Sessions & Events

 

All sessions and events take place in Central Daylight Time (CDT).
All events take place at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans.

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

Saturday, March 23, 2024


8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Workshop: 8:00am – 5:15pm
Reception: 5:30pm – 7:00pm
$99 U.S. per person

The International Workshop on Structural Concrete is held every 18 to 24 months in conjunction with the ACI Convention. The primary purpose of this workshop is to gather and share information on the development and application of concrete design standards throughout the Americas and beyond. Following the workshop, attendees are invited to network with colleagues at an evening reception. An assortment of food and beverages will be available.



13th International Workshop on Structural Concrete Program


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: Dr Maria Lopez de Murphy, Mr Ravi Kanitkar

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will focus on the bond characteristics between FRP reinforcement (or epoxy) and concrete/masonry, which is one of the key aspects that controls FRP-concrete structural behavior.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand the debonding mechanism of FRP ties in tension;
(2) Assess the effect of short embedment lengths in FRP bars;
(3) Evaluate the advantage of segmentation-based image techniques to characterize concrete-epoxy interface behavior;
(4) Learn about the effect of fully and partially bonded GFRP bars on load-bearing capacity of RC beams.


8:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Open to all ACI Convention attendees.

Coffee/tea break will be provided to all participants.

The purpose of this symposium is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and state-of-the art information among researchers, practitioners, owners, and manufacturers from the USA United States and abroad, involved in the use of FRPs as reinforcement for concrete and masonry structures, both for new construction and for strengthening and rehabilitation of existing structures.

The 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC). FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017)). Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI (British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

Technical presentations in this workshop will emphasize not only experimental, analytical, and numerical validations of using FRP composites but will also provide insights needed for improving existing guidelines and developing design codes. Information will be provided on frontiers of FRP research with respect to emerging materials, systems, and applications for extreme events such as fire and earthquakes. These presentations will also feature discussions on sustainability, novel applications, new technologies, and long-term field data that will result in greater acceptance and use of FRP composites technology by practitioners.


8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderators: Dr Ayman M Okeil, Dr Tarek Alkhrdaji

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will focus on the latest developments in strengthening concrete structures using FRP systems.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Assess the condition of concrete structures reinforced/strengthened with FRP composite materials;
(2) Describe the behavior of concrete structures strengthened with Near Surface Mounted (NSM) FRP materials;
(3) Describe the behavior of concrete structures strengthened in shear with Carbon FRP sheets;
(4) Evaluate the shear strength of concrete deep beams with GFRP bars.


8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Dean A. Frank

This session is geared toward all stakeholders, researchers, and students in the concrete industry. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about new materials and technologies to reduce carbon emissions in cement and concrete industry, ACI 232 Low-Carbon Concrete code development efforts, and novel approaches to achieve low-embodied carbon concrete and concrete materials.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Investigate the current and upcoming low carbon concrete technologies and materials;
(2) Discuss new codes and standards on low-carbon concrete materials;
(3) Explain novel approaches to CO2 reduction in the concrete construction industry;
(4) Recognize how the sustainable aspects of concrete play a crucial role in construction industry carbon-reduction strategies.


9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The Chapter Roundtable provides an opportunity to meet with chapter leaders from around the world to exchange ideas and share solutions to mutual challenges of leading a chapter. Chapter officers come away from the meeting with renewed energy and many good ideas.

Typical Discussion Topics:
o Educational Programs & Meetings
o Communications
o Awards Programs
o Student Activities
o Membership


10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Moderator: Mr William E Rushing Jr

An exploration of some of the failures that caused destruction to the City of New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and the lessons learned going forward in protecting the city’s infrastructure.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Review the affects of Hurricane Katrina to the infrastructure of the City of New Orleans;
(2) Discuss the impacts the numerous failures had to the community and surrounding area;
(3) Discuss lessons learned from failures for future storm protection;
(4) Describe the ongoing effects on operations and maintenance required to keep the city of New Orleans protected.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: Dr Pedram Sadeghian, Dr Radhouane Masmoudi

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will focus on the latest emerging FRP systems for concrete structures and successful project applications.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Evaluate tubular structures and hybrid construction with FRP tubes, steel tubes, and concrete;
(2) Demonstrate knowledge about manufacturing of FRP bars and a new epoxy system for high modulus FRP bars;
(3) Explore smart FRP bonded material that can measure the crack opening of a reinforced concrete beam;
(4) Gain knowledge about seawater sea-sand concrete and FRPs.


10:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Moderators: Dr John J Myers, Dr Charles E Bakis

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will focus on FRP material characterization, specifications and standards.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Evaluate the physical and mechanical properties of helically wrapped glass fiber-reinforced polymer bars;
(2) Describe the shear friction behavior of glass fiber-reinforced polymer bars compared to mild steel bars in concrete;
(3) Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the ASTM D695-15 test method and how GFRP bars behave in compression;
(4) Describe how test methods in ASTM D7914M-21, CSA S807:19 and a new convertible bond test method may be used for composite materials.


