Education

Don't miss these education sessions that will push your business forward in the ever-growing precast/prestressed concrete industry.

All PCI education sessions are included in your registration fee. When you purchase a PCI Full Conference or Daily registration, you also gain access to education sessions offered at no charge by NPCA. Member discount pricing will apply for any NPCA courses with additional charges.

You can click on the individual day to view the schedule by day. If you would like to view the schedule by track, please scroll to the bottom of the page to view the information.

NPCA Sessions are listed in Orange | PCI Sessions are listed in Blue

By Day

8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • PQS: I Production and Quality School Level 1 Day 1
    Speaker/s: Mel C
    . Marshall, P.Eng., Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants Inc. Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA
    Track: Production and Quality School
    Description: Production and Quality School (PQS I) is NPCA’s flagship course and is the perfect starting point to provide plant personnel with the fundamentals of quality precast concrete manufacturing. Designed especially for all production personnel and QC inspectors, this course covers all aspects of manufactured concrete production, from raw materials to post-pour inspection, with special emphasis on maintaining high quality throughout the entire manufacturing process. This course satisfies the plant certification requirement of the current edition of the NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants.
    Please Note: Participants in this school are required to attend both days of class and pass the exam to obtain a certificate of course completion. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

  • PQS II: Production Day 1
    Speaker/s
    David Jablonsky, P.E., FPCI, ALP Supply; Todd Jones, ALP Supply; Barry Fleck, ALP Supply; Todd Spindler, Sika Corp. Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, NPCA
    Track: Production and Quality School
    Description: PQS Level II – Production is designed for plant personnel who will benefit from a comprehensive understanding of precast-specific production practices in four key areas: lifting and handling; issues related to production practices; lean manufacturing; and patching and repair. This course goes beyond the fundamentals explored in PQS Level I to prepare students to think critically about the links between these four areas and common plant production and safety issues.

    Course participants will go in-depth in exploring these topics, discussing best practices and learning to address production challenges in their plants. Shift supervisors, team leaders, production managers, batch plant operators, engineering and drafting personnel and those who aspire to these positions should attend.

  • PQS III: Leadership
    Speaker/s:
    Sam Lines, MBA, Concrete Sealants Inc.
    Track: Production and Quality School
    Description: Attendees of this workshop will learn what it means to be a leader; learning to lead themselves and influence others. The discussions, skits, and activities presented will enhance the skills and knowledge necessary to become a person of influence. Attendees will learn key attributes required to build teams, select employees, and motivate others to accomplish the goals of the organization. Anyone who wishes to be a person of influence in their company, their community, or in any organization is encouraged to attend this course.

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • PQS I: Production and Quality School Level 1 Day 2
    Speaker/s: Mel C. Marshall, P.Eng., Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants Inc. Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA

    Track: Production and Quality School
    Description: Production and Quality School (PQS I) is NPCA’s flagship course, and is the perfect starting point to provide plant personnel with the fundamentals of quality precast concrete manufacturing. Designed especially for all production personnel and QC inspectors, this course covers all aspects of manufactured concrete production, from raw materials to post-pour inspection, with special emphasis on maintaining high quality throughout the entire manufacturing process. This course satisfies the plant certification requirement of the current edition of the NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants.
    Please Note: Participants in this school are required to attend both days of class and pass the exam to obtain a certificate of course completion. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

  • PQS II: Production Day 2
    Speaker/s:
    David Jablonsky, P.E., FPCI, ALP Supply; Todd Jones, ALP Supply; Barry Fleck, ALP Supply; Todd Spindler, Sika Corp. : Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, NPCA
    Track: Production and Quality School
    Description: PQS Level II – Production is designed for plant personnel who will benefit from a comprehensive understanding of precast-specific production practices in four key areas: lifting and handling; issues related to production practices; lean manufacturing; and patching and repair. This course goes beyond the fundamentals explored in PQS Level I to prepare students to think critically about the links between these four areas and common plant production and safety issues.
    Course participants will go in-depth in exploring these topics, discussing best practices and learning to address production challenges in their plants. Shift supervisors, team leaders, production managers, batch plant operators, engineering and drafting personnel and those who aspire to these positions should attend.

  • PQS III: Leadership
    Speaker/s:
    Sam Lines, MBA, Concrete Sealants Inc.
    Track: Production and Quality School
    Description: Attendees of this workshop will learn what it means to be a leader; learning to lead themselves and influence others. The discussions, skits, and activities presented will enhance the skills and knowledge necessary to become a person of influence. Attendees will learn key attributes required to build teams, select employees, and motivate others to accomplish the goals of the organization. Anyone who wishes to be a person of influence in their company, their community, or in any organization is encouraged to attend this course.

3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • TITAN: Titan II Power User
    Track: Sponsored Education
    Description: Created for the sales representative, estimator, engineer, production scheduler, dispatcher, QC inspector/manager, inventory manager and all accounting personnel, this course will have something for everyone who works with the Titan II Precast Management System. All new modules and enhancements added to Titan within the last year will be reviewed and demonstrated. Additionally, we will discuss helpful tools and features that are classic time savers. Attendees are sure to come away with ideas and methods to immediately improve the processes within their precast company. Attendees receive 1 Credit towards TGC.

    • Visual Takeoff Module (VT3000)
    • Worksheet/Quoting mode
    • Metric vs Imperial
    • Floating Protractor
    • Screen/Drawing Options
    • Enhanced Drawing Options
    • Isometric views
    • Other New Options
    • New Quality Control Module (QCTitan)
    • Cloud Features
    • Mobile Features
    • Accounting Features
    • General Ledger with Source
    • Posted/Unposted Screen
    • Other New Features/Reports
    • Inventory Inquiry/Management Features
    • Production Scheduling Features
    • Dispatch Features
    • New Management Reports
    • Many Other New Features

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • OPER1: The Anatomy of a False Claim: The False Claim Act, QC/Billing Pitfalls and the Whistleblower
    Speaker/s: Brad Parrott, Hudson Parrot Walker, LLC
    Description: In recent years, there has been increased scrutiny by the Department of Justice of deficient or defective products that are produced and paid for on a federally funded project. This scrutiny most often arises by way of a current or former employee “blowing the whistle.” This session will explore the intersection of the False Claims Act (FCA) with quality control and billing. It will also discuss methods of reviewing employee claims of impropriety in a constructive and productive manner that minimizes FCA exposure. This session will be led by attorneys with deep experience representing precast concrete producers in both FCA litigation and employment disputes.

  • OPER3 Innovations in Precast I
    Speaker/s:
    Paul Mellon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, TruAbrasives by Strategic Materials; Dale King, Engineering & Customer Technical Relations Manager, Bekaert Corporation; Christopher Eagon, Product Manager, BASF Corporation; Steve Barnhardt, CONAC, Concrete Accessories; Justin DeMarco, CSI CDT, BASF Corporation; Ben Cota, GCP Applied Technologies; Estella Matemu, Precast Product Manager, Meadow Burke LLC; Dave Ellis, General Manager, Nawkaw; Jay Whitt, Technical Service Engineer, Lehigh Hanson Cement
    Description: Join us in advancing the industry as we present unique solutions to “the way it has always been done.” The session will highlight current best practices and emerging technologies being developed for and with the precast concrete industry. Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • MKT2: Market Research: Your Crystal Ball to Better Performance
    Speaker: Brian D. Miller, PE, MBA, LEED AP Global Marketing Director Precast, Manufactured and Decorative Concrete, GCP Applied Technologies
    Description: Market research is used to help companies better understand their customers, how to reach them, what to say, and where to say it. It can make the difference between investing $100,000 to make millions or spending millions only to go out of business. This presentation will provide an overview of how to use market research to help guide your company. It will include the latest construction forecast data as well as how to obtain and utilize other market resources available from PCI.

  • TECH1: Precast/Prestressed Concrete in Korea
    Speaker/s: Kyuwoong BAE and Sangsup LEE, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology; Jangwon Chung, Heesu Kim, and Banghyun Song, Dongseo PCC; Hyoung Gyo LEE, SK E&C Co., Ltd. and Il Sup Choi, Yunwoo Structural Engineers Co., Ltd.
    Description: This session will present the latest precast/prestressed concrete innovations from Korea.

    A Study on the Adhesive Strength between PC Slab and Topping Concrete in the Composite Slab
    Kyuwoong Bae and Sangsup Lee, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology

    The Double PC Beam Method
    Jangwon Chung, Heesu Kim, and Banghyun Song, Dongseo PCC

    A Case of High-Rise Precast Concrete Structure for Manufacturing High-Tech Ultra-Precision Products
    Hyoung Gyo Lee and Il Sup Choi, SK E&C Co. Ltd.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • MKT3: Earning Local, State and National Media Coverage for Your Projects and Business
    Speaker/s: Lisa Benson, Louisville Business First; Mindy Peterson, C2 Strategic Communications; William (Bill) Palmer Jr., P.E., FACI, Editor at Large, Commercial Construction Group, Hanley Wood Business Media
    Description: What are media relations and how can they help grow your business? This session will help attendees understand the basics of working with the media, including their local media, trade media, and even larger national media outlets. Participants will learn the basics of news release writing and distribution, media relationship building, and how to deal with the media during a crisis from an expert in the construction media. Most importantly, attendees will come away with another tool in their tool kit for communicating the benefits of precast concrete solutions through credible, third-party channels.

