Several technical sessions at the ACI Spring 2010 Convention, March 21-25, in Chicago, will highlight concrete repair in nontraditional and extreme conditions. Technical tours will supplement sessions by providing a hands-on look at unique concrete projects in the Chicago area.
The Hot Topic Session: Reconstruction Efforts in Haiti
will take place Tuesday, March 23. The session will detail the rebuilding
process and reconstruction efforts in Haiti after the devastating January
12 earthquake. Presentation topics include; the damage and aftermath of the Haiti earthquake from an eyewitness perspective,
seismicity of the Caribbean, first-hand evaluation of the construction used in Haiti one month after the earthquake, and
lessons learned from RC construction in the Americas from the Haiti Earthquake.
Local and nationally recognized experts in concrete repair
will deliver Concrete Repair- Xtreme Conditions Part 1 and 2, a full day
technical session also on Tuesday. The session will include presentations on
such landmark projects as the Bahai House of Worship, Ronald
Fenway Park, the I-35 Bridge reconstruction,
and Old Chicago Post Office repair. Topics involving post-tensioning repair in
a coastal environment, repair as sustainability, and specifications for repair
work will also be examined.
The Spring 2010 Convention also features technical tours
that provide real-world insight on local concrete projects. New to the tour
schedule is a free tour on Monday, March 21 of the recently completed 82-story
mixed-use skyscraper Aqua. The building uses irregularly shaped floor slabs to
maximize its tenants’ view of Chicago
landmarks resulting in a wavelike exterior.
Then on Tuesday, March 23, attendees will visit the
construction site at The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater
Chicago team. The tour will highlight the $228 million upgrade in its sewage
treatment facility featuring $90 million in cast-in-place concrete structures.
For more information on sessions and tours at the ACI Spring
2010 Convention, please visit www.aciconvention.org.