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Allen Face

Allen is the world’s foremost authority on floor profile specification and measurement.

He is a graduate naval architect and marine engineer (Webb Institute of Naval Architecture), but after 5 years at Newport News Shipbuilding and J.J. McMullen Associates, he joined his father’s concrete floor coating and topping business in 1975. In 1977 they co-founded the Edward W Face Co., and the father/son team soon developed the Face Floor Profilographand Superflat Concrete Floor. In 1979 Allen invented the F-min System, and in 1983, the FF/FL System. Many projects, inventions, awards, publications and decades later, he was awarded an honorary membership in the American Concrete Institute (their highest honor) and is now also considereda leading authorityon the design and construction of concrete slabs-on-grade.

Education

Webb Institute of Naval Architecture
B.S. in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
Glen Cove, New York (1970)

1970-1974

Newport News Shipbuilding & Dry Dock CompanyNewport News, Virginia

1970-1972Staff Supervisor, Steel Hull Division

1972-1974General Foreman, Steel Fabrication Department

1974-1975

John J. McMullen AssociatesNew York City
Project Manager - Santa Ana Shipyards Program

1975-1979

Tidewater Flooring Systems, Inc.Norfolk, Virginia
Partner / Vice President

Directed field operations for family business specializing in the installation of polymeric concrete floor coatings and toppings

1979-1992

The Face Companies, Inc.Norfolk, Virginia
Cofounder and Principal

Directed international firm specializing in flat and superflat concrete floor technology.
The Edward W. Face Company provides design consultation, contractor training, and on-site quality control services for close-tolerance concrete floor installations.
Face Construction Technologies manufacturers and markets sophisticated electronic surface profiling equipment and related software. FCT also conducts a national seminar program on state-of-the-art concrete floor design and construction. Flatcon, Inc. manufactures heavy precision concrete grinding equipment and provides superflat floor remedial services.

1992-

Allen Face & AssociatesNewport News, Virginia ('92-'99) / Wilmington, North Carolina ('99- )
Founder and Principal

As the author of the F-Number System, inventor of the Dipstick®, F-Meter®, D-Meter®, and a principal inventor of superflat floor technology, Allen Face is a leading authority on the design and construction of concrete slabs-on-grade, and is considered the world's pre-eminent authority on floor profile specification and control. AF&A offers a full range of related consultation services including design and specification assistance, contractor training, forensic analysis, expert witness testimony, and the presentation of both public and in-house educational seminars.

1992-

Allen Face & Associates, L.C.Newport News, Virginia ('92-'99) / Wilmington, North Carolina ('99- )
Founder and Principal

As the author of the F-Number System, inventor of the Dipstick®, F-Meter®, D-Meter®, and a principal inventor of superflat floor technology, Allen Face is a leading authority on the design and construction of concrete slabs-on-grade, and is considered the world's pre-eminent authority on floor profile specification and control. AF&A offers a full range of related consultation services including design and specification assistance, contractor training, forensic analysis, expert witness testimony, and the presentation of both public and in-house educational seminars.

1992-

Allen Face & Company, L.C.Newport News, Virginia ('92-'99) / Wilmington, North Carolina ('99- )
Founder and Principal

AF&Co manufactures and markets the F-Meter® - a sophisticated, yet extremely fast and easy-to-operate downloading rolling profiler - and the D-Meter® - an inexpensive, yet highly reliable and easy-to-operate downloading walking profiler.

2003-

Laser Strike, L.L.C.Wilmington, North Carolina ('04- )
Founder and Principal

Laser Strike manufactures and markets the Screed Rail wet screed replacement system. Screed Rail is a fast in-and-out grade form that routinely produces FF-35/FL-25 at the speed and cost of wet screeding.

Inventions
  • 1976 - Face Differential Floor Profileograph
  • 1979 - Face Floor Profile Numbering System*
  • 1982 - Dipstick® Floor Profiler
  • 1989 - JointSaver Permanent Joint Repair System
  • 1993 - F-Meter® Rolling F-number Tester
  • 1996 - Slab Sentinel System for Monitoring In-Situ Slab Shrinkage & Curling
  • 1998 - JointLiner Permanent Early-Age Joint Filling System
  • 1999 - F-Meter® (Speed-Insensitive, Downloading, Rolling Profiler)
  • 2003 - D-Meter® (Easy-to-use, Downloading, Walking Profiler)
  • 2005 - ScreedRail Quick Floor Forming System
Publications
  • Author of numerous magazine articles and technical reports discussing concrete floor optimization and profile control
  • Principal contributor to the current ACI-117 (Tolerances), ACI-302 (Floor Construction), and ACI-360 (Slab-on-Grade Design) documents
  • Author of ASTM Standard E-1155-87 on floor tolerance measurement
Professional Associations
  • American Concrete Institute(ACI)
    • Member: Committee 117 - Tolerances
    • Member: Committee 302 - Floor Construction
    • Member: Committee 360 Slab-on-Grade Design
  • American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM)
    • Past Chairman: E6.21.10 - Floor Profiling
    • Past Chairman: E6.21.14 - Dynamic F-Numbers
Awards
  • 1990 Construction Innovation Forum "Nova Award" for Outstanding Innovation in Floor Profile Measurement Technology
  • 1997 Lifetime Achievement Award - World of Concrete '97 (Las Vegas, NV)
  • 1997 Fellow of the American Concrete Institute
  • 2013 Honorary Member of the American Concrete Institute
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