As architects and builders look for sustainable solutions and new ways to work with concrete, it is more important than ever to understand innovative products. This spring, concrete industry professionals can gain a competitive edge by attending the 2007 Concrete Technology Forum: Focus on High Performance Concrete. Concrete Construction, The Concrete Producer and Public Works magazines are among the sponsors of the symposium, which will take place May 22–24 at the Fairmont Dallas Hotel.

The symposium provides a venue for researchers, contractors, and product manufacturers to discuss state-of-the-art advances, technical knowledge, continuing research, and techniques to optimize high-performance concrete. “Our Research, Engineering, and Standards committee selected high-performance concrete as the focus of this year's Concrete Technology Forum because of its interest in promoting the use of performance-based specifications through the P2P Initiative,” says Lionel Lemay, senior vice president of technical resources at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA). “P2P stands for ‘prescription to performance' specifications for concrete, and the committee felt that high-performance concrete was the ideal application for introducing the performance-based specification concept.” The forum will feature technical sessions and presentations, a product expo, and a high performance concrete demonstration.

Over the course of three days, 17 technical sessions will be geared toward concrete producers, engineers, architects, contractors, and material suppliers with an interest in high-performance concrete. Attendees will benefit from more than 50 presentations by nationally renowned researchers and practitioners, with topics including: self consolidating concrete, ultra fast track construction, extended service life, and performance specifications and testing.

Participants will be eligible to earn up to 19 professional development credits, depending on the number of sessions attended. NRMCA, a registered continuing education provider with the American Institute of Architects—Continuing Education Systems (AIA-CES), will provide certificates of completion for the total number of professional development hours and/or learning units completed.

In between sessions, 24 exhibitors will be in the product expo area to answer questions and provide information about products and services for high-performance concrete applications.

At the end of the symposium, attendees are invited to a high-performance concrete tour and demonstration, led by Richard Szecsy of Lattimore Materials Co. and Bob James of the Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association. The tour will provide a hands-on look at high-performance projects in the Dallas area. For detailed information about, visit the forum,