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|6/14/22||FRP as Internal Reinforcement to Concrete Structures||Christian C. Steputat, P.E. (University of Miami)||1 Hour||
For many years, FRP reinforcing bar has been used internationally in are…
For many years, FRP reinforcing bar has been used internationally in areas where steel is not suitable. Many of the structures relied on the use of ACI Design Guides. This presentation will discuss international infrastructure projects where the risk of corrosion of reinforcing bar was the primary reason to select GFRP reinforcing bar as a suitable reinforcement material. It discusses the important differences in the supply chain between steel and FRP reinforcing bar that should be considered by the contractor or purchaser. It also covers the cost-effectiveness of the solution and the advantages that were gained.
|6/1/22||Controlling Color & Longevity in Decorative Concrete Flatwork||Chris Sullivan (The Fenix Group)||1 Hour||
Recognizing decorative concrete flatwork requires a higher attention to …
Recognizing decorative concrete flatwork requires a higher attention to detail is critical for success. This program will cover best practices for all facets of decorative concrete flatwork. We will look at steps including pre planning, installation, sealing and maintenance, and how each impacts the end result. The primary focus will be key steps installers and designers need to consider to control color and promote longevity.
|5/25/22||Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – Design and Application||Travis Konda (Senior Technical Advisor, HNTB) and Mario Ratnaraj (Bridge Engineer, HNTB)||1 Hour||
Ultra High Performance Concrete (UPHC) describes a class of concrete mat…
Ultra High Performance Concrete (UPHC) describes a class of concrete material with a unique set of properties including: Strengths of 21,000 ksi plus, high ductility, low permeability and rapid strength gain. With these unique material properties, UHPC facilitates short development lengths, thin overlays and the potential for further development in optimized prestress girders for longer spans with less material. UHPC continues to play an important role in Accelerated Bridge Construction serving as the connecting material between precast elements allowing for small joints with short lap lengths while obtaining full connectivity between the elements. This presentation will introduce the audience to UHPC, the basic material properties, applications and lessons learned.
|5/4/22||Type I Construction vs Type IV Construction: A Building Code Perspective||Larry Farris (BKV Group)||1 Hour||
A lot is known about Type I Construction (non-combustible) because it ha…
A lot is known about Type I Construction (non-combustible) because it has been used for decades for multi-story construction. Although Type IV Construction (heavy timber) is not new, it is just now beginning to be used with greater frequency in multi-story construction. This presentation will provide an overview of the building code as it relates to Type I and Type IV Construction. Case studies will be used to demonstrate relevant code sections that apply to Type I and Type IV buildings using the current Minnesota Building Code including:
Chapter 5 – Area and Height limitations of Type I and Type IV
In addition, materials and special inspections will be discussed for each type of building.
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|4/27/22||Green Concrete – Where We Are Now and How Green Can We Get?||Kevin MacDonald, PhD, PE, FACI (Beton Consulting Engineers)||1 Hour||
Green building is the concept of constructing buildings we need today wi…
Green building is the concept of constructing buildings we need today without depleting resources for future generations. In the new world of sustainable building, information about the strength, durability, and indestructible nature of concrete as a resourceful building material is emerging. Amid the teardown-and-replace mentality still pervasive in the world today, concrete stands out defiantly. Try to replace concrete with an alternative building material, and you'll be hard pressed to find a substitute possessing the same thermal qualities, design flexibility, and permanence. This presentation will discuss where we are at as a green industry and the various ‘green” efforts that have been used in concrete production, such as substituting relatively high percentage of cement by fly ash (up to 100%), the use of other natural pozzolans, and development of concrete with recycled or waste materials. The presenter will also discuss where the industry might be headed in the future. Finally, problems in the realization of and potential barriers to green concrete construction are also discussed.
|4/6/22||Building Ethical Cultures||Nicole Zwieg Daly, J.D., Ed.D. (University of St. Thomas)||1 Hour||
Ethical business cultures continue to prove to be more productive, more …
Ethical business cultures continue to prove to be more productive, more innovative, and more meaningful places to work. Let's discuss how to build - and more importantly maintain - an ethical business culture. During this session, learn a little theory and a lot of practical knowledge to maintain your ethical business culture.
