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2023 Pre-Construction Webinar Series

Discover how to have a successful concrete project by asking the right questions during your pre-construction meetings. In our exclusive 2023 Pre-Construction Webinar Series, industry experts will share their insights on key topics to help you improve your projects.

Learn from the experiences of our experts as they breakdown common challenges faced on the job and provide insight on proven solutions which will enable you to improve your productivity and margins.

Register Now for the 2023 Series

Achieving Formed Concrete Surface Quality

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Architects are specifying exposed concrete surfaces on an increasing number of projects. Resultantly contractors are often tasked to adopt forming and placing techniques that result in higher levels of exposed surface quality.

The starting point in achieving the specified surface finishes starts with a proactive discussion in preconstruction and prepour meetings. Several checklist items listed in the NRMCA/ASCC Checklist for the Concrete Pre-construction Conference, first published several years ago, provide direction on achieving formed surface quality.

In this discussion, our experts will identify these checklist items, then offer insights on the current products, technologies, and materials contractors should incorporate in the prepour meeting to provide a value-added solution. They will also highlight recent updates to three key industry documents that affect formed concrete surface quality: ACI 347.3R-13, Guide to Formed Concrete Surfaces, ACI 303 Guide to Cast-in-Place Architectural Concrete Practice, and ACI 309 Guide for Consolidation of Concrete.

Whether you are pouring a basement wall or an architectural column, you'll want to learn how to increase the quality of formed surfaces!

Learning objectives from this webinar:

  • How to avoid the three most common defects identified on formed surfaces.
  • How to incorporate the proper consolidation practice for that project to increase form surface quality.

Contractors, architects and engineers who attend this webinar will be given a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting certification purposes.

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Polished Concrete

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Concrete polishing contractors often begin work 30-40 days after concrete placement. Yet the efficiency of the polishing effort is directly affected by what happens on the day of the pour.

Concrete polishing contractors can become more efficient and meets the owner's specifications by effectively participating in all preconstruction/prepour meetings. Their concerns are supported by discussion items published in the Polished Concrete Pre-Construction Conference + Supplemental Bundle, recently published by the American Society of Concrete Contractors and the Concrete Polishing Council.

Polishing contractor members developed the checklists for projects specified using the ACI/-ASCC 310-J "Specification for Polished Concrete Slab Finishes. The bundle includes checklist items for both the submittal phase of the project and the preconstruction/prepour meetings.

You will hear from the experts who use these checklists on their projects in our discussion. Our panel will present some real-life experiences from projects that went smoother thanks to using the checklists.

The webinar will be of interest to flatwork contractors, polishing contractors and design professionals.

Take the opportunity to learn how to profit by using these checklists on every concrete polishing project.

Learning objectives from this webinar:

  • Discover the best ways to work through differences in the project's scope of work, contract specifications, and project submittals, focusing on performance requirements such as compressive/flexural strength, durability, shrinkage, curling, water/cementitious materials ratio, water content, slump, and air content.
  • Identify contract specifications that could become a conflict for a successful polishing project, such as the surface profile provided by the concrete contractor and the surface profile required for the polishing contractor.

Contractors, architects and engineers who attend this webinar will be given a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting certification purposes.

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Choosing the Right Tools, Equipment and Materials for Carbon-Neutral Projects

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An increasing number of owners are requesting that their structures be more sustainable, often with a goal of carbon neutrality. As essential parts of the value chain, owners are tasking producers and contractors to adopt practices, select tools/equipment, and use materials that contribute to a structure's carbon neutrality.

This webinar will help contractors develop a checklist of questions to ask in a prepour/preconstruction meeting. Our focus will begin with the many material options that exist to help reduce carbon on a project. Then, we will discuss the tools, equipment, and practices contractors can employ to reduce the carbon effect through operational efficiencies.

You will hear from the experts offering contractors and design professionals practical and successful suggestions on carbon reduction.

Take this opportunity to develop your exclusive checklist questions by which you can efficiently participate in a carbon-neutral concrete construction project.

