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2/10/21 Precast Concrete Storm Shelters Paul Todd (Todd Architecture) 1 Hour

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Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: This one-hour program is intended for professional designers and engineers. The attributes of precast concrete will be presented, demonstrating how these qualities may be applied to the design and construction of safe and efficient storm shelter facilities. The versatility and resiliency of precast concrete will be further highlighted by a video demonstration, and a series of case studies.

 

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2/9/21 Performance Based Specifications Support Sustainability Colin Lobo, Ph.D., P.E. (NRMCA) 1 Hour

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With the increased focus on sustainability initiatives in construction, prescriptive requirements in specifications often restrict the concrete producer’s ability to optimize concrete for sustainability without compromising functional performance for project needs. The presentation will discuss these impacts and outline the development of a guide performance specification by ACI Committee 329.

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NRMCA - Specifying Sustainable Concrete

NRMCA - Guide to Specifying Ready Mixed Concrete (2015)

2/3/21 Building More than Just the Pedestal: An Owner/Developer’s Perspective on Building All Concrete Multifamily Mid-Rise Ryan Bedford (Bedford Development) 1 Hour

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Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: Look around and you’ll see many five to seven story projects being built today with a one- or two-story concrete pedestal, supporting up to five floors of steel or wood frame. These “pedestal” projects are assumed to be the cheapest way to build while longer term ownership implications of these designs are not well understood. This one-hour presentation dispels the myths that are driving the popularity of pedestal construction and demonstrates the value concrete provides.

 

The developer/owner’s perspective on building multi-family housing projects with Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) will be presented, and will include design, construction, and energy-efficiency implications, as well as tenant satisfaction. The presenter will overview his use of ICF’s and concrete for the exterior wall system at Kendal Lofts, a 42-unit project in Waukesha, Wisconsin. In addition, the presenter will also discuss his latest all-concrete residential projects in Wisconsin and Florida.

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1/28/21 Pumping Air Entrained Concrete and the Super Air Meter Tyler Ley Ph.D., P.E. - Professor at Oklahoma State University 1 Hour

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This presentation will discuss changes in the volume of air entrained concrete in pumped concrete. The work shows that during pumping the air volume will decrease and if measured immediately after pumping will be lower than what is found in the final concrete. These findings are supported by hardened air void analysis, freeze thaw tests, and measurement of the air void volume and spacing over time in the fresh concrete with the Super Air Meter. The presentation makes recommendations for modifications to the current testing specifications based on the findings.

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1/28/21 Concrete Pumping 101 Jim Bury, Director of Placing Equipment at Conforms. 1 Hour

The concrete pumping equipment available today is more advanced, reliabl…
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The concrete pumping equipment available today is more advanced, reliable, and prolific than ever before. So why can’t I find one that can move this perfect mix I just created?

The factors that can affect concrete pumping are numerous, inter-related, and sometimes hidden, making the predicting of pumpability seem elusive. So how is the construction industry, which is becoming ever more cost conscious and filled with complicated and demanding concrete requirements, to deal with it on a more simplified level?

This presentation will discuss some of the over 50 factors that affect concrete pumping, the basics of how concrete pumping works, how mix designs can be adjusted to accommodate the application’s multiple requirements, and what can be done to help eliminate the jobsite problems that result in a finger pointing exercise and costly downtime.

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11/12/20 Ethics - Not Black and White but Shades of Gray William Rushing, P.E., F.ACI (Vice President, Waldemar S. Nelson & Co., New Orleans, LA) 1 Hour

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Making a decision that requires ethical consideration is usually not easy. Rarely are we faced with an ethical question that has a corresponding answer that is clearly black and white. Doing the ethical thing can require effort and determining the correct path may include many variables that cause us to pause and consider what the right decision is. In this presentation, the speaker will discuss some scenarios that illustrate the grey area that can be "ethics." The presenter will work through the scenarios an offer insight on determining the correct and ethical way to proceed through a decision-making process.

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9/2/20 Net Zero, ICF Design for Rural/Tribal Projects Michael Laverdure, AICAE, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP (DSGW Architects) 1 Hour

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This webinar will outline the benefits of using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICFs) in construction, especially in regard to Rural and Tribal projects.  ICFs are a key component in DSGW’s strategy to design Net Zero projects.  This presentation will show examples of ICF and Net Zero design, in particular the Fort Totten Alternative CTE School, the country’s first Net Zero school on Tribal lands in North America.  

The 12,500 square foot, $3.8 million net zero Fort Totten Alternative CTE School was designed to produce more energy than it consumes while ensuring to meet other standards common when designing a net zero facility. There are other net zero schools in the United States, but this new school is the first to be built on tribal land and the first in North Dakota.

