Thursday, September 29, 2011

GRADUATION - Sep 23, 2011

Concrete Technology Class 2011

Sep 20, 2011 Finishing up the class

Here are the students on one of the last days of class.  They are looking forward to taking their ACI exam and getting certified.

Nic Masters
Chris Patton (Picasso)
Steven Phalin
Thomas Clemons
Jonathan Wooten
Tyler Bell
Chris Clemmons
James Cooksey
Ross Cramer
Instructor Ben Wahl

Sep 2, 2011 Pouring Sidewalks in Lebanon

Here are a few pictures of the students working hard, tearing out and replacing concrete sidewalks in Lebanon, TN.

Park Benches in Don Fox Park

The students just installed the benches they did as a class project in a community park.  They are really excited about the projects that they designed from the ground up.   They even designed the concrete mix we designed to cast the benches.  Now the community of Lebanon will be able to use these benches in their park for years to come.  It feels good to give back to the community. 

Ross Cramer, Jonathan Wooten, Tyler Bell and Chris Clemmons.

James Cooksey, Chris Patton, Steven Phalin and Thomas Clemons
Picasso in deep thought

Monday, May 9, 2011

S Bench

This bench was designed by Jonathan Wooten and Nic Masters. The group leader was Jonathan Wooten. The formwork was done by Jonathan Wooten, Nic Masters, T.J. Kingery, and Tyler Bell. This bench was designed in four sections, each with a defined curve. Once all sections are completed the bench will form an S. After completion this bench will be placed in Don Fox Park.

Flat Bench

This bench was designed by Steven Phalin. He was the group leader on this project. The form work was done by Steven Phalin, Chris Patton, James Cooksey, and Thomas Clemons. Their bench design made the bench in multiple pieces; including legs, caps, armrests, and the bench top. It was grinded down to expose the aggregate. When the bench is finished it will be placed in Don Fox Park.

Constant Curve Bench

One of the bench projects for our class was a curved bench. The bench was made in one solid piece by the design of Chris Clemmons and Ross Cramer. The project form work was done by Ross Cramer, Thomas Clemons, Tyler Bell, and Chris Clemmons. When the time came to pour the form the entire class came together. When the bench is completed it will be placed in Don Fox Park.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The classes most recent project was forming up and spraying a fabric form GFRC sink. When using fabric as a spraying platform, the concrete takes the shape of the fabric giving the concrete a flowing look. Straying away from the conventional rough texture of concrete. This project was headed up by Ross Cramer and Tyler Bell, and Richie Roth.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Class Work in Progress

Over the past couple weeks the class has embarked on a few individual team projects from sinks to coffee table tops. Mr. Wahl inspired the class to try and be unique with their individual designs.

Concrete Decor Show 2011- Class Field Trip

The Concrete Decor Show came to Nashville, Tennessee this year and we were able to go and see the incredible things that concrete is capable of doing. The class was amazed at all the things that they saw.

Column Work

After completing chapter five in our textbook, the class decided to construct a column. The design was as close as the class could make it to a real working column. The class was split into groups to complete seperate tasks. One group was put in charge of formwork, another was for the mix design, and the last was for reinforcement. The column turned out well and is still a work in progress for further goals.

Slump Cone Contest

In Preporation for the ACI test Mr. Wahl wanted the class to practice doing the slump test. He matched students against each other to see how fast the test could be done back to back until the entire class finished the test. During the ACI test you are given two and a half minutes to complete the slump test, everyone in the class mastered the test with time to spare. The class would like to thank the special guest procter, David Brady.