Sessions and Events

Sessions & Events 

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Convention Highlights

October 16, 2017


6:00 AM - 6:45 AM

Interested in putting a little balance into your hectic week? Whether you have regularly practiced yoga or have never tried it, this session will help you get your body and mind grounded for the day and week ahead. Led by yoga teacher Kimberly Kayler, this intro to yoga class requires no experience. You don't have to be able to twist into a pretzel or even touch your toes! Registration is not required and yoga mats will be provided.

*Please consult with your physician to determine if you are fit for this type of activity.


6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

ACI technical committee Chairs are expected to attend this breakfast workshop to meet with fellow Chairs, TAC member, and ACI staff to hear updates on important recent developments of interest to ACI technical committee Chairs. There will be table discussions and short presentations. If you are unable to attend, please ask the Secretary of your committee or another committee member to represent you in your absence. Attendance is by invitation only.


7:00 AM - 8:30 AM


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Mohamed A Mahgoub, Ahmed Ibrahim

Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world. However, the production of portland cement, an essential constituent of concrete, leads to the release of a significant amount of CO2, a greenhouse gas. One ton of portland cement clinker production is said to create approximately 1 ton of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Environmental issues are playing an important role in the sustainable development of the cement and
concrete industry. This reduces energy use in the CO2 emissions from calcinations. A sustainable concrete structure is one that is constructed so that the total environmental impact during its entire life cycle, including during its use, is minimum. Concrete is considered a sustainable material because it has a very low inherent energy
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Demonstrate how to evaluate concrete mixtures with various waste-by-product and recycled materials;
2. Recognize many different types of testing that could be performed on new concrete mixtures produced with recycled materials;
3. Explain the various methods to design and validate the concrete produced by new recycled materials; and
4. Specify emerging technologies in the concrete produced by recycled materials and its application in civil infrastructures.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Chris Carroll, Matthew O'Reilly

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leadingedge concrete technology and reserach throughout the world.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Recognize ongoing concrete research projects from a wide range of research topics;
2. Discuss recent techniques, research methods, and procedures related to structural and material aspects of concrete research;
3. Describe emerging ideas in concrete research; and
4. Summarize recent technical information related to concrete structures and materials research.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Phil Jones

This co-sponsored session will provide progressive learning for reshoring designers, contractors, and base building engineers in several key areas of reshoring design and early-age building performance, illustrating relationships with the base building deflection design assumptions, early age concrete, and construction tolerances.
The session will detail an overview to the updated 347.2R Guide to Reshoring, exemplifying best practices to reshoring design by better understanding early age concrete behaviors, limitations of existing code and standards, and early age loading effects on deflections.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the recent revisions to the 2017 Guide for Shoring/Reshoring of Concrete Multistory Buildings;
2. Describe common complex reshoring applications for users to be aware of;
3. Explain early-age concrete properties as they relate to reshoring and slab deflection applications; and
4. Describe best practices relating to deflection modeling, monitoring, and investigation.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Lauren G McCauley, Matthew P Adams

Whether negotiating your very first job offer or transferring jobs early in your career, this session will be a great interactive panel discussion with young professionals and young faculty who have recently gone through this process themselves.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. What process to expect as a job applicant; how to follow up after an interview;
2. What managers offering the position expect from the applicant;
3. Which factors of an offer are appropriate to negotiate for someone early in their career; and
4. How to appropriately respond to offers: positively and negatively.


10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Moderator: Kanette S Worlds

The ACI Student Forum provides an opportunity for student chapters and competition teams to exchange ideas and best practices. Student speakers will deliver presentations about the activities and achievements of their student chapter or competition team. A limited number of presentations spots are available. Speakers may present as a group or an individual.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderators: Jan Vosahlik, Robert J Thomas

The ACI 123 Concrete Research Poster Session complements the existing Research in Progress and Open Topic sessions and provides further opportunity for the presentation of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology throughout the world.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Recognize ongoing concrete research projects from a wide range of research topics;
2. Discuss recent techniques, research methods, and procedures related to structural and material aspects of concrete research one-on-one with the authors;
3. Describe emerging ideas in concrete research; and
4. Summarize recent technical information related to concrete structures and materials research


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Sean Monkman, Mohammed Sonebi

This pair of sessions, co-organized with RILEM (Technical Committee DFC: Digital fabrication with cement-based materials and RILEM 266-MRP - Measuring Rheological Properties of Cement-based Materials) seeks to present the latest developments on the topic of 3D Printing of Concrete. This new frontier in building materials technology investigates methods and materials that will allow concrete to be made rapidly, at lower cost, in unique designs and without formwork. This revolutionary idea exists at an intersection between concrete materials science and advanced processing technologies.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Discover the latest research developments in 3D printing of concrete;
2. Learn about important materials science aspects for 3D printing of concrete such as material selection, admixtures and reinforcement;
3. Understand the role that concrete rheology and thixotropy play in concrete 3D printing; and
4. Learn about the different technical approaches to industrializing the 3D printing of concrete such as mould production, contour crafting, and smart dynamic casting.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Mohamed A Mahgoub, Ahmed Ibrahim

Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world. However, the production of portland cement, an essential constituent of concrete, leads to the release of a significant amount of CO2, a greenhouse gas. One ton of portland cement clinker production is said to create approximately 1 ton of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Environmental issues are playing an important role in the sustainable development of the cement and
concrete industry. This reduces energy use in the CO2 emissions from calcinations. A sustainable concrete structure is one that is constructed so that the total environmental impact during its entire life cycle, including during its use, is minimum. Concrete is considered a sustainable material because it has a very low inherent energy.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Demonstrate how to evaluate concrete mixtures with various waste-by-product and recycled materials;
2. Recognize many different types of testing that could be performed on new concrete mixtures produced with recycled materials;
3. Explain the various methods to design and validate the concrete produced by new recycled materials; and
4. Specify emerging technologies in the concrete produced by recycled materials and its application in civil infrastructures.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Christopher M Garcia, Paul Heis

This session will highlight a diverse range of infrastructure project types on the US west coast and the innovative uses of precast concrete, cast-in-place concrete and grout to solve complex engineering issues. Various applications of concrete pavements will also be discussed from both the client and designer perspective, to understand the current serviceability challenges and advancements geared towards producing longer lasting concrete pavements.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe the various concrete applications and construction means and methods used for a bridge servicing the Port of Long Beach;
2. Understand cementitious and non-cementitious grouting techniques that are being used on two of California's major transportation projects;
3. Describe advancements, changes and new ideas that are being utilized by Caltrans for concrete pavements; and
4. Recognize the concrete construction quality control issues prevalent in airport runway projects in the Southwest US, particularly Los Angeles World Airports.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Chris Carroll, Matthew O'Reilly

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leadingedge concrete technology and reserach throughout the world.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Recognize ongoing concrete research projects from a wide range of research topics;
2. Discuss recent techniques, research methods, and procedures related to structural and material aspects of concrete research;
3. Describe emerging ideas in concrete research; and
4. Summarize recent technical information related to concrete structures and materials research.


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Moderator: Claude Bedard

This is a Request for the second of two MINI-SESSIONS on Specifications for SCC. The first one was presented in Detroit by the two RILEM Speakers and this one is to presented in Anaheim by the 3 North American Speakers.
This is co-sponsored by ACI TC 237, 329 and RILEM TC on Performance Specifications TC 237 and 329 Members should attend as the topics are concerns of membership for future development of their State of the Art Reports.
Design engineers will learn how to put in practice Performance specifications using the material developed by both TCs.
The objective is to simplify the specifications of SCC as a new construction material and promote its use in the field through easiness of designing a valid specification document.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Better understand how SCC specifications need to be adapted to the field conditions to enable successful use of SCC in practice;
2. Introduce Performance Specifications for Self Consolidating Concrete, a yet under utilised material in North America compared to Europe and Japan. Proper Specifications are necessary to facilitate the use in the field;
3. Share actual specifications by a US designer and owner to facilitate understanding of the use of performcance specifications to best describe this material in the field; and
4. Share actual specifications by a Canadian owner to facilitate understanding of the use of performance specifications to best describe this material in the field.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$47.00

$47 U.S. per person; FREE to students who preregister by 9/17/17
Speaker: Conrad Paulson, WJE
Join students and other ACI attendees for the Student Lunch with featured speaker
Conrad Paulson, WJE. This presentation will give an overview of several engineers at varying stages of their careers, presenting their perspectives, how they may differ, and yet how they collaborate to build a successful work environment. All are welcome to register for the lunch. Following the lecture, the results of the student competition will be announced.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Jeffrey F Speck

Thermally massive building structures (e.g., reinforced concrete) have enormous capability to store thermal energy, providing potential to reduce buildings’ energy consumption and adapt to today’s fast changing environment. However, conventional building practice follows a point-based process where the primary focuses of structural design are not related to other aspects of building performance (e.g., energy efficiency). As a result, the structural system has very limited impact on a building’s energy efficiency during operation. This session addresses an energy solution for thermally massive buildings by re-thinking the role of the building structural system in its lifecycle energy strategy. The goal is to leverage the thermal mass embodied in heavy building elements and imbue the building structure with
dual roles: it serves both as the primary load-bearing system and thermal system. A holistic structural-energy design paradigm will be discussed that strategically utilizes the mechanical and thermophysical properties of construction materials and structural components for a building’s structural resilience and energy efficiency.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Understand the effects of material selection on the energy performance of buildings;
2. Recognize the key factors governing the mechanical and thermal properties of materials;
3. Identify the impact of energy efficient materials on the hazard resistance of structures; and
4. Develop an understanding of the interaction of materials, structural design and insulating strategies on the overall performance of buildings.


