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| COMMITTEE CHAIR MEMO ASA Education Committee By Oscar Duckworth ASA’s Vision: “Structures built or repaired with the shotcrete process are accepted as equal or superior to cast concrete.” If you have been in this business as long as I have, you have given similar passionate sermons on the virtues of shotcrete countless times. Years ago, compelling clients to use the shotcrete process required the persuasive skills of a Baptist minister. Is shotcrete strong? Durable? Why haven’t I heard of it? Those predictable responses were repeated by clients like a skipping record. We have come a long way since then. Decades of research, published documents, and the acknowledgment of thousands of successful shotcrete applications worldwide have helped the shotcrete industry gain a greater acceptance… Shotcrete is concrete. We knew it all along, didn’t we? So, is the shotcrete process universally accepted as equal or superior to cast concrete? Unfortunately, no. Many specifiers (primarily engineers and architects) and upcoming specifiers (university engineering or construction management students) know little about the shotcrete process. Improving acceptance of shotcrete can only come through improving the outreach of shotcrete knowledge. Recently, ASA held a 1-day session to update our Strategic Plan. The session was held at ASA’s office in Farmington Hills, MI. The day’s topics focused on the ongoing efforts of ASA to increase the acceptance, quality, and safe practices of the shotcrete process. Like the previous strategic planning meeting held 3 years ago, education and outreach to specifiers and university students was identified as a key element to promoting the widespread acceptance of shotcrete. With the exceptional volunteer work of the involved committee members, a revised and modernized “Introduction to Shotcrete” hour-long education session for this target market is complete and has been presented to groups across the country. This session is created so the base presentation can be customized with additional information for a specific audience. The most common format has been a lunchtime session at an engineer’s or architect’s office. Sessions have been given to student groups at their schools. Also, ASA has presented online webinars for reaching multiple offices with a single session, or a remote facility or country. These short educational sessions are ideal opportunities to promote shotcrete’s many benefits. Promotion of the presentation can improve our educational outreach considerably. We need your involvement! Outreach will not automatically occur. ASA members who have connections with organizations (engineers, architects, owners, universities) who could benefit from an educational session should take the initiative to speak with them and let them know how easy it is to schedule a session. All they need to do is contact ASA staff at info@shotcrete.org or (248) 848-3780 to arrange for an on-site informational presentation tailored for their group’s needs. Spreading the word and improving the acceptance of the shotcrete process is a constant effort. Let ASA help reach out to those who need to be more knowledgeable about shotcrete and it just might cut down on the need for your passionate sermons regarding shotcrete. SHOTCRETE SAFETY The recent Strategic Plan refresh meetings discussed the need for the Education Committee to team with the Safety Committee and focus on completion of a “Shotcrete Safety” educational program to support the current ASA Safety SUPERIOR GUNITE STRUCTURAL SHOTCRETE & ENGINEERING Steven J. Crawford, AIC, CPC President 12306 Van Nuys Blvd. Lakeview Terrace, CA 91342 www.shotcrete.com steven.crawford@shotcrete.com Main (818) 896-9199 Direct (818) 485- 8812 Cell (503) 709-3204 CA Lic # 370034 6 Shotcrete | Spring 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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