Sessions & Events

All Session & Event times are listed in Eastern Daylight Time: EDT (UTC-4).

To access all committee meetings, sessions, and special events, please register for the convention. Once registered, you can access the web-based convention at https://event.crowdcompass.com/acif20 or by downloading the convention app on your mobile device. 


Convention Highlights

October 26, 2020


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderator: Matthew O'Reilly

This session will feature presentations of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology and research throughout the world.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize ongoing structural reinforced concrete research projects from a wide range of research topics;
(2) Discuss recent techniques, research methods, and procedures related to structural aspects of concrete research;
(3) Describe engaging ideas in structural concrete design and research;
(4) Summarize recent technical information related to concrete structures.

Max capacity for a live session is 1,000. This session will be available on demand, during convention week, within 24 hours after this session takes place.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderators: Cecil L Jones, Michael Robinson

These are special sessions honoring a long time Carolinas Chapter member (and ACI Honorary member), Calvin McCall. The focus of the sessions includes specifications, workable concrete mixtures, and constructability.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Outline the importance of specifications, including clarity in specifying what is needed, requirements of the Architect and Engineer, owner expectations, contractor responsibilities, and subcontractor obligations;
(2) Define workable concrete mixtures, proportioning mixtures for workability, measuring workability in the laboratory and the field, and understanding that wet concrete is not always good concrete;
(3) Analyze if what is drawn on plans can actually be constructed, cautions about extra reinforcing steel and embedment’s, and the impact of mid height splices and extra ties;
(4) Describe the flow of a successful project that begins with the specifications clearly defining critical expectations, the importance of having a workable concrete mixture that can be placed without extraordinary effort, and having plans that are such that revisions are not needed to construct the work.

Max capacity for a live session is 1,000. This session will be available on demand, during convention week, within 24 hours after this session takes place.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderator: Drew Burns

This session will provide industry insight from SCA representatives on how slag cement is being used to create more durable, sustainable, and resilient concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss Alkali Silica Reaction and how slag cement works to mitigate these deteriorating effects on concrete;
(2) Describe how Environmental Product Declarations and Life Cycle Assessments work to convey concrete sustainability;
(3) Explain how slag cement can be used in geotechnical concrete applications;
(4) Identify 5-10 award winning case studies on the use of slag cement.

Max capacity for a live session is 1,000. This session will be available on demand, during convention week, within 24 hours after this session takes place.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

At each ACI Concrete Convention the Women in ACI (WACI) provide two deserving young professionals with a Young Professional Convention Sponsorship. This award pays the convention registration fee for these young professionals to help foster their ACI “careers”. Since inception, the WACI has awarded over 17 Young Professional Convention Sponsorships. You are invited to support the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship program by attending the virtual Concrete Art Auction Sponsored by Women in ACI. Items featured at the auction have been donated by ACI members or created by university students. All proceeds of the auction benefit the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship. Visit the virtual auction site and check out the concrete pens, concrete desk accessories, and concrete decorative items along with t-shirts that support our Young Professionals’ participation in ACI!


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderator: Luke M Snell

This session will introduce ACI members to how the farmer learned how to produce quality concrete on the farm. They didn't have YouTube, so they had to use self-help books publications by cement companies/associations to learn the process. These techniques are as useful today for those that must do concrete construction with limited equipment.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe simple techniques used to evaluate sand;
(2) Identify how maximum sized aggregate was determined and when cyclopean concrete could be used;
(3) Discuss how the farmer tailored the concrete mixture design to the use of the structure;
(4) Summarize how the framer consolidated the concrete and why many of these structures still survive.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 1 PDH (0.1 CEU).


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Speaker: Tyler Ley
Title: How Students Will Save the World

Join us virtually for this Student Lunch and Learn. This presentation, given by Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University, will discuss how students are open-minded, hungry, driven, and they are going to change the world in ways that we have never realized. This presentation will discuss the major challenges facing the world and how students will use their skills and abilities to solve these challenges. The presentation will talk about many technical issues, but it will also discuss communication, courage, and leadership. Come join us and learn how you will save the world.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Aron J Csont, Joseph A Daczko

New technology of laser scanning and concrete admixtures can have significant influence in solving our constructability problems. Admixture development focused on solving workability problems of harsh mixture designs are an asset. Present case studies of solving real problems with this new technology.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss the challenges of optimizing new admixture products and dosage rates; Workability issues can be solved but may at the same time create new ones;
(2) Discuss how plastic shrinkage cracking can be the result from the effects of hot weather concreting;
(3) Apply laser scanning technology to floor flatness;
(4) Review strategies for successful outcomes when dealing daily job site challenges.

