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ACPA Moving Forward on Business Planning

ACPA has completed its strategic planning process, and is now working to implement the strategic plan, while also evaluating the overall business model.

ACPA completed the entire strategic planning process in 2014, and the two major outcomes included the development and implementation of new promotion strategies, as well as evaluation of the business model noted above.   The ACPA Board of Directors approved the two objectives, the first of which involves reinforcement and expansion of the association’s industry leadership position, as well as the development of a new promotional platform and promotional tools to assist ACPA-affiliated Chapter/States.

The Business Model Group, which met again this week at ACPA’s Rosemont headquarters, is working to create a new business model that will smooth obstacles present in the current model and improve effectiveness of promotion.

Visit ACPA at World of Concrete


WOC2015-microACPA is inviting all ACPA and IGGA members and affiliates to visit us at World of Concrete 2015.   ACPA will once again be sharing booth space with IGGA, and representatives of both associations will be on hand during the  show.  

ACPA Chairman Mike Lipps and President/CEO Jerry Voigt will be on hand at various times on Tuesday and Wednesday, as will Steve Davis of the Southeast Chapter/Georgia and Larry Scofield of IGGA.   Chairman Lipps is encouraging members and others to stop by to say hello and to share ideas about the association and the industry.

In related news, ACPA will be hosting a press conference to announce new initiative that centers on technology transfer, knowledge transfer, and education throughout the transportation-construction community.

The combined booth spaces are is C4225/C4225a in the Central Hall.   All visitors to the booth are eligible to win an iPad mini tablet.

ACPA Revamps Applications Library

ACPA has launched version 2.0 of its popular applications library, which features 59 web and smartphone applications, as well as software interfaces.  

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The upgraded site makes searching for and using the apps faster and easier, thanks to the site’s architecture, which  provide a more dynamic and responsive experience. 

 Tabs at the top of the page allow viewing the apps by category (design, construction, or analysis), as well as by operating system/device.  

Users also can register free of charge, which allows saving and sharing app project inputs and viewing the most used and recently used apps.

Streamlined formatting of apps provides a uniform look and “feel” throughout the site, and speeds the access to and use of the apps.

The site also offers printer-friendly formatting of results, including project information such as title, location, owner/agency, engineer, and the date.   

ACPA’s Application Library is free of charge to users. To access the apps library, please follow this link: http://apps.acpa.org.

ACPA’s 2015 Webinar and Meganar Program

The following paragraphs describe currently scheduled webinars to be presented or co-presented by The American Concrete Pavement Association.  

Included in our 2015 program is a series of webinars on concrete pavement overlays.  Presented by the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (www.cptechcenter.org), with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association (www.acpa.org), this program is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.  Please check back regularly, because new topics are added frequently and the schedule changes occasionally. 

For these and all ACPA webinars, we kindly request that government employees* must contact ACPA directly to receive the government discount.  Please contact ACPA, noting the schedule and contact information below:

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Concrete Overlays Series-Part 5: Design Details, Joints & Jointing for Concrete Pavement Overlays**  

(Thursday, March 5)
Noon to 1:30 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 2:30 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (PACIFIC)

 Presenter   

  • Gary Fick, P.E., Trinity Construction Management for the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center

Overview

This is the fifth installment of this multi-part series.   In this program, our guest presenter, Gary Fick, will present important information about design details specific to concrete overlays, including joint layout and other jointing considerations for concrete overlays.   Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDH’s Available)

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Concrete Overlays Series-Part 6:  Maintenance of Traffic in Concrete Pavement Overlay Design & Construction**  (Thursday, March 26)

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

 Presenter   

  • Dale Harrington, P.E., Snyder & Associates for the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center

Overview

This is the sixth installment of this multi-part series.   In this program, our guest presenter, Dale Harrington, will cover the very important details of maintenance of traffic (MOT) during concrete pavement overlay design and construction.

