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ACI Fall Convention Will Be Virtual

Due to local, state, and federal regulations, and to protect the health and safety of attendees, ACI will transition the ACI Concrete Convention from an in-person event in Raleigh, NC, this October, to a 100% virtual event. The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will be held over similar dates at the end of October.

ACI Virtual Concrete Convention attendees will be able to collaborate on advancing concrete codes, specifications, and practices during hundreds of committee meetings. Technical and educational sessions will provide the latest concrete research, case studies, best practices, and the opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Top projects in the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards will be announced, and several virtual networking and special events will take place—building on the Convention’s tradition as the world’s gathering place for advancing concrete. Additional Convention details are being finalized and will be announced as they are confirmed.

“The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will enable the critical work of the Institute to continue moving forward,” stated Ronald G. Burg, ACI Executive Vice President. “Additionally, this virtual format provides the opportunity for much greater participation from students, professionals, and our global colleagues who may not have been planning to attend in person.”

Registration for the ACI Virtual Concrete Convention is now available at www.aciconvention.org. Registration fees will be $299, but they will be substantially reduced to $49 for all ACI members and free to all ACI student members. Those who have registered/paid for the in-person event will be contacted regarding a refund.

Special Offer for Young Professionals with less than 8 years of industry experience.

Durability - How do we measure it?
October 16, 2020, 10 am 

There is still time to register, see below for the link.

Presenter: Katie Amelio, PE, Engineer, American Concrete Institute
Hosted by the ACI Kansas Chapter

Durability is a desirable property for all concrete structures. Ultimately, time is the true measure of durability. Without the luxury of time to wait to determine a structure’s durability, how do we define, measure, and achieve a durable concrete structure? Durable concrete structures should be long lasting this is important for a functioning society. Every project’s acceptable length of service – how long the structure needs to be durable – will be different.

This presentation will discuss the importance of durability and current test methods. Topics covered in this presentation include:
• How to define durability
• Where to find durability requirements and guidance
• Commonly used durability tests for freeze-thaw and alkali-aggregate reactivity

Learning Objectives:
1. Define durability.
2. Explain how exposure classes in ACI 318 and ACI 350 are used to design durable structures.
3. Identify common durability tests for freeze-thaw and alkali-aggregate reactivity.
4. Discuss the concept of a durability standard.

Free to all members!
Register Here.

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Member News

The KS ACI 13th Annual
Golf Tournament & Scholarship Fundraiser

September 22, 2020

We had a beautiful day at the Dubs' Dread Golf Course!
As we socially distanced and ate our box lunches outdoors or on the carts, we had a blast enjoying the sunshine and networking. Find more pictures on our KS ACI Chapter Facebook Page.

Congratulations to our Winners!

A flight score of 57, was the team sponsored by the Ash Grove Cement Sales team, including:
Seth O’Brien, etc.

B flight score of 64, included team members:
Todd LaTorella
Cory Clark
Mark Williams
Jim Jarrett

Closest to Pin – Curtis Baumchen
Longest Drive – Paul Hilbert
Longest Putt – Doug Sommers

Thank You Sponsors:

Hole In One Sponsor  
Logan Contractor Supply  
Lunch Sponsors Beverage Carts Sponsors
Buzzi Unicem Decorative Concrete Supply
Penny's Concrete Euclid Chemical Co.
Geiger Ready Mix Monarch Cement
Ryan Building Materials Ryan Building Materials
Hole Sponsors Hole Sponsors
Ash Grove Cement Logan Contractor Supply
Beran Concrete Martin Marietta
Central Plains Cement Mid-States Materials
Concrete Materials Company Midwest Concrete Materials
Concrete Promotional Group Monarch Cement
DBI Doing Business with Intergrity Olsson Associates
Decorative Concrete Supply Penny's Concrete
Fordyce Concrete Quicksilver Readymix
GCP Applied Technologies Simpson Strong-Tie
Golconda Group LLC Talon Concrete & Aggregates
Holliday Sand & Gravel Van Keppel
Iron Mountain Trap Rock Wolf Construction
Kansas Sand & Concrete  

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Student Activities

Kansas ACI $2000 Scholarship Winners:

Jack Eber is in the Construction Management program at Pittsburg State University.  Jack was introduced to the art of concrete construction while working as a laborer over summer break while he was in high school.  In college he developed an appreciation for the science behind it.  As a building material, concrete continues to hold his fascination.

Jack currently resides in Shawnee, KS and is interested in entering the field of residential concrete construction when he graduates with a bachelor’s degree in the spring of 2021.

Chelsea Lewis is in the Architectural Engineering program at Kansas State University.  Chelsea has a great appreciation for the versatility of concrete as a building material.  She is currently studying the response of structural concrete and other building materials to vibration from people walking.

Chelsea currently resides in Alma, KS and is interested in entering the field of structural engineering when she graduates with a master’s degree in the spring of 2022.

Pooya Vosough Grayli is currently a Ph. D. candidate in the Civil Engineering program at the University of Kansas.  Pooya’s focus of study is on concrete’s contribution to corrosion resistance of steel reinforced structures.

Pooya currently resides in Lawrence, KS and intends to become a licensed professional engineer in the state of KS when he completes his studies this December.

ACI Foundation has an International Scholarship open for the 2020-2021 season. Deadline for entry is November 2, 2020.

Entry Information
Scholarship Form

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ACI Certification Verify App now available on iOS and Android Platforms

Finally for Android users, there is a way to  quickly and easily verify the status of ACI-certified personnel with the ACI Certification Verify app. ACI released the Apple version of this very useful tool last summer. Download today in the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Kansas ACI Resumes Examinations During Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent actions have caused many disruptions, including the cancelling of many ACI Certification activities across the country.  In Kansas, we were forced to cancel the ACI Field Testing Technician exams that were scheduled in April and May, as well as other sessions for different ACI certification programs.  Luckily, we were able to start up again in early June and proceed with our scheduled event in August.We’ve adapted our procedures and continue to make improvements to reduce the risk to our examinees and volunteers by following current CDC guidelines and staggering exam times to limit the number of people in one location.  We will make every effort to proceed with the remaining exam dates posted on our website, and possibly add some more if possible.  Always check our Certification page on the Kansas ACI website for current offerings.

ACI Certification Online Training Resources

The Institute has developed four online training programs for engineers and contractors looking to earn an ACI Certification. Courses include Field Testing Technician, Strength Testing Technician, Concrete Construction Special Inspector, and Adhesive Anchor Installer programs, and can be accessed through ACI University.

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Please help us grow our membership! Our dues are extremely affordable, and we are a lot of fun! Our new website from StarChapter makes registering for events easy! By being a member of the Kansas Chapter of ACI you are eligible for enhanced global benefits from ACI International.

Click Here for Membership Information & Dues
Students join Free!

Membership Benefits:

  • Joining some of the local area's brightest minds in concrete technical knowledge and practices
  • Help promote certification and quality concrete construction
  • Networking opportunities
  • Have the access and ability to join technical seminars and speaking engagements on a multitude of subjects
  • Free Digital Subscription to Concrete International magazine
  • Three ACI University course tokens for use on selected on-demand educational training
  • Listing in the ACI Member Directory
  • A printable ACI Membership certificate

Pass on the links and website to others!

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