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Minnich Manufacturing Announces Special Drawing

Minnich Manufacturing* has announced a special drawing open to contractors. The person whose name is drawn will receive a Stinger electric flex-shaft concrete vibrator.  The drawing runs from March 26 through April 23, 2019, and is open to contractors over the age of 18 living in the United States. Each participant is allowed one entry and no purchase is necessary to enter or win.

The Stinger was formally introduced at World of Concrete in January. The concrete vibrator features a 14.5-lb., double-insulated universal motor that can drive the full line of Minnich vibrator shafts and heads from 0.75 in. to 2.50 in. 

Available in a 15-amp (115-volt) version, it offers a speed range of 11,000 to 13,000 vibrations per minute to meet today’s concrete placement challenges. The unit comes standard with a quick disconnect that adapts to the vibrator shafts and heads of many other manufacturers. The Stinger also provides quiet operation, which meets OSHA’s A 29 CFR 1910.95 standards. Its double-insulated motor also runs safely when grounded systems are compromised.

“We are excited to give concrete contractors a chance to own the Stinger and increase productivity on the job site,” says Rob Minnich, President/CMO for Minnich Manufacturing. “As a lightweight, durable and versatile flex-shaft concrete vibrator, the Stinger offers many user-friendly features to benefit today’s contractors.”

To enter online, visit www.minnich-mfg.com/forms/stinger-giveaway. To enter via mail, contractors must hand-print their first and last name, street address, city, state, ZIP code, daytime phone number and email on a postcard, which should be mailed to: Minnich Manufacturing, Inc., Attn: Sweepstakes Entry, 1444 State Route 42, Mansfield, OH 44903. The winner will be drawn and announced on April 26 on Minnich’s social media channels.  To see the Stinger in action, click here

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* An ACPA member.

 

Symposium to Focus on Life Cycle Assessment

The International Symposium on Pavement, Roadway, and Bridge Life Cycle Assessment will be held in Sacramento, CA, on June 3 through 6, 2020. The event will be held downtown Sacramento next to the California State Capitol. 

The symposium sponsors are accepting abstracts through May 1, 2019. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. To submit an abstract, please visit https://easychair.org/conferences/?conf=lca2020. First-time visitors should click “create an account” to get started. 

The LCA2020 Instructions for Authors provides step-by-step directions for submitting abstracts. The sponsors advise that it is only necessary to indicate the first author with the submission of your abstract. Additional authors and other changes may be made through the website later. Click here for more information about the symposium.

Reminder: Reserve Hotel Rooms for ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to register for hotel rooms for our upcoming Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District in Charleston, SC, from June 11 through 12.* 

ACPA encourages guests to book their hotel rooms as soon as possible using our meeting website.  Early registration locks in the special rate and helps avoid the inconvenience of booking at a different hotel if the Hyatt Place sells out.

ACPA staff members are currently working on agendas, which along with other details, will be added to the meeting website soon. 

The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting has become increasingly popular and well attended in the past few years. Since 2017, ACPA Mid-Year Meetings have been moved to different venues (most recently Pittsburgh and Denver).  This new approach has been very popular and has offered plenty of area attractions and activities for meeting attendees.  

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* The event also includes the invitation-only ACPA Board of Directors meeting, which is scheduled for June 13.

 

ACPA Appears on ConstructechTV

As part our ongoing media relations program, Leif Wathne appeared on Constructech TV with podcast host Peggy Smedley.  The interview with Leif begins at the 26:49 mark of the program. His comments are part of Episode 45, “Emerging Tech Drives Infrastructures.”  

The interview focuses on ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative, which Leif described as beginning with a blue-ribbon panel thinking about the future,  establishing a vision, contemplating the future, and trying “to see how new technologies will be woven into the fabric of our highway infrastructure.”

He described how land will become more valuable in the future and will require concrete pavement to serve more purposes than carrying traffic or parked vehicles.  He pointed to innovations such as stormwater management and conducting electricity as likely innovations that will be incorporated into concrete pavements.

“In moving forward, I think it’s ultimately industry’s responsibility to innovate and the agencies’ responsibility to implement those innovations,” he says. “To fully marshal that innovation and cost competitiveness, the highway agencies have to actively facilitate healthy and spirited competition between industries involved in the production of paving materials.”

In related news, ACPA congratulates Peggy on being named the recipient of ASCE’s Excellence in Journalism Award.  In addition to her role as President/Editorial Director of Specialty Publishing Media (publisher of Constructech Magazine), she is also widely known in both print and digital media, including podcasting. 

Highlights of the CP Road Map

The latest news about the long-term plan for the Concrete Pavement Research and Technology, also called the CP Road Map, includes some excellent updates.  Here are two that caught our attention:

  • The publication of a research report called, “Reliable Early Opening Strength for Concrete Pavements and Patch Work,” which presents results of study by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center.  The research evaluated jointed plain concrete pavement performance in relation to dowel bar alignment using the new MIT-SCAN2-BT technology.
  • The CP Tech Center has published a comprehensive report called “Technology Transfer of Concrete Pavement Technologies,” which summarizes the accomplishments asssociated with the cooperative agreement between the center and the FHWA over the past five years. The goal of this project was to help bring the latest concrete pavement innovations, knowledge, and technologies to state transportation agencies in support of the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT)* program goals.  The cooperative agreement was a direct result of ACPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, which not only led to the vision and direction of AID-PT, as well as benefits to the concrete pavement community.

These and other reports may be found in the current issue of CP Road Map E-News, produced by Dale Harrington and Sabrina Shields-Cook. 

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* AID-PT was the result of a legislative provision championed by ACPA and included in both the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21) and more recently, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law in December 2015. AID-PT created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries. Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including other contracts and cooperative agreements with CP Tech Center, an ACPA Technology Partner.

 

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