Sessions and Events

Sessions & Events 

 

Convention Highlights

April 1, 2020


6:00 AM - 6:45 AM

Morning yoga classes will be offered for those who are interested in putting a little balance into a hectic week. Led by yoga teacher Kimberly Kayler, this intro to yoga class requires no experience. Registration is not required, and a limited quantity of yoga mats will be provided.
* Please consult your physician to determine if you are fit for this type of activity.


7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

$299.00

This is a 2-part exam and you are allowed to start the exam anytime in the timeslot provided above.

The 3-hour written inspection examination is open book and consists of approximately 80 multiple choice questions. The 1 hour plans reading examination consists of approximately 20 questions and is designed to test the examinee’s ability to read and understand engineering drawings. The minimum passing grade for each examination is 70%.

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.


7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

$299.00

This is a 2-part exam and you are allowed to start the exam anytime in the timeslot provided above.

The 4-hour written examination is open-book and consists of approximately 100 multiple-choice questions. To pass the written examination, BOTH of the following conditions must be met:
1. At least 60% correct for each of the required sections; and
2. A minimum score of 70% overall.
The 2-hour practical application examination is open-book and consists of approximately 25 multiple-choice questions. The minimum passing grade for the practical examination is 70%.

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.


7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

$299.00

This is a 2-part exam and you are allowed to start the exam anytime in the timeslot provided above.

The 3-hour written inspection examination is open book and consists of approximately 80 multiple choice questions. The 1 hour plans reading examination consists of approximately 20 questions and is designed to test the examinee’s ability to read and understand engineering drawings. The minimum passing grade for each examination is 70%.

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.


7:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Coffee, tea, and pastries will be available for guests each morning (Sunday – Wednesday). You must be a registered guest to attend.


7:00 AM - 2:00 PM

$299.00

The forty-five-minute installation examination is closed-book and consists of approximately 45 multiple-choice questions. To pass the installation examination the examinee must attain a minimum score of 74%.
The two-hour inspection examination is open-book and consists of approximately 90 multiple-choice questions. To pass the installation examination the examinee must attain a minimum score of 60% on each subsection, and an overall score of 70%.

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.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Eric Jacques, Mi-Geum Chorzepa

The objectives of the session are to: (i) present state-of-the-art research on concrete subjected to high strain rate impacts, including ballistic, vehicle collision, falling loads and debris set in motion by explosions or tsunamis; (ii) highlight current and developing methodologies in impact-resistant concrete manufacturing, testing, and analysis; and, (iii) present knowledge to ACI audiences on the use of these emerging technologies to improve penetration and impact resistance of concrete structures. Contributions from academia, industry, and practitioners will be emphasized to inform on the application of concrete to debris and projectile impact protection through a mix of research- and practice-oriented papers.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss state-of-the-art research on concrete subjected to high strain rate impacts caused by accidental or malicious impacts;
(2) Identify current methods and new developments in manufacturing, testing, and analysis for a broad range of traditional and novel cementitious materials;
(3) Consider the use of emerging material and computational technologies to improve penetration and impact resistance of concrete structures;
(4) Illustrate ongoing research and future research needs.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Drew Burns

More information coming soon.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderator: Barzin Mobasher

Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) materials have been addressed several times at the ACI conventions in the past 14 years. This area has been led by several RILEM Committees, fib, and ACI Committee 549. The first TRC committee was formed in July 2002, the RILEM TC 201-TRC (Textile Reinforced Concrete). The work of this committee was followed by Technical Committee 232-TDT addressing Test methods and design of textile reinforced concrete, developing recommendations of test methods and design of the composites. ACI has had a very strong presence in the international development of these materials. Various research groups have developed a wealth of recent information pertaining the methodologies, properties, and areas of applications for fabric reinforced cement-based materials. The theoretical framework will address aspects of multi-scale modeling, analytical tools to predict and design components for tensile, flexural, and shear loading of TRC composite systems. these sessions would be of interest to researchers, structural engineers and concrete repair professionals.
Learning Objectives:
(1) New test methods for characterization and specification of early age and mechanical properties of textile reinforced concrete and FRCM;
(2) Procedures for measurement of material properties and residual strength parameters. Development of tools for structural analysis and design;
(3) Development, analysis, design, manufacturing, and applications of masonry repair materials with FRCM;
(4) Case studies of now and innovative structural systems from TRC and FRCM.


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Stop by the Guest Lounge to relax and meet other ACI guests. Guests can enjoy the Guest Lounge Sunday-Wednesday.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Eamonn F Connolly

Constructability analysis of the structural systems is a key step in optimizing time, quality, and economic considerations of a project. Shotcrete construction practices and techniques are utilized to an advantage on multi-story projects. This session looks to Case Studies, Best Practices and Material Sciences for strategies to best achieve a building structure that meets the demanding requirements of the industry.
Learning Objectives:
Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize structural framing systems and approaches to assessing the constructability advantages of these different systems;
(2) Discuss how shotcrete means, and methods provide a flexible alternate to traditional construction techniques. Case studies will present several of the shotcrete advantages in addressing challenging situations;
(3) Review a case study of an Up/Down Construction method of a multi-story structure which illustrates its constructability advantages of utilizing this method;
(4) Explain the subjectivity of constructability reviews which depend on the individual’s perception. The subjectivity of this service has different meanings to the Owner, Architect/Engineer and the Contractor causing confusion with the use of the term.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Eric Jacques, Mi-Geum Chorzepa

