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UALR Student Chapter

The recently formed ACI student chapter is composed of students in the Department of Construction Management and Civil and Construction Engineering. In fall 2015, fourteen of sixteen candidates passed the ACI Field Technician certification and four of eight candidates passed the ACI Flatwork certification. Students constructed a scale model reinforced concrete building in the concrete construction class. Students are eager to participate in student activities and the upcoming ARMCA meeting this spring. A UALR student shared first place honors with a student from UA Fayetteville from Arkansas ACI for his research proposal for substitution of stone dust for concrete sand. Students are experimenting with mix designs for a concrete bowling ball.

– Dr. Hollis (Hank) Bray, PE – Associate Professor
  Department of Construction Management & Civil  and Construction Engineering
  University of Arkansas at Little Rock

U of A Student Chapter goes to the 2015 National Spring Convention

The University of Arkansas student chapter was once again named an Excellent University Chapter at the 2015 Spring Convention of ACI.  They also donated concrete artwork to the Women in ACI silent action that raises funds for young professionals to attend the convention.

Work was completed on two bowling balls made for local Arkansas companies bid on through a silent auction at the ARMCA spring convention.  The students also had numerous handmade items on display at the convention.  The Students appreciate all of the support that the concrete community gives them to attend the ACI conventions.

First Annual Awards Luncheon

January 24, 2013

The Arkansas Chapter, ACI held their 1st Annual Membership Meeting & Awards Luncheon January 24th at the Baldwin & Shell office in Little Rock. We had a great turnout & gave away 8 Awards. We also installed the 2013 ACI Chapter Officers & Board of Directors. They are as follows:

President: Mark Littrell – Cromwell Architects Engineers
Past-President: Jason Drake – Grace Performance Chemicals
Vice-President: Greg Campbell – Ash Grove Cement
Sec/Treas: Linda Weaver – Webco Mining, Inc.

Board of Directors:
Rita Madison – ARMCA
John Woodard – UALR
Steve Horton – Razorback Concrete
Frances Griffith – U of A Fayetteville
Larry Jones – Baldwin & Shell
Bryan Powers – Consultant

Here are the winners of our 1st Annual Arkansas Chapter, ACI Awards Luncheon on January 24th. We are very proud of all of our winners. Congratulations!!!

  1. Coreslab Structures Inc. for the Fountain Lake School District Tornado Safe Rooms Project in Hot Springs, AR – Project Under $6 million Contract Value
    2. GCC Mid-Continent for the City of Rogers, Main Street Intersection Improvement Project in Rogers, AR – Decorative Concrete
    3. GCC Mid-Continent for the “I” Street Intersection Project in Bentonville, AR – Municipal Paving Project
    4. GCC Mid-Continent for the Crystal Bridges Art Museum Project in Bentonville, AR – Technical Innovation
    5. GCC Mid-Continent for the Wal-Mart Express in Prairie Grove, AR Project – Project Under $6 million
    6. GCC Mid-Continent for the Academy Sports & Outdoors Project in Fayetteville, AR – Project Over $6 million Contract Value
    7. Martin Marietta Materials for the Hill Farm Elementary School Project in Bryant AR- Decorative Concrete
    8. Roark Perkins Perry Yelvington Architects for the Arkansas Food Bank Donald W. Reynolds Distribution Center Project in Little Rock, AR – Project Over $6 million Contract Value.

We are planning to make this a yearly event. Please contact Greg Campbell at Ash Grove Cement greg.campbell@ashgrove.com for an Awards Entry Form if you have a project you would like to nominate for an Award.
The Linda Weaver Distinguished Service Award was given to Linda Weaver for 26 years of Volunteer service as Secretary/Treasurer of the Arkansas Chapter, ACI. Thanks for all your hard work and dedication. Congrats!!!

Be sure and plan on joining us next year………


Civil Engineering Students Place Third at Concrete Competition

Matthew Watters and Kaisha Plambeck display their pervious concrete

Matthew Watters and Kaisha Plambeck display their pervious concrete

The team of civil engineering students Kaisha Plambeck & Matthew Watters placed third at the 2013 American Concrete Institute’s Pervious Concrete Cylinder Competition in Phoenix on Oct. 20.

Plambeck, a senior, & Watters, a junior Honors College student, placed third in the Cylinder Performance Category. The students won $250 & will be featured in a future publication of Concrete International Magazine. Plambeck & Watters, along with faculty advisor Frances Griffith, competed against 31 teams from across the world.

“We are excited about our students’ success at the ACI competition,” said Kevin Hall, head of the department of civil engineering. “Both Kaisha & Matthew are terrific ambassadors for our program & the university. Our students & faculty leaders, Frances Griffith & Micah Hale, have made a positive & lasting impact at the American Concrete Institute.”

The students made a cylinder of pervious concrete, which is unlike traditional concrete because it has voids which allow water to pass through into the soil below the concrete. This helps reduce stormwater runoff & prevents flash flooding & erosion because the water does not stay above ground. Pervious concrete is mostly used for flat surfaces & pavements like parking lots & trails.

Plambeck & Watters began designing their pervious concrete mixture in August & tested several mixes before choosing one to take to competition. The students developed four mixtures of concrete using several elements including rock, cement, fly ash, water, & a chemical ad-mixture.

Watters said the initial mix designs didn’t turn out as expected, but he & his teammate overcame the challenge.

“It was a learning experience about how you handle something when things go wrong,” Griffith said.

Along with the concrete cylinder, students were required to turn in a paper explaining their design.

At the conference, the students also attended sessions, talked to professionals from the concrete industry, networked with potential employers & met students from around the world. Watters plans to attend the next ACI Convention, which will take place in the spring of 2014 in Reno, Nev. For that competition, students will design & construct a fiber-reinforce concrete bowling ball.




(Article featured in the University of Arkansas Newswire, Thursday, November 7, 2013)