"The Good and Bad of Concrete in Cool and Cold Weather" presented by Dr. Ken Hover (with Dinner)

  • 20 Sep 2017
  • 5:30 PM
  • DoubleTree Hotel, East Syracuse, NY


Registration is closed

Please join us!

4:30 PM Board Meeting
5:30 PM Registration
6:00 PM Presentation & Dinner
(provided by the DoubleTree)

$40 Member
$50 Non-member
$15 Student

Registration due by Thursday, 9/14/17.

***Worth 1.0 PDH (sponsored by Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt)***

Program description:

Concrete can be successfully cast year-round almost anywhere on the planet, even in greater Syracuse, where the weather brings distinct advantages and disadvantages.  Cold weather can bring risk of freezing, slow slump-loss and setting, and lower early-age strength, but cold weather also increases later-age strength. One irony is that when the weather is really bad from December to early March, everybody knows it’s cold and everybody protects the concrete. The real problem comes in cool fall or spring weather when the concrete is no longer at risk of freezing, but still gets cold enough to experience low early strength that can delay construction operations or put the structure in jeopardy. Every now and then we get truly hot weather, and although our intuition is that premature drying is worse in the summer, that is not the case here! (Syracuse and Watertown get lake-effect snow because of dry wintertime air pushed by a strong wind.) But even when conditions are too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry, here in wonderland the weather changes in a heartbeat, so we have to be able to change our mixes and construction methods just as fast.

Presented by:   

Dr. Ken Hover is Past-President of the American Concrete Institute and Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Cornell. He served as a Captain in the 15th Combat Engineer Battalion, U.S. Army, and was Project Engineer and Project Manager for Dugan and Meyers Construction Co. in Cincinnati, working on buildings, interstate bridges, and water treatment plants. Joining THP Ltd in Cincinnati, he became partner and manager engaged in structural design, specifications writing, and contract administration. He holds Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Civil Engineering from University of Cincinnati, and the Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from Cornell University.

Dr. Hover teaches reinforced and prestressed concrete design, concrete materials, and construction management. His research focuses on freeze-thaw durability, mixture proportions and ingredients, behavior and testing of fresh concrete, and the impact of construction operations and construction environment on concrete quality.

Dr. Hover is a P.E. in Ohio and New York, and holds the Outstanding Educator Award from ACPA, and from ACI he has earned the Kelly, Philleo, Anderson, and Structural Research Awards.  He received the ASCE Materials Division Best Basic Research Paper Award. He holds Cornell University’s highest teaching award, and in January 2006 was named one of the “Ten Most Influential People in the Concrete Industry.” 

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