Sessions & Events

 

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Convention Highlights

Monday, April 3, 2023


6:30 AM - 8:00 AM

ACI technical committee Chairs are expected to attend this breakfast workshop to meet with fellow Chairs, TAC members, and ACI staff to hear updates on important recent developments of interest to ACI technical committee Chairs. There will be table discussions and short presentations. If you are unable to attend, please ask the Secretary of your committee or another committee member to represent you in your absence. Attendance is by invitation only.


7:00 AM - 8:30 AM

There is no question that COVID has permanently changed how people interact in collegiate and professional settings. Zoom, Slack, and Teams have become the norm and have changed the meaning of being “present.” A three-person panel will lead a discussion on the importance of communication to re-engage professionals and students with the industry and instructors. Attendees will hear perspectives from a university faculty member, a university student, and a concrete industry professional. The speakers will share current best practices, lessons learned in their career, and strategies adopted post-COVID-19 that they have seen succeed in the classroom, profession, and during professional interactions. The learning objective is to discuss the application of these practices in order to improve the communication and engagement skills of students and professionals.

Speakers:
- Dimitri Feys (Faculty at Missouri S&T)
- Erin Stewartson (Student at Ohio State)
- Joe Clendenen (LafargeHolcim)


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. A special guest speaker, Gary Cornillie, Vice President of Hylant, will be available to answer any general liability and optional insurance questions.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Lisa E Burris, Mehdi Khanzadeh-Moradllo

This session will provide state of the art discussion on calcium sulfoaluminate cement (CSA), a sustainable alternative to portland cement. Recent advancements CSA use will be presented, with discussions around hydration and property development, admixtures, durability, and macroscale performance. The session targets researchers working to advance understanding of CSA and industry practitioners interested in utilizing CSA technologies.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the development and use of calcium sulfoaluminate (CSA) cement in concrete construction in the past and anticipated future paths;
(2) Compare and contrast the CSA hydration process when utilizing various CSA concrete mixture formulations and novel admixtures;
(3) Describe how construction with CSA differs from that of standard OPC systems and construction processes, specifically with respect to workability, setting, curing, and property development;
(4) Select appropriate methods to characterize CSA system properties.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Kerry E Sutton, Stephen S Szoke

Learn how you can participate in advocacy and outreach to help ACI achieve its mission and safeguard the public. It does not suffice to have ACI committees develop standards and related programs and services without a clear path for advocacy. Standards and relevant programs must be integrated into general building codes, standards, rules, and regulations. There is no mechanism for this to occur without active engagement by ACI members and staff. Adopting agencies, authorities and ministries need to be made aware of the ACI products, educated about the benefits to their respective constituents, and provided enabling language and support materials. For standards and products intended to safeguard the public, it is an obligation of our professional society to ensure, to the extent possible, all benefit from the valuable minimum requirements developed by ACI technical committees. There's a role for all ACI members, you don't need to be a code expert or consultant - there is support from staff and through collaboration.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Review the International Code Council mode code development process;
(2) Investigate the differences in in-state and local code development;
(3) Evaluate how to participate in code development;
(4) Describe specific roles by ACI members engaged in code development.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Nishant Garg, Mohammed Albahttiti

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world.


8:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Moderators: Laura Liliana Hernandez-Bassal, Andrew Christopher Witte

The objective of this session is to provide a greater opportunity for undergraduate students to present their research at a national meeting. This session will focus on research conducted predominately by undergraduate students. It is expected that this session will draw a new group of students to ACI and the convention. It will also allow students to hear presentations of a slightly less technical nature that are more in keeping with their current level of knowledge regarding concrete.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize the quality and breadth of research being conducted by undergraduate students across the globe;
(2) Identify cutting edge research that is in its infancy as undergraduate students conduct pilot studies and plan for graduate research;
(3) Establish connections with talented undergraduate students who are seeking employment opportunities, graduate school positions, and professional mentors;
(4) Describe research on concrete materials, structural design construction, and other concrete related issues.


