Sessions and Events

Sessions & Events 

C = Duke Energy Convention Center; H = Hyatt Regency Cincinnati

Convention Highlights

October 20, 2019


7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Bryce V Barker

Coffee, tea, and pastries will be available for guests each morning (Sunday – Wednesday). You must be a registered guest to attend.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: O Burkan Isgor, David G Tepke

ACI 222R, the Guide to Protection of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete against Corrosion, is the flagship document of the ACI 222 Committee. The new version of the document is the first major revision since 2001 and comprises the latest state-of-the-art. It presents with a practical emphasis the mechanism of steel corrosion in concrete, corrosion protection in new construction, condition evaluation, and remedial measures to mitigate corrosion in existing structures. The session will contain presentations from subject experts on critical topics from the ACI 222R document. Students, practicing engineers, contractors, product manufacturers, corrosion experts, and researchers should attend the session.
Learning Objectives:
(1) State the fundamental principles of the corrosion mechanism of reinforcing steel in concrete;
(2) Identify the methods of corrosion protection in new construction with special emphasis to design approaches, choices, and corrosion control techniques;
(3) Recognize corrosive environments and active corrosion in reinforced concrete structures and select condition evaluation strategies;
(4) Select remedial measures to mitigate reinforcement corrosion in concrete structures.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Moderator: Randall W Poston

First time convention attendees are invited 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 Concrete Convention and Exposition has to offer.


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

Moderator: Bryce V Barker

Acquaint yourself with the week ahead in Cincinnati. Learn about the exciting things to do in and around the city.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: Julie Cromwell, Robin Hahn

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is an Award winning structure located in Columbus, Ohio and is the first museum dedicated to honoring all Veterans, past and present. The museum is more than 50,000 SF and contains over 28 million pounds of concrete. The arch structure and spiral façade exemplify the versatility of concrete to achieve unique and complex geometries through innovative design and construction methods.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Review how BIM can replace 2D drawings;
(2) Discuss innovative formwork and placing techniques;
(3) Review concrete placing techniques for complex geometries;
(4) Discuss how the code was adapted to apply to nonstandard forms and geometry in order to provide a structurally safe building that accomplished the architect's vision.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Dimitri Feys

Co-sponsored by RILEM TC-266: Measuring Rheological Properties of Cement-Based Materials
This session aims to give the latest updates on numerical simulations of concrete flow. It's intended audience are academics, students, contractors, concrete producers, material suppliers and architects. It will highlight the power of computational fluid dynamics in investigating, understanding and predicting concrete flow, including complex phenomena, such as blocking, segregation and particle dynamics.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify different numerical simulation methods (homogeneous CFD, distinct element modeling, multi-phase modeling), with their strengths and weaknesses;
(2) Learn how rheological properties influence the flow pattern of concrete mixtures in different applications;
(3) Evaluate how numerical simulations can be used to predict fiber-orientation and fiber-dispersion, and how the failure mode of concrete structures can be affected;
(4) Understand how rheological properties can be determined more precisely by means of a combination of experiments and numerical simulations.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


8:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Walter H Flood IV

In this exciting competition, students design, construct, and test a concrete structure reinforced with fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) bars to achieve the optimal load to cost ratio, predict the ultimate load, and predict the load that will result in a piston deflection of 3.5 mm (0.14 in.). Final results and prizes will be announced at the Student Lunch on Monday. Check-in times have been scheduled Saturday afternoon and throughout the competition on Sunday to keep the action flowing all day long. For more information on the competition and how to register, please visit www.concrete.org/students/studentcompetitions.aspx.