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7/23/20 FIU Pedestrian Bridge Collapse: Testing of Full-Size Replicas of Failed Connection Gary J. Klein, PE, SE 1 Hour

WJE carried out independent studies related to the 201…
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WJE carried out independent studies related to the 2018 collapse of the FIU Pedestrian Bridge in Miami. Most significantly, WJE developed and tested full-sized specimens to evaluate the significance of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB’s) finding that the construction joint between the northernmost diagonal and deck was left in an as-placed condition, rather than intentionally roughened as required by the project specifications. The webinar also describes WJE’s independent review of shear friction strength in accordance with the AASHTO Code.

 

The presentation describes the details of the experimental program that demonstrated that, had the construction joint been roughened as required by the project specifications, the collapse would not have occurred. Contrary to NTSB’s findings, the contractor’s failure to roughen the surface was the primary cause of the collapse.

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7/14/20 Supplementary Cementitious Materials Dr. Larry Sutter 1 Hour

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This presentation will cover the basics of common supplementary materials used in concrete. Common applications, comparisons of their properties in plastic and hardened concrete, as well as the outlook of their future use will all be covered in the presentation.

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4/15/20 MN Concrete Forum: Environmental Product Declarations - The New Normal? Curt Turgeon (MnDOT Pavement Engineer) 1 hour

The webinar introduces the concepts of Product Category Rules, Environme…
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The webinar introduces the concepts of Product Category Rules, Environmental Product Declarations and Life Cycle Assessment. Legislative and Industry developments are addressed to inform the audience of why these concepts will likely become a part of daily lives in the near future.

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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…
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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.

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8/10/21 Parking Structures: Common Problems and Best Practices Michael W. Lee (Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates) 1 Hour

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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.

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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…
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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. 

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7/22/21 Non-Destructive Testing for Assessment of Concrete Structures Alfred Gardiner, PE (Braun Intertec) 1 Hour

We live in a constructed world and our lives and livelihoods are inextri…
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We live in a constructed world and our lives and livelihoods are inextricably linked to the proper function of our infrastructure and machinery. For this to be safely possible, we must have confidence in the technologies we rely on. Nondestructive testing provides that confidence.  To make smart choices, it’s important to have a sound understanding of the purpose, applications, requirements, and different methods of nondestructive testing. This presentation is intended to serve as an overview of various nondestructive testing applications as they are used in the field.

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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…
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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.

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7/14/21 Concrete Overlays of Existing Asphalt Streets and Parking Lots Jon Hansen and Phil Kresge (NRMCA) 1 Hour

The performance life of asphalt surfaced parking lots can be extended by…
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The performance life of asphalt surfaced parking lots can be extended by placing a bonded concrete layer on top of the existing asphalt. This technique has been used for many years for highway, street, and parking lot pavements but still engineers and owners are unfamiliar with the process. This session will cover the publication entitled the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots and demonstrate the steps necessary to properly design and construct a concrete overlay.

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6/17/21 Hot Weather Concrete Ryan Scott (GCP Applied Technologies) 1 Hour

Hot weather conditions are not solely related to the air temperature whe…
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Hot weather conditions are not solely related to the air temperature when placing concrete.  Those conditions are defined in ACI and ASTM documents.  This presentation will focus on being able to define hot weather conditions and its effects on concrete in the plastic and hardened state.  This presentation will also provide details on how to overcome the conditions of hot weather when placing concrete.

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6/8/21 The Top 10 Ways to Reduce Concrete’s Carbon Footprint Donn C. Thompson AIA, LEED AP BD+C (National Ready Mixed Concrete Association) 1 Hour

Concrete is unique among building materials. Its formulation is highly i…
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Concrete is unique among building materials. Its formulation is highly influenced by its application. Design professionals and contractors have a greater influence on concrete formulation than they do with other building products. Concrete can be made stronger, lighter, more flowable, stiffer, less permeable, and even weaker depending on performance needs. No other building material is that versatile. This presentation will discuss how design and construction teams can implement ten simple strategies to reduce concrete’s carbon footprint today. The recommendations are listed broadly in order of priority, but not in order of impact reduction. All are important and should be implemented. In addition, the strategies are meant to achieve a lower carbon footprint without impacting other desired performance capabilities for the concrete.

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5/20/21 Overcoming Concrete Pavement Objections Jason Kruger 1 Hour

Many design engineers, contractors and project owners appreciate and ful…
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Many design engineers, contractors and project owners appreciate and fully recognize the significant value of concrete parking lots.  However, there are some that still need some convincing.  This presentation covers concrete parking lot features and benefits and gives suggestions for addressing common concrete paving misconceptions.

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5/11/21 Alkali-Silica Reaction in Concrete: Prevention, Test Methods and Standards Jason H. Ideker, PhD (Professor, Oregon State University) 1 Hour

This presentation will focus on alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in concrete…
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This presentation will focus on alkali-silica reaction (ASR) in concrete.  A brief background of the reaction mechanisms and ways to prevent the reaction will be covered.  The reliability of standard test methods, within the context of current standards (ASTM C1778 and AASHTO R80) will be highlighted. In addition, several current research projects and international efforts in the area will be highlighted. 

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