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Construction of Concrete Slabs on Grade & Paving

ACI-Houston Chapter

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM (CDT)

Construction of Concrete Slabs on Grade & Paving

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                         The ACI Houston Chapter  

 Presents Another in its 



Construction of Concrete

Slabs on Grade and Pavements


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Sam Houston Race Park

7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West

Houston, Texas

8:30 AM – 4:15 PM

The ACI-Houston Chapter cordially invite you and your colleagues to a day long seminar on the construction of slabs on grade and paving.  There will be four sessions.  The morning session will deal with floor tolerances and design of concrete mixes.  The afternoon session will discuss rebar and joints in slabs and paving, and controlling moisture in slabs.

           $125.00  ACI-Houston Members               $150.00  Non-Members


 Morning Session: Part 1- The Pre-Slab Meeting – Bryan Birdwell                         

Topics that will be covered in this session

·          Identify the purpose of the planning and discussing means & methods of placing concrete in a Pre-Slab meeting.

·          Expalin the timing and precess of conducting the meeting so that all attendees know what is required of them.

·          Identify the appropriate attendees to be invited and the topics that should be covered in the meeting.

·          Develop an appropriate agenda fo be sent out well before the meeting so that everyone will be prepared.


 Morning Session: Part 2- Floor Tolerances – Eldon Tipping                  

 Topics that will be covered in this session:

    • Ff and Fl numbers, what do they mean?
    • What is an Fmin number?
    • What does Minimum local numbers mean?
    • How to achieve “Super Flat” floors and what tools and methods are required
    • What tools are used to measure floors
    • Which curing method is better, chemical or wet cure?


Afternoon Session: Part 1- Joints in Floors & Paving / Mix Designs - Eldon Tipping             

Come out and learn from the best in the business.  Topics that will be covered in this session:

·          Proper location and installation of construction joints

·          Proper location and installation of saw joints

·          What effects the activation of saw joints and construction joints

·          Saw cut methods (soft-cut, wet saw) which is better

·          Joint spacing

·          Out of joint cracking and possible causes

·          Rebar in slabs and paving

·          Location of reinforcing

·          Redwood joints needed in paving?

·          Protection of joints

·          Curling of slabs and joints

 Afternoon Session: Part 2- Macro Fibers in Slabs & Paving – Bryan Birdwell

 Topics that will be covered in this session:

·          Advantages of using fibers in floors and paving

·          Effects of fibers on concrete and finishing


                                                              The Presenters


Eldon G. Tipping, P.E., Principal, Structural Services, Inc.

Eldon G. Tipping is the President of Structural Services, Inc. (SSI), a privately held company based in Richardson, Texas. His 35 years of experience in the design and construction industry began as a structural designer for commercial and industrial structures; Mr. Tipping later served as Vice President for a commercial materials testing laboratory where he monitored construction projects. 

After founding his firm in 1988, Mr. Tipping developed placement, finishing, and monitoring procedures that make construction of superior on-ground and suspended slabs practical. A leading authority on tolerances and construction of suspended floors, he has received several industry .

Mr. Tipping has just completed a term as a member of the ACI Board of Direction and chair of ACI’s 117 Tolerance Committee. His other ACI committee memberships include 302 (Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction-Past Chair), 360 (Design of Slabs on Grade) and 544 (Fiber Reinforced Concrete). He is the author of numerous articles in professional publications, speaks annually at the World of Concrete, and leads educational seminars.

Mr.Tipping received a BS in Architectural Construction in 1969 and an MA in Construction Management in 1973 from TexasA&MUniversity with an emphasis on structural design and management. He is a registered professional engineer in the States of Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, and is also a member of the American Concrete Pavement Association, the American Institute of Steel Construction, American Society of Civil Engineers, American Society of Concrete Contractors, ASTM International, the International Concrete Repair Institute, and the Structural Engineers Association of Texas.


Bryan Birdwell, Structural Services, Inc. (SSI) & Owner: Birdwell & Associates 

Bryan Birdwell has more than 20 years of placing and finishing experience as an owner of a concrete construction company.  He specializes in the installation techniques and procedures of Super Flat and High Tolerance Floorsas well astypical concrete floor andparking lot installation.  Mr. Birdwells's experience includes a wide range of commercial and industrial slabs on ground, slabs on deck, parking lots and pavements.  He has consulted on projects throughout th U.S. and the Carribean.

Mr. Birdwell uses his hands-on finisher experience to assist contractors with procedures such as hand screed strike off, laser screed placements and finishing.  He evaluates floors and parking lots for conformance to project specifications with regard to finishing, appearance and texture.  Mr. Birdwell assists contractors and ready mix producers in evaluating appropriate mixes for successful placement and finishing of slabs.

Mr. Birdwell is an ACI Certified Specialty Commercial/Industrial Concrete Flatwork Finisher as well as being certified in the F-Number System by the Face Company.  He is a member of ACI Committee 640 (Craftsman Certification) and ACI Committee 117 (Tolerances for Concrete Construction and Materials).

 Registration includes all course materials, continental breakfast, break refreshments and a lunch buffet.



All non-members enrolled in the seminar will be granted an Affiliate Membership

in the ACI-Houston Chapter, pro-rated through the end of 2014.

 Questions?  E-mail djmarsh@terracon.com  for more information

 Visit our Website: www.aci-houston.net  


                            8:00 - 8:30      Registration (Continental Breakfast)

                          8:30 - 10:00      Session 1 – Pre-Slab Planning

                         10:00 - 10:15     Break

                        10:15 - 11:45      Session 2 – Floor Tolerances

                        11:45  -  1:00      Lunch

                          1:00  -  3:45      Session 3 – Joints in Floors and Paving

                                    (2:30  -  2:45      Break)

                          2:45  -  4:15      Session 4 – Macro Fibers in Slabs & Paving

 Who Should Attend

  Design & Specifying Engineers                    Owner’s Representatives

Construction Materials Engineers                        Field Technician       

Public Works Professionals                                   Contractors

Construction Supervisors & Inspectors                        Building Code Inspectors

     Municipal Engineers & Reviewers                    Concstruction Managment Personnel

                                 Come out and learn from the best in the business.   

Have questions about Construction of Concrete Slabs on Grade & Paving? Contact ACI-Houston Chapter

When & Where

7575 N. Sam Houston Parkway West
Houston, TX

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at 8:00 AM (CDT)

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