The objectives of the session are to: (i) present state-of-the-art research on concrete subjected to high strain rate impacts, including ballistic, vehicle collision, falling loads and debris set in motion by explosions or tsunamis; (ii) highlight current and developing methodologies in impact-resistant concrete manufacturing, testing, and analysis; and, (iii) present knowledge to ACI audiences on the use of these emerging technologies to improve penetration and impact resistance of concrete structures. Contributions from academia, industry, and practitioners will be emphasized to inform on the application of concrete to debris and projectile impact protection through a mix of research- and practice-oriented papers.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Establish design criteria to mitigate local and global failure modes under impact loading;
(2) Describe innovative experimental procedures for measuring structural response under high strain rate impact loading;
(3) Describe macromechanical and high-fidelity simulation tools for robust design and analysis of impact-type problems;
(4) Summarize recent advances in the cementitious materials and technologies for impact resistant concrete infrastructure.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderator: Barzin Mobasher

Textile Reinforced Concrete (TRC) materials have been addressed several times at the ACI conventions in the past 14 years. This area has been led by several RILEM Committees, fib, and ACI Committee 549. The first TRC committee was formed in July 2002, the RILEM TC 201-TRC (Textile Reinforced Concrete). The work of this committee was followed by Technical Committee 232-TDT addressing Test methods and design of textile reinforced concrete, developing recommendations of test methods and design of the composites. ACI has had a very strong presence in the international development of these materials. Various research groups have developed a wealth of recent information pertaining the methodologies, properties, and areas of applications for fabric reinforced cement-based materials. The theoretical framework will address aspects of multi-scale modeling, analytical tools to predict and design components for tensile, flexural, and shear loading of TRC composite systems. These sessions would be of interest to researchers, structural engineers and concrete repair professionals.
Learning Objectives:
(1) New test methods for characterization and specification of early age and mechanical properties of textile reinforced concrete and FRCM;
(2) Procedures for measurement of material properties and residual strength parameters. Development of tools for structural analysis and design;
(3) Development, analysis, design, manufacturing, and applications of masonry repair materials with FRCM;
(4) Case studies of now and innovative structural systems from TRC and FRCM.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Matthew Nazarenko

High-rise construction, specifically in Chicago, is continuing to push the limits of what is possible with concrete. Buildings are going up higher, and developers are requesting more livable square footage, requiring concrete with very strict requirements and specifications. This results in a chain of preparation once a building is announced from the mix design development and raw material sourcing, to the testing of the mix design to ensure it meets the specification, to the contractor who will do the placement and construction. All must work together to make sure the project is a success. Collaboration and information exchange between designers, architects, contractors, producers and testing labs needs to be increased to ensure that the structural properties of the material can be matched with constructability. Testing labs are needing to be more and more involved with the design and certification of mix designs to ensure that the specification is being adhered to. Contractors need to take the concrete and place it in the building. As such, it needs to be pumpable, and workable once it comes out of the pump 60+ stories in the air. This is an additional constraint placed upon all that are involved. Designers require more specific properties of materials, which results in substantial challenges in finding the appropriate materials and mix designs.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Summarize best practices for pumping contractors to deliver a successful project;
(2) Troubleshoot concrete that is being pumped;
(3) Identify the technology that can help producers and contractors;
(4) Review what research is being conducted in this arena.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Bora Gencturk, Paolo Gardoni

This session focuses on the effect of multiple hazards on reinforced concrete infrastructure, particularly bridges. The presentations will cover a range of topics from modeling the effects of aging and deterioration, to testing methods and results for multi-hazard response evaluation, incorporating data from structural health monitoring and non-destructive testing in performance evaluation, and defining and modeling recovery and resilience for reinforced concrete structures under multiple hazards. The latest experimental and computational research on multi-hazard assessment will be presented, performance of existing structures under multiple hazards will be reviewed, and the implications and potential improvements to design guidelines will be discussed.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify simultaneous hazards that reinforced concrete structures are facing and their likelihoods;
(2) Review existing methods to evaluate multi-hazard response of reinforced concrete structures;
(3) Analyze advances in defining and assessing resiliency of reinforced concrete structures using computational techniques;
(4) Summarize the state-of-the-art in structural health monitoring and non-destructive testing in evaluating deterioration of reinforced concrete structures.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderator: Walter H Flood IV

ACI 522 is completing revisions to the 522.1 specification document and also its 522R state of the art document. The session will present the updates as well as how pervious has changed since the release of the original document.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Specify pervious concrete pavements;
(2) Identify appropriate uses of pervious concrete;
(3) Discuss the application of pervious concrete to filtration of contaminants;
(4) Review necessary testing to ensure a quality pervious concrete placement.


6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

ACI President Randall Poston invites all convention attendees to the President’s Reception, where you’ll have the opportunity to network with committee Chairs, chapter Presidents, and international attendees. An assortment of food and hosted bar will be available.



Upper Level Sponsors

Baker
BASF
Euclid Chemical
Forney, L.P.
Forta Corporation
GCP
LehighHanson
WJE