01-22-2015 Report

Meeting Recap – January 22, 2015

Concrete Isn’t Gray

Pic 1 - Marine Corps Memorial (Arlington, VA)The ICRI-Georgia Chapter kicked off the new year with their January 2015 lunch meeting at Maggiano’s in the trendy and booming Buckhead area of Atlanta. Newly elected President Keith Howard, greeted the 30 attendees and opened the meeting by recognizing several past presidents in attendance. Keith also introduced the 2015 ICRI-Georgia Chapter officers and directors. Two first time guests were also introduced, Mike Cook, Director of Sales with ICF Concrete Additives, and David Blackwell, President of Blackwell’s, Inc., specialty contractor out of LaGrange, GA. Western Waterproofing was recognized as the meeting sponsor, and Bryan Heery of Western Waterproofing gave a brief overview of the services which they provide in Georgia, as well as the southeast market.Pic 2 - Fore River Bridge (Quincy, MA)

Steven J. Stokowski, Principal Petrographer with TEC Services, out of Lawrenceville, GA was the monthly speaker and gave a very informative presentation entitled “Concrete Isn’t Gray”. Three specific case studies were discussed during the presentation, including histories of petrographic investigations to match aggregate for the Marine Corps Memorial (Iwo Jima) in Arlington, VA, and of deteriorated concrete structures on the Fore River Bridge and the Congress Street Bridge, both in the Boston, MA area. Mr. Stokowski communicated that petrographic analysis can be a valuable tool in deciphering concrete problems and designing effective repairs. It was also noted that Pic 3 - Congress Street Bridge (Boston, MA)petrographic analysis can be an instrumental tool which can uncover evidence of defective or poorly chosen materials, unusual service conditions such as environmental attack, or special circumstances which may contribute to concrete failure.

Bryan Heery closed out the monthly meeting by discussing the ICRI-Georgia Chapter’s goal of awarding a total of $5000 in scholarships to a local undergraduate students. The student scholarship program benefits ICRI-Georgia by helping the chapter recruit new resources in talent, ideals and youthful energy. Bryan urged all members to invite a guest to the upcoming February luncheon and adjourned the meeting.