Iowa Better Concrete Conference

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

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) organizes the Iowa Better Concrete Conference that is sponsored by the Iowa chapter of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) as well as the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT); the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA); the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA); the Portland Cement Association (PCA); and Iowa State University’s Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering (CCEE).

A World of Concrete Pavements
Mike Ayers, Global Pavement Consultants

National Veterans Memorial and Museum Construction Challenges
Mike Schneider, Baker Concrete Construction

History of Slipform Pavement
Todd Hanson, Iowa DOT

Innovative Concrete Technologies: University of Iowa Visual Arts Building (PDF not available)
Steve Heyne, Miron Construction

26th Annual ACI Excellence in Concrete Awards
Mike Schneider, Baker Concrete Construction

Concrete Durability: Overview of the Ongoing Research at the CP Tech Center
Seyedhamed Sadati, CP Tech Center
Peter Taylor, Ph.D, P.E., CP Tech Center

Best Practices for Digital Design and Inspection of Concrete Paving Projects
Gabe Nelson, Snyder & Associates

Opportunities for Concrete and Buildings to Contribute to Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets
Jeremy Gregory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Impact of Manufactured Sand on Concrete Pavement Design Inputs, Construction, and Performance
Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

Characterization of Cement Paste Structures Fabricated by Additive Manufacturing (PDF not available)
Scott Jones, NIST

Using Noncontact Ultrasonic Testing for Setting Time and Saw Cut Initiation Time
Quang Tran, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana

Colloidal Silica
David Harris, Intelligent-Concrete

Guidance for Increasing the Use of Recycled Concrete Pavement Materials
Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina – Charlotte

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

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

Large Job Logistics
Brian Doser, Absolute Concrete

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

Cement Stabilization of Soils
Sybil Ferrier, CMT

Silicon Dust and OSHA
Tom Suckow, Iowa Workforce Development

SCMs – Overview and Applications
Larry Sutter, Michigan Tech University

Internal Curing in Pavements
Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center

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

Cold Weather Concrete (PDF not available)
Kevin MacDonald, Beton Consulting Engineers

Making the Jump from Flatwork to Vertical (PDF not available)
Cliff Plymesser, EFCO Corp

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

Plate Dowels
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
Larry Stevens, HR Green Company

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

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

CSI: Concrete Scene Investigation
Bobby Bullard, Ash Grove Cement

I-74 Corridor in the Quad Cities: Concrete Applications, Delivery and Placement
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
Halil Ceylan, Ph.D, Iowa State University

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

Modern Day Admixtures
Russ Horner, Croell Redi-Mix

Structural Rehabilitation of Buildings
Satish Jain, Iowa State University

Ultra High Performance Concrete
Brian Keierleber, Buchanan County
Alex Davis, Buchanan County

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Responsibility for Concrete Construction: ACI 132
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.
Matt Chase, Wind Tower Technologies
Steven McRory, Siemens Energy, Inc.

Hancher Auditorium Replacement Facilité at the University of Iowa (PDF not available)
Chris Hart, Thornton Tomasetti

Eastern European Concrete, Sorta Kinda the Same (PDF not available)
Larry Taber, Black & Veatch

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

Project Alluvion Updates
Jeremy Huntsman, HRGreen

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

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

Concrete Pressure in Formwork
Martin Howes, EFCO

Bridge Deck Curing Systems
Tyler Ley, P.E., Ph.D, Oklahoma State University
Amir Hajibabaee
Mehdi Khanzadeh
Jacob Peery
Jake LeFlore
Travis Ebisch

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