Slag cement webinar series tags Argos, St Marys for hosts

The Slag Cement Association has enlisted producer member representatives to address supplementary cementitious materials’ effect on concrete carbon aspects and durability during four summer webinars, each running 1-2 p.m. EST. and offered free of charge.


2019 Slag Cement Award Winner – High Performance, I-41 Interchanges & Bridge Reconstruction, Menasha, Wis.; slag cement: St Marys Cement.
  • Role of Slag Cement in Creating Sulfate Resistant Concrete, July 9. Argos USA Assistant Cement Technical Director Ryan Bentz will explore how slag cement can be used to combat sulfates’ deleterious effects in concrete and the testing methods used to prove the material’s effectiveness.
  • Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slags: Rapid Reactivity Testing and Effects of Varying Replacement Levels on Cement Paste Properties, July 23. University of Miami Ph.D. candidate Sivakumar Ramanathan will present the 2019 Slag Cement Research Project of the Year Award recipient, where investigators quantified the reactivity of 11 different GGBFS materials and classified them through comparison against other supplementary binders.
  • Mitigating Alkali Silica Reaction in Concrete with Slag Cement, August 18, Argos USA Technical Services Engineers Keith Maddrey and Clayton McCabe will offer case studies on how slag cement curtails alkali silica reactivity and attendant cracking in concrete.

“Regional committees often present to concrete industry groups on the benefits of using slag cement. Members are very excited to now be offering these resources to the industry in a digital format,” says SCA Executive Director Drew Burns.

The series kicked off last month with a webinar now available on demand. “Demonstrating Resilient Concrete Results With Slag Cement” was presented by St Marys Technical Services Engineer Shawn Kalyn, B.Eng, LEED AP bd+c and covered key terms and definitions commonly used when discussing the carbon impact of concrete; the influence of initiatives like Architecture 2030 and the Carbon Leadership Forum; and, using slag cement information supported by environmental product declaration or life cycle analyses.