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Chapter officers and directors from around the world who attend the Chapter Officer Roundtable will have lunch with ACI staff and the executive committee to discuss matters of mutual interest.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Dr Ayman M Okeil, Dr Maria Lopez de Murphy

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will focus on latest design code changes and knowledge gaps.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss the current status of FRP design codes around the globe;
(2) Identify the knowledge gaps in current FRP design codes around the globe;
(3) Discuss the ongoing efforts to update current FRP design codes around the globe;
(4) Review the challenges to adoption of current FRP design codes around the globe.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Pedram Sadeghian, Dr Douglas G Tomlinson

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will showcase strength, bond, and deformation behavior of modern GFRP and BFRP rebars, and will evaluate design provisions for FRP reinforced concrete from Codes in the US and Europe.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Assess the behavior of modern GFRP bars in conventional concrete and under-reinforced RC beams;
(2) Evaluate how the shear design equation from CODE 440.11 compares with experimental database;
(3) Evaluate strength and deformation behavior of flexural beams designed according to European codes;
(4) Compare experimental results to predictions of deflection and crack spacing for GFRP RC beams.


1:45 PM - 3:15 PM

Moderator: Jose M. Izquierdo Encarnacion

The three sessions focus on enhancing building resilience and safety through innovative materials and adherence to international codes.
Collectively, these sessions emphasize the importance of understanding, adapting, and applying diverse building codes and materials to construct more resilient and efficient buildings in various contexts. They highlight the need for collaborative efforts among engineers, policymakers, and other stakeholders, and the continuous learning and adaptation of practices in response to local challenges and global events.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Summarize the benefits and application challenges of Fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials for external strengthening of reinforced concrete beams, including an overview of relevant guidelines such as the ACI 440.2R guide and the ECP 208 Egyptian code;
(2) Analyze the impact of major seismic events on different structural systems, materials, and construction methods, using the case study of the Moroccan earthquake;
(3) Recognize the role of local and international building codes and hazard-resistant design elements in enhancing the resilience of infrastructure, and the implications of code adoption and public awareness in seismically active regions;
(4) Gain insight into the unique challenges faced in regions lacking official building codes and local expertise, as illustrated by the construction of high-rise concrete towers in Kurdistan and understand the complexities of applying foreign building codes such as U.S. standards in such contexts.


3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Moderator: Lawrence Novak

The session will begin with a general overview of the status of the current 2019 edition of the ACI 318 Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. This will be followed by a review of the code update activities that the ACI 318 Code committee has been working on for the past five years. The final revisions to the Code will be completed in late 2024, and the revised provisions will become official upon publication of ACI 318-25 in early 2025. Although several rounds of review and revisions remain to be completed, including a 45-day public comment period in the spring of 2024, at this time it is possible to discuss general trends that might be expected in the revised ACI 318-25 Code provisions. This session will be presented by the current chair of the ACI 318 committee, and a question-and-answer period will follow the presentation.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss the current status of the 2019 edition of the ACI 318 Building Code;
(2) Discuss the activities of the ACI 318 committee since the 2019 edition of the Code was published;
(3) Explain the process and timeline for final approval and publication of ACI 318-25;
(4) Review the likely trends in updates to the ACI 318 Code between the 2019 and 2025 editions.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Dr John J Myers, Dr J Gustavo Tumialan

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will focus on developments of FRP systems including FRP anchors, FRP bars, and textiles used to strengthen and/or enhance masonry systems,.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Assess how FRP bars may be used as injected anchors in masonry structures;
(2) Explain how inorganic composites, namely fiber reinforced mortars, can be used for out-of-plane strengthening of masonry wallets;
(3) Explain how CFRP rebars may be used as an innovative retrofitting system for masonry panels subjected to horizontal action;
(4) Describe how CFRP spike anchors may be used at corner locations on an I-section with in-fill concrete blocks to enhance performance.


3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderators: Dr Maria Lopez de Murphy, Mr Pedro Silva

This session is one of 14 sessions that form the 16th Fiber Reinforced Polymer Reinforced Concrete Structures (FRPRCS-16) Symposium. It is co-sponsored by ACI Committee 440 and the International Institute for FRP in Construction (IIFC) for the purpose of advancing the understanding and application of FRP composites in civil infrastructure to serve the engineering profession and society. FRPRCS was first held in conjunction with the ACI 1993 Spring convention in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Since 1993, FRPRCS has evolved into a prestigious and reputable international conference that has been held 15 times including 5 times in conjunction with ACI: British Columbia, Canada (1993); Baltimore (1999); Kansas City (2005); Tampa (2011); and Anaheim (2017).

This session will focus on the performance of FRP reinforced or strengthened concrete structures under seismic loadings.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss the nonlinear analysis for RC frames strengthened with CFRPs;
(2) Investigate the feasibility of using GFRP reinforcement in columns subjected to combined quasi-static seismic loading conditions;
(3) Report on seismic strengthening of RC beam-column joints with FRP systems applicable from the exterior of the building;
(4) Describe the seismic performance of carbon FRP-reinforced concrete columns.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

$25

Join us after the first day of sessions for a cocktail reception. The reception will provide great networking opportunities with global leaders in the use of FRP for concrete and masonry structures. You can network, interact directly with speakers and gain valuable insight into the research and applications of FRP reinforcement and strengthening of structures. A student poster session held in parallel allows you to interact with the future leaders of the FRP community. The reception will also provide an opportunity to recognize and thank the sponsors of the FRPRCS-16 Conference.

The FRPRCS-16 Symposium Reception is Sponsored by NEx.



Upper Level Sponsors

Baker
Conseal
Euclid Chemical
FullForce Solutions
Master Builders
Natural Resources Research Institute - University of Minnesota
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