Sessions and Events

Sessions & Events 

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

Convention Highlights

October 21, 2019


6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

ACI technical committee Chairs are expected to attend this breakfast workshop to meet with fellow Chairs, TAC members, 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

Moderator: Chris Carroll

TBD


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Barzin Mobasher

State of the Art Sessions on Textile Reinforced Concrete/Fabric Reinforced Cementitious Matrix (TRC/FRCM) proposed to be held during the ACI fall Convention in Cincinnati Ohio, 2019. This forum will be supported by ACI Committee 549 in collaboration with RILEM TRC and fib C-Cubed committees and 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. To communicate, and publish methods to characterize, analyze, and design with TRM/FRCM.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Focus on topics of serviceability and durability of TRC/FRCM a sustainable Construction Material for new and repair and retrofit applications;
(2) 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) Knowledge of 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) Procedures for modeling and analysis and structural design.


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Moderator: Kimberly Waggle Kramer

Engineering/Architects and other professionals must meet the requirement for retaining complete project documentation as set out in the by law. Intellectual property (IP) protection is absolutely critical for protecting a company's proprietary designs, processes, and inventions that, if leaked to competitors or made public, could ruin a company's market advantage and reputation or lead to costly litigation. This session will cover topics to consider for documentation of engineering services and IP protection.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify legal issues with drawings;
(2) Identify ethical issues with drawings;
(3) Identify legal issues with engineering files;
(4) Identify ways to improve documentation.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Matthew O'Reilly

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world.
Learning Objectives:
(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 engaging ideas in concrete research;
(4) Summarize recent technical information related to concrete materials and structures research.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Lauren G McCauley, Andres Matos

This session will be targeted for students who are in the last few semesters of their academic careers. After attending this session, students will have a clear understanding of how to stay involved in ACI when they enter the industry. Five young professionals will discuss their experiences in finding their own path within ACI.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss opportunities for Young Professionals on technical committees;
(2) Young professionals will discuss their experiences with ACI local chapters;
(3) The speakers will go over how they convinced their employers to fund their ACI involvement;
(4) Presenters will talk about what opportunities they have had by being involved in ACI, and how those opportunities have helped advance their careers.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderator: 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.


10:30 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 their university activities and achievements. A limited number of presentations spots are available. Speakers may present as a group or an individual.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Yail Jimmy Kim

Professor Hiroshi Mutsuyoshi of Japan Prestressed Concrete Institute is co-moderating the proposed session. The special session will focus on the recent advancement of prestressed concrete for bridges and structures using conventional and nonconventional materials. Presentations and technical papers will include the conceptual development of innovative prestressed concrete, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and case studies. State-of-the-art prestressing techniques and nonconventional materials such as fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites to address the sustainable performance of concrete members will also be considered. The session will benefit practicing engineers, government officials, and academics.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn the state of the art of prestressed concrete;
(2) Identify research needs to advance the knowledge associated with the design and construction of concrete bridges and buildings;
(3) Recognize the effort to establish a new trend in the design and performance of concrete structures using nonconventional materials;
(4) Link laboratory investigations with practical site applications.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Wil V Srubar

Bio-inspired approaches for improving the properties of cementitious materials have seen increasing interest in the recent years. There have been significant developments in fundamental and applied research on bio-inspired materials for concrete crack healing to enhance sustainability and long-term durability. The primary objective of this session is to bring together experts in both academia and industry to discuss the recent developments in microbial bio cementation.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Abstracts that provide fundamental or practical contributions are invited. Increase awareness about the potential role of biotechnology in concrete;
(2) Provide a forum for exchange of ideas related to bio cementation;
(3) Develop future sessions on innovative concrete crack healing methodologies;
(4) Enhance the multidisciplinary aspect of innovative cement and concrete research.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Matthew O'Reilly

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize ongoing structural reinforced concrete research projects from a wide range of research topics;
(2) Discuss recent techniques, research methods, and procedures related to structural aspects of concrete research;
(3) Describe engaging ideas in structural concrete design and research;
(4) Summarize recent technical information related to concrete structures.


11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Moderator: Mohamed Bassuoni

The focal subject of the presentations will be on the durability behavior of self-consolidating concrete (SCC). Durability aspects are primarily related to specifics of the mixture design parameters of SCC. The scope involves theoretical and experimental investigations as well as field case studies. The session should be of particular interest to concrete practitioners and researchers.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Highlight current research and field experiences on SCC and educate the audience about its durability performance;
(2) Understand the durability behavior of SCC and the influential factors related to constituent materials, mixture designs and exposure conditions;
(3) Learn about multiple approaches to improve the durability of SCC;
(4) Recognize durability requirements of SCC in relevant North American and European guidelines and standards.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$39.00

