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Stormwater Management Solutions for Pervious Concrete and Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 

Noon to 1:30 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 2:30 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (PACIFIC)


  • David Smith, Technical Director, The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)
  • Robert Rodden, P.E., Senior Director— Pavement Technology, American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA)

The American Concrete Pavement Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute are pleased to present this two-part program that takes the mystery out of building pervious concrete pavements and permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems (PICP).ACPA-ICPI-logos-compositeview

The program will focus on construction aspects of both technologies and includes recent project examples for both systems.  The program is well-suited for contractors, agencies and owners, consultants, and others with an interest in these technologies, which provide both sustainability benefits, as well as performance features and benefits compared to other systems.  Both presentations are geared toward contractors, specifiers, and consultants new to one or both of the technologies.  

Learning Objectives and Presentation Overviews
The learning objective is to present basic to intermediate-level information, all with the aim of facilitating the use of pervious concrete pavements and PICP, whether in tandem or separately.

ICPI’s David Smith will present information about the essentials of PICP.  His presentation will be focused on construction of PICP, equipment requirements, man hour requirements, and casebook examples of where and how PICP isused in residential, commercial, and municipal applications, all of which help reduce stormwater runoff and pollutants. 

ACPA’s Robert Rodden will cover materials, details for construction, as well as maintenance and preservation of pervious concrete pavement systems.   He also will present exemplary projects that demonstrate best practices and potential applications for this versatile pavement system.     

About the Underlying Technologies
Both PICP and pervious concrete systems may be used as key strategies in sustainable construction for stormwater management, as they can help reduce the need for detention and retention basins/ponds, bioswales, filtration strips, vegetation, and other practices.  In some applications, pervious/permeable pavement can completely replace these stormwater management approaches, thereby allowing more area to be developed. 

Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDH’s Available)
ACPA and ICPI will jointly award 1.5 professional development hours (PDH’s) to those wishing to complete an optional “evidence of learning exam” following the webinar.   

Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province.   This program is oriented toward jurisdictions that allow self-reporting for licensure purposes.  Participants are strongly advised to check the applicability of this training along with other reporting requirements in advance of taking this course.

Registration Rates
Member rates are available for current members of the American Concrete Pavement Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.   ICPI members:   For a discount code required to obtain the ICPI member rate, please contact Joshua Dombroski at or (703) 657-6900.  ACPA members:  Discount rate will be calculated automatically when you register online.  

 Government Member Non Member 

Important:   Government employees must contact ACPA directly to receive the government discount.   Please contact Debbie Becker ( | 847.423.8710), or alternatively, Bill Davenport ( | 847.423.8703).  Government rate is for employees of federal, state/provincial, county, or township agencies, as well as the agencies/branches of the Department of Defense.

To register online for this event, please follow this link:   Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option.  Please note that group rates are intended for up to 6 people;  additional registrations (at either the individual or group) rates are required for groups with 7 or more participants. 

 Important:   Government employees must contact ACPA directly to receive the government discount.   Please contact ACPA: 

  • (Monday)  Maxine Bacerdo ( | 847.423.8708)
  • (Tuesday through Friday)  Debbie Becker ( | 847.423.8710)

Preview the Concrete Pavement University Program

ACPA’s Concrete Pavement University is one of the popular features of the annual meeting, and this year’s line-up promises to be packed with useful information on timely topics of relevance to contractors, promoters, and others in the concrete pavement industry.   In addition to the value of the technical information presented during the program, CPU also offers an opportunity to earn up to 8.5 professional development hours toward continuing education requirements.

As part of the CPU program this year, ACPA is pleased to be partnering with the Federal Highway Administration, to present Quality Assurance/Quality Control training.   ACPA’s CPU will take place at ACPA’s 51st Annual meeting, and this year, will be held during the meeting’s final two days, Thursday, December 4, and Friday, December 5.  Please note that specific program details, including topics and times, are subject to change, and that all times noted are expressed in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).  

Here is a preview of this year’s program: 

Thursday, December 4

CPU track 1 – Opening Keynote Session … 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 
>>  Implications of the Elections on the Highway Bill and Funding Future Directions of Technology Implementation and Performance Measures

  • “Implications of the Elections on the Highway Bill and Funding,” Greg Cohen, American Highway Users Alliance 
  • “Future Directions of Technology Implementation and Performance Measures,” Butch Waidelich, Associate Administrator, Federal Highway Administration

CPU track 2 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part A) … 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 3
>>  Quality Assurance Concepts

CPU track 3 – Project Stories Session …  3:30 to 5:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 2 
>>  I-480 Turbine Interchange Project (in North Carolina)
>>  Kansas Whitetopping on Full-Depth Reclamation
>>  Whitetopping the French Quarter, New Orleans
(Other topics may be included or substituted.)

Friday, December 5

CPU track 4 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part B) …  8:00 to 9:30 a.m. | concurrent with CPU track 5 
>>  Concrete Materials, Properties and Testing
>>  Pre-Paving and Mixture Production

CPU track 5 – Policy Concepts  …  8:00 to 9:30 a.m. | concurrent with CPU track 4 
>>  The Ideal Pavement Type Selection Process
>>  Life-Cycle Assessment Concepts and Tool Development
>>  An Alternative Cost Analysis Parameter for Pavements

CPU track 6 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part C)  …  10:00 a.m. to noon | concurrent with CPU track 7 
>>  Paving w/ Quality in Mind
>>  Quality Control Plans Used Effectively

CPU track 7 – Innovations & Applications  …  10:00 a.m. to noon | concurrent with CPU track 6 
>>  Kansas Internal Curing Test Section
>>  Traffic Management and the New Overlay Guide
(Other topics may be included.)

