Nov 09

2022 Iowa Better Concrete Conference

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Scheman Building
1805 Center Drive
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa



November 9, 2022

Event Contact
Sharon Prochnow
InTrans, CP Tech Center

Tuesday, November 8 – ACI Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting and Banquet
The Iowa Chapter-ACI is holding its annual meeting in the Garden Room at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Green Hills Drive, Ames, on Tuesday evening, November 8th, prior to the Better Concrete Conference. An ISU CCEE student poster competition will take place during the social hour from 5 – 6 pm, with the banquet beginning at 6 pm.  Prospective and current members are encouraged to attend.
Pre-registration required.

Better Concrete Conference Agenda

Wednesday, November 9, 2022

7:30 a.m.

Registration/Coffee, 1st Floor, Scheman Building, ISU

Morning Session – Benton Auditorium
8:00 a.m.


8:00 a.m.

An Economic Forecast for Concrete Construction, David Zwicke, Portland Cement Association

8:45 a.m.

State of the Iowa Concrete Industry Address, Greg Mulder, ICPA/IRMCA  

9:15 a.m.Break - First Floor Lobby
9:45 a.m.

QC/QA for Concrete: A Changing World, Gordon Smith, CP Tech Center

10:15 a.m.

Engineers: Our Own Worst Enemy, Sybil Ferrier, Construction Materials Testing (CMT)  

10:45 a.m.

ACI Student Presentations:

Internal Curing of UHPC using Natural Zeolite, Maziar Kazemian

Identifying Concrete Plant Mixing Procedures for Electrically Conductive Concrete for the Iowa City Bus Stop Enhancement Project, Md Lutfor Rahman

Field Instrumentation for Load-Induced Fatigue Damage of Concrete Pavement Systems Under Superloads, Yongsung Koh


11:30 a.m.Lunch & 29th Annual Excellence in Concrete Awards Luncheon, Steve Mallicoat, presiding (Rooms 220-240)

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

12:45 p.m.

A1 Concurrent Session - Concrete Durability – Rooms 250-252

12:45 p.m.Concrete Mixture Design, Dr. Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center
1:05 p.m.Best Construction and Maintenance Practice for Long-term Durability, Dan King, CP Tech Center
1:45 p.m.

Connecting Durability and Sustainability, Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center

2:15 p.m.Ice Cream Break (2nd floor lobby) and door prize drawing of two $100 gift cards.   You must be present to win.
A2 Concurrent Session – Rooms 260-262
12:45 p.m.New Trends in Concrete Structures, Dr. Behrouz Shafei, ISU Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering
1:15 p.m.Alternatives for Steel Reinforcement, Casey Mattson, Owens/Corning
1:45 p.m.Alternative Dowel Systems for Warehouse and Industrial Parking Lot Applications, Scott Tarr, North Starr Concrete
2:15 p.m.Ice Cream Break (2nd floor lobby) and door prize drawing of two $100 gift cards.   You must be present to win.

Afternoon Session – Project Showcase - Benton Auditorium

2:30 p.m.

Iowa Project Showcase:

ISU Pedestrian Bridge, Jason Knipp, Henkel Construction, and Anthony Samuelson, Raker Rhodes Engineering

3:30 p.m.Adjourn

Iowa Excellence in Concrete Awards

The luncheon during the Better Concrete Conference will feature the 29th annual Iowa Excellence in Concrete awards presentation by the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association. The Excellence in Concrete awards recognizes individuals and companies who are moving the concrete industry forward with innovative ideas in the use of concrete for residential and commercial construction. Join us in congratulating the winners!

To purchase a ticket for non-conference attendees, please see the registration page.

Conference Sponsors

Iowa Chapter ACI
Iowa Department of Transportation
Iowa Concrete Paving Association
Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association
Portland Cement Association
Iowa State University CCEE Department
National Concrete Pavement Technology Center