Sessions and Events

Sessions & Events 

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

Convention Highlights

October 22, 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.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Paul E Gaudette

The session will include presentations of case studies that focus on the assessment of concrete structures. The presentations are intended to provide insight into the practical use of the new ACI “364.1R Guide for Assessment of Concrete Structures before Rehabilitation”; and how to use with other new ACI documents that relate to repair of concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand the background and revisions to the ACI 364 Guide to Assessment of Concrete Structures Prior to Rehabilitation;
(2) Learn how to develop an assessment procedure to assess a concrete structure;
(3) Learn how to research and gather information for structure to better perform an assessment;
(4) Understand the research of Develop a field investigation plan of various types of concrete structures.


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Moderator: Bradley Douglas Rogers

In the early days of the construction industry, innovation was done out of necessity. But over the decades, our industry has lagged all others in the adoption of advanced technology. But times are changing and the future of how we build will look radically different than it did just two decades ago. With increased labor shortages and more capital investment going into construction technology startup companies, there is now a greater focus on our industry and the status quo is being challenged. From wearable technology to artificial intelligence, the construction world is embracing innovation. In this discussion, we will explore the top trends in construction technology and what they mean for the future workforce.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understanding of challenges facing construction industry in the area of innovation and technology;
(2) Understanding of the importance of developing technologies in the construction industry;
(3) Understanding of many of the technologies being developed in the construction industry;
(4) Understanding of where technology is trending in the construction industry.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Eric R Giannini, Malcolm K Lim

A completed revision of ACI 228.1R: Report on Methods for Estimating In-Place Concrete Strength will be published prior to the Fall 2019 Convention. This session will be of interest to practicing engineers engaged in structural assessment, those engaged in QA/QC on new construction, and educators who teach advanced courses in concrete repair, forensics, and nondestructive testing. Attendees will learn about standardized test methods used to estimate in-place strength, including the underlying principles, advantages, and limitations of the tests. They will also learn about how to properly interpret the results of in-place tests, the statistical significance of test results, and plan an in-place testing program. The session will also incorporate several case study presentations on successful implementation of in-place testing.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe ASTM standard test methods that can be used to estimate in-place concrete strength and select appropriate tests for applications to new and existing structures;
(2) Discuss advantages and limitations of ASTM standard test methods that can be used to estimate in-place concrete strength;
(3) Interpret and discuss the statistical significance of in-place test results;
(4) Discuss factors to consider when planning in-place testing programs for new and existing structures.


8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Moderator: Robert E Sculthorpe

Examples of Structural Design of ICF walls in accordance with ACI 318 and Study of Low Operating Costs of 20-Year-Old Apartment Building Constructed with ICF Walls and Precast Hollow-core Floors.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Application of ACI 318 in structural design of ICF walls using simplified design method;
(2) Application of ACI 318 in structural design of ICF walls using alternative design for slender walls;
(3) Application of ACI 318 in structural design of ICF walls for special reinforced concrete shear walls;
(4) Observations of lower operational costs of a 20 year old apartment building constructed with ICF walls and precast concrete floors.


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Bradley Douglas Rogers

The evolution of robotics is quickly progressing off the plant floor. Advancements in technology are allowing the development of robotics in every aspect of construction. Robotics will aid the construction industry in making safer work environments, increasing productivity, and alleviate the labor shortage seen across the country.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understanding the challenges facing the construction industry in the area of innovation and technology;
(2) Understanding of how robotics is being used in the construction industry;
(3) Understanding the many opportunities for the application of robotics in the construction industry;
(4) Understanding the future of robotics in the construction industry.


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.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Ashok M Kakade, Paul E Gaudette

The session will include presentations of case studies that focus on the assessment of concrete structures. The presentations are intended to provide insight into the practical use of the new ACI “364.1R Guide for Assessment of Concrete Structures before Rehabilitation”; and how to use with other new ACI documents that relate to repair of concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Establish a sampling and material testing protocol tailored to a concrete structure;
(2) Learn how to approach the assessment of a historic concrete structure;
(3) Understand what level of analysis is needed for a concrete structure;
(4) Better understand what is recommended for an assessment report.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Brian M Killingsworth

The design of a concrete pavement system for a low traffic volume extends beyond the process of pavement thickness selection; it entails an understanding of the processes and the factors that affect pavement performance. It also encompasses appropriate slab jointing and construction practices that are consistent with local climatic and soil conditions. This session will be for designers, specifiers, and owners of pavement assets. Attendees will learn about the revised ACI report 325.12R, other methods available to design concrete streets, how construction specifications and materials requirements for local roads may differ from highway roads, and maintenance and rehabilitation requirements for low volume roads.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand the required inputs and subsequent outputs for concrete pavement design for local streets and roads;
(2) Learn how subsurface soils affect pavement design and how they may be improved for long-term performance;
(3) Understand when bases, steel reinforcement, and joint load-transfer enhancement are required for low volume concrete roads and how these details affect initial and long-term costs;
(4) Learn which maintenance and rehabilitation options are applicable to low volume roads.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Mohamed Moustafa