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Moderator: Katelyn Low

This presentation will go through the step-by-step process of how to evaluate concrete cores test results in accordance with ACI 318-19, “Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete and Commentary.” When concrete compressive strengths are in question, everyone involved is on edge. Topics that will be discussed include determining when coring is needed, who selects the core locations, the number of cores required, the size of the cores required, and what is the acceptance criteria per ACI 318-19. The actions that are taken if a single core or multiple cores are below the acceptance criteria will also be discussed.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify the compressive strength acceptance criteria in ACI 318-19;
(2) Explain when coring is needed and who selects the core locations;
(3) Specify the number and size of concrete cores when evaluating strength in accordance with ACI 318-19;
(4) Describe actions taken when one or more cores are below the acceptance criteria.


10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderators: Ahmed Al-Rahmani, Raikhan Tokpatayeva

The ACI 123 Concrete Research Poster Session compliments the existing Research in Progress and Open Topic Presentation sessions and provides further opportunity for the presentation of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology throughout the world.


10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Speaker: Anahid Behrouzi
Title: Celebrating the Faces Behind the Concrete Code
Do you remember mixing concrete, making cylinders, and using the ASTM procedure to find the splitting tensile capacity? What about using ACI 318 to find the shear capacity of a beam you were designing? These codes were all written so long ago by the giants in the concrete field, nothing has changed over the years, right? This could not be further from the truth! The reality is that there is a diverse group of students, academics, and industry members from all over the world working to move our field forward – to reflect on building failures we did not expect, to integrate high performance materials and methods that have just come to the fore. The lunchtime presenter will share with you some of the dynamic stories of people behind the code and celebrate their process of creating change. The next time you open your codes you will see beyond the equations and think of them – plus your own opportunity to make your mark on the future of concrete. The codes are a living document, and all of us together, are its authors! All are welcome to the student awards program. Preregistration is not required to attend. Following the lecture, the results of the student competition will be announced. For additional information on the ACI Competitions, please visit www.concrete.org/students/studentcompetitions.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Lisa E Burris, Mehdi Khanzadeh-Moradllo

This session will provide state of the art discussion on calcium sulfoaluminate cement (CSA), a sustainable alternative to portland cement. Recent advancements CSA use will be presented, with discussions around hydration and property development, admixtures, durability, and macroscale performance. The session targets researchers working to advance understanding of CSA and industry practitioners interested in utilizing CSA technologies.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Evaluate the short and long term performance and durability of CSA concrete in different environmental conditions;
(2) Assess the structural performance of CSA concrete elements under external loading;
(3) Use CSA concrete system characteristics to predict long-term durability;
(4) List the advantages of using CSA in concrete applications, including increased sustainability, rapid construction, and improved durability in some applications.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Robert B Holland, Royce W Floyd

High Strength Concrete is now more frequently used in construction, with designers and contractors continuing to push for higher strength and more specialized performance requirements. However, construction with high strength concrete is actually a complicated process that must be specified, designed, and proportioned, and placed correctly to perform as intended. This session is intended to educate viewers on the successes and challenges associated with high strength concrete construction through the use of case studies. This session will be of benefit for all parties involved with concrete construction including engineers, architects, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, suppliers, and owners/building managers.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify current applications of high-strength concrete in construction, including cases of ongoing projects;
(2) Understand the unique challenges associated with the implementation of high-strength concrete on projects;
(3) Discuss logistics and planning associated with the use of high-strength concrete, including capabilities and available materials;
(4) Identify available options to successfully use high-strength concrete for building construction, from design to construction considerations.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Michael Faubel, William J Lyons

Presentations are solicited to share a holistic approach to concrete construction with respect to planning, placing, protecting, and curing concrete elements in adverse weather and environmental conditions – especially in consideration of sustainability. The main objective of this session is to present a practitioner’s perspective on issues related to properly protecting and curing concrete. By attending this session, attendees will learn how adverse conditions impact the durability and life-cycle of concrete and the importance of proper planning, placing, protecting, and curing. Presenters will share updates on committee standards and discuss strategies to produce quality concrete in adverse conditions common to the construction industry.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Overview of ACI 305, 306, 308 - Practical guides and specification documents for proper concrete placement and curing, "What you need to know";
(2) Learn best practices for proper planning and how to recognize all stakeholders who need to be included in planning a concrete placement;
(3) Understand the definition of protection, initial curing, and final curing; how and why they differ;
(4) Understand importance of the contractor's proactive planning and methods to mitigate adverse conditions on a concrete placement.


