Luncheons and Forums

Self-Consolidating Concrete Today Presentation & Forum
(Forum only - NO LUNCH)
Course Code: MOSCC
Monday, February 2
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
LVCC North Hall


Presented by Concrete Construction and The Concrete Producer magazines.
Sponsored by the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council.

This paper presentation and project recognition forum is an educational and industry networking event focused on exchange of ideas. Although SCC has many advantages for concrete applications, its acceptance for cast-in-place construction has been slow in North America. To facilitate accelerated acceptance of SCC in cast‐in‐place construction, the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council formed an Accelerated Technology Implementation team to advance this Industry Critical Technology. Efforts of the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council on SCC will be shared during this event, alongside projects and presentations from self-consolidating concrete experts.

During Self-Consolidating Concrete Today, case studies on several recent SCC projects will be presented and their innovative solutions will be recognized. Contractors involved in these featured projects utilized the benefits of self-consolidating concrete to ensure success. These projects include:
•    One World Trade Center – a 105-story structured that used 14,000, 12,000 and 10,000 psi SCC;
•    Eli and Edythe Board Art Museum at Michigan State University – one of the first applications of interior architectural self-consolidating concrete in the United States; and
•    Columbia University Medical Center – an innovative design winner that features post-tensioned concrete slabs and sloping heavily reinforced architectural columns using 10,000 psi self-consolidating concrete.

Speakers will focus on the current usage of self-consolidating concrete, including the results of the recent "SCC Under Pressure" research project in Toronto, Canada, during Summer 2014 where researchers studied form pressure with varying mix designs, setting times and rate of placement. Additional speakers will highlight the benefits, challenges, and opportunities of self-consolidating concrete from the perspective of concrete producers and contractors.

MOSCC Fee: $40 on or before 12/15/14; $65 after 12/15/14 and onsite

Concrete Polishing Luncheon & Forum

Course Code: TUCPL
Tuesday, February 3
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
LVCC South Hall, Room S219

 Protecting Yourself from Lawsuits due to Trips and Slips on Polished and/or Treated Floors
Presented by Concrete Surfaces and Concrete Construction magazines.

While the content provided in the presentation may be technical in nature, the Forum is an industry networking event focusing on idea exchange. The setting, topic selection and presentations are designed to provide you with a unique opportunity to share concerns and opportunities on current topics affecting the concrete flatwork Industry.

Industry experts will provide presentations on three topics:
1.    Update on codes and regulations to which facility owners must comply to ensure safe access for their customers; review on what owners expect from a finished floor with regard to contracts; brief discussion of common litigation issues that occur between owners and contractors.
2.    Performance standards facility owners are adopting to ensure safe access; update on current OSHA, ANSI, ASTM, and Underwriter Laboratory Guidelines.
3.    How contractors can protect their work from litigation with respect to slip accidents on recently installed floor surfaces; update on industry specific testing products developed by manufacturers that provide verification that the surface of the floor meets prescribed slippage requirements.

TUCPL Fee: $75 on or before 12/15/14; $95 after 12/15/14 and onsite; $65 with purchase of Super Pass

Quality in Concrete Slabs Luncheon & Forum
Course Code: WESOG
Wednesday, February 4
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
LVCC South Hall, Room S219

Controlling Slab Shrinkage: Chemical vs. Mechanical Methods
Presented by Concrete Construction magazine.

The Quality in Concrete Slabs Luncheon and Forum this year focuses on the best ways to reduce concrete drying shrinkage and thereby prevent cracks and increase joint spacing. Speakers will discuss the relative advantages of macrofibers, steel fibers, and shrinkage-reducing admixtures. Short presentations will be followed by an open forum to discuss this issue in detail.

For the past 15 years, synthetic macrofibers have been used to control concrete shrinkage and curling in both interior and exterior slab-on-ground applications. Synthetic macrofibers were used in the 2009 Warehouse Trial Study project in Chicago, funded and monitored by CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine. The project saw confirmed curling reductions on high-fiber slabs. Since that time, macrofibers at concentrations of 0.5% by volume (7.5 lbs/cu yd) have been used successfully to extend joint spacing and reduce joint-related deterioration and repairs in slab and pavement projects all over the world. In these cases, the high volume of fibers has provided the mechanical means to control the short- and long-term effects of shrinkage cracking, with plasticizing chemicals used only to maintain mix flowability and user-friendliness.

