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December Newsletter

December 2014: Issue 8

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Upcoming Events

December Holiday Reception

Field Tech Grade I Training

Field Tech Grade I Exam

Field Tech Grade I Training

Strength, Aggregate & Lab Tech Training

Awards Banquet

Field Tech Grade I Exam

2014 Georgia Chapter Officers:

Vance Robinson
Ready Mix USA

Vice President:
Angela San Martin, P.E.

Elizabeth Harwood

Ralph Hodgins

Board of Directors:

Steven Maloof
TEC Services, Inc.


Howard Allred, P.E., F.ACI
Allred Engineering, LLC


Wilbur Bragg II, P.E., CDT
T. Y. Lin International


Kelly Roberts, P.E., LEED AP
Walter P. Moore


Gary Knight
Lehigh Cement

Tom Pfeifer, P.E.
Uzun & Case Engineers


Immediate Past President
George Harrison

President's Message

This will be my last President’s message. I have enjoyed serving and appreciate all the volunteers that have made this such an easy position to fill. I would like to welcome Angela San Martin as our incoming president. She is definitely up to the task and will bring new energy to the office. Our Chapter will be in good hands with our team of volunteers and Angela’s leadership. 

The Dan R. Brown ACI Awards banquet will be January 22, 2015. Please mark you calendars and join us as we recognize the many outstanding concrete projects in Georgia.  If you have not submitted a project, the deadline is December 30, 2014. Details can be found here. 

I would like to wish everyone a joyful holiday season. I hope to see you at our Holiday Luncheon on December 19. Please remember to be safe. Again I would like to thank everyone for making my term as ACI Chapter President an enjoyable experience. 

Happy Holidays,

Vance Robinson
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

Awards Program & Banquet

We are now accepting entries for the ACI Awards Program. The deadline to submit an entry is 12/30/14. Click here to submit online. 

We also encourage you to go ahead and register to attend the banquet on 1/22/15. Registration fees will increase after 1/9/15. You can register online here. 

November Meeting Recap

We had a ruckus crowd for our November meeting.  One of our own, long time members Jeff Speck, PE, F. ACI; VP of Marketing for Big River Industries, give us a review of an Expanded Shale, Clay and Slate Institute (ESCSI) presentation on Improving the Performance of Concrete with Internal Curing.  Jeff opened with some basics on concrete curing and discussed the difference between internal and external curing methods.  He went into some detail on some of the challenges with external curing, like the reduced permeability of high performance concrete limiting water migration through the concrete and the need for longer duration curing times with increased SCM use.

Internal curing has demonstrated the ability to overcome some of the external curing challenges by providing internal water reservoirs in fresh concrete that can be used to replace water lost due to drying.  The internal water reservoirs are in the form of a small amount of porous prewetted lightweight aggregate pieces mixed in the fresh concrete.

Jeff then launched into a detail discussion on why internal curing works and what benefits it has for the durable properties of concrete; more efficient and complete cement hydration, less shrinkage and/or cracking, reduced warping in slabs, and higher strengths.  Specific project applications in Denver, New York, Texas, Indiana, and Illinois were summarized and discussed.  Jeff closed with a review of the general body of knowledge that currently exists on the topic including the new ACI Document from ACI Technical Committees 308 & 213, ACI (308-2134)R-13 Report on Internally Cured Concrete Using Prewetted Absorptive Lightweight Aggregate.

Chapter Vice-President, Angela San Martin, closed with the Georgia Chapter Cup presentation and thanked everyone for their attendance and support, reminding everyone of our upcoming Christmas Meeting on December 19th.

This Month in Concrete International...

Reprinted from the December 2014 issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (

This month’s article, The New NRMCA Quality Certification Program takes a look at the National Ready Mix Concrete Association’s new Quality Management System certification program.  A Quality Management System (QMS) can improve the quality of a company’s product by establishing a systematic way of setting quality processes and responsibilities. The NRMCA Quality Certification program was established to assure that ready mixed concrete companies have and follow a comprehensive QMS. This certification program can be used to pre-qualify concrete producers for high profile projects and for those projects with performance-based specifications. Criteria evaluated during the verification process for the NRMCA quality certification are highlighted.

December Meeting 12/19

Don't forget to join us for our December holiday luncheon this Friday, 12/19/14.  
Click here for more details and to register!


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