|3/23/22||The Role of Materials in Sustainable Concrete Pavement Construction||Dr. Peter C. Taylor P.E. (Director, CPTech Center)||1 Hour||
With increasing discussion about the need to control global warming, eng…
With increasing discussion about the need to control global warming, engineers are starting to pay attention to how they can reduce the environmental impact of their work. This presentation will review what actions have been taken in recent years to reduce carbon footprint in concrete construction, as well as offer some thoughts on what actions can be taken today, and dream a little about the future.
|3/8/22||Implementation of the Strut-and-Tie Method||Gary Klein, P.E., S.E. and Jeremiah Fasl, PhD, P.E. (Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.)||1 Hour||
Gary Klein addresses how the strut-and-tie method is implemented for var…
Gary Klein addresses how the strut-and-tie method is implemented for various types of discontinuity regions such as deep beams, corbels, and post-tensioning anchorage zones. Jeremiah Fasl shares an example of how the method was used for design of the crane support beam at Barbours Cut Terminal at the Port of Houston.
|2/23/22||How Do I Write a Sustainable Concrete Specification?||Donn Thompson AIA, LEED AP BD+C (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)||1 Hour||
Concrete is used in nearly every structure we build today, including bui…
Concrete is used in nearly every structure we build today, including buildings, bridges, homes and infrastructure. With greater emphasis placed on sustainability, design professionals are faced with the challenge of meeting traditional design criteria with evolving criteria that support green building and efforts to reduce impact on climate change. Performance-based specifications for concrete represent an important synergy with sustainability initiatives because they provide the opportunity to optimize mixtures for performance that can also reduce environmental impacts. Prescriptive specifications often adversely impact the environmental footprint of concrete structures. This presentation outlines how concrete performance can be improved while lowering environmental footprint by implementing performance-based specifications.
|2/2/22||Economic Outlook for 2022||Ron Wirtz (Regional Outreach Director - Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis)||1 Hour||
Using recent data and ongoing surveys by the Minneapolis Fed, Ron Wirtz …
Using recent data and ongoing surveys by the Minneapolis Fed, Ron Wirtz (Regionial Outreach Director at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis) will discuss the speed and breadth of recovery in the construction sector and broader Minnesota economy, and role of labor force on economic growth going forward. Using an interactive survey, Ron will also gauge sentiment among event attendees regarding recent business activity, hiring demand, labor and wage trends, and the short-term economic outlook.
|1/26/22||Portland Limestone-Cement and New Industry Initiatives||Jamie Farny (Portland Cement Association)||1 Hour||
With a growing interest in sustainability, the construction industry is …
With a growing interest in sustainability, the construction industry is looking for solutions to help reduce its carbon footprint. The Portland Cement Association’s newly released Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality lays out the cement and concrete industry’s commitment to a lower carbon future. With its proven performance, portland-limestone cement, or PLC, is ready to play a key role, yet many designers and specifiers don’t know about it. This program will explain what PLCs are, how to use them, and their effects on fresh and hardened concrete properties. Several examples of PLC projects in the U.S. over the past decade will show how others have used it successfully.
|1/5/22||Best of Decorative Concrete 2021 – Ideas for Including Decorative Concrete in Design||Chris Sullivan (The Fenix Group)||1 Hour||
This presentation will include an overview of the American Society of Co…
This presentation will include an overview of the American Society of Concrete Contractors award winning decorative concrete projects across all the major product categories highlighting how concrete can be strong and beautiful. Using the award-winning projects as examples, the presenter will illustrate how various types of concrete materials and finishes can be used across a wide scope of projects. The presenter will explain unique ways in which decorative concrete can be used to enhance projects – providing increased value and aesthetic appeal.
|12/8/21||Workability and the Impact of Workability Retention||Joseph Daczko (Master Builders Solutions)||1 Hour||
Contractors want concrete to be as workable as possible to facilitate pl…
Contractors want concrete to be as workable as possible to facilitate placement and consolidation without compromising performance in the hardened state. Concrete producers strive to consistently deliver expected performance attributes. Yet, hydration of Portland cement leads to a change in fresh concrete properties immediately after batching, most notably with respect to mix slump or workability. In air-entrained concrete mixtures, furthermore, modified slump can lead to changes in air content, typically a reduction, and potential rejection of the load. Invariably, rejected loads result in loss of revenue and reduced profits for concrete producers. This presentation will discuss workability retention and the various methods traditionally used to manage it. Additionally, an innovative, new admixture is introduced that provides workability retention without the adverse effects of current practices.
