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Executive Director Update Spring Has Sprung— New Programs and Activities at ASA By Charles Hanskat, PE, ASA Executive Director We saw many new faces at our Spring 2016 Committee and Board meetings held in Milwaukee, WI, on April 16. Our committees have demonstrated a renewed vitality, with several exciting programs close to being finalized by our Board. We’ve got a revised version of the Shotcrete Inspector education seminar ready for Board review and approval. This is a full-day seminar geared toward educating inspectors, engineers, architects, and owners on the benefits and proper application of shotcrete. Using a full-day format allows us to cover shotcrete in much more detail than afforded in our 1-hour on-site seminars. The seminar covers the history, typical applications, materials, mixture design, equipment, proper shooting techniques, curing, and the various technical documents such as ACI 506R, “Guide to Shotcrete,” and ACI 506.2, “Specification for Shotcrete.” We reviewed an updated draft of a Shotcrete Contractor Qualification program. This program is a straightforward program that helps to establish a shotcrete contractor’s qualifications by review of the contractor’s work, by ASA experts with extensive experience in successful shotcrete work. This qualification program provides a distinct service to the industry and lets ASA do the heavy lifting for the specifier in evaluating qualifications of a contractor based on past performance. The Board established a new standing committee, the Contractors Qualification Committee, to refine the proposed program and to handle the implementation. We’ve reached a point where the 1-day format for our committees has become unwieldy. Although web meetings have been ramping up with committee and task groups, it is still important to have our face-to-face meetings. With nine standing committees, plus Board and Executive Committee meetings, even starting at 7:00 a.m. and running until 6:00 p.m. doesn’t allow all our committee meetings to run sequentially. As a result, a task group was assigned to review potential committee meeting formats and make recommendations to the Board for possible changes to increase our efficiency and effectiveness at the committee meetings. Also, the Education and Safety Committees have joined together to develop a new safety-oriented education program. It’s intended that this program will be directed toward our Collaborate Add value Participate Be part of the process Be involved Contribute Network Grow professionally Team up Join Connect Make a difference, join an ASA Committee, help grow the industry! Interested? Contact us at info@shotcrete.org for details. 10 Shotcrete • Spring 2016


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