  • TECH2: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Buildings in Japan
    Speaker/s: Daichi Hamada, P.S. Mitsubishi Construction Co., Ltd.; Masaki Murase, Taisei Corporation; Takumi Tsushi, Takenaka Corporation; Seiichi Kato, Oriental Shiraishi Corporation; Kazuhito Sugaya and Evdon Sicat, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.
    Description: This session will present the latest precast/prestressed concrete innovations from Japan.

    Examples of Precast Prestressed Concrete Structure Utilization – Recovery from damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011
    Daichi Hamada, P.S. Mitsubishi Construction Co. Ltd.

    Structural Design of the New National Stadium in Japan
    Masaki Murase, Taisei Corporation

    214 m-High Precast Concrete Condominium Building with Viscous- and Friction-Damper Walls for Vibration Control in Tokyo
    Fumitaka Ogura, Takenaka Corporation

    Design and Construction of Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital – A Hospital Building Consisting of Precast, Prestressed Concrete Narrow Columns
    Seiichi Kato, Oriental Shiraishi Corporation

    Grout Injection Management in Full Precast Method with Rigid-frame Structure
    Kazuhito Sugaya and Evdon Sicat, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.

8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • OPER5: Innovations in Precast II
    Speaker/s:
    Sayali Joshi, PhD graduate student, Mississippi State University; Andrew Bader, Vice President & Co-founder, Additive Engineering Solutions; Jordan Watkins, Vice President, PTAC Consulting Engineers, Inc.; John Leszczynski, President, Skako Concrete, Inc.; David Kennedy, Business Development Manager, VAC-U-MAX; Jason Fitzwilliam and Patrick Speranza, UltraSpan Technologies, Inc.; Jarkko Salmensivu, Product Director, Elematic Inc.; Wayne Maiuri, Vice President, Finfrock Technologies (Formerly StructureWorks LLC); Mark Scott, Innovative Brick Systems, LLC
    Description: Join us in advancing the industry as we present unique solutions to “the way it has always been done.” The session will highlight current best practices and emerging technologies being developed for and with the precast concrete industry. Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • LM2: Staying Power: How to Keep Your Employees Longer
    Speaker/s:
    Cara Silletto, MBA, Crescendo Strategies
    Track: Leadership and Management
    Description: While some of today’s workforce is made up of deep-rooted, dependable personnel, more positions are now a revolving door of turnover. In this engaging, interactive and actionable workshop, you’ll learn how to slow this revolving door and maximize the time you have with employees. Cara Silletto will share unique big-picture perspectives to shift a traditional mindset as well as offer immediately- actionable and tangible takeaways.
    Note: If you attended the course titled “Winning the War for Talent” at The Precast Show 2018, you may be interested in this course.

  • QC3: How the First 24 Hours Impacts Precast Concrete Performance
    Speaker/s:
    Ken Hover, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
    Track: Quality Control and Production Management
    Description: When a precast concrete structure is hauled out of the yard to fulfill its destiny, barring some unexpected exposure or incident, much of its fate in terms of durability is already sealed. Type, size and placement of reinforcing as well as raw material selection and proportioning were based on careful consideration of anticipated exposure and loads. The moment raw materials are batched, the cementitious materials start doing what we pay them to do: they dissolve, react, form new products, make pores, fill pores, generate heat, and shrink! What happens over the first 24 hours has a major influence on performance over its service life, and all this internal activity depends on material selection, placement, consolidation and finishing, and especially curing conditions.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • CP2: Precast 101
    Speaker/s:
    Kayla Hanson, NPCA
    Track: Concrete Production
    Description: With the precast concrete industry constantly growing, companies are continually hiring new employees. Ensuring those employees get up to speed quickly can improve teamwork, reduce mistakes and help new hires quickly become productive employees. This course is intended for those who are new to precasting and includes an introduction to basic concepts including terminology, different types of concrete in the precast industry and their uses, raw materials, different types and applications of reinforcement, typical production practices, common curing procedures, fresh and hardened concrete tests and the importance of quality control and quality assurance.

  • LM1: Developing a Culture of Operational Excellence
    Speaker/s:
    Sam Lines, Concrete Sealants Inc.
    Track: Leadership and Management
    Description:  For our businesses to be successful we must strive for operational excellence by shortening the time from when we take an order to when we are paid. Shigeo Shingo, one of the original pioneers in the development of the Toyota Production System, believed there are four purposes of continuous improvement: make the work easier, better, faster and cheaper. Implementing lean principles, lean systems and the use of lean tools will drive continuous improvement and provide a roadmap to operational excellence. You will learn that operational excellence has everything to do with leadership at every level of the organization, as lean principles and systems are incorporated into the culture. Join us for an in-depth discussion on lean leadership, continuous improvement and driving out waste.

  • MS1: Selling and Marketing Precast Products in Today’s Marketplace
    Speaker/s:
    Monroe Porter, PROOF Management Consultants
    Track: Marketing and Sales
    Description: Today’s sales and marketing professionals must go beyond social relationships with customers to develop mutually beneficial professional alliances. Branding and sales become an issue of targeting and communicating with potential customers. This program offers practical ideas and methods you can put to immediate use. Discover how to differentiate your precast products and sell against alternate materials. Learn how to identify buying processes and decision makers without offending your direct contact. Sales managers, inside and outside salespeople, estimators and business owners will benefit strongly from this hard-hitting and thought-provoking look at your relationship with your customers.
    Note: If you attended the “Five Principles to Consistent Sales Success” course at The Precast Show 2018, you may be interested in this course.

  • QC2: Diagnosis and Prevention of Surface Imperfections
    Speaker/s:
    Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, NPCA
    Track: Quality Control and Production Management
    Description: We’ve heard the terms: bug holes, cold joints, honeycombing, discolorations. These may simply be blemishes or signs of a much more serious issue. To the person receiving this structure on site, these imperfections may frame their impression of your product’s quality. Whether the structure is going to be buried or not, we should strive to make each piece as blemish free as possible. During this course, we will examine these imperfections in detail and dig deeper to discover their potential causes. We will then discuss practices and materials that may help in alleviating these issues. We will also discuss repair methods and materials.
    Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and experiences to share and learn.

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • OPER2: PCI Group Risk Management Program
    Speaker/s: Steve Kashul, Esser Hayes Insurance
    Description: An informative overview and discussion of our new PCI Insurance and Risk Management program provided by Esser Hayes Insurance, including:

    • Safety programs, OSHA compliance, risk management
    • Claims management and HR compliance
    • Insurance carrier providers
    • Risk management providers and resources
    • Webinars and seminars
    • Panel questions and answers

     

  • OPER4: Quality Enhancement Tools for the Precast Plant
    Speaker/s: Steve Qualls, Ross Bryan Associates, Inc.; Paul Ramsburg, Sika Corporation; Collin Bender, Conewago Precast Building Systems
    Description: This session will include three presentations. The first will include a summary of the most commonly cited nonconformances during PCI plant audits. The second will include an overview of a new series of quality toolbox talks that will be available in early 2019. The third will be a presentation on the Exceptional Precast Practices (EPP) program and the benefits that participation can bring to a precast plant operation.

  • TECH3: Update on PCI Bridge Research
    Speaker/s: Dr. Gregory Lucier, North Carolina State University; W. Michal Hale, University of Arkansas; Rachel Chicchi, University of Cincinnati
    Description: This session will focus on presentations on the following three topics:

    • Precast concrete segmental cylinder piles with corrosion-resistant transverse reinforcement. This presentation will review recent research completed as part of a PCI Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship. The study focused on the behavior of hollow precast concrete cylinder piles, particularly in the hoop direction, and included several experimental tests on full-scale pile segments. The potential for replacing traditional steel spiral reinforcement with fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement was explored.
    • Progress on the Mertz Fellowship: Implementation of self-consolidating ultra-high-performance concrete in prestressed concrete girders. This presentation will discuss the development of an ultra-high-performance concrete for use in bridge girders. Beams were cast at three compressive strengths of 16, 20, and 24 ksi, and the performance (bond, shear, and flexural capacity) of the beams was assessed. This project was funded through the first PCI Dennis R. Mertz Bridge Research Fellowship.
    • Progress on the Mertz Fellowship: Strand lifting loop capacity in precast concrete bridge beams. This presentation will outline the research plan and preliminary findings of this project, which is funded through the PCI Dennis R. Mertz Bridge Research Fellowship. The main objectives of this study are to determine and evaluate current lifting loop practices, best practices, and areas of confusion or ambiguity in the current design guidelines, and to fill gaps in knowledge about the pullout strength of 0.6 in. diameter strand lifting loops through experimental testing.

