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2012 ASA President’s Award ttion that has made exceptional contributions become a sponsoring group for the American-shotcrete equipment for both dry and wet processes. This investment has allowed Laval to-he ASA President’s Award was establishedin 2005 to recognize the person or organiza to the shotcrete industry. It is the sole responsi- Concrete Institute (ACI) Nozzleman Certification bility of the current ASA President to select the Program and conduct certification sessions in both recipient of this award. French and English for contractors in Quebec. Since 2006, six well-deserving individuals The results of their research efforts extend were awarded the President’s Award, all of whom beyond the borders of North America. Interna- dedicated their time and energy to advance the tionally recognized research projects have shotcrete industry. While there are many other resulted in over 15 graduate students com- individuals who warrant consideration as this pleting a master’s program on shotcrete-related year’s recipient, ASA President Joe Hutter elected, studies and two who have completed a PhD for the first time, to recognize an organization as while conducting shotcrete research. In many the winner of the 2012 President’s Award. cases, the results of this research have improved This year, the ASA President’s Award was the plastic and hardened properties of shotcrete presented to Quebec City’s Université Laval in and have been adopted in the specifications of recognition of the many years of research and many of North America’s best-known speci- development that this institution has dedicated to fying authorities. shotcrete materials and processes. In 1992, Uni- Université Laval’s contribution to the shot- versité Laval became a founding member of The crete industry can be measured not only by their Inter-University Research Center on Concrete research but also by the quality of graduates they (an industrial Chair funded by several concrete continually provide our members. Many Laval industry partners and the Canadian government) graduates continue to work in the shotcrete and helped lead much of the shotcrete research industry today—some participating on ASA undertaken by the Chair. committees and others who have participated on Today, Université Laval is one of North and Chaired ACI (shotcrete) committees. Con- America’s only universities with a fully opera- gratulations to Université Laval on their contri- tional shotcrete research lab set up with real-scale bution to our industry and continued success! Shotcrete • Winter 2013 55


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