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Sustainability Forum precedes ACI Fall Convention
— The American Concrete Institute (ACI) Concrete Sustainability Forum III will kick off five days of concrete-related events and sessions emphasizing sustainability during the ACI’s Fall 2010 Convention, Oct. 24-28, in Pittsburgh at the Westin Convention Center Hotel & David L. Lawrence Convention Center. The forum is the third in a series designed to include attendees in discussion on future international action regarding sustainability in the concrete industry, as well as provide attendees with a comprehensive overview of the current world situation.

Many of the more than 30 technical sessions will cover sustainability issues and opportunities affecting the concrete industry today; five of which are approved by the U.S. Green Building Council for three Green Building Certification Institute continuing education hours toward the LEED Credentialing Maintenance Program.

In addition to sessions and events, attendees can acquire knowledge and discuss pertinent industry issues in committee meetings. ACI Committee 130, Sustainability of Concrete, will meet Oct. 25 and 26. Committee meetings are open to all convention attendees who wish to participate.

AGA develops online environmental seminar
— The American Galvanizers Association (AGA) developed an online continuing education seminar to teach specifiers about the environmental impact of hot-dip galvanizing, including the results of a life-cycle assessment environmental study. The online course, “Sustainable Development & Hot-Dip Galvanizing,” is approved with the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES) for sustainable design (SD) credit or hours.

The online seminar ( takes approximately one hour to complete. At the conclusion of the course, students are given a short quiz, and upon successful completion, immediately receive a certificate of completion for their records. The AGA auto-files credit for any student who successfully passes the test and provides his or her AIA or NCEES number.

SWE obtains IACET Authorized Provider status
— The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) obtained the Authorized Provider status from the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). IACET Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The recognition period extends for five years, which includes all programs offered or created during that time.

With this status, SWE can now accredit its education programs, including workshops, webinars, and other professional development opportunities. Upcoming webinars will be among the programs accredited with the IACET Authorized Provider status, as well as Career Enhancement Series workshops and seminars at the society’s WE10 Annual Conference, taking place Nov. 4-6 in Orlando, Fla.

Women in Concrete Alliance seeks award nominations
— The Women in Concrete Alliance (WICA), a networking organization for women in the concrete industry that debuted earlier this year, announced a call for entries for its first Woman of Distinction award.

“We are excited to see a woman in the industry honored by her peers,” said WICA co-founder Kari Moosmann. “This award will reinforce that women are a valued resource in the concrete construction industry.”

“WICA was formed to supply information, opportunities, and mentoring to women working in the concrete construction industry,” said WICA co-founder Kimberly Kayler. “There are many women that really make a difference for other women in the industry, as well as make this a better marketplace for us all. This award gives us a chance to celebrate those heroes.”

To submit a nomination for the Woman of Distinction Award, visit the News/Events page at The deadline for all nominations is Oct. 15, 2010. After the nominations are received, members of the industry will have the opportunity to vote on their choice; the winner will be announced Feb. 1, 2011.

New society focuses on geomatics education
— Charles Ghilani, Ph.D., professor of engineering at Pennsylvania State University-Wilkes-Barre, and newly elected president of the Surveying and Geomatics Educators Society (SaGES), announced the formation of SaGES, which holds biennial conferences on surveying and geomatics education topics and conducts business that promotes effective teaching and learning of surveying, mapping, geomatics, and other spatially related education.

“Once we get rolling, we hope to be a leading organization for the promotion of best teaching and learning practices in geomatics education,” Ghilani said. “We will work on developing an educational environment that meets the needs of industry and government and cooperates with other professional societies at every level, including international, to support geomatics education.

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