Learning objectives from this webinar:

  • Recognize the effects of materials used to reduce a concrete construction project's carbon footprint, from mix design to surface treatment.
  • Identify the tools, equipment and techniques that concrete contractors can employ to achieve a measurable reduction of the project's carbon footprint.

Contractors, architects and engineers who attend this webinar will be given a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting certification purposes.

Industrial Floors When Using PLC and/or Supplementary Cementitious Materials

Wednesday, April 12, 2023, 3:00 PM EDT

Project specifications often require concrete contractors to place "green" floors to help to reduce the project's carbon footprint. In some cases, this request is a material specification calling for ingredients that decarbonize the concrete mix. These ingredients can include Portland limestone cement (C95 IL), additional supplementary cement materials, and even the inclusion of liquid C02.

Meeting these specifications for decarbonized mix designs can become complicated. The factors often discussed in the project phase include ASR mitigation techniques when local aggregates are reactive, accelerated project schedules and extreme weather conditions. Resultantly, there have been reports of placing difficulties, low strength gain and indications of reduced long-term surface durability.

This webinar will address questions and concerns that should be discussed in all preconstruction meetings when preparing for green concrete placement.

It's your opportunity to be prepared when asked to provide a "green" industrial floor, slab or pavement.

Learning objectives from this webinar:

  • How the introduction of C595 IL cements has affected industrial floor installations
  • How forensic testing can be used to identify issues when there are problems with green concrete slabs
  • How concrete contractors can be proactive when providing durable "green" industrial floors

Contractors, architects and engineers who attend this webinar will be given a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting certification purposes.

Concrete Frame Construction

Wednesday, May 10, 2023, 3:00 PM EDT

Interest in cast-in-place, structural concrete framing for mid- and high-rise structures has been increasing. Owners recognize that these buildings are inherently quieter, stronger, safer, more energy efficient and less expensive to maintain than buildings constructed with steel.

An important reason why design professionals are recommending structural concrete frame construction is technology advancements contractors and producers have been employing on projects around the country.

These projects include new approaches to mix designs, forming, maturity measurement and design software.

In this webinar, we will discuss some essential questions that should be addressed at the preconstruction meeting to ensure concrete contractors can streamline production.

Learning objectives from this webinar:

  • Outline the forming options for columns, walls, and foundations that support fast-track construction.
  • Select the proper mix design to accelerate the forming process.
  • Modifying the project's critical path using maturity measurement.
  • Learn how to increase your productivity using the technology behind structural concrete forming.

Contractors, architects and engineers who attend this webinar will be given a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting certification purposes.

Curing and Protecting Concrete in Hot Weather

Wednesday, June 14, 2023, 3:00 PM EDT

The best way to achieve a defect-free concrete surface is protecting the fresh concrete just after placement until it fully hardens. ACI 308R-16 Guide to External Curing of Concrete states that curing significantly influences the properties of the hardened concrete slab near its surface and at depth. Proper curing also allows the hardened concrete to achieve critical performance characteristics, such as strength, permeability, abrasion resistance, volume stability, propensity for early-age cracking and resistance to freezing and thawing, and deicing chemicals.

Fortunately for contractors, the ASCC/NRMCA Preconstruction Checklist addresses several questions regarding curing. The checklist questions address crucial curing questions such as application methods, periods of coverage, approved products and identify responsibilities for the application, inspection and removal of curing materials.

Curing is the contractor's last step opportunity to protect the quality placement when placement concrete in hot weather conditions. Adopting proper curing procedures is even more critical with the increased use of sustainable concrete mixes.

Experts will discuss the current best-practices contractors should raise during the preconstruction meeting to ensure a defect-free product when working in hot weather conditions.

If you place driveways, floors, sidewalks or roads, the information in this session will help you avoid quality issues.

Learning objectives from this webinar:

  • Learn the difference between curing materials and when contractors should insist on their use.
  • Match the proper curing method to anticipated hot weather conditions.

Contractors, architects and engineers who attend this webinar will be given a Certificate of Attendance for self-reporting certification purposes.