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Session 3: Concrete

June 20, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:30pm Central Standard Time

Capitol Peak A - 38th Floor

CO2 mineralization and Concrete
Ted Jones, PE, Vice President of Sales and Marketing - CarbonCure

CarbonCure is leading a global movement to reduce the carbon footprint of the built environment, using recycled CO2 to improve the manufacturing process of the world’s most abundant man-made material: concrete. CarbonCure manufactures a technology for concrete producers that introduces recycled COinto fresh concrete. In a process known as COmineralization, the COis converted to a mineral and becomes permanently captured. Best of all, COmakes concrete better.

Walking Assembly

Brandon Clifford, Director - Matter Design and Davide Zampini - CEMEX Global R&D

Today, construction workers rely on cranes to lift the big slabs of concrete and other materials that go into many commercial building projects. But it hasn’t always been that way; for thousands of years, humans moved monumental stones by hand. A collaboration between Boston-based Matter Design and the building materials company Cemex Global R&D attempts to return to those ancient methods–while introducing an entirely new way to move heavy concrete slabs with nothing more than human hands.Fabrication DiscussionFollowing the above presentations, our expert panel will discuss tilt-up fabrication of the future and how these and other technologies will change the way we construct tilt-up panels.

Concrete Discussion: Following the above presentations, our expert panel will discuss concrete of the future and how these and other technologies will change the way we use concrete.


The mysterious knowledge surrounding the transportation and placement of megalithic structures of the past eludes contemporary building practices. Walking Assembly re-introduces the potentials of that ancient knowledge to better inform the transportation and assembly of future architectures. If a brick is designed for a single hand, and a concrete masonry unit (CMU) is designed for two, these massive masonry units (MMU) unshackle the dependency between size and the human body. Intelligence of transportation and assembly is designed into the elements themselves, liberating humans to guide these colossal concrete elements into place. Structures that would otherwise rely on cranes or heavy equipment can now be intelligently assembled and disassembled with little energy. By using variable density concrete, the center of mass of the object is calibrated precisely to control the stable, but easy motion of the elements. This ensures that these massive elements successfully walk and assemble into place, creating the possibility for a crane-less tilt-up construction method and turning our building sites into spectacles of play.

Join us for a presentation of this research and discussion surrounding its potential applicability for the tilt-up construction industry.