Sessions and Events

Sessions & Events 

 

Convention Highlights

October 16, 2018


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.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Moderator: James M Aldred

Microbiologically Induced or Influenced Corrosion (MIC) of concrete is the deterioration as a result of complex chemical and microbiological processes as a result of putrefaction of organic matter. This deterioration is common in concrete sewer pipes and tunnels as well as septic tanks and municipal waste facilities. It has also been observed in concrete elements within estuarine environments. The mini session will include presentations on field observations of concrete exposed to MIC, concrete performance exposed accelerated exposure testing regimes and possible methods to improve concrete’s resistance to MIC.
Learning Objective:
(1) Learn where MIC occurs.
(2) Learn what the mechanism of concrete deterioration is due to MIC;
(3) Learn how to test for resistance to MIC;
(4) Learn how to mitigate MIC in concrete.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Chris Welly

This session will provide an overview of growth patterns and development of the Las Vegas Valley. The timeline will start at prehistoric times and then briefly cover early settlement, the Hoover Dam years, WWII, Old Vegas and the Atomic Era. Particular attention will be given to discussing the more recent explosive growth and redevelopment of the area with an emphasis on construction and demolition of unique major facilities. We will explore how Las Vegas has positioned itself as a leader in the redevelopment arena. Join us for an insightful and lively review of how this piece of the west was won!


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Moderator: Milton R Gomez

The presentation will provide the overview of modern technologies and applications related to low-density cellular concrete. Recognizing the ongoing research focusing on novel technologies related to the design of low-density cellular concrete and its application. It will focus on learning about green technologies based on the utilization of industrial by-products while also learning merging applications. The presentation will report on the activation technology for fly ash to improve strength and the utilization of cement-based materials while studying energy absorption properties.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Provide the overview of modern technologies and applications related to low-density cellular concrete;
(2) Recognize the ongoing research focusing on novel technologies related to the design of low-density cellular concrete and its application;
(3) Learn about green technologies based on low-density cellular concrete for utilization of industrial by-products;
(4) Learn about emerging applications of low-density cellular concrete.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: J Christopher Ball, Aamer H Syed

In commemoration of the committee's 20 years anniversary, E706 Concrete Repair Education requests to sponsor educational sessions covering Concrete Repair Application Procedures (RAP) documents and associated case studies. We foresee that this would be done in two two-hour sessions. Anyone interested in concrete repair techniques and case studies would benefit from this session.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Become familiar with ACI Repair Application Procedures Documents produced by E706;
(2) Learn about basic concrete repair procedures;
(3) Gain knowledge in concrete repair from industry practitioners;
(4) Understand step by step concrete repair techniques and safety considerations.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Ezgi Yurdakul, Frank A Kozeliski

The objective of these sessions is to provide information on how to use ACI 211 mixture proportioning guidelines to meet project specifications. Case studies will be presented to demonstrate how challenging performance requirements can be achieved with innovative mixture proportioning techniques that include optimizing aggregate gradation, using supplementary cementitious materials in ternary mixtures, using recycled aggregates, etc.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn the limitations caused by specifying cement content and supplementary cementitious material replacement level on concrete performance;
(2) Learn about prescriptive vs performance-based specifications;
(3) Be informed of the impact of optimizing aggregate gradation and improved particle packing on performance;
(4) Learn the impact of mixture proportioning parameters on the fluid transport and durability.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Peter Stynoski, Sean Monkman

This session will describe analytical techniques which enhance our understanding of cement and concrete at the nanoscale. Demonstrating the methods and substantiating the value of characterizing concrete at the smallest scales will improve awareness and enable transfer of nanotechnologies into industry practice. Each presentation will serve the concerns of both scientific and practical audiences while demonstrating the application of a specific analytical method to examine the promising macroscale effects of applied nanomaterials and nanoscale characteristics.
(1) Identify appropriate analytical techniques for Nano characterization;
(2) Learn about the impact of nanoscale effects on macroscale properties;
(3) Raise awareness of nanomaterial applications;
(4) Understand the limitations of nanotechnology.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Oscar R Antommattei

To present constructability review perspectives from the different parties; design professionals, construction managers, concrete contractors and ready-mix producers. All industry professionals should attend to learn how each party views their responsibility for a constructability review and how that interacts with the other parties’ constructability review.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand what a design professional believes their responsibility is for a constructability review.
(2) Understand what a construction manager believes their responsibility is for a constructability review.
(3) Understand what a concrete contractor believes their responsibility is for a constructability review.
(4) Understand what a ready-mix producer believes their responsibility is for a constructability review.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: J Christopher Ball, John S Lund

In commemoration of the committee's 20 years anniversary, E706 Concrete Repair Education requests to sponsor educational sessions covering Concrete Repair Application Procedures (RAP) documents and associated case studies. We foresee that this would be done in two two-hour sessions. Anyone interested in concrete repair techniques and case studies would benefit from this session.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Become familiar with ACI Repair Application Procedures Documents produced by E706;
(2) Learn about basic concrete repair procedures;
(3) Gain knowledge in concrete repair from industry practitioners;
(4) Understand step by step concrete repair techniques and safety considerations.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$64.00

Title: The Las Vegas Stadium - The Newest Vegas Icon
Join other ACI attendees and contractors for the Contractor’s Day Lunch. Enjoy a special presentation by Paul Dudzinski, Mortenson-McCarthy Joint Venture, about the construction of the newest addition to the Las Vegas skyline, the Las Vegas Stadium – future home of the NFL Raiders franchise. Mr. Dudzinski will provide a project overview; share the architect’s design inspiration; highlight one-of-a-kind design elements; and discuss unique aspects of building in the desert. He will also explain how virtual reality is being used in the project for everything from planning construction to the sale of the stadium suites.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Robert J Thomas

