James Instruments Scholarship Awarded at the 2014 ACI Spring Convention

James Instruments Award Winner

Presentation of James Instruments Inc. award to Jordon Nelson. Pictured (from left to right) Nate Rende WJE, Nate Rende Lynde and Ferraro Engineering and Professor Chris Ferraro Ph. D.

Chicago, IL, USA April 16th , 2014, James Instruments Inc. manufacturer of the world's most advanced Non Destructive Test Equipment for construction materials presented The James Instruments Inc. - ACI Scholarship at the ACI spring convention March 23rd, 2014. James Instruments Inc has exhibited at the ACI conventions since 1999. The company has found the convention an exciting place to meet with customers, present the latest technology and learn about the latest developments in the industry.

The ACI-James Instruments Inc. student award was presented at the ACI spring convention for research on NDT of concrete. James Instruments Inc President, Michael Hoag had the honor to present the 2014 award to Jordan Nelson for his research. His research paper was chosen as the best of 10 entries by a panel of experienced NDT professional.

The American Concrete Institute (ACI) is a nonprofit technical and educational society organized in 1904 and is one of the world's leading authorities on concrete technology. ACI is a forum for the discussion of all matters related to concrete and the development of solutions to problems. ACI conducts this forum through conventions and meetings; the ACI Structural Journal , the ACI Materials Journal , Concrete International , and technical publications; chapter activities; and technical committee work. As its chartered objective states, its purpose is "to provide a comradeship in finding the best ways to do concrete work of all kinds and in spreading that knowledge."

James Instruments specalises in Non-Destructive testing equipment for concrete and other construction materials. Central to the improvement of the concrete infrastructure are tools that evaluate the condition of existing construction. Destructive and non-destructive testing (NDT) techniques are applied. Destructive tests can provide direct information, but are relatively expensive, time-consuming and cause damage to the structure. Destructive test results often cannot be evaluated using statistical approaches because the number of locations in the structure that can be tested without damage to the structure is limited. On the other hand, NDT techniques are relatively inexpensive to apply, and they can detect, localize, and characterize flaws and damage in concrete structures without leaving any undesirable discontinuities or causing damage to concrete members .