2022 Calendar of CPCOZ Events

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January 5: Minnesota Concrete Council (MCC) Best of Decorative Concrete 2021

January 26: Minnesota Concrete Council Portland Limestone-Cement and New Industry Initiatives

January 26: Portland Limestone-Cement and New Industry Initiatives
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST
Presenter: Jamie Farny (Director, Environmental Measurement and Metrics at the Portland Cement Association)
Credits: 1 PDH and/or 1 AIA CES LU (AIA Course #MCC012622)
Registration Link: https://cvent.me/a8zakZ

Description: With a growing interest in sustainability, the construction industry is looking for solutions to help reduce its carbon footprint. The Portland Cement Association’s newly released Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality lays out the cement and concrete industry’s commitment to a lower carbon future. With its proven performance, portland-limestone cement, or PLC, is ready to play a key role, yet many designers and specifiers don’t know about it. This program will explain what PLCs are, how to use them, and their effects on fresh and hardened concrete properties. Several examples of PLC projects in the U.S. over the past decade will show how others have used it successfully.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the potential savings in CO2 footprint when using PLC to make concrete and explain how that is achieved.
  2. State the replacement level and how to modify mix designs when swapping in PLC for OPC.
  3. State how supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs) contents are affected by using PLC.
  4. Describe how PLC affects fresh and hardened concrete properties relative to OPC concrete.

Speaker Bio: Jamie Farny promotes the use of cement-based materials for various applications by focusing on sustainability, resilience, energy efficiency, durability, and other key benefits. He assisted with development of PCA’s new campaign to raise awareness of portland-limestone cements (PLCs) for improved sustainability of concrete construction. He holds a B.S. degree in Civil Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology.


February 2: Minnesota Concrete Council Economic Outlook for 2022

February 20-22: MCA 62nd Annual Meeting
Springfield, MO

February 22: CPCOZ Annual Planning Retreat
Springfield, MO

February 23: How Do I Write a Sustainable Concrete Specification?
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST
Presenter: Donn Thompson AIA, LEED AP BD+C (Senior Director, Building Innovations at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association)
Credits: 1 PDH and/or 1 AIA CES LU (AIA Course #MCC022322)
Registration Link: https://cvent.me/rv3ZoQ

Description: Concrete is used in nearly every structure we build today, including buildings, bridges, homes and infrastructure. With greater emphasis placed on sustainability, design professionals are faced with the challenge of meeting traditional design criteria with evolving criteria that support green building and efforts to reduce impact on climate change. Performance-based specifications for concrete represent an important synergy with sustainability initiatives because they provide the opportunity to optimize mixtures for performance that can also reduce environmental impacts. Prescriptive specifications often adversely impact the environmental footprint of concrete structures. This presentation outlines how concrete performance can be improved while lowering environmental footprint by implementing performance-based specifications.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the difference between performance-based specification and prescriptive specifications.
  2. Discover how performance-based specifications can improve performance and lower environmental impact of concrete structures.
  3. Learn how to implement performance-based specifications in projects.
  4. Demonstrate the importance of balancing structural and architectural performance of concrete with green building strategies.

Speaker Bio: Donn C. Thompson is the Senior Director, Building Innovation for the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.  Based in Kenosha, WI, he supports the Build with Strength program, demonstrating the first cost and long-term advantages of ready mixed concrete building systems throughout eight Midwest states.   A licensed architect and LEED accredited, Donn has over 20 years of practical experience in design and construction.  More recently he has worked for over 23 years in the cement and concrete industry holding a variety of technical promotion and sales positions.

February 23-25: 42nd Annual MO/KS Chapter,ACPA Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Conference
Kansas City, MO

March 8: Understanding the Conversion to PLC
Springfield, MO

March 15-18: NRMCA Annual Convention
San Antonio, TX

March 23: The Role of Materials in Sustainable Concrete Pavement Construction
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST
Presenter: Dr. Peter C. Taylor P.E. (Director, CPTech Center)
Credits: 1 PDH and/or 1 AIA CES LU (AIA Course #MCC032322)
Registration Link: https://cvent.me/m72W4D

Description: With increasing discussion about the need to control global warming, engineers are starting to pay attention to how they can reduce the environmental impact of their work. This presentation will review what actions have been taken in recent years to reduce carbon footprint in concrete construction, as well as offer some thoughts on what actions can be taken today, and dream a little about the future.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the source of carbon dioxide in production of concrete infrastructure systems
  2. Describe actions that can be taken to change manufacturing processes to reduce carbon footprint
  3. Debate how these changes can be implemented under current contractual systems
  4. Understand what actions have been taken in recent years to reduce carbon footprint in concrete construction

Speaker Bio: Peter Taylor is the Director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center at Iowa State University.  He is involved in conducting projects and programs investigating materials related aspects of concrete pavements.  He also spends time helping agencies and contractors implement best practices in concrete pavement design, construction and maintenance.  His research is focused on developing mixtures that are engineered to meet the requirements of the environment that will be used in.

He is a Professional Engineer, registered in Illinois and active in a number of professional societies.

