The American Concrete Institute is excited to host the ACI Concrete Convention in Philadelphia. Known as the world’s gathering place for advancing concrete, the convention will take place Nov. 3-6 at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown.

The event will bring together engineers, contractors, educators, manufacturers and material representatives to discuss and collaborate on concrete codes, specifications and practices. Attendees will benefit from technical and educational sessions that feature the latest research, case studies and best practices, along with opportunities to earn Professional Development Hours. Additionally, select sessions will be available on-demand for those attending virtually.

The in-person convention will highlight companies, projects, research and more, and will include numerous networking events where attendees can connect with leading professionals in the concrete industry. Participants can also explore the exhibit hall to discover a wide array of products and services offered by exhibitors.

The convention boasts a comprehensive schedule with over 300 committee meetings, more than 60 technical sessions, an industry trade exhibition, networking events and much more. All committee meetings are open to attendees and select programming will be accessible on-demand for remote participants.

Convention highlights include:

  • Opening Session: The opening session is the official start to the ACI Convention and will begin with a welcome address by ACI President Michael J. Paul. The opening session will conclude with a keynote presentation.
  • ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Gala: The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards will showcase and honor some of the most creative concrete projects from around the world, nominated by ACI chapters, international partners and, new for this year, project team members. Project nominations were judged by industry professionals with technical expertise in each of the seven award categories.
  • Innovation Day – AI Odyssey: Two sessions will explore state-of-the-art machine learning applications in modeling cement and concrete properties. Industry professionals and researchers will demonstrate AI’s game-changing role in concrete science. Attendees will gain insight into AI applications in 3-D concrete printing, concrete mixture optimization, crack detection and understanding composition-property linkages. Register for Innovation Day’s lunch to sit in on a special presentation by Robert Otani, chief technology officer and director of core studio at Thorton Tomasetti.
  • Pervious Concrete Student Competition: Undergraduate teams are challenged to apply sustainability concepts and use their knowledge of concrete mixture design by producing pervious concrete, which balances permeability and splitting tensile strength. Results and cash prizes will be announced at the Student Awards Program on Monday.
  • Concrete Mixer: Join ACI attendees and guests for an evening of networking, entertainment and great food during the Concrete Mixer, held at the convention venue. An assortment of food and beverages will be available.
  • President’s Reception: Paul invites all convention attendees to the President’s Reception, where you’ll have the opportunity to network with committee chairs, chapter presidents and international attendees. An assortment of food and a hosted bar will be available.

Technical and educational sessions will be presented live, with on-demand viewing available afterward through the convention platform for both in-person and virtual attendees.

Registration is now open online, with discounted rates available until Nov. 1. For more information about the ACI Concrete Convention and to register, visit