This focused series of sessions will address issues critical to the development and success of today’s field supervisors and project managers. Seeking ACI/TCA Tilt-Up Supervisor or Technician re-certification? Pick up continuing education hours at this event and skip the test!


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Disaster Preparedness: Lessons Learned from 2017’s Catastrophic Hurricanes, Floods and Fires

September 20, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:00am

Dallas Ballroom BC

Shawn Hickey, FTCA

It’s fair to state that in 2017, Mother Nature delivered a wrath of extreme challenges for many of us, from extreme heat, record lows, and historical floods, to devastating winds, relentless mudslides and overwhelming fires. Planning for such disasters has become a necessity in most of our businesses in order to limit property damage and loss of life. Join top tilt-up professionals from some of the most hard-hit areas in 2017 for a discussion surrounding the impact of these events and their plans for when disaster strikes again.

A Practical and Reliable Means to Polished Concrete Walls

September 20, 2018 from 10:00am to 10:30am

Dallas Ballroom BC

Barclay Gebel

Polished concrete is a beautiful, durable, low maintenance finish. Until lately it has been limited to horizontal surfaces. Past attempts at vertical applications have often failed to match the consistency and quality clients are used to in floors. Today, the tilt-up construction method is proving to be an efficient and reliable means to high-quality polished concrete walls. This presentation will feature two St. Louis area projects, the expansion of the Saint Louis Art Museum and Pfizer Bioplace, employing the tilt-up building system to deliver stunning wall panels. Barclay Gebel, vice president of field operations for Concrete Strategies will discuss each projects’ approach including mix design, polishing process and equipment, lifting and bracing, finishing and more. He will also highlight the benefits of tilt-up that make this finish practical.

Utilizing Internal Curing (IC) to Greatly Reduce and Often Eliminate Shrinkage and Curling

September 21, 2018 from 10:30am to 11:30am

Dallas Ballroom C

John P Ries

Jeff Speck

This presentation will cover the fundamentals of internal curing (IC) and show how and why it works along with several case studies. The IC process is simple and will be covered so that owners, designers, contractors, finishers and ready-mix suppliers will have the required information to specify and use IC concrete with confidence. The many benefits of internally cured concrete will be covered:

  • Improved workability and finish-ability (less sticky)
  • Enhanced jobsite curing and improved cement hydration
  • Increased strength and durability
  • Less shrinkage and early-age cracking (fewer & smaller cracks)
  • Improved sustainability and longer service life

Construction Fails – A Review of Conditions and Decisions Leading to Disastrous Accidents and Near Misses

September 21, 2018 from 11:30am to 12:30pm

Dallas Ballroom C

Barclay Gebel

Without a doubt, construction can be a dangerous business. Even so, not many mishaps on construction sites are freak accidents; the vast majority are completely preventable. During this seminar, Barclay Gebel will lead a panel of tilt-up experts in a review of several recent construction fails. While many times a root cause is identified in these instances - resulting in lawsuits, termination or even loss of business - assigning blame often leads to a false sense of closure and an over simplification of an accident’s cause. Therefore, the focus of this group will be to identify and discuss the myriad of conditions and decisions leading to each failure as well as the industry’s role in improving the culture, resources and awareness needed to prevent injury on the jobsite.

Erecting Irregular Tilt-Up Panel Shapes

September 21, 2018 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Dallas Ballroom C

James L. Caldwell

As tilt-up continues to stretch far beyond the big box, irregular panel shapes are becoming the norm. Special consideration needs to be given to the technical and logistical challenges that these panels can present. To promote safe and efficient erection of these complex panels this seminar will cover issues related to erection engineering of irregular shaped tilt-up panels, setting issues, rigging solutions with odd lifting patterns and issues that arise when L/r is excessive.

Now What? Managing the Aftermath of a Jobsite Accident

September 21, 2018 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Dallas Ballroom C

Robert Schindler

So, you’ve unfortunately had a jobsite accident, now what? Join Robert Schindler, safety director at Arch-Con Construction, as he breaks down the need for crisis management planning. Key elements including communication strategies, a plan for media interaction, cell phone and social media policies and more will be covered. Who says what and how they say it matters, so it’s important to stop rumors before they start and know that sometimes going viral is not a good thing.

Track highlight

Attendees will get a behind the scenes look at the construction of the monumental polished tilt-up panels making up the Saint Louis Art Museum's new building.

The Saint Louis Art Museum, Located in Forest Park in Saint Louis, Missouri, is situated atop Art Hill overlooking the Grand Basin, the central gathering place for the 1904 World's Fair. Designed by renowned American architect Cass Gilbert, the Saint Louis Art Museum's original structure was the only building from the World’s Fair designed to be permanent. The 200,000 square foot addition, designed by London architect David Chipperfield, consists of large, clean expanses of glass and monumental planes of highly polished black concrete. The stark contrast created by the simplicity and darkness of the expansion keeps clean the reading of the original building and establishes a somewhat submissive attitude while sustaining its own sense of monumentality.

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