March 27-31: ACI Spring Convention
Orlando, FL

March 29-April 2: ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade 1 Exam
Springfield, MO

April 1-April 2: ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade 1 Exam
Springfield, MO

April 6: The History Of Concrete – How It Started

April 12-13: Pittsburg State University Construction Expo
Pittsburgh, KS


April 26-27: Missouri S&T Concrete Conference 
Rolla, MO

April 27: Green Concrete – Where We Are Now and How Green Can We Get?
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST
Presenter: Kevin MacDonald, PhD, P.E. (President, Beton Consulting Engineers)
Registration Link: https://cvent.me/8ZMV7E

Description: Green building is the concept of constructing buildings we need today without depleting resources for future generations. In the new world of sustainable building, information about the strength, durability, and indestructible nature of concrete as a resourceful building material is emerging. Amid the teardown-and-replace mentality still pervasive in the world today, concrete stands out defiantly. Try to replace concrete with an alternative building material, and you’ll be hard pressed to find a substitute possessing the same thermal qualities, design flexibility, and permanence. This presentation will discuss where we are at as a green industry and the various ‘green” efforts that have been used in concrete production, such as substituting relatively high percentage of cement by fly ash (up to 100%), the use of other natural pozzolans, and development of concrete with recycled or waste materials. The presenter will also discuss where the industry might be headed in the future. Finally, problems in the realization of and potential barriers to green concrete construction are also discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understand the basics of SCM replacement in concrete mixtures.
  2. At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will have a better understanding of what is being done to make concrete construction more environmentally friendly.
  3. Learn where the concrete construction industry might be headed with regards to green building and sustainability.
  4. Understand the problems in the realization of and potential barriers to green concrete construction.

Speaker Bio: Kevin is Beton’s founder and president. He is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute (ACI) and a member of ASTM, ASCE, the Concrete Society and Professional Engineers Ontario.  His commitment to ACI includes a role as the past chair of the 132-Responsibility in Concrete Construction and chair of subcommittee 130-0B Production/Transport/Construction and 302 Construction of Concrete Floors. Further, he is a member of ACI committees 211-Proportioning Concrete Mixtures, 212-Chemical Admixtures, 223-Shrinkage-Compensating Concrete, and 232-Fly Ash in Concrete and 318.  In addition to his concrete consulting work, Kevin is an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the construction management program where he teaches courses in concrete, reinforced concrete design and heavy construction. He brings considerable experience in field and lab concrete, quality control and problem-solving to his students and clients.  He earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering as well as a Master’s and PhD in Engineering Materials from the University of Windsor in Ontario. Quality of concrete remains one of Kevin’s interests. He is heavily involved in ACI certification with the Aggregate and Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Minnesota.



May 25: Ultra High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – Design and Application
Time: Noon – 1:00 pm CST
Presenter: : Travis Konda (Senior Technical Advisor, HNTB) and Mario Ratnaraj (Bridge Engineer, HNTB)
Credits: 1 PDH and/or 1 AIA CES LU (AIA Course #MCC052522)
Registration Link: https://cvent.me/Ez1Ogg

Description: Ultra High Performance Concrete (UPHC) describes a class of concrete material with a unique set of properties including: Strengths of 21,000 ksi plus, high ductility, low permeability and rapid strength gain. With these unique material properties, UHPC facilitates short development lengths, thin overlays and the potential for further development in optimized prestress girders for longer spans with less material. UHPC continues to play an important role in Accelerated Bridge Construction serving as the connecting material between precast elements allowing for small joints with short lap lengths while obtaining full connectivity between the elements. This presentation will introduce the audience to UHPC, the basic material properties, applications and lessons learned.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Define UHPC – what is it? What are the defining characteristics?
  2. Understand the strength and subsequent reinforcement development
  3. Identify applications for UHPC as part of Accelerated Bridge Construction
  4. Establish an awareness of other UHPC applications and current developments

Speaker Bios:

Travis Konda (Senior Technical Advisor, HNTB) Travis has 16 plus years of experience with HNTB as both a bridge designer and construction engineer assisting in the delivery of multiple Mississippi River bridge projects, including the Franklin Avenue rehabilitation project using ABC techniques.

Mario Ratnaraj (Bridge Engineer, HNTB) Mario has worked for HNTB for seven years as a bridge designer.  He worked in the field helping to deliver the Franklin Avenue rehabilitation project.

MAY TBA: CPCOZ Board Meeting
Springfield, MO

June 3: SCA Pig Roast
Springfield, MO

TBA: ICF Site Tour
Springfield, MO

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TBA: SCA Build U
Springfield, MO

September 1: SCA Chicken Barbecue
Springfield, MO

September 29- October 3: NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference
Aurora, CO

September TBA: CPCOZ Board Meeting
Springfield, MO

October 1- October 3: NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference
Aurora, CO

October 23- October 27: ACI Fall Conference
Dallas, TX

TBD: Converting to PLC
Springfield, MO

November 10: SCA Salute to Construction Banquet
Springfield, MO

November TBA: CPCOZ Board Meeting
Springfield, MO

December TBA: Wrap Up Meeting
Springfield, MO