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The American Concrete Pipe Association has named Michael Kremer, MBA, as vice president of Marketing, a newly created position to advance the association’s efforts to meet the critical need for resilient and sustainable infrastructure. He will lead the development and implementation of marketing strategy, messaging and materials that support ACPA’s mission and industry objectives.

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The ACI Foundation Strategic Development Council has elected CECO Concrete Construction Vice President of North Operations Phil Diekemper as director for a term ending in 2022, and Euclid Admixtures Canada President and Euclid Chemical Inc. Vice President Claude Bedard as returning director. They join an SDC board comprising Chairman Charles Hanskat; Immediate Past Chairman Joseph Sanders; and, Directors Kirk Burns, Rodney Chiodo, Beverly Garnant, John Hausfeld, Carl Larosche, Brad Malmsten, Claudio Manissero, Charles Nmai and Glenn Schaefer.

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Durability Code anchors ACI Foundation Council Forum program

Source: ACI Foundation, Farmington Hills, Mich. 

A panel presentation, “What the New Durability Code Will Mean to You,” anchors the ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council’s Technology Forum 47, February 11-13 at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Charleston, S.C. ACI Committee 201, Durability member Dr. Lawrence Sutter will moderate a discussion where subject matter experts share knowledge and highlight ACI code from owner, designer, contractor, and researcher perspectives. 

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The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has named 2019 Excellence in Quality Awards recipients. The program recognizes producers that follow and exceed quality management principles guiding materials, production processes and delivered loads. Honored during the group’s ConcreteWorks conference last month in Florida were:

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To recognize the recently proclaimed Concrete Industry Day, American Concrete Pavement Association-Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, American Concrete Pipe Association and Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association members hosted legislators and staff late last month for a BBQ picnic lunch on the Colorado State Capitol grounds in Denver. In addition to government outreach, the associations teamed to raise awareness of the industry’s key link to economic growth and sustainable development practices in the state.

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Research Council funds carbon calculator, recycled aggregate projects

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

The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) has announced grants for six projects this year, including two with environmental themes: “Embodied Carbon in Construction Calculator Tool,” led by Kathrina Simonen of the University of Washington-hosted Carbon Leadership Forum, and Phil Northcott, C-Change Labs; and, “Effective Characterizations of Recycled Concrete Aggregate for Concrete Applications,” led by Jiong Hu, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

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ACI Foundation’s Strategic Development Council brings the future faster


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]. —

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