Concrete SDC Forum builds machine learning, robotics, FRP knowledge

Source: American Concrete Institute Foundation Strategic Development Council 

The SDC Technology Forum 46, August 27-29 in Pittsburgh, will showcase new and innovative equipment, materials, and applications that have the potential to advance the industry through themed presentations, including “Integrated Design of Chemical Admixture Systems via Machine Learning;” “Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composite Macrofibers Used in Precast Concrete;” “Strengthening Bridges and Existing Concrete Structures Using Titanium;” and, “Opportunity for Improved Productivity & Quality with Robotics.”

American Concrete Institute President Randall Poston will moderate a panel, “Use of Non-Metallic Reinforcement,” examining the theme from private owner, public owner designer, contractor, manufacturer and researcher viewpoints. Speakers will discuss the state of research and development; activities by ACI, ASTM and AASHTO; plus, constructability, productivity and risk. The forum will also offer a tour of the Frick Environmental Center, a 2017 ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Award winner.

SDC collaborates across the concrete industry to address technical challenges and create a forum for new technology introduction and nurturing. SDC hosts semiannual, 1.5-day gatherings to highlight innovative technologies and research that members perceive as having positive productivity or economic impacts on the industry. More information about Technology Forum 46, including registration details and agenda, is available at