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Association News Spring ASA Board and Committee Meetings ASA held its Spring 2016 Committee Meetings in Milwaukee, WI, on April 15 and 16. Our Executive Committee met Friday evening and Saturday meetings included our Underground, Pool and Recreational Shotcrete, Education, Safety, Marketing, Publications, and Membership Committees, wrapping up with our Board of Directors meeting. We have seen a renewed interest in members participating in our committees and had nearly 30 ASA members participating in the various meetings in Milwaukee. Vice President Scott Rand worked with each committee on implementation of ASA’s Strategic Plan and as a result has helped each committee focus on their highestpriority activities (refer to Scott’s article on our Strategic Plan on page 6 of this issue). Significant actions at the meetings included: • Welcoming Cathy Burkert as the newly assigned Chair of the Membership Committee, while thanking Tom Norman for his years of service as Chair; • Reviewing a draft of the proposed Contractor Qualification Program and establishing a standing committee, chaired by Chris Zynda, to finalize development and implementation of the program; • Reporting on great progress toward updating our on-site seminars, with a great upswing in the number of sessions we’ve given to engineers, architects, and students across the country; • Reporting on the increase in presenting to various DOTs and transportation consortiums on the value proposition of shotcrete in highway projects; • Reviewing the updated Shotcrete Inspector education program that will be balloted by the Board for final approval this Spring; • Assigning Membership and Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Committees to follow up on contacts made at the International Pool and Spa show, as well as World of Concrete; • Establishing two task groups: one to refine our ASA policy on some types of nozzleman certification sessions and another to consider our ASA Committee meeting format and develop recommendations to make our committee meetings more effective and efficient; • Noting both Education and Safety Committees are working together on a new safety-oriented education program, and discussing some alternative delivery formats for future education modules; and • Approving a new trade show and exhibit summary report recommended by the Marketing Committee. All in all, it was an extremely busy and productive day of ASA committee meetings. Many of the committee members met for a group dinner at the nearby Capital Grille on Saturday evening, where all could relax and network. The following Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday had many of our ASA members participating in ACI certification and technical committees, including ACI Committees 506, Shotcreting; C660, Shotcrete Nozzleman; and ACI Subcommittee C601-I, Shotcrete Inspector. ASA Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards At our 2016 Annual Banquet, we presented the Outstanding Shotcrete Project awards. In addition to receiving their awards and making short presentations at the annual ASA Banquet in conjunction with World of Concrete, the winners were also highlighted in the Winter 2016 issue of Shotcrete magazine. Now’s the time for you to submit your project(s) for consideration in next year’s awards. ASA’s annual shotcrete project awards provide real-world applications of the exceptional advantages of placing concrete through the shotcrete process. This is a great marketing tool for your company and the great work you do. Our categories include: • Architecture | New Construction; • Infrastructure; • International Projects; • Pool & Recreational; • Rehabilitation & Repair; and • Underground. We’ve made the online submittal process as straightforward as possible. You can find the Official Entry Form as well as additional background information on our website at http:// shotcrete.org/pages/membership/project-awards.htm. You need to be in it to win it! ACI 2015-2016 Concrete Construction Competition Based on a Common Shotcrete Evaluation A student team from the Department of Engineering Technology and Construction Management at UNC Charlotte were the winners of the 2015-16 Concrete Construction Competition sponsored by ACI, the American Society of Concrete Contractors, and ASA. Along with faculty advisor Dr. Tara Cavalline, team members Ashton Crabtree, Hunter Ballard, Carter Dold, Joshua Beitz, and Mark Stevenson attended The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Milwaukee, WI. There, they presented their work to the ASA Committee members, the ACI Concrete Liaison Committee, and ACI Committee 506, Shotcreting. The competition required the students to provide their recommendations for construction methods to be used for construction of a foundation wall for a high-rise building. Responses were judged on the basis of clarity, technical quality, and economy. The students were asked to consider two placement methods for construction of a 16 ft (5 m) tall, 12 in. (305 mm) thick, 120 ft (37 m) long wall: Shotcrete • Spring 2016 65


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