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Committee Chair Memo ASA Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Committee By William T. Drakeley The continued goal of the Pool & Recreational installation standards. It seems that the operating premise of Shotcrete Committee is to provide basic “quantity over quality” still prevails in some high-volume education to entrants to the pool industry, as shooters, particularly with regard to cement-aggregate ratios, well as to promote continued education water-cementitious material ratios, rebound control, and related to pool shotcrete applications with minimum acceptable strength values (4000 psi 28 MPa). increasingly high standards for industry Until all members of the pool shotcrete industry adhere to veterans. This mission is aligned with the proper procedures, the pool industry will not be clear of the founding purpose of the ASA as a whole. black eye that is its damaged reputation due to substandard I have had the opportunity to travel the country, teaching construction practices. We as pool contractors must demand seminars and coaching shotcrete contractors. I have been higher standards of our colleagues—the same standards that amazed at the warm reception that the pool industry has shown our clients demand of us. I am happy to report that support for to ASA as a beneficial resource of technically sound, accessible the standard-setting function of ASA remains high, and that its information. On the whole, small- to medium-sized contractors membership regularly requests updated guidelines for the are demonstrating a desire to improve their product. Neverthe- newest techniques. The Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Com- less, there are some larger contractors who are reticent to change mittee is currently developing two new position papers dealing their practices, regardless of potential conflict with proper with watertight pool shotcrete and non-cold-joint applications, respectively. I look forward to sharing them with you as they become available. ASA Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Committee William T. Drakeley, Chair | Drakeley Industries Joey Bell | Active Minerals International Chris Marston | Airplaco Equipment Company Jonathan Dongell | Pebble Technologies Tom Norman | Airplaco Equipment Company Oscar Duckworth | Valley Concrete Services Raymond Schallom III | RCS Consulting & Construction Co Inc. Mason Guarino | South Shore Gunite Pools & Spas Inc. James Scott | Group Works LLC Marc Jolin | Laval University Marcus H. von der Hofen | Coastal Gunite Ron Lacher | Pool Engineering Inc. Lihe (John) Zhang | LZhang Consulting & Testing Ltd. 6 Shotcrete • Fall 2014


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