CITY, S.D. (Feb. 11, 2014) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
will host its 50th annual Concrete Conference on Friday, March 7, in
the Surbeck Center ballroom.
125 professionals in all phases of the concrete industry will attend, including
contractors, concrete suppliers and representatives from testing firms and
the top speakers will be Venkataswamy Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., a retired School of
Mines professor who is world-renowned for his research discoveries in
fiber-composite concrete over 40 years. He has been a consultant to all major
fiber producers, both steel and synthetic, in the United States. He has
authored or co-authored three books and more than 400 papers, including those
with a focus on non-destructive testing techniques. Ramakrishnan retired from
the School of Mines in 2002 and was directly involved in many of the innovative
concrete material developments at the School of Mines. He founded the American
Concrete Institute (ACI), South Dakota Dakota chapter, which has sponsored the
concrete conference since 1971. Ramakrishnan will present a historical
perspective of technical issues and solutions relating to concrete.
presenting twice at the conference will be David Darwin, Ph.D., past president
of the American Concrete Institute. Darwin is the Deane E. Ackers Distinguished
Professor and Chair of the Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering
Department at the University of Kansas, Lawrence. His research focus is on
improving durability of concrete structures by minimizing cracking and
improving corrosion resistance of reinforced steel and also on the bond
strength of reinforcing steel to concrete. His conference presentation topics
include the control of cracking in concrete and corrosion protection for
speakers include Peter Taylor, Iowa State University, mixture proportioning;
Clifford MacDonald, Forta Corp., material behavior of synthetic fibers for
crack control; Karen Schaefers and Tony Kulesa, School of Mines, university
research and concrete activities in Mongolia; Dan Johnston, retired, state
Department of Transportation, historical perspective on technical issues and
solutions relating to concrete; Matthew R. Senecal, ACI, benefits, rationale
and availability of the reorganized ACI.
Sponsors of this year’s Concrete
Conference are: GCC of America, South
Dakota Ready Mix Concrete Association, Croell Redi-Mix Inc., Cretex, FORTA, Pete
Lien & Sons Inc., Hills Materials Company, Dakota Chapter of the ACI and
the School of Mines Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the
SDSM&T ASCE student chapter.
for additional conference details.
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students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a student-to-faculty ratio of
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