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Committee Chair Memo ASA education committee By Raymond Schallom III It has been awhile since I last reported to program. We all know that one person, especially the nozzleman, ASA’s members on the Education Commit- is not responsible for the contract or the job after it is completed. tee’s current activities. I am sad to say we In an effort to move this important initiative forward, ASA has set lost our Vice Chairman unexpectedly this up a Task Group to write up the criteria for a Qualified Contractor. year. The offer goes out to our membership For those who may have forgotten, ASA’s Education/Certification or committee for anyone willing to become Committee spent countless hours writing up the criteria for the the next Vice Chair. The ASA Education Examiners and nozzleman and the education material for the Committee meets at least twice a year in nozzleman, while starting and implementing the Nozzleman conjunction with the American Concrete Institute’s (ACI's) Certification Program before ACI became the governing body and spring and fall conventions. All are invited to attend and become ASA the National Sponsoring group in 2001. ASA is making involved in this important ASA function. progress with the criteria/guidelines for implementing the Con- The Education Committee has been working hard to update tractor Qualification Program. This is the time for ASA’s members the education modules for the ACI Nozzleman Certification Pro- to get involved and share their thoughts and ideas to help the gram. Leading this effort, Oscar Duckworth and his team—Ed Education Committee members draft up an outline, criteria, and Brady (deceased), Marc Jolin, Neil McAskill, and Dudley R. the actual Qualification Program. (Rusty) Morgan—have been working diligently to update and As I stated earlier, the Education Committee members, some improve the ASA education modules to include the most current of whom have been active since the startup of ASA, deserve a construction practices and technology. Work with the Pool and big round of applause for sharing their wisdom and valuable Recreational Shotcrete Committee is also ongoing to create a pool time putting together educational materials over the years. This module that could perhaps be used in conjunction with the educa- core group has volunteered countless hours to update or create tion module during an ACI Nozzleman Certification session or as new educational material with the intention of making a differ- a standalone education module for the pool industry. ence in the industry. The Education Committee currently lists Another subcommittee has worked hard to put together a 16 members and one Chair. Considering all the initiatives this module for the Inspectors Certification Program for shotcrete. group has undertaken and hopes to undertake, we can always It has been a long uphill battle to convince our membership use more volunteers and new committee members that would and ACI that this program is necessary. Great job by our Edu- bring fresh ideas and help lighten the current workload. This is cation Subcommittee whose hard work and dedication is your chance to have a say in the current educational material or making this possible. A thank-you goes out to the subcommittee the new Contractor Qualification Program by sharing your responsible for putting it all together: Dan Millette and Oscar knowledge and work experience. Your input is always welcome; Duckworth (Co-Chairs), Ed Brady (deceased), Michael Cotter, having fresh ideas is what keeps this committee current with Ryan Poole, Ted Sofis, Marcus von der Hofen, Lihe (John) industry changes around the world. ASA is also collecting shot- Zhang, Bill Drakeley, Ron Lacher, and Curt White. crete specifications from all types of shotcrete projects around Regarding our current President Michael Cotter’s efforts on the world for wet and dry applications. We ultimately hope to the Contractor Qualification program, the Education Committee have a reference tool available on the website for every member, had started work on such a program before. Specifications along with contractors, engineers, owners, and municipalities requiring that contractors only needed to have a certified who need help in writing their own specification—including nozzleman on the job were not the intention of the certification how to specify a qualified shotcrete team. ASA education committee Raymond Schallom III, Chair | RCS Consulting & Construction Co. Inc. Paul Ampey | Prestige Ron Lacher | Pool Engineering, Inc. Lars Balck | The Crom Corporation Dan Millette | The Euclid Chemical Company Michael Cotter | American Underground Engineering Dudley R. (Rusty) Morgan | Consultant Oscar Duckworth | Valley Concrete Services Ryan Poole | DOMTEC International LLC Roberto Guardia | Shannon & Wilson Inc. Andrea Scott | Hydro Arch Charles Hanskat | Hanskat Consulting Group, LLC Ted Sofis | Sofis Company, Inc. Warren Harrison | WLH Construction Company Marcus von der Hofen | Coastal Gunite Marc Jolin | Laval University Lihe (John) Zhang | LZhang Consulting & Testing Ltd. 4 Shotcrete • Fall 2013


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