ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council brings the future faster

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In the mid-1990s, leaders urged the concrete industry to fundamentally improve itself to meet the challenges of the upcoming millennium. In response to their call, several industry groups developed and implemented strategic plans and initiatives that dramatically changed the entire concrete industry, such as the Ready Mixed Concrete 2000 and Precast Concrete Institute 2010 movements. Supporting these industry-wide initiatives from the start was the work performed by the American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC). SDC members resolve issues that often hinder new technology acceptance within the concrete industry. Through SDC’s leadership, the lead time for acceptance of a new idea from its initial proposition to either code acceptance or standard practice can be reduced.

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Hanskat chairs ACI Foundation Strategic Development Council

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

American Shotcrete Association Executive Director Charles Hanskat has been elected 2019 chair of the ACI Foundation Strategic Development Council, a broad-based group of material interests and downstream allies dedicated to accelerating technology transfer and commercialization in concrete practice. Hanskat has been involved in the design, construction, and evaluation of environmental concrete and shotcrete structures for 40-plus years. He is active in ACI Technical Activities, 301 Specifications, 506 Shotcrete, and 350 Environmental Structures Committees, plus the SDC Technology Management Committee, Technology Transfer Advisory Group, Strategic Repair Research Council, and Vision 2020 Initiative. 

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NASA 3D-Printed Challenge ignites World of Concrete Start-Up Zone

Sources: American Concrete Institute Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council (SDC) is the lead sponsor of the Concrete Start-Up Zone, debuting at World of Concrete 2019, January 22-25. Based at Las Vegas Convention Center Booth N153, within the show’s Producer Center, the exhibit will feature emerging technologies and innovations, led by National Aeronautics and Space Administration 3D-Printed Habitat Challenge concepts. Participating teams will discuss the status of their research on 3D printing methods for concrete structures. Additional information on the Start-Up Zone or SDC activities can be obtained from ACI Foundation Assistant Director Tricia Ladely, [email protected]. — www.worldofconcrete.com

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ACI Foundation doubles up on 2018 research, scholarship funding

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI will close the year with $1 million in funding for the ACI Foundation, which supports research, scholarships, new technologies and issues of strategic importance to the concrete industry. Double ACI’s annual $500,000 commitment for the separately managed Foundation, the 2018 tally includes one-time contributions totaling $486,000 plus funding for a new Middle East Fellowship. 

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LCA, nanotech projects top ACI Foundation research funding round

Sources: American Concrete Institute Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.

The ACI Foundation Concrete Research Council will fund a record eight research projects this year, its budget buoyed by a one-time, $500,000 commitment the American Concrete Institute to address the industry’s growing need for such technical support. The projects are:

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ACI Council forum to spotlight algae-based binder, CO2-formed aggregate

Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.

The ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council has scheduled showcases on new binder and aggregate developments, plus pavement joint testing methods during its Technology Forum 42, September 6-7 in Reston, Va.:

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Council releases lightweight aggregate, tank structure research reports

Sources: American Concrete Institute Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has announced Interface Shear Transfer of Lightweight Aggregate Concretes with Different Lightweight Aggregates and Evaluation of Seismic Performance Factors and Pedestal Shear Strength in Elevated Water Storage Tanks. Both are aimed at advancing the knowledge and sustainable aspects of the concrete industry in conjunction with ACI technical committee efforts.

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Concrete Research Council funds tall building, pervious pavement, hollow core projects

Sources: ACI Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council has announced grants up to $50,000 for projects focused on seismic design of tall buildings, mechanistic pervious concrete pavement design; chloride ion, freeze-thaw and sulfate durability; and, steel fiber hollow core plank.

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