Sessions & Events

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Convention Highlights

October 28, 2020


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderators: Steven J Nolan, Yail Jimmy Kim

Collaboration with Canadian scholars, the special session will focus on recent advances in non-conventional reinforcing and strengthening methods for bridges and structures. Presentations will include the field applications of non-metallic reinforcement, special construction approaches, and other emerging techniques. The session is intended to translate research into practice for practitioners.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Understand the implementation of laboratory research;
(2) Learn the standard practice of advanced composites;
(3) Learn new construction technologies for concrete structures;
(4) Recognize recent development of non-metallic reinforcement.

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: David G Tepke, Jorge Costa

Awareness of atypical corrosion mechanisms and potentially corrosive environments can be useful for durable design and developing durability standards. It is known that corrosion of reinforcing steel can occur from excessive chlorides or carbonation. However, corrosion may also occur from less commonly known phenomena or unanticipated exposure (including building interiors). Conversely, some concrete may outlive expected service-life. These sessions will include presentations of unusual experiences of corrosion activity where it might not have been anticipated or lack of corrosion activity where conditions might lead one to believe it should have been prevalent. Designers, consultants, scientists and facility managers will benefit.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify commonly known mechanisms of reinforcing steel corrosion initiation in concrete;
(2) Review current and historical ACI code requirements for corrosion protection as they relate to historical and present expectation of corrosion;
(3) Identify atypical forms of corrosion and exposure conditions that may occur in special circumstances, including those where chloride contamination or carbonation levels may not be the primary cause of corrosion;
(4) List types of conditions that might decrease corrosion from that expected.

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: Jovan Tatar

The Open Topic Session is a forum for presenting recent technical information that could not be scheduled into other convention sessions.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Become familiar with experimental and analytical research methods and findings on reinforced concrete at material or structure scales;
(2) Learn techniques to analyze, retrofit and test reinforced concrete shear walls;
(3) Be introduced to monitoring and evaluation of in-service concrete structures;
(4) Understand the impact of alkali-silica reaction (ASR) on capacity and the impact of mix properties on ASR.

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!


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Antonio Nanni, Steven J Nolan

Collaboration with Canadian scholars, the special session will focus on recent advances in non-conventional reinforcing and strengthening methods for bridges and structures. Presentations will include the field applications of non-metallic reinforcement, special construction approaches, and other emerging techniques. The session is intended to translate research into practice for practitioners.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Study the significance of non-conventional materials;
(2) Learn the current knowledge of composite-based strengthening;
(3) Develop concepts for innovative bridge construction;
(4) Identify gaps between research and practice.

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: Mohammad Pour-Ghaz, Christopher C Ferraro

Durability of concrete is directly related to the ability of concrete to impede the transport of water and aggressive species such as chlorides. Transport can occur under different mechanisms and often more than one mechanism is involved. Accurate modeling and measurements of transport requires understanding of the mechanisms involved. This session aims to provide the recent advances in measuring and modeling mass transport in concrete with implications on service life prediction of reinforced concrete structure subjected to a variety of degradation mechanisms.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify different mechanisms involved in mass transport and factors affecting these mechanisms;
(2) Determine the different mechanisms of transport and concepts with respect to computational and analytical modeling;
(3) Explain how the different mechanisms of transport influence the service life of reinforced concrete structures;
(4) Describe how the rate of mass transport under different conditions is measured correctly and accurately in the laboratory and identify the challenges involved in measuring mass transport in the field.

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.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Jorge Costa, David G Tepke

Awareness of atypical corrosion mechanisms and potentially corrosive environments can be useful for durable design and developing durability standards. It is known that corrosion of reinforcing steel can occur from excessive chlorides or carbonation. However, corrosion may also occur from less commonly known phenomena or unanticipated exposure (including building interiors). Conversely, some concrete may outlive expected service-life. These sessions will include presentations of unusual experiences of corrosion activity where it might not have been anticipated or lack of corrosion activity where conditions might lead one to believe it should have been prevalent. Designers, consultants, scientists and facility managers will benefit.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Review practical case studies and examples of unexpected occurrences of reinforcing steel corrosion or lack of corrosion in more aggressive environments for different types of structures, as might be helpful for future durability design;
(2) Discuss industry experience on long-lasting structures where corrosion could have been expected;
(3) Identify atypical forms of corrosion that may occur in special circumstances, including those where chloride contamination or carbonation levels may not be the primary cause;
(4) Describe conditions and materials that may increase or decrease the impact of corrosion compared to what is expected.

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.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Peter C Taylor, Kurt D Smith

The aim of the session is to review the current best practices for concrete overlays. Much of the material will be based on a refreshed edition of the ACI Committee Report 325.13R that is currently being updated.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the types of concrete overlays available, and their relative advantages;
(2) Discuss the choice of design tools when working on an overlay structural design;
(3) Describe the process of selecting an unbonded or bonded overlay for a given application;
(4) Describe construction processes for placing concrete overlays.

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.


4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Moderators: Mahmoud M Reda Taha, Maria S Konsta-GDoutos

This session intends to introduce to the concrete industry a new development on using nanofibers for several applications in concrete. Researchers the possible use of nanofibers to enhance cement hydration, add new functionalities (e.g., sensing and energy harvesting) and improve mechanical properties of concrete using nanofibers. Research has also shown the ability of new types of nanofibers to facilitate 3D-printing of concrete. Through this distinguished group of diverse speakers, this session will introduce to concrete researchers, engineers, suppliers, and contractors, how nanofibers are opening new frontiers in concrete technology.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Introduce the use of nanofibers as a new ingredient in concrete mixtures;
(2) Explain how nanofibers work to improve mechanical characteristics of concrete;
(3) Discuss many applications where concrete with nanofibers will show improved performance;
(4) Demonstrate the possible use of nanofibers to create multi-functional concrete elements.

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.


5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

The President’s Reception will be hosted by ACI Fellow, George Seegebrecht and will begin with a presentation by ACI President Jeff Coleman. Next, awards will be given out to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional service and dedication to ACI. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with one another following the presentation. Breakout rooms have been created by topic, join the breakout topic that most interests you. Attendees will have the opportunity to join two breakouts during the networking portion. Each breakout will last for 15 minutes.

Max capacity for a live event is 3,000.



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