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Briefs October 2011

The American Concrete Institute honored Andy Scanlon, professor of civil engineering at Pennsylvania State University, for his long-term contributions to the concrete industry at this month’s convention in Cincinnati. The Andy Scanlon Symposium on Serviceability and Safety of Concrete Structures: From Theory to Practice, Parts 1-4, covered issues related to serviceability and safety of concrete structures from both a theoretical and design perspective. Presentations were delivered by individuals who have worked closely with Scanlon in his areas of interest. Also, a reception in honor of Scanlon took place on Oct. 17.

Scanlon has been a professor at PSU for the past 24 years. He has served the concrete industry in his role as Chair of ACI Committee 435, Deflection of Concrete Building Structures, and his involvement in ACI Committee 224, Cracking; 348, Structural Reliability and Safety; and 437, Strength Evaluation of Existing Concrete Structures.

Three scholarships were awarded to Middle Tennessee State University students in the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program by the American Society of Concrete Contractors Education, Research and Development Foundation. The recipients are Brandon Darnell, Kendel Kitchen and Cory Powell. Darnell received $5,000, and both Kitchen and Powell received $4,000. The foundation also donated $2,000 to the CIM program to support students working on a building project internship in Haiti.

To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be enrolled full time at MTSU, have a concentration in concrete contracting, and maintain a minimum 2.5 GPA.

The authors of a two-part paper appearing in the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute’s PCI Journal have been selected for the American Society of Civil Engineers 2011 T.Y. Lin Award. The authors of the winning paper are Nabil Al-Omaishi, PhD, P.E., M.ASCE, associate professor and chair of civil engineering, College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.; Maher K. Tadros, PhD., P.E., FPCI, M.ASCE, Leslie D. Martin professor of civil engineering, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Omaha, Neb.; and Stephen J. Seguirant, P.E., M.ASCE, vice president and director of engineering, Concrete Technology Corp., Tacoma, Wash.

Part one, “Elasticity Modulus, Shrinkage, and Creep of High-Strength Concrete as Adopted by AASHTO,” was published in the summer 2009 issue of the PCI Journal; part two, “Estimating Prestress Loss in Pretensioned, High-Strength Concrete Members,” appeared in the fall 2009 issue. The paper addresses the issue of high-strength concrete used for pretensioned concrete bridge girders. It highlights the fact that utilization of the pre-2005 AASHTO LRFD Bridge Design Specifications method to estimate the long-term properties of these components can result in unrealistically high prestress loss estimates and inaccurate camber and deflection predictions.

The annual T.Y. Lin Award honors outstanding engineers and their contributions in the field of prestressed concrete and is bestowed on authors of papers that advance the field.

The National Concrete Masonry Association Education and Research Foundation recently approved nine new grants and student design competitions totaling $84,500 at its Midyear meeting in Vancouver, bringing the total awarded in 2011 to $182,500.

The programs funded include grants to the Standardized Masonry Apprentice Curriculum & Development High School Manpower Feeder System–Florida Masonry Apprentice & Educational Foundation, Inc. ($27,500); 2012 NCMA Unit Design Competition–NCMA Unit Design Competition Task Group ($15,000); SRW Overview and Evolution–Race Engineering ($8,000); University Professor’s Workshop–The Masonry Society ($5,000); Concrete Masonry and Polyurethane Foam Wall Systems–Northwest Concrete Masonry Association ($5,000); and SRW Inspection Training Resources Development–Race Engineering ($2,500). In the Student Design Competitions, funding was given to University of Southern California ($8,000); Pennsylvania State University ($7,000); and Bowling Green State University ($6,500).

New grant submissions will be considered at NCMA’s Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. in March 2012. The submittal deadline for those grant applications is Jan. 3, 2012. Forms and more information on submitting a grant application can be obtained at, or by contacting NCMA Director of Technical Publications Dennis Graber, [email protected].

As part of the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute’s 20th anniversary celebration of the Epoxy Plant Certification Program, plaques were awarded to ABC Coating Company of Michigan, Wyoming, Mich.; and, Simcote, Marion, Ohio, during the CRSI Great Lakes Fall Regional Meeting. In California, plaques were awarded to Fletcher Coating, Orange, Calif.; JC Supply, Ontario, Calif.; and, Dayton Superior, Riverbank, Calif.