     

  • TECH6: PCI Research and Development: Jenny Fellowship Updates
    Speaker/s: Matthew McDermott and Benjamin Dymond, University of Minnesota Duluth; Nicole Braxtan and Jonathan Blackstone, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Jungfen Ma, Wenmeng Tian, and Sayali Joshi, Mississippi State University
    Description: The Daniel P. Jenny research fellowship program has been a significant way for the precast concrete industry to reach out to universities and students since 1971. PCI producer members take an integral role in supporting these fellowships by contributing resources and knowledge. Students are given a unique opportunity to interact with industry as they complete their graduate work. Updates on current fellowship projects will be presented.

    Shear Capacity of Hollow-Core Slabs with Concrete Filled Cores
    Matthew McDermott and Benjamin Dymond, University of Minnesota–Duluth

    Performance Based Design Recommendations for the Design of Precast Concrete Connections Exposed to Fire
    Nicole Braxtan and Jonathan Blackstone, University of North Carolina–Charlotte

    Implementing Virtual Reality Technology on Early Career Training in Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry
    Jungfen Ma, Wenmeng Tian, and Sayali Joshi, Mississippi State University

  • CP1: Precast Production Challenges: A Discussion Forum
    Speaker/s: Jon Maxwell, Arrow Concrete Products Inc.

    Track: Concrete Production
    Description: In our minds, we are the best at what we do, and we may have a tough time admitting when we have room for improvement. Come join your peers as NPCA Master Precaster and plant manager at Arrow Concrete Products Inc., Jon Maxwell, leads an open forum to discuss production challenges and help each other find solutions. Jon has been in the precast industry for more than 30 years and has worked in every position from the production floor to operations manager to quality assurance. We will discuss all the bad we have seen and witnessed and what we have done as individuals to make it better in our precast life. Jon may not have all the answers, but the goal is for 100% class participation, so we can learn from each other. Discussion topics will include concrete, safety, maintenance, Department of Transportation work and production workers versus sales and estimating.

  • QC1: Admixtures in Depth: Water Reducers
    Speaker/s: G. Terry Harris, FACI, GCP Applied Technologies
    Track: Quality Control and Production Management
    Description:  Water reducing admixtures have evolved to play a major role in precast concrete manufacturing. How do you know if you’re using the best type or range of water reducer for your specific products and manufacturing methods? What are the benefits of using a mid-range water reducer? What about using a high-range water reducer for high-slump concrete or self-consolidating concrete? What types work best and when should they be added to the mixer? This session will go into detail on which water reducers work best for different applications. The session will also include information on troubleshooting with different types of water reducers. What other materials in concrete can interfere with the WR’s efficiency? Also, newer water-reducing technologies on the market or on the horizon will be discussed.

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • MKT1: Using Social Media to Grow Your Business: Usage, Barriers, and Measurement
    Speaker/s: Stephanie Pendrys, MMC, MBA, Gage Brothers
    Description: This session will explore the use of social media in precast concrete firms, including best practices, barriers, and key performance indicators (KPIs). It will also address the basics of using various social media channels to build professional networks and to tell the story of your brand and of precast concrete.

  • OPER2: PCI Group Risk Management Program (Repeat of the 8am session)
    Speaker/s: Steve Kashul, Esser Hayes Insurance
    Description: An informative overview and discussion of our new PCI Insurance and Risk Management program provided by Esser Hayes Insurance, including:

    • Safety programs, OSHA compliance, risk management
    • Claims management and HR compliance
    • Insurance carrier providers
    • Risk management providers and resources
    • Webinars and seminars
    • Panel questions and answers

     

  • TECH4: Contrasting the Current U.S. Partial-Depth Bridge Deck Panel Details with Those From Abroad
    Speaker/s: David Fernández-Ordóñez, fib; Oguzhan Bayrak, The University of Texas at Austin; William Nickas, PCI
    Description: The use of a trichorded truss reinforcement combined with prestress strands in thin panels has gained momentum abroad. Dr. David Fernández-Ordóñez will share a review of current practices in Europe that use prestressed slabs reinforced with three-wire truss slabs for bridge decks. In Europe, and particularly in Spain, precast concrete bridges are very common for short and medium spans. For precast concrete bridges, I-beams and U beams are generally used, as well as simply supported or continuous solutions. For construction of the slab, precast concrete slabs combined with a composite, cast-in-place overlay are commonly used. There are various types of precast concrete slabs. One common type uses prestressing wires when they are supported between two beams. Another solution uses three-wire trusses for the cantilevering slabs. These slabs are usually just reinforced and have voids to allow the longitudinal reinforcement to connect with the final slab.

    Dr. Ozzie Bayrak will then compare and contrast the European system with the current U.S. practice, focusing on the use of partial-depth deck panels as stay-in-place formwork in the United States. Findings from his recent research projects will be shared. Further, emerging trends and potential details for the NextGen deck panels that may utilize ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) or extend the use of the trichorded reinforcement scheme discussed by Dr. Fernández-Ordóñez will be presented.

    William Nickas will present PCI’s recent efforts to promote the use of partial-depth deck panels in the United States. The topics he will cover include the harmonization of design details, advantages of partial-depth deck panels, and PCI’s research on UHPC as it relates to partial-depth deck panels.

  • TECH5: PCI Code Development: Writing Standards Language, the Next Committee Challenge
    Speaker/s: Dr. SK Ghosh, S.K. Ghosh Associates and Dr. Ned Cleland, Blue Ridge Design, Inc.
    Description: This session is an introduction to writing in standards language. It will include hands-on examples of standards language development and discuss the committee process of creating design specifications.

  • TECH7: PCI Research and Development: Research Reports
    Speaker/s: Rémy Lequesne, William Collins, and David Darwin University of Kansas,; Haishan Guo, China State Construction Engineering ; Clay Naito and Robin Hendricks Lehigh University, and Andrew Osborn, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates
    Description: For many years, improvements to precast concrete have been realized through research. Three updates on research of interest to the industry will be presented.

    Development of Precision and Bias Statement for ASTM A1061
    Rémy Lequesne, William Collins, and David Darwin, University of Kansas

    Precast Prestressed Efficient Fabricated Frame (PPEFF)
    Haishan Guo, China State Construction Engineering Corporation

    Flange to Flange Double Tee Connections Subject to Vehicular Loading
    Clay Naito and Robin Hendricks, Lehigh University, and Andrew Osborn, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates

  • LM3: Managing the Production Process
    Speaker/s:
    Aaron Ausen, Rosetta Hardscapes
    Track: Leadership and Management
    Description: Managing production is a difficult process. At times it can be chaotic, cumbersome and just plain unbearable. There are many aspects that must be thought of all the time, and having a clear vision is more important now than ever. To help the process, we will explore many aspects that may free up time to help gain that vision. We will start with form management, laying forms out to save time and keep workers safe. Then we will talk about managing people, which can be difficult in today’s times of millennials meeting Baby Boomers. How do you deal with the conflicting morale?
    We will also teach basic leadership principles to help deal with people. We will discuss principles of good yard management to help save time doing tedious tasks that aren’t needed. Upon conclusion, we will touch on the dirty side of management and discuss some helpful tips to deal with the really tough times. This course is intended for anyone in production management or anyone aspiring to take the next step at their company.

  • MS2: Building a Strong Brand and Market Strategy: How to Differentiate Yourself from the Competition and Grow your Business
    Speaker/s:
    Brian Miller, P.E., MBA, LEED AP, GCP Applied Technologies
    Track: Marketing and Sales
    Description:  What is your marketing strategy? Is it in alignment with your business strategy, your brand, your day-to-day activities? Are you best positioned to take advantage of your strengths, grow your business and maximize profits? A well-designed marketing strategy is essential to maximize profits efficiently and create a true competitive advantage. Marketing is much more than making brochures and creating ads. This course will discuss how to develop a brand, market strategy and position your company in the minds of your customers. Several key concepts will be discussed such as market research, branding, positioning, segmentation, strategy development and more – all of which can be used in your business to grow and be more profitable. We will discuss these in textbook terms, but more importantly how they can be applied in the precast industry. We will also discuss how to use resources, such as the market research offered by NPCA, to guide market strategy.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • CP3 – SCC: Considering Performance Targets and Proportions
    Speaker/s:
    Joseph Daczko, FACI, BASF Corporation
    Track: Concrete Production
    Description: When developing a mix design in precast concrete manufacturing, similar processes and methods can be used for self-consolidating concrete (SCC) and conventional concrete. However, with SCC, fresh concrete performance targets play a pivotal role in proportioning due to the concepts of flow and stability. Form size and shape, amount of reinforcement and method of concrete placement are now prime considerations in how we design the SCC mixture. This session will provide insight into how one determines the correct performance targets of an SCC mixture based on the specific characteristics of the element to be cast and the casting procedures. The session will also include information on proportioning an SCC mixture taking into consideration the raw materials available once the performance targets are chosen.

