"For me, it's a pleasure to participate in Shea Concrete Products Technical Engineering Seminars. It's been a huge success in providing educational programs and an integral part of professional development with the added benefit of providing a collaborative environment to share ideas and concerns on topics related to the precast concrete industry."
Brian Barry (Technical Service Engineer – LafargeHolcim)
"Regarding the 2/05/2020 seminar at Shea Concrete’s Amesbury facility, Shea did a great job facilitating and generously providing the room, food and beverages throughout the day. It’s not easy to open the doors of a working manufacturing business for 85 or so guests. The speakers were all knowledgeable in their fields, and thanks to them for taking time from their work. Jim Gove is highly qualified as a soil scientist and wetland delineator. Jim covered lots of ground for USDA-SCS based soil description and keys for estimation of soil water content. Given the time allowed, this is a good overview of topics usually requiring at least a college semester supplemented by many years field experience. The presentation on FOG was engaging and informative. Mr. Lombardi’s experience is geared to large, city/regional scale wastewater collection and treatment systems, but there was enough crossover information about grease accumulation downstream of traps to readily apply intervention principles for smaller scale, onsite wastewater systems. Brian Barry is obviously a well qualified speaker on concrete manufacturing. His presentation is informative, but he stopped short, perhaps by time constraints, by truncating admixture comments at pozzolans (silica fume, fly ash, etc.) and air entrainment. I suggest giving some time for discussion of mid and high range water reducers which increase workability and still provide for low w/c ratios and reduced added job site water. Brian brings comprehensive knowledge of concrete related topics. The facility tour is quite impressive. It is fun and informative to look at on-going work and the obvious acquired efficiency of delivering high quality concrete products. Thanks again to you, Greg and other staff at Shea Precast for hosting the event."
Jack Kareckas ("Construction Inspector" with CMA Engineers, Inc. headquartered in Portsmouth, NH)
"I attended a day-long seminar at Shea Concrete Products in Amesbury, MA and was very impressed. I learned it was a 3rd generation family run business and you could tell the people there cared. The President was very much a part of the day and guided us through a plant tour after morning technical presentations. The presentations were informative and well structured, not to mention a delicious catered lunch."
Randy Burley (Tewksbury, MA DPW/Engineering Division)
“For a group of 40 +/- attendees, your facility made the time go by fast and efficiently. Introductions, speakers and morning presentations, the manufacturing plant tour with observations of precast production, lunch waiting upon returning from the tour, afternoon speakers and presentations, and wrap-up of the seminar. There was no wasted time. Well done! Presentations were connected to the precast concrete industry and the NPCA Precast Days initiative. Details in testing reminded me of performing entrained air, slump, and cylinders tests; it brought me back! I am looking forward to attending future seminars”
Mark Morrill (Retired NHDOT “District 3” District Engineer)
“Knowledge transfer is key in any industry, and the onsite wastewater industry in particular is growing and changing. Engaging in an open forum where end users are among peers and have the opportunity to speak directly with the precaster as well as see first-hand how precast concrete tanks are manufactured is invaluable. Shea Concrete Products did a fantastic job putting on a top-notch continuing education program everyone can benefit from.”
Kayla Hanson (Dir. of Technical Services – National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA)
“The seminar at Shea Concrete Products in Amesbury, MA was well run. The speakers kept to their allotted times, were very knowledgeable, and presented their topics well! The plant tour itself was very informative, interesting, and answered a few questions I had about precast concrete!”
Larry Maznek (Owner – Maznek Septic Service, LLC)
“Resiliency attributes are being brought to the forefront of modern drainage structure design. Some engineers are now recognizing what others have known all along, that precast concrete box sections provide the built-in strength and durability, hydraulic capacity, construction speed, and economy required within a truly resilient design. It was enjoyable to discuss these qualities to the Massachusetts engineers and regulators attending the 7th Shea Technical Engineering Seminar series.”
Eric A. Carleton, P.E. (Director of Codes and Standards - National Precast Concrete Association (NPCA))
“Thank you for a very informative seminar. It was one of the best that I have attended. The tour of the plant was very educational! it is nice to see that Ernie left a great business to his outstanding family and employees that have expanded on opportunities and keep looking forward to improve and educate further generations. Keep up the outstanding work.”
Barry Tisbert (SRF Excavation)
“The seminar series Shea Concrete Products offers provides a lot of value, from quality technical presentations that provide PDH’s to a behind the scene’s tour of their manufacturing facility that allows you to get up-close and personal to products being poured, stripped, and forms being prepared to accept concrete. They bring in industry experts to deliver the presentations and there is no “selling” as they focus on delivering a quality balance of technical information and practical hands-on value, so attendees can see how their products are made first-hand. Shea Concrete does not skip a beat on details as they provide a great lunch and offer all this at no cost. I recommend these seminars to anyone who is in the engineering/construction industry or who utilizes precast concrete products in any way. It’s nice to see a family owned business providing these seminar opportunities throughout the calendar year. Quality technical education can be hard to find, and Shea Concrete Products provides a great product!”
Brian Murray, P.E. (Millennium Engineering, Inc.)