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: James R Baty

During committee meetings, conversation regarding trends found in both design and construction have been identified by members that should be part of modifications to the Construction Guide and the Design Guide for Tilt-Up. This session will advance the understanding of curing trends and identify the pitfalls of strength design checks for slender wall design called from Chapter 11 to reference Sections 6.5, 6.6, and 6.7 in ACI 318.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Demonstrate forward thinking to promote and encourage testing, research, and changes to current specification requirements for curing to meet today’s finishing and mix design advancement;
(2) Discuss current curing trends and discuss potential pitfalls and benefits of the selected chemicals;
(3) Identify the proper design steps for tilt-up concrete panels considered as slender walls;
(4) Evaluate the disparity in evaluation checks and the potential pitfalls for the designer's misunderstanding of the proper application for ACI 318.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 1 CEU/PDH credit.


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Moderator: Jeffrey W Coleman

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: Eng. Khalifa Al Suwaidi, Sharjah Municipality, UAE; Speaker TBD, Jordan Concrete Association - JCA; Speaker TBD, RILEM; Francois Toutlemonde, ACI Paris Chapter;
Ms. Radhika Markan, India Chapter of ACI; Eng. Amir Salih Mia, ACI Qatar Chapter; And others…


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Moderator: Bryce V Barker

Stop by the Guest Lounge to relax and meet other ACI guest. Guests can enjoy the Guest Lounge Sunday-Wednesday.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: O Burkan Isgor, David G Tepke

ACI 222R, the Guide to Protection of Reinforcing Steel in Concrete against Corrosion, is the flagship document of the ACI 222 Committee. The new version of the document is the first major revision since 2001 and comprises the latest state-of-the-art. It presents with a practical emphasis the mechanism of steel corrosion in concrete, corrosion protection in new construction, condition evaluation, and remedial measures to mitigate corrosion in existing structures. The session will contain presentations from subject experts on critical topics from the ACI 222R document. Students, practicing engineers, contractors, product manufacturers, corrosion experts, and researchers should attend the session.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Compare the use of corrosion control methods for new reinforced concrete construction;
(2) Recognize the procedures, technologies and instrumentation for evaluating corrosive environments in existing reinforced concrete structures;
(3) Distinguish the techniques for evaluating active corrosion in existing reinforced concrete structures;
(4) Identify measures for arresting corrosion in existing reinforced concrete structures.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: Dimitri Feys, Ammar Yahia

Co-sponsored by RILEM TC-266: Measuring Rheological Properties of Cement-Based Materials
This session aims to give the latest updates on numerical simulations of concrete flow. It's intended audience are academics, students, contractors, concrete producers, material suppliers and architects. It will highlight the power of computational fluid dynamics in investigating, understanding and predicting concrete flow, including complex phenomena, such as blocking, segregation and particle dynamics.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify how time-dependent effects can be included in simulation methods;
(2) Learn how numerical simulation methods can be used to design concrete for 3-D printing;
(3) Understand the influence of the behavior of particles (coarse aggregates) on complex flow phenomena, such as blocking, segregation or particle migration;
(4) Increase awareness on how numerical simulations can be applied on different concrete types other than self-consolidating concrete, by taking principles of particle dynamics and granular materials into consideration.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderator: Kay Wille

Ultra-high-Performance concrete (UHPC) is one of the most promising material innovations in the construction industry in the 21st century. Innovations in material design led to enhanced material properties allowing for innovative and novel structural designs using UHPC. This includes structural elements and structures fully or partially made out of UHPC. This session will invite national and international research groups and contractors and will share innovations and changes in structural design and performance of UHPC elements. The session has been chosen for the ACI convention in Cincinnati, OH to spread “A River of Knowledge” of advanced structural design utilizing UHPC. Sharing academic knowledge and practical experiences about innovative structural designs using UHPC will facilitate the acceptance and application of the material in U.S. construction.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the impact of UHPC in the grand scheme of sustainability;
(2) Recognize the structural performance of bridge structures;
(3) Explain the impact of UHPC on bridge elements and overlays;
(4) Summarize the innovations and changes in comparison to traditional designs.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$40.00

Join industry colleagues and friends for the International Lunch with featured speaker Maria José Garcia, Executive Director, FICEM. Latin America is immersed in the dilemma between the need for development, and the growing responsibility of environment protection and natural resource conservation. During this presentation, Maria will provide an overview of the challenges being faced in Latin America and the Caribbean. In particular, how the cement and concrete industry contributes in a sustainable way to the problems faced by the region, highlighting our commitment with the climate change challenges, the high product resilience, and its capacity for the development of sustainable infrastructures.


