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May 2016: Issue 5


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Friday, May 27, 2016
GA Chapter ACI Lunch Meeting
Mike Morrison
ACI Manager, New Certification Programs
New ACI Certification Programs, 
now and in the future

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atlanta Perimeter Ravinia
11:30 am Registration
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Meeting
Information & Registration at: www.aci-ga.org
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016
ACI Field Tech Grade I Training
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016
ACI Field Tech, Grade I Certification Exam
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016
ACI Aggregate, Strength & Lab Tech Exams
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
 
Thursday, June 30, 2016
GA Chapter ACI
Vigil D. Skipper Seminar
Bluegrass Materials Cumming Quarry
1505 Ronald Reagan Blvd.
Cumming, GA 30041

8:00 am Registration
8:30 am – 11:30 am Seminar, RM Plant & Quarry Pit Tour
11:30 am Jim & Nicks BBQ Lunch
Information & Registration at: www.aci-ga.org
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016
ACI Field Tech Grade I Training
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
 
Saturday, July, 2016
ACI Field Tech, Grade I Certification Exam
Thomas Concrete GA Lab
Atlanta, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016
ACI Masonry Lab & Field Tech Training
S&ME, Inc.
Duluth, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016
ACI Field Tech Grade I & Strength Tech Training
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exam
Thomas Concrete GA Lab
Atlanta, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm
 
Wednesday-Friday, August 10-12, 2016
ACI Inspector, Construction & Transportation Training
GA Chapter ACI Office Conference Room
Atlanta, GA
8:00 am — 5:00 pm Wed. & Thur.
8:00 am –Noon Friday
 
Saturday, August 27, 2016
ACI Masonry Lab & Field Tech Certification Exam
S&ME, Inc.
Duluth, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016
ACI Field Tech Grade I & Strength Tech Training
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016
ACI Inspector, Construction & Transportation Exam
GA Chapter ACI Office Conference Room
Atlanta, GA
7:30 am — 1:00 pm
 
Saturday, September 10, 2016
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exam
Lehigh SE Concrete Lab
Atlanta, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm
 
Saturday, September 17, 2016
ACI Aggregate, Strength & Lab Tech Training
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
September 23, 2016
GA Chapter ACI Lunch Meeting
Paul Ramsburg
Technical Sales Specialist, Sika Admixtures
The History of Cement

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atlanta Perimeter Ravinia
11:30 am Registration
12:30-1:30 pm Lunch Meeting
Information & Registration at:
www.aci-ga.org

Saturday, September 24, 2016
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exam
ECS Southeast Lab
Savannah, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm
 
Important Note:  ACI Training & Exams are for
Pre-registered Persons Only.
**No walk up seating available**
For Information go to: www.aci-ga.org
 

2016 Georgia Chapter Officers:

President:
Wilbur Bragg, P.E. 
McVeigh & Magnum Engineers

Vice President:
Wayne Wilson, P.E. 
LafargeHolcim 

Secretary:
Nadia Groome
GRMCA

Treasurer:
Ralph Hodgins
Retired

Board of Directors:

Leif Owens
Wheeler Services

Bill O'Hora
Nova Engineering and Environmental

Tom Pfeifer, P.E.
Uzun & Case Engineers

Rick Tilson
Argos Ready Mix

Justin Lazenby
Thomas Concrete


Daniel Kuemmerle, P.E.  
KSU

Immediate Past President
Angela San Martin, P.E. 
Metromont Corporation

President's Message


Summer is almost here. It is time to plan vacations, long weekends, major gardening projects, and other stuff. 

Even though we are going to work every day, summer vacations from school have been engrained in our brains since childhood.  Please try to do something fun.

The Georgia Chapter ACI is about to take a break too from its monthly meetings. This doesn’t mean we aren’t doing anything. There will be a mid-summer issue of this newsletter to keep you informed. The Virgil D. Skipper Seminar will be held on June 30 and will include a tour of a quarry and a ready-mix concrete plant. We request you register by May 20 so the shuttle buses, food, etc. can be ordered. (I’m sure there will be a few spots for late registrants depending on how many buses are reserved.) 

The scholarship committee is currently planning the scholarship fund event for this fall: a clay pigeon shooting tournament.  Please start practicing now if you don’t want to be embarrassed during the tournament. And the workhorse of our group, the Certification Accreditation Board (CAB), is never idle. Please check the website for the schedule of ACI certification training and exams. Maybe you or your coworkers will consider taking an exam – or maybe let this sentence be a reminder for you to check your certification cards to see if you are due for a renewal.

Speaking of certifications, the May 20 monthly meeting topic is “New ACI Certification Programs, Now and the Future – 21 Certification Programs and Growing!” The meeting is a week earlier this month so we can fit into the speaker’s schedule.  Michael Morrison is ACI’s manager for Certification Program Development. He will speak about the recently added programs and pending programs for the next couple of years. Concrete and related materials are wonderful but complicated products.  The ACI Certification Program helps us verify that our projects get quality materials.

Now let’s see talk about your summer reading and homework assignments.  Hmm…okay. If you are not yet a member or are a past member who has not renewed yet, please visit our website for more information on how to start or to renew your membership. Please enjoy your issues of “Concrete International” and other concrete industry publications.

Wilbur C. Bragg, II
Georgia Chapter ACI, President
 

April Luncheon Recap 




We had a small but ruckus crowd for our April Meeting. Mr. Brian M. Killingsworth, PE, NRMCA's senior vice president, local paving based in San Antonio, TX gave us a run down on concrete paving overlays. He opened with brief summary and overview of the different types of overlays and what the primary differences were in bonded and unbounded pavements.

