Secretary Foxx Joins 2016 PCA D.C. Fly-In
Secretary Anthony Foxx of the U.S. Department of Transportation will join the 2016 PCA D.C. Fly-In this week.
This marks the first time that the Secretary has addressed the PCA members, as PCA hosts its first Fly-In May-24-25. Registration for this historic event is still available by clicking here.
With the addition of Secretary Foxx, the Fly-In offers a robust program featuring prominent DC leadership including Janet McCabe, U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL).
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58th Annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference Draws Nearly 1,000 Participants
Last week’s 58th Annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference in Dallas, Texas, drew 975 participants from 28 countries.
Meetings of PCA's Environment and Energy, Manufacturing Technical, and Occupational Health and Safety Committees took place in conjunction with the conference. Highlights of the PCA joint meeting included four technology transfer presentations by associate members and a review of the recent PCA Finish Mill Grinding Survey.
Jeff Austin III, of the Texas Transportation Commission; Jim Toscas, PCA president and CEO; Ed Sullivan, PCA senior vice president and chief economist; Roger Smith, president and CEO of Salt River Materials Group; Allen Hamblen, president and CEO of CalPortland; and Franz Ulm, executive director of MIT's Concrete Sustainability Hub were among industry leaders who spoke at the conference.
Conference training highlights included the first ever Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention Symposium, co-sponsored by PCA and IEEE. This was followed by six presentations focusing on specific safety aspects in the cement plant environment. The conference also included two days each of process training basics, management development training, primary crusher training, and both pyroprocessing simulator and grinding mill simulator training.
A total of 28 peer reviewed technical papers were presented. Technical paper award winners included: John Kline, 1st place, Assessing Cement Plant Thermal Performance, Rick Bohan, 2nd place, Additive Manufacturing Using Concrete: A Bridge Too Far?, and Terry Kerby, 3rd place, Mercury Reduction - The Plant Experience.
Next year's cement industry technical conference meets in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 21-25, 2017.
PCA Releases Asphalt Technology Assessments Report
In a new flash report entitled Asphalt Technology Assessments, PCA assessed the costs associated with two nontraditional asphalt technologies: warm-mix asphalt (WMA) and rubberized asphalt. Despite large declines in the price of oil, the analysis shows that concrete remains the least expensive option on both initial and life cycle costs for a typical two-lane urban road.
View the report.
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Allied Industry Groups Collaborate for Successful NACE Meeting
Displaying the many faces of cement-based pavement products was the theme of our exhibit at the recent National Association of County Engineers (NACE) Annual Meeting/Management & Technical Conference in Tacoma, Washington. More than 350 delegates attended the event. A 10-by-20 foot exhibit booth was jointly sponsored by PCA, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and American Concrete Paving Association (ACPA). The booth featured the PCA integrated pavement solutions display and the "competition paves" messaging. An hourly raffle to win a copy of PCA’s new Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures attracted visitors. At the awards program, PCA and ACPA were recognized for their longstanding corporate membership to the NACE, 10 and 20 years, respectively.
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Mark Your Calendar for Influential ASTM International Meetings
ASTM International Committees will meet during the week of June 26, 2016, at the Marriott Hotel in Chicago, Illinois.
ASTM International is an organization of more than 30,000 members around the world that volunteer through a consensus process to define more than 12,000 standards used in industries as diverse as amusement parks and aircraft. Two of ASTM's oldest committees (over 100 years old) are ASTM Committee C01 on Cement and Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. These committees are organized into subcommittees that focus on related standards, which include specifications, test methods, guides, practices, and terminology documents.
You do not need to be a member of ASTM to attend these meetings, and there is no registration fee. However, becoming a member allows you to have input into the development of the standards important to the cement and concrete industries.
See registration information.
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PCA Cement Talk Blog Debuts
PCA debuted its new blog site last week, http://www.cementtalk.org/. Among some of the new features is a weekly blog recap email sent out to blog subscribers, a bold look, and easily accessible links to contribute, contact, and share comments to PCA social media. Sign up today to subscribe to the blog emails. We look forward to your comments.
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Tonyan Presents at Project Qatar
CTLGroup and CTLGroup-Qatar attended and exhibited at Project Qatar, May 9-12. Over 2,000 companies from 40 different countries attended the conference dedicated to the engineering and construction services industry. Tim Tonyan, CTLGroup's chief operating officer, presented the workshops "Use of ASTM Standards in Concrete Quality Control" and "Concrete Durability – Deterioration Mechanisms" at the event.
“Project Qatar is an invaluable conference especially with our local CTLGroup-Qatar laboratory presence in Doha,” Tonyan said. “I especially enjoyed the opportunity to present the global importance of building standards in consultation with ASTM International. The workshops served as a vital platform to share this industry knowledge.”
Visit the Project Qatar website to learn more about this annual event.
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Meetings and Events
2016 DC Fly-In
May 24-25, 2016
The Liaison Capitol Hill
PCA Centennial Celebration Cocktail Reception and Dinner at The Hay Adams on Tuesday, May 24
PCA Education Foundation Professors' Workshop
July 25-29, 2016
PCA Centennial Outing and Celebration (picnic)
July 27, 2016
PCA Fall Congress
August 29-31, 2016
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
PCA Centennial Celebration Associate Member Recognition Reception on Tuesday, August 30
Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
September 12-15, 2016
PCA Annual Summit
November 13-15, 2016
Palm Beach, Florida
PCA Centennial Celebration Board Dinner on Monday, November 14
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOID) Conference
May 22-26, 2016
University of Toronto Chemistry of Cement and Concrete Course
June 6-10, 2016
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) Seminar: Emissions Monitoring
June 7-8, 2016
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Houses that Work™ Program
June 9, 2016
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Competition
June 9-11, 2016
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