Minnesota Concrete Council Update




November 15 Breakfast Meeting - TWO HOUR Ethics Program

Architecture and engineering are important and learned professions. As members of these professions, architects and engineers are expected to exhibit the highest standards of honesty and integrity. Architecture and engineering have a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. Accordingly, the services provided by architects and engineers requires honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity, and must be dedicated to the protection of the public health, safety, and welfare. Architects and engineers are faced with different situations on daily basis while practicing architecture and engineering. This presentation will provide moral and ethical guidance to architects and engineers in their decision making process. Most importantly, it will provide architects and engineers with insight on how to respect and protect their profession with utmost professionalism.

Date: Thursday, November 15
Location: Midland Hills Country Club (2001 Fulham Street, Roseville, MN)
Time: Registration and Breakfast @ 7:00 am.  Presentation begins at 8:00 am and concludes by 10:00 am.
Cost: $40 
Credits: This program has been approved for 2.0 AIA LU's.  All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance for two hours.

Click HERE for additional information - including how to register.

11/29 MN Concrete Forum: Near Surface Aggregate Reactivity & Petrography - What We Know
The concrete petrographer is often called upon to explain the causes of deterioration of a concrete placement. The laboratory work of the petrographer includes identification of the cause(s) of distress through an examination of the concrete surfaces, paste and aggregate conditions. Sometimes the alkaline cement paste can cause dissolution of siliceous aggregates or cause chemical and volume changes carbonate rocks. These reactions are collectively called alkali-aggregate reactions. These reactions are deleterious when they cause enough expansive force within concrete to rupture the concrete despite the powerful bonding within the cement paste. This presentation will cover what we commonly look for when assessing Alkali Aggregate Reactions (AAR) in hardened concrete.

The presenter will be Gerard Moulzolf, PG (American Engineering Testing).

Attendees will be emailed a certificate of attendance for one professional development hour (PDH) at the conclusion of the event.

There is no charge to attend this event but pre-registration is required because space is limited. 

Date: Thursday, November 29
Time: Registration opens at 9:30 am. The presentation will begin at 10:00 am. Q&A will begin at 11:00 am. The event will conclude no later than 11:30 am.
Location: Midland Hills Country Club (2001 Fulham Street, Roseville, MN)

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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 seminar will discuss the basics of concrete petrography and show how it can be used in troubleshooting concrete construction.

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 / $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.

Click HERE for additional information - including how to register.

MCC Scholarships
Do you know a college student who is studying engineering or construction management? Or a community college or technical college student who is studying in a field related to concrete construction? If so, PLEASE share this information about the MCC Scholarship program with them!

In all cases, the student’s home address must be in Minnesota OR student must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary Minnesota school (College, University or Technical School). The application process is relatively easy. Application deadline is December 1. Please see links below for specific information about each scholarship.

$3,500 Scholarship for Engineering Students 
$3,500 Scholarship for Construction Management Students 
(2) $1,500 Scholarships for Community College/Technical School Students

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