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April 2014: Issue 3

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Upcoming Events

April Luncheon/Meeting

ACI Concrete Construction Special Inspector Exam

ACI Field Tech Grade I Training

ACI Field Tech, Grade I Certification Exam

ACI Strength, Aggregate & Lab Tech Training

ACI Field Tech, Grade I Certification Exam

ACI Masonry Structural Design Seminar

ACI Strength, Aggregate & Lab Tech 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 L. Roberts, P.E., LEED AP
Walter P. Moore


Gary Knight
Lehigh Cement

Dr. Wasim Barham

Tom Pfeifer, P.E.
Uzun & Case Engineers


Immediate Past President
George Harrison

President's Message

I spent this past weekend opening our swimming pool, cutting grass and trimming shrubs. It was nice to be outside working in the yard. I could hear the buzz of lawn mowers throughout my neighborhood. I had to make a quick trip into town to pick up supplies.  The store was pack with people buying fertilizer, plants and other outdoor supplies. It looked like a bunch of worker bees, each on their own individual mission. 

I was delayed on my way to the store due to road construction. I noticed land being cleared and the activity of grading equipment during the trip. On the way home I saw the concrete trucks of two different ready mix suppliers on the road. It has been a long time since I have noticed this much construction activity on a Saturday. I am not an economist, but I feel good about our economy.

At our luncheon on April 25, 2014 our speakers will be Ethan Manley and David Linder, both with McGraw-Hill Construction. They will be discussing the macroeconomic environment and the construction outlook of the United States in general and Georgia in detail. I have my hunch, but I will defer to the experts on the status and future of our economy.


Thank you,

Vance Robinson
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

March Meeting Recap

We had another good crowd of 30+ members for our March Lunch Meeting.  Peter Finsen, Associate AIA; Executive Director of the Georgia / Carolina Precast Concrete Institute gave us a presentation on the “State of the Precast Industry”.  Peter opened with a pretty detailed explanation on who the Precast Concrete Institute (PCI) organization is and what it is they do...Click here to continue reading and to view copies of the presentation. 

ACI Awards Pictures Available online

Pictures from this year's awards banquet are now available for order online

The photos are available for viewing in an online gallery. If you are interested in order photos then please contact Deanna Taylor with Madame Dees photography directly. If you order photos online Deanna is not able to offer a discounted price of $7 plus shipping. 

Click here to view the photos.
Gallery password: ga1aci

Deanna's email:
Deanna's cell: 404-606-7627 

Field Testing Tech Exams-- 2 out of town options

An ACI Certified Concrete Field Testing Technician, Grade I is generally considered the first step and most basic of all other certification programs.  A person who holds this certification has demonstrated their basic knowledge and ability to perform the seven basic concrete tests used every day to measure plastic concrete properties.  The Georgia Chapter ACI offers a training workshop and exam once a month here in the Metro Atlanta Area.  This year we are also offering an exam in Savannah on May 17 and Valdosta on September 20.  

Membership renewal

Have you renewed your membership? 

Its that time of the year to renew membership in Georgia Chapter, ACI. We hope you've found your membership an opportunity to further your technical knowledge and network with leaders in the concrete community. Annual dues are $40; Student membership dues are $5.

Click here to renew your membership today!

This Month in Concrete International... 

Reprinted from the April 2014 issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (
This month’s article, How Does Cold Reinforcing Steel Affect Fresh Concrete was chosen for reader interest and to answer a member question that came up in a recent Concrete Construction Special Inspector exam training session.  The article highlights a new study that evaluates the effects of placing 55oF concrete in contact with -5oF reinforcing steel…Click to read.

Also in this month’s issue of CI is a summary of the ACI Spring 2014 Convention Awards Program.  Two of our GA Chapter Members were mentioned:

Jerry A. Holland, FACI was awarded the Joe W. Kelly Award for his dedication to ACI and his improvements of the worldwide concrete industry through his seminars, short courses, and hands-on training events, and for sharing his knowledge of all aspects of design, specifications, materials, and construction processes for concrete floors and slabs.

Lawrence F. Kahn was awarded the Delmar J. Bloem Distinguished Service Award for outstanding leadership of Committee 562, Evaluation, Repair and Rehabilitation of Concrete Buildings.

ACI April Meeting Notice

Join us on Friday, April 25, 2014 for a presentation on Engineering Evaluation Tools

Date: Friday, April 25th
Time: Reception at 11:30; Luncheon at noon
Location: Crowne Plaza Ravinia Hotel
Program: Engineering Evaluation Tools- What causes cracks
Price: $25 preregistered; $30 walk-ins

Click here to register!
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