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| EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR UPDATE Moving Forward…New Programs and Events Rolling Out By Charles Hanskat, PE, FACI, FASCE, ASA Executive Director First, I note with sadness that one of our founding members, Russ Ringler, passed away in May. Though I only met Russ at a couple of ASA meetings over the years, his knowledge and dedication to the shotcrete industry and ASA was obvious. He will be missed…by family, by friends, by co-workers, by ASA members past and present, and our shotcrete industry. We’ve printed a short memorial to Russ in the Association News section, with some remembrances from members who worked closely with him. It’s unfortunate that as our Association matures and grows, we lose those who brought us together back in 1998. As we look forward to celebrating our 20th anniversary and the progress we’ve made as an association and an industry, we must not forget those we’ve lost and on whose shoulders we now stand. ASA 20TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT AND SHOTCRETE CONVENTION— MARCH 11 TO 13, 2018 The ASA Board decided to hold ASA’s first full Shotcrete Convention in March next year. This will be a unique networking and learning opportunity, culminating with our Annual Outstanding Shotcrete Projects Awards Banquet! With ASA’s laser focus on the shotcrete industry, we bring together exhibitors and speakers that exemplify the stateof the-art in shotcrete today, hosted in a format and venue that provides plenty of time for interaction with the leaders and decision makers in the shotcrete business. This 3-day ASA Shotcrete Convention includes our Annual Awards Banquet, Spring Committee meetings, an ASA Contractor Qualification seminar, and a day of Shotcrete Technical and Project Presentations to give you insights into the leading edge of shotcrete technology, both for today and the future. To round out the convention, we have a number of fun and exciting activities planned, taking advantage of the unique experiences that California’s Napa Valley and the Silverado Resort and Spa lend to the destination. Featured events: • Full-day ASA Contractor Qualification Seminar; • Full-day of Shotcrete Technology and Application Presentations; • ASA Spring Committee Meetings (replacing meetings at The ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition – Spring 2018); • Tabletop Exhibits; • First ASA Golf Outing at one of Silverado’s championship golf courses included in the PGA Tour; • The ASA Annual Outstanding Shotcrete Projects Awards Banquet at nearby Inglenook Winery & Wine Caves (replacing the banquet at World of Concrete 2018); and • Optional wine tours, spouse programs, and other resort offerings. ASA SHOTCRETE INSPECTOR EDUCATION PROGRAM ROLLOUT The Board has reviewed and approved the final version of the ASA Shotcrete Inspector full-day Education Seminar. We will be presenting the seminar to two state Department of Transportation (DOT) groups on a trial basis for feedback from the inspection community. The program was developed due to the strong growth of shotcrete construction and the resultant need for knowledgeable on-site inspectors. Contractors and specifiers are frequently challenged as building officials or inspectors may lack sufficient insight on acceptable placement procedures or shotcrete industry reference standards. Although an inspector may be thoroughly experienced in the inspection of form-and-pour concrete, it is necessary to have an understanding of the specific elements of shotcreting, the equipment used, terminology, and required procedures when using the shotcrete process. Our program covers critical elements of shotcrete placement that on-site inspectors must know to properly evaluate and sign-off on acceptance documents, including an overview on materials, placement technique, finishing, curing, testing, equipment and safety as it relates to the building official or inspector. Upon completion of the course, the Inspectors should have: • A fundamental understanding of the wet- and dry-mix shotcrete process; • Current knowledge of ACI reference material and other industry standards pertaining to acceptable shotcrete placement; • Industry-specific knowledge to determine if materials and methods used by the crew meet shotcrete project specifications; and 8 Shotcrete | Summer 2017 www.shotcrete.org


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