  • CP4: Basics of Reinforced Concrete design
    Speaker/s:
    Kayla Hanson, NPCA
    Track: Concrete Production
    Description: What is a “moment” and how is it calculated? How does concrete strength translate to the overall strength or maximum allowable moment of a precast product? How does the cross-sectional area and location of steel reinforcement affect a product’s behavior in service? How can we predict when, or where, a section might fail? In this course, we’ll investigate these questions and venture into basic reinforced concrete design concepts as they relate to rectangular beam cross sections and traditional steel reinforcing bars. Come check out how and why these concepts affect the products you manufacture every day.

  • LM4: The Blockchain Disruption
    Speaker/s:
    Nick Merker, Ice Miller Legal Counsel
    Track: Leadership and Management
    Description: Blockchain is more than just a buzz word. It’s like the internet in that it has a built-in robustness. By storing blocks of information that are identical across its network, the blockchain cannot be controlled by any single entity and has no single point of failure. This session will discuss how it is currently being used in various industries and where research and development costs are focusing on applying it in the future. For those that are unfamiliar with blockchain, the session will give an introductory description of how it works.

  • QC4: What Every Precaster Should Know About ASTM Stardards
    Speaker/s: Sam Lines, MBA, Concrete Sealants Inc.

    Track: Quality Control and Production Management
    Description: The NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants references more than 100 ASTM standards for product or testing requirements. Compliance with the referenced standards requires technical knowledge and an understanding of how a consensus standard is developed. This session will cover elements of standards C31, C39, C231, C497 and C1227. Often, a practice is passed on from one worker to the next through on-the-job training and a part of the specified standard is not met. Also, as standards change over time, the user must revise internal practices to meet the revised requirements.

1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

  • MKT4: Designing and Building with Precast Concrete
    Speaker/s: Jim Lewis, Director of Sales for Architectural Facade Systems, Clark Pacific
    Description: Discover why developers, construction managers, and designers are turning to precast concrete for their new, resilient communities and structures. This seminar will focus on the precast concrete building envelope and infrastructure necessary for a precast concrete building. Attendees will learn about the resiliency and energy efficiency of precast concrete building envelope systems and components. The speed of both construction and occupancy and the versatility and range of performance will be highlighted through case studies featuring a variety of different construction projects.

8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • CP6: Trouble Shooting Precast Production
    Speaker/s: Mel C. Marshall, P. Eng., Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants Inc.
    Track: Concrete Production
    Description: There are many components to producing quality precast concrete products. Raw materials, mix design, reinforcing, consolidation and curing all play a part in achieving the final product. In this interactive class, attendees will learn from an expert and from each other. Mel will lead a discussion of best practices and solutions to production issues that precasters deal with every day. Bring your questions to this session where we’ll address your production issues and discuss how to resolve them.

  • LM6: Overcoming the Labor Crisis: How to find, Train Motivate and Retain Employees
    Speaker/s:
    Monroe Porter, PROOF Management Consultants
    Track: Leadership and Management
    Description: Finding employees is a challenge for all businesses, particularly those that are construction related. This program addresses proven recruiting methods, leadership skills, productivity enhancements and motivational techniques. It is designed for anyone who manages people including business owners, production supervisors, office managers, department heads and plant managers. All the rules have changed when it comes to finding and retaining employees in today’s market. Leading edge companies must adapt to survive. You’ll learn how to help new employees on-board and be effective faster. Don’t let your company turn into an employment dinosaur. Coaching and developing employees may be easier than you think.

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • CP5: Life with SCC After the Initial Proportioning
    Speaker/s
    Joseph Daczko, FACI, BASF Corporation
    Track: Concrete Production
    Description: Once SCC mixtures have been developed and tested, the real key to continued success is adapting to variability, knowing what to monitor, recognizing issues and adjusting the mixture accordingly. This is the essence of quality control and while it helps ensure product performance and service life, it also enables the manufacturer to effectively troubleshoot problems and augment product quality. During this session, recommended practices on detailed monitoring and creating an effective control plan will be shared. Topics will also include appropriate mixture adjustments when troubleshooting fresh and hardened SCC.

  • LM5: Increase Profits and Competitiveness by Reducing Energy Costs
    Speakers:
    Kelly Weger, RA, LEED AP, CEA, Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership
    Track: Leadership and Management
    Description: Precast concrete manufacturing is a competitive market and it is important to seek out any way to remain competitive and lower operational costs. One such way is to look at your energy consumption. An efficient program can reduce energy costs by 3% to 10% annually. Also, improving energy efficiency reduces waste and emissions. Kelly Weger from the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership will explain how they help companies improve processes and develop energy management practices. This session will include information on how to enhance energy management by establishing goals and strategies that will maximize the return on investment and provide continuous improvement. Actual case studies will be spotlighted to show examples of modifications, upgrades and replacements that have reduced costs. What could be done to lighting, HVAC, air compressors and other equipment to lower energy consumption? This session will provide some tips on how to get started right away.

  • QC5: Focusing on Concrete Temperature: Why high early Temperature Helps and Hurts
    Speaker/s:
    Ken Hover, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
    Track: Quality Control and Production Management
    Description: The accelerating effects of high concrete temperature are not just limited to faster slump loss and difficult finishing. It can also result in reduction of long-term strength and durability. That’s why it’s important to recognize how ambient weather conditions, mixture proportions, and curing combine to influence early and later-age concrete performance. Topics will include how concrete temperature affects setting, strength, surface-drying, and cracking, with recommendations for how to counter these effects, plus an introduction to how and why the “Maturity Method” can be a helpful tool, and where it can overestimate concrete strength.

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • MKT5: PCI Foundation Program Professor Updates
    Speaker/s
    : Philip Horton, Arizona State University; Mohammed Hashem Mehany, Colorado State; Dana Gulling & Greg Lucier, North Carolina State
    Description: Professors of current PCI Foundation educational programs will share their experiences teaching precast concrete in schools of architecture, engineering and construction management.

8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • QC6: The History of Concrete: Lessons Learned from the Past 9,000 Years
    Speaker/s
    : Paul Ramsburg, Sika Corp.; Frank Bowen, Rosetta Hardscapes
    Track: Quality Control and Production Management
    Description: It is because concrete is a superior building material that it has withstood the test of time. From prehistoric concrete to Roman concrete, from the origin of Portland cement to the first concrete ships, this course will examine the millennia-old history of concrete and extract relevant lessons for the modern precast concrete producer. We will use these lessons from the past to discuss the basics of some materials, mix design and production practices. We will work to develop a good foundational knowledge base for those beginning to grasp the complexity of concrete. You will also learn the importance of the long-term durability of concrete and how to design for durability.

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • CP7: Accelerated Curing
    Speaker/s:
    Marcus Barnett, Hamilton Kent LLC
    Track:  Concrete Production
    Description: Curing is perhaps the most important component of production practices – but can we speed up the process without compromising structural integrity, water tightness and durability? Accelerated curing is any method by which high-early-age strength is achieved in These techniques are especially useful in the prefabrication industry, wherein high-early-age strength enables the removal of the formwork within 24 hours, thereby reducing the cycle time and resulting in cost-saving benefits. The accelerated curing cycle can be divided into three periods – preset, rising temperature and maximum temperature. During this course, we’ll discuss the curing period, humidity, temperature and water loss.

  • QC7: Designing a Better Performing Grease Interceptor
    Speaker/s
    : Joel Ducoste, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
    Track: Quality Control and Production Management
    Description: Precast concrete gravity grease interceptors are critical components of wastewater pretreatment systems. However, there are a growing array of choices in the marketplace and it’s more important than ever to make sure the tank is optimally designed to deliver enhanced performance. This session is led by Dr. Joel Ducoste, a principal investigator for a Water Environment Research Foundation study that included an assessment of gravity grease interceptor performance. He will explain the key processes that occur inside a gravity grease interceptor and what changes in cuisine, kitchen equipment and cleaners can do to influence those processes. Dr. Ducoste will explain some of the findings from this assessment study and will also discuss simple potential design modifications that could lead to improved performance.

  • MS3: Using Video to Enhance Your Marketing and Sales Funnel
    Speakers: Rocky Walls, 12 Stars Media

    Track: Marketing and Sales
    Description: By now you realize that web video is no longer optional in sales and marketing. With hundreds of hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, and now every other major social media channel allowing for native hosting of your videos, all the excuses have been chased out of town. It’s time for us to show, not tell. Because of the insatiable appetite for video, it happens all the time in organizations of all shapes and sizes – someone comes up and casually says, “Let’s make a video.” Just like that. Like it’s easy. Like it’s just something simple you can throw together this afternoon. But we all know, this is easier said than done. You want to make sure the time and money you invest in video pays off, right? In this session, Rocky Walls, cofounder of 12 Stars Media, will share how video ties directly into the individual steps in your sales and marketing funnel, and show you how you can ensure those videos contribute directly to achieving business objectives.

