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The Concrete Times February - Digital

The CONCRETE Times • FEB 2015 New monthly columnist - jay shilstone our new columnist - jay shilstone jay will be writing a monthly feature for the concrete times, taking a look at concrete issues the the american perspective but also touching on europe Ja James M. “Jay” Shilstone, Jr. is the third generation of Shilstones to be involved in concrete quality control. A Fellow of the American Concrete Institute, Jay has been widely recognised as an expert in concrete quality control around the world and he is also a member of the American Society of Testing and Materials and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association. He has been in the concrete industry for almost 40 years, with over 30 of those years involved in concrete quality control software. Jay works for Command Alkon, Inc. and is their technical specialist in the COMMANDqc quality control software program. A compelling writer, Jay is also a keen blogger and his blogsite on www. commandalkonconnect.com gets over 1000 hits per week. 34 Greetings to you all, it’s a pleasure to be here. My first piece is about the Internet – love it or hate it, it has irrevocably changed the way we live. It has made the world seem a smaller place, one where we can readily communicate with a person across the world, even if they speak a different language. It has placed more information than we could use in a thousand lifetimes at our fingertips. In some ways it has made our jobs harder, but in other easier. Below are 10 websites that I have used repeatedly through the years to make my job easier and better. 1) Concrete Producer website – www.theconcreteproducer. com – Go to the Article Search section and you can look up current and past articles from The Concrete Producer, Concrete Construction, Masonry Construction, and Public Works, all FOC. A great resource for information about what is happening in the world. 2) NRMCA CIP series - www.nrmca.org/aboutconcrete/ cips/default.asp - The NRMCA Concrete in Practice series is a great place to find concise reports about common problems with concrete. You won’t be able to print these out, but you can at least look at them and determine if you want to order them (at a nominal charge). NRMCA is also developing a Technology in Practice series, to help concrete QC professionals better understand the technical aspects of concrete. TIPs are not available online, but can be ordered in the Bookshop. 3) American Concrete Institute www.concrete. org - ACI has changed their website layout and the free stuff is a lot harder to find now but it’s still there. Lots of free information about concrete, especially in the “Educational Committee Documents” section. Books that ACI previously used to sell are now available online for free. Also go to <Education> <Free Web Sessions> to view select presentations from past ACI Conventions. They also offer CEUs in the <Education> <Online CEU Program> section. Up to 8 CEUs are free to ACI members. Additional CEUs and non-member CEUs are $25 each (£17.50). Finally, members get free access to back issues of Concrete International in the <Publications> area. STUDENT ALERT: If you are a student you can get a free electronic membership to ACI. Just go into the <Education> <Student Portal> section and follow the instructions. 4) Portland Cement Association – www.cement.org – The <Cement and Concrete Basics> link at the top has a lot of introductory information about concrete. For more indepth info, buy the PCA’s Design and Concrete of Concrete Mixtures or their DVD entitled “Concrete Research Library” that has over 1200 historical articles about concrete including Duff Abram’s original treatise published as the “Lewis Institute Bulletin 1”. The DVD is well worth the $100 (£65) they charge non-members. 5) LinkedIn & Youtube – www.linkedin.com and www. youtube.com – Since ACI adopted LinkedIn as its primary social media focus, numerous other concrete-related firms have done the same. While a lot of rubbish goes through the Discussions areas, there is also some good stuff - use your common sense and filter it accordingly. Check out concrete videos on YouTube. My favorite is a cement hydration presentation by Tyler Ley at OSU. Tyler even makes cement chemistry sound interesting! Also, ACI has started releasing selected presentations from their conferences on YouTube. You’ll hear the presenter’s voice and see the PowerPoint presentation. Loads of great


The Concrete Times February - Digital
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