This session will provide a forum for students, researchers, and practitioners to discuss fragility and seismic vulnerability assessment of concrete bridges. There is a growing interest among the bridge community in adopting performance-based earthquake engineering (PBEE). Developing fragility curves and seismic vulnerability functions are central to PBEE and decision-making frameworks. The objective of this session is to present the state-of-the-art in developing seismic fragility curves for concrete bridges considering new methods (e.g. machine learning), ground motions selection and databases, damage and limit states definitions, and for different bridge types and geometries.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn about latest methods used in developing fragility functions for concrete bridges;
(2) Summarize state-of-the-art in defining damage and limit states for earthquake-resistant concrete bridges;
(3) Relate fragility and vulnerability functions to decision making frameworks and performance-based seismic design;
(4) Understand how fragility functions vary due to different bridge geometries and types.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$41.00

Today’s workplace is rapidly changing. The efficiencies gained from technology and innovation are becoming disrupters to all areas of business. The need to embrace these changes is becoming a necessity to not thrive, but survive. In this presentation, Brent Cooper will discuss this rapidly changing landscape, the effects these changes are having on the business world, and what the future of business may look like.
Brent Cooper is President & CEO of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the largest business organization in Northern Kentucky, representing 1500 businesses and 200,000 employees. A University of Kentucky graduate, Cooper has over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business owner.
Cooper is very active in the community (Leadership NKY 2005 and Leadership Cincinnati 2016) and currently serves on a number of Boards including the Kentucky State Chamber Board, Baptist Health Board, NKU Foundation Board, NKY Convention Center Board, and Strive Partnership Board. Cooper is also an active Community Columnist for the Kentucky Enquirer, NKY Tribune, and the River City News.
A Past Chair of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce (2011-2012) and the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (2007-2009), Cooper has received a number of awards over the years including the Covington Education Foundation’s Person of the Year (2017), Kentucky Board of Education’s Joseph Kelly Award (2016), Children Inc.’s Charity in Action Award (2015), 4C’s Champion for Children Award (2014), the NKY Chamber’s Unity Award (2014), the Boy Scouts Trailblazer Award (2013), the Kenton County Library Mary Ann Mongan Award (2012) and the Northern Kentucky Area Development District’s Community Leadership Award (2005). In 2006, he was named one of Cincinnati’s 40 under 40.


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Moderator: Bradley Douglas Rogers

The construction landscape is changing quickly due to a rapidly evolving tech landscape. Join us as Kris Lengieza will discuss what the jobsite of the future could look like, leveraging existing and evolving technology. From current trending technologies such as Drones, IoT, and 360 photos to the future of robotics, Big Data, and automation, come along for a peek into the future of the industry and how we can build great things together.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understanding the challenges facing the construction industry in the area of technology and innovation;
(2) Understanding of the many technologies being developed in the construction industry;
(3) Understanding where technology is trending in the construction industry;
(4) Understanding of some of challenges facing the implementation and development of construction technology.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Larry D Olson, Mark E Williams

The sessions are intended to introduce advances in design of concrete materials for long-term 100 year plus performance of concrete bridges. Further, quality assurance testing for evaluation of the performance of concrete materials with laboratory tests will be discussed to confirm that durable concrete materials are being produced. The use of nondestructive evaluation methods for confirmation of in-place durable concrete, design steel cover depth and strength of bridge concrete will be discussed from technical and contractual performance perspectives.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify concrete materials for new bridge construction and bridge repairs that are durable for the long term;
(2) Review methods of evaluating these materials during prequalification and during their implementation in constructed bridges (QA);
(3) Discuss challenges and considerations involved in the specification and selection of durable materials, including performance-based specifications for new concrete bridges;
(4) Consider a performance-based approach in terms of durable materials and concrete placement workmanship that contractually has bonus incentives for contractors providing longer bridge service life based on design and QA testing results and costs for shorter bridge design service life.


