Sessions & Events

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Convention Highlights

October 29, 2020


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!


10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Moderators: Yaghoob Farnam, Luna Lu

The ACI 123 Concrete Research Poster Session complements the existing Research in Progress and Open Topic sessions and provides further opportunity for the presentation of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology throughout the world.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize ongoing cementitious materials research projects from a wide range of research topics;
(2) Discuss recent techniques, research methods, and procedures related to material aspects of concrete research;
(3) Describe emerging ideas in concrete materials research;
(4) Summarize recent technical information related to concrete materials research.

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: Eva Olivia Leontien Lantsoght, Gary G Greene

This session will contain presentations about the design of reinforced and prestressed concrete elements for torsion. The focus is on practical design examples according to different concrete bridge and building codes. In addition to the design examples, presentations dealing with the current state-of-the-art on torsion in structural concrete, as well as recent advances in the analysis and design of concrete elements failing in torsion will be added.
The objectives of this session are to provide practicing engineers with the tools necessary to better understand and design concrete elements for torsion. Usually, the attention that is paid to torsion in engineering education is limited to simplified textbook examples. The examples in this session will show applications in bridges and buildings, where the torsion design is combined with the design for flexure and shear. Additionally, the examples will give insight in the different outcomes when using different bridge and building codes. Finally, the theoretical presentations will give practicing engineers a deeper understanding and background on torsion in structural concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Summarize the background to different torsion provisions used internationally;
(2) Select the right tools for the design of a torsion-critical structure;
(3) Describe reinforcement detailing requirements for torsion-critical structures;
(4) Evaluate different outcomes for reinforcement following different provisions.

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: Ben Dymond, Nestor R Rubiano

The session objective is to present state-of-the-art and emerging methodologies for the strength or serviceability evaluation of signature concrete bridges. Bridge designers, inspectors, owners, leading industry experts, students, and academicians should attend the session. The potential list of topics includes, but is not limited to: load testing at or beyond service, use of load testing for load rating or maintenance, advanced numerical or computational analysis, structural versus element rating, determination of structure specific reliability indices, use of continuous monitoring for detecting anomalies, novel inspection techniques.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe state-of-the-art and emerging technologies for the strength or serviceability evaluation of signature concrete bridges through load-testing methods;
(2) Describe state-of-the-art and emerging technologies for the strength or serviceability evaluation of signature concrete bridges through advanced numerical or computational analysis;
(3) Identify key performance indicators that specifically apply to signature concrete bridges;
(4) Identify advanced load testing methods that can be used for signature concrete bridge evaluation.

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

Moderator: Meghdad Hoseini

The session is intended to present advances in service life modeling specially with respect to benchmarking of the available design codes to determine what service life can be anticipated when the structures are designed in accordance with the current prescriptive and/or deemed-to-satisfy requirements of the various countries’ design codes and standards specifically for the chloride exposure. This may include service life modeling based on both accelerated laboratory testing and/or assessment of the existing structures. Further, benchmarking the currently available models on the chloride penetration into the concrete using real case studies is also a main objective of this session.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Review prescriptive and deemed-to-satisfy requirements (minimum cover, maximum w/cm ratio, compressive strength, chloride penetration, maximum allowable crack width, etc.) specified in various design codes for reinforced concrete structures exposed to chloride ions;
(2) Review available models or modeling approaches to calculate the service life of concrete structures exposed to chlorides;
(3) Discuss obtaining the model inputs parameters and values using laboratory and filed sampling and testing methods;
(4) Identify the anticipated service life of concrete structures designed in accordance with various standards and codes. Identify potential issues in model accuracy, validity, and limitations to predict the service life of the 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.


1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Moderators: Eva Olivia Leontien Lantsoght, Gary G Greene

This session will contain presentations about the design of reinforced and prestressed concrete elements for torsion. The focus is on practical design examples according to different concrete bridge and building codes. In addition to the design examples, presentations dealing with the current state-of-the-art on torsion in structural concrete, as well as recent advances in the analysis and design of concrete elements failing in torsion will be added.
The objectives of this session are to provide practicing engineers with the tools necessary to better understand and design concrete elements for torsion. Usually, the attention that is paid to torsion in engineering education is limited to simplified textbook examples. The examples in this session will show applications in bridges and buildings, where the torsion design is combined with the design for flexure and shear. Additionally, the examples will give insight in the different outcomes when using different bridge and building codes. Finally, the theoretical presentations will give practicing engineers a deeper understanding and background on torsion in structural concrete.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe the design principles of structures such as grade beams, cantilever canopies, and spandrel beams subjected to torsion;
(2) Apply the torsion design methods from the 8th edition of the PCI design handbook;
(3) Summarize recent research developments on the fundamental behaviour of structures under torsion;
(4) Compare the outcomes of designs according to different codes for torsion-critical members.

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: Jon S Belkowitz, Shiho Kawashima

Nano particles designed for cement composites and concrete have been successfully used in laboratory and field applications over the last 20 years to enhance both the strength and durability of concrete. The following session will identify the dispersion of nano-based additives and admixtures for commercial concrete that focus on increase the strength and durability of concrete to physical and chemical attack. This session will emphasize concrete laboratory and field applications have been at the forefront of construction for the last decade. Pros and cons will be discussed in the to facilitate a realistic view for new solutions to ongoing issues.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Identify ongoing concrete research projects from a wide range of research topics that focus nanotechnologies employed in laboratories, ready-mixed concrete facilities, and concrete job sites;
(2) Discuss recent dispersion techniques, rapid mobility methods, and procedures related to structural and material aspects of nano-enhanced concrete;
(3) Describe emerging ideas in concrete research to increase resistance to physical and chemical attack;
(4) Summarize recent information related to dispersion of additives and admixtures for nano-enhanced cementitious composites and concrete.

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: Yaghoob Farnam, Luna Lu

The ACI 123 Concrete Research Poster Session complements the existing Research in Progress and Open Topic sessions and provides further opportunity for the presentation of original, unpublished results from ongoing research projects and leading-edge concrete technology throughout the world.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Recognize ongoing structural 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 emerging ideas in structural concrete research;
(4) Summarize recent technical information related to structural concrete research.

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

Moderator: Kay Wille

Ultra-high-Performance concrete (UHPC) is a construction material with a multitude enhancement in mechanical and durability performance in comparison to regular concrete. However, higher material cost demands a more efficient use and utilization of the material. One of the most promising and beneficial applications is the use of UHPC as connection material. This session will invite national & international research groups as well as contractors and designers to share their innovations, design guide development and current practice in using UHPC to connect structural and non-structural elements.
UHPC has been an inspiration for many people and the ACI special session is a great platform to strengthen and establish new connections among the participants. This will facilitate the acceptance and application of the material in the U.S. construction.
Learning Objectives:
(1) Describe UHPC bond properties;
(2) Identify the performance for structural and non-structural connections;
(3) Summarize innovations, design guide development and current practice of UHPC connections;
(4) State the importance of innovative construction materials for sustainable infrastructure.

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.



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