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October 2016: Issue 7

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Sunday-Wednesday, October 23-26, 2016
ACI International Fall Convention
Marriott, Philadelphia
Information & Registration at:
Thursday, October 27, 2016
1st Annual GA ACI Scholarship Fundraising Clay Shoot
Etowah Valley Sporting Clay Park
Dawsonville, GA

7:00 am Registration
9:00 am Shoot
Friday, October 28, 2016
GA Chapter ACI Lunch Meeting
Ryan Betz
Technical Services Engineer, Argos USA
Benefits of Slag Cement in Concrete

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atlanta Perimeter Ravinia
11:30 am Registration
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch Meeting

Saturday, November 5, 2016
ACI Field Tech Grade I & Strength Tech Training
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, November 12, 2016
ACI Field Tech, Grade I Certification Exam
Thomas Concrete Lab
Atlanta, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm
November 18, 2016
GA Chapter ACI Lunch Meeting
Tristan Al-Haddad
Artist Designer w/ Formations Studio
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atlanta Perimeter Ravinia
11:30 am Registration
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch Meeting
Saturday, December 3, 2016
ACI Field Tech Grade I & Strength Tech Training
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
8:00 am - 12:30 pm
Saturday, December 10, 2016
ACI Field Tech, Grade I & Strength Tech Certification Exams
TEC Services, Inc.
Lawrenceville, GA
7:30 am — 2:00 pm
December 16, 2016
GA Chapter ACI Lunch Meeting
Christmas Reception & New Officers Installation
Crowne Plaza Hotel, Atlanta Perimeter Ravinia
11:30 am Registration
12:00-1:30 pm Lunch Meeting
Important Note:  ACI Training & Exams are for
Pre-registered Persons Only.
**No walk up seating available**
For Information on any of our exams or events go to:

2016 Georgia Chapter Officers:

Wilbur Bragg, P.E. 
McVeigh & Magnum Engineers

Vice President:
Wayne Wilson, P.E. 

Nadia Groome

Ralph Hodgins

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.  

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

President's Message

Fall is here! I think Fall is my favorite season but don’t know why. (Of course, at the beginning of Spring I usually say Spring is my favorite season.) 

It’s not the fall colors because springtime flowers are more colorful. I love the cooler temperatures, but here in the South warm temperatures hang around until Thanksgiving. I like getting to stop mowing and like the crunchy sounds of fallen leaves when you walk on them. 

Maybe I like Fall because of football. I’m not a fanatic and am usually happy to just hear the scores and see some highlights. I think I like football because of its sense of community. All across the USA everyone is watching high school football on Fridays, college football on Saturdays, and professional football on Sundays. Football seems to bring everyone together because it is a common conversation topic everywhere, more so when you add Fantasy Football to it.  (And I wouldn’t mind getting a football stadium to design.)

High school and college football hopefully makes you think about education. The September/October 2016 issue of “Engineering Georgia” magazine’s theme is Workforce and Education. The cover features 4 students from 4 Georgia engineering colleges:  UGA, Georgia Tech, Kennesaw State, and Georgia Southern.  These colleges – and many more across the country – are the primary sources of our industry’s future employees and leaders. 

The magazine has articles about educating, hiring, retaining, and training the workforce. The Georgia Chapter ACI helps in the education portion at 2 of these colleges. We have had a student chapter at Southern Poly (now KSU) for a long time, and the Certification Accreditation Board offers the Concrete Field Tech – Grade I training and examination to UGA’s concrete class each semester.

The Georgia Chapter ACI also helps in education by offering 2 scholarships per year. These scholarships are the Robert H Kuhlman Scholarship ($5000) and the LaGrit F. “Sam” Morris Scholarship ($2500). To help raise money for these scholarships, we hope you will participate in the GA Chapter ACI 1st Annual Scholarship Fund Clay Shoot on Thursday, October 27 at the Etowah Valley Sporting Clay Park in Dawsonville, GA; registration starts at 7:30 a.m. You can register to be a shooter, and there are several sponsorship opportunities. Please see elsewhere in this newsletter and/or the web site for registration details.

