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ACI Announces 2021 Virtual Convention

Thursday, January 14, 2021

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The American Concrete Institute has announced that its ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will be held March 28 – April 1. The event was originally scheduled as an in-person conference in Baltimore, but has been changed to a virtual event to ensure “participation from anywhere around the world while prioritizing attendee safety,” according to the organization.

The 2020 convention was changed to a virtual event as well in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and took place in October.

“The ACI Virtual Concrete Convention held last October provided a record-breaking number of attendees the opportunity to participate in our programming,” stated Ronald G. Burg, PE, Executive Vice President, American Concrete Institute.

“For this coming March, we’ve assembled a lineup featuring hundreds of the industry’s brightest speakers sharing industry-leading information on a diverse offering of concrete materials, design, construction, and repair topics.  Registered attendees to the ACI Virtual Concrete Convention will be presented with five days packed full of live presentations, expert discussions, committee meetings, virtual networking opportunities, and more.”

According to ACI, 45 technical sessions will be presented live with viewing available afterward.

ACI featured five sessions in its press release announcing the event, including:

  • “Legal Issues in Concrete Construction – Lessons Leaned,” moderated by Jeff Coleman, with speakers Randy Poston, Bill Rushing, Matt D’Ambrosia and Coleman;
  • “The Concrete Industry in the Era of Artificial Intelligence,” moderated by M. Z. Naser, with speakers Henry Burton, Andrew Fahim, Pouria Ghods, Aali Alizadeh, Tahmid Medhi, Hayder Rasheed, Alaaeldin Abouelleil, Eric Fletcher, Emilio Taenqua, Liberato Ferrara, Ali Al-Obaidi, S. Gupta and Naser;
  • “Adjusting Workability of Successful 3-D Concrete Printing,” moderated by Shiho Kawashima and Scott Jones, with speakers Mohamadreza Moini, Jan Olek, Pablo Zavattieri, Jeffrey Youngblood, Gaurav Sant, Jason Timmons, Iman Mehdipour, Shang Gao, Hakan Atahan, Narayanan Neithalath, Mathieu Bauchy, Edward Garboczi, Samanvaya Srivastava, Wilson Ricardo Leal da Silva, Thomas Andersen, Nicos Martys, Scott Jones, William George, Timothy Wangler, Robert Flatt, Peter Stynoski, Eric Kreiger, Megan Kreiger, Viktor Mechtcherine, Karthik Pattaje, Chuanyue Shen, David Lange, Lex Reiter, Sooraj Nair, Manu Santhanam, Gaurav Sant, Narayanan Neithalath, Mohammed Sonebi, M. Dedenis, Sofiane Amziane, Arnaud Perrot, Joseph Biernacki, Hajar Afarani, Edward Garboczi, Newell Moser and Ebrahim Nasr-Esfahani;
  • “Impact of Hot Weather Conditions on Concrete Repair,” moderated by G. Terry Harris; and
  • “Productivity in the Concrete Industry – Why Has it Stagnated and How Can ACI Help?,” moderated by Cary Kopczynski, with speakers Oscar Antommattei, Mike Schneider, Mario Garza, Mike Tholen and Kopczynski.

The conference is also slated to include more than 300 virtual meetings as well as a keynote speaker, international forum, reception and student activities.


Tagged categories: American Concrete Institute; American Concrete Institute; Asia Pacific; Conferences; COVID-19; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Good Technical Practice; Latin America; North America; Z-Continents

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