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Committee Chair Memo ASA Underground committee By Dan Millette This is an exciting time for the ASA Under- mechanical and hand applications, there is much missing in ground Committee, as this group is both regards to the mechanical applications. undertaking new tasks and restructuring At the Underground Committee meeting in Toronto, ON, others, all designed to accomplish our mis- Canada, this fall, it was decided that the modules should be sion to explore and promote underground expanded to include robotic application methods. The committee issues within the shotcrete industry. has formed a task group to address the required additional infor- Hopefully you have noticed and are mation. The task group is Chaired by Lihe “John” Zhang and enjoying the new feature in Shotcrete includes Georg Nickel, Raymond Schallom III, Patrick Bridger, magazine titled “Goin’ Underground.” This regular feature and myself. Once this task group completes its work, the entire presents news and insights into the issues, challenges, and committee will work to update and revise a new ASA Under- opportunities surrounding shotcrete in this very important ground Education program that will truly serve the shotcrete market segment. ASA’s Underground Committee works educational needs of the underground industry. closely with the ASA Publications Committee at their regular The ultimate goal of the ASA Underground Education meetings to identify issues of interest and secure expert authors Program is to serve the industry by delivering a strong resource to address them. that will supplement the training programs of underground- Another focus of the Underground Committee has been the focused companies, as well as educational institutions, such implementation and promotion of ASA’s underground educa- as colleges and universities, which offer underground edu- tion program for the mining and tunneling industries. To date, cation courses. this program has not been successful in serving the underground About a year ago, the ASA Underground Committee meeting industry. A recent review of the program by the committee time was moved from a Tuesday evening time slot during noted the following insights. The ASA Underground Educa- ACI conventions to an earlier Saturday time slot to meet in tional Modules are based on the same modules used in the ASA conjunction with all of the other ASA committee meetings. As education program for ACI nozzleman certification. As a result, a result, the attendance at these meetings has increased sig- the current underground education program only deals with nificantly. Anyone with an interest in shotcrete and the under- hand nozzling. Most mining and tunneling operations today, ground industry is welcome to attend this biannual meeting, probably at least 80% in these industries, use some level of with the next meeting scheduled for Saturday, April 13, 2013, robotic or mechanical means of nozzle manipulation. Although in Minneapolis, MN. I hope you will consider participating in much of the principles of shotcrete remain the same for both this very important area of ASA. ASA Underground committeee Dan Millette, Chair | The Euclid Chemical Company Mike Ballou | CTS Cement Manufacturing Corporation Nicholas Mitchell | Fibercon International Inc. Raul Bracamonte | Soluciones Tecnicas y Profesionales Dudley R. (Rusty) Morgan | Consultant a dra S.A. de C.V. Michael Rispin | Normet Americas Edwin Brady | Edwin Brady Construction Company, Inc. Raymond Schallom III | RCS Consulting & Patrick Bridger | Putzmeister Shotcrete Technology Construction Co., Inc. William Drakeley | Drakeley Industries Peter Tatnall | Consultant Oscar Duckworth | Valley Concrete Services Marcus H. von der Hofen | Coastal Gunite Kristian Loevile | Shotcrete Technologies Inc. Lihe “John” Zhang | LZhang Consulting & Testing Ltd. 4 Shotcrete • Winter 2013


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