Farewell, 2016

2016 concrete year in review Today is December 27 and 2016 is almost over. A lot of things have happened during the past year.

I delivered my first World of Concrete presentation this year. My topic was “Concrete Quality Control as a Profit Center.” Fortunately my ratings were high enough for me to be asked to speak again. At the 2017 World of Concrete on Tuesday I will talk about “Troubleshooting Ready Mix Quality – When Bad Things Happen to Good Concrete”. This presentation is meant for ready mix concrete QC personnel who need to resolve problem reported by their customers. On Wednesday I will present the other side of the coin with “What Everyone Receiving Fresh Concrete at the Jobsite Should Know”. This presentation is meant for contractor personnel and discusses what they need to know and do to protect their companies by maintaining the integrity of the concrete they receive. You can register for these classes my going to my Speaker page at https://worldofconcrete.com/Attendee/Conference/SpeakerDetails?id=564587

In addition to our big annual Customer Conference, this past year Command Alkon conducted regional conferences in Chicago and Portland. At the regional conferences I conducted hands-on training for our COMMANDqc Quality Control software. Our next regional conference will be held in Kansas City on Feb. 7 & 8. http://www.commandalkon.com/rps/kc/index.html We will be doing more hands-on training on COMMANDqc there.

As usual, I attended meetings for ACI, NRMCA and ASTM. The NRMCA International Concrete Sustainability Conference was especially interesting because it was held in conjunction with the RILEM Conference on self-consolidating concrete.

In November the Instituto del Cemento y Hormigon (the cement and concrete association) in Chile invited me to speak on developing concrete mix designs. As usual, the ICH gave me a warm welcome and over 200 people attended my presentation.

One week later I attended the Anna Maria Workshop sponsored by McGill University in Anna Maria Island, Florida. While there I did a presentation on “Concrete Production in the Year 2050”. Of course it is nice to wear shorts and flip-flops on the beach in Florida in November, but it was also interesting to hear about some of the cutting-edge concrete technology that was discussed during the Workshop.

By the end of 2016 this blog has accumulated over 85,000 views. I know I haven’t done many new posts lately, but I hope that will change soon. I have been working on a major project for Command Alkon and in Q2 of 2017 I hope to have an announcement that readers of this blog will appreciate.

In summary, I would like to thank all my readers for their supportive comments and suggestions. I wish all of you a Happy New Year and a prosperous year in concrete.

Until next time,

Jay Shilstone

About Jay Shilstone

I am a concrete technologist for Command Alkon, Inc. and have been in the concrete industry for over 35 years. For 28 of those years I have been working on quality control software for the concrete industry. I am a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute and a member of multiple ACI, ASTM and NRMCA committees. I look forward to talking about concrete mix design and quality control with everyone.

Chuck Starnes


Sounds like you have a full plate for the coming year. I am a board member of the Virginia Chapter ACI; we are all ways looking for opportunities for education and promotion of the Chapter and concrete. Could you send me information re: your programs or presentations the Chapter could sponsor in Virginia. (www.vachp-aci.com)

Chuck Starnes, Senior Technical Advisor, F&R


I responded to Chuck via email, but for those interested I do presentations to ACI, ASCE and Ready Mix Concrete Associations. Please let me know if you need anything. FYI, we usually request that the association pick up my expenses, but there is no charge for my time.

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