will discuss various aspects of what makes concrete "durable." Topics include mass transport, susceptibility to freezing and thawing, alkali-aggregate reactivity, sulfate attack, aggressive chemicals, physical salt attack, corrosion, and abrasion. All engineers and contractors responsible for designing, specifying, and constructing with concrete should attend to learn about the most recent findings with regards to concrete durability.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the fundamental concepts underlying mass transport in concrete and how it broadly affects durability;
2. Obtain guidance on how to enhance the physical durability of concrete exposed to severe conditions of freezing and thawing in the presence of deicers and physical salt attack;
3. Learn to identify and mitigate chemical attack mechanisms that affect concrete including alkali-aggregate reactivity, sulfate attack, and attack by aggressive chemicals; and
4. Understand other mechanisms that affect the durability of concrete.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Benjamin E Byard, Jussara Tanesi

The causes for concrete pavement cracking and how they are related to the development of early age properties and their effect on long term durability will be explored during this session. This includes:
• The effect of mixture design (including materials used and proportion of materials) on early age properties and bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking
• The influence of construction practices on early age properties and bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking
• The impact of specifications on early age properties and bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking
• The relation between bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking caused by early age properties development and the reduction of long term durability
• Early age measurement techniques that can evaluate early the age properties that are most related to bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking
• Quality assurance practices to prevent cracking
• Case studies
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Provide a better understanding on the connection between early age properties’ development and cracking of bridge decks and concrete pavements;
2. Promote best practices for obtaining the necessary early age properties to avoid cracking and detrimental effects to durability;
3. Show the relation between concrete pavement cracking caused by early age properties development and the reduction of long term durability;
4. Illustrate early-age measurement techniques that can evaluate early the age properties that are most related to concrete pavement cracking.


1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Moderators: William J Gold, Raafat El-Hacha

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement ;
3. Specific Knowledge of Resistance of FRP Systems to Unusual Loading Events; and
4. Specific Knowledge of the Behavior of FRP Materials to High Temperature and Impact.


1:15 PM - 3:15 PM

Moderators: William J Gold, Lijuan Cheng

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement;
3. Specific Knowledge of Environmental Durability of FRP Materials; and
4. Specific Knowledge on Methods for Protecting and Improving Durability of FRP Reinforcement.


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Moderator: Michelle E Walters

How can we determine the health of an organization in terms of an organized approach, efficiency, and control of processes? What is the role of Quality in the organization? How far reaching is the Quality Management System? Does it concern only quality control? Or does it look beyond testing and inspection and into overall management of the organization to include continuous improvement, customer feedback, and employee training and involvement? Does the scale of it fit the organization? Is it for real or only a dusty old book on a shelf? Auditing is one tool of an overall quality management program that can indicate the health of a system by checking the earmarks of good practices. How does an audit occur? What questions do you ask? This mini-session will address the audit process of various disciplines within the concrete industry, including both the Contractor and Architect-Engineer and provide examples of audit processes on projects.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. To introduce the new ACI 121.1R document, Guide to Auditing, and provide examples of implementation within the industry. As the construction industry evolves with increasing use of alternative delivery methods, significance and use of audit is becoming more common;
2. To discuss the principles of auditing along with the elements, process, and protocol;
3. To provide guidelines on client expectations for performance by contractors and design professionals. This is done by presenting basic quality management tools one might encounter, how effectively they are used, and what level of detail is relevant; and
4. To discuss a case study with best practices and highlight some of the tools that are used to achieve effective audit results.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: William J Gold, Maria Lopez de Murphy

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement;
3. Specific Knowledge of Long Term Durability of FRP Systems; and
4. Specific Knowledge on Strategies to Improve Durability of FRP Systems.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: William J Gold, Raafat El-Hacha

This international symposium attracts interest from researchers, practitioners, and manufacturers involved in the use of fiber reinforced polymers (FRP) as reinforcement for concrete structures. This includes the use of FRP reinforcement in new construction and FRP for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures. This session will emphasize the experimental, analytical and numerical validations of using FRP composites for internal reinforcement of concrete structures and will be aimed at providing insights needed for improving existing guidelines.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Knowledge of FRP Materials and Systems;
2. Knowledge of FRP Reinforcement;
3. Specific Knowledge of Research into FRP and Hybrid FRP Reinforcement for Concrete; and
4. Specific Knowledge on FRP Reinforcement of Frame Joints.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Benjamin E Byard, Jussara Tanesi

The causes for concrete bridge deck cracking and how they are related to the development of early age properties and their effect on long term durability will be explored during this session. This includes: • The effect of mixture design (including materials used and proportion of materials) on early age properties and bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking • The influence of construction practices on early age properties and bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking • The impact of specifications on early age properties and bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking • The relation between bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking caused by early age properties development and the reduction of long term durability • Early age measurement techniques that can evaluate early the age properties that are most related to bridge deck and/or concrete pavement cracking • Quality assurance practices to prevent cracking • Case studies
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Provide a better understanding on the connection between early age properties’ development and cracking of bridge decks;
2. Promote best practices for obtaining the necessary early age properties to avoid cracking and detrimental effects to durability;
3. Show the relation between bridge deck cracking caused by early age properties development and the reduction of long term durability; and
4. Illustrate early-age measurement techniques that can evaluate early the age properties that are most related to bridge deck cracking.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Anik Delagrave, Steven H Kosmatka

The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC) collaborates across the concrete industry to address challenges and creates a forum for the introduction and nurturing of new technologies. The Innovations in Concrete Technology Session showcases emerging concrete technologies that the SDC perceives as having positive productivity or economic impacts on the industry.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Evaluate how the technology impacts their business;
2. Recognize the potential improvement the technology brings to the industry;
3. Level of acceptance of the technology with industry specifications, codes and standards; and
4. Contact Information of the technology proponent.


5:45 PM - 7:00 PM

The Opening Session is the official start to the ACI Convention and will begin with a welcome address by ACI President Khaled Awad. Next, the emcee for the night will introduce our featured keynote speaker, Josh Linkner, who will give a presentation on disruption.


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Immediately following the Opening Session and Keynote Presentation, attendees are invited to the Exhibit Hall for this evening reception. Congratulate ACI Awardees, reunite with colleagues, network with new acquaintances, and learn about the products and services offered by the exhibitors. A cash bar and light refreshments will be available.


8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Moderator: Kirk L McDonald


9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

The ACI Student and Young Professional Activities Committee invites all young professional and mentors for a casual networking exchange following the Opening
Reception. Attendees will meet with fellow young professionals, Student and Young Professional Activities Committee (SYPAC) members, and establish connections
with ACI mentors. Bring your business cards to be entered into a drawing for door prizes.