Source: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.
The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will be held March 28-April 1, enabling participation from stakeholders across the globe and replacing an originally scheduled in-person event in Baltimore.
“The Virtual Concrete Convention held last October provided a record-breaking number of attendees the opportunity to participate in our programming,” says ACI Executive Vice President Ronald Burg, P.E. “For this coming March, we’ve assembled a lineup featuring hundreds of the industry’s brightest speakers sharing information on a diverse offering of concrete materials, design, construction, and repair topics. Registered attendees will be presented with five days packed full of live presentations, expert discussions, committee meetings, and virtual networking opportunities.”
A total of 45 technical sessions will be presented live with on-demand viewing available afterwards, providing substantial opportunity to advance knowledge and earn Continuing Education Units/Professional Development Hours. Leading the line up:
- Legal Issues in Concrete Construction – Lessons Learned. Session will bring together individuals with extensive experience in litigation related to concrete construction to share their experiences as lawyers, expert witnesses, and engineers through case studies and experience-based recommendations.
- The Concrete Industry in the Era of Artificial Intelligence. Session will provide insight on the merits of using AI in the concrete industry with a focus on how to better the performance of concrete materials at ambient or elevated temperatures and showcase the substantial potential of using AI to improve design of structures under traditional and fire conditions.
- Adjusting Workability of Successful 3D Concrete Printing. Two-part session will highlight the importance of controlling fresh-state properties for the successful execution of 3D concrete printing.
- Impact of Hot Weather Conditions on Concrete Repair. Two-part session will assist contractors, material suppliers, and specifiers with practical information that can be used for planning, constructing, and designing successful hot weather repair projects.
- Productivity in the Concrete Industry – Why Has it Stagnated and How Can ACI Help? Productivity in the U.S. construction industry has been flat for 50 years, while productivity of U.S. industry in general has nearly doubled in that same time frame. Why and what can ACI do about it? This session will explore answers to these and other questions and include presentations from designers and contractors offering their perspectives on how ACI can help confront this very important issue.
The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will also include 300-plus virtual meetings affording committees the opportunity to collaborate on advancing concrete codes, specifications, and practices. Additional themed convention programming for registered attendees includes an Opening Session with keynote speaker, International Forum, Concrete Mixer, President’s Reception, and several student activities. Registration and additional program details can be obtained at www.ACIConvention.org.