The history of steel fibers in the United States dates back to the 1970s but has been mostly limited to industrial floors, precast, and pavements. Internationally, though, steel fibers have proven their worth in a wide variety of projects, including jointless, seamless, liquid-tight floors as well as mat foundations and floors on piles. Successful floors are being designed every day with price competitive dosages of steel fiber per cubic yard that have had joint spacing as high as 100 feet square or even no joints. In several European countries more than 50 % of all floors in large distribution centers are jointless floors reinforced with steel fibers. Over this period of 25 years a lot of knowledge has been gathered in the proper design and construction of jointless floors.

Recent admixture developments has suggested that high fiber volumes are perhaps not necessary to obtain large-panel objectives, when used in combination with standard reinforcement and the newer SRAs (Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures) or CRAs (Crack Reducing Admixtures). Continued real-world research and discussion are needed to compare slab shrinkage, curling, ductility, and fatigue ramifications for these chemical vs. mechanical shrinkage-reducing methods.

Speakers at the 2015 Quality in Concrete Slabs Luncheon and Forum will include Dan Biddle, Forta; Hendrik Thooft, Bekaert; and Tarek Khan, BASF.

WESOG Fee: $75 on or before 12/15/14; $95 after 12/15/14 and onsite; $65 with purchase of Super Pass

NEW! Expand Your Business with Safe Room Construction Luncheon & Forum
Course Code: WESRC
Wednesday, February 4
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
LVCC South Hall, Room S221

Expand Your Business with High Wind Safe Room Construction
Presented by Concrete Construction, Masonry Construction, and The Concrete Producer magazines.
Sponsored by the Portland Cement Association.

In 2015, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will publish the Fourth edition of the FEMA P-320, Taking Shelter from the Storm: Building a Safe Room for Your Home or Small Business. This important document has become the guide to how contractors should build these structures. As communities, owners and zoning officials increasingly recognize the need for resilient structures, safe rooms will increase in number. Concrete and masonry contractors can benefit from this new awareness as concrete and masonry materials are the most common materials used in these structures.

Learning Objectives:
•    Learn the potential size of the resilient construction market area and how to access statistical information on regional markets.
•    Receive updates on the current status of legislative, marketing and promotion efforts of key national organizations; receive information and resources to include in your company marketing efforts.
•    Review the common concrete construction and masonry construction designs used in safe room construction, including update on the FEMA Guidelines on Safe Room Construction.

Speakers and forum participants for this event will be announced soon.

WESRC Fee: $75 on or before 12/15/14; $95 after 12/15/14 and onsite; $65 with purchase of Super Pass

NEW! Building Successful Public Projects
Course Code: THENG
Thursday, February 5
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
LVCC South Hall, Room S219

Building Successful Public Projects Through Innovation, Sustainability and Leadership
– including presentation of the 2015 Triad Award for Excellence in the Use of Portland-Limestone Cement in Public Construction
Presented by Concrete Construction, The Concrete Producer and Public Works magazines.

This new luncheon & forum will feature a presentation by a representative from a project which received one of the 2015 Hanley Wood Commercial Construction Group Triad Awards. The award presentation will take place on Tuesday, February 3, 3:00 pm in the CC Live booth, C3229 located in Central Hall.

The Hanley Wood Commercial Construction Group Triad Award is focused on the three defining attributes of a great concrete project: innovation, sustainability and leadership. The award also recognizes the three major team members involved in great successful publicly-owned concrete projects: the owner (Public Works), the contractor (Concrete Construction) and the concrete supplier (The Concrete Producer). Each year a panel of industry experts selects a great publicly-owned project in North America where concrete is a significant part of the project and where the team epitomizes the three defining attributes. Although the selection will focus on the project, the recognition will be of the team and of their innovative approach to building a sustainable project.

THENG Fee: $75 on or before 12/15/14; $95 after 12/15/14 and onsite; $65 with purchase of Super Pass


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