NRMCA, Dubai partner assemble world’s producers, practitioners

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association will stage a first-of-a-kind virtual conference and exhibition to engage practitioners, researchers and policy makers around the world in an exchange of knowledge and tools driving the future of concrete. Over a November 30-December 10 schedule, the Global Concrete Summit will address design, specifying, production, testing, construction, maintenance and research within the sustainable development realm.

Along with senior NRMCA Codes and Standards, Engineering, plus Structures and Sustainability staff, program presenters will include top authorities on embodied carbon and the EC3 Calculator, life cycle assessment, resilience and low impact development:

  • Ozinga Bros. Vice President of Research and Development Ryan Ciadella, LEED AP;
  • Former Titan America CEO, past Portland Cement Association Chairman and Resilient Action Fund Chair Aris Papadopoulos;
  • Skanska USA Director of Sustainability Stacey Smedley, LEEP AP BD&C;
  • Magnusson Klemencic Associates President Don Davies, PE, SE;
  • Walter P. Moore Director of Sustainable Design Dirk Kestner, PE, LEED AP BD&C;
  • LinkedIn Senior Portfolio Manager, Global Project Delivery Jennifer Mitchell, LEED AP BD&C;
  • Global Cement and Concrete Association Director of Sustainable Construction Andrew Minson, PhD;
  • U.S. Resiliency Council Executive Director Evan Reis, PE, SE; and,
  • MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub Executive Director Jeremy Gregory.

“Our industry, along with the rest of the economy, is having to adapt to a new environment. The learning opportunities and industry advancements can’t stop because of the pandemic,” says NRMCA President Mike Philipps. “We are excited about the Global Concrete Summit not only for its relevance to the industry but also for the dynamic way that we have been able to adapt to changing norms while still providing valuable information. It really speaks to the commitment and tenacity of the individuals that make up the concrete industry.” The association has hosted international conferences on concrete technology and sustainability since 2006 in the United States, South America and the Middle East, he adds; the Global Concrete Summit will be the series’ first in a virtual format.

“We are excited to have the event on a virtual platform after having it organized live for 10 consecutive years in Dubai, UAE. This is an extension of our ongoing relationship in which we offer NRMCA education and certification programs in the Middle East and other parts of Asia and Africa,” notes Rabih Fakih, managing director of Global Concrete Summit co-sponsor Grey Matters, a Dubai-based provider of business and training services for concrete interests.