Improving Concrete Quality Online

November 16th and 17th | Now Online!

11 am to 4 pm

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REGISTRATION FEE: $295 (Members & Non-Members)

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Monday, November 16

11:00 am: Welcome

11:15 am: Overview of Quality Organization

Noon: Quantifying Impact of Quality Systems

12:45 pm: Break

1:45 pm: Statistical Concepts for Monitoring Quality

2:30 pm: Monitoring and Controlling Water Content in Mixtures

3:15 pm: Quantifying Variability of Ingredient Materials

Tuesday, November 17

11:00 am: Quantifying Variability Associated with Manufacturing

11:45 am: Quantifying Variability Associated with Testing – Monitoring Test Data

12:30 pm: Producer Product Testing to Minimize Variability

12:45 pm: Break

1:45 pm: What to do with acceptance test data – A case study of 3 projects

2:15 pm: Impact of Specifications on Quality

2:45 pm: The Quality-Sustainability link

3:00 pm: Quality Management System (NRMCA Quality Certification Program)

Purpose and Background

Improved concrete quality has far reaching benefits—in improved performance, reduced time and costs, a lower environmental footprint of concrete and an overall improvement in the quality of concrete construction. Through a variety of resources, this course will help unlock the benefits of improved quality.

What will you learn?

  • How do you know if you have good quality? What should be your quality metric?
  • How to become more profitable through better quality?
  • What are all the key statistical calculations you need to know in concrete?
  • How to control the mixing water content in concrete?
  • How to deal with temperature and delivery time variations?
  • What is the most effective way to ensure that your material ingredients are of good quality?
  • How to improve batching accuracy, mixing uniformity?
  • How to identify non standard testing and curing? How to improve testing quality?
  • Tests a producer should do, internal audits and many more…

Who Should Attend?

This course will be of significant value to concrete producers that will come away with readily implementable steps to manage variability and attain a more consistent product, thereby seeing performance benefits and cost savings. Concrete ingredient material suppliers will benefit by understanding the needs of their customers and to develop information on variability that can help their quality systems.
The course will help testing labs measure and improve testing quality. Design professionals can benefit from this course by recognizing the opportunity for improved quality in concrete construction and the evolution to performance based specifications.

Text/handouts – Publications worth $350+

  • Improving Concrete Quality book
  • NRMCA QC Manual Section 1
  • Quality Management System for Ready Mixed Concrete Companies
  • NRMCA Quality Award, Survey and Certification Information
  • Variables that Influence Concrete Compressive Strength
  • Code and Standards Requirements for Acceptance Testing – Presentation with notes and checklist
  • NRMCA/ASCC Pre-Construction Checklist
  • Related Technology in Practice topics
  • Related Specification in Practice topics and P2P Presentation
  • Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) Form and Manual

Instructors

Kevin A. MacDonald, FACI, is president and principal, Beton Consulting Engineers LLC, Mendota Heights, MN, with specific expertise in the production and performance of concrete. He is a licensed professional engineer in Minnesota and Ontario, Canada, and is a fellow of ACI. MacDonald co-chairs ACI subcommittee 130-B, Production/Transport/Construction; ACI committee 306, Cold Weather Concreting; chairs the NACE task group; and the TAC awards task group and is an active member of several ACI committees. He is the current president of the ACI Minnesota chapter and serves on the Steering Committee of the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of Minnesota.

Karthik Obla, Ph.D., P.E., FACI, is Vice President, Technical Services at NRMCA. With over 25 years of experience in concrete technology, he is responsible for NRMCA’s concrete producer quality initiatives as well as various educational and technical programs. He supports NRMCA’s P2P initiative and directs the activities of the NRMCA Research Laboratory. A fellow of ACI and a winner of ACI’s Young Professional Achievement Award and ASTM Award of Appreciation from the Sustainability and Concrete Committees, Dr. Obla is an active member of various ACI, ASTM, and TRB technical committees. He has served as chair for ASTM 09.49—Pervious Concrete, and ACI 232—Fly Ash and Natural Pozzolans. He has published a book on concrete quality and a chapter in a book on concrete sustainability and has over 100 technical articles and reports. He holds a B. Tech in civil engineering from IIT (BHU) Varanasi, India and a M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

This course earns 8 credits towards a CCPf designation in the Concrete Technology career track. CCPf, standing for Certified Concrete Professional, is the highest professional designation in the industry.

 

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