Topic: Taking your College-Knowledge to Work!
Join students and other ACI attendees for the Student Lunch with featured speaker Ken Hover. The transition from college to the work-world is an exciting time. You are eager to find out how the so-called “Real World” works, and equally eager to apply the lessons-learned in school. You might wonder if you are really up to it, and you may have a sneaking suspicion that your courses, homework, projects, tests, and professors may not have prepared you for off-campus reality. Nagging questions include “How is the ‘Real World’ different from the classroom and laboratory?” You might be concerned that you have “book-smarts,” but do you have the “street-smarts” that you need? Do they really “throw-away-the-book” out in practice? And finally, you might wonder if you “have what it takes to succeed?”
The lunchtime presenter’s primary advice to you is to RELAX! You will have the capacity to do exciting work and to do it well, and best of all, your education prepared you to learn the things you still need to know. Get up early, come to work on time, pay attention, ask questions, take notes and be polite. Success is just around the corner! All are welcome to register for the lunch. Following the lecture, the results of the student competition will be announced.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Moderator: Lawrence L Sutter

New tests are being proposed to measure the pozzolanic activity of fly ash and other pozzolans. The objective of this session is to introduce the methods and provide an opportunity for stake holders to learn more about these tests’ methods, which may ultimately be used to help characterize or specify these materials for use in concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Introduce various new tests for measuring pozzolanic activity;
(2) Identify the benefits of these new tests relative to existing test methods;
(3) Describe approaches to using these new tests for characterizing pozzolanic materials;
(4) Discuss approaches to incorporating these new tests into material specifications.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Moderator: Jeffry S Adams

Present resent research on punching shear failure of a precast ledge, design of cast-in-place concrete walls and protective sealers for concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn resent research on punching shear failure of a precast ledge;
(2) Learn how to design a cast-in-place concrete wall attached to a slab edge;
(3) Learn about different concrete sealers;
(4) Learn about concrete sealers applications.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Julie Cromwell, Robin Hahn

The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) is the #2 Children’s Hospital in the nation. Their master planning and collaboration between the hospital staff, facility directors, construction and design teams have allowed them to grow and build numerous concrete buildings on campus. Learn about master planning, budgeting, and implementing innovative design and construction technologies to build the buildings for the users who are also implementing new technologies to save lives.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn about Integrated Project Delivery and the benefits for all parties;
(2) Master planning and budgeting to accomplish owner's goals and grow our built environment;
(3) Using technology in the field to improve safety and overall construction performance;
(4) Learn how the buildings we design, and construct live on and how they impact the user.


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Moderator: Nakin Suksawang

Many codes rely on the use of structural reliability and safety approaches to design or assess new and existing concrete structures. The acceptability criterion is the target reliability index, as reliability is considered as a rational measure of structural performance. Although there are guidelines to help engineers to obtain this information, there is a lack of knowledge of formal education in this subject. The objective of the proposed session is to present the structural reliability concepts that can be easily understood by the practitioner. The presence of uncertainties in materials properties, geometries, predictive models, loads, etc., will be discussed. Paper on evaluation methods, prediction models, reliability analysis, and code calibration will also be presented.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize the impact of structural reliability and its application on new and existing concrete structures;
(2) Identify potential evaluation methods and strategies for rehabilitate concrete structures;
(3) Discover the importance of other limit states that may impact the service life of the structures;
(4) Understand structural reliability basic and its application on quantifying structural performance.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Van K Bui, Liberato Ferrara

Research and development on fiber-reinforced concrete (FRC) have been extensively undertaken. Application of FRC in actual structures has been also increased. However, achieving suitable workability of FRC for ease of placement and finishing is usually of a challenge, especially for use of medium and high volume of fibers to achieve performance requirement of hardened concrete. This session will focus on optimizing workability of FRC and adapting its rheological properties to the successful accomplishment of the intended application. The session will include the topics on a need on achieving good workability, factors influencing workability, laboratory and onsite test methods for FRC concrete, finishing associated with workability and case studies, which showed the use of FRC in real structures.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn about the fresh-concrete workability and other properties targets for enhancing the ease of construction and achieving target performance of hardened fiber-reinforced concrete;
(2) Learn about influencing factors and how to design the mix composition of fiber-reinforced concrete for targeted performance in the fresh state;
(3) Learn to characterize and use of test methods to measure the fresh-state performance of fiber-reinforced concrete in laboratory and on site;
(4) Learn about innovative fibers for enhancing workability and new developments in the field of rheology of advanced cement-based materials, especially of fiber-reinforced concrete.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Yail Jimmy Kim

Professor Hiroshi Mutsuyoshi of Japan Prestressed Concrete Institute is co-moderating the proposed session. The special session will focus on the recent advancement of prestressed concrete for bridges and structures using conventional and nonconventional materials. Presentations and technical papers will include the conceptual development of innovative prestressed concrete, laboratory experiments, numerical modeling, and case studies. State-of-the-art prestressing techniques and nonconventional materials such as fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites to address the sustainable performance of concrete members will also be considered. The session will benefit practicing engineers, government officials, and academics.
Learning Objectives:
1) Study the importance of non-conventional materials for bridge girders;
(2) Identify structural demand for prestressed bridge girders;
(3) Learn the use of emerging materials in precast application;
(4) Develop new concepts for concrete bridge design.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Nur Yazdani

