Sessions & Events

 

Sessions and Events Schedule is coming soon. All sessions and events take place in Eastern Standard Time (EST UTC-5). Please note, Daylight Savings Time ends on November 3, 2024.
All events take place at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

On-demand sessions will be available for viewing in the convention platform/event app under "On-Demand Content" within 24-48 hours of the session premiere. Please note, on-demand sessions are not available for CEU credit. *Denotes on-demand content.


Convention Highlights

Sunday, November 3, 2024


8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

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 has to offer.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Leandro F. M. Sanchez


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Dr Mehrdad Mahoutian

The session is sponsored by RILEM. RILEM MCP : Accelerated Mineral Carbonation for the production of construction materials This technical session covers the topic of accelerated carbonation of construction materials. The latest research and scientific progress on the mineral carbonation processes will be presented. The researchers, scientists and engineers working on the accelerated CO2 curing can attend the session.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Dr Narayanan Neithalath

This technical session is co-organized by ACI 564, ACI 236, and RILEM to disseminate information on scaling up of concrete 3D printing, with an emphasis on knowledge gained by the international community (in Europe, Asia etc. where concrete 3D printing is becoming more ubiquitous). These sessions are intended to: (i) disseminate the most recent information on scaling up of concrete 3D printing for different structural applications, and (ii) outline the challenges faced in printing real-world elements related to materials, printing system, architectural and design, structural testing, code compliance etc., and methodologies adopted to overcome those challenges. These sessions will incorporate international speakers who are at the cutting edge of research and development in concrete 3D printing, as well as practitioners who have implemented such structures in real world. The session is intended for professionals, students, and practicing engineers/architects.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Dr Kay Wille

Ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) continues to impact the construction industry and its practical use is exponentially increasing. While significant effort in the past has been placed on material and structural research, as well as designing guidelines to effectively using the material in various structural and non-structural applications, quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of the material properties are equally important. Due to the higher sensibility of the material properties in comparison to other cementitious composites, QA/QC towards various material properties needs to be tailored to this material. This session will invite national and international research groups, material suppliers and contractors to share case their experiences and knowledge in the field of UHPC QA/QC.


9:00 AM - 3:00 PM


9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Chaired by past ACI President Antonio Nanni, Professor, University of Miami

The ACI International Forum provides an opportunity for convention attendees to meet and learn from ACI international partners, ACI chapter representatives, and ACI leadership. Attendees are encouraged to network and inquire about worldwide events, activities, initiatives, and common themes of interest to the concrete materials, design, and construction industry.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: Dr Mohamadreza Moini, Mr Eric Kreiger

The objective of the session is to bring together experts in hardened properties of 3D-printed concrete to present state-of-the-art research findings and to discuss critical aspects of mechanical performance including the presence of the interface, isotropic properties, and damage and fracture response. Design of solid and cellular materials have widely been explored in 3D-printing with concrete. This session will bring together the recent advances in design of materials architectures and how it can be leveraged to enhance mechanical performance and properties.

Learning Objective:
(1) Describe critical properties of hardened 3D-printed concrete (3DPC);
(2) Explain how to characterize certain mechanical properties;
( 3) Summarize procedures to characterize the hardened properties of 3DPC;
(4)


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: Mr Pierre Siccardi, Mr Tristan Thrin Komoncharoensiri

This session objective is to present the content of the new guide on In-Transit Monitoring Systems for Ready-Mix production. The various topic will present element of the document, with an emphasis on case studies. Presentations will mainly focus on will focus on in-drum slump, air content and temperature evaluation. The targeted audience are concrete producers, contractors and owners who might benefit from using these new technologies.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Narayanan Neithalath

This technical session is co-organized by ACI 564, ACI 236, and RILEM to disseminate information on scaling up of concrete 3D printing, with an emphasis on knowledge gained by the international community (in Europe, Asia etc. where concrete 3D printing is becoming more ubiquitous). These sessions are intended to: (i) disseminate the most recent information on scaling up of concrete 3D printing for different structural applications, and (ii) outline the challenges faced in printing real-world elements related to materials, printing system, architectural and design, structural testing, code compliance etc., and methodologies adopted to overcome those challenges. These sessions will incorporate international speakers who are at the cutting edge of research and development in concrete 3D printing, as well as practitioners who have implemented such structures in real world. The session is intended for professionals, students, and practicing engineers/architects.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Kay Wille

Ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) offers revolutionary opportunities for sustainable building solutions. Although research efforts have shown that the development of mixture designs with lower carbon footprint is a successful avenue to impact the environmental footprint of this material, the overall impact of this material on the sustainability of building solutions with UHPC is just about to be explored. Due to the material mechanical and durability properties novel building solutions with significantly enhanced sustainability can be designed. However, the quantification and evaluation are still challenging and might remain challenging in the upcoming years. Research emphasizing life cycle analysis (LCA) is under way to close part of the knowledge cap. This session will invite national and international research groups, material suppliers and contractors to share case their knowledge in new sustainable strategies of using UHPC technology.


11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

$50 U.S. Per Person

Title: The Fehmarnbelt Link: The World's Longest Immersed Tunnel
Speaker: Mike Needham
The Fehmarnbelt Link will be the world’s longest immersed tunnel and one of Europe’s largest-ever construction projects. The Link will comprise an 18 km long reinforced concrete immersed tunnel connecting Rødbyhavn in Denmark with the island of Fehmarn in Germany, with associated landworks on the Danish and German sides. The tunnel is a combined road and rail tunnel with four traffic tubes, a central gallery, and a total width of 42 m. Special elements at 1.8 km intervals have a basement level containing mechanical and electrical equipment.


PREREGISTRATION IS REQUIRED TO ATTEND. Tickets may be purchased at the ACI Registration Desk up to 24 hours prior to the event, based on availability. Please notify the ACI Registration Desk if you have any dietary restrictions.



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1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Dr Mohamadreza Moini, Mr Eric Kreiger

The objective of the session is to bring together experts in hardened properties of 3D-printed concrete to present state-of-the-art research findings and to discuss critical aspects of mechanical performance including the presence of the interface, isotropic properties, and damage and fracture response. Design of solid and cellular materials have widely been explored in 3D-printing with concrete. This session will bring together the recent advances in design of materials architectures and how it can be leveraged to enhance mechanical performance and properties.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Moderator: Mr Luke R Pinkerton

The mini session will explore the closely related topics of testing and reliability as applied to structural plain concrete. Load and resistance factors in building codes are calibrated to deliver the required reliability defined in ASCE-7. Given reliability is highly depending on the testing and variably the topics must be considered together.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand the the challenges and benefits of direct tension testing in plain concrete applications;
(2) Compare and contrast tension and bending testings for structural plain concrete;
(3) Understand basic approach for structural reliability;
(4) Understand the interrelation between variability in testing and design load and resistance factors.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Phil Diekemper


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Mr Paul Schuman , Dr Abbas Mokhtar-zadeh

The objective of this session is to review best practices in checking, reviewing, calibrating, and verifying the results of a finite element model for concrete structures. This session will focus on proper interpretation of the FE analysis results and presentation of those results in terms commonly used by the engineering community. Attendees will learn techniques used to build their confidence in finite element models. The session is intended to provide an overview of some of the current strategies in the practice for sanity checks and reliability reviews used in structural assessment of concrete structures and foundations from conceptual engineering mechanics, benchmark studies, experiments, and theoretical values.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Antonio Nanni

The aim of the session is to present the most recent developments and challenges in the adoption and use of a sustainable and durable concrete made from appropriate binders, saltwater, chloride-contaminated recycled concrete aggregates, modified fine aggregates (sand dunes), and coarse lightweight pet-coke aggregates reinforced with polymer-based non-corrosive reinforcement. The session will provide the opportunity to announce formation, scope and objectives of a recently-established consortium named NovusCrete as well as the ACI Technical Committee 243 – Seawater Concrete.

Following the four presentations (15-minute each) a round table discussion will take place allowing the audience to interact with the panelists.