11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Moderators: Nishant Garg, Mohammed Albahttiti

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Michael E Ahern, Susumu Kono

Concrete structure design is constantly evolving to incorporate new materials and analysis methods to produce structures that are both more robust and more efficient. The 6th ACI/JCI Joint Seminar will explore the advancement of design through sessions that focus on design of concrete components, advancements in concrete materials, design for seismic performance, and development of sustainable solutions. The ACI / JCI Joint Seminar is the sixth joint seminar co-sponsored by the American Concrete Institute and Japanese Concrete Institute. The seminars are intended to bring together researchers and practitioners from both organizations to share knowledge with the broader ACI/JCI communities and develop future collaborations.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand how ACI and JCI are collaborating to advance use of concrete;
(2) Describe new concepts for reinforcing of perimeter beams to prevent disproportionate collapse;
(3) Identify how new provisions for performance-based wind design can be implemented in tall building design;
(4) Describe how the contribution of fibers can be included in analytical models.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Ben Dymond, Jacob Henschen

The objective of this session is to present best practices for incorporating sustainability in concrete education. The scope of the session is not limited to higher education and the audience will benefit from hearing how sustainability is being incorporated into university education, ACI educational ventures, concrete industry education, and other government-related educational initiatives. The main learning outcome is to take home creative ways to enhance teaching and learning with tangible action items in the area of sustainability in concrete education. The session should be attended by students, educators, designers, builders, and code/specification authorities.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify various ways to incorporate sustainability into concrete education;
(2) Identify innovative approaches used to incorporate sustainability into university-level concrete education;
(3) Identify novel methods used to implement student-led inquiry-based projects into concrete sustainability educational initiatives;
(4) Identify state-of-the-art approaches used to educate policy experts, municipal leaders, and legislators on sustainable concrete technologies.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Michael Faubel, Joshua M Carroll

Presentations are solicited to share a holistic approach to concrete construction with respect to planning, placing, protecting, and curing concrete elements in adverse weather and environmental conditions – especially in consideration of sustainability. The main objective of this session is to present a practitioner’s perspective on issues related to properly protecting and curing concrete. By attending this session, attendees will learn how adverse conditions impact the durability and life-cycle of concrete and the importance of proper planning, placing, protecting, and curing. Presenters will share updates on committee standards and discuss strategies to produce quality concrete in adverse conditions common to the construction industry.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Explore best practices and state of the art methods to address various cold weather concrete placing and curing conditions, review current research findings regarding how concrete cures in dramatically cold conditions;
(2) Explore best practices and state of the art methods when mass concrete is placed in adverse conditions, learn important aspects of developing and executing a thermal control plan;
(3) Understand both risks and opportunities when curing concrete while juggling environmental impacts and constructabilitiy concerns, maintain schedule and use proper planning to your advantage;
(4) Consider how locality affects planning, placing, and curing concrete. Contractors are more geographically mobile than in the past. To be successful, contractors must plan ahead and know local conditions that may impact concrete placement and curing.


1:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Moderators: Yail Jimmy Kim, Chris P Pantelides

The special session will focus on advances in the resilience, failure mitigation, and preservation of concrete bridges and structures. Of interest are presentations concerning a wide variety of technical aspects from laboratory experiments to field applications, involving the evaluation, design, and construction of load-bearing members and systems. The session will benefit those who lead the design and construction of bridges and structures toward resilient and sustainable built-environments.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand the durability infrastructure from the perspective of the United States Department of Transportation;
(2) Learn the recent advances in research concrete bridges and structures;
(3) Recognize a new direction for the failure mitigation of concrete members;
(4) Learn how research outcomes are translated into practice.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Elmer E Marx, Mervyn J Kowalsky

