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.


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