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Executive Director Update The Lazy Days of Summer? Not at ASA! By Charles S. Hanskat, PE, FACI, FASCE, ASA Executive Director Talking with our members, it seems business is booming in the shotcrete industry. Despite our active committee and Board members being tied up with their own business responsibilities, we’ve had great participation on ASA committees, task groups, and Board and Executive Committee activities. Here’s a rundown of the various activities we’ve been working on. Board of Directors—Since our last face-to-face meeting in Milwaukee, WI, the Board has had four web ballots on topics, including: • Review and approval of our student outreach and scholarship program. The Student Scholarship program has had very limited applications in the last few years. Several options were presented to the Board to revitalize and extend our student outreach. The Board has decided to eliminate the open scholarship program and retain a standing fellowship at Laval University, where we usually have at least one scholarship awardee each year. The Board is now considering a ballot on whether to support a student shotcrete competition (similar to the ACI Concrete Liaison Committee competition we participated in last year) or make a significant increase in effort to get ASA shotcrete presentations given at engineering and construction management schools around North America. • Review and approval of a policy on “open” nozzleman sessions. In the past, we’ve had many nozzleman certification sessions where the host will invite many outside nozzlemen to participate in a certification session. This helps to defray the cost to the host, as well as giving many smaller firms with a nozzleman or two an opportunity to become certified or recertified. However, there was a concern that these sessions should be given more oversight because attendees from outside the host company would be exposed to different equipment, mixture designs, and shooting environments than they may be familiar with. The new policy defines an open session as any session where an ASA member approaches ASA seeking to conduct a session with more than 50% of the nozzlemen to be certified from outside companies. The additions further address requiring the examiner to participate in the education portion, a limit to two sessions per year for a host company, qualification of host experience, equipment, facilities, materials, and resources available during the session. It is hoped these additions to our policy will make these sessions a great experience for all participants. • Review and approval of our Shotcrete Inspector Education program. The proposed education module provides content for 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 Board reviewed the PowerPoint presentation encompassing nearly 400 pages of images and text. The Board has approved the program in concept, but is currently working on revising specific changes to portions of the content. Contractor Qualification Committee (CQC)—The CQC, chaired by Chris Zynda, has been very active in refining the Shotcrete Contractor Qualification program. This program is a straightforward program that helps to establish a shotcrete contractor’s qualifications with a review of the contractor’s work by ASA experts with extensive experience in successful shotcrete work. The CQC Committee has conducted a web ballot, held several web meetings, and polled members by e-mail. The basics of the program have been finalized within the committee. The next steps for the CQC include developing a 1-day education program for shotcrete contractors and a written exam to be taken by a qualifying individual from the company seeking qualification. Meeting Format Task Group—As mentioned in last month’s column, we’ve reached a point where the 1-day format for our committees has become unwieldy. The task group with Cathy Burkert and Scott Rand, along with ASA staff, was assigned to review potential committee meeting formats and make recommendations for possible changes to increase our efficiency and effectiveness at the committee meetings. The task group finalized their recommendations in a web meeting and subsequent e-mail correspondence. Their final recommendation was to still keep our meetings to 1 day, usually the Saturday before The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition, and have a dual committee meeting track in the morning, then have only the Board meeting after lunch. The recommendation was reviewed and approved by the Executive Committee at their meeting at the end of May. The new schedule will be in place at this fall’s committee meetings in Philadelphia, PA. (See the new schedule in the Association News on page 66.) Revised On-Site Seminar Task Group—The task group, chaired by Frank Townsend, along with Lars Balck and Scott Rand, is reviewing draft revisions to our “Introduction to 6 Shotcrete • Summer 2016


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