January 2019 Newsletter, Volume 35, Issue 1 Print

President's Report

Happy Holidays and Welcome to the New Year! 

I’m pleased to announce a launch of a new website for ACI-IL. With the help of ACI National’s assistance, we will be using the new website so that we can stream line information. The management platform will allow us to integrate our records with ACI National. It should also make communications between the chapter and our members an easier process. Check out the new website at www.aciillinois.com. If you are a current member, you should have received a welcome email that have instructions to login for the first time. Your initial login will verify your email address so that you keep receiving emails for future newsletters and events. If you are not a member, you should have received an email asking to click on a link to verify your email address. 

If you are not a member of ACI-IL, please consider joining. Your membership dues help the chapter set up dinner meetings and events. As a member, you are welcome to take advantage of some amazing benefits. For more information regarding these awesome benefits, scroll down to read a message from ACI National's president Dr. David A. Lange.

We have some great events coming up. I’m excited to announce that our traditional January meeting with IDOT updates will be at Gibson’s Oakbrook. There was a great turnout from our October dinner meeting at Gibson’s, so it should be even a greater turnout this month. Don’t forget to RSVP as soon as possible. We'll send out a separate invitation email as the date gets closer in case you forget.

I look forward to the New Year, and I hope to see you at the January dinner meeting!

Joni L. Jones
ACI-IL President

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January Dinner Meeting

Please join us on January 16 at Gibsons - Oak Brook for this month’s dinner meeting.

Presentation: IDOT Update

Speaker: Mr. George Houston, Bureau Chief of Materials

George is a licensed Professional Engineer in Illinois and a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign with a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering. He has worked for the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) for 29 years. During his time at IDOT he has been a Construction Inspector, Contract Designer, and a Resident Engineer.

His work in the District Bureau of Materials began in 1992 as a Materials Inspector in Cook and Will Counties. He has held the position of Materials Inspector in Cook and Will Counties, Mixture Control Supervisor in North Cook, DuPage, and Kane Counties, and the position of District Mixture Control Engineer.

George currently holds the position of Materials Engineer/ Bureau Chief of Materials for IDOT in District One. His responsibilities are to direct and coordinate the District's construction materials inspection program, testing material certification activities, and geotechnical and foundation analysis and investigations.

Please register by Monday, January 14 at www.aciillinois.com. ACI Members $60, Non-Members $65.

Networking begins at 5:00 p.m. Dinner 6:00 p.m. Presentation 7:00 p.m.

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Calendar of Events

Monthly Dinner Meetings
January 16 at Gibsons Oakbrook
February 20 at Erie Café
March 20 at Erie Café
April 17 location TBD

Fundraising Event 
February 24 - Chicago Blackhawks vs Dallas Stars at United Center

Annual Dinner
May 11, 2019 at the Mid-America Club
200 East Randolph Dr 80th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601


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Thank you Toys for Tots Sponsors!

ACI-Illinois Would Like to Thank the Following 2018 Toys for Tots Sponsors:

BASF Corporation-Admixtures
Concrete Consulting Engineers, LLC
Elmhurst Chicago Stone Company
Flood Testing Labs Inc.
GCP Applied Technologies
Illinois Cement Company
Jensen Hughes
Ozinga Ready Mix Concrete
Park Graphics, Inc.
Sika Corporation
Skyway Cement Company
VCNA Prairie
Vulcan Materials
Wille Brothers

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The Value of Membership

Article by David A. Lange
Provided by ACI International

In keeping with its central mission and vision to disseminate knowledge needed to use concrete effectively to meet the demands of a changing world, ACI has made its extensive knowledge base of concrete information even easier to access – available 24/7, and always totally up-to-date. I want to update all on how ACI International gives broad access to its archives on concrete knowledge. I hope you will take advantage of recent changes that have expanded the value of ACI membership.

ACI individual members receive free digital access to the Institute’s practices, which contain over 200 guides, reports, and technotes covering all aspects of concrete design, construction, maintenance, and repair. These documents are prepared by ACI’s technical committees and represent the consensus viewpoint of industry experts.

