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American Concrete Institute Announces Committees and Acknowledges Contributions

Matt Ball on October 10, 2014 - in Announcement, Construction, Projects

FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan, Oct. 8, 2014—At the 2014 ACI Technical Activities Committee Summer Meeting, in Waimea, HI, two new ACI technical committees were formed—Committee 240, Natural Pozzolans, and Committee 241, Nanotechnology of Concrete.

Natural pozzolan production in North America is expected to continue to increase, and although ACI does have a Committee 232, Fly Ash, Natural and Processed Pozzolans in Concrete, it was decided that because the use of natural pozzolan materials may differ significantly from the classical applications of fly ash, that the former needed to be addressed separately, and a separate committee should be established.

This new committee will allow for better focus and alignment of committee topics/projects that specifically apply to natural pozzolans. In addition, actions related to reporting on the use of natural pozzolans will be expedited by the formation of a new committee dedicated to Natural Pozzolans. Committee 240, Natural Pozzolans is chaired by Robert Neal.

Committee 241’s goals are to gather and disseminate information on the nanotechnology of concrete including: update the terms, and report, related to nanotechnology of concrete; develop guidelines and Tech-Notes on measurements and/or prediction of the performance of concrete with nano-additives; report on investigation, modification and modeling of the structure of cement-based materials at nano-level; report on application of nano-materials to improve the performance and sustainability of cement and concrete; report on development of smart materials and sensors based on nanotechnology for application in concrete; foster discussion on the selection of a reference material for comparing the effects of nano-materials; report on health, safety and environmental issues related to nanotechnology of concrete. Committee 241, Nanotechnology of Concrete, is chaired by Konstantin Sobolev.

The American Concrete Institute relies on the work of over 3,000 committee volunteers to develop the latest codes and reports related to concrete. Learn more about joining an ACI committee.

ACI Committee Members consist of professionals from all experience levels and all sectors of the concrete industry. While some of the members serving on committees have been active many years, students, young professionals, and industry veterans from across the globe are equally encouraged to join. It is through diversity that ACI strives to develop and disseminate the most advanced concrete knowledge, and ACI encourages you to participate by joining a committee.

Learn more about the two new committees, pozzolans, and nanotechnology of concrete. Both new committees are scheduled to meet at the ACI Fall Convention in Washington DC, October 26-30, 2014.

The American Concrete Institute will honor Prof. James K. Wight, ACI Past President, with a three part symposium and reception at the ACI Fall 2014 Convention in Washington D.C.

Prof. Wight has served as a professor of Structural Engineering at the University of Michigan for over 40 years. He served as ACI President in 2012-2013 and has chaired and served on several ACI committees over the years including 318 Structural Concrete Building Code, 352 Joints and Connections in Monolithic Concrete Structures, Technical Activities Committee, and International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 71 Advisory Committee. Wight is also actively involved in the International Advisory Committee and the 318 International Workshop Committee for Structural Concrete in the Americas and Beyond. Through his continuing involvement with ACI committees and the Board of Direction, Wight serves as a valuable resource to the Institute.

The sessions, aimed at disseminating information related to behavior and structural applications of fiber reinforced concrete, will take place on Sunday, October 26, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm; Monday, October 27, 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. The reception will be held on Monday, October 27, 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm, and is a ticketed event, requiring separate registration to attend. The cost is $52.

All are welcome to gather in recognition of the great accomplishments and contributions Wight has made to ACI over the years.

The convention will take place at the Washington Hilton, Washington D.C. To learn more about the ACI Fall 2014 Convention, and to register, visit www.aciconvention.org.

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