Education Tracks

3- Hour Seminar Tracks

For the “just getting started” concrete professional who wants a solid foundation of knowledge to build on, or for the experienced
contractor who wants a refresher or update on new knowledge and technology, the fundamentals 3-hour seminars on the right track! The Concrete Basics series presented by Jeff Groom and Rich Szecsy contain three focused seminars intended to introduce the basics of good concrete practice to individuals new to the concrete industry. Attendees can explore the design and control of concrete mixtures as well as specifications for industry professionals.

You can learn the basics of concrete polishing, explore polishing retail and industrial slabs, hear industry experts discuss successful
installation of overlays or trace the process of a polishing project from bid to contract and manage the expectations of polished slabs, all within the track. Attendees can also review the process of polishing both retail and industrial slabs. Loaded with useful knowledge shared by the experts in the polished concrete industry, Concrete Polishing has something for everyone interested in this exciting and growing field!

Keep yourself up-to-date with the methods and techniques regarding the production sector of our industry. Ken Hover’s Concrete Mix
Design is a popular two-part series in this 3-hour track and partners will with topics covering the effective use of chemical admixtures and quality control for the concrete producer.

It’s a given —concrete cracks, curls and shrinks—and repairs are a part of every concrete structure. Cracks are just the beginning of the challenges when it comes to repairing existing structures. The two-part Concrete Repair Fundamentals series covers surface preparation, reinforcement repair, material selection, placement, waterproofing and corrosion protection. Also included in our Concrete Repair track is knowledge about structural distress and solutions to strengthen concrete. Attendees can also learn specific troubleshooting tips as well as how to evaluate proper repair methods.

The 3-hour track is beneficial to company owners, superintendents, foremen and executive personnel directly responsible for the
running of the company.  Expert-led seminars on moving from inefficiency to productivity, establishing team work and implementing successful scheduling practices and project management skills for the construction workplace are offered. 

90- Minute Seminar Tracks

The below 90-Minute seminars offer a wide variety of topics for business owners, upper management, supervisors and project leaders,
and focus on the core principles of maintaining and growing a successful concrete/masonry construction company. Additional offerings include concrete basics, floor & slabs, decorative concrete, masonry, residential, and updates. Also includes a track designed for engineers. 

Owners, managers and future managers will find valuable and insightful business applications that can be implemented immediately by
attending seminars in this 90-minute track. Topics will address common employer responsibilities focusing on employee performance, teamwork, motivating employees and building trust, time management and developing influential leaders on the jobsite. Small business leaders can also learn useful information for maintaining and increasing business success.

What is my profit? How do I win disputes on change orders and claims? How do I understand job costing and how to recover overhead costs? These questions and more will be answered by financial experts who are familiar with construction projects. Attendees can also learn what it takes to grow a construction business by taking a crash course in financial management. 

All NEW seminars for 2020! Business related topics important for business owners are scheduled in the General Business track. Classes incorporate important issues such as essentials of LEAN business concepts, managing a multigenerational workforce and connecting the field and office for a smarter jobsite. Attendees also have the opportunity to get a first-hand look at the challenges of a family-owned construction business.

This 90-minute track includes advanced topics and is made up of the latest trends in technical applications in the concrete and masonry industries. Course offerings include shotcrete technology, post-tensioning, slab repair techniques for transportation sites and a new topic for trouble shooting concrete that has stopped working.

For the entry level attendee with 3 or less years of experience, this 90-minute track offers introductory level sessions that focus
on the basic technical applications necessary to be successful in the concrete industry. Seminar topics include hot and cold weather concrete, concrete curing and concrete placing and finishing. We also offer a hands-on training in placing & finishing floors as a compliment to Introduction to Placing and Finishing Concrete Slabs.

Most consumers have no idea how many factors go into pouring a concrete foundation—but those same people would complain if their floor wasn’t flat, if it curled up at the corners or if the height was disproportionate to the other parts of the structure. This NEW 90-minute track offers seminars becoming sealer savvy, identifying the benefits and challenges of moisture in concrete and working with slum loss. Leading-edge finishing techniques for both industrial and high-end floors are offered as well.

Decorative Concrete application is a continually growing field within the concrete industry due to endless possibilities for designing
with concrete. Contractors specializing in decorative solutions will learn from some of the most experienced and creative minds in the industry, presenting information on architectural concrete and color and controlled aggregate exposure. NEW topics include GFRC concrete countertops, advanced stamped concrete techniques and two trouble shooting options in acid staining and decorative applications and finishes.

This high-level track is specifically designed for engineers and experienced contractors who want to dig deeper into their concrete
knowledge base. These special seminar topics focus on performance-based design and specification and design and construction of slabs-on-ground and slab on metal deck. New topics cover concrete compressive strength failure, reinforced concrete and insight into AIC 563? What contractors and engineers need to know.

Masonry focuses on new technologies and old standards that make up the mortar, brick and stone industries. Masonry contractors will
benefit from seminars addressing moisture problems, mortar and grout best practices with NEW topics in historical masonry repair and the methods and materials of cleaning masonry walls.

Anyone responsible for safety issues will benefit from attending seminars on how to avoid OSHA’s top violations. Additionally, NEW
safety topics include the 14 elements of safety leadership, fall protection means and prevention and silica safety standards. Due to recent federal and state laws, Train-the-Trainer in-house courses for qualified persons on construction forklifts, aerial and scissor lifts, fall protection and rigging & signaling are being offered.