The Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA), a non-profit international organization that serves to expand and improve the use of site-cast Tilt-Up as the preferred construction method, has announced a Call for Presentations for the 2009 Tilt-Up Convention, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Amelia Island, Fla.

With the theme "Experienced Sustainability Strengthened Through Innovation," the Association is inviting industry experts to submit abstracts of approximately 100 words as well as a bullet listing of main objectives, a speaker biography as well as tilt-up and speaking experience to the TCA for consideration. The abstracts will be reviewed by the TCA Education Committee and selected presentations will be notified and scheduled. Topic ideas include detailed building cost comparisons, time-savings analysis, life-cycle costing, scheduling, engineering efficiency, selling to educational boards, case studies, design options, and more. Presentations should be 45-60 minutes in length. Those selected to be a speaker will receive a $500 honorarium and free registration to the Convention, a $795 value. Submissions should be sent via e-mail to James Baty, TCA Technical Director,

The three-day Tilt-Up Convention will feature intensive training and education seminars for contractors and engineers, architects and marketing personnel in concurrent sessions. The event will feature an indoor exposition. Construction personnel, marketing professionals, engineers, architects and owners are all invited and encouraged to attend in order to maximize the benefit to each company. The Convention also serves as another venue for the Tilt-Up Supervisor's Certification exam — a joint program of the TCA and the American Concrete Institute. The examination consists of a closed-book, two-hour written test with 80 multiple-choice questions. For more information about the exam, please contact TCA at 319-895-6911.

Additional information and registration details are available by visiting and selecting the TCA Convention from the Calendar of Events menu.