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Dave Flax
The Euclid Chemical Company
Gilbert, AZ
858-405-0356
dflax@euclidchemical.com
Speaker Fee:
Overall Evaluation: N/A 
Biography: Dave Flax of The Euclid Chemical Company has a Civil Engineering Degree from RPI and over 35 years experience as a field engineer, a contractor, and a researcher with the Corps of Engineers. He has earned his CDT and CCPR from CSI. He has specialized in concrete and has had dozens of articles published. He was awarded the Extra Yard Award by the SCCP for his 30+ years of service to the concrete industry. He is on a number of national organization committees including the “Guide Specifications Committee". He has spoken on this topic and others at The World of Concrete.
Speaker Specialties:
  • Building Envelope
  • Construction Contracting
  • Preservation and Restoration
  • Specifications Writing
Sessions:
  • CSI Webinar - Decorative and Polished Concrete 5/7/13
    Date: 05/07/2013
    Session Evaluation: N/A 

    Session Description:

    CSI Webinar:
    Decorative and Polished Concrete

    Speaker:
    Dave Flax
    More and more buildings are being designed with exposed concrete floors as owners are opting for the durability, the versatility, the cleanibility, and the beauty of concrete. This presentation will cover the decorative options including integral color, acid stain, water based stain, dyes, stamped concrete, sprayed systems, form liners, and many different polishing options. It will cover how almost all of these options can be easily done on rehabilitation work, not just new construction. It will focus on the methods to select the system that is right for your project. We will focus on the methods to select the system that is right for your owner.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn the variety of decorative options available and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
    2. Learn the options available for polishing concrete and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
    3. Understand why water and water vapor do not present much of a problem.
    4. Learn how these systems can be done easily on rehabilitation jobs.
    Credit: 1.5 PDHs; 1.5 AIA LUs

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  • CSI Webinar - Abrasion and Impact Resistant Floors 3/5/13
    Date: 03/05/2013
    Session Evaluation: N/A 

  • CSI Webinar - Repair of Construction Defects: Every Project Has Them (2/21/13)
    Date: 02/21/2013
    Session Evaluation: N/A 

    Session Description:

    CSI Webinar:
    Repair of Construction Defects - Every Project has Them

    Speaker:
    Dave Flax

    There are construction defects on almost every job unless it is a very small job or unless the Owner is extremely fortunate. The list of likely defects includes cracks, spalls, rock pockets, delaminations, chips, gouges, rained on slabs, uneven slabs, etc, etc. On a typical job the repairs may have to be done to slabs, or vertically, or overhead. This presentation will discuss identifying the defects, repair methods, repair material selection, surface preparation, bonding, curing, etc. In some cases it will be important for the repairs to be aesthetic as well as functional and we will cover how to accomplish that.

    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand how to repair cracks and spalls.
    2. Explain what to do if the entire surface is bad.
    3. Understand how to select the proper materials and methods.
    4. Explain the importance of specifying repair materials and methods in new specifications, rather than waiting for the problem and then reacting.
    Credit: 1.0 PDHs; 1.0 AIA CEHs

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  • CSI Webinar- Clear, Concise, Correct, Complete: Why a Specification Review is Important (12/13/12)
    Date: 12/13/2012
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    Session Description:

    CSI Webinar:
    CSI Webinar - Clear, Concise, Correct, Complete: Why a Specification Review is Important

    Speaker:
    Dave Flax, CDT

    Hopefully, we all know about the 4 Cs. They are our guiding principles for writing specifications. Clear. Concise. Correct. Complete. As specifications are allowed to become older without being reviewed and updated they invariably move away from these four guiding principles. There are many new things that need to be in your specifications. We will focus on concrete related specifications, but the principles are the same. To be more CLEAR we need to add things like CSP Numbers and Dipsticks. To be more CONCISE we need to look at the means of specifying and the language. To be more CORRECT we need to look at code references and processes. To be more COMPLETE we need to look at the wide range of available new products and systems. Like self consolidating concrete, plate dowels, shrinkage reducing admixtures, and the microwave test (which is the only way to know the actual w/c of your concrete). We will discuss how easy it is for you to have someone review your specification for you.

    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand and explain the importance of specification review.
    2. Examine the guiding principles of our specifications and importance of being, clear, concise, correct and complete.
    3. Identify some of the new processes, products, and tests that need to be in your specifications.
    4. Explain the importance of understanding new products and systems.
    Credit: 1.0 AIA CEHs, 1.0 PDHs

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    Train your entire team with one registration fee—participants are charged per site/telephone connection—not per person. Space is limited and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.

    All Registrations must be received 24 hours prior to the webinar. Cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to the event are subject to a $25 cancellation fee.

  • CSI Webinar - Abrasion and Impact Resistant Floors
    Date: 01/01/2012
    Session Evaluation: N/A 

    Session Description:
    There are many obvious projects where increasing the abrasion resistance of the slab is important such as distribution centers/warehouses, maintenance facilities, and retail with heavy traffic. There are many other projects that require increased impact resistance as well such as manufacturing, loading docks, tracked vehicle maintenance bays, mining, and solid waste transfer stations. It is easy to achieve between 2 and 8 times the abrasion resistance of plain concrete using dry shake surface hardeners. In the same time it takes to wear away just 1/16" of concrete with 8 times the abrasion resistance, 1/2" of regular concrete would have worn away. And the regular concrete would probably have required repair at least once. Dry shake surface hardeners come in a variety of colors including white/light reflective making them a functional and aesthetic choice. For instance, many airplane hangers use light reflective dry shakes to both increase the abrasion resistance and to provide more reflected light under the planes where they will be performing maintenance. Dry shake surface hardeners increase impact resistance a bit, but if there will be a lot of high impact the proper choice will be a topping system. These systems contain iron aggregate to make them extremely durable. We will cover how to select and how to specify the proper dry shake surface hardener or topping system to achieve all of these benefits.

    Learning Objectives

    1. Learn where abrasion and impact resistant floors are required.
    2. Learn how do achieve abrasion and impact resistant floors.
    3. Learn how these systems can be green and save on energy costs.
    4. Learn how these systems can be aesthetic.
    5. Learn how to select and specify the proper dry shake surface hardener system that can provide up to 8 times the abrasion resistance of plain concrete.
    6. Learn how to select and specify the proper topping system that can dramatically improve the impact and point load resistance of plain concrete.


  • CSI Webinar - Concrete With Little or No Shrinkage, Cracking and Curling
    Date:
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  • CSI Webinar: Decorative and Polished Concrete
    Date:
    Session Evaluation: N/A