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

Monday, November 4, 2024


7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

Title: Learn and Practice Skills that Promote Psychologically Safe Environments

Description:
The goal of having diversity on a team or around a table is to generate better solutions. But that only happens when everyone around the table contributes the best of what they have to offer. Psychological safety is the key. Join us for an interactive session where we will learn and practice skills that promote a psychologically safe environment.

Speaker:
James Hanson, PhD, PE
Professor & Department Head
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology


7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Chapter Officers are invited to come and enjoy a delicious hot breakfast, while networking with peers from around the world.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Mr Jeffrey F Speck

The session will cover the following:
- Case studies on the application of lightweight aggregate and concrete to reduce global warming potential (GWP) .
- Experimental investigations of the durability and service life enhancement of lightweight aggregate concrete .
- Analytical service life modeling and prediction of lightweight aggregate concrete applications .
- Lifecycle assessment of the environmental footprints of lightweight aggregate and concrete.
- Contribution of lightweight aggregate and concrete to sustainable development of resilient infrastructure .
- Mitigating climate change using lightweight aggregate and concrete.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Dr W James Wilde, Ms KEILA D HEITMEYER

The objective of this session is to discuss ways in which new graduates entering the industry apply critical thinking and learn constructability through their formal education, work supervisors, mentors and others as they try to navigate their way into successful careers. All members of the construction industry – current and future – should attend this session, where speakers in various stages of their careers will present their experiences and participate in a panel discussion addressing the training of young professionals and how they are taught constructability. Outcomes include an understanding of the role of constructability in education, and the importance of mentoring young professionals.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Dr Mohammed Albahttiti, KARTHIK PATTAJE


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Karin T OBrien

Recently, there have been a lot of discussions about concrete mixtures being overdesigned for compressive strength. These strengths greatly exceed the ACI Specifications for Structural Concrete 301-21 required average strengths resulting in an increased carbon footprint due to much higher cementitious materials use and added cost to construction. The mixtures also have higher paste contents and other performance problems associated such as cracking, higher in-place concrete temperatures, shrinkage, creep, and alkali-silica reaction. In this paper, we discuss some of the reasons why concrete mixtures are overdesigned and offer some ideas of how the overdesign can be reduced.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Explain history and potential reasons for overdesign concrete mixtures;
(2) Learn methodologies to reduce overdesign of concrete mixtures;
(3) Discuss negative impacts of overdesign of concrete mixtures;
(4) Describe potential performance issues associated with overdesigning concrete mixtures.


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Mr Peter Tarara

Learning Objectives:
(1) Provide a summary of recently published ACI 546 guides (ACI PRC-546.3-23 Guide to Materials Selection for Concrete Repair and ACI PRC-546-23 Guide to Concrete Repair) and how to use the guides;
(2) Gain an understanding of contents in ACI PRC-546.3-23 Guide to Materials Selection for Concrete Repair and ACI PRC-546-23 Guide to Concrete Repair and revisions from the previous versions of the guide;
(3) Learn how to use ACI PRC-546.3-23 Guide to Materials Selection for Concrete Repair and ACI PRC-546-23 Guide to Concrete Repair including project examples;
(4) Familiarize attendees with various repair materials and methods.


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Sherry O Sullivan

This session addresses urgent carbon emissions reduction in the construction industry, focusing on low carbon concrete for sustainable pavement construction. It highlights environmental challenges in concrete production and explores strategies like alternative binders and innovative mix designs. Case studies demonstrate feasibility, durability, and cost-effectiveness. Technical aspects, including strength and durability, are discussed, along with life cycle assessment and economic considerations. The session concludes with a forward-looking perspective on research and trends. Attendees gain practical insights into sustainable concrete solutions and their role in global carbon reduction. Relevant for researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in sustainable construction.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Mr Jeffrey F Speck

The session will cover the following:
- Case studies on the application of lightweight aggregate and concrete to reduce global warming potential (GWP).
- Experimental investigations of the durability and service life enhancement of lightweight aggregate concrete.
- Analytical service life modeling and prediction of lightweight aggregate concrete applications.
- Lifecycle assessment of the environmental footprints of lightweight aggregate and concrete.
- Contribution of lightweight aggregate and concrete to sustainable development of resilient infrastructure.
- Mitigating climate change using lightweight aggregate and concrete.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Dr Matthew J Bandelt

The UHPC Certificate Program is being developed by ACI Committee 239-E to introduce the concrete community to field and laboratory testing of UHPC. The certificate program is being rolled out by Committee 239-E in three modules. An overview of Module 1, which focused on General Knowledge of UHPC, was presented at the ACI Spring 2023 Convention in San Francisco. In Fall 2024, Modules 2 and 3 will be introduced through special sessions that will focus on collecting samples, characterizing fresh properties, and testing UHPC to characterize hardened properties.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe procedures to fabricate specimens made of UHPC in the field and laboratory;
(2) Explain how to measure fresh properties of UHPC through standard methods;
(3) Summarize procedures to characterize the hardened properties of UHPC;
(4)


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Dr Mohammed Albahttiti, KARTHIK PATTAJE


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderator: Dr Ahmed Al-Rahmani


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Dr Ben Dymond, Dr Jacob Henschen

The intended audience for this session is senior undergraduate students, graduate students, young professionals, and practitioners looking for continuing education.

