The SSI Team


Rick Smith

President / Senior Consultant - Principal


115 Park Place Boulevard, Suite 300
Waxahachie, TX 75165
PHONE: 214.522.6438
FAX: 214.522.6796
 

Rick Smith

 

Rick Smith is President and a Senior Consultant with SSI. Rick graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management Technology. He has over 27 years experience in the design, construction, and evaluation of high performance concrete floors and pavements. As Engineering Services Manager for a leading steel and polymer fiber manufacturer, Smith focused on the advancement of fiber reinforced concrete in numerous applications including industrial floor slabs, bonded and un-bonded overlays, suspended slab construction, pavements, bridge deck overlays, impact and blast resistant concrete, fiber reinforced shotcrete for tunnels, rock and ground support, precast products and various other fiber applications. During his tenure in the fiber business, Rick was in charge of multiple R & D programs at many of the top Concrete Research Universities and Independent Test Laboratories in the World.

Rick joined Structural Services Incorporated (SSI) on April 1, 2000. In his role with SSI, Rick performs plan and specification reviews, mixture design reviews, conducts preslab meetings and floor condition surveys to evaluate our clients most important asset; the floor. He evaluates millions of square feet of industrial floors each year throughout North and South America & Asia. Rick is an expert in the use of floor surface measuring devices to evaluate curling and load transfer at joints, impact echo to assess slab thickness, abrasion rigs to evaluate the durability of the wearing surface, gloss and distinctness of image meters to measure sheen and clarity of polished concrete surfaces, internal and external relative humidity, dew point, ambient and surface temperature instruments to measure and diagnose moisture related issues in conditioned and unconditioned buildings. Rick is considered to be an expert in the construction, maintenance and repair of industrial slabs, sweating slab syndrome, integral colored slabs, ground, dyed, and polished concrete floor systems. Structural Services is actively involved in more than 100,000,000-SF of floor slabs annually.

Mr. Smith is proficient in several computer modeling programs, such as SAFE, a finite element program to evaluate the stresses in slabs on ground, AIRPAVE HIPERPAV, to evaluate the effect of concrete mixture materials and the environment on cracking, and many other slab thickness and concrete material software programs.

Rick is a member of ACI Committees 360 (Design of Slabs on Ground) and 302 (Guide for Concrete Floor and Slab Construction). He is a Certified Moisture Technician by the International Concrete Repair Institute (ICRI). Mr. Smith has provided thickness analysis, mix design, specifications, technical papers, educational seminars and domestic and international on-site consulting for a wide range of commercial, industrial and civil projects on five continents. Rick is published in Concrete Construction, Concrete International and several International concrete and shotcrete symposiums. He is a regular speaker at the World of Concrete and the ACI Continuing Education Program, where he has prepared and delivered over 150 educational seminars in the past 15 years.

Mr. Smith is a member of the American Concrete Institute, American Concrete Pavement Association, International Concrete Repair Institute and the American Society for Testing and Materials. Rick was named one of the Top Five Most Influential People by Concrete Construction Magazine in 2008. He was elected President of Structural Services Incorporated by his distinguished Partners in 2013.