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ASA President’s Message It’s the Dinosaur Again! By Michael P. Cotter, Outgoing ASA President The purpose of ASA is to continually crew—a well-trained crew—and an organization that does this improve, progress, and, in my opinion, protect for a living day-in and day-out, sun-up to sun-down. Engineers, the industry and legacy that we have been specifiers, and owners, remember: there is no specification handed down, so as not to go the way of the written—or certification—that ever makes up for experience! dinosaur extinction. Demand experience. It costs less in the end. This message is the first of many lasts. As Currently, within ASA, we have: my presidency draws to a close, so does my • An Inspector Training Program under development (thanks gunite/shotcrete career. Let me start by to Oscar Duckworth and task group members); saying thanks to all the old-timers who are no longer around • ASA Safety Guidelines, available soon to Corporate who taught me the trade. In 1973, they were probably 70 years Members; and old—old-timers who taught me to use good sand, more cement • The basis for ASA Contractors Qualification (thanks to (rather than less cement), and water, water, water for curing—“its Charles Hanskat and task group members). thirsty; let it drink.” After 40 years, there is pride in driving by my I’d like to thank all the members who have contributed to first jobs and seeing them still in service. Keep the basics in mind. these programs. It has taken input and dedication, along with As documents, guidelines, and specifications get more demanding attendance at many meetings by members at their own expense. and compliance gets heavy, remember: it comes down to the Finally, it’s the dinosaur saying “thank you” to my Executive Committee: Charles Hanskat, Marcus von der Hofen, Ted Sofis, and Joe Hutter. I appreciate all the time we’ve spent over the years and special thanks for all the time this year. I ask for your support and help for our incoming President Charles Hanskat and his group. Thank you to our ASA staff, Alice McComas and Mark Campo. Thank you to our Board of Directors, who made some tough calls this year in the best interest of the industry. Thanks to Patrick Bridger for selling me my first small wet-mix pump that would deliver shotcrete through a small-diameter hose on a consistent basis. Joe Hutter, thanks for the patience and help in developing a consistent prepackaged shotcrete to put through Allentown’s pump. And a special thank you to Cathy Burkert of American Concrete Restorations, Inc., for accepting the torch when it was passed. It’s been an honor to serve the industry and membership. P.S. Shotcreters, please show up at ASA meetings and get involved. If you are not members yet, join. It’s your industry to “serve and protect.” Please support our incoming President, Charles Hanskat, and Vice President, Marcus von der Hofen. Author’s Note: Carl Akeley, creator of the original “cement gun,” was working in taxidermy at the time. Commonly known for inventing shotcrete to create a dinosaur for the Field Columbian Museum in Chicago (now the Field Museum of Natural History), his story was previously told in a Shotcrete magazine article found here: www.shotcrete. org/media/Archive/2002Sum_Teichert.pdf. “Thank you to Carl Akeley for inventing shotcrete by shooting the dinosaur in Chicago, for it has given me an opportunity in life to exhibit a passion and meet wonderful people.” ~MPC 2 Shotcrete • Winter 2014


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