Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 251 0 2 0 1 5 A N N U A L R E P O R T N AT I O N A L C O N C R E T E M A S O N R Y A S S O C I AT I O N NCMA staff presented an introduction to the SRW Best Practices Guide to DOT officials at the Southwest Conference in May 2015. The Segmental Retaining Walls Best Practices Guide was developed throughout 2015 and released in early 2016. As project specifications may look for manufacturing plants that maintain a certain level of quality NCMA finalized the Plant Certification Program Version 1.0 which is a step-by-step process plants can follow to begin the certification process. This program certifies the process used by a plant for quality control and is a resource for those plants where local markets require certified manufacturing plants. Manufactured Stone Veneer NCMA was instrumental in getting manufactured stone veneer added to Remodeling magazines 2015 Cost vs. Value Report. According to the report manufactured stone veneer ranked second among projects with a costvalue return of 92.2. This is a valuable marketing statistic for the manufactured stone veneer industry. W E P R O M OT E Segmental Retaining Walls Providing technical and promotional material at Hardscape North America in October NCMA reached more than 1600 landscape professionals and hardscape contractorsdistributors. In addition to giving the contractors materials to promote the benefits of hardscape systems in their local markets NCMA staff conducted SRW Installer courses and cosponsored multiple demonstrations providing hands-on education. Geosynthetic Reinforced Soil Integrated Bridge System has opened a new door for NCMA members in the transportation market. NCMA worked closely with the Federal Highway Administration FHWA to support FHWAs Every Day Counts EDC initiative to use new technology using SRW units andor CMU unit facing to construct bridge abutments. NCMA continues to assist members in working with FHWA and building relationships with local DOTs in this initiative to encourage the use of this new system. NCMA Geotechnical Engineer Gabriela Mariscal and Techno-Bloc Corp.s Pete Paver Pete Baluglou educated contractors at HNA. Detail of GRS-IBS technology.