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Executive Director Update contractor members and their crews. The meetings also had discussion on some alternative delivery formats for future education modules. Options included a series of “toolbox” meetings, a DVD, or online video. In our Strategic Plan we placed a high importance on outreach to groups outside of ASA who need to learn more about shotcrete. This year we’ve made significant inroads to working with the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of- Way Association (AREMA). We’ll be exhibiting at the annual AREMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, FL, August 28-31, 2016. Also, I’ve been meeting with the AREMA technical committee on concrete (Committee 8) at their periodic meetings to assist in updating the Manual for Railway Engineering to fully address shotcrete. We’ve also had active participation with the National Concrete Consortium (NCC). Their Spring meeting was held in Columbus, OH, in late April, and we made an hour-long presentation on shotcrete. The NCC includes members from 30 DOT organizations, the FHWA, as well as major associations such as PCA and NRMCA. We had great interest in the shotcrete presentation, and now have many contacts in DOTs across the country. Finally, we are closely evaluating our outreach to students. Traditionally, we have offered up to three $3000 scholarships to students entering graduate school with some expressed interest in shotcrete. Unfortunately, although a good program, the scholarships seem to have a very limited audience and exposure of shotcrete to the student community. As a result, we are evaluating how to best redirect our student outreach efforts. In the last year, we’ve made many presentations to student groups about shotcrete that give us enhanced visibility to more students entering the civil engineering or construction management fields. Based on my contacts with professors at many other schools, I expect we can increase our level of presentations this year. Last summer we made a presentation to the PCA Professor’s Workshop to let the civil engineering professors, who are interested in concrete, know more about shotcrete (and in many cases give them their first exposure to shotcrete). We also worked with ACI’s Construction Liaison Committee to present a shotcrete-related problem for the student teams to research and propose a solution (see more details in our Association News section). This competition went out to nearly 30 different schools with Civil Engineering or Construction programs, and involved teams of students actively researching (and thus learning) about shotcrete as an alternative to form-and-pour construction. Each team included four to eight students advised by a faculty member. The combination of increased presentations to schools and establishing an annual shotcrete student competition would certainly give us better exposure to many more students who will be entering the concrete construction industry, which would be better than our current exposure with the scholarship program. Finally, I want to thank all those ASA members who have given their time and effort to our committees and officer positions. As noted at the lead-in to this column, we’ve seen many new faces at the committee meetings and are open to anyone who has an interest in contributing to join one of our committees. With the increased focus on the Strategic Plan, we’ve certainly ramped up our activities, and active member participation is the key to getting our strategic goals realized and moving ASA forward. Shotcrete • Spring 2016 11


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