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The Answer to What If…?

What if you missed all our previous announcements about registering for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting? Or, what if your schedule just did not allow you to finalize your hotel and/or event registration for the meeting? In response to those questions, ACPA staff has some good news.

If you have not finalized your plans, the New Orleans Marriott has rooms available at the regular rate (as of the afternoon of Nov. 20). Hotel availability may change without notice so if you need a room, please call the Marriott at 504.581.1000 or visit their general registration website.

ACPA staff will be on-site starting Tuesday morning to assist you with event registration. To register, please stop by the ACPA Annual Meeting registration desk in the hotel’s Mardi Gras Foyer beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 3. 

Online registration is no longer available through ACPA, but to see the annual meeting program, please click hereThe meeting runs December 3 through 5.  


An Update on Performance Engineered Mixtures

Editor’s Note: This is a two-part article that provides an overview on performance engineered mixtures, and where things stand on a 5-year plan to advance this important quality initiative.  Based on a meeting in Minneapolis this week, the first part of this article provide an overview of the PEM vision.  Look for the second installment in a special issue of ACPA TODAY on Tuesday, November 26.

A performance engineered mixtures (PEM) technical advisory committee or TAC meeting this week gave stakeholders an opportunity to share updates and information on activities related to this broad quality initiative. 

Jerry Voigt represented ACPA at the meeting, whose participants also included FHWA and state transportation officials, the CP Tech Center, PCA, NRMCA and several ACPA-affiliated chapters.

The PEM vision is to develop a better way of accepting concrete for paving. This includes choosing parameters that matter more to durability, finding tools to measure them (including some new tests), choosing appropriate test limits and developing protocols for applying the tests properly in terms of purpose, consistency and repeatability. PEM is trying to improve the delivery of concrete pavements that lower the risk of premature material failures, while allowing for contractor innovation, adaptability for local conditions and an appropriate level of inspection/testing. 

Although the PEM program is focusing on mixtures, it also includes consideration of state quality programs and contractor construction practices.  At nearly halfway into the 5-year program, some important guidelines have been prepared, and a provisional standard— AASHTO PP84—has also been developed.   (To be continued in ACPA TODAY, Tues., Nov. 26.)

Photo:  Choosing appropriate test limits and developing protocols for applying tests is an essential part of the PEM initiative.  (Photo by ACPA staff.)



Barco Investment Group Acquires CTLGroup

Barco Investment Group has acquired Construction Technology Laboratories, Inc. (dba CTLGroup), formerly a PCA subsidiary. Barco also acquired the PCA campus in Skokie, according to a news release from CTLGroup.

“We are excited about the purchase of CTLGroup and the historic PCA Campus,” says Cary Cohrs, Chairman of Barco Investment Group. “Through the many talented people working at CTLGroup, we expect the company will experience strong growth and further build upon its strong reputation as an industry leader.”

“PCA and CTLGroup have been an important part of the Skokie, Illinois landscape since 1968,” says Mike Ireland, PCA President & CEO. “PCA’s offices in Skokie and Washington, DC, will continue to represent America’s cement industry, while CTLGroup will get a chance to thrive under new ownership. We’re excited about the future of both organizations.”

PCA and CTLGroup staff will continue to work at the Skokie campus in addition to offices in the Washington, DC-metro area. In addition to Illinois and DC, the CTLGroup also serves clients from Texas, Florida, and Dawlat Qatar. CTLGroup began as the research and development arm of PCA in 1987 and became a PCA subsidiary in 1986, operating as an independent engineering, research and laboratory consulting firm.

This is the Week!

Friday (November 15) is the final day for online event registration for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting. 

If you have not finalized your plans, we urge you to make final preparations. A few hotel rooms are still available at the New Orleans Marriott, so do not to miss the discounted rate of $189/night or the opportunity to complete your online event registration. Please click on the hotel reservation link or event website to complete your registrations. You also have time to sign up for  the optional golf outing and other exciting and fun-filled excursions. 

If you’re reading this after November 15, you can still register for the annual meeting in New Orleans, but please be aware the pre-meeting special rate will expire this Friday. Still, if you’re not able to regiser in advance, please stop by the ACPA registration desk to register onsite.

ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20. Our one-stop registration/information website is The meeting will be held December 3 through 5.

Workshop Emphasizes QA/QC Roles

The Southwest Concrete Pavement Association (SWCPA), an ACPA affiliate, along with the FHWA and Caltrans, presented a two-day workshop this week to provide concrete pavement QA/QC information to contractors and agency personnel. 

The “Caltrans/FHWA/Industry Workshop: Quality in the Concrete Paving Process,” detailed the benefits of a good QA/QC program and the impacts on longevity of concrete for pavements and other applications. The training emphasized the individual roles among stakeholders and how contractors and agency personnel affect quality, both personally and in a “global” project sense. 

The FHWA Mobile Concrete Technology Center (MCTC) tested concrete on two active paving projects in California and collected data prior to the workshop. The data sets were included in the workshop to further illustrate the role and importance of QA and QC. 

Experts representing the FHWA, Caltrans and the Southwest Chapter provided technical expertise and facilitated discussions and questions & answers. Scott Mueller of ACPA also participated in the workshop in support of the SWCPA. Held in McClellan (near Sacramento), the workshop concentrated on stakeholders in Northern California. 

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