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The 2019 Tilt-Up Convention and Expo is the premier gathering of the global tilt-up industry. As always, this year's event is designed to provide attendees with valuable education that can be applied directly to their next tilt-up job. Post-event surveys show 92% of attendees estimate they will save their company or clients at least $2,000 on their next project as a direct result of their attendance. 35% of respondents say they will save at least $5,000 and 17% say they will save more than $10,000 on their next project alone. Most importantly, well over 90% of attendees say they learned something at convention that will make their jobsite, or that of their client, safer. “If you do not learn something at Convention that will at least save you the cost of attendance on your next job, you were not listening!” - Laurence Smith, JW Lindsay


General Sessions DETAILS

Recycling CO2 to Make Better Concrete

September 27, 2019 from 9:00am to 10:00am

Marquis Ballroom D

Ted Jones

Concrete is the most abundant man-made material in the world; it is the backbone of modern society. But cement, the critical ingredient that gives concrete its strength, is responsible for up to 7% of the world's carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Back in 2007, CarbonCure set out to reduce the carbon footprint of the concrete industry. They now find themselves at the forefront of a movement to turn waste carbon dioxide (CO2) into a valuable commodity: concrete. Their vision is to make the introduction of CO2 into concrete standard for all concrete production across the globe. They imagine a world in which CO2 is sourced from cement plants, and used downstream by concrete plants to make stronger and greener concrete. By realizing the full potential of these technologies, the industry could save up to 500 megatonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

This new industry of carbon utilization is expected to become a $1 trillion industry, and reduce global greenhouse gases by up to 15%, by the year 2030.

A New Prototype for Multistory Warehouses

September 27, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:00am

Marquis Ballroom D

Jeffrey Brown, FAIA

Nazir Khalfe, AIA, RIBA

A new prototype for multistory warehouse construction is here, coming from long considerations of the context and history of multistory tilt-up construction and the application of tilt-up’s greatest advantages. Join us for a discussion on why tilt-up is the best answer for this emerging building typology.

Digitalization in the Construction Industry: The State of BIM and Emerging Tech (AR/VR/AI)

September 27, 2019 from 11:00am to 12:00pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Justin DeMarco, CSI, CDT

Ricardo Rodríguez, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C

This presentation walks users through the history of technology in the construction industry, explains BIM, and gives an understanding of where the industry is (in various global markets) in its adoption of BIM. This presentation will highlight the ways the construction industry is traditionally slower than other industries to adapt to new technology, but this seminar will also provide hope when reviewing the market expectations and generations entering the workforce. The presentation concludes with a look at some emerging technology being used in the construction industry today and where the industry could be headed.

Case Study: Project Dylan

September 27, 2019 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Barclay Gebel

Karen Hand, PE

The composite panel industry is on the frontier of emerging design technologies; the innovation is ripe and ready to propel our industry into the future. Project Dylan is a new prototype fulfillment center, and this seminar will use it as a case study to better understand today’s composite panel industry. The warehouse building’s slab-on-grade footprint is approximately 700,000 square feet, and it has an additional 1.95 million square feet of elevated deck. The exterior is clad with 330,000 square feet of insulated tilt-up panels. The tallest panel stands at just over 81 feet tall, meaning Concrete Strategies (CSI) set a company record for the tallest tilt-up panel ever erected on a project, and an industry record for the tallest composite panel ever constructed. This was accomplished by using an innovative composite panel design by Needham DBS and Meadow Burke’s Super 62.

The Architect's Perspective: Building a Program for Quality Excellence

September 27, 2019 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Marquis Ballroom D

Jeanette Shaw, AIA, RID, LEED AP

The foundation of any quality management program is a solid, actionable plan tailored to a specific practice. Yet, with a lack of industry standards and regulatory requirements, it is very difficult to know where to start when building a quality program for your company. This session will endeavor to provide that start by covering problems in the industry, finding examples of quality management programs, and exploring ways to ensure projects are being adequately monitored.

The Best of the TCA Cyber Round Table

September 27, 2019 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Marquis Ballroom D

David Tomasula, PE

Erik Spicker

The TCA Cyber Round Table has become the trusted resource for TCA members to get their urgent technical questions answered by a community of tilt-up industry experts in design and construction. In this presentation, David and Erik will review the best questions submitted to the Cyber Round Table in the past year. Answers to each of the best questions will be compiled from the responses of industry experts, but the presentation will not stop there. Each best question will be explored in a deeper context, giving the Convention audience information beyond the original interactive question-and-answer exchange.

Early Bird Roundtable: Donuts with David C. Whitlock, Esquire

September 28, 2019 from 7:00am to 8:00am


David C Whitlock

We all have them, questions we don’t want to know the answer to. Questions that if answered may mean more work for us or may mean we’re doing it wrong. Worse yet, the answer may suggest we're not in compliance with current laws and regulations. Maybe it’s your “friend” who has the questions? Either way, join us for an informal gathering with one of America’s leading business lawyers for employment-related compliance matters, David C. Whitlock.

Dazzling Array of Architectural Treatments Using Formliners and Color Stains

September 28, 2019 from 7:00am to 8:00am


Dave Ellis

The design and construction industries are starting to take notice of the significant benefits realized when one uses tilt-up concrete with formliners and colored stains. Owners and builders are enjoying savings in cost and time, as prefabricated tilt-up panels with architectural finishes can be supplied considerably faster than traditional alternatives. This session will explain why many architects and designers are preferring the tilt-up methods that use formliners and colored stains. We will discuss the increased flexibility, vivid colors, and the higher level of quality control that can be achieved. High-end building owners, developers, and others are seeing the many benefits of using stains and formliners to enhance the aesthetic appeal of tilt-up concrete.

Track highlightCarbonCure was founded in 2007 by Rob Niven. Rob had recently graduated with a Masters in Engineering from McGill University, where he studied the benefits of introducing CO2 to fresh concrete. That year, Rob attended a United Nations summit on Climate Change, where he saw a global demand for solutions to reduce carbon emissions. Inspired by the summit, Rob thought to himself, “The scientific community understands that CO2 can be chemically converted to a mineral within concrete. So why can’t we find a way to use CO2 in every-day concrete, and help concrete producers respond to the demand for green building products?” Since 2007, CarbonCure has developed a scalable technology that provides economic advantages to its customers while reducing carbon emissions - truly a win-win solution.