Researchers and industry professionals will present on recent advances in alternative (non-portland) cements and concretes. Topics will include: (1) Chemical and mineralogical characterization of alternative cements, (2) mechanical properties and durability of concrete made with alternative cements, and (3) case studies and applications of concretes made with alternative cements.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify emerging and developed alternatives to portland cement for use in concrete;
(2) Recognize potential benefits and shortcomings of non-portland cements;
(3) Describe the state of practice with respect to applications of alternative cements in concrete construction;
(4) Summarize research needs with respect to alternative cements.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Moderator: Peter Stynoski

This mini session will discuss practical uses of nanoindentation test results which reach beyond the determination of hardness and reduced modulus. Demonstrating the methods and substantiating the value of characterizing concrete at the smallest scales will improve awareness and enable transfer of nanotechnologies into industry practice. By examining the promising macroscale effects of nanomaterials and nanoscale characteristics, presentations in this mini session will complement the mission of subcommittee 241-A, which is to disseminate information about the applications of nanotechnology and nano-engineering of concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Raise awareness of nanomaterial applications;
(2) Identify appropriate applications of the nanoindentation technique;
(3) Learn about the impact of nanoscale effects on macroscale properties;
(4) Understand the limitations of nanoscale characterization.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Oscar R Antommattei

The NEON project is a design-build project to improve mobility and safety for the public travelling within the I-15 and the US 95 corridors in the Las Vegas, Nevada area. At approximately $550 million dollars, the NEON project is also Nevada Department of Transportation's (NDOT) largest contract to date. The major elements of the NEON project are generally categorized into (a) the HOV system, (b) the Charleston Interchange reconstruction, (c) the I-15 Freeway reconstruction, (d) the US 95 reconstruction, (e) Grand Central Industrail Conncetor, (f) local street connections, and (g) ancillary improvements.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn about the planning and public needs for the project;
(2) Understand the technical requirements and design fundamentals for the project;
(3) Know the field operations construction opportunities and challenges of the project;
(4) Recognize the value of optimization of concrete mixtures for the pavement of the project.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Jovan Tatar

The Open Topic Session is a forum for presenting recent technical information that could not be scheduled into other convention sessions.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Christian Carloni, Roman Wan-Wendner

The theme is international and we expect several contributions from research groups from other countries, Prof. Bazant’s work is well known worldwide and we are confident that several researchers will attend.
The BOD of IA-ConCreep has approved the co-sponsorship of Bazant ACI symposium This symposium will gather researchers and practitioners who work on applications of fracture mechanics of concrete and how fracture mechanics is related to size effect and aging phenomena. Professional engineers and architects who work in the field of reinforced concrete design and researchers who are interested in the last developments in the fields of fracture mechanics, size effect, aging phenomena, and their relationship should attend


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Jason Tuerack

To show the effects that certain admixtures can have on reducing the onset and initiation of corrosion in uncracked and cracked concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Introduction to some admixtures;
(2) Describe how admixtures work;


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Jovan Tatar

The Open Topic Session is a forum for presenting recent technical information that could not be scheduled into other convention sessions.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: H Celik Ozyildirim, Olafur H Wallevik

The use of self-consolidating concrete (SCC) contributes potentially to increased productivity, improved working environment, as well as improved mechanical behavior and durability. However, the market share of SCC is still generally low, mainly due to the high cost associated with the high cement content and the admixtures. The effective reduction of cement and cementitious materials contents, will not only reduce cost, but also minimize the environmental impact. Among other benefits is the less shrinkage in concrete and thereby reduced risk for crack-formation due to reduced paste volume in concrete. This section includes presentations on the benefits, designs, as well as performances of SCC with low cementitious materials content.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn about principals of using lattice effect and packing density of aggregate for mixture design of Eco-SCC and mixture design protocol for SCC with relatively binder content;
(2) Learn about value of using high volume of supplementary cementitious materials and fillers to enhance performance of SCC;
(3) Learn about the use of recycled concrete aggregate and low binder content on performance of SCC;
(4) Explore avenues to increase robustness of Eco-SCC and Extreme SCC.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Christian Carloni, Jia-Liang Le

The theme is international and we expect several contributions from research groups from other countries, Prof. Bazant’s work is well known worldwide and we are confident that several researchers will attend.
The BOD of IA-ConCreep has approved the co-sponsorship of Bazant ACI symposium This symposium will gather researchers and practitioners who work on applications of fracture mechanics of concrete and how fracture mechanics is related to size effect and aging phenomena. Professional engineers and architects who work in the field of reinforced concrete design and researchers who are interested in the last developments in the fields of fracture mechanics, size effect, aging phenomena, and their relationship should attend


5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Faculty members and students are invited to attend this informal reception for an opportunity to exchange ideas and network. Light hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar will be available.


6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Join ACI attendees and guests for an evening of networking, entertainment, and great food during the Concrete Mixer, held at the Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas. An assortment of food and beverages will be available. The Concrete Mixer is sponsored in part by the Las Vegas Chapter – ACI. Transportation will depart from the Rio All-Suites Hotel (Miranda Patio) beginning at 5:30 pm. The last bus will depart from the LINQ/Brooklyn Bowl at 10:00 pm.