By Track

Friday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • CP1: Precast Production Challenges: A Discussion Forum
    Speaker/s: Jon Maxwell, Arrow Concrete Products Inc.

    Description: In our minds, we are the best at what we do, and we may have a tough time admitting when we have room for improvement. Come join your peers as NPCA Master Precaster and plant manager at Arrow Concrete Products Inc., Jon Maxwell, leads an open forum to discuss production challenges and help each other find solutions. Jon has been in the precast industry for more than 30 years and has worked in every position from the production floor to operations manager to quality assurance. We will discuss all the bad we have seen and witnessed and what we have done as individuals to make it better in our precast life. Jon may not have all the answers, but the goal is for 100% class participation, so we can learn from each other. Discussion topics will include concrete, safety, maintenance, Department of Transportation work and production workers versus sales and estimating.

  • CP2: Precast 101
    Speaker/s:
    Kayla Hanson, NPCA
    Description: With the precast concrete industry constantly growing, companies are continually hiring new employees. Ensuring those employees get up to speed quickly can improve teamwork, reduce mistakes and help new hires quickly become productive employees. This course is intended for those who are new to precasting and includes an introduction to basic concepts including terminology, different types of concrete in the precast industry and their uses, raw materials, different types and applications of reinforcement, typical production practices, common curing procedures, fresh and hardened concrete tests and the importance of quality control and quality assurance.

Friday, March 1, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • CP3 – SCC: Considering Performance Targets and Proportions
    Speaker/s:
    Joseph Daczko, FACI, BASF Corporation
    Description: When developing a mix design in precast concrete manufacturing, similar processes and methods can be used for self-consolidating concrete (SCC) and conventional concrete. However, with SCC, fresh concrete performance targets play a pivotal role in proportioning due to the concepts of flow and stability. Form size and shape, amount of reinforcement and method of concrete placement are now prime considerations in how we design the SCC mixture. This session will provide insight into how one determines the correct performance targets of an SCC mixture based on the specific characteristics of the element to be cast and the casting procedures. The session will also include information on proportioning an SCC mixture taking into consideration the raw materials available once the performance targets are chosen.

  • CP4: Basics of Reinforced Concrete design
    Speaker/s:
    Kayla Hanson, NPCA
    Track: Concrete Production
    Description: What is a “moment” and how is it calculated? How does concrete strength translate to the overall strength or maximum allowable moment of a precast product? How does the cross-sectional area and location of steel reinforcement affect a product’s behavior in service? How can we predict when, or where, a section might fail? In this course, we’ll investigate these questions and venture into basic reinforced concrete design concepts as they relate to rectangular beam cross sections and traditional steel reinforcing bars. Come check out how and why these concepts affect the products you manufacture every day.

Saturday, March 2, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • CP5: Life with SCC After the Initial Proportioning
    Speaker/s
    Joseph Daczko, FACI, BASF Corporation
    Description: Once SCC mixtures have been developed and tested, the real key to continued success is adapting to variability, knowing what to monitor, recognizing issues and adjusting the mixture accordingly. This is the essence of quality control and while it helps ensure product performance and service life, it also enables the manufacturer to effectively troubleshoot problems and augment product quality. During this session, recommended practices on detailed monitoring and creating an effective control plan will be shared. Topics will also include appropriate mixture adjustments when troubleshooting fresh and hardened SCC.

  • CP6: Trouble Shooting Precast Production
    Speaker/s: Mel C. Marshall, P. Eng., Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants Inc.
    Description: There are many components to producing quality precast concrete products. Raw materials, mix design, reinforcing, consolidation and curing all play a part in achieving the final product. In this interactive class, attendees will learn from an expert and from each other. Mel will lead a discussion of best practices and solutions to production issues that precasters deal with every day. Bring your questions to this session where we’ll address your production issues and discuss how to resolve them.

  • CP7: Accelerated Curing
    Speaker/s:
    Marcus Barnett, Hamilton Kent LLC
    Description: Curing is perhaps the most important component of production practices – but can we speed up the process without compromising structural integrity, water tightness and durability? Accelerated curing is any method by which high-early-age strength is achieved in These techniques are especially useful in the prefabrication industry, wherein high-early-age strength enables the removal of the formwork within 24 hours, thereby reducing the cycle time and resulting in cost-saving benefits. The accelerated curing cycle can be divided into three periods – preset, rising temperature and maximum temperature. During this course, we’ll discuss the curing period, humidity, temperature and water loss.

Friday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • LM1: Developing a Culture of Operational Excellence
    Speaker/s:
    Sam Lines, Concrete Sealants Inc.
    Description:  For our businesses to be successful we must strive for operational excellence by shortening the time from when we take an order to when we are paid. Shigeo Shingo, one of the original pioneers in the development of the Toyota Production System, believed there are four purposes of continuous improvement: make the work easier, better, faster and cheaper. Implementing lean principles, lean systems and the use of lean tools will drive continuous improvement and provide a roadmap to operational excellence. You will learn that operational excellence has everything to do with leadership at every level of the organization, as lean principles and systems are incorporated into the culture. Join us for an in-depth discussion on lean leadership, continuous improvement and driving out waste.

  • LM2: Staying Power: How to Keep Your Employees Longer
    Speaker/s:
    Cara Silletto, MBA, Crescendo Strategies
    Description: While some of today’s workforce is made up of deep-rooted, dependable personnel, more positions are now a revolving door of turnover. In this engaging, interactive and actionable workshop, you’ll learn how to slow this revolving door and maximize the time you have with employees. Cara Silletto will share unique big-picture perspectives to shift a traditional mindset as well as offer immediately- actionable and tangible takeaways.
    Note: If you attended the course titled “Winning the War for Talent” at The Precast Show 2018, you may be interested in this course.

  • LM3: Managing the Production Process
    Speaker/s:
    Aaron Ausen, Rosetta Hardscapes
    Description: Managing production is a difficult process. At times it can be chaotic, cumbersome and just plain unbearable. There are many aspects that must be thought of all the time, and having a clear vision is more important now than ever. To help the process, we will explore many aspects that may free up time to help gain that vision. We will start with form management, laying forms out to save time and keep workers safe. Then we will talk about managing people, which can be difficult in today’s times of millennials meeting Baby Boomers. How do you deal with the conflicting morale?
    We will also teach basic leadership principles to help deal with people. We will discuss principles of good yard management to help save time doing tedious tasks that aren’t needed. Upon conclusion, we will touch on the dirty side of management and discuss some helpful tips to deal with the really tough times. This course is intended for anyone in production management or anyone aspiring to take the next step at their company.

  • LM4: The Blockchain Disruption
    Speaker/s:
    Nick Merker, Ice Miller Legal Counsel
    Description: Blockchain is more than just a buzz word. It’s like the internet in that it has a built-in robustness. By storing blocks of information that are identical across its network, the blockchain cannot be controlled by any single entity and has no single point of failure. This session will discuss how it is currently being used in various industries and where research and development costs are focusing on applying it in the future. For those that are unfamiliar with blockchain, the session will give an introductory description of how it works.

Saturday, March 2, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • LM5: Increase Profits and Competitiveness by Reducing Energy Costs
    Speakers:
    Kelly Weger, RA, LEED AP, CEA, Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership
    Description: Precast concrete manufacturing is a competitive market and it is important to seek out any way to remain competitive and lower operational costs. One such way is to look at your energy consumption. An efficient program can reduce energy costs by 3% to 10% annually. Also, improving energy efficiency reduces waste and emissions. Kelly Weger from the Purdue Manufacturing Extension Partnership will explain how they help companies improve processes and develop energy management practices. This session will include information on how to enhance energy management by establishing goals and strategies that will maximize the return on investment and provide continuous improvement. Actual case studies will be spotlighted to show examples of modifications, upgrades and replacements that have reduced costs. What could be done to lighting, HVAC, air compressors and other equipment to lower energy consumption? This session will provide some tips on how to get started right away.

  • LM6: Overcoming the Labor Crisis: How to find, Train Motivate and Retain Employees
    Speaker/s:
    Monroe Porter, PROOF Management Consultants
    Description: Finding employees is a challenge for all businesses, particularly those that are construction related. This program addresses proven recruiting methods, leadership skills, productivity enhancements and motivational techniques. It is designed for anyone who manages people including business owners, production supervisors, office managers, department heads and plant managers. All the rules have changed when it comes to finding and retaining employees in today’s market. Leading edge companies must adapt to survive. You’ll learn how to help new employees on-board and be effective faster. Don’t let your company turn into an employment dinosaur. Coaching and developing employees may be easier than you think.

