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Committee Chair Memo ASA Education Committee Knowledge is the key element to effecting change By Oscar Duckworth Well, here I am, getting comfortable at my challenges when a lack of knowledge from the building official new post as the ASA Education Commit- or inspector is either limiting the use of shotcrete or creating tee Chair. potential litigious situations. Currently, deputy (on-site) It has been a busy time for me. Although inspection personnel can be authorized to generate and sign off the goal of education has always been an shotcrete placement compliance, but may lack sufficient insight important component to the mission state - on acceptable placement procedures or shotcrete industry ment of the American Shotcrete Association, reference standards. recently, education and training have been Although an inspector may be thoroughly experienced in earmarked as key goals in the ASA Strategic Plan. the inspection of concrete work, it is necessary to have an Historically, the ASA Education Committee’s efforts have understanding of the specific elements of shotcreting, the been channeled through precertification Nozzleman education equipment used, terminology, and required procedures when sessions, on-site 1-hour seminars, and articles in Shotcrete using the shotcrete process. magazine as the primary tools of education. Upon completion of the program, inspectors should have: Through strong industry leadership from committed • A fundamental understanding of the wet- and dry-mix membership involvement, ASA has a new opportunity to shotcrete process; communicate critical knowledge with an important segment • Current knowledge of ACI reference material and other indus- of the shotcrete industry: the inspection community. try standards pertaining to acceptable shotcrete placement; Many of us are familiar • Industry­specific knowledge to determine if materials and with the common ritual of methods used by the crew meet shotcrete project specifica- “on-job educating” inspec - tions; and tion personnel. Currently, a • Sufficient insight to recognize satisfactory application general lack of inspector techniques, as well as actions which could lead to a poor- specific knowledge exists re­ quality product. garding shotcrete placement Profile of individuals who may benefit from this program: practices. Although inspector • Concrete Construction Inspectors or Transportation education and training pro - Construction Inspectors; grams are common in the • ACI Concrete Field Testing Technicians–Grade 1; concrete industry, no similar • Engineers or specifiers who desire or are required to program is currently available possess additional education to properly inspect shotcrete for shotcrete. operations on projects; and Through the diligent efforts • Building officials who desire further knowledge of accep­ of the members of the Edu - Due to the strong growth of table shotcrete placement methods. cation Committee Inspector shotcrete construction, our The ASA Inspector training program presents an overview Training Task Group, we are industry is experiencing an on placement techniques, finishing, curing, testing, equipment, completing the first-ever acute need for knowledgeable and safety as it relates to the building official or inspector. Shotcrete Inspector training on-site inspectors Attendance at this session may satisfy the mandatory education program. This comprehensive program has been in develop- session requirement for individuals wishing to pursue ment for nearly 5 years by a cross section of shotcrete industry certification through the proposed ACI Shotcrete Inspector experts, engineers, and educators. The proposed program Certification Program (currently a work in progress), or similar covers over 40 critical elements of shotcrete placement that program which may require an industry­specific education and on-site inspectors must know to properly evaluate and sign off training element. An ASA Inspector training document is the on acceptance documents. next phase of the inspector program. As previously stated, Due to the strong growth of shotcrete construction, our current reference materials are not specific to the inspection industry is experiencing an acute need for knowledgeable of shotcrete. This new document and the inspector training on­site inspectors. Contractors and specifiers frequently face program will fill this need. 4 Shotcrete • Spring 2015


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