Doug Walker presented the committee report. There are no new certified companies since the last meeting.
The committee will work with O’Brien International on a marketing plan to help to drive interest in the program and to get more companies certified.
Erin O’Brien presented the committee report for Kevin Baron. Following a positive response from the Bermuda convention survey, the committee has decided to move forward with holding the 2021 Convention & Tech Fair in Bermuda. The COVID-19 and economic situation will be continuously monitored, and CSDA will decide to hold the event as planned, reschedule or cancel by February 1, 2021. If CSDA cancels the convention, anyone who has registered or sponsored will have the option to receive a full refund.
The 2022 Convention & Tech Fair is still planned for spring 2022 in Hawaii. More details will follow later this year.
Donna Harris presented the committee report. The deadline has passed for submissions for the 2021 Officers and Board of Directors. Seven applications were received for Board positions, and one each for the offices of Vice-President and Secretary/Treasurer. The election will be held in January 2021, ahead of the Annual Meeting.
Since the 2020 Convention was cancelled, and Tim Beckman was to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award at that event, it was decided to honor Beckman with the award at the 2021 Convention & Tech Fair in Bermuda.
GPR IMAGING COMMITTEE
Mark DeSchepper presented the committee report. The GPR Methods & Theory class is planned to be held during the World of Concrete in Las Vegas, on Thursday, June 10, 2021.
The committee continues to search for new GPR Certification instructors. A tentative GPR Certification class to be held on-site at Texas Cutting & Coring in San Antonio, TX is planned for April 8-9, 2021. More details and a course confirmation will come in late January.
Scott Brown presented the committee report. Husqvarna stated they would be willing to host a Sawing & Drilling 101 course series at their Olathe, KS training facility in the fall of 2021. The committee will plan to hold its usual fall courses if the COVID-19 situation has improved by summer. The 201 Operator Certification courses would be held again in November at St. Petersburg College in Clearwater, FL.
The 2021 Tech Fair is still planned for March 5, 2021 in Bermuda. Convention and travel plans were reviewed with all manufacturers, and CSDA asked to be kept up to date on any manufacturer plans to attend or not attend the Convention.
World of Concrete confirmed the 2021 show dates of June 8-10, 2021. CSDA will again exhibit and asked for all manufacturers to help distribute the A26 source code, as the total rebate amount will not change, so CSDA has a fantastic opportunity to receive another record rebate
from the 2021 show.
Jami Harmon presented the committee report. The committee continues to update the Diamond Advantage presentation. With just two more sections to be completed, it is available to view for anyone who would like to make additional comments or contributions.
Advertising in the December 2020 issue of Concrete Openings was strong, and the new online website options are now available for all current advertisers.
The World of Concrete 2021 tradeshow was delayed to June 8-10, 2021 in Las Vegas. CSDA’s presence at the show will remain the same, with the Concrete Openings Awards delayed for the year. CSDA will again push it’s A26 Source Code and there is an opportunity to earn another
record-breaking rebate amount, as the total rebate for co-sponsors remains the same.
The hiring of the Specifier Market Development role has been pushed back to 2022 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
David Perkins presented the committee report. The 2020 membership year ended with 34 new members and 65 resignations. The committee voted not to raise dues in 2021 to encourage members to remain and encourage growth.
The committee has re-focused on sourcing member testimonials that can be used in Concrete Openings and in various marketing materials for the association.
NEXT GENERATION COMMITTEE
Bill Fisher presented the committee report. There were over 100 submissions to the Next Gen Calendar Photo Contest, and the winners will be announced next week. The Grand Prize winner will be featured on the cover of the calendar and receive one complimentary registration to the Annual Convention, and 11 runners-up will receive a featured month in the calendar, as well as a feature in Concrete Openings magazine, extra copies sent to the company and a feature on CSDA’s social media platforms.
The planned Next Gen social bar crawl in Nashville was cancelled along with the Winter meetings, and all events are postponed until 2021. The committee will meet again on or about February 2, 2021 to decide when their next meeting will be.
Bruce Ferrell presented the committee report. The committee remains focused on providing benefits for polishing contractor members to encourage contractors to join CSDA. The committee will also continue to look at updating current standards, specifications and best practices.
Due to technical issues, Bennett Jones was unable to present the committee report. The committee continues their work on several long-term ongoing projects. These include: updating the Safety Videos for Slab/Flat Sawing, Core Drilling, Wall Sawing and Wire Sawing; the application for a Susan Harwood Grant from OSHA; renewing the OSHA Alliance; updating the trenching and excavation TST and creating a competent person policy.
STANDARDS & SPECIFICATIONS COMMITTEE
Mike Orzechowski presented the committee report. The committee approved and released CSDA-BP-005 Diamond Cutting Tools for ADA. The next project is to review and update CSDABP-011 Establishing the Workplace.
Patrick Harris presented the committee report. Work on the online Cutting Edge course continues. The course is in the final editing stage and should be completed by the end of the year.
A roundtable topic was suggested for the 2021 Convention that would cover onboarding and new hire training. Kellie Kimball and Patrick Harris volunteered to moderate this roundtable.
Husqvarna stated they would be willing to host a fall 2021 Sawing & Drilling 101 training course at their facility in Olathe, KS. A tentative GPR Certification class is planned for April 8-9, 2021 at Texas Cutting & Coring in San Antonio, TX. This class will be open to all GPR operators.
The three World of Concrete training courses will take place in June 2021 along their original date patterns: Estimating June 7-8, Concrete Polishing June 8-9 and GPR Methods & Theory June 10. Registration for the show and for the training classes will open in January or February