|11/18/21||Ethics - Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?||David Schultz (Hamline University)||2 Hours||
Why do good people and organizations act unethically? Architects and eng…
Why do good people and organizations act unethically? Architects and engineers may confront ethical dilemmas in many forms during their professional practice, especially in the public arena. Many think that only unethical people do bad things, and that ethical people generally do not do bad things. However, the reality is that is often not the case, and this presentation will discuss why good or ethical people often act unethically. In this program, attendees will examine the Minnesota Rules of Professionalism and Ethics and examine examples of ethical dilemmas in professional practice. Specific case studies will be used to provide a foundation for an analysis regarding how the fostering of ethical diversity and thinking about one's personal ethics within organizations can prevent the slippery slopes that lead to administrative evil or unethical behavior.
|11/9/21||Formwork Considerations for Building Design||Ryan Gregory (Ceco Concrete Construction)||1 Hour||
This webinar will provide a general overview of common horizontal formin…
This webinar will provide a general overview of common horizontal forming systems in use today. We will also discuss some project specific factors that drive the system selection process as well as review examples of building design factors affecting constructability and economy.
|10/13/21||We Have to Build it Where? Solutions for Building on Challenging Construction Sites||Michael Hoeft / Dan Schellhammer / Scott Spisak||1 Hour||
As physical sites grow and expand, means and methods for property develo…
As physical sites grow and expand, means and methods for property development become much more complex. With abbreviated construction schedules and significant liquidated damages, the ability to gain some control of the uncontrollable becomes essential. The earlier this process is recognized and integrated into the project, the better the chance for success. This presentation will address several ways to work with challenging construction sites using cement and concrete; delivering large projects to the owner on time, economically and sustainably.
|9/1/21||Cold Weather Concrete||Ken Hover, PhD (Professor, Cornell University)||1 Hour||
There is a lot more to cold-weather concrete than just preventing freezi…
There is a lot more to cold-weather concrete than just preventing freezing. This webinar will discuss the reasons to protect concrete in cold weather, the ACI definition of cold weather, methods to protect concrete from freezing, and other topics beneficial to contractors, designers, owners, and suppliers who design and build projects in cold weather.
|8/10/21||Parking Structures: Common Problems and Best Practices||Michael W. Lee (Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates)||1 Hour||
This presentation reviews strength and serviceability problems in concre…
This presentation reviews strength and serviceability problems in concrete parking structures. The effects of environmental exposure, vehicular loading, and deterioration will be discussed with an emphasis on key differences between buildings, parking structures, and bridges. Case histories will be provided to illustrate common problems, failures, and remediation methods. Precast concrete and cast-in-place systems will be discussed, including problems that occurred during construction. The presentation will include examples of changes that have occurred in the industry to enhance safety and long-term performance.
|8/4/21||How Keeping Your Coffee Hot and Your Beverages Cold Can Help You Understand Insulated Concrete Forms||Stephen M. Williams, AIA, NCARB from Design West Architects||1 Hour||
This webinar will explore the use of Insulated Concrete Forms as a viabl…
This webinar will explore the use of Insulated Concrete Forms as a viable and enduring building system. The webinar will explain the many benefits, economies, and attributes of Insulated Concrete Forms. The presenter will share lessons he has learned, details for implementation, things to avoid, and things to consider. The presenter will describe how Insulated Concrete Forms can be implemented into the design of net-zero energy buildings. Finally, a case study will help illustrate the benefits and properties of a thermal mass/thermal reservoir.
|7/22/21||Non-Destructive Testing – Advanced Technology and a Practical Review of How to Use It||Larry D. Olson, P.E. (President and Chief Engineer, Olson Engineering, Inc., and Olson Instruments, Inc.)||1 Hour||
As computing power become faster and smaller it leads to advances in non…
As computing power become faster and smaller it leads to advances in non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques for structural concrete condition assessment. We will explore some of the newest techniques in the market and discuss how they can be use on structures and construction projects. We will also review a practical approach to finding construction flaws such as honeycomb, void and cracking in new structures as well as scanning to map out corrosion damage in aging structures using many different Non-Destructive Testing techniques.