ConcreteWorks 2015 Seminar Descriptions

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Monday, September 21

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Economic Update | Grand C-D 

Anirban Basu is Chairman & CEO of Sage Policy Group, Inc., an economic and policy consulting firm in Baltimore, MD providing strategic analytical services to energy suppliers, law firms, medical systems, government agencies, and real estate developers among others. Mr. Basu will present “The Pit and the Pendulum”, a detailed, data-driven update of the performance of the global, national, and relevant regional economy. Special attention will be given to key aspects of economic life, including trends characterizing financial, real estate, energy, and labor markets.

 

2015 Mixer Driver Recruitment, Retention, and Turnover Survey Results | Grand E-F 

Top notch mixer drivers who care about quality service are the cornerstone of every successful producer’s business. Finding, and keeping, the right people is more challenging than ever as the ready mixed concrete industry recovery intensifies. This session shares NRMCA’s survey’s results for you to stack up your practices in today’s war for commercial driving talent.

 

What Works in Concrete Promotion? | Grand N-O 

This informative session features a series of rapid-fire five to15 minute “walk-through” presentations describing eye-opening concrete promotion successes. Attendees will leave this session with new ideas and strategies for delivering concrete projects.

 

Responsible Sourcing: What is it and How Can I Demonstrate High Performance? | Grand P-Q 

With the launch of LEED v4, responsibly sourced building products are rewarded for reporting through approved responsible sourcing certification systems. Called a responsible sourcing scheme (RSS), these new reporting requirements are quickly becoming part of the company’s entry into the growing green marketplace. A new organization, the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), was established in 2014 to develop, launch and administer an international RSS for concrete and as a founding member, NRMCA will be the certification body in the U.S. This presentation will provide an overview of the RSS that allows organizations to evaluate benchmark and report their performance in the areas of Quality Management, Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility and Economic Prosperity.

 

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

 

Equipment Challenges – Capex, Fleet Age and Technology for Equipment | Grand C-D 

This session will address the challenges that an aging truck fleet presents and creative ways of financing not only trucks but other capital needs. It will also address such things as carb compliance and other technologies.

 

How to Protect Yourself from Environmental Third Party Lawsuits/How to Work With Such Groups | Grand E-F 

Your greatest environmental threat may be from third party lawsuits from environmental advocacy groups. Have you ever wondered how to work with environmental advocacy groups to help your business by showcasing your environmental awareness? This education session will provide answers and background on both of these questions. Given the current environment surrounding greater regulatory enforcement, having a plan for both of these issues is paramount for protecting your business.

 

Promoting Concrete for Low- to Mid-Rise Construction | Grand N-O 

This presentation will discuss the benefits of concrete for low- to mid-rise buildings. NRMCA’s Gregg Lewis will present results of market research with developers including their attitudes and perceptions of concrete. The developer perspective will also be covered through case studies to illustrate when concrete tends to be used vs. wood or steel framing.

 

Specifications that Impact the Producer and Contractor | Grand P-Q 

While the evolution to performance specifications is a desirable goal, current specifications for concrete construction provide considerable challenges for the concrete contractor and producer. Specification requirements can often have subjective interpretation, cause problems with the type of mixture appropriate for construction, means and methods of construction, or delay project schedules. This session will discuss some real world examples that have caused problems on projects and identify resources that can be used to avoid such issues by proper deliberations between project stakeholders.

 

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

 

Relating to Generation Y, the Millennial Generation in the Workplace, Part 1 | Grand C-D 

People born from the early 1980’s through the 2000s, known as Generation Y or the Millennial Generation, represent a class of employees that see the workplace differently than earlier generations. This generation, soon to represent a significant portion of the workforce, believe in being their own bosses, changing the world for the better, want flexible work schedules and prefer to work in a collaborative environment using the latest technologies available to do their work. They communicate through texts and spend significant time on their mobile phones. They want their work life to be an extension of their personal life. So how do you attract this type of talent and what does it take to entice them and retain them once they are hired. This session will take a look at the characteristics of Generation Y and what makes them different from previous generations.

 

Vehicle Crashes in the Ready Mix Industry – Insights on Accident Causation | Grand E-F 

Lytx’s in-cab video technology is deployed in almost a quarter million vehicles nationwide with several thousand of these vehicles being from the ready mix industry. This exception-based video not only captures unsafe driving actions for subsequent driver improvement efforts but also captures a birds-eye view of vehicle crashes. Unlike driver and law enforcement reports which are notoriously inaccurate, video provides unbiased evidence as to what actually happened in a crash. In this presentation Del Lisk will share insights on driver behavior and accident causation in the ready mix industry based on video review of actual collision and near collision incidents.

 

Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots: How to Get in the Game | Grand N-O 

There has been a rapid rise in owner interest and numerous project successes since the 2012 publication of the Guide to Concrete Overlays of Asphalt Parking Lots (funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation). These “wins” demonstrate that the potential for this application to dramatically expand concrete market share is for real. This session will review a number of overlay project successes and suggest steps for moving ahead in your market.

