Last Chance to Register for Thursday's MCC Breakfast Meeting

December 20 Breakfast Meeting: Petrography - What it Can and Can't Tell You
Concrete petrography can be a useful tool to gain an understanding of the performance of concrete and other cement-based construction materials. Cracks. Blisters. Spalling. Scaling. Delamination. Low Strength. These are sources of dissatisfaction for owners and aggravation for contractors involved in concrete construction. Because petrography is often used to investigate the causes of these problems, you should understand how petrography works and what its capabilities and limitations are. This presentation will briefly discuss the basics of concrete petrography and then concentrate on a few subjects (such as w/cm estimates) which petrographers CAN tell you and determine the durability of concrete.

Date: Thursday, December 20
Location: Midland Hills Country Club (2001 Fulham Street, Roseville, MN)
Time: Registration and Breakfast @ 7:00 am. Presentation will begin at 8:00 am and conclude by 9:00 am.
Cost: Members - $25.  Non-members - $35.
Credits: All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for one hour.  Please check the MCC website for AIA credit availability.

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ICF Training Course for Contractors and Designers
MCC is partnering with the Aggregate & Ready Mix Association of MN, the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Insulating Concrete Forms Manufacturing Association to sponsor an ICF Training Course on January 15, 2019.  The half-day training will be held at Braun Intertec in Bloomington.  Cost to attend is $45.

Lighter, faster and more cost effective than most other forms of construction, Insulating Concrete Forms (ICFs) are quickly becoming the construction method of choice for all forms of construction including single and multi-family, hotels, schools, offices – all forms of residential and commercial construction. Concrete contractors, masons and framers have an opportunity to learn another trade to compete in today’s competitive construction environment. This course will give you the basic training you need to begin building with one of the fastest growing building systems on the market – ICFs.

The objective of this course is to:
• Demonstrate the specific characteristics of ICFs
• Describe the benefits of ICF construction
• Explain the construction advantages and efficiencies
• Present the installation requirements and techniques
• Show how to expand your business with ICF technology

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January 17 Breakfast Meeting: Extended Joint Spacing for Slabs on Grade
"Extended Joint Spacing for Slabs on Grade" will be presented by Charles Nmai, PhD, PE (BASF Corporation) on Thursday, January 17 at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville. Preventing cracks in concrete is traditionally achieved with steel reinforcement and saw-cutting of joints. These practices can lead to many problems for concrete contractors and building owners. The steel is difficult to position, the silica dust and noise can be a hazard, and taking the time to cut joints reduces productivity. In addition, drying shrinkage can cause curling and cracking, and cut joints can eventually become tripping hazards.

This presentation on Extending Joint Spacing will discuss the system of products and concrete mix design that can not only reduce the problems associated with saw-cutting joints, it can also help to increase the spacing between joints and could potentially eliminate the need for cut joints altogether. 

Registration opens at 7:00 am. A full, hot breakfast will be served beginning at 7:15 am. The presentation will begin at 8:00 am and will conclude by 9:00 am. 

Date: Thursday, January 17, 2019
Location: Midland Hills Country Club (2001 Fulham Street, Roseville, MN)
Time: Registration and Breakfast @ 7:00 am. Presentation will begin at 8:00 am and conclude by 9:00 am.
Cost: Members - $25 / $20 early bird.  Non-members - $35 / $30 early bird.
Credits: All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for one hour.  Please check the MCC website for AIA credit availability.

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MN Concrete Forum: Sleepy Eye Roundabout
The first of the 2019 MN Concrete Forums will be held Thursday, February 14 at 10:00 am at Midland Hills Country Club in Roseville.  Maria Masten, PE (MnDOT) will be the presenter.

MnDOT replaced the existing two-way stop at the Highway 4/County Road 29 intersection five miles north of Sleepy Eye with a single-lane roundabout in 2018 to address continual safety issues at this intersection. Unique to other roundabout projects, MnDOT placed the concrete roundabout with fiber reinforced concrete and without control joints. 

Registration opens at 9:30 am. The presentation begins at 10:00 am and will conclude by 11:30 am.

Cost to attend a MN Concrete Forum $15 ($10 early bird). In the past, these forums have been underwritten by funding from the Portland Cement Association. Now that the funding is no longer available, the MCC Board of Directors decided to continue the popular program with a small registration fee attached. The registration fee helps to cover the cost of the meeting venue. 

Attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance for one hour. MCC is an AIA CES registered provider. In some cases, AIA credits will also be available. 

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Margaret Mills, Administrator
Minnesota Concrete Council - PO Box 116, Rosemount, MN 55068
www.mnconcretecouncil.com - 651-482-9549 - margaret@mnconcretecouncil.com