Learning Objectives:
( 1) Identify relevant ACI documents to address fiber-reinforced concrete mixture designs;
( 2) Apply relevant ACI documents to address fiber-reinforced concrete mixture designs.;
(3) Recognize ACI resources that are available to help with fiber-reinforced concrete mixture design questions;
( 4) Identify relevant ACI technical committees related to fiber-reinforced concrete.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Ali Abu-Yosef

This session examines the assessment and repair of segmental bridges and their components. Due to their design and unique components, assessments of segmental bridges require evaluations that are not typically performed in other bridges. This includes locating voids of grouted tendons, examination of post-tensioned tendon corrosion, and verification of as-built conditions. This session will include case studies that bring to light recent advances in the assessment and repair methods of segmental bridges.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Mr Theodore A Mize, Mr Paul B Aubee

Referencing the recently published ACI 439.5R-18 document, young members will learn about the century-old steel reinforcing steel product and how it is used today. Experienced designers will learn how to design with it, and contractors will learn how to install it properly in today’s concrete structures. Presenters will discuss the product’s sustainability, physical properties, how it is manufactured and fabricated, how to design with it using today’s ACI 318 Building Code, and see examples of the product in its many forms used in a variety of modern concrete structures.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Yail Jimmy Kim

The special sessions will focus on advances in the serviceability of concrete bridges and structures. Of interest are presentations concerning a wide variety of technical aspects from laboratory experiments to field applications. Specific subjects include the prediction of deflections in reinforced and prestressed concrete members, cracking problems and mitigation methodologies, state-of-the-art evaluation techniques, strategies to achieve the concept of serviceability-based design and construction, and practical approaches that can assist engineering professionals in retaining serviceability requirements.


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Moderator: Mr David Shook

Advancements in methods used to calculate the deflection of mild and prestressed reinforced floor framing systems including creep & shrinkage and cracking behavior of prestressed concrete will be presented. Also, built examples using methods in ACI 435's document will be presented. The combined topics will foster communication between researchers and practicing engineers.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn about key factors affecting deflection performance of slab and beam systems;
(2) Learn new methods of deflection calculations including creep, shrinkage, and cracking of prestressed members;
(3) Learn about real-world application of ACI 435's recommendations including how it compares to project surveyed results;
(4) Learn about how construction sequence such as shoring / reshoring can affect the deflection of slab and beam systems.


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Moderator: Dr Shahria Alam


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Mr Kevin Cavanaugh , Mr Nicholas R Lang

Mass walls are at risk. With energy codes continuing to escalate
insulation requirements and thermal bridging requirements, it can be harder for designers to justify constructing energy efficient buildings with thermal mass, despite its energy-saving benefits. Reducing operational energy is a key goal in overall carbon reduction for buildings. Recently published codes, ACI/TMS 122.1, 122.2, and 122.3, are valuable tools that can be used to ensure that mass walls meet energy code requirements. Speakers will demonstrate how the content of these codes are used for thermal bridging as well as using COMcheck and REScheck programs for code compliance.

Practical solutions for thermal bridging and insulation of concrete and masonry walls will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
(1) To gain insight into the history of U.S. Energy Codes and their favorable stance towards insulation versus concrete and masonry mass walls;
(2) To learn that buildings built with exterior mass walls are energy efficient despite having lower R-Values than other, highly insulated exterior frame wall systems;
(3) To understand what is in the three new joint ACI/TMS Energy Codes and how to use them to demonstrate energy code compliance;
(4) To see practical design examples and details of mass walls that are easy to build, economical and readily available across North America.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderator: Dr Ali Abu-Yosef

This session examines the assessment and repair of segmental bridges and their components. Due to their design and unique components, assessments of segmental bridges require evaluations that are not typically performed in other bridges. This includes locating voids of grouted tendons, examination of post-tensioned tendon corrosion, and verification of as-built conditions. This session will include case studies that bring to light recent advances in the assessment and repair methods of segmental bridges.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: JASON L DRAPER, Mr M Luke Schuler

This session will provide an overview of the changes that have been made to the 336.1 Specification for Construction of Drilled Piers. This is the first revision in over twenty years to the specification. The session will also provide guidance to the specifier on referencing and customizing this specification. This session should be attended by engineers and contractors involved on projects which include drilled pier foundations.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Dr Yail Jimmy Kim, Hyeon-Jong Hwang

The special sessions will focus on advances in the serviceability of concrete bridges and structures. Of interest are presentations concerning a wide variety of technical aspects from laboratory experiments to field applications. Specific subjects include the prediction of deflections in reinforced and prestressed concrete members, cracking problems and mitigation methodologies, state-of-the-art evaluation techniques, strategies to achieve the concept of serviceability-based design and construction, and practical approaches that can assist engineering professionals in retaining serviceability requirements.


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Please join WACI for this reception/networking event. During this reception, the Women in ACI will introduce the winners of the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship, recognize award winning women who have made significant contributions to ACI, and share the legacy of the Women in ACI. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy food, fellowship, and fun. This event has a long history at ACI and has grown from a small gathering of women attendees to an event attended by all convention demographics. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the Concrete Art Auction Sponsored by Women in ACI. Proceeds from the auction benefit young professionals by providing the opportunity for convention registration. Please come join the Women in ACI and support young professionals!


6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$150 U.S. per person
Doors open/Cocktail Reception: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Awards Presentation: 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Post-Reception/Red-Carpet Photographs: 9:00 –10:00 pm
The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards will showcase and honor some of the most creative concrete projects from around the world nominated by ACI Chapters, ACI International Partners, and project team members. Project nominations were judged by industry professionals with technical expertise in each of the seven award categories. First- and second-place awards will be announced in each category, in addition to the concluding overall “Excellence” Award. Following the Awards, celebrate the accomplishments of those recognized at the red-carpet post-reception. A cash bar will be available.

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.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Moderator: Dr Nishant Garg



Upper Level Sponsors

Baker
Concrete Sealants
Controls Inc.
Euclid Chemical
Master Builders