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Mid-Atlantic Chapter Honors Jim Tanner

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter has named Jim Tanner as an Honorary Life Member. Jim was recognized for outstanding and distinguished service to the concrete pavement industry through 24 years of active membership in the (former) Northeast Chapter and the current Mid-Atlantic Chapter. 

His service and support of the concrete pavement industry also included eight years as chapter Chairman of the Board.  The special recognition was presented late last month by ACPA Mid-Atlantic Chairman Tom Madden of Atlantic Contracting & Material Co, Inc. (an ACPA member).

Photocaption:  Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chairman Tom Madden (right) congratulates Jim Tanner (center) as Chapter President Ray Seipp looks on. 

 

Chapter Events Set the Gold Standard – Wisconsin

In this week’s continuing coverage of Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association’s (WCPA’s) annual concrete pavement conference, which was held in February.  The workshop was attended by 304 people and included a full day of presentations, as well as the Chapter’s annual pavement awards program. Here are some additional details:

The theme of the conference this year was “Moving Forward with Concrete” and WCPA President Kevin McMullen says the goal was to get the state of the art before the audience of more than 300 participants. 

Just a few examples from the very robust program included presentations on performance engineered mixtures (by Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center); “Concrete is COOL and They are Our Future, Too!” (by Dr. Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University); a presentation on important things to know about steel in concrete pavements (by Dr. Mark Snyder of Pavement Engineering & Research Consultants); research results on joint sawing practices and their effects on pavement durability (by Dr. Jim Crovetti, Marquette University), and a presentation on how to comply with OSHA’s silica rules (by Chad Stuart of Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann). These were just a few of the presentations, which also included presentations by Jackie Spoor of the WCPA; she presented on the importance of quality control. 

The Wisconsin DOT (WisDOT), the concrete pavement industry, and academia were all well represented at the conference.  Following Kevin’s opening remarks, the Hon. Craig Thompson, who was appointed as WisDOT Transportation Secretary in January, presented newly-elected Governor Tony Evers’ vision of transportation. Kevin says paving experts from the WisDOT Central Office also participated.  The group included Barry Paye, Chief Materials & Pavement Engineer; Jim Parry, Quality Assurance Engineer; Chad Hayes, Concrete Engineer; Russ Frank, Aggregate & Laboratory Engineer; and Peter Kemp, Pavement Engineering Supervisor.  Jerry Voigt from ACPA presented on ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative and provided an overview of current and planned programs and plans.  Eric Ferrebee provided ‘back to basics’ instruction on joint layout & design and also co-presented with Kevin on the challenges and solutions to municipal concrete pavement design, which included example problems that worked through PavementDesigner.org.

Although the full list of presentations is too long to present in this story, we encourage you to take a look at the complete list of 20 presentations made during the main program and breakout sessions (with concurrent construction and design/research tracks).  The presentations are all posted on WCPA’s website. Click here to view the presentations and program.

Kevin reports that over the past 24 years, he’s seen a considerable increase in the conference participation among consulting engineers. He added that although local government agencies have curbed some local travel, he has organized the program to accommodate those who can only participate for a limited amount of time.  He also emphasized the quality of the presentations has helped increase participation. 

Other highlights of the program included a tailgate dinner, scholarship recognition, and an exhibitor showcase, followed by a hospitality & networking event. 

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Photocaption:  WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson presenting the Governor’s Vision of Transportation.

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Pennsylvania Concrete Conferences Online

Did you miss the 21st annual Pennsylvania Concrete Conference in February?  If so, you can view the recorded presentations from the two-day conference, held on Feb. 20 and 21.   

John Becker kicked off the two-day event, which featured presenters from FHWA, PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Authority, the concrete pavement industry, the CP Tech Center, and the University of Pittsburgh. ACPA Chairman Jim Mack presented on Asset Management and the role of “mix of fixes.” 

From ACPA, Jerry Voigt discussed ACPA’s ConcreteCOMPETES and VISION2040 initiatives; Gary Mitchell presented on airport pavement specifications, and Eric Ferrebee presented on PavementDesigner.org. From the IGGA/ACPA Pavement Preservation Partnership, Larry Scofield provided an overview and update on the SPS-2 program.  These were just a few of the presentations in the ‘all-star’ line-up for this popular conference. 

Click here to select and view the 21 presentations from the 2019 conferencee and here to view video presentations from past events, dating back to 2011. 

ACPA Supports Interstate Renewal Plan

The ACPA Board of Directors approved a resolution in support of the recently released consensus report titled, “Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future.”  

The report and plan within were the result of language in the FAST Act, which called for the Transportation Research Board (TRB) to conduct a study on the actions needed to upgrade and restore the Interstate and Defense Highway System. 

From the study, an action plan was developed that includes 10 key recommendations to Congress, including innovative concepts and actionable measures that are favorable to state transportation agencies, taxpayers, highway users, and the transportation-construction industry.

One of the key points of the study suggests current spending levels are much too low, and that $45 to $70 billion are needed annually over the next 20 years to undertake the long-deferred rebuilding of pavements and bridges, as well as to accommodate and manage growing user demand. This figure applies to Interstate highways only and not the full Federal-aid highway system or other highways.  

The plan is seen as especially credible and valuable because of TRB’s world-class reputation in transportation research.  TRB is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, which provides independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation and conducts other activities to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions. The oversight committee also adds credibility because it was led by 14 prominent professionals representing the public and private sectors and academia, including the Honorable Norman Mineta (former U.S Representative and Secretary of Transportation).

ACPA is hopeful that this well-crafted plan (in whole or in part) will inform the next transportation reauthorization legislation. Click here to see the ACPA resolution in support of this plan.

Plan Now for Our Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to make plans to attend the Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held at the Hyatt Place Charleston/Historic District in Charleston, SC, from June 11 through 12.*  

The website currently allows site visitors to reserve hotel rooms at the special ACPA rate.  ACPA also confirmed two social events: a reception at the Pour Taproom on the rooftop of the Hyatt (Tues., June 11), and a special reception at The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon (Wed. June 12). 

 Agendas, event registration details and other information will be added soon and will be announced in ACPA TODAY and by blast email.

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. 

This year’s meeting will include committee and task force meetings, as well as tech transfer opportunities, networking, and social activities.  In addition to being a good forum for members to discuss timely issues and share in peer exchanges, the Mid-Year Meeting  allows attendees to learn about and participate in current ACPA programs and activities.  The meeting also represents one of the first steps in our annual planning process for the following year.  

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

 

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