ACI September Newsletter Print

President's Report

I hope everyone enjoyed their summer and was able to take a vacation. Concrete construction is holding strong in Georgia and it was a busy summer.

My conversations with several of you indicate
there is plenty of concrete work in the market and a good backlog for the coming months.

We had a great Skipper Seminar in July at Mercedes Benz Stadium. Nate Plank with HHRM and Mark Silvera with Uni-Systems Engineering discussed the construction of the stadium. We toured the locker rooms, VIP spaces and were able to run the field. A big thank you to Wayne Wilson and Jim Newsome for setting up this event.

We restart our monthly meetings in September and I hope you will join us at our next luncheon on September 21st. Our speaker, Nico Sutmoller with Aerix Industries, will be discussing cellular concrete. This meeting will be held at the Westin Perimeter North.

Best Regards,
Tom Pfeifer
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

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Luncheon Recap

Skipper Seminar Recap

We had our annual summer Virgil D. Skipper Seminar on July 12, 2018 in the Falcon’s Interview Room at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium (MBS).  For some of our newer members you may not know the history of this annual summer event.

In 1984, the Virgil D. Skipper Memorial Seminar was started to honor Virgil D. Skipper, who passed away in 1985 after 30+ years of active involvement in the Atlanta Concrete Industry. As one of the original organizers of the Georgia Concrete and Products Association, Mr. Skipper was the recipient of several awards from that association and contributed to the establishment of the first ACI Chapter in Georgia. He was instrumental in writing the first Ready-Mix Concrete Specification in Georgia which was later used as a model for the ACI 301 “Specifications for Structural Concrete for Buildings”. He was a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and an honorary member of the Atlanta ACI Chapter.  It is in keeping with his interests and spirit that the Chapter presents this annual summer educational program.

This year’s event was sold out with 80 members in attendance for an event that included presentations from Nate Plank, HHRM, MBS Project Manager and Mark Silvera, President of Uni-Systems Engineering, a VIP Tour of MBS and a delicious Southern BBQ Lunch catered by MBS Food Services (big fan of the mac’n cheese!). 

Nate gave us a start to finish review of the stadium’s construction that included some interesting details on the massive coordination effort of trades in took to make this project happen. Mark followed with a few details on the Stadium’s state of the art retractable roof; he focused on some of the operational details on how the roof panels move and recent operational adjustments to make the opening and closing of the roof quicker. Mark reported that the roof now operates as designed and can open and close in about 10 minutes.

After a short question and answer session we split into 2 groups for a guided VIP Tour of MBS that included access to Arthur Blank’s private suite, Flacons & Atlanta United Locker Rooms, Mercedes-Benz Clubs and a complete run of the Field (too cool!).  We closed with a catered BBQ Lunch back in the Interview Room that included pulled pork, chicken, mac’n cheese, potato salad, green tomato slaw, corn bread, cookies, brownies and more… stuffed and happy, we all departed around 1:00 pm. Thanks to all whom we’re able to come out and join us! 

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Our Next Event

On Friday, September 21, 2018, The Georgia Chapter of ACI will host Nico Sutmoller at the Westin Atlanta Perimeter North hotel. Nico will talk about cellular concrete and advanced foam technologies.

The seminar will introduce the audience to new applications of pervious and impervious cellular concrete and a brief history of the technology. Local and global projects using this technology will be presented.

Attendees will learn the definition and properties of cellular concrete and the mix design and testing requirements and procedures.

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Outside the Cylinder

"Eberswalde Technical School Library"


I came across an interesting building that is located in Eberswalde, Germany, at the Eberswalde Technical School.  It was completed in 1999 and designed by Herzog & de Meuron.

The façade of the building is created with precast panels, which were cast with material that was dot-screened using an etching process (probably photoetching) to recreate historical photos from the artist Thomas Ruff.  The photos depict German life and have a bit of a ghostly feel to them.  The same images were printed on glass that is set in bands, flush to the precast concrete surface. 

The library appears to have a homogeneous surface and at night the glass elements light up from interior lights giving it a very different, banded, look.

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Concrete International Magazine Article

This month in Concrete International….. Reprinted from the August, 2018 (V. 40 No. 8) issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (www.concrete.org)
 
Improving Initial Curing of Acceptance Test Specimens

This article is all about the proper procedure for curing concrete test specimens and ASTM C31, which covers this procedure. Many project sites do not do this procedure correctly and this is a good chance to review the proper procedures.

The article covers proper procedure, the effects of not following them, codes, challenges and solutions, and standards, and a business case for doing it right.

Link to article: https://www.concrete.org/publications/concreteinternational.aspx

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Scholarship Clay Shoot

Friday November 9, 2018

Etowah Valley Sporting Clay Park
Dawsonville, Georgia

This will be the third annual shooting event in the chapter’s history! We can all get together, enjoy the beautiful fall weather, SHOOT FLYING OBJECTS, then have a nice lunch!

Registration begins at 7:30am 
Shotgun Start at 9:00am

Cost: $125.00 per Shooter

Includes firearm rental, 100 clays at over 14 stations, golf cart and lunch!

Prizes for 1st and 2nd place teams!

Half Stand Sponsorships are available for $175 and full stand sponsorships are available for $350. Space will be limited to 56 Entries!

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Calendar of Events

Saturday, September 15, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
Thomas Concrete Lab
Atlanta, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, September 22, 2018
ACI Masonry Lab/Field Tech Exam
S&ME Lab
Duluth, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm 

Friday, September 21, 2018
GA Chapter ACI Monthly Lunch Meeting
Cellular Concrete
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
7 Concourse Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

11:30 am Registration
12:00 Lunch & Program

Saturday, September 29, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
ECS Concrete Lab
Savannah, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Exam Review Workshop
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 13, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
TEC Services
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, October 20, 2018
ACI Aggregate, Concrete Lab & SCC Tech Exam Review Workshop
TEC Services
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Friday, October 26, 2018
GA Chapter ACI Monthly Lunch Meeting
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
7 Concourse Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

11:30 am Registration
12:00 Lunch & Program

Saturday, November 3, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Exam Review Workshop
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Wednesday-Friday, November 7-9, 2018
ACI Inspector Exams Review Workshop
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am – 5:00 pm W & Th
8:00 am – noon Fr

Saturday, November 10, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
Lehigh SE Concrete Lab
Doraville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Friday, November 16, 2018
GA Chapter ACI Monthly Lunch Meeting
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
7 Concourse Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

11:30 am Registration
12:00 Lunch & Program

Saturday, November 17, 2018
ACI Flatwork Finisher Certification Exam
Argos SE Concrete Lab
Cumming, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, November 17, 2018
ACI Aggregate, Concrete Lab & SCC Tech Exams
TEC Services
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Saturday, December 1, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Exam Review Workshop
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm 

Saturday, December 8, 2018
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
Ready Mix USA Concrete Lab
Woodstock, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Friday, December 14, 2018
GA Chapter ACI Monthly Lunch Meeting
Westin Atlanta Perimeter North
7 Concourse Parkway NE
Atlanta, GA 30328

11:30 am Registration
12:00 Lunch & Program

Saturday, December 15, 2018
ACI Inspector Exams
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm

Important Note:  ACI Training & Exams are for Pre-registered Persons Only.
**No walk up seating available
**
For Information on any of our exams or events go to: www.aci-ga.org

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