Mark Segal

According to several Las Vegas sources, contractors who visit World of Concrete gamble only when they think the odds are in their favor. But when compared to other Las Vegas visitors, contractors tip well when they receive excellent service.

At next month’s World of Concrete we’re hoping to learn from these attributes as we try to support a proven concrete construction technique. If we plead our case well, placing contractors well learn that SCC is a proven production material that increase margins into their bid and increase final product quality.

Self-consolidating concrete (SCC) has many operational casting advantages for many types of placement conditions. Yet contractor acceptance for its use in cast-in-place construction has been slow in North America. The Strategic Development Council’s Industry Critical Technology Committee on Self-Consolidating Concrete has been with key industry leaders to speed up acceptance of SCC in construction. The committee has adopted a goal “15 by 15.” The goal is to convince designers, contractors and producers to increase SCC’s market share SCC in commercial construction to be 15% of all ready-mixed concrete placed by 2015.

SDC’s pitch will be made during the 2014 World of Concrete at the Las Vegas Convention Center on Monday, January 20, 2014, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This industry networking event’s topic is: How Producers Supply and Contractors Build with SCC.

Chairman Phelan has assembled an impressive agenda, featuring contractors who will showcase how they’ve benefitted by using SCC. The forum will be a peer to peer setting, stimulating discussions on their use of SCC on a wide range of project types.

While there have many impressive symposiums and conferences on SCC, most have been researched focused. Thus few contractors have attended. That’s why SDC’s effort next month is so important. Contractors learn best from their own ranks.

The tentative presentation line-up includes:

•             How SCC Performance Characteristics Aid Concrete Construction - Rich Szescy, president of Texas Aggregates and Concrete Association.

•             Why Contractors are Benefitting from the New SCC Form Pressure Guidelines - Dr. Kamal Khayat, Director of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure and Safety and the Center for Infrastructure Engineering Studies.

•             Successful SCC Projects in Florida - Jeremy Minnillo, Director of Quality Control & Technical Services for Preferred Materials.

•             A Concrete Contractor’s Success Using SCC - Daniel Wayne is Project Manager Wayne Bros.

•             Using SCC on the Lake Mead Tunnel Project - James Grayson, Quality Manager for Vegas Tunnel Construction

•             Using SCC for Architectural Concrete Across North America - Steven Zimmerman, Principal,  Reginal D. Hough Associates

•             Utilizing Rheomentry to Design SCC for Tall Slanted Columns -Lloyd Keller, Director of Quality Assurance and R&D for Ellis Don Group.

To learn more about this education session, visit the events page at