Essentials of Quality Concrete

  • 22 Mar 2018
  • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Brownsburg Fire Territory, 470 N. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg, IN 46112


Essentials of Quality Concrete

A training seminar sponsored by the Indiana Association of Building Officials, Inc. a chapter of the International Code Council, Inc.

Date:  March 22, 2018

  • Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.
  • Class will start at 9:00 a.m.
  • There will be 1-hour allotted for lunch (lunch will not be provided
  • Class will conclude at 4:00 p.m.


Member $100, this fee will cover the instructor and materials

Non-member:  $125, this fee will cover the instructor and materials

Lunch will not be provided

*IABO has applied for funding through the Statewide Fire and Building Safety Education Fund (675 IAC 12-11).  Please DO NOT pay in advance as an invoice will be sent following the class.

This course consists of six contact hours and earns 0.6 ICC PPN CEU's. 

Course Description:
The performance of concrete is related to workmanship, mix proportions, material characteristics, and adequacy of curing.  The production of quality concrete involves a variety of materials, and a number of different processes including: the production and testing of raw materials; determining the desired properties of concrete; proportioning of concrete constituents to meet the design requirements; batching, mixing, and handling to achieve the consistency; proper placement, finishing, and adequate consolidation to ensure uniformity; proper maintenance of moisture and temperature conditions to promote strength gain and durability; and finally, testing to quality control and evaluation.

Course Objectives:
  1. Fundamentals of Concrete, provide an understanding of what a cubic yard of concrete is composed of and why.
  2. Cold Weather Concrete, what can and should be done to assure ultimate concrete performance when placed in winter conditions.
  3. Hot Weather Concrete, what can and should be done to assure ultimate concrete performance when placed in extreme summer conditions.
  4. Durability of Concrete, examines testing procedures that guarantee that the concrete as placed will perform as expected, particularly in extreme exterior conditions.

After registration is successfully submitted a confirmation email will be sent to the email address entered during registration.

Presenters:  Jack Gibbons and Marc Nard
Jack Gibbons is Director, Code Advocacy at the Portland Cement Association.  He has over 35 years' experience in the concrete construction industry.  Jack started his career at Master Builders working in several capacities eventually becoming Natl Acct. Mgr.  He then moved to Euclid Chemical where he served as Director of Technical Services, with a focus on educating designers and contractors on the proper use of a variety of concrete  specialties as well as providing field service. 

In 1995 Jack joined Central Ready Mixed, the Wisconsin Division of Chicago based Prairie Materials, managing the cement lab and QC Dept.  While at Central, Jack developed a series of practical high performance mixes for various applications: low shrinkage mixes for slabs on ground, low heat mixes for mass concrete, high strength concrete for structures, and self consolidating concrete. 

Some of the notable projects that Jack has influenced include the Al McGuire Center at Marquette Univ (Concrete Construction, Jan 2001), the Santiago Calatrava designed Milwaukee Art Museum, the 35 story Kilbourn Tower (Milwaukee's first use of 12K PSI high flow concrete), and the 100 story Trump Tower in Chicago (16K PSI SCC).  Jack was designated an "Influencer of the Year" by Concrete Construction magazine, and in March of 2013 he was presented with the Richard Stehly Industry Advancement Award by the Minnesota Concrete Council. 

Jack is a long time member of ACI and serves on several technical committees, and has been a regular speaker at the World of Concrete.  Jack is a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute.

Marc Nard is currently the Director, Building Code Development for Portland Cement Association.  Marc leads PCA's legislative and code development efforts.  He is currently a member of the ICC Building Code Action Committee and the National Green Building Standard.  Previously he was the manager for building codes and standards at the Portland Cement Association.  His primary goal is to assure the public benefits from concrete and masonry solutions in the model building codes while promoting resilience and life safety of the public, first responders and emergency service personnel.

Marc earned his Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana while on an Army ROTC scholarship.  He was a serving officer in the active duty army and reserves for 25 years and retired after 25 years at the rank of LTC.  Marc holds Military Aviation, Airborne, Air Assault & Ranger qualifications.

Prior to coming to PCA Marc worked for the International Code Council for over 15 years as a Senior Technical Staff member of Codes and Standards Development and was responsible for coordinating the development of the International Building Code, International Residential Code and the International Existing Building Code.  Prior to that he was a building official in the state of Michigan and Indiana for 12 years.  He is a past member of the board of directors for the Indiana Association of Building Officials, holds numerous certifications in the construction codes and is a Certified Building Official (CBO) with the Council of American Building Officials.

Registration Deadline:

The registration deadline is March 15, 2018.  Registrations received after March 15 will not be guaranteed class materials at the time of class.

Cancellation Policy:
All cancellations must be received in writing no later than March 15, 2018 to avoid penalty.  All late cancellations and no shows will be billed $50.  Faxed cancellations must be verified they were received.  It is the responsibility of the registrant to make the verification.  Emergencies will be dealt with on an individual basis.

Attendance Notice Regarding Certificates/Funding: 

Indiana Association of Building Officials is committed to complying with the requirements of the Division of Fire and Building Safety, as they administer the education fund.


As Indiana Association of Building Officials submits the request for funding on behalf of the membership, IABO will not submit an attendee’s name who does NOT attend the entire class; failure to attend the entire class renders that attendee ineligible for funding.

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