Thursday, February 28, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • MKT2: Market Research: Your Crystal Ball to Better Performance
    Speaker: Brian D. Miller, PE, MBA, LEED AP Global Marketing Director Precast, Manufactured and Decorative Concrete, GCP Applied Technologies
    Description: Market research is used to help companies better understand their customers, how to reach them, what to say, and where to say it. It can make the difference between investing $100,000 to make millions or spending millions only to go out of business. This presentation will provide an overview of how to use market research to help guide your company. It will include the latest construction forecast data as well as how to obtain and utilize other market resources available from PCI.

Thursday, February 28, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • MKT3: Earning Local, State and National Media Coverage for Your Projects and Business
    Speaker/s: Lisa Benson, Louisville Business First; Mindy Peterson, C2 Strategic Communications; William (Bill) Palmer Jr., P.E., FACI, Editor at Large, Commercial Construction Group, Hanley Wood Business Media
    Description: What are media relations and how can they help grow your business? This session will help attendees understand the basics of working with the media, including their local media, trade media, and even larger national media outlets. Participants will learn the basics of news release writing and distribution, media relationship building, and how to deal with the media during a crisis from an expert in the construction media. Most importantly, attendees will come away with another tool in their tool kit for communicating the benefits of precast concrete solutions through credible, third-party channels.

Friday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • MS1: Selling and Marketing Precast Products in Today’s Marketplace
    Speaker/s:
    Monroe Porter, PROOF Management Consultants
    Description: Today’s sales and marketing professionals must go beyond social relationships with customers to develop mutually beneficial professional alliances. Branding and sales become an issue of targeting and communicating with potential customers. This program offers practical ideas and methods you can put to immediate use. Discover how to differentiate your precast products and sell against alternate materials. Learn how to identify buying processes and decision makers without offending your direct contact. Sales managers, inside and outside salespeople, estimators and business owners will benefit strongly from this hard-hitting and thought-provoking look at your relationship with your customers.
    Note: If you attended the “Five Principles to Consistent Sales Success” course at The Precast Show 2018, you may be interested in this course.

Friday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • MS2: Building a Strong Brand and Market Strategy: How to Differentiate Yourself from the Competition and Grow your Business
    Speaker/s:
    Brian Miller, P.E., MBA, LEED AP, GCP Applied Technologies
    Description:  What is your marketing strategy? Is it in alignment with your business strategy, your brand, your day-to-day activities? Are you best positioned to take advantage of your strengths, grow your business and maximize profits? A well-designed marketing strategy is essential to maximize profits efficiently and create a true competitive advantage. Marketing is much more than making brochures and creating ads. This course will discuss how to develop a brand, market strategy and position your company in the minds of your customers. Several key concepts will be discussed such as market research, branding, positioning, segmentation, strategy development and more – all of which can be used in your business to grow and be more profitable. We will discuss these in textbook terms, but more importantly how they can be applied in the precast industry. We will also discuss how to use resources, such as the market research offered by NPCA, to guide market strategy.

Friday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • MKT1: Using Social Media to Grow Your Business: Usage, Barriers, and Measurement
    Speaker/s: Stephanie Pendrys, MMC, MBA, Gage Brothers
    Description: This session will explore the use of social media in precast concrete firms, including best practices, barriers, and key performance indicators (KPIs). It will also address the basics of using various social media channels to build professional networks and to tell the story of your brand and of precast concrete.

Friday, March 1, 1:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m.

  • MKT4: Designing and Building with Precast Concrete
    Speaker/s: Jim Lewis, Director of Sales for Architectural Facade Systems, Clark Pacific
    Description: Discover why developers, construction managers, and designers are turning to precast concrete for their new, resilient communities and structures. This seminar will focus on the precast concrete building envelope and infrastructure necessary for a precast concrete building. Attendees will learn about the resiliency and energy efficiency of precast concrete building envelope systems and components. The speed of both construction and occupancy and the versatility and range of performance will be highlighted through case studies featuring a variety of different construction projects.

Saturday, March 2, 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

  • MKT5: PCI Foundation Program Professor Updates
    Speaker/s
    : Philip Horton, Arizona State University; Mohammed Hashem Mehany, Colorado State; Dana Gulling & Greg Lucier, North Carolina State
    Description: Professors of current PCI Foundation educational programs will share their experiences teaching precast concrete in schools of architecture, engineering and construction management.

Saturday, March 2, 9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • MS3: Using Video to Enhance Your Marketing and Sales Funnel
    Speakers: Rocky Walls, 12 Stars Media

    Description: By now you realize that web video is no longer optional in sales and marketing. With hundreds of hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute, and now every other major social media channel allowing for native hosting of your videos, all the excuses have been chased out of town. It’s time for us to show, not tell. Because of the insatiable appetite for video, it happens all the time in organizations of all shapes and sizes – someone comes up and casually says, “Let’s make a video.” Just like that. Like it’s easy. Like it’s just something simple you can throw together this afternoon. But we all know, this is easier said than done. You want to make sure the time and money you invest in video pays off, right? In this session, Rocky Walls, cofounder of 12 Stars Media, will share how video ties directly into the individual steps in your sales and marketing funnel, and show you how you can ensure those videos contribute directly to achieving business objectives.

Thursday, February 28, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • OPER1: The Anatomy of a False Claim: The False Claim Act, QC/Billing Pitfalls and the Whistleblower
    Speaker/s: Brad Parrott, Hudson Parrot Walker, LLC
    Description: In recent years, there has been increased scrutiny by the Department of Justice of deficient or defective products that are produced and paid for on a federally funded project. This scrutiny most often arises by way of a current or former employee “blowing the whistle.” This session will explore the intersection of the False Claims Act (FCA) with quality control and billing. It will also discuss methods of reviewing employee claims of impropriety in a constructive and productive manner that minimizes FCA exposure. This session will be led by attorneys with deep experience representing precast concrete producers in both FCA litigation and employment disputes.

  • OPER3 Innovations in Precast I
    Speaker/s:
    Paul Mellon, Director of Regulatory Affairs, TruAbrasives by Strategic Materials; Dale King, Engineering & Customer Technical Relations Manager, Bekaert Corporation; Christopher Eagon, Product Manager, BASF Corporation; Steve Barnhardt, CONAC, Concrete Accessories; Justin DeMarco, CSI CDT, BASF Corporation; Ben Cota, GCP Applied Technologies; Estella Matemu, Precast Product Manager, Meadow Burke LLC; Dave Ellis, General Manager Nawkaw; Jay Whitt, Technical Service Engineer, Lehigh Hanson Cement
    Description: Join us in advancing the industry as we present unique solutions to “the way it has always been done.” The session will highlight current best practices and emerging technologies being developed for and with the precast concrete industry. Schedule

Friday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • OPER2: PCI Group Risk Management Program
    Speaker/s: Steve Kashul, Esser Hayes Insurance
    Description: An informative overview and discussion of our new PCI Insurance and Risk Management program provided by Esser Hayes Insurance, including:

    • Safety programs, OSHA compliance, risk management
    • Claims management and HR compliance
    • Insurance carrier providers
    • Risk management providers and resources
    • Webinars and seminars
    • Panel questions and answers

     

  • OPER4: Quality Enhancement Tools for the Precast Plant
    Speaker/s: Steve Qualls, Ross Bryan Associates, Inc.; Paul Ramsburg, Sika Corporation; Collin Bender, Conewago Precast Building Systems
    Description: This session will include three presentations. The first will include a summary of the most commonly cited nonconformances during PCI plant audits. The second will include an overview of a new series of quality toolbox talks that will be available in early 2019. The third will be a presentation on the Exceptional Precast Practices (EPP) program and the benefits that participation can bring to a precast plant operation.

Friday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • OPER5: Innovations in Precast II
    Speaker/s:
    Sayali Joshi, PhD graduate student, Mississippi State University; Andrew Bader, Vice President & Co-founder, Additive Engineering Solutions; Jordan Watkins, Vice President, PTAC Consulting Engineers, Inc.; John Leszczynski, President, Skako Concrete, Inc.; David Kennedy, Business Development Manager, VAC-U-MAX; Jason Fitzwilliam and Patrick Speranza, UltraSpan Technologies, Inc.; Jarkko Salmensivu, Product Director, Elematic Inc.; Wayne Maiuri, Vice President, Finfrock Technologies (Formerly StructureWorks LLC); Mark Scott, Innovative Brick Systems, LLC
    Description: Join us in advancing the industry as we present unique solutions to “the way it has always been done.” The session will highlight current best practices and emerging technologies being developed for and with the precast concrete industry. Schedule

Friday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • OPER2: PCI Group Risk Management Program (Repeat of the 8am session)
    Speaker/s: Steve Kashul, Esser Hayes Insurance
    Description: An informative overview and discussion of our new PCI Insurance and Risk Management program provided by Esser Hayes Insurance, including:

    • Safety programs, OSHA compliance, risk management
    • Claims management and HR compliance
    • Insurance carrier providers
    • Risk management providers and resources
    • Webinars and seminars
    • Panel questions and answers

     

Tuesday, February 26, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • PQS: I Production and Quality School Level 1 Day 1
    Speaker/s: Mel C
    . Marshall, P.Eng., Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants Inc. Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA
    Description: Production and Quality School (PQS I) is NPCA’s flagship course and is the perfect starting point to provide plant personnel with the fundamentals of quality precast concrete manufacturing. Designed especially for all production personnel and QC inspectors, this course covers all aspects of manufactured concrete production, from raw materials to post-pour inspection, with special emphasis on maintaining high quality throughout the entire manufacturing process. This course satisfies the plant certification requirement of the current edition of the NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants.
    Please Note: Participants in this school are required to attend both days of class and pass the exam to obtain a certificate of course completion. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

  • PQS II: Production Day 1
    Speaker/s
    David Jablonsky, P.E., FPCI, ALP Supply; Todd Jones, ALP Supply; Barry Fleck, ALP Supply; Todd Spindler, Sika Corp. Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, NPCA
    Description: PQS Level II – Production is designed for plant personnel who will benefit from a comprehensive understanding of precast-specific production practices in four key areas: lifting and handling; issues related to production practices; lean manufacturing; and patching and repair. This course goes beyond the fundamentals explored in PQS Level I to prepare students to think critically about the links between these four areas and common plant production and safety issues.

