IEEE-IAS-PCA Cement Conference

Big Turnout for IEE-IAS/PCA Conference

More than 900 participants representing 29 countries attended the 57th annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference in Toronto, Ontario last week. The conference featured more than 30 technical presentations and tutorials, and more than 150 exhibitors.

The 2015 cement industry technical conference included presentations from the industry’s top technical people, addressing the diverse technical issues and proposing potential solutions to the many challenges facing the cement industry. It opened with a keynote by Glen Thibeault, the parliamentary assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change in Ontario.

Well-attended sessions included an economic update by Edward Sullivan, PCA group vice president and chief economist, an address by PCA Board of Director Chairman John Stull, president and CEO of Lafarge North America, and an update on research at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub by Dr. Franz Ulm, MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub executive director.

Winning papers were:

1st Place - Maximizing SCM Content of Blended Cements, by John Kline, John Kline Consulting and John Guynn, Roman Cement LLC.

2nd Place - A Cement Plant's Experience in Investigating Power Sags Leads to a Reduction in Kiln Outages by Utilizing Power Hardening Methods, by Alan Finch, Ash Grove Cement Company.

3rd Place - Cement Industry Readiness Check for Upgraded Environmental Regulations: Final Actions to Implement the Latest MACT, NSPS, and Alternative Fuels Requirements, by Carrie Yonley, Schreiber Yonley and Associates/Trinity and Mike Remsberg, Trinity Consulting.

Presentations at the General Session included:

Subpart LLL Operating and Maintenance Plans Considerations, Anna de la Garza

The 2016 conference will take place in Dallas, Texas, from May 15-19, 2016, with Ash Grove Cement Company hosting a tour of its Midlothian plant.

Future conferences are scheduled for Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 21-25, 2017, and Nashville, Tennessee, May 6-10, 2018.

Contact Rick Bohan