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Chapter/State Associations Seek Key Personnel

Three ACPA affiliates are seeking qualified personnel to fill technical and promotional positions. Detailed job announcements are linked on ACPA’s home page for the positions described and hyperlinked below: 

  • Vice President for Design & Construction (ACPA Pennsylvania Chapter) — Qualified applicants should have a minimum of five years of experience in the transportation industry, and possess knowledge of pavement design principals, project design concepts, concrete materials and mix design fundamentals, and concrete pavement construction and constructability practices. Knowledge of PennDOT and Turnpike pavement policies and procedures is desirable.
  • Vice President (ACPA Mid-Atlantic Chapter) – This position involves  gaining access to decision-makers and cultivating those relationships; planning, developing and conducting workshops, seminars, project visits and other opportunities that present themselves; responding to inquiries for technical information and assistance; maintaining effective relationships with public and private professional organizations; and ensuring members are kept informed of promotion activities and key issues through regular communications and quarterly reports.
  • Airport Promotion Director (Southeast Chapter-ACPA) — The ideal candidate for this position will be a  highly motivated airport professional to promote and increase the use of concrete pavement solutions (conventional and roller-compacted concrete) and innovative cement technologies (full-depth reclamation and soil cement) at airport facilities in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. 

People interested in the positions are encouraged to view the online requirements and apply per the instructions in the ads.   Referrals are also welcome and should be directed to the Executive Directors of the respective state/regional associations.

Make Plans to Attend ACPA’s 52nd Annual Meeting

HyattRegencyCoconutPoint-BonitaSprings-FL-panview-webACPA is putting the finishing touches on the program for the Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, which will be held December 1st through 4th at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla. The Association is urging members, affiliates, and guests to make plans to attend the meeting.

Earlier this year, ACPA conducted a survey about the annual meeting, and will be incorporating many of the following suggestions into the program:

  • Greater contractor attendance and participation.
  • More quality and less quantity for the Concrete Pavement University (education & training tracks).
  • More technical topics and fewer promoter-oriented topics.
  • A half-day session for contractors to share best practices and innovative ideas.
  • Fewer optional activities (but a continuation of the receptions).

Survey respondents also asked ACPA to modify the golf outing to make it faster to play. Also, for the awards banquet, respondents said to keep the existing format (where winners are notified in advance, but the news of “gold” or “silver” levels are not revealed until the banquet).   

ACPA will be announcing additional details soon, and in the interim is urging everyone to “save the dates” for the annual meeting.

ACPA to Host Airport Pavement Workshop in Texas

ACPA is encouraging members, Chapter/State affiliates, and other interested parties to make plans to participate in ACPA’s Airport Pavement Workshop, scheduled for November 3 through 5, in Austin, Texas.

This comprehensive training, led by ACPA’s Gary Mitchell and other leading subject matter experts, will cover airport pavement design, construction, and rehabilitation.   The course will also include detailed information about interpreting and applying airport concrete pavement specifications used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC). 

The workshop will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, 9515 Hotel Drive, Austin.   Additional information will be sent to ACPA members, Chapter/States, airport owners’ representatives, engineers, and others involved in the design and construction of airport concrete pavements.

 ACPA Announces Joint Design & Construction Workshop

ConcretePavementJointDesignandConstruction-smACPA will present a two-day national workshop on concrete pavement joint design and construction, as well as the closely related subjects of load transfer, tie bar systems, and dowel alignment.

Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, the workshop will be held in the third-floor conference room at ACPA’s Rosemont, Ill. headquarters office. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) the first day, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CDT) the second day.

Click here to see additional details, including an agenda, registration information, and PDH credits, or alternatively, follow this link:

All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction: Agenda

Detailed Agenda

Day 1 – Concrete Pavement Joint Design Considerations
Tuesday, October 27

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.—Welcome

  • Introductions and course objectives

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.—Introduction to Joint Design & Construction

  • Why do we joint concrete pavements?

10:30 to 11:00 a.m.—Types of Concrete Pavement Joints

  • Contraction Joints – A closer look at dowels, tie bars (in longitudinal and hinged transverse joints), and aggregate interlock
    • Joint movement and panel shrinkage
    • Typical values for standard and specialty joints (e.g., precast pavements)
    • Skewed vs. perpendicular joints
  • Construction Joints – doweled (headers and non-headers),tied, butt joints, keyways
  • Specialty Joints (expansion joints, anchor lug joints, bridge approach joints, etc.)

11:00 a.m. to Noon— Joint Placement and Spacing Considerations

  • Control of Cracking – Understanding restraint of curl/warp, shrinkage, thermal expansion/contraction
  • Impact of foundation stiffness, slab aspect ratios and more on pavement performance
  • Joint layout guidance for highways and roadways

Noon to 1:00 p.m. –Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—Complex Joint Layouts

  • Joint layout for intersections
  • Joints layout for roundabouts
  • Joint layouts for diverging diamond interchanges (DDI)

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.—Joint Layout Clinic (Small Group Exercise/Large Group Discussion)

  • Participants will have the opportunity to complete actual joint layouts
  • A group discussion will allow participants to discuss layout challenges

3:00 to 3:15–Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Joint Mechanics

  • Introduction: The need for load transfer
  • Design and evaluation of load transfer systems
  • Design and evaluation of tie bar systems

 4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Summary

 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.—Reception


Day 2 – Construction and Quality
Wednesday, October 28

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.—Joint Construction

  • Steel Placement – baskets, insertion (DBI, etc.), chairs
    • Use of baskets, dowel inserters (DBI), and other devices
    • Recommendations for elevation, standardization, etc.
  • Sawing/forming contraction joints
    • Sawcut timing (including impact on equipment type – early entry vs conventional)
    • Sawcut depth
  • Sealed joint construction
    • The need for joint sealing (understanding the seal vs. no-seal discussion)
    • Sealant materials
    • Reservoir design fundamentals
  • Transverse construction joints
  • Longitudinal joint construction

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.—Dowel Alignment

  • Alignment and location requirements – vertical, horizontal, lateral, and rotational
  • Specification, measurement and evaluation of dowel alignment and location

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.—Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—Hands-On Alignment Measurement Demonstration

  • Demonstration and group discussion of the MIT-SCAN2-BT Device

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Lunch

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.—Alignment Data Evaluation and Joint Assessment Examples

  • Participants will have the opportunity to review and discuss joint alignment data

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.—Troubleshooting Joint Design/Construction Flaws

  • Identifying, assessing, and correcting potential design problems.
  • Detection and correction of joint construction defects.

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.—Summary and Workshop Close


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