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Introduction to Shotcrete — University Seminar
This 1-hour “Introduction to Shotcrete” seminar is provided free of charge to universities. The seminar is presented by one of our industry professionals with extensive shotcrete experience and gives students and faculty an overview of the shotcrete process from a concrete material, structural, architectural, and construction perspective. The on-site presentation allows speaker interaction with the students and faculty in Q&A during the presentation. Shotcrete placement’s flexibility and economy is driving increased usage in a wide variety of concrete applications including structural walls, seismic and other code-required upgrades, foundations, architectural concrete, liquid-containing structures, material storage domes, underground mining, subways, concrete repair and restoration, pools, skateparks, and soil stabilization. Civil and Structural Engineering, Materials, Construction Management, and Architecture students would benefit from this seminar.
Please call or e-mail ASA staff at 248.848.3780 or [email protected] with your:
- available/proposed date(s);
- anticipated class size; and
- any specialty areas of concern you would like addressed, such as underground, structural, repair and rehabilitation, materials, architectural, and so on.
ASA/Laval University Scholarship
Recognizing the contributions of Laval University to further the research and development of materials and equipment pertinent to advancing shotcrete technology, the American Shotcrete Association (ASA) offers an annual scholarship to one (1) Laval University graduate student leading a project on shotcrete. This graduate student must be enrolled in Laval University (M.Sc. or Ph.D. level) at the time of receiving the scholarship and be working under the supervision or co-supervision of Professor Marc Jolin.
- The student must be enrolled at Laval University;
- He/she must be conducting an M.Sc. or Ph.D. level project at the time of receiving the scholarship (which is usually in January);
- He/she must be working under the supervision or co-supervision of Professor Marc Jolin;
- He/she must be working on shotcrete in his/her research project;
- He/she should have not received the award in the past for the same project; and
- He/she must submit a proposal document.
- (25 pts) Relevance of the project’s objectives with regards to the needs of the shotcrete industry.
- (25 pts) Clear presentation of the project’s scientific objectives.
- (20 pts) Quality, originality, and scope of the research project.
- (10 pts) Integration of sustainability elements in the project.
- (20 pts) Quality of the student’s resume.
The proposal document (in English) must be two (2) pages maximum (letter format, single space, 12 pt font) including photos, graphics, references, etc. It must be accompanied by a complete resume (max. 2 pages).
Deadline to submit a proposal is November 15 of each year.
$3000 USD to the student to be used for his/her tuition and/or educational expenses at Laval University.
Announcement and publication of awardee and an article on his/her research in ASA’s quarterly trade publication, Shotcrete magazine; the ASA website; and other social media channels including Facebook, ASA’s eNewsletter, “What’s in the Mix,” press releases, etc.
Past Scholarship Recipients
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Émile Blouin-Dallaire, Jr. Ing., holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Laval University, Quebec City, QC, Canada, where he is currently completing his master’s degree in the same field of study. His ongoing research project aims to optimize curing techniques and their impacts on shotcrete shrinkage and cracking. This project is part of the effort to reduce the cracking potential of shotcrete repairs and to improve their durability. He is working on one of several projects of the Collaborative Research and Development grant supported by King Shotcrete Solutions and the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council.
Father of two Thomas Jacob-Vaillancourt received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Laval University, where he now pursues his master’s degree. The goal of his ongoing research is to optimize curing and protection methods for shotcrete. The study will provide a better understanding of the curing impact on hydration and overall durability of dry-mix and wet-mix shotcrete. He is working on one of the projects of the Collaborative Research and Development grant supported by King Shotcrete Solutions and NSERC at Laval University.
Pierre Siccardi is currently completing his master’s degree in civil engineering at Laval University. Siccardi received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical and industrial engineering from Arts et Métiers ParisTech, France, and his research project on shotcrete equipment allows him to take advantage of the diversified knowledge he has acquired along his university career. His research aims at developing shotcrete equipment technology that could bring together the shotcrete process and advanced mixtures such as UHPFC or CSA cement-based materials.
Pasquale Basso Trujillo
Lisa Marie Montgomery
Jessica L. Benaglio
Patrick O. Power
Nathan Hicks received his BS in Architectural Engineering in June 2008 from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo and is currently working towards obtaining is MS in Architecture with a specialization in Structural Engineering from Cal Poly SLO.
Hicks spent the past few summers and winters in San Diego working as an intern at the Levig Design Group, Inc. engineering and designing custom homes, garages, and retaining walls. Hicks hopes to use his knowledge of seismic rehab and shotcrete in the upcoming academic year as he continues his graduate research project on when renovation is an acceptable alternative to demolition. Specifically Hick’s hopes to look at possible rehab schemes for the concrete multi-purpose facilities that dominated the Major League Baseball landscape in the 1960s and ‘70s.
Louis-Samuel Bolduc received his BS in Civil Engineering in May 2007 from Laval University and is currently working towards obtaining his MS in Civil Engineering from Laval University with an anticipated graduation date of May 2009.
Bolduc entered the construction industry when he was 19 years old working in the construction department of a hardware store. Since then he has been an intern for an important steel manufacturer in Montreal, Canada to develop a composite concrete/steel floor system, he has worked as a research assistant for the shotcrete team at Laval University, and he has been involved in many projects related to rheology, admixture development, and shotcrete durability.
During the pursuit of his graduate studies at Laval University his main objective is to study the effect of shooting parameters and mixture characteristics on transport properties of shotcrete. At this time, Bolduc’s graduate courses are finished but he is completing the experimental part of his project and has started writing his thesis. For the future, he hopes to pursue studies to the PhD level.