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Mid-Year Meeting and “Applying LCCA for Fair Pavement Type Selection” Workshop

Complete Description and Online Registration  

ACPA will be hosting members and other guests for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held June 24 through 26 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago.   Also, a workshop on “Applying Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Fair Pavement Type Selection” will be held on the first day of the meeting, June 24th.

Workshop Outline

The workshop, “Applying Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Fair Pavement Type Selection”  will feature presentations by subject matter experts on the following topics:

  • How LCCA Works
  • FHWA’s LCCA Perspective
  • LCCA – A State Perspective
  • LCCA – Case Examples
  • Using Mechanistic-Empirical Design for LCCA Inputs
  • Putting LCCA into Perspective

For complete details, including speakers and topic descriptions, view the workshop agenda.

Task Force and Committee Meetings Overview
Members and industry partners will meet to work on emerging technical and market issues and to guide the Association in its future direction.  The meetings will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 24th, through morning of Wednesday, June 26th.

Tuesday, June 24

  • Legislative Issues Task Force
  • Airfield Task Force  

Wednesday, June 25

  • Strategic Board Meeting – Strategic Planning Session Budget 
  • Finance Committee – Audit Review (closed, by invitation only)
  • Jointing & Smoothness Combined Task Force Meeting
  • RCC Task Force Meeting
  • Pavement ME Task Force

Thursday, June 26

  •  Board of Directors 2nd Quarter Meeting (closed, by invitation only)

In addition to the task force meetings, receptions will be held on the evenings of June 24 and 25.   For times and other event information, check the complete description.

The Mid-Year Meeting and Workshop will be held at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, located just off the Magnificent Mile at 163 E. Walton Place, Chicago. 

New Horizons for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavements

Date:  Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Time:  Noon to 2 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 3 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 to Noon (PACIFIC)


  • Mark Snyder, Ph.D., P.E., Consultant and Past-President of the International Society of Concrete Pavements (ISCP)  
  • Peter J. Smith, P.E., Vice President of Market Development and Product Engineering, The Fort Miller Co., Inc.  

This is the fifth installment of our five-part series on jointed precast concrete pavements presented by the National Precast Concrete Association and the American Concrete Pavement Association.    

This is an important topic for agencies/owners, contractors, consultants and others with an interest in precast concrete pavements.  In this webinar, we will take a closer look at some of the ways jointed precast concrete pavement technology and products are being improved upon, as well as what potential improvements and applications are or soon will be available.

Our webinar will begin with a brief recap of parts one through four, and then, will proceed with discussions that cover these topics:


Part I.   Overview and Current Outlook

  • A quick recap of webinars 1 through 4.
  • Perfecting what we already have started (with a look at bedding methods, load transfer, grade control, and techniques for achieving correct surface geometry

Part II.   Product Improvements, Technology Enhancements

  • Improving load transfer by minimizing the structural effects of slots.
  • Making thinner panels:  Why and where we need them

Part III.   New Horizons:  Innovations in Jointed Precast Concrete Pavements.

  • New applications
    • Unbonded (or bonded) precast overlays
    • Re-movable and re-usable pavements (RUPs), including “Superpavers”
    • Instrumented pavements for toll-roads, electric taxis, and weigh-in motion stations.
    • Airport pavements (taxiway and runway applications)
    • Bus pad innovations
    • Bridge approach slabs
  •  Enabling materials and Equipment
    • Rapid-setting bedding grout
    • Removable dowels (Super-Dowels) and tie bars
    • Laser-controlled grading equipment

Special rates are available for government personnel, as well as members of the American Concrete Pavement Association and National Precast Concrete Association.   A registration code will be provided to NPCA members under separate cover.   If you are a member of NPCA, please call (800) 366-7731 for a registration code.  (You will then have to contact ACPA to register.)

To register online, please follow this link:

Registration Rates



   Government employees must contact ACPA by phone or email to receive the government discount.  Please contact: 



Associations Explore Increased Collaboration

ACPA, NRMCA, and PCA staff members met at ACPA headquarters in Rosemont on May 5 to discuss where it makes most sense to work in unison toward common goals.

ACPA President/CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., presented a basic framework for the discussion, noting that by its very definition, collaboration involves working toward a common goal.   With that, the associations agreed to explore the following:

  • Combined Annual Report of Market Metrics – The associations will determine if they can report cement and concrete market metrics jointly on a single dashboard, with each contributing data and working together to provide the necessary analysis and comparative reporting.
  • Collaborative Messaging in Promotional Literature – Beginning with literature for the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (CSHub), the associations agreed to collaborate on messaging so the pieces best represent the concrete paving industry (ACPA), the cement industry (PCA), and the ready-mixed concrete industry (NRMCA).  These materials may also be co-branded with logos and association contact information.  In general, the associations also will consider this approach for certain promotional literature and flyers that focus on concrete paving and related topics.
  • Coordinated Trade Show/Exhibit Activity – The associations will look at upcoming national or regional trade shows and exhibits attended by public officials, and determine the best strategies and messaging to reach these specifiers and influencers.  Historically, the associations and/or their regional/state affiliates have participated separately in these events, which include the AASHTO annual meeting, National Association of County Officials, and American Public Works Association.
  • Increased Committee & Task Force Participation – The associations agreed to mutual participation by staff members in the committees and task forces of the respective organizations.   The aim is to further improve communications and participation among the three industry groups.


Registration Open for ACPA Mid-Year Meeting and LCCA Workshop

Visit the event registration page for complete program details.

ACPA will be hosting members for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting from June 24-26th at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago, IL. A workshop on Tuesday, June 24th will cover the topic “Applying Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Fair Pavement Type Selection”. 


In Memoriam: James L. Oberstar (1934-2014)

Rep. Jim Oberstar (DFL-MN-08) during a visit to ACPA in 1999.

Rep. Jim Oberstar (DFL-MN-08) during a visit to ACPA in 1999.

Our deepest sympathies go to the family of James L. Oberstar, Minnesota’s longest-serving Member of Congress and former Chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure (110th and 111th Congresses).  

Jim Oberstar was a tireless, spirited, and effective transportation advocate.   We remember him for his passionate and unswerving support of safe, efficient, and long-lasting highways and bridges, as well as for his warm personality and enthusiasm.  

We recall with great admiration a story he shared about working his way through college by loading bags of cement.   Oberstar shared the story at many events where officials of the cement and concrete industries gathered.   It was a story that always brought smiles and applause.   The story was more than an amusing anecdote; it was a reminder of Oberstar’s dedication, hard work, and appreciation for the nation’s transportation infrastructure.



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