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Moderator: James A Farny

The ACI 332 Code Committee has expanded its approach to designing efficient residential concrete structures that may result in more economical construction than design by ACI 318. This session covers two of the more recent changes to the 332 code, presenting a clear understanding of soil load conditions and how to select them for use in the design of foundation walls for residential structures, then shows two alternative methods for sizing a foundation wall using ACI 332-19; first, by the prescriptive method, and second, by the new design procedure of the Code.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand soil loads on foundation walls and the typical values covered by tables in 332;
(2) Learn how to select interpret lateral load levels for foundation walls;
(3) Identify the proper requirements of a foundation wall using the prescriptive design method in 332;
(4) Complete a foundation wall design by calculation with a structural engineer using the newly-added design methodology in 332.


1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Moderator: Dean Houdeshell

Thanks to their service life, three concrete structures built more than 75 years ago continue to serve in the Cincinnati Community. All located within walking distance from the Convention Hotel.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Design;
(2) Construction;
(3) Social contribution of three historic concrete structures that have been transformed from the original use into important locations.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Jovan Tatar, Natassia Brenkus

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


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Thomas H Adams

Controlled low strength materials (CLSM) can provide immediate solutions to mitigate emergencies and structural failures. Using a wide variety of materials CLSM can rapidly restore pavements, slabs, embankments, and other structures to service economically and safely. This session will provide three case histories of mitigation with CLSM.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Spectrum of materials that can be used in CLSM mixtures and how those materials are proportioned for the specific application;
(2) The advantages of CLSM in rapid and safe restoration. Restoring pavements and structures to service quickly can be vital to public safety;
(3) The use of CLSM limits the exposure of construction personnel to the hazards encountered with unstable ground conditions;
(4) Attendee will be aware of the use of CLSM as a more sustainable approach to restoration. CLSM can be produced with many recycled and “off-specification” materials. This limits the need to use virgin materials.


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Bradley Douglas Rogers

In line with Moore’s Law, the cost of computing power is consistently dropping while the speed and capability of computers is increasing. Add to that the development of ever more powerful algorithms and artificial intelligence and you have a perfect storm for the explosion of reality capture devices. Reality capture allows the construction industry to capture a digital representation of the physical world which can then be used in a myriad of ways. This discussion will identify several types of reality capture devices/methods and discuss the pros and cons of each. The goal of this discussion is to help you identify potential use cases that may have a positive impact on your current construction processes.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understanding the importance of developing technologies in the construction industry;
(2) Understand what is Reality Capture and what it means to the construction industry;
(3) Understand what devices are being used for reality capture in the construction industry;
(4) Understand how reality capture devices can be used in the construction industry.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Eric R Giannini

A completed revision of ACI 228.1R: Report on Methods for Estimating In-Place Concrete Strength will be published prior to the Fall 2019 Convention. This session will be of interest to practicing engineers engaged in structural assessment, those engaged in QA/QC on new construction, and educators who teach advanced courses in concrete repair, forensics, and nondestructive testing. Attendees will learn about standardized test methods used to estimate in-place strength, including the underlying principles, advantages, and limitations of the tests. They will also learn about how to properly interpret the results of in-place tests, the statistical significance of test results, and plan an in-place testing program. The session will also incorporate several case study presentations on successful implementation of in-place testing.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe ASTM standard test methods that can be used to estimate in-place concrete strength and select appropriate tests for applications to new and existing structures;
(2) Discuss advantages and limitations of ASTM standard test methods that can be used to estimate in-place concrete strength;
(3) Interpret and discuss the statistical significance of in-place test results;
(4) Discuss factors to consider when planning in-place testing programs for new and existing structures.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Will Hansen, Anton Schindler

The objective of the session(s) would be to provide a forum for participants to review, discuss and present the latest developments on HPC. Outcomes will include material requirements for achieving HPC (e.g. low water-cementitious ratio, SCM and internal materials and replacement levels, air-void characteristics for salt scaling and internal frost resistance, etc). Crack resistance due to volume changes from thermal, creep and shrinkage effects will be discussed. Measurement and prediction of stress development for crack resistance in HPC associated with deformation restraint will be presented. Designers, contractors, educators, engineers, material suppliers, and students will benefit from attending this session.
Learning Objectives:
(1) How to achieve HPC for durability and crack resistance;
(2) Early-Age Stress Modeling;
(3) New property measurement methods;
(4) Fibers in concrete for crack control.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Jovan Tatar, Natassia Brenkus

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


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.


6:00 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 Union Terminal. An assortment of food and beverages will be available. Transportation will depart from the Duke Energy Convention Center beginning at 5:30 pm. The last bus will depart from the Union Terminal at 10:00 pm. After 10:00 pm, attendees will be on their own for transportation.



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
Quebec and Eastern Ontario Chapter – ACI
San Antonio Chapter – ACI
Sika
Somero
Terracon Consultants, Inc.
Webcor Builders
WJE