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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Laguna Cliffs Marriott
Dana Point, California

Certification Committee

Jack Sondergard reported that the committee reviewed the final draft of the CSDA Company Certification Program application and it is now finalized. Glenn Purdue, CSDA legal counsel, will serve as interim program administrator, and the application will be sent out to all current certified companies. The application will also be sent to three non-certified companies who are serving on the committee and will help to test out the new application as companies applying for certification for the first time. The committee will continue to search for a full-time long term program administrator.


Convention Committee

Kevin Baron presented the committee report. Prior to the Board meeting, Erin O’Brien presented an overview of the five properties sited for the 2018 Convention & Tech Fair. The five properties were: on the Big Island, Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Hilton Waikoloa Village Resort & Spa, on Maui the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa and on Oahu, Turtle Bay Resort and the Four Season Ko Olina. The Board narrowed down the list to two properties which are the Mauna Lani Bay Hotel & Bungalows and the Grand Wailea. Contracts will be requested from both properties and negotiations will begin. Assuming that a suitable contract can be negotiated CSDA will return to Hawaii in 2018. 

Registration for the 2017 Convention & Tech Fair in Puerto Rico is open online. The convention brochure was recently mailed out and all convention information is also available on the convention website. Information on the website includes: hotel information and reservation link, agenda, keynote speaker information, workshops, presentation, networking functions, optional activities, golf tournament and travel information and discounts.



Election Committee

Doug Walker presented the committee report. The slate for the 2017 Officers and Board of Directors is finalized and election ballots will be sent out shortly by the CSDA office. The committee will now require future Board and Officer nominees to apply for the positions instead of being automatically slated by the committee. Information on this new application process will be distributed to the membership. The current slate for the Board includes: Dan Dennison (Diamond Tools Technology), Mark DeSchepper (Construction Solutions), Jami Harmon (GSSI), Jessica Ledger-Kalen (Royale Concrete), Mike Orzechowski (DITEQ Corp.) and Doug Walker (Concrete Cutting Consulting). The slate of Officers includes: Jack Sondergard, President (Central Concrete Cutting), Matthew Finnigan, Vice-President (National Concrete Cutting) and Dan Foley, Secretary/Treasurer (Cobra Concrete Cutting). 

GPR Imaging Committee

Mark DeSchepper presented the committee report. The certification test for the GPR class at the World of Concrete is almost finalized and will be submitted to CSDA staff for production by mid-December. The presentation/manual for the class is also almost completed and will be finalized at the same time.

Manufacturer Committee

Greg Lipscomb reported that several manufacturers have volunteered to donate slab time to the Diamond Cutting: Sharpen Your Skills class at the World of Concrete. The committee thanked Merit Engineering, Pullman-Ermator and Western Saw for donating items to the World of Concrete raffle, which will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 2:00 PM. Winners must be present to win and the donating manufacturer will receive the contact info for all entrants for their prize.

The Manufacturers’ Night will resume in 2017 at the annual convention on Friday, March 17 at 6:00 PM. The event will be a casual beach dinner and all manufacturers are encouraged to help sponsor the event.

An equipment lottery for the Operator Certification courses will be held at the March meeting.


Marketing Committee

Jami Harmon presented the committee report. The committee has asked for any member to submit a form to the committee if there is an event that CSDA would benefit from sponsoring, exhibiting at or attending. This will help the committee keep track of marketing costs and which events CSDA should support.

The committee reviewed a draft of the Market Development Program that included elements like the responsibilities of the position, financial compensation and job description. The committee also decided to continue to be a member of AIA for 2017 and pay dues of approximately $800 to continue CSDA’s support of AIA continuing education programs.


Membership Committee

Ty Conner presented the committee report. Membership is on the rise, and Conner reminded the Board to continue to follow up with new members, prospects and resigned members to encourage them to join, re-join or remain members of CSDA.

Next Generation Committee

Kellie Vazquez presented the committee report. The Next Generation World of Concrete reception will remain at the same day, time and location. The committee will be ordering Next Gen shirts for members at the World of Concrete – the shirt will have both the CSDA logo and the Next Gen logo. Vazquez will be working on the short videos on member-selected topics to be posted on the CSDA website.

A sub-committee was formed to work on a program to promote concrete cutting as a viable and attractive career. A plan will be drafted to develop local community outreach programs.


Polishing Committee

Doug Walker presented the committee report. A sub-committee has been working on updating the Concrete Polishing course manual and plans to have it ready to go by the 2018 World of Concrete. The manual and syllabus for the upcoming Concrete Polishing class in January will remain the same.

Prof. Chris Brown of Worcester Polytechnic Institute continues to work on the CSDA-ST-115 Standard and will be updating the committee soon with a proposed budget and revisions.


Safety Committee

Matthew Finnigan reported that the committee is working on developing new TSTs in relation to the new electrical cord Best Practice. Other new TSTs will cover wedges and respirators. The committee is continuing to monitor and focus on the OSHA silica ruling. A presentation at the annual convention is planned to update members on the committee’s efforts and the status of the ruling, as well as what contractors can expect.

The Safety Manual section on silica will be updated. Hilti has offered to conduct webinars on silica and dates for these webinars will be distributed to members. The committee plans to produce a CSDA webinar on the silica ruling and its effects after the convention.

The Hand Sawing video that is being updated will include mention of the new silica rule so it will not be outdated as soon as the new rule becomes effective.


Standards & Specifications Committee

Mike Orzechowski presented the committee report. The CSDA Tolerances document continues to be updated. The committee would like contractors to use the current document to see if the tolerances are realistic, yet stringent enough. IACDS is working with the committee to update their tolerance document as well.

The continuous tubing standard draft continues to be worked on and manufacturer input was added.

IACDS is working on a mechanical anchor document and asked for CSDA’s input and help. 


Training Committee

Dan Foley presented the committee report. The committee is trying to expand the number of manufacturers who host 101 training, and ICS has offered to host in October 2017. Western Saw also volunteered their facility and Foley will reach out to other manufacturers to gauge interest.

The committee wants to research how to get larger contractor companies involved in CSDA training. Foley will be making phone calls to some of these companies and report his findings back to the committee.

The search for additional instructors for CSDA courses continues.



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