Flat floor fracas

When concrete floor contractors get together with tile contractors, it’s usually to battle over who’s responsible for the flatness (or lack thereof) of the concrete floor. But at the fall meeting of the American Society of Concrete Contractors, these groups discovered that they have more in common than one might think—especially that none of us want floor problems. Tile contractors have problems with tiles that are not flat and not rectangular, especially when they attempt to place tiles over curled joints, which concrete contractors have little control over. The consensus was that there will be fewer problems if the GC would hire qualified and knowledgeable concrete and tile contractors already working with an architect who understands these issues. This meeting went a long way toward mutual understanding of the challenges.

Work zone safety

The American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Development Foundation has developed the National Work Zone Safety Information Clearing House at www.workzonesafety.org. Any contractor that works around traffic should check into this multimedia resource that includes online training, best practices, and laws in all 50 states. Each year they provide answers to questions on work zone safety from more than 200,000 contractors and agencies. It’s dangerous out there on the highways—using this resource could save lives.

Certification galore

It seems there’s no end today to the certification programs developed by the American Concrete Institute (ACI). As a member of the main ACI certification committee (the Certification Programs Committee), I get to hear about all the new programs being proposed. At the most recent meeting in Cincinnati, we learned about potential new programs on technicians performing nondestructive testing of concrete, field testing of masonry, and concrete sustainability advisor (someone who could help get LEED points for concrete construction). And these are new programs that would be added to the 18 existing programs. Certification is nearly always a good thing: it provides protection in some cases, but more importantly, it increases the professionalism of our industry.

Have a great holiday season and we’ll see you in January at the World of Concrete in Las Vegas.