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Committee Chair Memo ASA Underground Committee By Axel Nitschke My name is Axel Nitschke and I’m the Chair I’m telling this little story of mine to highlight that not every- of the newly reorganized ASA Underground body is aware of the activities of ASA and some ASA members Committee. I’m also a fairly new member may be hesitant to become active within ASA. It is important to of ASA. My previous contact with ASA was spread the word and let your professional contacts know how very limited until one of our projects won much high-quality, hands-on information about shotcrete they can the Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards gain and how valuable the contacts made through ASA can be. last year and I attended the Outstanding One of the first acts as Committee Chair was to develop and Project Awards Banquet. I met a lot of col- define the mission statement of the underground committee. leagues whom I knew already from past underground projects, The mission statement of the underground committee is: but here they were all in one spot and I recognized the potential “To educate and promote the use and proper application of of ASA for myself and my company. I showed interest in shotcrete to the underground construction and mining industry.” actively participating in the Underground Committee and The mission statement sounds pretty straightforward, but I learned that the Underground Committee was inactive and that would like to discuss it in more detail. I spent my entire career the position of the Underground Committee Chair was vacant. working on underground projects in very different roles, such ASA asked me whether I would be interested in chairing the as a researcher, tunneling contractor, claim and risk manager, Underground Committee and I thankfully agreed. designer, consultant, and construction manager—to name just Make a difference, join an ASA Committee, help grow the industry! Interested? Contact us at info@shotcrete.org for details. Publications Education Membership Safety Marketing Pool & Recreational Underground Collaborate Participate Be part of the process Contribute Join Connect Be involved Team up Add value Grow professionally Share knowledge Network 4 Shotcrete • Fall 2015


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