ACI San Diego January 14, 2020 Luncheon The Future of Concrete Materials

January 14, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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Stone Brewing Point Loma Liberty Station
2816 Historic Decatur Rd. #116
San Diego, CA 92106

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The Future of Concrete Materials

We are excited to present a panel of local concrete experts who will educate and update us on the future of local concrete materials. Moderated by Mike Serra of Lehigh Hanson, the panel will discuss the current status of cement production, the current pressures on the cement industry, the short-term and long-term changes upcoming within the cement industry, the future of fly ash in the Southern California region, the future of slag in the Southern California region, and the availability and future of our local aggregates. The presenters include Nathan Forrest of the California Nevada Cement Association, Fred Gius with the California Geological Survey, James Carusone with Salt River Materials Group, and Michael Smith of Cemex. Come and see how the resources that go into making our local concrete, and the availability of those resources, is changing, now and for the future.

Mike Serra - Moderator
Mike has been in the building materials industry for over 33 years. He has successfully held Management & Executive Management positions in RMC, Cement, Flyash, Aggregates, Clay Brick production, sales, technical services and operations. He recently joined the Natural Pozzolan Association. Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Marketing. Is an NRMCA Certified Concrete Technologist & LEED AP BD + C accredited, a voting member on ACI 229, 232, 240 and a voting member on ASTM C01 Cement and ASTM C09 Aggregates. In March 2019 he was nominated and elected as a Fellow “FACI” with the American Concrete Institute.

Most importantly he has been married to Felecia for 35 years, a father of two awesome daughters and is “Babbo” to his 5 month old grandson.

Bios and Abstracts:

Nathan Forrest - California Nevada Cement Association
Nathan Forrest is a Registered Civil Engineer with over 17 years of experience in the design and construction of all manner of residential and infrastructure projects. Nathan holds several concrete industry certifications as well as an Envision Sustainability Professional certification from the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure. Nathan joined the CNCA as the Southern Region Pavements Engineer in 2015. His function is to provide resources, recommendations, education, technical expertise, and other services to municipalities, engineers, project owners, developers, and contractors. His project focus ranges from highways, streets & local roads, to multi-modal facilities, and parking areas.

Prior to his work with the CNCA, Nathan worked as a consulting materials engineer on numerous large Caltrans projects in Southern California, most recently on the Gerald Desmond Bridge replacement in Long Beach. Outside of work, Nathan enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters, playing golf, brewing beer, and riding bicycles.

Nathan will speak about the following:

  • Current status of cement production
  • Pressures on cement industry
  • Changes in cement industry, near and long term

Josh Goodwin -
California Geological Survey Mineral Resources Program Manager
Josh Goodwin is a Senior Engineering Geologist with the California Geological Survey’s Mineral Resources Program. His responsibilities include supervising mineral land classification studies and evaluating mineral hazards (asbestos, radon, and mercury) throughout California. Other experience includes conducting slope stability evaluations and geologic studies at SMARA mining operations, and working as an environmental and geotechnical consultant supporting the construction industry. He holds a B.S. in Geology from California State University, Chico and he is a licensed Professional Geologist and a Certified Engineering Geologist in California. In his free time, Josh enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters and watching, coaching, and playing soccer.

Josh will speak about the following:

  • Map Sheet 52 and the accompanying report
  • Special Report 240: Mineral Land Classification for PCC-grade Aggregate in Western San Diego County.

Qiang Li - Cemex
Qiang Li is an infrastructure solution engineer at Cemex, where Qiang provides technical support to contractors, engineering firms, and government agencies on pavement solutions and concrete materials. Qiang received his Ph.D. degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Florida. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in several states and has more than 10 years of experience in Pavement Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, Construction Materials, and Instrumentation.

Qiang will speak about the following:

Is Slag a good Fly Ash alternative?

  • Is there a Fly Ash shortage?
  • Should I be concerned about not having Fly Ash as an option?
  • What is Slag?
  • Can Slag do what Fly Ash does?
  • Can Slag help with the Building Green push?

James Carusone - Salt River Material Group
James Carusone has served as the Senior Vice President of Business Development since 2007 for SRMG’s executive team providing expert analysis, strategy development, sales management, and financial modeling for SRMG’s merger and acquisition activities. Additionally, Mr. Carusone manages SRMG’s Fly Ash and Pozzolan Sales Team throughout the Southwest US, and oversees sales for several key clients in SRMG’s cement and aggregates businesses. Mr. Carusone has over thirty years of consulting and management experience in Arizona and the Southwest United States with focus on cement, aggregates, Pozzolans, asphalt, and ready mix concrete. Prior to working for SRMG, Mr. Carusone was an Operations Manager for Hanson Aggregates in Arizona from 2006-2007, Vice President and Regional Manager for AMEC/Wood Engineering from 1999-2006, and the Head of Engineering for Vulcan Materials in Arizona and New Mexico from 1996-1999. Mr. Carusone currently serves as incoming Chairman of the Arizona Rock Products Association’s (ARPA) and is a member of several committees within ARPA and the AGC on technical specifications.

James will speak about the following:

Mr. Carusone will discuss Fly Ash and Pozzolan sourcing for S. California from SRMG’s perspective. He will discuss the latest trends such as harvesting of Fly Ash, Pozzolan blends, and potential imports of Fly Ash to California over the next 10 years. Mr. Carusone will additionally discuss market demand for Pozzolans, and how economics of the cement supply chain effects demand.


Questions: Heather Caya, ACI San Diego Chapter Executive Director [email protected] or 619-733-2734

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