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March Newsletter

March 2014: Issue 2

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Upcoming Events

March Luncheon/Meeting

Concrete Special Inspector Training

Field Tech Grade I Training

Field Tech Grade I Exam

April Luncheon/Meeting

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

Spring is approaching and our crazy winter will soon be behind us.  Let’s hope our spring weather will be normal, whatever that is. With spring comes renewal.  I believe our industry is undergoing a renewal of sorts.  Owners, Designers, Contractors and Suppliers are leaner and more efficient than they were during the boom years.  We will face new challenges but these will result in new innovation.  

The continual innovation in concrete design and construction has always amazed me.  I heard many times that concrete is a simple but complicated building material.  This may sound like an oxymoron but there is truth in this statement.  Concrete can be used by a homeowner that wants a sound floor for his new shed and can also be used in the construction of an architectural marvel.  On the surface, concrete properties are simple and predictable but as we dig deeper we see an amazing complexity. The predictability of concrete makes a simple building material that is easy to use.  The complexity makes concrete a versatile building material.  Together these characteristics make a product that is never boring and promotes innovation.  

The recent Dan R. Brown Awards Banquet had many examples of innovation.  I would like to thank Steven Maloof, Derek Brown, Elizabeth Harwood and other volunteers for the many hours they devoted to make this banquet a success.  Our awards program will be an example for the American Concrete Institute’s Inaugural 2015 International Project Awards program.   I hope you will join us at our luncheon on March 28 2014. Our speaker will be Peter Finsen and he will discuss developments at the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, their current high performance precast campaign, and a few illustrative case studies.

Thank you,

Vance Robinson
Georgia Chapter ACI, President

Awards Banquet

Thank you to all of this year's banquet attendees and sponsors; the event would not have been possible without you. Also, congratulations to this year's award winners! You can view the complete list of award winning projects on ACI's website.

The Awards Banquet was well-attended, especially considering we had to reschedule due to weather, and a nice time was had by all. We were fortunate enough to have ACI National President Anne Ellis join us for the evening. 

The photographer for the evening has informed us that she will have pictures up on her website, available for order, early next week. We will pass on that information as soon as we have it. 

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.  

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. 

SPSU Battering Ram Competition

SPSU hosting 4th Annual Battering Ram Competition on 4/16/14

Southern Poly students will be participating in the 4th Annual Battering Ram Competition on April 16th! Free food and drink will be provided for the occasion. Please contact Wasim Barham if you are interested in sponsoring or to find out more information. We hope to see you there!

Battering Ram Competition Flyer

February Meeting Recap

Did you miss the February Meeting? Details below

We had close to 30 members for our February Lunch Meeting.  Kurt Heinrichs, PE, Facilities and Forensics Business Unit Leader with NOVA Engineering and Environmental gave us a presentation using Engineering Evaluation Tools to determine “What Caused The Cracks”.  

Click to read a meeting recap. 

If you would like a copy of the slide deck, please email Elizabeth Harwood at  

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... 

ACI Unveils New Logo

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

This month’s article, ACI Unveils New Logo and “Always advancing” Tagline, was chosen to build on our keynote speaker’s comments, ACI President Anne Ellis, made at this year’s Dan R. Brown Awards Banquet earlier this month….


ACI March Meeting Notice

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

Date: Friday, March 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!
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