MC&MCA October Newsletter

October 2020

Concrete Industry Management Degree (CIM) Update 

Progress is being made in our North Central region. Five universities in our region expressed interest in housing the CIM program.  Those universities are: Minnesota State University, Mankato; University of Northern Iowa; University of Wisconsin, Platteville; Lawrence Technological University and South Dakota State University. A task force of was formed to help select the university which will house this CIM program for our region. The task force assembled a team that went out and conducted on-site visits with each of these universities. After these visits it was determined that the following universities would move forward in the selection process: Minnesota State University, Mankato; University of Northern Iowa and South Dakota State University. The plan is to have the final selection made by early November.  Thanks to Thor Becken of Cemstone for the update! 

The following is the history and description of the CIM program taken from their website 

Recognizing the need for people with enhanced technical, communication and management skills, the Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program was developed in 1996 at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). Since then, the program has expanded to the New Jersey Institute of Technology, California State University – Chico, and Texas State University. The individuals graduating from this program have the skill set necessary to meet the growing demands of the progressively changing concrete industry of the 21st century. In addition to the four universities designated as schools with CIM programs, an Executive MBA in Concrete Industry Management is available at MTSU.

The program produces broadly educated, articulate graduates grounded in basic business management, who are knowledgeable of concrete technology and techniques and are able to manage people and systems as well as promote products or services related to the concrete industry. It entails a broad range of courses, from English and history to science and mathematics. A series of required business courses such as finance, marketing, management and business law are also taken throughout the length of the program.

The concrete-specific courses teach the fundamentals of concrete, properties and testing, concrete construction and more. All of these courses provide much more than what is simply in the text. They emphasize problem solving, quality assurance and customer satisfaction, while utilizing practical case studies.

MC&MCA and IMI Historic Masonry Repair Seminar Registration open

On Wednesday, October 28th, MC&MCA & IMI will be hosting a joint Masonry University on Historic Masonry Repair.  Our speaker for this seminar will be Amy Lamb Woods, P.E., Director of Industry Development & Technical Services for IMI.  Amy is a licensed Professional Engineer in multiple states. Her background combines architecture, historic preservation, and civil engineering materials. She has over twenty years of experience in the field of forensic engineering of building materials, both historic and contemporary structures. Her experience includes facade and failure investigations with materials such as brick masonry, terra cotta, stone, concrete, terrazzo, and stucco. She is a Board member for the Association for Preservation Technology International (APTI) and founder of Women in Restoration & Engineering (WiRE).  Below is our link for registration
You are invited to MCMCA & IMI - Historic Masonry Repair
When: Oct 28, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
NCMA's Direct Design Software Seminar Upcoming
Make sure register for our virtual seminar highlighting NCMA's state of the art Masonry Design Software on Thursday, November 5th, on our website.  With Direct Design Software v3.1, a complete masonry building can be designed in a matter of minutes.  Building designs are compliant with most recent building codes (2015 International Building Code), and the software has been recently updated to interface with AutoDesk Revit. 

Capabilities include: • Design up to 60 ft tall buildings • ANY code-permitted specified compressive strength of masonry • Use CMU from 6-inch to 14-inch width • ANY mortar type permitted by code • Steel reinforcement from No. 4 to No. 9 • Both flexible or rigid floor or roof systems • Set design targets and the software will optimize the design New for v3.1—Import models from Revit and export structural details back. This new feature can simplify modeling and speed up workflows!

Our seminar will be given by Jason Thompson, who is the Vice President of Engineering with the National Concrete Masonry Association. Jason has been instrumental in the development of both the Direct Design Method and this software, and has over 25 years of experience in concrete masonry design and construction.

Save the Dates!

October 15 Excellence Awards Registration Closing Deadline  
October 13, 20 & 27 | AIA Fall Conference (Virtual)
October 28 | IMI/MC&MCA Masonry University
November 5th NCMA Direct Design Virtual Seminar
December  4th/ Wild Wings Bird Hunt 
February 4 & 5 | MTEEA Annual Conference 
June 16, 2021 MC&MCA Golf at Keller G C


For detailed information on these events check out the MC&MCA website.
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