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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Barzin Mobasher, Antonio Nanni

State-of-the-art sessions on Textile Reinforced Concrete/Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (TRC/FRCM) will be supported by ACI Committee 549 in collaboration with RILEM TRC and fib C-Cubed committees. This forum will provide an opportunity to collect information and present the state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of TRC and FRCM as sustainable construction materials. The term TRC is typically used for new construction while the term FRCM refers to repair of existing concrete and masonry elements. The aim is to promote the technology, document, and develop recommendations for testing, design, analysis, and to showcase the key features of this ductile and strong cement composite system. New methods for characterization of key parameters will be developed and the results will be collected towards the development of state-of-the-art papers. Textile types include polymer based (low and high performance), glass, natural, basalt, carbon, hybrid, matrix may consist of cementitious, geopolymers, light weight matrix (aggregates). Additives such as short fibers, fillers, nanomaterials are also considered. This session will communicate methods to characterize, analyze, and design with TRM/FRCM.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Review serviceability and durability of TRC/FRCM as a sustainable Construction Material for new, repair, and retrofit applications;
(2) Summarize the development of materials, applications and the technology offered by the use of textiles in reinforcing thin section cement composites into strain hardening and ductile materials;
(3) Describe testing methods and mechanical and durability properties of TRC and FRCM and procedures for design and application in the new construction and repair field;
(4) List procedures for modeling and analysis and structural design.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Kay Wille

Ultra-high Performance concrete (UHPC) is one of the most promising material innovations in the construction industry in the 21st century. Innovations in material design led to enhanced material properties allowing for innovative and novel structural designs using UHPC. This includes structural elements and structures fully or partially made out of UHPC. This session will invite national and international research groups and contractors and will share innovations and changes in structural design and performance of UHPC elements. The session has been chosen for the ACI convention in Cincinnati, OH to spread “A River of Knowledge” of advanced structural design utilizing UHPC. Sharing academic knowledge and practical experiences about innovative structural designs using UHPC will facilitate the acceptance and application of the material in U.S. construction.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss the implementation of UHPC bridge structures;
(2) Recognize the structural performance under seismic loading;
(3) Review the long-term stability of UHPC;
(4) Summarize the flexural behavior of UHPC elements.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Jose M Izquierdo-Encarnacion

The session is geared to overview the State of the Art of ACI in Sustainability and discuss areas of development and progress. Sustainability is the ability to exist constantly. In the 21st century, it refers generally to the capacity for the biosphere and human civilization to coexist. Defined also as the process of people maintaining change in a balanced environment, in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations. The concrete industry has been partially responsible for the global environmental issues. In the last 20 years much progress has been achieved to reduce the impact of our industry. We should keep pushing the Sustainability agenda as a legacy to future generations.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Review the state of ACI progress after 17 years of the original ACI White Paper on Sustainability;
(2) Discuss advancement of Engineering practice to develop more resilient and adaptive projects to contribute to the environment and reducing climate change;
(3) Report on the development of sustainability efforts in Europe through EPD analysis of products and Eco-efficiency Analysis;
(4) Summarize sustainability goals in the 21st Century.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 1.5 CEU/PDH credits.