Misperceptions abound about the maintenance of traffic for concrete overlays, but the reality is MOT requirements should be and are similar to the approaches used when designing and placing an asphalt overlay.

As this course will emphasize, there is no need to add complexity to the planning and engineering process simply because the overlay type has changed.  This course will cover the essentials of location,

geometrics, and other MOT requirements, and will emphasize the that these considerations will dictate the level of design detail required in the plans.  The course will provide information for rural, urban, and suburban overlay projects. 

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Streetscapes:  Strategies for Using Pervious Concrete and Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements 
(Tuesday, March 31)
Noon to 1:30 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 2:30 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (PACIFIC)

  • Rich Cofoid, Sr. Marketing Product Manager, Increte Systems
  • David R. Smith, Technical Director, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)

The American Concrete Pavement Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute are pleased to present this two-part program that provides a wealth of information for contractors, owners/agencies, consultants and others interested in using decorative, cast-in-place concrete pavements and interlocking/permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems (ICP/PICP). Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDH’s Available)

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* Government employees includes only employees of federal, state, and municipal government agencies, as well as military officials.  Sorry, government contractors and employees of state colleges and universities are not included.

** These courses are part of a six-part series called, “What Every Agency and Contractor Should Understand About Using Concrete Overlays Successfully.”  Presented by the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association, this program is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.    Previous courses are available online at: http://www.acpa.org/instructional-videos-for-purchase/

Pricing information:

ACPA webinar prices are as follows. 

 Government Member Non Member 
HoursIndividualGroupIndividualGroupIndividualGroup
1154020503075

 Government Member Non Member 
HoursIndividualGroupIndividualGroupIndividualGroup
1.52050307550125

 Government Member Non Member 
HoursIndividualGroupIndividualGroupIndividualGroup
2.530755012580200

 Government Member Non Member 
HoursIndividualGroupIndividualGroupIndividualGroup
225604010060150

Reinforcing Our Technical Leadership  

As your current Chairman, I had the opportunity earlier this month to participate in an Expert Task Group meeting to discuss the FHWA’s Concrete Pavement Notebook, which  serves as a guide spec/recommendation to DOT’s on specific concrete paving issues.  

This meeting consisted of eight state DOT officials, seven FHWA officials, and nine representatives  from industry and academia.   Our job was to provide expert opinions to help update the “notebook,” which was written in 1995.  This review process is a two-year commitment, which indicates the magnitude of the project and the significance of the review and revision process.

During the meeting it became very apparent that ACPA is recognized as the Leader of the Concrete Pavement Industry by the FHWA.   It was mentioned many times during the meeting that the notebook should use a large number of ACPA’s documents as references and guides for the DOT’s, and equally important, many of the DOT representatives concurred.   There were several CP Tech Center documents referenced and a few PCA documents referenced as well, and this speaks to the technical credibility of our these valued organizations. 

It’s also worth mentioning that when the ACPA staff members spoke, they commanded the attention of the entire room.  There was clearly perceptible camaraderie and mutual-respect shared with everyone in the room.  It was an enjoyable and open dialogue, which allowed us to share some laughs with our consultant and agency partners, while also making our points and getting a lot done during the meeting. 

This is a tone and tenor that will serve us well as we work through the notebook and a relationship based on trust that ACPA leaders have worked very hard to achieve.  Incidentally, this meeting was hosted at ACPA’s headquarters in Rosemont, and if you’re not aware of this, it’s worth noting that we have hosted more meetings with members, agencies/owners, and other allies at our current location than any of our previous locations

Some people would say that we need to become the recognized leader in the concrete pavement industry.  From my perspective, the challenge should be to remain the recognized leader of the concrete pavement industry.   Our customers recognize our leadership role in the transportation-construction community, and as members, we should not only take great pride in knowing it … but we also should be communicating it loudly and often!

Let’s make this a great year to be in the concrete pavement industry!

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