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AASHTO Spring Meeting Hints at Changing Roles

ACPA participated in the AASHTO Spring Meeting last week, and Leif Wathne and Scott Mueller tag-teamed to participate in the four-day meeting.

One of the key focal points of the meeting was AASHTO’s highway reauthorization priorities, with funding and program stability topping the list. 

As part of the May 20th through 23th meeting in Park City, UT, the state transportation officials also held the Council on Highways and Streets. One of the major discussions focused on the changing roles of chief engineers and other officials who must increasingly address issues that go beyond historical highway-centric issues. Examples include multimodal transportation, drones, transit issues, and the changing functions of highways (which increasingly incorporate rapidly-evolving technology and communications features).

During the AASHTO Innovation Initiative session, Tom Harman, Director of the FHWA’s Center for Innovation, presented on the culture of innovation.  As part of his presentation (developed in part with input from Dan Rozycki with the Transtec Group), Harman asked Leif Wathne to share both details and insights regarding ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative.  A one-page overview about the VISION2040 effort was shared with the meeting attendees.   
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ACPA Leads Concrete Pavement Workshop

For the third consecutive year, ACPA conducted training workshops for DOT officials and contractors in Florida.

Working closely with Amy Wedel and Roger Schmitt of the Florida Chapter-ACPA, Eric Ferrebee and Mark Snyder conducted training in Davie and Orlando, FL.

Training this year concentrated on pavement design (using AASHTOWare’s Pavement ME) and construction practices. Training last year and in 2017 focused on concrete pavement jointing.
Audience groups were comprised of just Florida DOT representatives and contractors. ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and ACPA member John Eisenhower (Guntert & Zimmerman) were also on hand to lend support. Chairman Mack also brought three industry professionals from Sweden.

The workshop also featured a panel discussion titled “From the Office to the Field – Lessons Learned from US 17.” The discussion centered on a project by Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., an ACPA member. Discussing the project were to Florida DOT officials, who were joined by an Ajax company official in Davie.

Pavement design topics included: a history and background of M-E pavement design, jointed plain concrete pavement design, sensitivity analyses for critical inputs and engineering solutions, hands on Pavement M-E training, and additional design considerations. Construction topics included best practices for constructing smooth, durable concrete pavements; troubleshooting field problems and constructability issues, and traffic management.
Photo caption: Participants discuss concrete pavement example problems (foreground) as Jim Mack and Eric Ferrebee respond to questions and comments (upper right).

Don’t Miss our Fiber-Reinforced Pavements Webinar

ACPA and the ISCP are co-presenting a webinar on Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Pavements.  The 90-minute webinar will be presented from Noon to 1:30 on Thursday. May 30. 

This two-part webinar will cover the basics of fiber-reinforced concrete pavements, beginning with an overview of fiber types, test methods, and details for construction. The second part of the webinar will present case histories on various fiber-reinforced concrete pavement projects.  The webinar will be presented by Jeff Roesler, Ph.D., P.E., University of Illinois (and President of ISCP), and Ing. Juan Pablo Covarrubias, General Manager of TCPavements (and an ISCP Director). 

This two-part webinar will cover the basics of fiber-reinforced concrete pavements, beginning with an overview of fiber types, test methods, and details for construction. The second part of the webinar will present case histories on various fiber-reinforced concrete pavement projects.  ACPA will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).   

Registration rates are discounted for ACPA members.  Click here to register online. 


AHUA CEO Announces New Role

Greg Cohen, President and CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance, last week announced his decision to step down from his current role and serve as a part-time Executive Consultant to a new President.  This change could be as early as July but may take longer, he says.

Chairman Tom Jensen, with the consultation of the Executive Committee, has taken on the responsibility of selecting a new President.  Greg expressed sincere thanks to Tom and the AHUA Executive Committee members who volunteer their time in service to the organization.

“I truly love working at the Highway Users and I believe totally in our mission and values.  I have a deep appreciation for the many friends I’ve made here, including our members, the wonderful community of transportation professionals in Washington, and my amazing staff (who feel like family),” he says, adding, “No other organization involved in transportation legislation has the credibility of the Highway Users.  That is due particularly to our mission as serving the tax-paying, motoring public and the diversity of interests in our membership.”

He also cited some of the many significant milestones and accomplishments AHUA has achieved under his leadership over the past 15 years. 

“I am particularly proud of the tremendous policy successes we achieved successively through each new highway bill (SAFETEA-LU, MAP-21 and the FAST Act).  We achieved success in reforming a federal program that had little direction to one that focuses on national priorities for road users like safety, highway freight corridors, and the performance of the National Highway System.  At the same time, we have steadily increased funding for roads, helped reduce waste and diversions, and made major progress in streamlining a slow and bureaucratic planning process.”

ACPA extends best wishes to Greg as he begins his new journey. ACPA has had a long-standing, positive and proactive relationship with AHUA, and we look forward to working with Greg and his successor moving forward. 

Deadline Approaches for ISCP Abstracts

The International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) is asking those interested in making presentations at the 12th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (12th ICCP) to submit abstracts no later than this Friday, May 31.  

Conference organizers are looking for presentations covering a wide range of subjects related to concrete pavement design, construction, testing, and rehabilitation.  Presentations reflecting the conference theme, “Making Waves with Durable, Resilient Concrete Pavements” are welcome, but not mandatory.Click here to submit an abstract on or before the May 31 deadline.

The 12th ICCP will be held August 30 through September 3, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN.  The conference continues the tradition of a series of international conferences begun in 1977 by Purdue University and now organized by ISCP.  

Conference participants typically are federal, state/provincial, and municipal/county engineers; contractors; consulting engineers, suppliers, and members of academia. 

Click here to see more information about the 12 ICCP conference, including hotel, sponsorship, workshops, and student competitions, is available at the conference website.


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