The Fall 2017 Concrete Convention and Exposition by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) will be taking place from October 15-19 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. This is a marvelous opportunity to gain exposure to our industry, meet industry professionals, and participate in many interesting events! Register for the convention HERE.
Egg Protection Device Competition:
One event that students can participate in is the ACI Egg Protection Device Competition. Students must compete to design and build the highest-impact-load resistant plain or reinforced concrete Egg Protection Device (EPD). Learn and report on concrete’s sustainable benefits related to durability, impact resistance, and other real-life aspects which an EPD simulates. Note that only one team per school is allowed entry. This is a great learning experience for students. Winners may be recognized in the Concrete International magazine and can win up to $750. More information about this event and registration can be found HERE.
ACI Student ECO Concrete Competition:
This new student competition aims to promote the idea of environmental performance in concrete mixture design as an important aspect of sustainability. For this first-time run of the new student competition, 20 teams have the mission to develop an innovative concrete mixture, which must have the lowest possible environmental impacts while maintaining optimal mechanical and durability performance. After designing their concrete mixture, teams are asked to perform a simplified lifecycle assessment (LCA) and present their results in a written report. At the competition, teams will have a poster to present their innovative concrete to the audience and judges, with an emphasis on environmental aspects considered in their design, and their mixture will be checked for durability by testing the resistivity. Winners will be announced on Monday at the student lunch. More information will be available soon.