During this session, presenters will speak about development of AASHTO and state seismic bridge codes, seismic bridge research, and how ACI committees may contribute as a resource. By starting this conversation, it is the goal that a tighter integration may develop between the work of ACI 341 and bridge design codes around the world. Attendees will learn the roles of NCHRP, TRB, and AASHTO committees in the development of seismic bridge standards. Attendees will learn how ACI committees can contribute to the process and foster connections between ACI and the various bridge code entities. Attendees will utilize the outcomes of the session to help guide the discussion during break out groups in the 341 main committee meeting.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Explain the organizational structure and membership requirements of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Committee on Bridges and Structures (CBS);
(2) Discuss how the AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications are developed by the AASHTO CBS;
(3) Describe the relationship between the AASHTO CBS, National Academies Transportation Research Board (TRB), and the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) and how research needs statements are developed, advanced and executed;
(4) Review how the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and AASHTO CBS interact to fund and implement new research to maintain the AASHTO LFRD Bridge Design Specifications and other bridge related documents.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Jason L Draper, Tomohiro Miki

Concrete structure design is constantly evolving to incorporate new materials and analysis methods to produce structures that are both more robust and more efficient. The 6th ACI / JCI Joint Seminar will explore the advancement of design through sessions that focus on design of concrete components, advancements in concrete materials, design for seismic performance, and development of sustainable solutions. The ACI / JCI Joint Seminar is the sixth joint seminar co-sponsored by the American Concrete Institute and Japanese Concrete Institute. The seminars are intended to bring together researchers and practitioners from both organizations to share knowledge with the broader ACI / JCI communities and develop future collaborations.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the development of UHPC materials for use in pretensioned bridge girders;
(2) Evaluate the impact of high strength materials on changing building design;
(3) Understand how ductile composite materials can be used to improve the seismic response of structures;
(4) Identify the benefits of additive manufacturing processes for creation of new material types.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Michael Faubel, Kevin A Macdonald

Presentations are solicited to share a holistic approach to concrete construction with respect to planning, placing, protecting, and curing concrete elements in adverse weather and environmental conditions – especially in consideration of sustainability. The main objective of this session is to present a practitioner’s perspective on issues related to properly protecting and curing concrete. By attending this session, attendees will learn how adverse conditions impact the durability and life-cycle of concrete and the importance of proper planning, placing, protecting, and curing. Presenters will share updates on committee standards and discuss strategies to produce quality concrete in adverse conditions common to the construction industry.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand both risks and opportunities when placing and curing concrete in wet weather conditions, learn when rain will impact your placement negatively and, more importantly, when it won't;
(2) Review various factors that will affect a concrete placement and learn when, and when not to, be concerned about specific factors for a successful outcome;
(3) Learn how contractors around the world overcome the challenges of adverse conditions to make concrete placements. To be successful, contractors must plan ahead and know local conditions that may impact concrete placement and curing;
(4) Gain a wholistic perspective on planning, placing, protecting and curing durable concrete. Learn practical tools and insights to make well-reasoned decisions regarding when to pour and how to protect and cure concrete for a successful project.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Yail Jimmy Kim, Xianming Shi

The special session will focus on advances in the resilience, failure mitigation, and preservation of concrete bridges and structures. Of interest are presentations concerning a wide variety of technical aspects from laboratory experiments to field applications, involving the evaluation, design, and construction of load-bearing members and systems. The session will benefit those who lead the design and construction of bridges and structures toward resilient and sustainable built-environments.

Learning Objectives:
(1) Learn the state-of-the-art of preservation activities;
(2) Identify research needs to advance the knowledge associated with constructed concrete elements;
(3) Recognize the effort to establish a new trend in concrete durability;
(4) Link laboratory investigations with practical applications.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Everyone is invited to attend this reception/networking event sponsored by the Women in ACI. It is time for all of us to reconnect face to face, and if you enjoyed our virtual reception, you are sure to be enamored with this in-person networking event. During this reception, the Women in ACI will introduce the winners of the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship, recognize women who have made significant contributions to the industry, and share the history of the Women in ACI. Ice breaker games will provide attendees with the opportunity for fellowship and fun. Plus, you might go home with one of our concrete prizes. 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 them with a paid convention registration. Please come join the Women in ACI and support young professionals!


6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

$80.00

Join other ACI friends and colleagues for a celebration reception in honor of Ronald G. (Ron) Burg's retirement from ACI. Please join us in honoring Ron Burg's dedication to and retirement from ACI during this special event! A hosted bar and hors d'oeuvres will be served. You must pre-register for this event to attend.


6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Moderator: Robert Thomas



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