The Georgia Chapter ACI had an entertaining speaker and topic for the September meeting. Paul Ramsburg of Sika Admixtures spoke on “Concrete – A History of Materials, Methods, and Workmanship.” Paul promised no charts or formulas in the presentation as he gave a concise history of concrete. (I didn’t know Thomas Edison was a concrete guy.) Please see Wayne Wilson’s report for the meeting elsewhere in this newsletter.

The Georgia Chapter ACI hopes you will attend the October 28 membership meeting.  The topic, “Benefits of Slag Cement in Concrete,” will be given by Ryan Betz of Argos Cement.  Please see elsewhere in this newsletter and/or the web site for the topic description and registration information.  You can see other planned events too.

Fall also means it is time to start compiling your project packages for the upcoming Dan R. Brown ACI Awards Program (submission details soon).  Everyone I know has said he/she has been very busy over the past year. I hope this means there will be many project submissions. The awards program allows everyone to come together to celebrate our favorite construction material – concrete.

Wilbur C. Bragg, II
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

September Luncheon Recap

We had a nice crowd for our first meeting after the long summer break! Sika Corp Technical Sales Representative, Paul Ramsburg gave us a most entertaining look at the History of Concrete. View the entire presentation here. Some highlights that caught my ear were:
  • There has been evidence of concrete like materials being used by Nabataea and Bedouin traders in southern Syria and northern Jordon going back as far as 6500 BC!
  • Ancient civilizations from Egypt to the Roman Empire used concrete to construct their cities, including the Rome Pantheon, which is still the largest unreinforced concrete dome in the world.
  • Joseph Aspdin first patented what we know today as Portland Cement in 1824; it was named after Portland Stone, a gray quarried stone from England, which was considered the most prominent building material of the time.
  • Portland Cement was manufactured in controlled burn batches in bee hive kilns until Thomas Edison patented the rotary kiln in 1911. The rotary kiln made Portland Cement widely available and plentiful; the Portland Cement Association was created shortly after to promote the use of Portland Cement and Concrete.
  • Some early uses on concrete included, homes, music boxes, pianos and even ships.
  • The first ready mix truck for on-site delivery was first used in 1913.
  • The first ACI President, Duff Abrams, defined many early concrete concepts like fineness modulus, w/c ratio, absolute volume mix designs and early test methods for concrete workability in 1917.
  • Lynn Mason Scofield first founded a company to promote and produce colored concrete in 1915.
  • Concrete today is the most widely used versatile building material in the world..
Vice President, Wayne Wilson closed the meeting by thanking everyone for their attendance and making the speaker’s cup presentation.

Concrete International Magazine Article 

This month in Concrete International…..
Reprinted from the October 2016 issue of Concrete International with permission from American Concrete Institute (

This article brought back some very old, repressed memories, of PT Cable Inspection and stress monitoring back in the day at ATEC J.
Inspection of Unbonded Post-Tensioning Tendons for Building Structures, Current building codes require unbonded tendons to be fully encapsulated to provide improved corrosion resistance. To minimize construction problems, ensure design compliance, and eliminate or minimize failure mechanisms and tendon placement issues, all unbonded tendons have to be inspected. Tendon handling and placement considerations, concrete blowouts, corrosion-induced failures, and personnel qualifications are covered.

October Meeting 10/27/16

Be sure and join us on October 27, 2016 for a presentation by Ryan Betz on "The Benefits of Slag Cement in Concrete." 

Click here to register today!

1st Annual Scholarship Fund Clay Shoot


This will be the first ever shooting event in the Chapter’s history! Join us Thursday, October 27 for a sporting clay shoot to raise money for the scholarship fund.

You do not need to own a firearm to participate, the cost of gun rental is included in the registration price! 

Date: 10/27/16

Registration--7:30 a.m. 
Shotgun Start--9:00 a.m. 

Etowah Valley Sporting Clay Park
          619 Sporting Hill Drive
          Dawsonville, GA 30534

Cost:  $125 per shooter
  • Includes firearm rental, 100clays at over 14 stations, golf cart, and lunch! 
  • Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place teams! 

RSVP: Register online here! 
Please register by October 19th.
Space will be limited to 56 entries, so make sure to sign up before space runs out! You may register as a team of four in the registration form.

Sponsorship will also be available for each stand as well as a $250 sponsorship for lunch. 

- $350 full stand
- $175 half stand

Click here to view the event flyer. 

If you have any questions, please contact Nadia Groome at or (770) 714-9404.
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