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ASA President’s Message experience and credibility in the shotcrete world. This ASAissued qualification will assist engineers and specifiers when they need to determine a contractor’s qualifications and appropriateness for specific jobs. Using qualified contractors will lead to higher-quality work executed professionally and often accomplished faster. Of the three job duties I took part in over the past few weeks, the fallout created by bad shotcrete could have been avoided or remediated if a contractor had these qualifications through proper quality training in the first place. Ideally, the contractor will have the know-how to install quality material built to the engineer’s or specifier’s performance requirements for strength, serviceability, and durability. The engineer will be confident that the contractor has these abilities and has not cheated the process by hiring under-skilled nozzleman with only a basic ACI certification card. The consumer will be confident in the contractor’s abilities and will be less likely to question processes they may not understand. Underground, infrastructure, repair, ground support, and recreational shotcrete applications vary tremendously. One method of shooting does not fit all. Despite this diversity in applications, we agree that goals for high levels of training for all applications will drive qualified contractors to accept jobs they are most qualified for and elevate the shotcrete brand. Bad press and word-of-mouth based on poor applications hurts our livelihood. For example, in the southern areas of the country, very few specifiers will allow dry-mix shotcrete for commercial applications because of its poor reputation. This unfortunate situation is based on poor application practices within the pool industry, which is primarily due to a fundamental lack of training and quality standards. Furthermore, while these poor practices may have started in the pool industry, the bad reputation they engendered has affected the entire shotcrete industry. However, this does not mean the process itself is flawed. It simply means that we need to elevate our training program.  Let’s invest in the ASA Contractor Qualification program. Our hope is that we prevent the class action suits, the dangerous safety issues, and an overall skepticism of the shotcrete process. Accepted qualification programs produced by our knowledgeable and credible association, ASA, loudly proclaims we are proactive in our pursuit of industry-wide excellence and eager to work in partnership with our colleagues in the design and construction of quality concrete structures with shotcrete. Shotcrete • Fall 2016 5


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