Technology forums bring innovation to the concrete industry

The American Concrete Institute Foundation’s Strategic Development Council will host several Technology Showcases at its Technology Forum 42 taking place September 6-7, in Reston, Virginia, USA.

These showcases highlight new and innovative equipment, materials and applications that have the potential to and advance the industry.

Technology Forum 42 Technology Showcases include:

  • Oceans Technology Group presents Zero Thermal®, a patented algae-based supplementary binder and additive for concrete.  Zero Thermal works through exothermic reaction and formation of covalent bonds, and can provide advanced thermal properties, increased R-values, anti-corrosive attributes, and offers mold and mildew control.
  • Blue Planet Ltd. presents “Utilization of Carbon Dioxide for Limestone Aggregate”.  40 gigaton (Gt) of anthropogenic carbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted annually, over half is released from large industrial plants, including coal and gas fired power plants, steel mills, and cement plants. This CO2 can be converted into limestone aggregate with similar properties to natural limestone aggregate.
  • Dr. Dan Zollinger, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, will discuss the use of ground-penetrating radar (GPR) to detect the existence of moisture under concrete pavement slabs near joints.  Recent research indicates that it may be feasible to use GPR to determine when a sealed joint is no longer effective.  Such assessment can help to determine crack potential, and support the use of performance monitoring rather than repair to maintain a sustainable concrete pavement system.

The Strategic Development Council collaborates across the concrete industry to address technical challenges within the industry and creates a forum for the introduction and nurturing of new technologies.  Twice per year, the council hosts technology forums, which are 1.5-day technical conferences that are meant to highlight innovative technologies and research the SDC perceives as having positive productivity or economic impacts on the industry.

More information about Technology Forum 42 including registration information, complete agenda, and past technology forum presentations are available at

The ACI Foundation was established in 1989 to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration and is a wholly owned and operated nonprofit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. Three councils make up the ACI Foundation: the Strategic Development Council, committed to resolving the issues of new technology acceptance within the concrete industry; the Concrete Research Council, which funds and assists in the research of new concrete technologies; and the Scholarship Council, which facilitates student fellowships and scholarships.

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