ACPA Advances Two New Initiatives
- Tuesday, 27 January 2015 00:13
As part of its 2015 strategic objectives, ACPA is pursuing two new initiatives which will be key focal points for association staff, Chapter/States, and members moving forward. These include:
- Formation of a Task Force on maintenance of traffic (MOT) – Commenting on the Strategic Advisory Committee’s decision to form the task force, ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt said, “This was the number one request of the Chapter/State Committee, and is aimed at helping create new information on staging construction and maintaining traffic during concrete pavement projects.” Voigt explained options for concrete pavement construction are often overlooked or misunderstood, and as a result, concrete pavements sometimes get ‘scoped out’ in the planning process for potential projects.
“We expect the task force will present opportunities to educate people on the myriad of options available; highlight where concrete projects have employed unique traffic management schemes; and develop information to help the speed of construction.” Voigt said about 15 people have expressed an interest in participating in the task force, and encouraged anyone else who is interested to contact ACPA. ACPA’s Technical Engineer, Eric Ferrebee, will be the staff liaison to the task force. As part of the effort, Ferrebee will make field visits to document MOT on members’ projects to use as both case studies and best practices.
- Exploration of a unified pavement design software approach that includes current asphalt design methodologies – “We’re going to explore the development of a pavement thickness design software that will allow an engineer to design any facility, including highways, airports, streets, or industrial pavements from one software program,” Voigt announced.
“The idea is to wrap all of ACPA’s design methods into one program and add new features and criteria in the process. We will need to determine the challenges and how we may overcome them, as well as the costs of the endeavor. This initiative was discussed during the Strategic Advisory Committee meeting last month and recommended to the ACPA Board of Directors,” Voigt said, adding, “ACPA board members confirmed the directive and felt the association was the ideal organization to lead such an effort on behalf of the industry.”
ACPA Offers Press Releases, Photos from Awards Presentations
- Monday, 26 January 2015 23:59
In response to questions about press releases and photos of the recipients of ACPA awards last month, ACPA reminds members and affiliates that the complete set of press releases may be found online at http://www.acpa.org/press-releases/.
In addition to the press releases, photos of the award recipients, as well as award-winning projects also may be found online in specially created fileshare/FTP sites. The complete list of fileshare sites may be found on ACPA’s website at: http://www.acpa.org/awardsphotos0115/.
For any other photos taken during the ACPA annual meeting, members and guests are encouraged to contact Bill Davenport at (847.423.8703 or email@example.com).
How to Find Award Photos from 2014 ACPA Annual Meeting
- Monday, 26 January 2015 23:37
For “Excellence” award photos and other award photos from the 2014 ACPA annual meeting in December 2014., please contact: Bill Davenport at ACPA (847.423.8703 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FHWA Announces Performance Measures Rule
- Monday, 26 January 2015 23:29
As required under MAP-21, Federal Highway Administration has announced a notice of proposed rulemaking* to assess the condition of pavements and bridges on the National Highway System (NHS).
Under the proposed rule, the agency also proposes the process for States and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to establish and report on performance targets reflecting the proposed measures, as well as the methodology to evaluate whether a state has made significant progress toward achieving those targets.
Finally, FHWA proposes a minimum level for the condition of pavement on the Interstate System and incorporates the minimum condition level established by MAP-21 for bridges on the NHS.
Proposed Pavement Condition Measures
FHWA proposes measures that would be applicable to all mainline Interstate System and non-Interstate NHS pavements regardless of ownership or maintenance responsibility of roads within a given State or metropolitan planning area. The FHWA is proposing four measures for pavement condition to determine the percentage of pavements in good, fair, and poor condition within the Interstate and non-Interstate highway systems. The measures for concrete pavements include International Roughness Index, cracking, and faulting (for CRCP punchouts are used in lieu of faulting).
ACPA’s National Performance Measures Task Force is in the process of reviewing the proposed rule in detail, and will be discussing the rule prior to offering formal comments, due to FHWA on April 6.
* The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) requires the Secretary of Transportation to develop new regulations to establish Transportation Performance Management requirements for the purposes of carrying out the National Highway Performance Program. The Pavement and Bridge Condition Performance Management “notice of proposed rulemaking” (NPRM) was published January 5, with a final deadline for submitting comments of April 6. The NPRM is available online. Additional details are available in an FHWA fact sheet at: http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/tpm/rule/pmfactsheet.pdf.
ACPA Hosts Successful Event at TRB Annual Meeting
- Monday, 26 January 2015 19:24
ACPA hosted the 19th Annual TRB Reception, an event that has become both an important tradition among transportation professionals attending the Transportation Research Board’s (TRB’s) 93rd annual meeting in Washington, D.C., recently.
Held at the historic Willard Washington, DC-hotel, the hospitality event once again provided an opportunity for ACPA staff, members, and Chapter/State affiliates to network in an informal setting.
Celebrating alliances – ACPA’s Jerry Voigt (left) welcomes guests at the TRB hospitality event (right).
“This event is all about people,” explained Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. “This reception is an opportunity for ACPA to express thanks and share ideas with state and federal agencies, and more broadly, the many professionals whose research and work benefits agencies, and our industry.
“The reception also gives us a chance to meet students involved in pavement engineering, provide an opportunity for them to network with our industry colleagues and encourage them to pursue their educational goals in the concrete pavement industry,” he said, adding, “Many students we met at past events ended up in key positions in our industry, with agencies, or with universities.”
The event is made possible through the generous contributions of sponsors. Sponsors for this year’s event were:
|ACPA – PENNSYLVANIA CHAPTER |
|AMERICAN ENGINEERING TESTING, INC.||HOLCIM (US) INC.
|APPLIED PAVEMENT TECHNOLOGY, INC. (APTech)||INDIANA CHAPTER – ACPA
|APPLIED RESEARCH ASSOCIATES, INC. ||IOWA CONCRETE PAVING ASSOCIATION
|CAROLINAS CONCRETE PAVING ASSOCIATION ||LEHIGH HANSON
|CEDAR VALLEY CORP.||MICHIGAN CONCRETE ASSOCIATION
|CEMENT ASSOCIATION OF CANADA||MISSOURI/KANSAS CHAPTER INC. – ACPA
|CEMENT COUNCIL OF TEXAS||OKLAHOMA/ARKANSAS CHAPTER, ACPA
|CHARLIE GREER ||PORTLAND CEMENT ASSOCIATION
|CONCRETE & AGGREGATES ASSOCIATION OF LOUISIANA||ROANOKE CEMENT
|CONTINENTAL CEMENT COMPANY, LLC|
|ST. MARYS CEMENT
|CTLGROUP||THE FORT MILLER CO., INC.
|DUIT CONSTRUCTION COMPANY, INC.||THE TRANSTEC GROUP, INC.
|EPOXY INTEREST GROUP OF CRSI|
|UTAH CHAPTER, ACPA
|ESSROC CEMENT CORP.||WISCONSIN CONCRETE PAVEMENT ASSOCIATION
|GEORGIA CONCRETE PAVING ASSOCIATION||W. R. MEADOWS, INC.