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Looking Ahead to World of Concrete 2007

By: Wendy Ward, Constructive Communication

As a sponsor of World of Concrete 2007, TCA is offering several educational events. To be held in Las Vegas from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26, this year’s World of Concrete stands to be one of the largest. With a mega marketplace that features more than 800,000 net square feet of exhibit space, the industry’s largest trade show offers countless networking and educational opportunities. More than 100 skill-building seminar and conference sessions will be available.

As a co-sponsor for the World of Concrete, TCA provides important education and participation events including:

“Creative Forming and Finishing of Tilt-Up Walls” (World of Concrete Seminar Code WE-66) – Jan. 24 from 8–11 a.m. Given by Shawn Hickey of SiteCast Inc. from Ottawa, Ontario, and Ed Sauter, executive director of the TCA, this presentation will focus on ways to take Tilt-Up projects to the next level and cover topics such as form and shape, openings, placement of panels, detailing, applied ornament, cast-in elements, and surface finishes.

“Tilt-Up Supervisor Training for Certification” (World of Concrete Seminar Code TU-64) – Jan. 23 from 8–11 a.m. This training seminar covers all areas in which a Tilt-Up supervisor is expected to be knowledgeable, including: safety, plan reading, site preparation, scheduling, foundations, slabs on grade, layout, forming, placement, erection, structural systems and concrete properties. Presented by Shawn Hickey of SiteCast Inc. from Ottawa, Ontario, and Sherman Balch of Balch Enterprises from Hayward, Calif., this presentation will help prepare attendees for the certification exam.

“ACI Tilt-Up Certification Exam” (World of Concrete Code WE-TUS) – Jan. 24 from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Successful completion of this exam will award participants with the distinction as an ACI/TCA Certified Supervisor or Technician. NOTE: Tilt-Up Certification has a five-year duration. Those certified in 2000 are encouraged to register for the exam to achieve re- certification.

TCA Annual Meeting and Awards Breakfast – Jan. 25 from 8 – 11 a.m., registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. at the Las Vegas Hilton. Also at the TCA’s Annual Meeting, nominees for positions on the Board of Directors will be elected, and a short business meeting will be conducted. The program will end with the presentation of the Tilt-Up Achievement Awards – a favorite by many in the industry. The cost to attend the meeting is $75 for TCA members and $95 for non-members. To register, contact TCA at 319-895-6911 or register online at

Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker – In recent years, there has been an increased focus on attracting quality individuals to the construction industry during their college career. Recognizing this important industry trend, TCA has selected Kimberly Waggle Kramer, PE as the annual meeting keynote speaker. As the Director of Graduate Studies for the Architectural Engineering and Construction Science department at Kansas State University, Kramer directs the Master of Science program and teaches structural engineering courses for construction science and engineering students. Kramer has developed a Tilt-Up concrete class with the encouragement of two students and the resources of TCA. In three years, more than 100 students have taken her Tilt-Up concrete course, and approximately 50 students have become certified as Tilt- Up Technicians. In addition to Kramer, a representative from the Concrete Industry Management program will speak about efforts to attract students to the construction industry.

When registering to attend World of Concrete, please remember to use the TCA source code, A35. Please stop by and visit TCA’s booth, N2027, when you are walking the show floor. To register, contact TCA at 319- 895-6911 or register online at www. We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!

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