 

Operations Role in Improving Concrete Quality, Part 1 | Grand P-Q 

This presentation will discuss quality measurement and the cost savings from improving quality. The talk will highlight the role that operations personnel have in attaining better quality. Specifically best practices as related to batching, mixing, mixing water control, plant testing will be discussed. Actual examples and hypothetical scenarios will be presented. Readily implementable steps will be suggested.

 

2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

 

Relating to Generation Y, the Millennial Generation, in the Workplace, Part 2 | Grand C-D

People born from the early 1980’s through the 2000s, known as Generation Y or the Millennial Generation, represent a class of employees that see the workplace differently than earlier generations. This generation, soon to represent a significant portion of the workforce, believe in being their own bosses, changing the world for the better, want flexible work schedules and prefer to work in a collaborative environment using the latest technologies available to do their work. They communicate through texts and spend significant time on their mobile phones. They want their work life to be an extension of their personal life. So how do you attract this type of talent and what does it take to entice them and retain them once they are hired. Part two of this session will take a look at how business must adapt to this generation and tailor their communications in a way that appeals to Millennials and keeps them engaged and feeling like an integral piece of the organization.

 

The National Labor Relations Board Is Changing the Workplace. Are You Prepared? | Grand E-F 

Learn about the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) recently issued decisions that impact both union and non-union companies. They include changes that allow unions to be quickly and easily voted in by non-union companies’ employees. The latest NLRB revisions also force employers to release employees’ personal information to unions which could undermine employers’ due process rights about unionization. Additionally, these numerous NLRB decisions now find many employers’ rules of conduct policies illegal.

 

Bigger, Taller, Faster: Wood High-Rises Coming Soon to Your City | Grand N-O 

From Canada to the USA, a new breed of high-rise buildings are starting to win praise from architects, developers and environmentalists in the era of climate change. This session will explain the growing threat of wood high-rises from advance wood products and the claim of structures whose carbon footprint is 75 percent smaller than concrete and steel buildings. Despite the wood industry’s strong promotional efforts, the concrete industry can position itself to strengthen buildings codes in favor of non-combustible construction, meet environmental goals of our specifiers, and use scientific-based research to combat this threat in your backyard.

 

Operations Role in Improving Concrete Quality, Part 2 | Grand P-Q 

This is a continuation of Part 1.

 

Creative Approaches to Increasing Pervious Concrete in Your Market | Grand A-B

Gordon Singletary of S&W has transformed the use of pervious concrete in his marketplace to be viewed as a mainstay paving option. His successful use of pervious is credited to innovative approaches that bring value to owners. Gordon will present his approach to this increased market segment through project examples and original design ideas.

 

3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Results of the 2014 Industry Data Survey | Grand C-D

We will review the results of the 2014 edition of the NRMCA Industry Data Survey and will also discuss possible outcomes for the current year given varying economic and political considerations. Detailed information concerning components of a cubic yard of concrete will be discussed as well as trend analysis of various industry metrics. You won’t want to miss this session as the information in the NRMCA Industry Data Survey is a unique compilation of data that can be found nowhere else.

 

2015 Fleet Benchmarking Survey Results | Grand E-F 

The 2015 Fleet Benchmarking Survey results introduce some interesting new trends within the industry. Come find out how the latest information about transporting ready mixed concrete can help protect your bottom line.

 

Selling Concrete Parking Lots: The Boot Camp & Workshop | Grand N-O 

NRMCA offers two on-site training seminars for individual member companies to enable ready mixed concrete sales professionals to utilize fundamental promotion and partnering approaches to expand parking lot paving opportunities. The Boot Camp and Workshop, however, differ in key ways. In addition to learning about promotion fundamentals covered in both, and hearing feedback from participants, attendees will be in a position to consider if one of these seminars would be useful for their company’s sales team.

 

Fly Ash Supply and Beneficiation | Grand P-Q 

The potential of fly ash being designated as a hazardous waste has now been resolved. However, as the power industry uses various means to comply with emissions regulations, fly ash supply can vary from shortages to considerable variation in characteristics. This session will discuss the methods being used to manage emissions, the impact on fly ash quality, and the beneficiation options being used by the fly ash marketers.

 

4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

 

State of the Industry | Grand C-D 

We will discuss the current state of the ready mixed concrete industry from both the short and long-term perspectives and address such topics as population growth, current and historic ready-mix production levels, Federal government intervention and other factors on the horizon regarding the industry in evaluating the state of business.

 

Environmental Regulatory Rundown | Grand E-F 

This education session will cover updates on the latest environmental issues and how they impact ready mixed concrete producers. The session will be rounded out with a discussion on NRMCA’s Regulatory Enforcement Survey results.

