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 February 2014: Issue 1

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Upcoming Events

February Luncheon/Meeting

ConAg Expo

ACI Awards Banquet

Field Tech Grade I Training

CEFGA Career Expo

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


Gary Knight
Lehigh Cement


Immediate Past President
George Harrison

President's Message

As I write this it is currently 70o F outside.  It is hard to believe a few weeks ago most of the southeast was shut down by a few inches of ice that resulted in the Great Atlanta Traffic Jam.  What is amazing to me is that if this happened just a few hundred miles to the north; this would have just been another winter day.  Humans are very adaptable and with experience can adapt to most any environment.  This made me think of concrete and how it is an adaptable building material.  

A form of concrete was used to build the Roman aqueducts over 2000 years ago.  Today concrete is still used in the construction of massive wind farms, nuclear power plants and particle accelerators.  Concrete has stood the test of time.  Everywhere we look we can see concrete construction.  Concrete is used for runways in Iceland and for structures built on permafrost in Prudhoe Bay.  This same material has been used to raise a city out of a desert in Dubai.  You can even snow ski in Dubai because of concrete.
Even the source materials of concrete are adaptable.  Sands we might never use here Georgia are used to construct concrete homes in jungles.  The granite we all know and love would be a hated concrete material in other areas due to its high water demand.  If we ever build a structure on the moon I am sure a form of concrete with lunar aggregates will be used.  We are lucky to have such an adaptable material to work with. 

I hope my concrete analogies do not bore you.  After 30 years of working with this simple but amazing product I am use to the groans of my family as a normal everyday discussion turns to a discussion about concrete.   I hope to see you at our luncheon on February 28 to hear Kurt Heinrichs discuss the latest in Forensic Engineering.  Also, remember that the 2013 Dan R. Brown Awards Banquet that was postponed due to the Great Atlanta Traffic Jam will be held March 6, 2014. 


Thank you,

Vance Robinson
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

CCSI Exam on 5/3/14

Concrete Construction Special Inspector is a person qualified to inspect and record the results of concrete construction inspection based on codes and job specifications. The ACI Certification Program covers inspection during pre-placement, placement, and post-placement operations.  To be certified an examinee must pass a 3 Hour, 80 question (Open Book) proficiency exam, pass a 1 Hour 20 question plan reading exam, hold a current ACI Grade I Field Tech Certification and have a minimum amount of practical education and/or experience.  We have a certification training class and exam upcoming, see attached for details. 

Dan R. Brown ACI Awards Banquet

The Banquet has been rescheduled for March 6th!

Held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia, join us as we celebrate achievements in the concrete industry. 

Register to Attend.

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... 

Early Age Shrinkage Behavior of Portland Limestone Cement

This article is reprinted from the February 2014 issue of Concrete International with permission from the American Concrete Institute (

This month’s article, Early-Age Shrinkage Behavior of Portland Limestone Cement, summarizes the results of a study on the shrinkage behavior of an ordinary portland cement (OPC), a portland-limestone cement (PLC), and a PLC-Slag cement. The results show that the OPC, PLC, and PLC-Slag systems have similar early-age shrinkage, stress development, and cracking behavior, despite the higher fineness of the PLC. …...

ACI February Meeting Notice

Join us on Friday, Feb 28, 2013 for a presentation on Engineering Evaluation Tools

Date: Friday, Feb 28th
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; $20 sponsorship option

Click here to register!

GC&PA Gun Raffle

Ticket sales end on March 1! 

There's still time to buy a ticket in GC&PA's gun raffle! We are now offering a "two for one" deal; for every one ticket purchased you will receive an additional ticket for free. Tickets just $100. For more raffle details, click here! 
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