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Civil Engineers Receive Top Paper Award

September 6, 2011 — The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute selected the co-authored paper by University of Wyoming civil engineering Professor and H.T. Person Chair Charles Dolan, as their 2011 PCI Martin P. Kom award recipient. The paper, entitled "Concrete Capacity of Cazaly Hangers in Shallow Members," was published in the fall 2010 issue of PCI Journal. Co-authors include civil engineering master’s graduate Westin Joy and Donald Meinheit.

PCI selects recipients of this award based on articles that are worthy of special commendation for its merit as a contribution in design and research to the advancement of precast and prestressed concrete. The paper, based on Westin Joy's master's research, evaluates the behavior of the Cazaly hanger under vertical load and proposes an additional design requirement for the connection. The particular connection was used in the design and construction of the Westin Resort Hotel in Avon, Colorado. The connection allowed the construction of a highly complex precast concrete structure with a thin floor system during the winter months. On the best days over 7000 square feet of floor were placed.

PCI will formally recognize the award recipients at the 57th Annual PCI Convention, Salt Palace Convention Center, Sunday, October 23, 2011.


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