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ASA President’s Message Major Accomplishments By Marcus H. von der Hofen Wow, another year goes into the books. I would like to thank all the people actively participating in ASA. We have a great deal on our plate, and that will take a lot of work by our leadership, our members, and our staff. But, in accomplishing these new goals we’ve established in our strategic plan, we will move ASA and the acceptance of shotcrete to a much higher level. As we turn the page to the New Year, we have had some major accomplishments. • The Association, again thanks to its members, enjoyed another year of growth and is poised for continued success. • The combined Executive Director/Technical Director position marks its first year as a successful one. Past ASA President Charles Hanskat stepped into the role and in a short period of time has made this new position a real success for the Association. • Our Strategic Plan, thanks to Scott Rand taking command of the Strategic Plan Task group, has, with the Committee Chairs, been prioritized and distributed to the committee members in a focused trackable format that should yield great results. • The Association has, thanks to new membership, reestablished a presence in the underground arena, along with reinstating the Underground Committee with Axel Nitschke of Shannon & Wilson as its Chair. • As ASA explores becoming more involved in Code and standard development to directly address shotcrete as well as identifying and helping fund key research, the Board approved establishment of a new Technical Committee, chaired by John Zhang. The Technical Committee will also help to reinforce efforts by our Technical Director to reach out and inform more specifiers, professors, and students of the benefits of shotcrete. • We’ve made shotcrete presentations to both civil engineering professors and students. We feel that exposing the engineering and construction management students to shotcrete early is an opportunity to let them see the creative, economical, and sustainable aspects that shotcrete placement provides. • The Association participated in providing a problem statement and judges for a university student competition that evaluated shotcrete as an alternative to form-and-pour construction. Over 20 schools participated with teams of students working on evaluating and making recommendations for the comparison. Again, when we expose the students who will soon be entering the concrete construction world, we give them a perspective on shotcrete that most current concrete curriculums don’t provide. With these accomplishments and others, we also welcome this New Year with a new look—a rebranding of ASA. We’ve researched, refined, and adopted a new logo and a comprehensive set of graphic elements to make our visual statement online, in print, or on our logo wear consistent and readily identifiable. The rebranding helps to signify and celebrate the success of our Association and the strength of the shotcrete industry. I step away from my tenure as President knowing that the group is in solid hands with the incoming President, our Executive Committee, Board of Directors, Committee Chairs, and our active committees. Thanks again for your support and I am honored to have had the opportunity to serve you as President this past year. 2 Shotcrete • Winter 2016


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