CPU track 8 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part D)  … 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 9
>>  Applying Quality Concepts
>>  Quality Paving: Contractor Panel Discussion

CPU track 9 – MIT Training … 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 8
Insights into the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub and cement/concrete industries collaborative efforts, including discussion & question-and-answer opportunities. 

ACPA Adds New Programs to Webinar Line-up

ACPA has added additional programs to its line-up of web-based training and technology transfer programs, which includes a wide range of  topics focusing on concrete pavement design, construction, rehabilitation, and preservation.  These programs provide an excellent opportunity to revisit the basics or to learn about new and emerging technologies, all while earning valuable professional development hours.  Here’s a look at a few of the upcoming programs.

  • (Webinar) Exploring Opportunities for Pervious Concrete Pavements and Interlocking Permeable Concrete Pavements – Tuesday, October 7.  Presenters:   David Smith, Technical Director, The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and Robert Rodden, P.E., American Concrete Pavement Association.  The American Concrete Pavement Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute are pleased to present this two-part program that takes the mystery out of building pervious concrete pavements and permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems (PICP).  Click here for details and here to register.

  • (Webinar) Developments in Internal Curing of Concrete Pavements – Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  Presenters: Jason Weiss, Ph.D., Purdue University, and Mike Darter, Ph.D., P.E., Applied Research Associates, Inc.  Our two-part Meganar™ focuses on this the concept of internal curing of concrete pavements, and how this technology can both increase productivity on the grade and extend the service life of finished pavements.  Click here for details and here to register.
  • (MeganarTM) Advancements in Dowel Alignment & Location for Concrete Pavements – October 27, 2014. Presenters: Mark Snyder (ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter); Garry Aiken,  Kessler Soils Engineering Products, Inc.; and Craig Landefeld, Ohio DOT.  Our presentation will provide an update on the ACPA Dowel Alignment/Location Spec; non-contact measurement methods, including GPR, the MIT Scan, and ultrasound, with emphasis on the MIT scan; an overview of the MIT Scan device, as well as agency and contractors’ perspectives on this technology. Click here for details and here to register.

  • Improving Control Joint Quality with Improved Saw Cutting – Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Presenter: Scott Eilken, Owner, QUALITY SAW & SEAL, INC., Bridgeview, Ill.  This course covers the essentials of saw cutting, beginning with an overview of the reasons why we saw concrete pavements and why concrete cracks (and what to do to control cracks).    The program then covers the different types of saw-cutting machines, as well as some of their basic features and benefits.   Next, we’ll take a look at blade types and how to select the right type of blade for the job.   Click here for details and here to register.

Other web-based training events are being added to our 2014 and 2015 program, too!  Please look for email notices, as well as updates online at:

ACPA to Participate in CSHub Pavement Research Training

ACPA staff will be participating in the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CS Hub) Pavement Research Training scheduled for August 27 in Rosemont, Ill.  

ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne will be participating in the training event, which provides an opportunity to discuss the CS Hub’s researchCSHub-logo_2014 and models for application in state and local jurisdictions.   Voigt will provide a national perspective on behalf of ACPA members during the forum.  Wathne will be one of several presenters and will be  emphasizing how competition in the pavement marketplace can be viewed as an opportunity for highway agencies; he also will emphasize the excellent work that MIT’s CS Hub has been doing, which is an important adjunct to the discussion. 

“We see several benefits to participating in this event,” Voigt said.  “First, it will provide the cement and concrete industries an opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of some of the CS Hub’s research and technology (R&T) initiatives.   Second, it will give the various associations and member companies the chance to discuss practical applications for the research findings and other information coming from the CS Hub, particularly as viewed through the lens of a competitive two-pavement program.”

The training is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   At last count, the attendee list included more than 50 people representing more than 35 associations and member companies, including contractors, cement companies, Chapter/States, the CP Tech Center, and other members of ACPA, PCA, and NRMCA. 

“With strong participation among ACPA members, along with affiliated Chapter/States and the CP Tech Center, we see this as another opportunity to build awareness and provide support to the broad-based implementation of the work being done by the CS Hub,” he said.
In related news, the workshop will be 

presented again (in abbreviated form) during the Chapter/State Committee’s meeting at ACPA’s 51st annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The session will be presented on Tuesday, December 2.

Featured App: Airfield Steel Calculator

ACPA’s Airfield Steel Calculator is a useful resource for engineers, designers, estimators, and others who need a quick means of calculating the amount of embedded steel required for airport pavements.

To use this online resource, the user enters the concrete pavement thickness (using either English or metric figures); the coefficient of AirfieldSteelCalculatorsubgrade/subbase friction; and the distance to the nearest free edge.  Next, the user enters the weight of the concrete and allowable tensile strength to obtain the estimate, which is expressed as either area per unit width or as a percentage of the cross-sectional area.

To view this and other computer and smartphone apps, as well as design tools used for concrete pavements, visit ACPA’s apps library at

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