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discussed progress on the Shotcrete Inspector Education program and the development of a Safety Education program in conjunction with our Safety Committee. • The Safety Committee (Chair: Andrea Scott) spent most of their time on reviewing the format and potential content for a new Safety Education program. The format is initially expected to be a 1.5- to 3-hour on-site seminar. This may be offered as a supplement to our nozzleman education sessions, especially where those sessions include nozzlemen-in-training who may not have the hours of shooting experience certified nozzlemen must have. • The Contractor Qualification Committee (Chair: Marcus von der Hofen and Honorary Chair: Chris Zynda) reviewed the PowerPoint presentation for the 1-day shotcrete contractor program. There was lively feedback, and a task group assigned to help finalize the slide deck before our summer Board of Directors meeting. After the Board approves the presentation, the committee will develop a written exam and then work with our marketing committee for promotion of the new program. • Our Publications Committee (Chair: Ted Sofis) did not meet, but many of our committees did work on article topic/authors for upcoming issues. Chair Sofis also agreed to co-lead the Fall 2017 issue of Shotcrete magazine, along with Marketing Chair Joe Hutter, designated as the 20th Anniversary edition in celebration of this milestone year. • Our Technical Committee (Chair John Zhang) also did not meet but has been very active reviewing technical articles for our magazine, updating our online bibliography and resources, and developing several topics for research that would be beneficial for the shotcrete industry. Overall, the strength of our Association is our members. Working together allows us to achieve much greater progress in raising the visibility, credibility, and acceptance of shotcrete in the concrete construction industry. Thanks again to all our ASA members, who have given their time and effort to our committees, Board, and officer positions. We’ve seen many new faces at the committee meetings, but there is certainly room for more. Our outreach and diverse new education programs can only be successful by active member participation. Your involvement is what will help ASA and the shotcrete industry move forward. IN MEMORIAM Chris Zynda (1949 – 2017) Chris Zynda was a “Shotcreter.” For a great many people, being a “Shotcreter” may not have any meaning. I can only describe it as a Brotherhood—a Brotherhood of those who make a living in the industry to the point that it defines who we are. We wear this title with pride. We defend it with passion. Engineers, or architects, or marines, or policemen all carry a distinction or recognition within their groups. We carry the same in ours. Chris helped many forge their path in the shotcrete industry and I, and many others in this industry, are thankful for the times we spoke in depth about the industry, and especially about high-horsepower wet-mix shotcrete, the mantra of the West Coast Shotcreter. Within our industry, Chris was leading the charge to fill the void created between simply requiring certified shotcrete nozzlemen and the need for qualified shotcrete contractors with a proven ability to produce quality shotcreted structures. He recognized the false sense of security given to owners or specifiers who thought nozzleman certification alone could ensure a quality job. The challenge that Chris undertook was communicating the importance of the entire company being qualified as a prerequisite for a quality shotcrete project. A trained workforce, insurance, credibility, experience, scheduling, equipment, and workable concrete mixture design are all items that must be provided by the qualified shotcrete company, along with ACI Certified Nozzlemen for quality shotcrete placement. Chris laid the foundation for quantifying the parameters essential for a qualified shotcrete contractor. With his wisdom and guidance, ASA has the foundation to move ahead and complete our Contractor’s Qualification Program to accomplish Chris’ vision. -Marcus von der Hofen, 2015 ASA President www.shotcrete.org Spring 2017 | Shotcrete 9


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