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DOTD Construction Inspection: Moving in the E-Direction


DOTD Construction Inspection: Moving in the E-Direction

Join us for a free webinar on January 20, 2021 at 10:00 AM CST

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With the completion of the investigation of e-inspection platform HeadLight, the Department has adopted e-construction inspection statewide. The HeadLight E-Construction presentation will show contractors and suppliers how the Department is making an effort to standardize testing and sampling plans across all Districts and PE gangs. Additionally, information on the latest sample creation and tracking system will be detailed. This presentation will also provide a brief overview of the research project including the conclusions and recommendations and also cover the impacts to both the Department as well as Consultants, Contractors, and Suppliers.

This free webinar qualifies for 1 PDH/CE. Certificates will be emailed to you after the session.

Speaker: Tyson Rupnow Ph.D., P.E., Associate Director for Research,
                Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC)

Dr. Rupnow holds a M.S. in geotechnical engineering and a Ph.D. in civil engineering materials from Iowa State University. Prior to promoting to the Associate Director, Research where he administers the research program for the LADOTD and serves as one of the State RAC members, he served as the Senior Concrete Research Engineer for 6 years. Work included evaluation of high portland cement replacement ternary mixtures, implementing the surface resistivity test method, and full scale load testing and evaluation of RCC and bonded concrete overlays on asphalt. He currently serves as an adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University where he occasionally teaches Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory, Soils for Construction, and a graduate course in Concrete Materials. Dr. Rupnow also holds a Research Associate Professor position with the University of Louisiana Lafayette. He is a member of TRB Committees AFN30 Durability of Concrete and AFN10 Basic Research and Emerging Technologies for Concrete and is a Member of ACI-Louisiana.

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A message from our outgoing president, Mr. Jeffery Lund


Dear Members of ACI-Louisiana Chapter,

This is typically the time of the year where the board members of the ACI Louisiana Chapter are making our final preparations for our awards ceremony. We always look forward to this event as we get to meet so many of our members and bring the concrete community together. Unfortunately, as with many things that were scheduled in 2020, we sadly had to cancel our event. This past year has given us many challenges, but rest assured the board has been working diligently to meet them head on. Although we have not been able to come together, we still hold virtual meetings and continue to plan the course for our chapter’s future. I am also proud to say the Chapter has retained our Excellence recognition given from National as we continued outreach and engagement with our members and student chapters, along with providing financial contributions and sponsorships to many concrete related events and programs.

As much as we can’t wait to get back to hosting live seminars, the Board did adjust last year and hosted technical presentations for our membership via webinar. We managed, without the benefit of meeting face to face, to organize and present virtually the Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference and Show. The Certification committee modified operations to accommodate secure facilities in providing the ACI certification services to Louisiana and neighboring state technicians. As the year progressed, the board managed to safely conduct social gatherings such as hosting the Clay Shoot this past fall. This left us hopeful that we will bring back our golf tournament this coming spring. And of course, we still can provide all of our members with membership to ACI National, along with subscriptions to Concrete International magazine, ACI University tokens, listing in the ACI national member directory, and a printable ACI membership certificate.

I owe a huge “Thank you” to the 2020 Board of Directors for their dedication, service, and leadership over the past year, as well as to all of our members for giving your time to make the year a success. As I look ahead to the upcoming year and the challenges we will face, I know there is tremendous power in the size of our membership and the many talents our members bring to this organization, and I look forward to seeing what the 2021 Board has to offer. Thank you all for your continued support of the Chapter!

Jeffery Lund
ACI-La Chapter / Outgoing President
[email protected]
[email protected]



Cancelation Notification - 2020 Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards Program

Dear Members of ACI-Louisiana Chapter,

The Louisiana Chapter of the American Concrete Institute must regrettably cancel this year’s awards ceremony and presentation originally scheduled for January 23rd 2021. After much thought and deliberation from our board, we felt it is important to us that we not only provide a safe and secure atmosphere for all attendees and recipients, but that we also provide the just acknowledgement and recognition that each award winner deserves to receive. We regrettably are not able to provide those things this year due to the restrictions around the pandemic.

We have tentatively reschedule our event in early 2022 where all 2020 entries will be automatically rolled into the 2021 awards program.  All of this year’s submittals will still be eligible for advancing into the ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Program at the international level. We would like to send a special thank you to our submitters. We do recognize that it takes time and effort to make a submittal to the program and we want to ensure that effort does not go to waste.

Please know that we are all saddened by this, but we anticipate all being together in 2022 to celebrate and acknowledge all the great accomplishments of the Louisiana Concrete Community.  We look forward to seeing you all again at that time.

Jeff Lund
ACI-La Chapter President



2021 ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician, Grade I Performance & Training Courses

These classes are offered by MAC Engineering to prepare candidates for the ACI certification exam.

