Hello ACI CNY members, colleagues, and friends:
In case you have been out of the loop, here is a quick recap of our chapter’s recent activities. Our latest adventure to Victor, NY to see SAM100 the robotic mason was a huge success! We can’t thank the whole team at Construction Robotics enough for their hospitality and willingness to demonstrate their technological marvel, SAM100. We got to see SAM lay perfectly aligned bricks at a breathtaking rate, and we learned just how amazingly efficient SAM can be. You can see SAM100 in action via the website link above, but it doesn’t do justice to the awesome sight of seeing it happen live and in person! We also got a sneak peek at Construction Robotics’ powerful and innovative 3D modeling software that can accurately model each individual brick within a building wall model. SAM then uses that information to build his walls, which can be monitored in real time! This technology has so much potential…and to think this is all happening right in our own back yard!
To wrap up the evening, Mike Palmer of MCAA Upstate NY briefly addressed the group and gave a snapshot of where the new MCAA chapter was headed. Check out the MCAA website for more info. We were delighted that Mike was able to share the local MCAA chapter’s first training video on mortar. We all walked away learning something new thanks to Mike and the MCAA Upstate NY chapter!
We have another fantastic event scheduled for 11/16 focusing on increasing awareness about the dangers of silica dust at the work site. Donna Haley of the New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) will be speaking to us about how OSHA has gone so far as to issue new rules regarding appropriate exposure levels to silica. OSHA estimates that 1.85 million workers are exposed to respirable crystalline silica in their workplaces as a result of drilling, cutting, crushing, or grinding silica-containing materials such as concrete and stone. Sound scary? They also estimate that their new provisions could prevent more than 900 cases of silicosis each year once fully implemented. Take some time to get up to speed on the dangers and the new OSHA provisions, and make your well being a priority.
Hope you can make it,
John Pillar, P.E., S.E.
ACI CNY President