- THAT’S A FACT
If America’s 47,744 miles of interstate highways were paved with concrete, 10,989,557 gallons of fuel would be saved each day.
- EAR TO THE GROUND
Service Life Engineering has become its own powerful field of study with immense impact on the future.
- THAT’S A FACT
Concrete is a light color, which reflects from 33 to 50 per cent more light than asphalt, and can even lower the average town temperature by six degrees.
The AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP) was established in 1988 as a means of formally recognizing the competence of testing laboratories to perform specific tests on construction materials. AAP is a voluntary program that is available to all testing laboratories including government, commercial, university, and research facilities. Accredited laboratories can demonstrate that their testing services not only conform to specific national and international standards, but are also of the highest quality. Accredited laboratories are subjected to vigorous on-site, third party assessments. During these assessments, each test method is demonstrated in its entirety by the laboratory’s technical staff, and the testing apparatus associated with each test is evaluated. The assessment also includes a thorough review of the laboratory’s quality management system, including records of technician training and competency evaluations as well as equipment calibration and check records. Additionally, a detailed review of all accreditation requirements, including participation in the AMRL and CCRL proficiency sample programs, is conducted for each accredited laboratory at least once per year.
The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a nonprofit technical and educational society organized in 1904 and is one of the world’s leading authorities on concrete technology. ACI is a forum for the discussion of all matters related to concrete and the development of solutions to problems. ACI conducts this forum through conventions and meetings; the ACI Structural Journal, the ACI Materials Journal, Concrete International, and technical publications; chapter activities; and technical committee work. As its mission states, its purpose is to “Provide knowledge and information for the best use of concrete.”This implies a willingness on the part of each member to contribute from his or her training and knowledge to the benefit of the public at large. By maintaining a high standard of professional and technical ability in its committee memberships and in the authorship of papers and publications, as well as in local chapter programs, ACI has contributed to a detailed knowledge of materials and their resulting structures.ACI publishes reliable information on concrete and its applications, conducts educational seminars, provides a standard certification program for the industry, provides local forums for discussion through the Chapter program, and encourages student involvement in the concrete field. Committee members involved with these activities meet at bi-annual conventions.
The Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory (CCRL) is committed to the improvement of quality testing in the construction materials industry through laboratory assessments, proficiency samples, instruction, guidance, and clarification of ASTM standards in a professional, competent, accurate, and consistent manner.
STADIUM® is a state-of-the-art service life prediction software used worldwide by owners, engineers, and contractors who place a premium on public safety, convenience, and capital cost deferment of concrete infrastructure.STADIUM® leverages the extensive understanding of concrete to address
the specific needs of vertical markets and activity sectors. STADIUM® covers the structure types, realities and constraints of four distinct realms of concrete: Marine, Transportation, Parking and US Navy.
STADIUM®’s advanced concrete analysis application enables laboratories, cement and admixture producers, and contractor laboratories to better understand the complex range and interdependence of cement chemistry and concrete properties. This inevitably leads to a more proactive and optimal management of concrete infrastructure. Concrete analyses can be performed for both existing and new concrete infrastructure.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approximately 37,000 dedicated Civilians and Soldiers delivering engineering services to customers in more than 90 countries worldwide.With environmental sustainability as a guiding principle, our disciplined Corps team is working diligently to strengthen our Nation’s security by building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and providing military facilities where our service members train, work and live. We are also researching and developing technology for our war fighters while protecting America’s interests abroad by using our engineering expertise to promote stability and improve quality of life.We are energizing the economy by dredging America’s waterways to support the movement of critical commodities and providing recreation opportunities at our campgrounds, lakes and marinas.And by devising hurricane and storm damage reduction infrastructure, we are reducing risks from disasters.Our men and women are protecting and restoring the Nation’s environment including critical efforts in the Everglades, the Louisiana coast, and along many of our Nation’s major waterways. The Corps is also cleaning sites contaminated with hazardous, toxic or radioactive waste and material in an effort to sustain the environment.Through deeds, not words, we are BUILDING STRONG.