1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Moderator: James P Donnelly

This session will present and discuss current hot topics in the design and construction of parking structures, with a focus on information learned from the investigation of these issues and from experience with their construction. This is a mini-session that will be informative for individuals involved in the design, construction, evaluation, and repair of parking structures.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Sean Monkman, Erik E Wotring

This pair of sessions, co-organized with RILEM (Technical Committee DFC: Digital fabrication with cement-based materials and RILEM 266-MRP - Measuring Rheological Properties of Cement-based Materials) seeks to present the latest developments on the topic of 3D Printing of Concrete. This new frontier in building materials technology investigates methods and materials that will allow concrete to be made rapidly, at lower cost, in unique designs and without formwork. This revolutionary idea exists at an intersection between concrete materials science and advanced processing technologies.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Discover the latest research developments in 3D printing of concrete;
2. Learn about important materials science aspects for 3D printing of concrete such as material selection, admixtures and reinforcement;
3. Understand the role that concrete rheology and thixotropy play in concrete 3D printing; and
4. Learn about the different technical approaches to industrializing the 3D printing of concrete such as mould production, contour crafting, and smart dynamic casting.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Mohamed A Mahgoub, Ahmed Ibrahim

Concrete is one of the most widely used construction materials in the world. However, the production of portland cement, an essential constituent of concrete, leads to the release of a significant amount of CO2, a greenhouse gas. One ton of portland cement clinker production is said to create approximately 1 ton of CO2 and other greenhouse gases. Environmental issues are playing an important role in the sustainable development of the cement and
concrete industry. This reduces energy use in the CO2 emissions from calcinations. A sustainable concrete structure is one that is constructed so that the total environmental impact during its entire life cycle, including during its use, is minimum. Concrete is considered a sustainable material because it has a very low inherent energy
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Demonstrate how to evaluate concrete mixtures with various waste-by-product and recycled materials;
2. Recognize many different types of testing that could be performed on new concrete mixtures produced with recycled materials;
3. Explain the various methods to design and validate the concrete produced by new recycled materials; and
4. Specify emerging technologies in the concrete produced by recycled materials and its application in civil infrastructures.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Thomas Kang

This session includes a variety of topics regarding design and modeling considerations for concrete joints, connections and frame systems, as well as their in-service and near-collapse behavior. In large part, the session deals with performance-based earthquake engineering and seismic rehabilitation of cast-in-place and precast concrete joints, connections and systems. The components that are covered are reinforced concrete beam-column joints and connections, reinforced concrete slab-edge barrier wall joints of parking structures, precast concrete member connections with cast-in-place concrete, and reinforced concrete beam-column and slab-column frame systems. The audience is expected to learn the following key information from the presentations of the sessions.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Design recommendations for reinforced concrete beam-column and slab-column connections with standard details or made with high-strength steel reinforcement;
2. Design and detailing considerations for diaphragm connectors and reinforcement used for precast concrete building structures and for slab-edge barrier wall joints of concrete parking structures;
3. Joint modeling schemes for analysis of frame structures up to collapse; and
4. Observed seismic behavior and joint shear strength of reinforced concrete beam-column joints, as well as story stiffness, lateral drift, and drift capacity of reinforced concrete flat plate structures.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Jeffrey J Dragovich, Mary Beth D Hueste

This session presents the state of practice for the Performance-Based Seismic Design (PBSD) of reinforced concrete buildings. The use of PBSD for new construction is expanding, as evidenced by the design guidelines that are available, and the stock of completed building projects. This presentations bring together the implementation of PBSD through state-of-the art project examples, the current design guidelines employed, and research that supports PBSD.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe the features of PBSD;
2. Differentiate between the various PBSD guidelines employed;
3. Identify aspects of building design that require consideration of PBSD; and
4. Recognize what elements of PBSD are still under development and require future research.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Jon S Belkowitz

Nano particles designed for cement composites and concrete have been successfully used in limited applications over the last 20 years to enhance both the strength and durability of concrete. The following session will identify case studies on novel technologies, additives and admixtures for concrete that focus on employment of nano particles in concrete meant for commercial projects. Pros and cons will be discussed in the case studies in order to facilitate a realistic view for new solutions to increase the strength and durability of concrete.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Recognize ongoing concrete research projects from a wide range of research topics that focus novel technologies employed in ready-mixed concrete facilities;
2. Discuss recent techniques, rapid mobility methods, and procedures related to structural and material aspects of nano-enhanced concrete for rapid mobility;
3. Describe emerging ideas in concrete research to increase resistance to physical and chemical attack; and
4. Summarize recent information related to nano-enhanced concrete for structures and infrastructure.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Charles E Pierce, Katie J Bartojay

