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Registration Opens for ACPA Annual Meeting

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Event and hotel registration are now open for ACPA’s 53rd Annual Meeting, which will be held in Austin, Texas, from November 29 through December 1.   The meeting is just over three months away, and whether you’re a regular attendee, first-time attendee, or have never even considered attending an annual meeting previously, there are many compelling reasons to attend ACPA’s 53rd Annual Meeting.   Here are 10 reasons you should make plans to attend:

  1. Exciting New Format – By popular demand, we’ve trimmed a day from our meeting and reformatted it to deliver an agenda that’s fast-paced and fun!
  2. Exceptional Location– The meeting is in the vibrant downtown area of Austin, which features restaurants; live music and other entertainment; and plenty of fun and interesting things to do.
  3. Continuing Education and Tech Transfer – Our popular Concrete Pavement University program will feature construction project and technology stories from around the country, along with a special technical session on performance specs and pay factors.  ACPA offers 9-1/2 professional development hours for this information-rich event, which includes eight breakout sessions.*
  4. Plenty of Networking Opportunities – Relax and spend time with friends and new acquaintances at our welcome reception at Austin’s popular “Rattle Inn.” The reception atop the rooftop deck will feature drinks, local fare, tequila tasting, and more.
  5. Masterful Storytelling – The meeting will feature a guest speaker who promises to entertain, dazzle, and inspire us with storytelling shaped by classic and contemporary comedians.
  6. New Opportunities for Your Company to Be Seen – Check out our new sponsorship opportunities and select the options that offer the greatest value for your company. Be sure to commit as soon as possible so we can maximize your company’s visibility ahead of, during, and after the event. (Read more about these opportunities in the story: “ACPA Offers New Sponsorship Opportunities”.)
  7. Peer Discussions – Our task force meetings; “Strat” committee and member forum; and social events provide a great opportunity to discuss industry challenges with contractors, suppliers, consultants, promoters, and others in the concrete pavement industry.
  8. Best Time of Year – Year over year, members tell us the time frame for our meeting is the best. The meeting this year will be held Tuesday, November 29 through Thursday, December 1.  This schedule means the meeting is outside the peak paving season, heavy holiday travel times, and hectic industry meeting and trade show cycles.
  9. Timely Topics – The ACPA Annual Meeting is the concrete pavement industry’s premier event for current topics of relevance to people who place, rehab, and restore concrete pavements.  A prime example is a planned discussion by a senior official from the OSHA Directorate of Standards and Guidance. He will be on hand to talk about respirable crystalline silica and other health & safety issues.
  10. A Chance to Celebrate – We’ll reveal some entertaining surprises at week’s end, when we honor award-winning paving projects from across the country at ACPA’s Gala Reception and 27th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards banquet.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Austin, which is set on Lady Bird Lake. The hotel offers views of Austin’s skyline and is located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown area.  Popular attractions in the area include the 6th Street Entertainment District, Warehouse Restaurant District, and South Congress (SOCO) shopping and dining district.  

Click here to visit 53rd Annual Meeting website for event and hotel registration, as well as complete details.   

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* This program is oriented toward states/provinces 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 registering for this program. 

ACPA’s 53rd Annual Meeting: Week at a Glance

This illustration shows a “week at a glance” snapshot of ACPA’s 53rd Annual Meeting.

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ACPA Airport Workshop Tops Expectations

(Left to right) Gary Mitchell, ACPA; Pete Mann, Ajax Paving Industries; and Jerry Voigt, ACPA, take time for a photo prior to the site visit.

(Left to right) Gary Mitchell, ACPA; Pete Mann, Ajax Paving Industries; and Jerry Voigt, ACPA, take time for a photo prior to the site visit.

Approximately 60 contractors, owner’s representatives, engineers, and agency officials gathered in the Detroit metro area recently for ACPA’s recent Airport Pavement Design & Construction Workshop.   

Held at the Marriott Detroit Metro Airport in Romulus, Mich., the three-day training and technology transfer event also included a site visit, where participants had the opportunity to see the reconstruction of Detroit Metropolitan Airport’s runway 4L/22R.  

The workshop also provided an opportunity to discuss the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA’s) P-501 concrete pavement specification.  The large number of participants provided plenty of energy and input for a lively discussion. 

“The workshop provided an opportunity for ACPA members and other participants to interact with the Federal Aviation Administration,” said Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President of Airports and Pavement Technology.  “The workshop also gave the participants the opportunity to see how we interact with the FAA, and to see that the agency listens to our suggestions.  

“The dialogue was awesome,” Mitchell said, adding, “The discussions focused on FAA’s expectations, and during the workshop, contractors had the opportunity to talk about challenges in meeting those expectations.”

Doug Johnson, Civil Engineer at FAA’s Headquarters office, was a presenter in the workshop and readily addressed industry concerns. Johnson is responsible for technical issues related to airport pavements.  He also is responsible for developing the FAA design and construction Advisory Circulars.  

The significance of this relationship is that ACPA’s voice is being heard, which is especially important now as the FAA is contemplating changes to the P-501 specification.  P-501 can be challenging for contractors, but this workshop helped clarify some of the language and also provided the opportunity for participants to discuss key issues and challenges.

Mitchell expressed thanks to the Wayne County Airport Authority, the FAA, Ajax Paving Industries, Inc., an ACPA member, and RS&H for their assistance with and support of the workshop.  He also expressed thanks and appreciation to all the instructors and other participants in the workshop.

Mitchell explained ACPA has conducted airport pavement design and construction workshops since 2001, and in recent years, has offered the program about once per year.   The workshop has become increasingly popular among contractors, airport sponsors, and engineers over the past few years.

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ACPA Mid-Year Presentations – 2016

The following presentations from the 2016 ACPA Mid-Year Meeting are offered as a service to ACPA members.  Light colored (gray) text indicates that either no formal presentations were made or were not offered by presenters for posting.

ACPA Asset Management Workshop – Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Agency Perspectives

Industry Perspectives

ACPA Task Force Meetings – Wednesday, June 22

  • Asset Management Task Force
  • Airfield Task Force

ACPA Task Force Meetings – Wednesday, June 22

 

 

ACPA Informational Flyers

  1. ACPA Applications Library
  2. ACPA Buyers Guide (relaunch)
  3. ACPA Chapter Listings
  4. ACPA/FHWA Web-Based Training Modules (safety, stockpile mgmt., stringless, and smoothness)
  5. CompetitionPaves 
  6. Concrete Pavement Explorer
  7. Concrete Pavement Progress magazine
  8. Count on Concrete online store
  9. Historic Concrete Pavement Explorer
  10. On-Demand Training
  11. RCC Explorer
  12. Wikipave

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