Brian talked about some of the inherent deterioration problems with flexible asphalt parking lots like rutting, shoving, raveling and potholes; and briefly mentioned the improvements and lighting safety benefits of a concrete overlay. He detailed how owners can transform a rutted asphalt surface into an attractive, functional parking area by covering it with a bonded concrete overlay. He discussed standard overlay thicknesses, typically 3-6 inches but may be as thin as 2 inches in certain situations. 

Surface preparation, type of equipment used, concrete mixtures, and pavement jointing were discussed.  A properly-designed concrete overlay will provide many years of low-maintenance service with most concrete overlays have an expected life cycle of 15-20 years, while some have lasted for as long as 30-40 years. The basic elements of assessing the existing asphalt parking lot, how to determine the appropriate thickness for the concrete overlay, how to identify important details to improve performance of the overlay, and touch on construction techniques were discussed.

Brian closed with a mention of NRMCA’s pavement and overlay design assistance service for those looking for help, he also mentioned NRMCA’s concrete parking lot information site on the web at www.concreteparking.org

As a bonus, everyone in attendance walked away with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center’s Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots. Georgia Chapter Vice-President Wayne Wilson closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their attendance and presenting Brian with his very own GA Chapter Speakers Cup.
 

Open letter for Women of the Year campaign from Past President Angela San Martin




Dear Partner,

Over the past 20 years, I have raised thousands of dollars while training for marathons with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team in Training program. I have not had the chance to run a marathon with TEAM in a couple of years but wanted to get involved again in fundraising. I was approached by a very good friend who nominated me for the Man & Woman of the Year campaign. I was excited, shocked, honored, and so many more things. This is a big deal and this is where you come in. My goal is huge and achievable with sponsors like you. My goal is $200,000. No, that is not a typo. I did mean to enter all of these 0’s! Last year’s event raised over $1 million with 14 candidates raising funds.

The Man & Woman of the Year campaign is a 10 week fundraising competition starting on March 31st with at least a dozen candidates “competing” to raise the most money by the final gala on June 11th when the winners will be announced. Along with my fellow candidates, I will honor our Girl of the Year, Norah, and Boy of the Year, Emory. These two cuties are another reason we need to keep raising funds to find a cure for blood cancers.

I have a very personal connection to LLS. In 2003, my high school track and cross country coach, Mr. Bill Jansen, lost his battle with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL). He was diagnosed in 2002 and I ran the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon in his honor. I was able to see him a couple of months after the race and he passed away 2 months after that. He made me a runner and I promised his wife, Margie, I would keep running and keep raising money for this cause until a cure was found.

LLS is the world’s largest voluntary health agency. Last year, 75% of the funds raised went to program services including research, patient and community service, public health education and professional education. The other 25% went to supporting services like fundraising. Things LLS does includes investing in blood cancer research (over $1 billion since 1949), providing support services to families at no cost, and advocating nationally and locally for legislation that will improve the quality of life for patients and their families. I have been involved with LLS since my first marathon in 1996 and I have personally seen what it does for people.

Your donation is completely tax deductible.  If you have a loved one that has leukemia, lymphoma or any type of cancer that you would like me to honor them please let me know.  Every dollar counts so to help raise additional money I will also be selling $20 raffle tickets, to win a 2015 Sportman 570 4-wheeler, at some of our upcoming meetings.

Information or if you would like to donate please visit my website to:
http://www.mwoy.org/pages/ga/atlanta16/asanmartin.

Thank you for all of your support.  It truly does mean the world to me.

Sincerely,
Angela San Martin, 2016 Woman of the Year Candidate
 

ACI Certification For UGA Engineering Students


ACI Examiner, Wayne Wilson and Supplemental Examiners Michael Legrand, Steven Maloof, Derek Brown and Donald Simmons went to Athens, GA last month to assist Dr. Stephen Durham administer the ACI Concrete Field Technician, Grade I exam to 39 UGA Engineering Students. Because of financial assistance offered by the Georgia Ready Mix Concrete Association, the exam was offered to each student as part of their Concrete Materials Class.



Dr. Durham hopes to make this a permanent part of the Engineering Education curriculum at UGA. The students were well versed in concrete basics and all seemed to have a good time, I know us "old fart" examiners did.
 

Concrete International Magazine Article 




This month in Concrete International…..
Reprinted from the May 2016 issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (www.concrete.org)


 
Could not make up my mind on this month’s article so count your lucky stars! I have included 2 articles this month, both discuss concrete durability issues, Chlorides and Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR) in Aggregate:
 
The Allowable Admixed Chloride Conundrum, ACI documents are shown to provide inconsistent limits on admixed chlorides in fresh concrete—corrective actions are discussed.
 
Suppressing Alkali-Silica Expansion, Engineered cementitious composites (ECCs) have been under development at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, over the last two decades. In contrast to conventional concrete, ECCs exhibit superior tensile ductility. The average crack width for ECCs is self-maintained to less than about 60 µm (0.002 in.) under imposed strains of up to several percent. The article reviews an experimental study on the alkali-silica reaction (ASR) suppression mechanism of ECCs in light of field experiences.
 

May Meeting 5/20/16

Be sure and join us on May 20, 2016 for a presentation by Michael Morrison, ACI Certification Development Manager on “New ACI Certification Programs, Now and the Future – 21 Certification Programs and Growing!” 

Click here to register today!
 
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