  • Training Course:
    2021 aci Concrete Field Testing Technician-Grade I2-Night Training Course (Registration for Class Only)

    • Course Dates:
      Wednesday January 20th & January 27th 6:00p to 9:00p Exam Date-January 30th
      Wednesday June 2nd & June 9th 6:00p to 9:00p Exam Date-June 12th
      Wednesday September 8th & September 15th 6:00p to 9:00p Exam Date-Sept. 18th

    • Location:
      Carlo Ditta, Inc.
      1445 Mac Arthur Ave.
      Harvey, Louisiana 70058

  • Performance Training Course:
    2021 aci Concrete Field Testing Technician-Grade I Performance Training Course

    • Course Date:
      Thursday January 28th - 4:00pm to 7:00pm Exam Date-January 30th
      Thursday June 10th - 4:00pm to 7:00pm Exam Date-June 12th
      Thursday September 16th - 4:00pm to 7:00pm Exam Date-September 18th

    • Location:
      The Beta Group 
      1428½ Claire Ave.
      Gretna Louisiana 70053

  • General Information: 
    • We require everyone to bring your own facemask or you will not be allowed to enter the classroom.
    • Class size will be limited to a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 10.
    • If minimum size is not reached, class will be cancelled and all fees, if collected, will be refunded.
    • Cancellation Policy:
      You must cancel 4 days prior to class to receive a 100% refund there after full fee will be forfeited.


  Contact Information:                                      
  Mark A. Cheek, P.E., FACI                          

  Cell       504.343.7151
  Office    504.227.2273                                         
  Fax        504.227.2274                                         
  [email protected] 



2021 ACI Laboratory Training/Exam Information

These sessions are offered by MAC Engineering to prepare candidates for the ACI Laboratory exam.

  • Laboratory Exam Sessions:
    The following exams will be offered:

    • Date:
      Saturday February 27, 2021 

    • Strength Testing Technician
      Exam Scope
      ASTM Standard Test Methods:
      • C 617     Capping Cylindrical Concrete Specimens
      • C 1231   Unbonded Caps for Concrete Cylinders
      • C 39       Compressive Strength of Cylindrical Concrete Specimens
      • C 78       Flexural Strength of Concrete

    • Aggregate Testing Technician - Level 1     
      Exam Scope
      ASTM/AASHTO Standard Test Methods:

      • D 75/T2            Sampling Aggregates
      • C 702/T248      Reducing Samples of Aggregates to Testing Size
      • C 117/T11        Materials Finer than No. 200 Sieve in Mineral Aggregates by Washing
      • C 136/T27        Sieve Analysis of Fine and Coarse Aggregates
      • C 127/T85        Specific Gravity & Absorption of Fine Aggregate
      • C 128/T84        Specific Gravity & Absorption of coarse Aggregate
      • C 566/T255      Total Moisture Content of Aggregate by Drying
      • C 40/T21         Organic Impurities in Fine Aggregate Concrete

    • Flatwork Finisher/Technician     
      Exam Scope
      Proper procedures and techniques for placing, finishing, jointing, curing and protection of concrete flatwork

    • Aggregate Base Testing Technician     
      Exam Scope
      ASTM/AASHTO Standard Test Methods:
      • D 75/T2             Sampling aggregates
      • C 702/T248       Reducing samples of aggregates to testing size
      • D421/T87          Dry preparation of disturbed soil and soil aggregate samples for test
      • D4318/T89        Determining the liquid limits of soils
      • D2216/T265      Laboratory determination of moisture content of soils
      • D1557/T180      Moisture-density relations of soils using a 10-lb rammer and 18-in drop
      • D698/T99          Moisture-density relations of soils using a 5.5-lb rammer and 12-in drop

    • Re-written exam Concrete Field Testing Technician – Grade I
      Exam Scope
      ASTM Standard Test Methods:
      • C 1064 Temperature of Freshly Mixed Portland-Cement Concrete
      • C 172 Sampling Freshly Mixed Concrete
      • C 138 Unit Weight, Yield, And Air Content of Concrete
      • C 231 Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by Pressure Method
      • C 173 Air Content of Freshly Mixed Concrete by Volumetric Method
      • C 31 Making and Curing Concrete Test Specimens in the Field

  • Laboratory Training Sessions:

    • Date:
      Wednesday February 24, 2021

      • Strength Testing Technician Training Session
      • Aggregate Testing Technician Level 1 Training Session
      • Aggregate Base Testing Technician Training Session


  For additional information and/or registration forms please contact Mark Cheek.
  Mark A. Cheek, P.E., FACI
  Cell       504.343.7151
  Fax        504.227.2274 
  [email protected]