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Webinar Covers Concrete Pavement Preservation

Transportation Research Board last week conducted a 90 min. webinar on preserving concrete pavements.  Larry Scofield of the IGGA/ACPA was one of three experts who provided 20 minute presentations to an audience of 425 participants.

Larry provided the diamond grinding presentation, while Prashant Ram and Kurt Smith of APTech (an ACPA member) provided presentations on partial depth repairs and joint resealing, respectively.  The presentations were followed by a 25 minute question and answer session.

PDF copies of the webinar presentations are available online. Click here to view/download them.


Photo illustrates diamond grinding in an urban setting at night. This was one of many images in Larry Scofield’s presentation.

Marketing & Communications Committee Meets

The Marketing and Communications Committee held a virtual meeting last week to discuss and gain insights into several program initiatives. Sarah Bazey (Chair) and Ernie Peterson (Co-Chair) led the meeting.

Marketing topics included the new ACPA website as well as new education collateral, including project profiles and case studies. The group also reviewed recent examples of social media campaigns and posts. Additional video projects will be reviewed for possible incorporation into our ongoing strategy.

Communication topics included approval of new editorial guidelines for ACPA’s CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS magazine. The committee approved revised guidelines to accept:

  • Articles or story leads from non-member contractor if the contribution is from an ACPA member in these categories: cement, equipment, and materials.
  • Articles or story leads from non-member contractor if the contribution is from one or more non-member contractors that are identified by national or chapter staff members as viable and active prospective members.

The group also approved a proposal to establish a task force to serve as an Editorial Advisory Panel.  

RT&I Task Forces Set Innovation Priorities

The Research Technology and Innovation (RT&I) functional committee has formed five task forces and selected their chairman to address the five highest identified innovation needs in the industry.

The five needs and the respective task force chairmen are as follows:

  1. Gordon Smith, “Develop cement-based material that is durable (20+ years of service potential) and can be paved and placed in service within hours.”
  2. Dave Sciullo, “Single-lane minimum clearance paver configured similar to a conventional asphalt paver with tractor in front of paving mold.”
  3. Paul Jaworski, “Concrete Batching.”
  4. Tyler Ley, “Real-time sensing of delivered mix properties and smoothness behind paver coupled with automated adjustment (optimization) of spreader operation, paver speed, vibration, etc. to improve pavement quality and smoothness.”
  5. Gary Fick, “Develop concrete pavement systems that will set the bar for future transportation systems (e.g., automated vehicles, dedicated truck corridors, platooned vehicles, data collection, solar power, auto-deicing, etc.).”

The next step is for each of the task forces to identify their course of action and to flesh out their needs further.  The RT&I Committee is one of five functional committees ACPA established earlier this year.

ACPA Studies Pavement Resilience

In support of our commitment to support agencies and other customers in considering pavements in disaster preparation and recovery strategies, ACPA is exploring the topic in depth.

Work has begun on the project, which involves the development of a strategy to use for outreach and communications on this important and timely topic. In addition to input from members, the research will involve evaluation of both technical and non-technical literature.

IGGA and the CP Tech Center Partner on Pavement Preservation Project

The FHWA Every Day Counts (EDC-4) Program created a Pavement Preservation “HOW” peer-exchange project dedicated to improving specifications and construction quality and ultimately, the use of pavement preservation strategies. 

The FHWA HOW program was contracted through the CP Tech Center, which enlisted the IGGA to help conduct the project. The project conducted 10 regional peer exchanges, each of which involved three to four participating states. In total, 37 states participated in the FHWA Peer exchanges. 

For each of the peer exchanges, a tech brief was prepared to document the activities and to promote the lessons learned from each event. Click here to see the FHWA Tech Briefs.

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