Many Algerians in the audience asked both men how they could collaborate with the United States on concrete technology issues. The idea was born, with Snell and Belarbi explaining the benefits of having an ACI chapter in the North African nation.

More than 200 people attended the chapter's first seminar, with speakers from Algeria, United States, and Canada. Nicholle Manz, a representative of the U.S. embassy, congratulated the new members. Visit www.concrete.org.

Systech Training

Systech has launched Systech University, training for those using its Integra software for ready-mix, building materials, and aggregate companies. “Systech University will teach operators how to realize the full potential of Integra,” said John Rabchuk, president of Systech, the building materials software company in Woodridge, Ill. “This is another opportunity for building material operations to increase their productivity and profitability.” For more information, visit www.systechuniversity.com.

Associations in the MixPCI

Robert Konoske, vice president and general manager of Coreslab Structures, Perris, Calif., was named 2007 chairman of the Precast/Pre-stressed Concrete Institute. William Simmons III, CEO of Shockey Management Co., Winchester, Va., was named vice chairman; Thomas McEvoy, president of High Concrete Group, Denver, Pa., will be secretary/treasurer. Visit www.pci.org.

PCA

Jessica Hogle was named director of legislative affairs for the Portland Cement Association, overseeing PCA's political action committee and representing the cement industry on Capitol Hill. She had been an associate at Campaign Financial Consultants, Washington, D.C. Visit www.cement.org.

ASTM

A proposed new ASTM International standard, WK12964, Specification for Blended Supplementary Cementitious Materials, will enable producers, especially those with limited silo capacity, to take advantage of the benefits of blending materials. Subcommittee C09.24 on Supplementary Cementitious Materials, part of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, is developing WK12964.

Paul Shipp, Ph.D, P.E., was elected to ASTM's board for the 2007– 09 term. A senior research associate for the USG Research and Technology Innovation Center, Libertyville, Ill., Shipp advises research and operating management on building products, codes, and standards. Visit www.astm.org.