Iowa Better Concrete Conference

This annual event, organized by the Iowa Chapter of the American Concrete Institute, is held the second Thursday of November at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa. The morning keynote speakers are followed by afternoon concurrent sessions focused on issues relevant to Iowa projects. The annual Iowa Excellence in Concrete Awards from the ACI Iowa chapter are presented at the luncheon.



2018 Presentations


Concrete and Masonry, A Historical Perspective (PDF not available)
Mark Lukkarila, Beton Consulting Engineers

UHPC Deck Overlay in Sioux County (PDF)
Sri Sritharan, CCEE – Iowa State University

Large Job Logistics (PDF)
Brian Doser, Absolute Concrete

Tilt-Up 101 Intro for a Tilt-up Market (PDF)
Jim Baty, Sauter, Baty & Bloomquist, Inc.

Cement Stabilization of Soils (PDF)
Sybil Ferrier, CMT

Silicon Dust and OSHA (PDF)
Tom Suckow, Iowa Workforce Development

SCMs – Overview and Applications (PDF)
Larry Sutter, Michigan Tech University

Internal Curing in Pavements (PDF)
Peter Taylor, National CP Tech Center

Sealers for Deck Coatings (PDF)
David Sanders, CCEE – Iowa State University

Cold Weather Concrete (PDF)
Kevin MacDonald, Beton Consulting Engineers

Making the Jump from Flatwork to Vertical (PDF)
Cliff Plymesser, EFCO Corp

You Didn’t Get a Perfect Exposed Concrete Wall Surface – Whose Fault Was It? (PDF)
David Fowler, University of Texas (retired)

Plate Dowels (PDF)
Nicole Dufalla, PNA Construction Technologies

Unmanned Aerial System – Benefits of Eyes in the Sky (PDF not available)
Katelyn Freeseman, Bridge Engineering Center – Iowa State University

Asset Management in Clive (PDF)
Larry Stevens, HR Green Company

I-74 Concrete Drilled Shaft Installation – Quality Control Lessons Learned (PDF)
Travis Konda, HNTB


2017 Presentations


Kum & Go Headquarters: Krause Gateway Center (PDF)
Nick Aldrich, Ryan Construction
Jordan Stokes, Ryan Construction

CSI: Concrete Scene Investigation (PDF)
Bobby Bullard, Ash Gove Cement

I-74 Corridor in the Quad Cities: Concrete Applications, Delivery and Placement (PDF)
Diane Campione, P.E., S.E., Alfred Benesch and Company

Electrically Conductive Concrete Heated Airport Pavement System at Des Moines International Airport: Design, Construction and Performance (PDF)
Halil Ceylan, Ph.D, Iowa State University

Self-Consolidating Concrete: Bridging Research and Practice (PDF)
Matthew D’Ambrosia, Ph.D, P.E., MJ2 Consulting, PLLC

Modern Day Admixtures (PDF)
Russ Horner, Croell Redi-Mix

Structural Rehabilitation of Buildings (PDF)
Satish Jain, Iowa State University

Ultra High Performance Concrete (PDF)
Brian Keierleber, Buchanan County
Alex Davis, Buchanan County

Slipform Tilt Slab (STS) Paving: A Solution Presented for the Border Wall (PDF)
Drew Manatt, P.E.

Wind Turbine Foundations (PDF)
Kirk B. Morgan, P.E., P.Eng., Barr Engineering Co.

Aggregate Reactivity in Concrete (PDF)
Gerard Moulzolf, PG, American Engineering Testing, Inc.

Driveways: What to Expect, What to Require (PDF)
Tim Ruth, McReddy Ruth Construction
Tim Janssen, Central Iowa Ready Mix
Steve Mallicoat, IRMCA/ICPA

Concrete Moisture and pH Testing: What are we Measuring? (PDF)
Scott M. Tarr, P.E., FACI, North S Tarr Concrete Consulting, P.C.

Internal Curing Concrete (PDF)
Peter Taylor, Ph.D, P.E., National CP Tech Center
Payam Vosoughi, National CP Tech Center

Why is Rheology Important for Shortcrete and How it Can be Improved (PDF)
Ezgi Yurdakul, Ph.D, GCP Applied Technology



2016 Presentations


Responsibility for Concrete Construction (PDF)
Kevin A. MacDonald, Ph.D, P.E., FACI, Beton Consulting Engineers
ACI Chapter Meeting presentation

Design and Construction: Tallest Wind Turbine Tower in the U.S. (PDF)
Matt Chase, Wind Tower Technologies
Steven McRory, Siemens Energy, Inc.

Hancher Auditorium Replacement Facilité at the University of Iowa
Chris Hart, Thornton Tomasetti

Eastern European Concrete, Sorta Kinda the Same
Larry Taber, Black & Veatch

The Pentagon and an Ancient Mystery: Rebuild Following 9/11 (PDF)
Scott Wolter, P.G., American Petrographic Services, Inc.

Project Alluvion Updates (PDF)
Jeremy Huntsman, HRGreen

Concrete Mixture and Specifications (PDF)
Kevin A. MacDonald, Ph.D, P.E., FACI, Beton Consulting Engineers

Concrete Under Nanoscope: Mechano-Chemical Activation of Fly Ash-Nanoparticle Blends in Self-Consolidating Concrete (PDF)
Konstantin Sobolev, University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

Concrete Pressure in Formwork (PDF)
Martin Howes, EFCO

Bridge Deck Curing Systems (PDF)
Tyler Ley, P.E., Ph.D, Oklahoma Sate University

A Contractor’s Point of View: Super Flat Floors (PDF)
Kurt Norland, Jensen Builders