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The 2021 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


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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Tilt-Up Construction with Portland-Limestone Cement

September 17, 2021 from 7:00am to 8:00am Central Time

Jamie Farny

With a growing interest in sustainability, the construction industry is looking for solutions to help reduce its carbon footprint. Portland-limestone cement, or PLC, is a greener cement option designed to do just that. This program will cover important aspects of modifying mix designs to include ...

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Construction Career Development Initiative (CCDI): An inclusive way of increasing manpower from a diverse community

September 17, 2021 from 9:00am to 10:00am Central Time

Tom Sieckhaus

Nationwide the construction industry is thriving, but as baby boomers continue to retire, the gap in finding qualified workers to hire continues to increase. Over the past few decades, our society has moved away from the idea of going into a skilled trade as a successful career path as the rise i...

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Estimating Costs Associated with Architectural Finishes

September 17, 2021 from 10:00am to 11:00am Central Time

Amy Luchun, AIA, LEED AP

One of the most difficult aspects of employing architectural finishes on tilt-up jobs is accurately estimating the project. This session will explore a variety of factors to consider when estimating material and labor related to formliner, thin brick, and other high-end finishes.

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My Brain Made Me Do It: Psychological Drivers of Employee Behavior

September 17, 2021 from 11:00am to 12:00pm Central Time

Shae Birkey, MS

There’s more than meets the eye when an incident occurs. When leaders understand the drivers of human behavior, how the brain works, and how to use biology to our advantage, it’s easier for them to understand the connection between people, culture and performance. Through specific exa...

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Partially Composite Insulated Walls Overview and General Behavior

September 17, 2021 from 2:00pm to 3:00pm Central Time

Marc Maguire, PhD

An overview of partially composite insulated walls that covers general information regarding structural and envelope performance as well as overview of the testing program and generalized conclusions.

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Post-Tensioned Applications for Tilt-Up

September 17, 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm Central Time

Jeffrey Brown, FAIA, FTCA

David Tomasula, PE FTCA

More information coming soon.

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Tilt-Up Panel Temporary Bracing: Practices and Guidelines

September 17, 2021 from 4:00pm to 5:00pm Central Time

Dillon Engelland

Travis Jennings

As tilt-up becomes a more economical construction option for a variety of industries, it is important to discuss the temporary bracing of tilt-up panels as they continue to grow in size. This program will highlight the basics of temporary bracing and types of brace anchorage, showcase research an...

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Specifying Sustainable Concrete

September 18, 2021 from 7:00am to 8:00am Central Time

Donn C. Thompson, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Concrete is used in nearly every structure we build today, including buildings, bridges, homes and infrastructure. With greater emphasis placed on sustainability, design professionals are faced with the challenge of meeting traditional design criteria with evolving criteria that support green bui...

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Cranes and Ground Bearing Pressures

September 18, 2021 from 9:00am to 10:00am Central Time

Barclay Gebel, FTCA

The average weight of the tilt up panel has increased greatly over recent years. It critically important to understand crane ground bearing pressure and ensure that the subgrade can support these loads at all times. This seminar will discuss factors affecting crane selection, the process for esti...

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Tale of Two Boxes: Tilt-Up Case Studies from an Architect’s Perspective

September 18, 2021 from 9:30am to 10:30am Central Time

Bart Shaw, FAIA

There are two recently completed Tilt-Up projects on Montgomery Avenue in Fort Worth Texas. They are separated by one city block and adjacent to a Museum District with a few of the most renown concrete structures in the country designed by architects Renzo Piano, Louis Khan, and Tadao Ando.

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Tackling the Affordable Housing Crisis with Tilt-up Construction

September 18, 2021 from 10:30am to 11:30am Central Time

Len Overbeek

With the growing demand for affordable housing and the rising cost of building materials, see why tilt up can be a perfect fit. This presentation will be for those who are looking to diversify their market outside of the traditional tilt-up buildings, as we look at the use of tilt-up in multi res...

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Densifier and Bondbreaker: Managing Expectations

September 18, 2021 from 10:30am to 11:30am Central Time

Derick Rainey

As we all know, accelerated schedules and the search for the newest and best processes have influenced the somewhat recent trend of applying a liquid floor hardener (densifier) immediately after slab finishing as a “cure coat”, then subsequently applying bondbreaker in the panel areas...

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Why Glue Don’t Work

September 18, 2021 from 11:30am to 12:30pm Central Time

Chad Bruce

Measuring the unintended impact of chemical curing agents, bond breakers, and densifiers on concrete surface free energy.

Tilt projects can be a series of conflicting goals. Maybe none more prevalent then the pursuit of a perfect concrete slab for casting beautiful pan...

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Testing and Engineering Composite Insulated Walls

September 18, 2021 from 11:30am to 12:30pm Central Time

Marc Maguire, PhD

This presentation covers the testing and analysis of 23 total 41 ft long composite walls and solid wall panels . Walls were designed using typical loading and five different wythe connectors. An updated version of the slender-wall design method for partially composite insulated walls is presented.

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Lift Day - Time, Money and Life-Saving Tips and Tricks

September 18, 2021 from 1:30pm to 2:30pm Central Time

We all know that the big day on a tilt-up job is the day that panel lifting commences. It is also one of the most critical events in time where all safety practices and procedures are adhered to in order to assure everyone's well being, and to provide the customer with the confidence in you, as w...

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Partially Composite Insulated Walls Study - What do the Findings Mean for Me?

September 18, 2021 from 2:30pm to 3:30pm Central Time

Philip Kopf, PE, FTCA

Joseph J. Steinbicker, PE, SE, FTCA

Brad Nesset

Andrew McPherson, FTCA

Jeffrey R. Needham, PE, SE, FTCA

Inevitably, studies like the University of Nebraska’s composite panel research generate just as many questions as answers. Following Dr. Maguire’s presentations to the general community and engineering professionals, members of the committee and participating manufactures will hold a ...

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A Conversation on the Industry’s Young Talent

September 18, 2021 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm Central Time

Michael Frew, AIA, NCARB

One topic of relevance for almost every industry on the planet concerns the availability, quality and retention of a workforce. This discussion, led by TCA’s Tilt-Up Industry Leaders of Tomorrow will explore the decision driving factors that lead young talent to thrive in their workplace.

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