Precast applications

Harry Gleich, vice president of engineering, Metromont Corp., of Greenville, S.C., will update attendees in his paper, “Self-Consolidating Concrete in the Precast Prestress Market.”

Gleich brings a unique perspective. In North America, Metromont was one of the early adopters and leaders in this technology and has developed significant expertise in its use. He will discuss the general performance characteristics and benefits of SCC for the precast/prestressed concrete producer.

Gleich plans to offer several case studies on projects where SCC has been used successfully, highlighting the collaboration between supplier and producer that is required to implement SCC into regular, daily production.

Gleich brings a real producer perspective, and he is knowledgeable on how the design community has reacted to SCC. He is responsible for all of the design and quality control for Metromont, a large precaster in the Southeast U.S. With more than 30 years of design knowledge from the precast/ prestressed industry, Gleich is also involved in both ACI and the Precast Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI), serving on ACI 318, which deals with materials, and PCI's SCC Bond Committee.

SCC 2008 sponsors include BASF, Lafarge, Axim-Italcementi Group, Euclid Chemical, Grace Construction, Portland Cement Association, Schleibinger Geräte, Sika Corp., Federal Highway Administration, ACO, Hanley Wood LLC, PCI, and the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM).

SCC 2008 takes place at the Marriott O'Hare hotel, near O'Hare International Airport and just minutes from downtown. The conference social schedule embraces Chicago's premier cultural, dining, and shopping spots. This includes a tour of Chicago's famous “haunted” spaces, architectural tours of the city via boat and bus, and a trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. Participants will have the chance to see Millennium Park, sample famous Chicago pizza, or enjoy a night out at the Chicago Lyric Opera.

The basic registration fee is $499.

For more information, including the full listing of presentations, speakers and registration forms, visit the SCC 2008 Web site at Or telephone Richard Garza at the Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials at 847-491-3858.