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PCI announces call for papers for peer-reviewed technical sessions

CHICAGO — The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) will offer a track of seminars featuring peer-reviewed technical papers at its 2011 Annual Convention/Exhibition and National Bridge Conference. PCI has announced it is accepting abstracts for papers to be considered for those sessions now through April 4, 2011.

The PCI Annual Convention/Exhibition and National Bridge Conference attracts more than 1,400 attendees each year and offers a premier venue for the exchange of ideas and state-of-the-art information on precast concrete design, fabrication, and construction. This year’s event, taking place October 22–25 in Salt Lake City, Utah, will provide an opportunity for industry professionals to share their knowledge through peer-reviewed programs.

“As the industry enters a period of recovery, major opportunities exist for the growth and continued development of precast concrete,” said PCI Managing Director of Business Development Brian Miller, P.E., LEED AP. “This year’s convention will showcase a variety of innovative solutions to capitalize on this expanding market and to meet today’s design, construction, and sustainability challenges. The peer-reviewed track of programs will strengthen the educational benefits of the convention and provide a platform to share new and innovative ideas.”

All abstracts and papers must relate to the design and analysis, materials, production and erection, or maintenance and repair of precast concrete. Case studies, research, and project profiles are all welcome. Suggested topics include the following:

Aesthetics and Finishes
Accelerated Construction
Blast Resistance and Progressive Collapse
Concrete — SCC, Lightweight, High Strength
Contractor Alternates, Value Engineering, and Design-Build
Designing and Testing Related to Fire Resistance
Designing for Seismic Forces
FRP Reinforcement and Technologies
High-Performance Concrete/High-Performance Solutions
Innovative Precast Concrete Structures
Life-Cycle Costs or Assessment
Material Technologies
Precast Concrete Pavements
Project Case Studies
Repair and Rehabilitation
SCMs in Precast Concrete
Sustainable Design Utilizing Precast Concrete

Abstracts should be submitted electronically at https://www.softconf.com/b/PCI2011.

A technical committee will review the submissions and the authors of selected proposals will be notified by April 22, with final papers to be submitted by July 15. Final papers will be published in the conference proceedings.

For more information, please visit https://pci.org/cms/index.cfm/2011CallforPapers. For more information on the convention, please visit www.pci.org/convention.