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ACPA PAC Plan Advances to Board of Directors

multi-level plan to generate contributions for the American Concrete Pavement Association PAC (ACPA PAC) is now advancing to the ACPA Board of Directors for consideration. 

Proposed by ACPA Legislative Issues Task Force (LITF) Chairman Peter Deem in June, the goal of the plan is to provide a simple means of generating ACPA Logo-RGBcontributions to our federal PAC, which is used primarily to support the re-election of the transportation leaders, authorizers, and appropriators—in other words, the people in Congress who control federal funding for highways and airports.   The ultimate goal is to find long-lasting solutions to solve the Highway Trust Fund issue, as well as to obtain long-term funding for highway and airport construction, rehabilitation, and preservation.

 Members of the ACPA LITF had the opportunity to review the four elements of the plan, which included.

  • A concept piece that explains the multi-level plan;
  • A letter explaining the multi-level plan (prepared over LITF Chairman Peter Deem’s signature);
  • A PAC solicitation form.  (This is required by the Federal Election Commission); and
  • A credit/debit card authorization form.

At press time, more than 25% of the LITF had voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, which will now be sent to the ACPA Board of Directors this week for consideration. 

Webinar: Improving Control Joint Quality with Improved Saw Cutting

Register Online!

Improving Control Joint Quality with Improved Saw Cutting

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Time:  Noon to 1:00 p.m. (CST) | 1 to 2:00 p.m. (EST) | 11 a.m. to Noon (MST)

Presenter:  Scott Eilken, Owner, QUALITY SAW & SEAL, INC., Bridgeview, Ill.

Overview:  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.  

The presentation includes many tips and pointers, including when to saw; how to determine the “green zone”; how to protect joint intersections during sawing; and many more useful tips, all presented with an insider’s view by this leading provider of sawing and drilling services.

This is an important program for paving contractors, saw cutting contractors, agencies, and consultants, and others interested in concrete sawing operations.

PDH Credits

The American Concrete Pavement Association will award 1.0 professional development hour (PDH) 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 is quick and easy.  Please click here to register online. 


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

ACPA Addresses Airport Pavement Issues at All Levels

Many contractors and other members know ACPA provides technical leadership and guidance on airport pavement construction and rehabilitation projects, but addressing technical issues with airports often goes beyond what happens on the grade. 

“Many members see us working with contractors, owners’ representatives, and others involved in construction and rehabilitation issues that occur,” said Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President of Airports & Technology.  “Issues related to design, materials, and workmanship certainly account for much of the effort, but increasingly, we are defining, clarifying, and reinforcing the scope and intent of airport pavement specifications.”

The specifications include the Federal Aviation Administration’s P-501 specification and the Unified Facilities Guide Specifications UFGS-32 13 11.  P501 is used in the construction of concrete pavements for commercial and general aviation pavements.  UFGS-32 13 11 is used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force for military airfield concrete pavements.

“This is an ongoing effort, which serves the best interests of all concerned,” Mitchell said. “The specifications are necessarily stringent because of the value and mission of aircraft, but specifications can be misinterpreted or misapplied.” 

“We’re currently involved in several different projects where technical or contractual interpretations are at issue.  Technical issues may involve shrinkage, subsidence cracking, materials, workmanship, or other issues, but in many cases, the resolution of an issue requires a thorough and objective evaluation of the specification to determine if it is being applied correctly.

 “Ultimately, we are all working toward the same common goal, which is to design and place quality concrete pavements that meet performance requirements,” Mitchell said.

Few Spaces Remain for ACPA Airport Pavement Workshop

Only a few open seats remain for ACPA’s comprehensive, three-day workshop covering best practices in airfield pavement design and construction. 

Among the topics covered for this comprehensive workshop are specific sessions detailing the scope and intent of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Aviation Administration specifications used in the design and construction of concrete pavements for commercial, military, and general aviation airports.  

“This is extremely important information for contractors, owners’ representatives, and others to know … and know well,” said Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President of Airports and Pavement Technology.   “Best of all, this information will be presented by  two highly respected individuals who have direct experience and a wealth of experience with P-501 and UFGS-32 13 11, the military Tri-Services spec.”   Presenting this information will be Doug Johnson, P.E., from FAA headquarters’ Airport Engineering Division, and Jim Lafrenz, P.E., with Tigerbrain Engineering, Inc.   In addition to Johnson and Lafrenz, other instructors will include: Martin Holt, Interstate Highway Construction (IHC); Tony Gerardi, APR Consultants; and Rich Thuma, P.E., M.ASCE, Crawford, Murphy, and Tilley, as well as ACPA’s Mitchell.  Carlton Lambiasi, P.E., FAA Great Lakes Region, will also be presenting opening remarks.

The curriculum is well suited for contractors; airport owners and owners’ representatives; consultants/engineers; inspectors; military engineers; Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) personnel, and others with an interest in designing, constructing, and maintaining quality concrete pavements for commercial airports and military airfield applications.

Leading experts from the American Concrete Pavement Association, the Federal Aviation Administration, and other companies in the airport construction community will present information and lead open discussions.

Program Overview
In addition to providing comprehensive information about airport pavement design & construction, it will also cover various specifications (i.e., P-501, Unified Facilities Guide Specifications, etc.); advisory circulars; engineering briefs; and other resources. Specific topics covered in the workshop include foundation support, jointing, concrete mixtures, stockpiling, concrete plant management, acceptance criteria, smoothness, and much more.

Professional Development Hours
Participants will have the opportunity to earn up to 20 professional development hours (PDH’s) for the successful completion of the course.  ACPA encourages participants to confirm the acceptance of ACPA-issued PDH’s with licensing organizations in their state/province.

The comprehensive course will be held  October 14 through 16 at ACPA’s Rosemont, Ill.-headquarters (3rd floor conference room), located at 9450 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, Ill.    

 Registration Information 
Registration for this three-day course is $750 for ACPA members, $900 for non-members, and $500 for government employees. 

Click here for a digital flyer for this event.   For additional information about the course, including details for online event registration, hotel options, and other details, please visit: 

What is Concrete Pavement University?

Concrete Pavement University (CPU) is the American Concrete Pavement Association’s education, training, and technology transfer program held each year during the association’s annual meeting.   

CPU programs (and their forerunner programs, “Tech Days”) have for many years provided the latest information about technology; research & technology; emerging issues and opportunities; and industry best practices.   With formal, classroom-style FINAL Concrete Pavement University Logo - RGB - 2014presentations and discussion forums, ACPA draws from its stable of professional engineers, as well as well-recognized experts representing industry, agencies/owners, other government officials, and members of academia who bring to bear a wealth of expertise and experience.

Professional development recognition
The American Concrete Pavement Association awards certificates of completion and also offers professional development hours (PDH’s), to participants who meet the stated requirements of the specific programs, as well as requirements in their local jurisdictions.  

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.  ACPA strongly advises those interested in obtaining  professional development hours to check the applicability of this training along with other reporting requirements in advance of participating in CPU tracks or any industry-led education and training program.


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