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Make Plans to Attend ACPA’s Annual Meeting

Our Mid-Year Meeting is still a few days away, but it’s not too early to make plans to attend ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting (AM56).   With a record number of attendees for the Mid-Year Meeting, we anticipate the response will be the same for the Annual Meeting in December.

The meeting will be held December 3 through 5 at the New Orleans Marriott, located in the heart of the ‘Big Easy.’ At this writing, the event site is set up as a ‘save the dates’ reminder only, although it also allows visitors to get an advance look at the full website, not to mention a glimpse of the vibrant area where the meeting will be held.

ACPA is continuing to develop the one-stop event website with details about the meeting, including an agenda, event registration links, and hotel registration details. For now, please visit: for a preview.   

Since 2016, ACPA annual meetings have been held in urban areas, situated near or in dining and entertainment options for all to enjoy after a day of business, tech transfer, and peer discussions. The setting for AM56 is no exception and the site of our Annual Meeting means we have a great setting for our business discussions, as well as plenty of options for guests to relax, dine out, explore and enjoy all that jazz!  

Don’t Miss ACPA’s Airport Workshop

ACPA is reminding those interested in our annual Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop to save the dates for this popular event.   

The 2019 workshop will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton in Fort Lauderdale (FL) from Oct. 22 through 24. At this writing, the workshop agenda is set  and we are awaiting confirmation on an all-star line-up of presenters and topics.  Our goal is to send out more details within a few days.  

In addition to relevant airport pavement design and construction topics, the workshop typically features open discussions about FAA’s P-501 spec and the UFGS 32 13 14.13 spec used for US Army Corps of Engineers and other Tri-Services projects.

Whether you are a first-time attendee or are returning for the latest information on airport pavement construction best practices, you won’t want to miss this popular event.  Look for updates soon in ACPA TODAY, as well as by email and social media.

Final Reminder for the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

It’s almost time for ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting!  This is our final reminder to members and guests to finalize hotel and event registrations today.

We have exceeded our 2018 meeting registration numbers, so please be sure to complete your online registration no later than this Friday (May 31). If you miss the online registration deadline, however, you can still register onsite.

ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting will be held June 11 through 13* at the Hyatt Place in Charleston, SC.  For those who still need hotel registrations, there are rooms available at the Hyatt Place, but standard rates apply. For complete details, visit our Mid-Year Meeting event website

* Our invitation-only Board Meeting and Emerging Leaders Group will meet on Thursday, June 13.


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.   
Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

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).

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