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Staff Editorial ASA Pays it Forward by Sponsoring Shotcrete presidents, officers, committee chairs, and examiners. It goes without saying that this course is expected to provide an Research and Education Initiatives excellent opportunity to meet and learn from the leading In preparing ASA’s annual budget for 2014, then-President professionals in today’s shotcrete industry. Michael Cotter asked the Board of Direction to set aside funds Please visit the Association News feature in this issue on that would be used to support projects of significant impor- page 58 for further details on these ASA-sponsored research tance to the shotcrete industry. Providing financial support and education initiatives. to projects of strategic importance dem- onstrates the steadfast commitment by the current leadership of ASA to give back to the shotcrete industry and to promote the industry though research and educa- tion. Following are two recent examples of such commitment to shotcrete research and education that have benefitted from the generosity and support of ASA. Comparative Evaluation of the Transport Properties of Shotcrete ASA has provided generous support to a research project by LZhang Con- sulting & Testing Ltd. that compares the transport properties (that is, durability and service life) of concrete placed by the shotcrete method versus “traditional” cast-in-place concrete. One of the most difficult challenges facing the shotcrete industry has been to prove the durability and reliability of shotcrete as the preferred placement method for many types of concrete con- struction. This research intends to address those challenges specifically, answering the concerns of many specifiers who may not fully understand the performance, cost, and sustainability advantages of shotcrete. Results from this research are expected to outline those benefits in quan- tifiable terms. Colorado School of Mines Shotcrete 3-Day Course ASA is also a proud sponsor of a shotcrete “short course” being offered at the Colorado School of Mines on Sep- tember 3-5, 2014. This course will offer a comprehensive look at effective and sustainable shotcrete applications, and is intended for all parties involved in the design and implementation of all types of shotcrete projects. Take just a quick glance at the course agenda and you will see that at least half of the presenters are notable ASA mem- bers, including current and former ASA Shotcrete • Summer 2014 7


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