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2013 TCA Convention

September 30 - October 2, 2013
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Sugar Land, Texas
Marriott Town Square, 16090 City Walk

Preparing the Perfect Casting Surface

Wednesday, October 2, 2013 | 8-10am

Kim Basham, PhD, PE, FACI


Understanding concrete behavior, finishing steps, and the “window of finishability” is the key to avoiding surface defects on steel-troweled slabs.

In this session, you’ll hear about finishing dos and don’ts and, more importantly, how to avoid defects such as blisters, delaminations, dusting, crazing, crusting and premature surface wear.  Also, we’ll take a closer look at some of these defects under the microscope to see what happens when you violate the basic rules of finishing.

Remember, it is always better to learn from someone else’s problems!


About the Speaker

Dr. Kim Basham is a professional engineer and president of KB Engineering, LLC located in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

He specializes in concrete design and construction, concrete technology, troubleshooting concrete and materials, non-destructive testing, forensic engineering and concrete research.  Kim routinely teaches seminars for the American Concrete Institute, World of Concrete, and American Society of Concrete Contractors.

Dr. Basham is also a contributing writer for Concrete Contractor and Concrete Surfaces magazines.




About the TCA

Founded in 1986, the Tilt-Up Concrete Association (TCA) strives to improve the quality and acceptance of site-cast Tilt-Up construction, a method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place. Tilt-Up construction is one of the fastest growing industries in the United States, combining the advantages of reasonable cost with low maintenance, durability, speed of construction and minimal capital investment. At least 10,000 buildings, enclosing more than 650 million square feet, are constructed each year using this construction method.

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