 

Improving Concrete Success Rates Through Producer/Contractor Collaboration | Grand N-O 

Scott Haislip has had the benefit of working in an association capacity with ready mix concrete producers and in recent years as a pavement expert with two large concrete contractors. Scott will share ways state and national associations in collaboration with ready mixed concrete producers can best support contractors in gaining additional work for the benefit of all. Scott will share tips on analyzing project types and competitive stance in any given market place along with how best to work together to capitalize on the advantages of concrete.

 

How EPD’s are being used for Real World Projects | Grand P-Q 

This presentation will start with an overview of projects where Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) were requested as part of the project specifications and how project designers are using them. Dirk Kestner of Walter P. Moore (structural engineers) will describe a real world example of a 35 story, $1.5 billion concrete residential building in Houston and how high volume SCM concrete was used to lower impacts and meet the Whole Building LCA credit and the EPD credit in LEED v4. He will describe how he used the NRMCA Industry Wide EPD and Benchmark report to design a building with lower environmental impacts.

 

Tuesday, September 22

7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

 

Results of the 2014 Industry Data Survey | Grand C-D

We will review the results of the 2014 edition of the NRMCA Industry Data Survey and will also discuss possible outcomes for the current year given varying economic and political considerations. Detailed information concerning components of a cubic yard of concrete will be discussed as well as trend analysis of various industry metrics. You won’t want to miss this session as the information in the NRMCA Industry Data Survey is a unique compilation of data that can be found nowhere else.

 

B30.27 – Concrete Pump Safety Standards for Mixer Drivers | Grand E-F

Did you know there is a new safety standard for operations around concrete pumps? Did you know there are provisions in the new standard that place new responsibilities and liabilities directly on mixer drivers? Join us for this session to learn about the most up-to-date information on the new standard and NRMCA’s guidance on how to best comply.

 

Opportunities for Concrete Streets and Local Roads | Grand N-O 

New and renewed concrete promotion efforts are taking place in cities, counties and states across the country with concrete gaining a foothold and expanding market share in many jurisdictions. This session will briefly review new promotion approaches for streets and roads and then focus on project examples that illustrate the kind of opportunities that are increasingly being created.

 

Real Time Monitoring, Part 1 - Automated Slump Management Technology for Consistent Quality Concrete | Grand P-Q 

Regardless of the type of construction, the slump of concrete is very important to the concrete contractor for successful handling, placing and finishing. Specifications require concrete to be discharged to a target slump within acceptable tolerances. This often needs to be balanced with the need to maintain the strength and quality of concrete by controlling the quantity of water added. This presentation will discuss the automated monitoring of slump and the addition of water and admixtures to maintain slump to the required level before concrete is discharged. Water and admixture addition is quantified and can be controlled to not exceed quantities established by the mix design. These systems ensure that the quality of fresh and hardened concrete can be properly managed to satisfy the needs of the contractor and the project.

 

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

 

State of the Industry | Grand C-D

We will discuss the current state of the ready mixed concrete industry from both the short and long-term perspectives and address such topics as population growth, current and historic ready-mix production levels, Federal government intervention and other factors on the horizon regarding the industry in evaluating the state of business.

 

Mixer Drivers in 2015 – What They Need to Know | Grand E-F

As the industry’s ambassadors, making sure your mixer drivers have the best industry and product knowledge and education is critical for industry success. The updated 2015 Mixer Driver Manual is a gold standard resource for helping to mold your drivers into the industry’s professional front line that they should be.

 

Targeting Key Market Segments for Concrete Parking Lot Success (session A) | Grand N-O 

Based on requests of NRMCA for project assistance, several market sectors stand out as the greatest potential for success: Churches, Hospitals, Golf Courses, Schools and Auto Dealerships. This session will delve into opportunities for each of these market segments and will include discussion of new NRMCA marketing material to accompany pursuit.

 

Real Time Monitoring, Part 2 – Automated Air Content Management Technology in Fresh Concrete | Grand P-Q 

Managing the consistency of air content of freshly mixed concrete is an important challenge for the ready mixed concrete. It is well established that air entrained concrete is necessary for durable concrete that will be exposed to cycles of freezing and thawing. A system called AIRtrac is being used to monitor the entrained air in concrete, as the concrete is being mixed in a plant mixer with a stationary wall. This system is now being developed for use on a ready mix truck drum. The AIRtrac Mobile sensor will output the air content in the concrete in percent by volume and concrete temperature. The output information can be displayed in the truck cab or integrated with a telematics system for reliable monitoring to ensure that concrete will comply with project specifications.

 

Promoting Concrete Through LEED Projects (session B) | Grand A-B 

The new version of LEED has overhauled the Materials and Resources (MR) credits and concrete producers can use this as marketing advantage. The revamped MR credits will create opportunities for manufacturers that take the path to transparency through Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reports and Health Product Declarations (HPDs). These metrics will quickly become part of the company’s entry into the growing green marketplace. This session will discuss the how to promote concrete in LEED projects through NRMCA’s EPD Program, the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC), and the upcoming NRMCA Guide to material ingredients reporting.

 

 

For more information please contact the meetings department
at meetings@nrmca.org or 1-888-846-7622 ext 1152

 

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