    Course participants will go in-depth in exploring these topics, discussing best practices and learning to address production challenges in their plants. Shift supervisors, team leaders, production managers, batch plant operators, engineering and drafting personnel and those who aspire to these positions should attend.

  • PQS III: Leadership
    Speaker/s:
    Sam Lines, MBA, Concrete Sealants Inc.
    Description: Attendees of this workshop will learn what it means to be a leader; learning to lead themselves and influence others. The discussions, skits, and activities presented will enhance the skills and knowledge necessary to become a person of influence. Attendees will learn key attributes required to build teams, select employees, and motivate others to accomplish the goals of the organization. Anyone who wishes to be a person of influence in their company, their community, or in any organization is encouraged to attend this course.

Wednesday, February 27, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

  • PQS I: Production and Quality School Level 1 Day 2
    Speaker/s: Mel C. Marshall, P.Eng., Mel C. Marshall Industrial Consultants Inc. Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA

    Description: Production and Quality School (PQS I) is NPCA’s flagship course, and is the perfect starting point to provide plant personnel with the fundamentals of quality precast concrete manufacturing. Designed especially for all production personnel and QC inspectors, this course covers all aspects of manufactured concrete production, from raw materials to post-pour inspection, with special emphasis on maintaining high quality throughout the entire manufacturing process. This course satisfies the plant certification requirement of the current edition of the NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants.
    Please Note: Participants in this school are required to attend both days of class and pass the exam to obtain a certificate of course completion. Please make your travel arrangements accordingly.

  • PQS II: Production Day 2
    Speaker/s:
    David Jablonsky, P.E., FPCI, ALP Supply; Todd Jones, ALP Supply; Barry Fleck, ALP Supply; Todd Spindler, Sika Corp. : Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, NPCA
    Description: PQS Level II – Production is designed for plant personnel who will benefit from a comprehensive understanding of precast-specific production practices in four key areas: lifting and handling; issues related to production practices; lean manufacturing; and patching and repair. This course goes beyond the fundamentals explored in PQS Level I to prepare students to think critically about the links between these four areas and common plant production and safety issues.
    Course participants will go in-depth in exploring these topics, discussing best practices and learning to address production challenges in their plants. Shift supervisors, team leaders, production managers, batch plant operators, engineering and drafting personnel and those who aspire to these positions should attend.

  • PQS III: Leadership
    Speaker/s:
    Sam Lines, MBA, Concrete Sealants Inc.
    Description: Attendees of this workshop will learn what it means to be a leader; learning to lead themselves and influence others. The discussions, skits, and activities presented will enhance the skills and knowledge necessary to become a person of influence. Attendees will learn key attributes required to build teams, select employees, and motivate others to accomplish the goals of the organization. Anyone who wishes to be a person of influence in their company, their community, or in any organization is encouraged to attend this course.

Friday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • QC1: Admixtures in Depth: Water Reducers
    Speaker/s: G. Terry Harris, FACI, GCP Applied Technologies
    Description:  Water reducing admixtures have evolved to play a major role in precast concrete manufacturing. How do you know if you’re using the best type or range of water reducer for your specific products and manufacturing methods? What are the benefits of using a mid-range water reducer? What about using a high-range water reducer for high-slump concrete or self-consolidating concrete? What types work best and when should they be added to the mixer? This session will go into detail on which water reducers work best for different applications. The session will also include information on troubleshooting with different types of water reducers. What other materials in concrete can interfere with the WR’s efficiency? Also, newer water-reducing technologies on the market or on the horizon will be discussed.

  • QC2: Diagnosis and Prevention of Surface Imperfections
    Speaker/s:
    Claude Goguen, P.E., LEED AP, NPCA
    Description: We’ve heard the terms: bug holes, cold joints, honeycombing, discolorations. These may simply be blemishes or signs of a much more serious issue. To the person receiving this structure on site, these imperfections may frame their impression of your product’s quality. Whether the structure is going to be buried or not, we should strive to make each piece as blemish free as possible. During this course, we will examine these imperfections in detail and dig deeper to discover their potential causes. We will then discuss practices and materials that may help in alleviating these issues. We will also discuss repair methods and materials.
    Attendees are encouraged to bring their questions and experiences to share and learn.

  • QC3: How the First 24 Hours Impacts Precast Concrete Performance
    Speaker/s:
    Ken Hover, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
    Description: When a precast concrete structure is hauled out of the yard to fulfill its destiny, barring some unexpected exposure or incident, much of its fate in terms of durability is already sealed. Type, size and placement of reinforcing as well as raw material selection and proportioning were based on careful consideration of anticipated exposure and loads. The moment raw materials are batched, the cementitious materials start doing what we pay them to do: they dissolve, react, form new products, make pores, fill pores, generate heat, and shrink! What happens over the first 24 hours has a major influence on performance over its service life, and all this internal activity depends on material selection, placement, consolidation and finishing, and especially curing conditions.

  • QC4: What Every Precaster Should Know About ASTM Stardards
    Speaker/s: Sam Lines, MBA, Concrete Sealants Inc.

    Description: The NPCA Quality Control Manual for Precast Concrete Plants references more than 100 ASTM standards for product or testing requirements. Compliance with the referenced standards requires technical knowledge and an understanding of how a consensus standard is developed. This session will cover elements of standards C31, C39, C231, C497 and C1227. Often, a practice is passed on from one worker to the next through on-the-job training and a part of the specified standard is not met. Also, as standards change over time, the user must revise internal practices to meet the revised requirements.

Saturday, March 2, 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

  • QC5: Focusing on Concrete Temperature: Why high early Temperature Helps and Hurts
    Speaker/s:
    Ken Hover, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
    Description: The accelerating effects of high concrete temperature are not just limited to faster slump loss and difficult finishing. It can also result in reduction of long-term strength and durability. That’s why it’s important to recognize how ambient weather conditions, mixture proportions, and curing combine to influence early and later-age concrete performance. Topics will include how concrete temperature affects setting, strength, surface-drying, and cracking, with recommendations for how to counter these effects, plus an introduction to how and why the “Maturity Method” can be a helpful tool, and where it can overestimate concrete strength.

  • QC6: The History of Concrete: Lessons Learned from the Past 9,000 Years
    Speaker/s
    : Paul Ramsburg, Sika Corp.; Frank Bowen, Rosetta Hardscapes
    Description: It is because concrete is a superior building material that it has withstood the test of time. From prehistoric concrete to Roman concrete, from the origin of Portland cement to the first concrete ships, this course will examine the millennia-old history of concrete and extract relevant lessons for the modern precast concrete producer. We will use these lessons from the past to discuss the basics of some materials, mix design and production practices. We will work to develop a good foundational knowledge base for those beginning to grasp the complexity of concrete. You will also learn the importance of the long-term durability of concrete and how to design for durability.

  • QC7: Designing a Better Performing Grease Interceptor
    Speaker/s
    : Joel Ducoste, Ph.D., North Carolina State University
    Description: Precast concrete gravity grease interceptors are critical components of wastewater pretreatment systems. However, there are a growing array of choices in the marketplace and it’s more important than ever to make sure the tank is optimally designed to deliver enhanced performance. This session is led by Dr. Joel Ducoste, a principal investigator for a Water Environment Research Foundation study that included an assessment of gravity grease interceptor performance. He will explain the key processes that occur inside a gravity grease interceptor and what changes in cuisine, kitchen equipment and cleaners can do to influence those processes. Dr. Ducoste will explain some of the findings from this assessment study and will also discuss simple potential design modifications that could lead to improved performance.

Thursday, February, 28, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • TECH1: Precast/Prestressed Concrete in Korea
    Speaker/s: Kyuwoong BAE and Sangsup LEE, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology; Jangwon Chung, Heesu Kim, and Banghyun Song, Dongseo PCC; Hyoung Gyo LEE, SK E&C Co., Ltd. and Il Sup Choi, Yunwoo Structural Engineers Co., Ltd.
    Description: This session will present the latest precast/prestressed concrete innovations from Korea.

