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|1/13/21||Better Design Through Embodied Carbon - Part One of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series||Emily Lorenz, PE||1 Hour||
Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series… Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: Now that architects have a good understanding of environmental impacts related to energy use, the next design frontier in tackling climate change is reducing the embodied carbon in buildings. This live webinar will focus on best practices for determining the embodied carbon in a building, including credible sources for embodied carbon data. It will introduce common practices and misconceptions about comparisons of embodied carbon. A case study will be presented that highlights how design decisions may be influenced when comparing among up-front carbon, use-phase carbon, or whole-life carbon. The presentation will highlight existing tools related to quantifying embodied carbon.
Part of the Sustainable Structures Webinar Series: Now that architects have a good understanding of environmental impacts related to energy use, the next design frontier in tackling climate change is reducing the embodied carbon in buildings. This live webinar will focus on best practices for determining the embodied carbon in a building, including credible sources for embodied carbon data. It will introduce common practices and misconceptions about comparisons of embodied carbon. A case study will be presented that highlights how design decisions may be influenced when comparing among up-front carbon, use-phase carbon, or whole-life carbon. The presentation will highlight existing tools related to quantifying embodied carbon.
|1/6/21||The Use of Insulating Concrete Forms for Commercial Construction - Contractor's Perspective||Justice Olson (Nudura) and DC Mangimelli (Fox Blocks)||1 Hour||
Lighter, faster and more cost effective than other forms of construction…
Lighter, faster and more cost effective than other forms of construction, Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are quickly becoming the construction method of choice for all forms of construction including single and multi-family, hotels, schools, offices. Concrete contractors, masons and framers have an opportunity to learn how their trade can work with ICFs to enhance their competitiveness in today’s construction environment. The presentation will focus on how to communicate basic ICF detailing, design efficiencies, and other necessary information to designers who may not be familiar with ICF construction. Also included in the presentation will be information on how ICF’s can affect other sections of the specification, best construction practices, and tips on how to determine labor costs for an ICF project.
|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||
This presentation will discuss changes in the volume of air entrained co…
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.
|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.
|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.
|8/10/23||Communicating Sustainability: How to share your message about sustainable initiatives.||Kimberly Kayler, CPSM, President, AOE||1 Hour||
The concrete industry has a goal of carbon neu…
The concrete industry has a goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. In response to this goal, many industry organizations are tasked with getting their message related to decarbonization and sustainability to their customers, specifiers, and employees. Transparency and recognition of goals and achievements are vital. Kimberly will discuss a variety of methods and materials that should be used to effectively communicate progress. Kimberly will help you identify key ways to communicate the steps your organization is taking, whether that be in the form of a new product or innovative process, that will help your organization reach your sustainability goals.
|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.
|7/14/20||Supplementary Cementitious Materials||Dr. Larry Sutter||1 Hour||
This presentation will cover the basics of common supplementary material…
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.
|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.
|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…
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.
|11/4/20||Economic, Construction & Cement Outlook: Cyclical & Structural Changes Resulting from Covid||Dave Zwicke (Portland Cement Association)||1 Hour||
The webinar covers Minnesota's cement/concrete trends and where the …
The webinar covers Minnesota's cement/concrete trends and where the market is headed in the next few years. We will examine economic growth scenarios that may unfold under differing assumptions regarding COVID-19. Where are the growth opportunities? Will there be structural changes to the construction market following the recession? The presenter is Dave Zwicke who is Sr. Director of Economic Analysis at the Portland Cement Association.
|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.
|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…
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.
|2/9/21||Performance Based Specifications Support Sustainability||Colin Lobo, Ph.D., P.E. (NRMCA)||1 Hour||
With the increased focus on sustainability initi… 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.
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.
|5/10/23||Ethical Decision Making in Engineering and Construction||David Schultz||1 Hour||
Engineering ethics is a set of ethical standar…
Engineering ethics is a set of ethical standards for engineers to follow which can apply to most circumstances that arise on the job. These ethical standards are the engineers’ obligations towards the public, employers and the profession. The purpose of engineering ethics is to identify specific ethical issues that may arise in order to avoid a potential problem.
The presenter will be David Schultz, Professor of Political Science (Hamline University).
No credits will be awarded for viewing recordings of the webinar.
The webinar is being sponsored by the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the Minnesota Concrete Council, the North Dakota Concrete Council, the Oklahoma Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the South Dakota Ready Mix Association, and the Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Association.
|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.
|9/13/22||Extended Joint Floors: Concepts, Systems & Material Choices||Chris Tull - CRT Consulting||1 Hour||
This presentation provides an overview of extended joint slabs primarily…
This presentation provides an overview of extended joint slabs primarily used on industrial warehouse floors. An overview of the stresses that must be controlled in order to extend joints will be discussed. Two case studies of extended joints will be presented; one of which is the Twin Cities metro area.
|9/17/20||Concrete Cracking||Kim D. Basham, PhD, PE, FACI (KB Engineering, LLC)||1 Hour||
Concrete provides structures with strength, rigidity, and resilience fro…
Concrete provides structures with strength, rigidity, and resilience from deformation. These characteristics, however, result in concrete structures lacking the flexibility to move in response to environmental or volume changes. Cracking is usually the first sign of distress in concrete. Cracking of concrete flatwork is natural, expected, and accepted. However, cracks may affect appearance, performance, and maintenance costs. This presentation will discuss the various types of concrete cracks and how to best minimize their occurrence.
|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…
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.
|8/16/23||The Role of Concrete in Carbon Neutrality||Andrea Schokker, PhD, PE, LEED AP (NEU, An ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete)||1 Hour||
This presentation will introduce the work of NEU, an ACI Center of Excel…
This presentation will introduce the work of NEU, an ACI Center of Excellence for Carbon Neutral Concrete, and discuss the important role of concrete in reaching carbon neutrality. The presentation will provide an overview of key terms and concepts, the latest information on green concrete codes, and examples of low carbon practices for the concrete industry for the present and future.