The Fifth North American Conference on the Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC) will be held in Chicago, US, May 13-15, 2013 (SCC2013). We cordially invite you to participate in this conference.

The purposes of SCC 2013 are:

  • to demonstrate results and outcomes of recent SCC research and practice as well as their benefits for our concrete industry, society, and environment;
  • to uphold a platform to further address challenges and strategies for advancing the use of SCC; and
  • to promote broader dialogue and greater interactions between international SCC researchers and users.

Together, we hope to reshape “The New Normal” with newfound “Innovation, Application, and Production” in the field of SCC.

Key Topics

The topics listed below are intended to spark thinking about issues that might be addressed. Other topics that address the conference theme and SCC components will also be considered.

  • Fundamental and materials science aspects
  • Powdered materials and aggregate
  • Chemical admixtures
  • Mix design methodologies and procedures
  • Rheology and workability
  • Engineering properties and durability
  • Experimentation – instrumentation and methods
  • Formwork pressure, casting and construction issues
  • Production, quality control, and specifications
  • Structural performance and design
  • Architectural and precast concrete
  • Aesthetics, economic and environmental benefits
  • Case studies – successful applications and lessons
  • Emerging Technologies (fiber-reinforced SCC, super-workable concrete/grout, and others)

Call for Abstracts

SCC 2013 is requesting abstracts of papers that address recent innovation, application, and production SCC. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings. Selected papers will be published in a special issue of the Journal of Cement and Concrete Composite.

The conference committees, consisting of many experts and leaders in the cement and concrete fields across the world, are keen to represent cement and concrete industry, academia, and government agencies.

All abstracts must be submitted online by June 30, 2012 via the conference website:

Concrete Construction's editor in chief Bill Palmer is on the SCC 2013 Steering Committee.