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ISCP Announces 11th International Concrete Pavements Conference

The International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) has announced details for the 11th International Conference on ISCP-ICCP2016-logo-smConcrete Pavements including the call for papers (letters of intent and abstracts), which are due April 30, 2015.

The conference will be held August 28 through 31, 2016, in San Antonio.   The event will be held at the Marriott Rivercenter, a Riverwalk hotel located at 101 Bowie St. in downtown San Antonio.

The conference is designed for pavement-, materials-, and geotechnical-engineering professionals representing Federal, state, provincial, and municipal agencies; consulting engineers; contractors; materials suppliers; and members of academia.  The course content typically covers all aspects of concrete pavement design, construction, testing, evaluation, and rehabilitation.

The conference is held every four years, and carries forth the tradition of a series of international conferences begun by Purdue University in 1977. As with the previous international conferences, the focus of this conference will be to present information on new technologies related to the design, construction & rehabilitation of various types of concrete pavements.

Additional details about the conference, including the event program, are available on the ISCP website at http://www.concretepavements.org/11thiccp/.  Click here to view the ACPA calendar listing (and event program) for this event, as well as to save it to your Google or Apple iCal calendars.

Wikipave, FHWA Courses in the News

ACPA announced the launch of two milestone programs, ACPA’s Wikipave resource and two new e-learning courses*, during World of Concrete in Las Vegas on February 4.  

FHWA-coursesShortly after the press conference, ACPA was interviewed by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its Associations Now blog.   Recognized as the “associations’ association,” ASAE was interested in knowing the background and expected impact of Wikipave.   Responses from ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Bill Davenport can be viewed online at: http://associationsnow.com/2015/02/wikis-wave-future-association-thinks/

Thus far, the press releases have been published by a number of media, including:

The news was also distributed to other media throughout North America, as well as various trade associations.   Also, the response on social media, notably on Twitter, has been very positive.  

Web-Based Training Covers Concrete Paving Best Practices

The American Concrete Pavement Association has launched two new web-based instructional modules that provide professional training about best practices for constructing smooth concrete pavements and handling aggregates for concrete paving.

Developed by ACPA with support from the Federal Highway Administration, the courses are offered free of charge to participants involved in highway and heavy construction.   The courses are targeted to concrete paving contractors, agency personnel, consulting engineers, and others involved in construction management and/or concrete pavement project delivery.   The courses are intended for persons with pavement construction, rehabilitation, and/or preservation experience.

FHWA-coursesThe courses are available at http://acpa.scholarlab.com/.   After registering, users will be asked to enter a coupon code, which is pavement1 (pavement and the number one).   Registration and entry of the coupon code enables participants to take the course at no cost.

The courses provide a content-rich learning experience, complete with well-illustrated presentations led by professional civil engineers; field interviews with contractor personnel and other experts; and videos, photographs, and animations that illustrate process steps or actions related to the subject matter.

The courses are each divided into multiple sections, organized by topic.  Prior to advancing to the next section, participants will be required to complete simple, “hurdle tests,” multiple choice or true/false tests, to validate participation and comprehension of subject matter.  

An optional “evidence of learning” exam is also administered at the conclusion of each module.  Successful completion (70% or more correct answers) of the exam will allow participants to produce a certificate of completion that may be used for company compliance requirements and/or professional development hours (PDH’s), where allowable by local licensing organizations.  

 About the Course Content

  • Best Practices for Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements–Comprehensive training covers all aspects of constructing smooth concrete pavements, from defining roughness to why smooth pavements are mportant. Also covers smoothness measurement, the “10 commandments”  of smooth paving, and quality control methods. (4.5 hour course / 4.5 PDHs)

  • Best Practices for Handling Aggregates for Concrete Paving–In-depth training covers basics of aggregates; acceptance criteria; tips and techniques for configuring a concrete plant site; stockpile management best practices; proper handling between stockpiles and concrete plants; and what can go wrong if poor techniques are used. (3.5 hour course / 3.5 PDHs)

  • Safety on Concrete Pavement Construction Sites – This course is designed for anyone who works directly on site or has reason to visit concrete pavement construction sites. The course addresses safety concerns around slipform paving equipment (paver, spreader, cure machine, construction bridges, etc.), batch plant, haul trucks, concrete saws, and the general paving site. (1.5-hour course / 1.5 PDHs)

  • Proper Use of Stringless Paving Technology–This course covers stringless paving technology for concrete pavement projects. The program includes an overview of the technology, as well as how stringless paving works. It also includes recommended best practices for using stringless paving technology to place quality concrete pavements. (1.5-hour course / 1.5 PDHs)

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* Some restrictions may apply. Courses are designed and intended for persons with a working knowledge and experience in concrete pavement construction, as well as associated fields.  In advance of beginning these courses, participants are responsible for checking state/provincial licensing requirements, as well as acceptance of these courses for continuing education and/or professional development requirements.

 

 

ACPA Announces Launch of Wikipave Application

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) announced the launch of its Wikipave™ website,  which places information about and related to concrete pavement at the fingertips of anyone, anywhere in the world.    

As is true of other wikis*, Wikipave is a collaborative application, which will allow ACPA staff, members, technology partners, and affiliated Chapter/State personnel to add, delete, or otherwise modify technical content, encyclopedic listings, definitions, photos and illustrations, and other content. 

