Show the “World” what you can do! We are finalizing plans for the 2015 Artistry demonstrations at the World of Concrete in February. We are looking for 10 great decorative concrete artisans to show what’s possible with concrete. This year we are asking that each proposed project be accompanied by a detailed plan, including specifications that are as realistic as possible—in fact, the preference is that each artist work with an architect to develop his or her project. The ASCC Decorative Concrete Council will play an important role in this year’s demos. If you are interested in participating, please contact Vikki Sicaras at 773-824-2504 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a great opportunity to build your reputation in the decorative concrete industry.
In 2013, over the objections of the American Society of Concrete Contractors (ASCC), ACI published 347.3R, Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces, which was based on a similar document published by the German Concrete Association. Many throughout the U.S. construction industry feel that the new document contains ambiguous terms and sets requirements that are difficult to achieve or even to measure. To evaluate whether the four levels of surface quality in the guide are achievable, ASCC is sponsoring research through the Concrete Industry Management program at Middle Tennessee State University. Professor Heather Brown and her students will report back and ASCC will forward the results to ACI Committee 347 for their consideration.
Lots of interesting issues were discussed during the ASCC Technical Committee meeting at the September Annual Conference in Colorado. Chairman Bruce Suprenant raised issues ranging from realistic ADA slope requirements (as detailed in an article in the May 2014 Construction Specifier) to shoring/reshoring requirements to the consistency of broom finishes. ASCC does a great job representing the interests and concerns of concrete contractors. To have a voice in these discussions and positions, join ASCC! You’ll get back a lot more than you put in.
Since its initial publication in 1963, ACI’s Formwork for Concrete has been deemed the “bible of the formwork industry,” which I suppose made Mary Hurd, who wrote and revised the previous seven editions, the prophet. With Mary’s passing in 2013, David Johnston, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University and member of ACI Committee 347, took on the monumental task of revising and updating the book. The new all-color eighth edition is now available through ACI.