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Khaled Awad, First Middle East President of ACI addressed the Fall Convention 2017 in California – USA

Khaled Awad, the first president of the American Concrete institute from outside the Americas, made his first address as President.

Awad spoke at the fall 2017 Concrete Convention and Exposition held at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. The convention theme was “Making Connections”.

As the leading world authority and resource on concrete, ACI has a long-standing history of bringing together concrete professionals from around the world for the development and dissemination of concrete technology.

Awad announced some major strategic accomplishments for ACI and specifically in the Middle East region. “The Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization, known as the GSO, recently signed a cooperation agreement with ACI. Specifically, the agreement provides permission to use the ACI 318 Building Code, the Specifications for Structural Concrete, and Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures to develop a Gulf Building Code.”

He further added – “ACI will continue its outreach to the Middle East by participating in the inaugural Big 5 Heavy exhibition and show at the Dubai World Trade Centre in the United Arab Emirates.  ACI will present The Concrete Essentials Seminar Series, a two-day educational event to give attendees an in-depth look into topics like concrete durability, repair, and self-consolidating concrete.”

ACI recently established two Editorial Boards for the Structural and Materials journals. The formation of these Boards will have a paramount impact on concrete research and concrete technology advancement. ACI student competitions have been initiated in Lebanon and Qatar.  Similar student competitions will take place in Egypt, India, and Pakistan before year end.

After serving a two-year stint as Vice-president, Khaled Awad – Chairman and Founder of ACTS and former Director of Masdar city– was elected as ACI President during the Spring Convention held earlier this year in Detroit, Michigan. Awad is the first ACI member from the Middle East to assume this role.

ACTS announces winners for the 2017 ACI Egg Protection Device Student Competition!

ACTS announces winners for the 2017 ACI Egg Protection Device Student Competition!

ACTS & ACI Lebanon Chapter organized the ACI Egg Protection Device Student Competition. The contest attracted 20 competing teams from the Lebanese Universities. Supported by Cimenterie Nationale, winner prize is a trip to attend the ACI Convention in Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California.

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ACTS is collaborating with Ministry of Works, Orders Of Engineers,  and ACI Lebanon Chapter for this year’s staging of Future Concrete Conference.

Organized by ACTS, Future Concrete is considered as Middle East’s premier learning event for the construction industry and is top-billed by local and international industry experts who  discuss the latest advances and new challenges in the construction industry.

Another highlight of the event is the announcement of the winning team from a student competition called “ACI Student Competition”. A collaboration between ACTS and the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Lebanon Chapter, the competition is a pre-event feature of Future Concrete Conference. The competition, attracts groups from different universities, and the winning team is granted a trip to the United States of America to attend the ACI Convention.

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ACI President and ACTS Chairman Mr. Khaled Awad new President’s memo “ACI…WELL EQUIPPED FOR THE FUTURE”.

In my last memo, I mentioned the work of the ACI Outlook 2030 Task Group, which was chaired by ACI Senior Vice President David Lange and led to developing the Institute’s vision for 2030. I was fortunate to attend and participate in several of the group’s visioning sessions. Questions about the “threat” of disruptive technology and the relevance of ACI, decades from now and in a rapidly changing world, as well as other thought-provoking ideas, were fleshed out. Had it not been for David’s ability to channel the tendency we all had to dream big and structure the discussions to produce a clear roadmap, the task group might still be “imagining” the future.

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ACI President and ACTS Chairman Mr. Khaled Awad new President’s memo “BUILDING THE GLOBAL CONCRETE COMMUNITY”.

The topic of relevance is a core aspect of ACI’s strategic plan. Actually, the first task assigned to new ACI Board of Direction members is to read Race for Relevance by Harrison Coerver and Mary Byers. Questions about relevance impact all standards development organizations (SDOs) like ACI. In a world driven by a superfast technology train, how can SDOs be as impactful tomorrow as they have been in the past? Isn’t it easier to find a quick (and free) answer on Google, YouTube, or Wikipedia, rather than purchase and dive into hundreds of pages of codes and standards?

