Tilt-Up Engineering A-Z

By Laurence Smith, P.E., J.W. Lindsay Enterprises ljsmith@jwlindsay.com Site cast Tilt-Up – a construction method in which concrete wall panels are cast on-site and tilted into place – has gained rapid acceptance in recent years due to its speed of construction, cost-efficiency and advanced architectural treatments. However, like all other aspects of the concrete industry, it is […]

Tilt-Up Repairs and Connections: Your Guide to Repair of Common Field Challenges

By: Jim Baty, Technical Director of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association and Jim Ness, P.E., Monroe & Newell Engineers, Inc. jness@monroe-newell.com. “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail” is certainly an appropriate mantra for site-cast Tilt-Up construction. While Tilt-Up is known for its streamlined efficiencies and use of non-skilled labor, the investment of time […]

Safety Important to the Growing Tilt-Up Industry

By: Jim Baty, Tilt-Up Concrete Association. He can be reached at jbaty@tilt-up.org. Tilt-Up construction continues to lead in growth as a wide-spread building solution due to its advantages of efficiency, economy and effectiveness. In fact, Tilt-Up construction has grown at an annual volume of more than a quarter billion square feet of wall, outperforming the general building […]

Tilt-Up, Sustainability, and the Environment

By Ashley Kizzire, Constructive Communication, Inc. akizzire@constructivecommunication.com Q&A WITH JIM BATY For a few years now, green building and sustainability have been two buzzwords often touted in the design and construction industry. As more owners and designers explore this trend, it is important to understand the benefits that the Tilt-Up system provides. Jim Baty, TCA […]

The Application of Tilt-Up Construction to Public School Buildings in the Leander Independent School District

By: D. Gary Pickett, P.E., Pickett, Kelm & Associates, Inc. gpickett@pkainc.com. In recent years, particularly in central Texas, Tilt-Up wall construction has gained momentum in public school construction. Case in point is the Leander Independent School District, located northwest of Austin and in the southwest corner of Williamson County. The district has become an innovative […]

Deflection Limits for Tilt-Up Wall Serviceability

By: John Lawson, SE, Kramer & Lawson, Inc. john@kramerandlawson.com While contractors are accustomed to viewing building standards as static, set-in-stone guidelines, the truth is that the development of these codes is often a constantly changing process. As new technologies develop, standards must shift to reflect this—and for emerging sections of the industry, this means current guidelines […]

Auction Raises $500,000 for Concrete Industry Management (CIM) Program at World of Concrete

The Concrete Industry Management (CIM) program – a business intensive program that awards students with a four-year Bachelor of Science degree in Concrete Industry Management – raised approximately $500,000 at their recent Auction held at World of Concrete. The second annual CIM Auction was held Thursday, Jan. 25, at the Las Vegas Convention Center. According to Brian Gallagher, Chairman of the CIM Marketing […]

TCA Announces Achievement Awards for Tilt-Up Industry

TCA has announced the debut of the Tilt-Up industry’s first Safety Achievement Awards. Presented at TCA’s Convention, held in Denver Oct. 4-7, the Safety Achievement Awards program was developed to enhance the TCA’s overall Achievement Awards program, providing a new component emphasizing safety. “The main purpose for the Safety Awards is to recognize TCA contractor […]

Message From the President: Tilt-Up Technology Complements Craftsmanship

Over the past 80 years, the technology of Tilt-Up construction has changed dramatically. Some of the first Tilt-Up construction, performed by Robert Aiken in the 1920s, involved casting entire walls on a tilt table with screw-jacks, and then tilting the walls into place by turning the jacks. Nowadays, Tilt- Up crews erect walls one panel at a […]

Message From the Director: Technology is Tilt-Up

Technology — it’s hard to live with it, but impossible to live without it. Within six months of purchasing a new computer or learning how to run an operating system, they update and “improve” it. But can you imagine your business without a computer, without a fax machine, without a cell phone, without a digital […]

Employee Retention Requires Person-Centered Plan

By Shawn Abraham, Corporate Recruiter, Structural Group sabraham@structural.net Recently graduated from a top engineering program, Robert had a career on the rise within a large, international specialty-contracting firm. This bright young man successfully completed the company’s three-year project manager training program and had become one of their most reliable and promising employees. He was rewarded with […]

TCA Selects Recipients of 2007 Professional Achievement Awards

The recipients for the 2007 Professional Achievement Awards, selected by the Association’s Board of Directors after nomination by the general membership and recommendation by the TCA’s Awards Committee, are: Robert E. Tobin formerly of the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Construction Technology Laboratories (CTL) for the Peter Courtois Memorial Award Accubrace Shoring, LLC for the […]

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TILT-UP TODAY, a publication of the Tilt-Up Concrete Association, is THE source for Tilt-Up industry news, market intelligence, business strategies, technical solutions, product information, and other resources for professionals in the Tilt-Up industry. A subscription to TILT-UP TODAY is included in a TCA membership. Subscriptions for potential TCA members are also available. If you would like to receive a complimentary subscription to the publication, please contact the TCA.