ACI CNY Newsletter - March 2016

In This Issue:

  • President's Message by Gary Markinson
  • "Semi-Automated Masonry (SAM) – The Robotic Brick Laying System" - Register by 3/3!
  • Save the Dates! Upcoming ACI CNY Events
  • ACI CNY Sponsors

President's Message

If you missed the ACI CNY meeting held at SUNY ESF headquarters on 2/24, you missed a lot! No offense to any of the other awesome, amazing meetings we have had over the years, but this one was truly one of the best, epitomizing the goals of our chapter. The event brought out the best and the brightest in the construction field.

The blue ribbon panel we put together covered all aspects of our great industry and presented a positive example to the many Syracuse and ESF students in attendance (see photo below). I can’t thank Ken Tiss enough for the enormous amount of effort he put into this event. It truly was an extremely educational and informative night. I hope to convince Ken to do this again next year.

Our next event at the DoubleTree Hotel on 3/9 will be equally amazing I’m sure, as it will reveal the new robotic block setting devise, the SAM100. I am sure you will not want to miss this breakthrough in the masonry industry.

Lastly, I am proud to say we have received a banner crop of projects submitted for our world famous awards banquet being held on 4/6. Please be sure to mark this date on your calendars as it is always an exciting night to view and celebrate these projects and your accomplishments.

I look forward to seeing you on 3/9.

Gary Markinson
ACI CNY President

Wednesday, 3/9
"Semi-Automated Masonry (SAM) - The Robotic Brick Laying System"
Presented by Scott Peters, President of Construction Robotics
DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse

Please join us!

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner

$40 Member
$50 Non-member
$15 Student


Click here to register/pay online. Or send an email to Amanda Latreille at with the number/names of people attending from your company or organization. You will need to bring cash or check to the event for payment.  

Registration due by Thursday, 3/3.

Program description:

SAM, short for Semi-Automated Masonry, is a brick laying robot designed and engineered by Construction Robotics. SAM100 is the first commercially available brick laying robot for onsite masonry construction (see photo above). Attend this session to learn more about this exciting, new technology!

Benefits of SAM100

-Designed to work collaboratively with the mason
Consistent production and lower installed cost (50% plus labor savings)
Increase masons productivity by 3-5x while reducing lifting by 80% plus
Consistent and reliable quality
Improved ability to plan and quote jobs
Lower health and safety impact on the workforce
Production data helps with continuous improvement
Attracts young people and extends work careers


Scott Peters is the co-founder and President of Construction Robotics (CR). He has held various roles in engineering and management across a range of industries over the past 16 years. Scott has experience developing advanced manufacturing technologies and robotic automation concepts. At CR he has led the team from concept to completion of the world’s first prototype Semi-Automated Masonry (SAM) robotic brick laying system. Scott is an inventor and entrepreneur and has invented technologies in numerous industries.


Save the Dates! Upcoming ACI CNY Events

3/9 - "Semi-Automatic Masonry (SAM) - The Robotic Brick Laying System" presented by Scott Peters, President of Construction Robotics (click here to register)

4/6 - Annual Design and Installation Awards Banquet 

ACI CNY Sponsors

Special thanks to our 2015-2016 sponsors:

Atlantic Testing

WBE Certified Company 

CME Associates, Inc.

 Hueber Breuer


Jefferson Concrete Corp.


Klepper, Hahn &


 Precast Concrete Association
of New York


Ryan Biggs | Clark Davis
Engineering & Surveying, P.C.

Whitacre Engineering



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