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: ROBERT B HOLLAND

With the current landscape of embodied carbon requirements and availability of source materials constantly changing, material suppliers are facing new challenges with designing and supplying high-strength concrete. The objective of this session is to use case studies to explore the logistics of developing high-strength concrete mix designs in the evolving world of material changes and source limitations. In particular, this session will highlight the ever-changing world surrounding suppliers with the introduction of Type 1L cement, fly ash availability shortages, and low-embodied carbon requirements.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand the fundamentals of high strength concrete mix development;
(2) Compare available supplemental cementitious materials and their impact on the performance of high strength concrete;
(3) Identify the challenges presented by material availability and source limitations on concrete suppliers;
(4) Describe how low embodied carbon concepts can be applied with high strength concrete applications.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Dr John J. Myers, Dr Nestor R Rubiano

The objectives of this session if to explore and learn more about how advanced tools such as drones may be used to aid in bridge inspection, forensic investigations, and other site activities including construction. Inspection drones are transforming manual inspection processes, allowing inspectors to speed up their collection of inspection data while removing slower manual steps that place them in danger. Currently drones have been used for internal inspection, external inspections, roof inspections and tower inspections.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Dr Corina-Maria Aldea, Dr Mahmut Ekenel

Fiber reinforcement is the most effective way of improving the resistance of concrete to cracking, but little is known of the benefits of fiber reinforcement on long term durability, as well as reduction in carbon footprint. The purpose of this session is to bring together experts from around the world to discuss studies where fiber reinforcement enhanced long term durability and why the use of fibers is a sustainable solution, to learn from real life situations, to learn about benefits of using fibers to reduce carbon footprint and to lay the foundation for Life Cycle Engineering Analysis with fiber reinforced concrete (FRC). Presentation topics will be related to the benefits of using fibers to enhance long term performance of concrete with and without conventional reinforcement and to explain why the use of fibers is a sustainable solution. Contractors, material suppliers, engineers, architects, researchers and scientists will benefit from this session.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn about why FRC is a sustainable solution;
(2) Learn about the benefits of fiber reinforcement to reduction of carbon footprint;
(3) Learn about how the reduction in carbon footprint of FRC is calculated and quantified;
(4) Learn about applications where FRC have been successfully used and provided a durable and sustainable solution.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderator: Hessam AzariJafari

ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete Concrete stakeholders, including materials producers, concrete manufacturers, structural engineers, governments, and contractors, are at the forefront of the construction industry's sustainability transformation. This session will shed light on the convergence of two pivotal policy initiatives, "Buy Clean" and "Low-Carbon"; and their profound implications for the sustainability of concrete. These policies emphasize the use of low-carbon construction materials, such as concrete, in public projects. A critical facet of this effort is the quantification of carbon emissions associated with building materials, encouraging the adoption of low-carbon alternatives to reduce construction-related greenhouse gas emissions. This session will explore the current status and potential improvements in the implemented and ongoing low-carbon policies around low-carbon cement-based products. By attending this session, participants will gain valuable insights into the evolving landscape of sustainable concrete production and its crucial role in combatting climate change. Real-world case studies and best practices will be explored, empowering attendees to make informed decisions in alignment with their sustainability goals.


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Moderator: Karin T OBrien

Concrete construction has played an important part in Philadelphia’s economic social development. Iconic structures exemplify how this versatile material has provided the city with sustainable and resilient resources. In this one-hour mini-session, Committee 120 History has invited multiple local concrete experts who will lead an interactive experience describing how concrete producers, contractors, and design professionals worked to create important structures.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Discover how to adopt concrete technologies to shape essential structures;
(2) Learn how concrete structures in Philadelphia have fostered sustainable city development;
(3) Identify how concrete construction designs and construction methods have evolved in Philadephia;
(4) Discuss the importance of documenting concrete in history, which can provide insights into a sustainable future.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Cameron D Murray

This session will be of interest to researchers and practitioners interested in alternative cements. Attendees will learn about common alternative cements and their uses in practice.


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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.


5:45 PM - 6:46 PM

The Opening Session is the official start to the ACI Convention and will begin with a welcome address by ACI President Michael Paul. The Opening Session will conclude with a keynote presentation.


7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Immediately following the Opening Session, attendees are invited to the exhibit hall for this evening reception. Congratulate ACI Awardees, 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 - 10:00 PM

Moderator: Ms Claire A Hiltz


8:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Student and Young Professionals Activities Committee (SYPAC) invites all students, young professionals, and convention mentors to a casual networking exchange following the Opening Reception. Attendees will establish connections with fellow young members. Prizes will be awarded during ice breaker activities.



Upper Level Sponsors

Baker
Concrete Sealants
Controls Inc.
Euclid Chemical
Master Builders