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Fun Fact Friday- The History of Concrete

There is no denying that concrete and the technology surrounding it has come a long way since its discovery and development. From the Great Pyramids at Giza to smart sensors for testing concrete temperature, maturity, etc., we’ve put together a list of notable events and discoveries in the history of concrete. 6500BC –…

January 22, 2021

ACIA Foundation Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association Foundation (ACIF) is committed to the advancement of the state’s greatest asset, its youth. The Foundation was created in 1993 with a single contribution to a memorial scholarship fund honoring one of the industry’s bright young leaders, David F. Wright, who was killed in a…

January 5, 2021

NASA selects Drake Community College to study 3D Printed Concrete

Drake State Community & Technical College has been selected by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, to help research 3D printing technologies that will help prepare for sustainable Artemis operations on the Moon by the end of the decade and for future human missions to Mars. Drake State…

October 22, 2020

National Cement begins massive Expansion

A new material storage silo soars high above National Cement’s Ragland, Alabama operation, just one phase of a $250-million modernization project well underway at the company’s longtime production facility.  The monolithic concrete structure, which topped out in mid-July, stands some 256-feet high and was built using vertical slip form construction….

August 17, 2020

What Influences Concrete Quality?

by Uday R. Bhate, P.E.Senior Principal, BHATE Geosciences Concrete is the construction material most widely used worldwide. All building owners want high-quality, high-performance durable concrete with minimal cracking, curling, and no voids.  Good knowledge of building code requirements for plain and reinforced concrete is critical to successful concrete placement and…

July 7, 2020

Hot Weather Concreting

When temperatures rise, adverse site conditions can impact the quality of concrete and how it should be poured. Hot weather concreting, as defined by ACI 305R, is any combination of the following conditions that tends to impair the quality of freshly mix or hardened concrete by accelerating the rate of…

July 2, 2020

Covid-19 and the Concrete Industry’s Response

When it was clear that a nationwide pandemic was taking place, our members stepped up to ensure the safety of their employees and customers. While the Covid-19 crisis is something none of us have ever experienced, it has shown that the concrete industry remains vigilant in its responsive actions and…

June 23, 2020

ACI Certification Classes back in session

The association’s certification programs are now back up and running with new requirements to ensure safety from COVID-19 for all involved. There are three classes scheduled over the next 30 days.   On June 10-11, 2020, we will be holding an ACI Field Testing class in Montgomery. This is a…

May 29, 2020

Bhate Engineering celebrates 45 years in Business

BHATE Geosciences Corporation (BHATE) is celebrating 45 years of providing clients with innovative engineering solutions that save them time and money. Uday Bhate, Senior Principal Engineer, founded BHATE in Birmingham in 1975. Since then, they have expanded their services, pioneered new technologies, experienced tremendous growth with over 90 team members…

May 21, 2020

Tuesday Tips: Proper Jointing

As concrete settles, it can experience random cracking. However, joints are intentionally placed in concrete slabs to help reduce and control random cracking. There are typically three types of concrete joints available: expansion, construction and contraction. Before you tackle your next large concrete project, familiarize yourself with proper jointing tips…

May 12, 2020

Gov. Ivey issues “Safer at Home” Order

This morning, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Birmingham City Council released changes to the current COVID 19 policies. Governor Ivey released the “Safer at Home” order, which will go into effect at 5 pm on April 30th, 2020.The change will not have a large impact on our members as…

April 28, 2020

Bayou Concrete receives 2020 Safety Award

The Alabama Concrete Industries Association is proud to award Bayou Concrete with the 2020 Safety Award. The award was developed in 2019 to recognize member companies who excel in the implementation of safety protocols. When it comes to safety, Bayou leaves no stone unturned. The leadership of the company takes…

April 24, 2020

Anthony Spafford receives Foundation Scholarship

Anthony Spafford, a student at Auburn University majoring in Architecture, is our second recipient of the $8,000 ACIF scholarship. Anthony holds a 3.94 GPA, and boasts many notable accolades including student-worker of the year nominee, AIA Design Excellence, and MMXX Finalist to name a few. He is also a member…

April 20, 2020

Nicholas Naylor receives Foundation Scholarship

Our first $8,000 Foundation scholarship recipient is Nicholas Naylor, a student at the University of South Alabama. After graduating from high school, Nicholas joined the United States Marine Corps and served our country as an infantry team leader. He also led his team in combat missions during tours of duty…

April 16, 2020

Sam Reed Scholarship awarded to Bryan Roberts

The winner of our 2020 Sam Reed Scholarship is Bryan Roberts of Auburn University. Bryan is majoring in building science and carries a 3.68 GPA. While in high school, Bryan never considered going to college because he had no way of paying for it. But after high school graduation, he…

April 14, 2020