Max capacity for a live session is 1,000. This session will be available on demand, during convention week, within 24 hours after this session takes place.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Moderator: Z. John Ma

The session objective is to investigate shear behavior of precast/prestressed UHPC bridges without shear stirrups.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe shear behavior of fibers in resisting shear with or without stirrups;
(2) Evaluate interaction between reinforcing bars, prestressing steel and fibers in flexural resistance;
(3) Gain insight into design methodologies for UHPC structural components;
(4) Discuss practical concrete placement procedures to ensure high quality precast prestressed UHPC products.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 1 PDH (0.1 CEU).


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Michelle L Wilson, Cecil L Jones

These are special sessions honoring a long time Carolinas Chapter member (and ACI Honorary member), Calvin McCall. The focus of the sessions includes specifications, workable concrete mixtures, and constructability.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Review ACI’s process for specification writing and the pathway to do it more efficiently;
(2) Discuss the specifier’s roles to appropriately tailor ACI construction specifications in order to be effective for specific projects;
(3) Learn from data about economical methods to handle curing in winter conditions;
(4) Summarize the challenges of developing performance specifications and challenges involved in moving away from prescriptive specifications.

Max capacity for a live session is 1,000. This session will be available on demand, during convention week, within 24 hours after this session takes place.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Lauren G McCauley, Samhar S Hoz

In this session, we will have a panel of six people to discuss what they have found is needed to create successful relationships with mentors. This will explain the roles and responsibilities of the mentee in this relationship.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe how to find a mentor that will fit for them;
(2) Summarize tips to bolster and grow the relationship with their mentor;
(3) Explain the mentor/mentee relationship is a give and take exchane; not just a take:
(4) Discuss how to begin to mentor others as a student or young professional.

Max capacity for a live session is 1,000. This session will be available on demand, during convention week, within 24 hours after this session takes place.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 2 PDHs (0.2 CEUs). Please note: You must attend the live session for the entire duration to receive credit. On-demand sessions do not qualify for PDH/CEU credit.


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Join the Young Professional Activities Committee for their bi-annual meeting at 3:00 PM followed by a virtual networking event for younger members. Attendees will have a chance to network with their peers and participate in a virtual business card drawing for a chance to win prizes from the ACI Store.
*Please note that we would like to combine the committee meeting with the networking event and use a single ZOOM registration. We will include a “15-minute break” in-between the meeting and networking event.


4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Moderator: Kevin Cavanaugh

This session will provide designers and specifiers new research results on whole building thermal performance modeling and on residential clay brick dynamic thermal performance measurements. Thermal performance benefits inherent in concrete and masonry walls systems, but not easily written into, or adopted by, National Energy Codes will be highlighted. A practitioner will share how recent increases in CMU strength (f'm) requirements and ASTM C-90 CMU specification changes have made CMU energy code compliance easier.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Discuss whole building thermal performance modeling that accurately estimates building energy loads and is an acceptable method to demonstrate energy code compliance;
(2) Summarize beneficial concrete and masonry wall system thermal performance attributes and design techniques that are not adequately captured in existing national energy codes;
(3) Review the dynamic thermal performance and benefits imparted by clay brick masonry in residential buildings;
(4) Identify and specify CMU characteristics and wall designs that make them more energy efficient.

This session has been approved by AIA and ICC for 1.5 PDHs (0.15 CEUs).


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Everyone is invited to attend a virtual reception sponsored by the Women in ACI. The theme for the reception at this convention is Connect! We need our connections now more than ever as we all struggle to find ways to deal with new work environments. During this reception, the Women in ACI will introduce the winners of the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship, recognize women who have made significant contributions to the industry, and share the history of the Women in ACI. Breakout rooms will provide attendees with the opportunity for fellowship and fun in a more informal environment. This event has a long history at ACI and has grown from a small gathering of women attendees to an event attended by all convention demographics. Attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the online Concrete Art Auction Sponsored by Women in ACI. Proceeds from the auction benefit young professionals by providing them with a paid convention registration. So please come join the Women in ACI and support young professionals!

You are invited to support the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship program by attending the virtual Concrete Art Auction Sponsored by Women in ACI. All proceeds of the auction benefit the Young Professional Convention Sponsorship. Visit the virtual auction site and check out the concrete pens, concrete desk accessories, and concrete decorative items along with t-shirts that support our Young Professionals’ participation in ACI!


6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Awards Presentation: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Networking: 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

The winning projects of the 2020 ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards will be recognized at the 6th Annual ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Program, held on October 26, 2020, during the Fall ACI Virtual Concrete Convention. All registered convention attendees are invited to join our virtual gala, celebrating the most prestigious and innovative concrete construction projects from around the world.

The awards presentation will highlight project details through a number of short videos that will accompany the presentation of each award. The event will conclude with the presentation of the most prestigious award in the concrete design and construction community, the “Excellence” award.

Following the Excellence Awards presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to network with one another. Breakout rooms and topics have been created and attendees can choose which one they’d prefer to join.

Max capacity for a live event is 3,000.



Upper Level Sponsors

Baker
Euclid Chemical
GCP

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