The program, launched in 1991, was developed to ensure that coating application plants have the capabilities and quality control procedures in place to assure a high level of excellence in material produced and delivered to the jobsite. It outlines the basic requirements for a quality control program that ensures a plant and its employees are trained, equipped and capable of producing fusion bonded Epoxy-Coated Steel Reinforcing Bars (rebar) in conformance with the latest industry standards and recommendations.

Michael J. Mack, Jr., president, Worldwide Construction & Forestry Division for Deere & Company, has been named to the Board of Directors of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. AEM directors help set the guidelines and operating policies of the association on behalf of its members in areas including public policy representation, technical and product safety support, and education and training.

Mack has held his current position with Deere & Company since June 2009. He has also held assignments in finance, business development, engineering, purchasing, manufacturing and marketing. Prior positions include senior vice president, marketing and administration for the Worldwide Commercial Equipment Division; vice president and treasurer for the Finance Division; and, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Deere & Company.

In addition, according to AEM, U.S. exports of construction equipment continued to grow in 2011 and ended the first half of the year up 48 percent compared to Jan.–June 2010. Total construction machinery exports at midyear were $11 billion. AEM consolidates U.S. Commerce Department data with other sources into member global trend reports.

Exports of U.S.-made construction machinery to South America grew 51 percent to total $2.1 billion, and exports to Central America totaled $933 million for a 24-percent gain. Additionally, Asia’s export purchases increased 54 percent to $1.5 billion, and Europe’s 75-percent gain translated to $1.4 billion; Australia/Oceania took delivery of 52 percent more American-made construction machinery for a total $1 billion; and, exports to Canada increased 43 percent and totaled $3.4 billion. U.S. exports to Africa grew 50 percent for a total $636 million.

The top 10 export destinations for American-made construction equipment during the first half of 2011 were: (1) Canada – $3.4 billion, up 43 percent; (2) Australia – $1 billion, up 61 percent; (3) Mexico – $742 million, up 35 percent; (4) Chile – $608 million, up 32 percent; (5) China – $480 million, up 98 percent; (6) Brazil – $480 million, up 28 percent; (7) Colombia – $419 million, up 121 percent; (8) South Africa – $325 million, up 88 percent; (9) Russia – $319 million, up 195 percent; (10) Peru – $290 million, up 72 percent.

Stéphane Gauthier was recently named national fleet manager for Mack Trucks’ Eastern Canada territory. In his new role with Mack, Gauthier will be based in Montreal, where he will be responsible for regional business development and sales. He brings more than 20 years of trucking and intermodal experience to the position.

Before joining Mack, Gauthier served as sales and operations manager for the Canadian Pacific Railway and Expressway in Quebec, and was service delivery manager for domestic intermodal operations. He also served as a fleet sales representative for Cummins.

Stamford, Conn.-based technology provider Sysdyne has appointed Concrete Plants, Inc. as exclusive sales representative for concrete batch control products throughout the East Coast states of Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington D.C., Delaware and North Carolina. With more than 30 years serving the concrete industry, Sysdyne notes, Lancaster, Pa.-based CPI has developed strong relationships with concrete producers by offering thorough understanding of concrete operations and outstanding customer service. Among products CPI will promote is Sysdyne’s cloud computing technology, recently added to the central dispatch solution.

HawkeyePedershaab announced that Ron Schriever has joined the company as part of their international marketing team. Schriever will be based in the United States, and will be responsible with providing technical expertise to concrete pipe producers in North America and throughout the world. He was previously with the Besser Company, and has 45 years of experience in the concrete pipe machinery business with a vast background providing solutions to producers throughout the world.

Alexandria, Va.-based Ceratech Inc. cites continued acceptance of its Kemrok cement—formulated with nearly 100 percent Class C fly—in high corrosion applications. To date, Simons has supervised 42 pours of Kemrok at petrochemical facilities replacing concrete infrastructures that have deteriorated from heat and chemical exposure.

Furthermore, Kemrok’s recycled content alone is a significant factor in achieving a high rating on most sustainability scales. The LEED program awards up to two points for recycled content this high. Substitution of low-carbon materials raises a project’s rating on many scales as well.

Construction software developer Dexter + Chaney has been chosen as a national sponsor of the Construction Equipment Management Program. The company is one of only three named by CEMP as a national sponsor; the others are John Deere Construction and Forestry Equipment and Castrol.

As part of its relationship with CEMP, Dexter + Chaney will co-sponsor the consulting firm’s annual four-day management development program for construction equipment managers. The company will also work closely with CEMP to implement into its software CEMP’s methodologies for equipment management that are based on decades of field experience and academic research.