Knowledge Garden Topics & Schedule

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The Knowledge Garden located on the ICON EXPO 2018 show floor will offer 30-minute lightening talks about industry trends and hot topics. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from some of the industry’s leading authorities on these very timely topics.

Friday, February 9,  1:00 – 4:00 pm


Companies are required to the follow the new rules for respirable crystalline. Come hear what they are and how block plants can comply.   Speaker – David Ayers, Applied Safety and Environmental Management

Understand the new OSHA Safety Regulations and how they are going to affect your company.  Speaker – David Ayers, Applied Safety and Environmental Management

The SRW Best Practices Guide provides recommendations for successful SRW projects. NCMA Director of Geotechnical Systems Gabriela Mariscal will review the recommendations for properties of SRW units.

Just 10 years old and having granted a million dollars — find out what the ICPI Foundation for Education & Research is doing to advance the segmental concrete pavement industry and help support your business. Speaker —  David R. Smith, ICPI Technical Director

Ryan Greenehagen, manufacturing engineer at Basalite Building Products, LLC, will present the steps Basalite took to become a Certified Block Plant and how it has changed the company.

Changes to the 2015 IBC can  increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness of using concrete masonry.  Jason Thompson, NCMA vice president of industry advancement will review the changes and provide ways for concrete masonry to be more competitive.

 Saturday, February 10, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:30 pm


Building Information Modeling (BIM) is changing the way the construction industry does business. President of 3DiQ Tom Cuneio will introduce a new tool for modeling masonry in BIM with MasonryIQ.

Learn the benefits of using the third version of the Direct Design program for masonry construction, including interaction between Direct Design and BIM programs.

Understand the results of the construction cost study completed in 2017 demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of concrete masonry construction.

Conrad James, director of manufacturing services at Basalite Building Products, LLC, will provide the steps Basalite took to develop a Job Hazard Analysis and what changes the company made from the results of the analysis.

Vice President of Technical Development for ACM Chemistries, Inc.  Craig Walloch will review the guidelines in the recently released white paper, Improving Freeze-Thaw Durability of Dry-Cast Concrete Products, which provides recommendations to producers on how to improve durability of SRW units through material choices, optimizing production variables and quality control.

Ryan Greenehagen, manufacturing engineer at Basalite Building Products, LLC, will present the steps Basalite took to become a Certified Block Plant and how it has changed the company.

Through an NCMA Foundation grant, NCMA has researched Wet-cast vs. Dry-cast concrete relative to freeze-thaw durability. NCMA Vice President of Business Development Nick Lang will review the research project and conclusions when comparing these products relative to freeze-thaw durability

ICON EXPO produced by





NCMA Annual Convention
February 6-8, 2018

ICON EXPO endorsed by

ICPI Annual Meeting
February 11-14, 2018