    A Study on the Adhesive Strength between PC Slab and Topping Concrete in the Composite Slab
    Kyuwoong Bae and Sangsup Lee, Korea Institute of Civil Engineering and Building Technology

    The Double PC Beam Method
    Jangwon Chung, Heesu Kim, and Banghyun Song, Dongseo PCC

    A Case of High-Rise Precast Concrete Structure for Manufacturing High-Tech Ultra-Precision Products
    Hyoung Gyo Lee and Il Sup Choi, SK E&C Co. Ltd.

Thursday, February, 28, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • TECH2: Precast/Prestressed Concrete Buildings in Japan
    Speaker/s: Daichi Hamada, P.S. Mitsubishi Construction Co., Ltd.; Masaki Murase, Taisei Corporation; Takumi Tsushi, Takenaka Corporation; Seiichi Kato, Oriental Shiraishi Corporation; Kazuhito Sugaya and Evdon Sicat, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.
    Description: This session will present the latest precast/prestressed concrete innovations from Japan.

    Examples of Precast Prestressed Concrete Structure Utilization – Recovery from damage due to the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011
    Daichi Hamada, P.S. Mitsubishi Construction Co. Ltd.

    Structural Design of the New National Stadium in Japan
    Masaki Murase, Taisei Corporation

    214 m-High Precast Concrete Condominium Building with Viscous- and Friction-Damper Walls for Vibration Control in Tokyo
    Fumitaka Ogura, Takenaka Corporation

    Design and Construction of Minamisoma Municipal General Hospital – A Hospital Building Consisting of Precast, Prestressed Concrete Narrow Columns
    Seiichi Kato, Oriental Shiraishi Corporation

    Grout Injection Management in Full Precast Method with Rigid-frame Structure
    Kazuhito Sugaya and Evdon Sicat, Sumitomo Mitsui Construction Co., Ltd.

Friday, March 1, 8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

  • TECH3: Update on PCI Bridge Research
    Speaker/s: Dr. Gregory Lucier, North Carolina State University; W. Michal Hale, University of Arkansas; Rachel Chicchi, University of Cincinnati
    Description: This session will focus on presentations on the following three topics:

    • Precast concrete segmental cylinder piles with corrosion-resistant transverse reinforcement. This presentation will review recent research completed as part of a PCI Daniel P. Jenny Research Fellowship. The study focused on the behavior of hollow precast concrete cylinder piles, particularly in the hoop direction, and included several experimental tests on full-scale pile segments. The potential for replacing traditional steel spiral reinforcement with fiber-reinforced polymer reinforcement was explored.
    • Progress on the Mertz Fellowship: Implementation of self-consolidating ultra-high-performance concrete in prestressed concrete girders. This presentation will discuss the development of an ultra-high-performance concrete for use in bridge girders. Beams were cast at three compressive strengths of 16, 20, and 24 ksi, and the performance (bond, shear, and flexural capacity) of the beams was assessed. This project was funded through the first PCI Dennis R. Mertz Bridge Research Fellowship.
    • Progress on the Mertz Fellowship: Strand lifting loop capacity in precast concrete bridge beams. This presentation will outline the research plan and preliminary findings of this project, which is funded through the PCI Dennis R. Mertz Bridge Research Fellowship. The main objectives of this study are to determine and evaluate current lifting loop practices, best practices, and areas of confusion or ambiguity in the current design guidelines, and to fill gaps in knowledge about the pullout strength of 0.6 in. diameter strand lifting loops through experimental testing.

     

  • TECH6: PCI Research and Development: Jenny Fellowship Updates
    Speaker/s: Matthew McDermott and Benjamin Dymond, University of Minnesota Duluth; Nicole Braxtan and Jonathan Blackstone, University of North Carolina at Charlotte; Jungfen Ma, Wenmeng Tian, and Sayali Joshi, Mississippi State University
    Description: The Daniel P. Jenny research fellowship program has been a significant way for the precast concrete industry to reach out to universities and students since 1971. PCI producer members take an integral role in supporting these fellowships by contributing resources and knowledge. Students are given a unique opportunity to interact with industry as they complete their graduate work. Updates on current fellowship projects will be presented.

    Shear Capacity of Hollow-Core Slabs with Concrete Filled Cores
    Matthew McDermott and Benjamin Dymond, University of Minnesota–Duluth

    Performance Based Design Recommendations for the Design of Precast Concrete Connections Exposed to Fire
    Nicole Braxtan and Jonathan Blackstone, University of North Carolina–Charlotte

    Implementing Virtual Reality Technology on Early Career Training in Precast/Prestressed Concrete Industry
    Jungfen Ma, Wenmeng Tian, and Sayali Joshi, Mississippi State University

Friday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  • TECH4: Contrasting the Current USA Partial Depth Bridge Deck Panel Details with Those From Abroad
    Speaker/s: David Fernández-Ordóñez, fib; Oguzhan Bayrak, The University of Texas at Austin; William Nickas, PCI
    Description: The use of a trichorded truss reinforcement combined with prestress strands in thin panels has gained momentum abroad. Dr. David Fernández-Ordóñez will share a review of current practices in Europe that use prestressed slabs reinforced with three-wire truss slabs for bridge decks. In Europe, and particularly in Spain, precast concrete bridges are very common for short and medium spans. For precast concrete bridges, I-beams and U beams are generally used, as well as simply supported or continuous solutions. For construction of the slab, precast concrete slabs combined with a composite, cast-in-place overlay are commonly used. There are various types of precast concrete slabs. One common type uses prestressing wires when they are supported between two beams. Another solution uses three-wire trusses for the cantilevering slabs. These slabs are usually just reinforced and have voids to allow the longitudinal reinforcement to connect with the final slab.

    Dr. Ozzie Bayrak will then compare and contrast the European system with the current U.S. practice, focusing on the use of partial-depth deck panels as stay-in-place formwork in the United States. Findings from his recent research projects will be shared. Further, emerging trends and potential details for the NextGen deck panels that may utilize ultra-high-performance concrete (UHPC) or extend the use of the trichorded reinforcement scheme discussed by Dr. Fernández-Ordóñez will be presented.

    William Nickas will present PCI’s recent efforts to promote the use of partial-depth deck panels in the United States. The topics he will cover include the harmonization of design details, advantages of partial-depth deck panels, and PCI’s research on UHPC as it relates to partial-depth deck panels.

  • TECH5: PCI Code Development: Writing Standards Language, the Next Committee Challenge
    Speaker/s: Dr. SK Ghosh, S.K. Ghosh Associates and Dr. Ned Cleland, Blue Ridge Design, Inc.
    Description: This session is an introduction to writing in standards language. It will include hands-on examples of standards language development and discuss the committee process of creating design specifications.

  • TECH7: PCI Research and Development: Research Reports
    Speaker/s: Rémy Lequesne, William Collins, and David Darwin University of Kansas; Haishan Guo, China State Construction Engineering ; Clay Naito and Robin Hendricks Lehigh University, and Andrew Osborn, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates
    Description: For many years, improvements to precast concrete have been realized through research. Three updates on research of interest to the industry will be presented.

    Development of Precision and Bias Statement for ASTM A1061
    Rémy Lequesne, William Collins, and David Darwin, University of Kansas

    Precast Prestressed Efficient Fabricated Frame (PPEFF)
    Haishan Guo, China State Construction Engineering Corporation

    Flange to Flange Double Tee Connections Subject to Vehicular Loading
    Clay Naito and Robin Hendricks, Lehigh University, and Andrew Osborn, Wiss Janney Elstner Associates

Wednesday, February 27, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • TITAN: Titan II Power User
    Description: Created for the sales representative, estimator, engineer, production scheduler, dispatcher, QC inspector/manager, inventory manager and all accounting personnel, this course will have something for everyone who works with the Titan II Precast Management System. All new modules and enhancements added to Titan within the last year will be reviewed and demonstrated. Additionally, we will discuss helpful tools and features that are classic time savers. Attendees are sure to come away with ideas and methods to immediately improve the processes within their precast company. Attendees receive 1 Credit towards TGC.

    • Visual Takeoff Module (VT3000)
    • Worksheet/Quoting mode
    • Metric vs Imperial
    • Floating Protractor
    • Screen/Drawing Options
    • Enhanced Drawing Options
    • Isometric views
    • Other New Options
    • New Quality Control Module (QCTitan)
    • Cloud Features
    • Mobile Features
    • Accounting Features
    • General Ledger with Source
    • Posted/Unposted Screen
    • Other New Features/Reports
    • Inventory Inquiry/Management Features
    • Production Scheduling Features
    • Dispatch Features
    • New Management Reports
    • Many Other New Features

Contact Us

Please contact events@pci.org with any questions about the PCI 2019 Convention.

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