Recent years have shown the potential vulnerability of concrete bridges to fire and flood hazards. Bridge fires can be caused by crashed or overturned vehicles, arson, accidents or wildfire, while flooding can be due to coastal storm surge or inland riverine and flash events. While provisions for fire and flood safety are requirement for building design, essentially no such requirements exist for concrete bridges. The proposed session will include presentations on topics related to design, performance, mitigation, and strengthening of concrete bridges for such hazards. Academic, industry and agency representatives should attend this session.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Attendees will understand the types of impacts possible on concrete bridges due to fire or flood extreme events;
(2) Learn about recent case studies on fire or flood affected concrete bridges;
(3) Understand potential bridge design procedures for fire and flood events;
(4) Understand potential bridge strengthening and evaluation procedures for fire and flood events.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Brian D Miller, Karen Polanco

The use of architectural precast and decorative concrete is significantly growing year over year. A large portion of this is seen in building enclosure applications where the speed, energy efficiency and residency of precast concrete systems provides excellent value to all stakeholders. Join other ACI attendees, contractors and designers to learn more about innovative finishes, techniques for achieving finishes in light of new industry regulations, and new applications. Case studies will be used to illustrate topics being discussed.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the methods used to achieve color, form and texture for precast and decorative concrete;
(2) Explain how architectural precast concrete systems are being used in building enclosures today and the benefits they provide;
(3) Discuss new innovative finishes for architectural concrete;
(4) Describe best practices for achieving architectural finishes.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Aaron K Larosche, Mohamed ElBatanouny

The objective of this session would be to introduce convention goers to new techniques in load testing of concrete structures. Such techniques include load testing structures where shear is the expected covering limit state, and where nondestructive testing or monitoring supplements load test results.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn how nondestructive testing can aid in load testing concrete structures;
(2) Learn how load testing has been performed on structures where shear may be the governing limit state;
(3) Learn about performance evaluation of repaired structures through load testing;
(4) Understand challenges facing engineers when load testing is selected as a means of strength evaluation.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Mohamed A Mahgoub, Moncef L Nehdi

Learning Objectives:
(1) Compare design parameters for recycled aggregate concrete (RAC) columns and natural aggregate concrete (NAC) columns;
(2) Review the compressive strength test results for concrete mixtures and understand that the compressive strength depended mainly on the calcium content of the fly ash and curing regime;
(3) Discuss numerical simulation and statistical sensitivity results that are analyzed to understand: A) stress development in RAC systems, B) the relative influence that adhered mortar content and constituent’s stiffness’s have on RAC system performance, and C) variability in expected mechanical properties of RAC systems;
(4) Compare the environmental impacts of using either natural or recycled aggregates in structural concrete.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

All registered convention attendees are invited to attend the Women in ACI Reception. This longstanding ACI tradition is a great opportunity to get to know other women in the concrete industry. All are welcome at this reception! A cash bar and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.


5:30 PM - 10:30 PM

$95.00

Doors open & Reception: 5:30 pm
Dinner & Awards Presentation: 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Red-Carpet Interviews: 9:30 pm – 10:30 pm

The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards will showcase and honor some of the most creative projects the concrete world has to offer. Over 85 concrete projects from around the world were nominated by ACI Chapters and International
Partners. Entries were judged by an independet panel of industry professionals representing diverse backgrounds, with technical expertise in six award categories. First- and second-place awards will be given in each category, in addition to an overall “Excellence”
award to be revealed the evening of the Gala. Following the Awards Dinner, celebrate the accomplishments of those recognized during the Red-Carpet Interviews. A
cash bar will be available.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Moderators: Jacob Henschen, Jan Vosahlik

In recent decades, the concrete research community has been criticized for the lack of progress in transitioning research findings into actionable and implementable technologies and practices. This is often accompanied by illustrative comparisons of the progress of the concrete industry with those of automotive, aeronautics, and consumer electronics industries, in which overwhelming progress has been achieved during the same time. The goals of this research forum are to explore whether such comparisons are justified given the constraints of the concrete industry, highlight the advances in the concrete industry over the past decades that may not have been appreciated by wider research community, and discuss what hinders the progress in transitioning research findings into practice in the field of concrete technology. This topic is in dire need of discussion since it has direct implications on the research community, for example through decisions made in allocation of research funding at national level, in addition to broader implications such as attracting next generation of engineers and researchers to the field of concrete technology.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss significant innovations in concrete technology and science during the past few decades;
(2) Identify major challenges preventing research implementation in construction practice;
(3) Describe research areas with little or no advancement in the past year and identify barriers preventing more rapid progress.
(4) Discuss factors that affect the rate of adoption of new concrete technologies.



Upper Level Sponsors

Advance Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.
Anderson Concrete Corp.
Baker
BASF
Dugan and Meyers LLC
Euclid Chemical
Forta Corporation
GCP
Irving Materials, Inc.
Indiana Chapter - ACI
LafargeHolcim
Lebanon Chapter – ACI
LehighHanson
Lithko Contracting, LLC
Northern California & Western Nevada Chapter - ACI
San Antonio Chapter – ACI
Sika
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Webcor Builders
WJE