ACPA emphasizes that this free-resource is available worldwide without limitation, but adds that content development and editing rights will be Wikipavelimited to ACPA and its members and affiliates.

“Wikipave is the largest-scale technology transfer, knowledge transfer, and educational initiative in the 51-year history of the American Concrete Pavement Association,” said ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, P.E.  

“This collaborative, web-based application reflects the vast body of technical information developed by ACPA over more than five decades, but also includes a wealth of technical and general information from other sources.

“Wikipave is a significant change for the association and industry in terms of how we deliver information.   As is true of most associations, we historically produced and sold commercially-printed technical resources and other publications” Voigt said, adding, “We are cutting a new path, embracing a technology that most member-based associations consider competition to the value-proposition of their members.  We are not sure any other association has done this, but we are making this commitment because of the great potential and value the application offers.”

“Like most businesses and associations over the past decade or more, we transitioned to more digital publications and migrated more information to our website and microsites.  This wholesale change to Wikipave, is a natural progression in our view, but starting this project has required a tremendous effort to coalesce, update, and begin the process to reformat the material into the wiki application,”   he said. 


Content for Wikipave was originally drawn from association and industry resources produced by the Association and its technology partners, allies, and affiliates.

“It’s a work in progress,” Voigt said, adding, “But by their very nature, wiki’s are and should be dynamic and constantly evolving.  What we love most is the opportunity to engage our members in developing and editing content.   Members of associations today want to engage for the value and sense of belonging to a community, but they want to do it on their own terms.  We see Wikipave as a great adaptation to meet this need!”

ACPA is quick to point out that at this stage some of the content is intentionally “rough-hewn,” basically put in place for review and redaction by its member community. 

“There are some pages of information that we would consider to be farther along,” Voigt says, adding, “But the fallacy of thinking something like this is complete goes against the nature of this technology, which is constantly evolving.   It’s for this reason that we encourage all interested parties to bookmark our page, http://wikipave.org, then come back often.  Our vision is that one day soon any search for pavement technology someone enters into their browser will lead to a Wikipave entry.”  

In its embrace of technology over the past decade, ACPA has also developed a comprehensive library of web applications that perform an array of calculations useful to paving engineers and contractors (http://apps.acpa.org); a digital resource center containing the most comprehensive digital library of concrete pavement reports and documents, considered among the largest online repositories of its kind (http://resources.acpa.org); and other digital applications such as online learning courses.  

ACPA announced the launch of Wikipave at a press conference at World of Concrete, the annual international event dedicated to the commercial concrete and masonry construction.

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(TM) Wikipave is a trademark of the American Concrete Pavement Association.

*  Ward Cunningham is credited as the developer of the first wiki software, WikiWikiWeb.  Wiki is the Hawaiian word meaning “quick.”  (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wiki.)

TRIP Names Don Weaver, Weaver Bailey Contractors, as 2015 Chairman

Washington, D.C. (January 28, 2015) – The Road Information Program (TRIP) announced today that Don Weaver, Executive Vice President, Weaver Don_Weaver_black_and_white_Dec_2014Bailey Contractors, Inc.*, was elected 2015 chairman of the organization’s Board of Directors. 

Weaver joined the TRIP Board of Directors in 2004, and was appointed to its executive committee in 2008.

“Weaver Bailey Contractors strongly supports TRIP’s efforts to increase public awareness of the need to invest in America’s surface transportation system and I look forward to leading this fine organization,” Weaver said.

“TRIP’s efforts to inform the public and lawmakers about the critical issues facing America’s transportation system are more important than ever as the debate over federal surface transportation funding continues in the nation’s capital; improving America’s surface transportation system not only saves lives and creates jobs, it also impacts our lives every day by increasing our mobility and accessibility, here in Arkansas, and throughout the country,” he continued.

In addition to his service as a TRIP director, Weaver is a past chairman of The Associated General Contractors of America Highway &Transportation Division and past president of the Arkansas State Associated General Contractors.

Locally, Weaver serves his community through his involvement with: the Conway Chamber of Commerce, where he served as Chairman of the Transportation Study Group for Vision 2025; the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) Foundation; and the UCA Purple Circle Board.   He also serves on the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Building Construction Advisory Board and the University of Arkansas School of Architecture Circle of Friends.  In addition, he also has supported and been involved with Methodists Family Health for many years.

Weaver-Baily Contractors was founded in 1960 as a specialty general contractor with an emphasis on quality concrete paving.  Today the El Paso, Ark.-based company is recognized as the largest main line concrete paving contractor in the state.

TRIP also elected the following officers for 2015:

  • President – Scott Williams, President, Hamilton Construction Company, Springfield, Ore.
  • First Vice President – Nick Yaksich, Vice President – Global Public Policy, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Second Vice President – David R. Gehr, Sr. Vice President, Highway Market Leader – Americas, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Herndon Va., and
  • (Re-elected) Secretary-Treasurer – L. Jeffrey DiStefano, Vice President, Harrison & Burrowes Bridge Constructors, Inc., Glenmont, N.Y.  

TRIP also elected the following people to three-year terms on its Board of Directors:

  • John M. Irvine, Manager, Business Development, The Lane Construction Corporation*, Chantilly, Va. and
  • Seth Myers, Vice President, Business Development, American Infrastructure, Worcester, Pa.

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* Member of the American Concrete Pavement Association.

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