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ASA President’s Message Training and Certification: The Unintended Consequence The Vision of Shotcrete Certification Versus the Reality By Michael P. Cotter “The American Shotcrete Association (ASA) An “unintended consequence” of developing this certifi- was founded in 1998 ‘to have the shotcrete cation program seems to be that the ACI Nozzleman Certifi- process understood and used in every ben- cation requirement is sometimes replacing experience in eficial application’ (the Vision Statement) project specifications. A few years ago when I spoke to a and ‘to encourage and promote the safe and designer about this he said, “Mike, we don’t need experienced beneficial use of the shotcrete process.’ (the contractors—our new specification calls for an ACI Certified Mission Statement) Nozzleman. That’s all we need.” With this in mind, the discussion over the I ask you, ASA members: Does this seem right? I ask mat- importance of shotcrete nozzleman certification at the time, erial suppliers, contractors, engineers, designers, and equipment and the vehicle by which a certification program could be suppliers: Do you think this is right? delivered, was debated by industry members everywhere, and Shotcreting is hard work. I decided to become a better led to one of ASA’s first industry tasks. A shotcrete nozzleman nozzleman more than 38 years ago when I got sick of shoveling certification program was developed by ASA…” rebound from overhead shotcrete placement. I truly believe (from Shotcrete magazine, Winter 2008, “Shotcrete Nozzlemen: that there are no shortcuts! Shotcreting has, and always will ASA Trains—ACI Certifies,” by Jean-François Dufour) be, a team effort—from the gun man, rod man, and layout wireman to the finisher, hose dragger, and nozzleman. You can help the industry gain a better understanding of current trends. Please dig up your different specifications and send them to ASA. OnLine following are some goals ASA would like the TechnicalOn a different note, we’re pleased to be working with theASA Board to create the position of Technical Director. The Director to pursue: • Expand awareness of proper shotcrete practices; • Increase support to ASA members as a technical resource; • Assist with the implementation of an apprentice nozzleman and inspector training program by ASA; • Assist with the development and implementation of a con- tractors qualification program by ASA; • Reinforce the need to recertify nozzlemen who have left their sponsors’ employment; and • Help promote the inclusion of ASA-affiliated programs in specifications. Also, ASA will be meeting October 19, 2013, at the ACI Fall Convention in Phoenix, AZ. Please take the time to attend and participate. Our industry needs to stick together. You can refer to the schedule in this issue’s Association News or at www.shotcrete.org/pages/news-events/calendar.htm. All ASA members and subscribers now have access Finally, all of us at ASA would like to send our deepest to the NEW electronic version of Shotcrete magazine. A link to this e-magazine is sent as an item in the condolences to the families of Pete Tatnall, former President “What’s in the Mix” e-newsletter. To ensure that you of ASA, and Ed Brady, ASA Director. Both of these gentlemen receive access to all future issues of the electronic contributed greatly to the success of the ASA and both will be version of the magazine, send your e-mail infor- missed. ASA has a page dedicated to each of them in this edition mation to info@shotcrete.org. of Shotcrete magazine. 2 Shotcrete • Summer 2013


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