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Mauricio Lopez Casanova

There are many project specifying HSC that have relatively large concrete elements creating a challenging scenario for early heat stress development and cracking. This is sometimes not well managed in the field with unsatisfactory results. The aim of the mini session is to give de audience information and tools to produce and use successfully high strength concrete (HSC) used in large elements.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize the challenges faced in using HSC in large construction elements;
(2) Recognize the influence of the mix design on the heat generation of HSC in large elements;
(3) Identify and review mitigation techniques during mix design, placing and curing of HSLC in large elements;
(4) Review and learn from the experience of actual projects developed.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 1 CEU/PDH credit.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Barzin Mobasher, Flavio de Andrade Silva

State-of-the-art sessions on Textile Reinforced Concrete/Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (TRC/FRCM) will be supported by ACI Committee 549 in collaboration with RILEM TRC and fib C-Cubed committees. This forum will provide an opportunity to collect information and present the state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of TRC and FRCM as sustainable construction materials. The term TRC is typically used for new construction while the term FRCM refers to repair of existing concrete and masonry elements. The aim is to promote the technology, document, and develop recommendations for testing, design, analysis, and to showcase the key features of this ductile and strong cement composite system. New methods for characterization of key parameters will be developed and the results will be collected towards the development of state-of-the-art papers. Textile types include polymer based (low and high performance), glass, natural, basalt, carbon, hybrid, matrix may consist of cementitious, geopolymers, light weight matrix (aggregates). Additives such as short fibers, fillers, nanomaterials are also considered. This session will communicate methods to characterize, analyze, and design with TRM/FRCM.
Learning Objectives:
(1) List the innovations in the development of FRCM and TRC in order to extend the service life and improve on the sustainable design aspects;
(2Describe the potential new applications for smart structures, and damage sensing components using TRC systems;
(3) Develop new matrix systems addressing alternative and carbon neutral binder systems;
(4) Develop structural material models for shear design and severe environments such as fire resisting systems.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Lawrence L Sutter, G Terry Harris

Moving towards performance-based specifications has been a goal for the concrete construction industry for many years. Performance-based specifications allow for innovation and provide contractors more flexibility, allowing them to use materials, means and methods that might otherwise not meet prescriptive requirements. For all parties, owners, designers, materials providers, and contractors, performance-based specifications offer advantages and challenges. This session will provide a perspective on performance-based specifications from each of these key stakeholders and will provide examples of where this approach to construction has been applied or is being implemented.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Provide an overview of performance-based specifications in construction;
(2) Discuss experiences with projects specified based on performance requirement;
(3) Summarize and discuss new approaches to performance-based specifications;
(4) Identify and discuss challenges for continued implementation of performance-based specifications.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderator: Kay Wille

Ultra-high Performance concrete (UHPC) is one of the most promising material innovations in the construction industry in the 21st century. Innovations in material design led to enhanced material properties allowing for innovative and novel structural designs using UHPC. This includes structural elements and structures fully or partially made out of UHPC. This session will invite national and international research groups and contractors and will share innovations and changes in structural design and performance of UHPC elements. The session has been chosen for the ACI convention in Cincinnati, OH to spread “A River of Knowledge” of advanced structural design utilizing UHPC. Sharing academic knowledge and practical experiences about innovative structural designs using UHPC will facilitate the acceptance and application of the material in U.S. construction.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Summarize the bond properties of reinforcement in UHPC;
(2) Recognize the effect of fiber reinforcement;
(3) Discuss the mechanical properties of UHPC;
(4) Report the failure modes of UHPC beams.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Moderator: Andres Matos

The Student Chapter Leadership Workshop is a training session for new student officers in ACI Student Chapters.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Compare best practices in leadership, teamwork, and problem solving;
(2) Integrate best practices in membership, recruitment and retention;
(3) Discuss best practices in meeting planning and social events;
(4) Summarize best practices in fundraising and finance.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 1 CEU/PDH credit.


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 Randall Poston. Next, we’ll kick off the convention with our keynote speaker, Mark Bowden. Mark entertainingly trains any audience in the cutting-edge techniques that will help them to stand out, win trust, and profit every time they speak. His keynote presentation takes everyone on an exciting and humorous journey to understand how, with the right body language “It’s often not what you say—but how you say it, that gets results!” Don’t miss out on this keynote presentation!