ACI members also receive free digital access to both the ACI Materials Journal and ACI Structural Journal that define the state of the art by publishing original research papers from a global family of authors. The journal archives contain over 100 years of searchable, peer-reviewed technical articles on all aspects of concrete technology. Included in this amazing collection is not only the most recent information on cutting-edge technology but also classic papers by pioneers in the industry who established the basis for how we design and construct concrete today.

All ACI members have free access to Concrete International and its digital archives. To access any of the CI and journal articles, simply visit the “Abstracts Search” on concrete.org.

ACI Codes and Specifications, which includes ACI’s 50 active codes and specifications on structural, environmental, residential, repair, inspection, and more, are included in a package that also contains historical versions of these documents. Many of these codes and standards are legally adopted by jurisdictions both domestically and internationally. This collection also includes the SI (metric) versions of the documents, historical versions, and versions translated into languages other than English. This packages is available for $235 to members and can be purchased by contacting the ACI customer service department at ACICustomerService@concrete.org or through your annual membership renewal.

Another valuable new subscription package is access to ACI’s symposium publications. This package includes over 6000 papers published since 1962 by leading industry designers, practitioners, researchers, and academicians. These documents are especially valuable to the practitioner, as they include many case studies and project-specific information. As with all subscription packages, additional information is provided in this package as new Symposium Volumes are published. This package is available for $49 to members.

ACI University is the name of ACI’s online training courses and educational resources. Members are given free tokens for a few courses, and they can have full access via a new annual subscription service that began earlier this year. Through this subscription, individuals can take every course of the over 200 offered in ACI University, plus new courses that are added each month. This includes the popular on-demand courses on ACI 318, courses comprising ACI’s certificate programs, and courses on nearly any other concrete-related topic one could imagine. Subscribers also have access to all ACI University’s live webinars delivered by industry experts. ACI University courses and webinars are especially helpful for engineers looking to earn professional development hours toward their professional licenses. This package is available for $99 to members. View the list of on-demand courses and upcoming webinars at ACIUniversity.com.

For over 100 years, ACI has developed technically sound, unbiased information on the best use of concrete. We continue that tradition today, and we are adding greater value to that information by making it more accessible, relevant, and useful to all who need it to meet the demands of a changing world.

In addition to access to the information described in the previous paragraphs – resources that are free to all ACI members (and available to nonmembers for a competitive fee) – ACI has compiled other types of its information in cost-effective subscription packages that are continually updated and digitally available anytime for users’ convenience. The following points will cover those packages.

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ACI Illinois Chapter Fundraising Event


The Chicago Blackhawks vs. The Dallas Stars

Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2 p.m. game
Seats are in Section 326
Families and friends are welcome!
Limited tickets available - $130 each

Contact Pete Stamatopoulous to reserve your seats: 630-804-9577.

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Upcoming Certification Sessions

Certification sessions are usually held at the ACI-IL Certification Facility: 650 W. Grand Ave., Elmhurst, IL 60126 - Suite 106

ACI-IL Certification programs include the following offerings:
Grade 1 Field Technician
Aggregate Lab Technician 1
Strength Lab Technician 1
Concrete Construction Special Inspector
Adhesive Anchor Installer
Adhesive Anchor Installer Inspector

Check the schedule below for a session or sessions of interest. Review the class listings below and register. Sessions are filling up quickly, so don’t delay!

15th - 16th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Lakeland College, Mattoon, IL
31st - Feb 1st - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Elmhurst, IL

14th - 15th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Elmhurst, IL
28th - March 1 - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Lakeland College, Mattoon, IL

MARCH 2019
21st - 22nd - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1 - Elmhurst, IL

APRIL 2019
4th - 5th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Lakeland College,
Mattoon, IL
16th - 17th - Concrete Field Testing Tech Grade 1, Elmhurst, IL

If you need help registering just call (773)775-7558 (Note this is a new number) and leave a message for our registrar Ms. Nicole Galati who will assist you with registration assistance, hotel recommendations and payment methods.

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Certification Sponsors

Thank you to our Certification Sponsors!

Certification GOLD Sponsors:

Certification SILVER Sponsors:

Interested in sponsoring?
Contact Pete Stamatopoulos at 630-804-9577.

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