This technical session will provide attendees with knowledge on new practices for soil cement applications and highlight the advantages of soil cement through case
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Identify soil cement as a beneficial soil stabilization method with diverse applications that include pavement projects and water resources management projects;
2. Recognize that a broad range of soils can be stabilized with soil cement, including more difficult soils like highly plastic clays;
3. Analyze and categorize quality control practices for soil cement applications and discuss new developments for lab and field-testing protocols; and
4. Explain full depth reclamation of pavements and describe its economic, environmental, and performance benefits.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Thomas Kang

This session includes a variety of topics regarding design and modeling considerations for concrete joints, connections and frame systems, as well as their in-service and near-collapse behavior. In large part, the session deals with performance-based earthquake engineering and seismic rehabilitation of cast-in-place and precast concrete joints, connections and systems. The components that are covered are reinforced concrete beam-column joints and connections, reinforced concrete slab-edge barrier wall joints of parking structures, precast concrete member connections with cast-in-place concrete, and reinforced concrete beam-column and slab-column frame systems. The audience is expected to learn the following key information from the presentations of the sessions.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Design recommendations for reinforced concrete beam-column and slab-column connections with standard details or made with high-strength steel reinforcement;
2. Design and detailing considerations for diaphragm connectors and reinforcement used for precast concrete building structures and for slab-edge barrier wall joints of concrete parking structures;
3. Joint modeling schemes for analysis of frame structures up to collapse; and
4. Observed seismic behavior and joint shear strength of reinforced concrete beam-column joints, as well as story stiffness, lateral drift, and drift capacity of reinforced concrete flat plate structures.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Jeffrey J Dragovich, Insung Kim

This session presents the state of practice for the Performance-Based Seismic Design (PBSD) of reinforced concrete buildings. The use of PBSD for new construction is expanding, as evidenced by the design guidelines that are available, and the stock of completed building projects. This presentations bring together the implementation of PBSD through state-of-the art project examples, the current design guidelines employed, and research that supports PBSD.
By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Describe the features of PBSD;
2. Differentiate between the various PBSD guidelines employed;
3. Identify aspects of building design that require consideration of PBSD; and
4. Recognize what elements of PBSD are still under development and require future research.


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

All registered convention attendees are invited to attend the Women in ACI Reception. This long-standing ACI tradition is a great opportunity to get to know other women in the concrete industry. In addition to networking, attendees of this reception will have the opportunity to participate in a Silent Auction. This auction will feature concrete artwork beautifully created by students. All are welcome at this reception! A cash bar and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.


6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

$85.00

Doors Open: 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Awards Dinner: 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Reception: 8:30 pm – 10:00 pm
$85 U.S. per person
The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards will honor some of the most creative projects the concrete world has to offer. Chapter and International Partner-sponsored concrete projects of all types are eligible to receive an award. Entries will be juried by an
independent panel of industry professionals uniquely qualified and representing diverse backgrounds, with technical expertise in all award categories. First- and second-place awards may be given in each category. An overall “Excellence” award will be revealed the evening of the Gala. Following the Awards Dinner, celebrate the accomplishments of those recognized at the post-reception. A cash bar will be available.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Moderators: Jan Vosahlik, Jacob Henschen

Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) is an exciting emerging technique that employs sensor networks in new and existing structures. While the extent of sensor deployment and the range of sensors varies greatly, the goal is for the sensors to provide information on structural damage or ongoing degradation. Often, SHM will utilize Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques, but these terms are not synonymous. The ongoing monitoring, from SHM, allows owners to make strategic decisions with regards to maintenance, repair, or retrofitting. While SHM appears to be a path to making our structures “smarter,” large sensor networks and active data collection can lead to an overwhelming amount of data that can be difficult to manage and interpret. If the data do not provide clear, actionable information, owners will not be able to fully utilize the benefits of SHM. This forum will provide basic information on SHM systems that have been deployed, how the data were managed, and the widespread viability of various approaches to SHM.
The forum will focus on the following themes:
• What is SHM? What are key applications and strategies that have been used? What damage or ongoing degradation is able to be characterized?
• How are raw data transformed into actionable information? What data management techniques are commonly employed? What are the key challenges in SHM?
• What are the future research needs or technologies that must be pursued to make SHM more commonplace?

By attending this session, attendees will be able to:
1. Discuss the definition of SHM and some of the current methods used to achieve it.
2. Discuss the structural applications that benefit most from SHM.
3. Discuss the current challenges regarding data management and the need for actionable information for owners.
4. Discuss research needs and technologies that will allow SHM to become more widespread.