Dr. Ken Hover on 9/20!
Worth 1.0 PDH!
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ACI CNY Newsletter
September 2017

President's Message

Hello ACI CNY chapter members, affiliates, friends, and acquaintances:

I hope your summer was safe and sunny! It is hard to believe that September is here…it seems like yesterday that the snow finally melted, the grass turned green, and the birds started chirping again! We are gearing up for our fall program schedule and we wanted to give you an update as to what we were up to over the summer.

The board typically meets three times throughout the summer months – once each in June, July, and August. The purpose of these meetings is to brainstorm and hash out presentation topics and ideas for the upcoming season. We had some fantastic discussions, and we are very excited for this season’s schedule of events!

We are pleased to announce that on 9/20, we will once again be welcoming Dr. Ken Hover back to Syracuse to talk about the complexities of placing concrete in the various CNY weather conditions. This includes placing in both spring and fall, seasons that aren’t typically thought of as time periods where the weather can make placing concrete just as challenging as doing it in the summer or winter. Dr. Hover has been published numerous times, been the recipient of countless awards, and is one of the most dynamic, passionate, and knowledgeable concrete experts walking this earth! Click hereto register. 

Also, mark these program dates in your calendars now!

9/20/17 - Dr. Ken Hover

10/18/17 - TBD

11/15/17 - "Chapter Technical Talk: Introduction to Shotcrete"

1/17/18 - TBD

2/28/18 - TBD

4/4/18 - Awards Banquet

We would also like to remind everyone that it’s not too early to start thinking about submitting projects for the 2017/2018 Excellence in Concrete and Masonry awards banquet that will be held on 4/4 in Syracuse. If you know of a project that has been or will be completed between 1/1/16 and 12/31/17, consider submitting it for an award! 

Our yearly award ceremony recognizes the best of the best for masonry and concrete design and construction in our area, and is the culmination of our program season. Award entry applications can be found on our website here.

Also, be sure to connect with us on LinkedIn.

See you on 9/20!

John Pillar, P.E., S.E.
ACI CNY President

Join Us! Wednesday, 9/20

"The Good and Bad of Concrete in Cool and Cold Weather" (with Dinner)

Presented by Dr. Ken Hover

DoubleTree Hotel
East Syracuse, NY

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner (provided by the DoubleTree)

$40 Member
$50 Non-member
$15 Student

Registration due by Thursday, 9/14.

***Worth 1.0 PDH (sponsored by Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt***

Program description:

Concrete can be successfully cast year-round almost anywhere on the planet, even in greater Syracuse, where the weather brings distinct advantages and disadvantages. Cold weather can bring risk of freezing, slow slump-loss and setting, and lower early-age strength, but cold weather also increases later-age strength. One irony is that when the weather is really bad from December to early March, everybody knows it’s cold and everybody protects the concrete. The real problem comes in cool fall or spring weather when the concrete is no longer at risk of freezing, but still gets cold enough to experience low early strength that can delay construction operations or put the structure in jeopardy. Every now and then we get truly hot weather, and although our intuition is that premature drying is worse in the summer, that is not the case here! (Syracuse and Watertown get lake-effect snow because of dry wintertime air pushed by a strong wind.) But even when conditions are too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry, here in wonderland the weather changes in a heartbeat, so we have to be able to change our mixes and construction methods just as fast.


Dr. Ken Hover is Past-President of the American Concrete Institute and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell. He served as a Captain in the 15th Combat Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army, and was Project Engineer and Project Manager for Dugan and Meyers Construction Co. in Cincinnati, working on buildings, interstate bridges, and water treatment plants. Joining THP Ltd in Cincinnati, he became partner and manager engaged in structural design, specifications writing, and contract administration. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and the Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Hover teaches reinforced and prestressed concrete design, concrete materials, and construction management. His research focuses on freeze-thaw durability, mixture proportions and ingredients, behavior and testing of fresh concrete, and the impact of construction operations and construction environment on concrete quality.

Dr. Hover is a P.E. in Ohio and New York, and holds the Outstanding Educator Award from ACPA, and from ACI he has earned the Kelly, Philleo, Anderson, and Structural Research Awards. He received the ASCE Materials Division Best Basic Research Paper Award. He holds Cornell University’s highest teaching award, and in January 2006 was named one of the “Ten Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry.”

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