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ACI ANNOUNCES NEW OFFICERS FOR 2017

Khaled Awad, founding chairman of Advanced Construction Technology Services (ACTS), was recently elected as the president of the American Concrete Institute (ACI).
He is the first ACI member from the Middle East to assume the role of president. In his new role, Awad tells Construction Week that he intends to make sure that the organisation succeeds in broadening its global reach.

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ACTS bags quality control, geotechnical and testing works on Qatar stadiums

ACTS has already completed its task to conduct geophysical surveys on the Al Wakrah Stadium. In addition, ACTS has been appointed to perform various additional geotechnical and geophysical tasks along with the construction materials testing related to the same stadium. The 40,000-seater facility is located approximately 15 kilometres south of Doha, and will host World Cup quarterfinal matches. ACTS is also currently involved in the works on the other four stadiums that are under construction in Qatar.

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The ERESCO MF4 – For the toughest of tasks!

In line with our Quality-rooted consulting services, we added to our equipment fleet the ERESCO MF4 which is a Reliable, Lightweight, Portable X-Ray Generator.
The ERESCO MF4 range of X-ray generators finds application throughout the industrial spectrum in the inspection of welds and in the examinations for structural integrity.

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The 2017 Training Calendar is available!

We’re proud to announce the 2017 course offerings, specifically designed for anyone looking to engage in various ACI training programs! Part of ACTS’ core mission is to professionalize the industry and to elevate the quality of the construction field in the region. We do this by conducting regular training sessions related to construction as well as in-house and tailor-made courses to fit customer needs.
We cover topics including: field and laboratory testing and evaluation of concrete and construction materials, concrete advanced technologies and mix design, understanding of ready mixed concrete, construction practices, mass concrete, hot and cold weather concreting, field quality control, inspection of structures, non-destructive testing and special investigations, soils testing and evaluation, hot mix Asphalt technology, etc
We also facilitate ACI certifications to individuals dedicated to pursuing higher standards. ACI certifications are valid for 5 years.

Check out the Training Calendar…

ACTS & ACI Lebanon Chapter (Lebanese Concrete Society) reveal winners of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Bowling Ball competition

Advanced Construction and Technology Services (ACTS) has revealed that a University of Balamand team has become the winner of the 2016 ACI Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (FRC) Bowling Ball Student Competition. The competition was held as part of the international Future Concrete Conference that was organized by ACTS in cooperation with the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Lebanon Chapter (Lebanese Concrete Society).
The top-placed team from the University of Balamand, comprised of Ramez Bou Rizk and Elie Nasr, won an all-expense trip to the United States of America to attend the ACI Fall Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania slated in October this year. Two teams shared Second Place Honors, namely Khaled Boukhari and Amer Al Arab from Beirut Arab University, Debbieh, and Antoine Helal and Dola Nehme, also from the University of Balamand. Ali Baddah and Moussa Houjeiri from Lebanese University, Hadath, meanwhile, secured third place finish in the contest. The second and third placed winners received cash prizes as well as certificates of recognition. Cimenterie Nationale, a leader in the Lebanese cement industry, sponsored the awards.

Future Concrete 2016 is only a few days away!

ACTS & ACI Lebanon Chapter (Lebanese Concrete Society) has announced this year’s international Future Concrete conference which will focus on managing construction sites. The 5th Future Concrete Conference will be held on August 25th at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand Hotel, Lebanon.

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ACTS strengthens presence in the Middle East with the opening of new branch in Lebanon

In line with its intensive growth strategy and its continuing commitment to meet client needs, ACTS has formally announced the opening of a new branch in Tripoli, Lebanon.
Located in Al-Qalamoun, Tripoli, the new facility features a state-of-the-art laboratory fully equipped to perform various field sampling and materials testing procedures, such as compressive strength of concrete cylinders, curing of concrete cylinders, sieve analysis of aggregates, specific gravity and absorption of aggregates (fine and course), material finer of aggregates (fine and course), and sand equivalent of fine aggregate, among others.