Nov 09

2023 Iowa Better Concrete Conference

Event Details

Ames, Iowa


Scheman Building
1805 Center Drive
Iowa State University
Ames, Iowa


November 9, 2023

Wednesday, November 8
ACI Iowa Chapter Annual Meeting and Banquet

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

Better Concrete Conference Agenda

Thursday, November 9, 2023

8:00 a.m.

Registration desk check in / Coffee 1st Floor, Scheman Building, ISU

Morning Session – Benton Auditorium
8:30 a.m.


8:35 a.m.

Concrete Construction Case Study: Georgia Warehouse Conversion – Pat Boeshart, Liteform; Todd Gailey, Boost Transport; and Marcus Goss, Goss Foundations

9:20 a.m.

Past and Future of Artificial Intelligence and Concrete Design and Construction – Halil Ceylan, Iowa State University

10:05 a.m.Break – First Floor Lobby
Morning Concurrent Sessions
AM1 Concurrent Session – Rooms 250-252
10:30 a.m.

An Overview of Curing Methods and Approaches – Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center, Iowa State University

11:00 a.m.Measuring and Monitoring Curing – John Kevern, University of Missouri-Kansas City
11:30 a.m.Troubleshooting Inadequately Cured Concrete: Why did my concrete scale? – Gerard Moulzolf, American Engineering Testing
AM2 Concurrent Session – Rooms 260-262
10:30 a.m.Microspheres as Air Replacement and Carbon Reduction – Tara Cavalline, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
11:00 a.m.Materials and Mixtures for Low Carbon Concrete Construction – Larry Sutter, Sutter Engineering, LLC
12:00 p.m.

30th Annual Excellence in Concrete Awards Luncheon, Steve Mallicoat, Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Presiding Rooms 220-240

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
PM1 Concurrent Session – Rooms 250-252
1:15 p.m.

Cold Weather Concrete Construction – Jim Baty, Concrete Foundations Association / Sauter, Baty & Bloomquist

1:45 p.m.

A Pictorial Look at Causes and Effects of Concrete Imperfections – Steve Mallicoat, Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association

PM2 Concurrent Session – Rooms 260-262

1:15 p.m.

3D Model Viewers in Construction: Current Practice and Emerging Trends – Roy Sturgill, Iowa State University

1:45 p.m.

3D Printing of Geopolymer Composites: Materials, Properties, and Potential Applications – Kejin Wang, Iowa State University, and Oguzhan Sahin, Iowa State University

2:15 p.m.Ice Cream Break and door prize drawing. You must be present to win. – Second Floor Lobby

Afternoon General Session – Benton Auditorium

2:45 p.m.

We Have Met the Enemy and He is Us – Todd Sirotiak, Diversified Construction Services

3:15 p.m.Type IL Cements and Adjustments to the Construction Process Matt Sheehan, Concrete & Construction Consultants
4:00 p.m.Adjourn

Iowa Excellence in Concrete Awards

The luncheon during the Better Concrete Conference will feature the 30th annual Iowa Excellence in Concrete awards presentation by the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association. The Excellence in Concrete Awards recognize 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