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Immediately following the Opening Session, attendees are invited to the exhibit hall for this evening reception. 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 - 9:00 PM

Moderator: Antonio Nanni

The major challenge to the durability of reinforced concrete structures exposed to chlorides is the corrosion of the carbon steel reinforcement. The current-state-of practice utilizes different strategies to address this problem such as: use of admixtures or supplemental binders in the concrete mixture and increase of cover or surface protection by membranes. Additionally, carbon steel may be coated with epoxy or replaced by more corrosion resistant alloys. The purpose of this hot topic session is to show practitioners, researchers, and students the availability of composite reinforcement that, rather than delaying the corrosion problem, totally resolves it with a material system (i.e., glass fiber reinforced polymer) that is validated, included in standards (i.e., design and materials specs) and readily available. A networking session sponsored by Owens Corning will take place right after this session from 9:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
(1) Describe the motivations and challenges of a bridge owner in deploying new technology aimed at providing a longer service life to concrete structures while minimizing maintenance costs;
(2) Summarize the benefits and costs of glass FRP reinforcement for concrete structures as a replacement to carbon steel in resolving the degradation problems associated with steel corrosion;
(3) Discuss the processes adopted by engineers to implement new material specifications and code provisions outside the traditional practice;
(4) Recognize the opportunities and pitfalls offered by the use of composite reinforcement in construction in order to mitigate the risks associated with the implementation of new technologies.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 1 CEU/PDH credit.


8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Moderator: Brent Cooper

Moderated panel discussion on innovation in the construction and design industry. Panel discussion with representatives from an owner’s (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital), designer’s (GBBN Architects), General Contractor’s (Pepper Construction), and a concrete supplier’s (Hilltop Resources) perspective. Where is the future of Innovation within our industry? Who will be the leader and who will follow? Is it fundamental human nature or finance? Fad or fact? Are we improving?

The convention’s theme is based on the River of Knowledge. This ‘river’ is an ever flowing and changing entity that relies on the history and past, but also moves to the future. Just as our building and design practices rely heavily on standard methodologies, we also are encouraged to embrace new innovative techniques to increase the safety, efficiency, and overall performance of our structures. There are many questions that come into play such as: how fast do we implement these new technologies; how do we evaluate the safety and validity of new materials and methods; how do companies of all sizes utilize innovation within their firms for the betterment of the business as well as the projects they are involved in construction? Innovation to be focused on opportunities for fundamental changes.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Understanding the challenges facing the construction industry in the area of innovation and technology;
(2) Understanding of technology and innovation from the perspective of the stakeholders in a typical construction project;
(3) Understanding of how technology affects the different stakeholders in a typical construction project;
(4) Understanding of the drivers and the future of technology from the perspective of the different stakeholders in a typical construction project.

This session has been AIA/ICC approved for 2 CEU/PDH credits.


8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

SYPAC (Student and Young Professionals Activities Committee) invites all graduate students, young professionals, and mentors to a casual networking exchange following the Opening Reception. Attendees will establish connections with fellow young members. Bring your business card for a chance to win door prizes.



Upper Level Sponsors

Advance Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.
Anderson Concrete Corp.
Baker
BASF
Cemex
Dugan and Meyers LLC
Ernst Enterprises
Euclid Chemical
Forta Corporation
GCP
Greater Miami Valley Chapter – ACI
Hilltop Companies
Irving Materials, Inc.
Indiana Chapter - ACI
Janell, Inc.
LafargeHolcim
Largo Concrete, Inc.
Lebanon Chapter – ACI
LehighHanson
Lithko Contracting, LLC
Messer Construction Co.
Metzger/Mcguire
Northern California & Western Nevada Chapter - ACI
PERI Formwork Systems
PlanGrid - an Autodesk Company
Quebec and Eastern Ontario Chapter – ACI
RMD Kwikform
Ruttura & Sons
San Antonio Chapter – ACI
Sika
Skyway Cement Company
Somero
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
THP Limited
TWC Concrete Services, LLC
Webcor Builders
West Michigan Chapter – ACI
WJE