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Webinar Spotlights Fiber-Reinforced Pavements

ACPA and the ISCP are co-presenting a webinar on Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Pavements.  The 90-minute webinar will be presented from Noon to 1:30 on Thursday. May 30. 

This two-part webinar will cover the basics of fiber-reinforced concrete pavements, beginning with an overview of fiber types, test methods, and details for construction. The second part of the webinar will present case histories on various fiber-reinforced concrete pavement projects.  The webinar will be presented by Jeff Roesler, Ph.D., P.E., University of Illinois (and President of ISCP), and Ing. Juan Pablo Covarrubias, General Manager of TCPavements (and an ISCP Director). The webinar will be moderated by Bill Davenport.

Registration rates are discounted for ACPA members.  Click here to register online. 


ISCP Issues Final Call for Abstracts

The International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) is people interested in making presentations at the 12th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (12th ICCP) to submit abstracts on or before May 31.  

Conference organizers are looking for presentations covering a wide range of subjects related to concrete pavement design, construction, testing, and rehabilitation.  Presentations reflecting the conference theme, “Making Waves with Durable, Resilient Concrete Pavements” are welcome, but not mandatory.Click here to submit an abstract on or before the May 31 deadline.

The 12th ICCP will be held August 30 through September 3, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN.  The conference continues the tradition of a series of international conferences begun in 1977 by Purdue University and now organized by ISCP.  

Conference participants typically are federal, state/provincial, and municipal/county engineers; contractors; consulting engineers, suppliers, and members of academia. 

Click here to see more information about the 12 ICCP conference, including hotel, sponsorship, workshops, and student competitions, is available at the conference website.


Chapter Committee Meeting Highlights

ACPA Chapter executives and staff engineers, along with ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and members of ACPA national staff  met last week in Indianapolis to discuss timely issues  and share best practices.

On Wednesday evening, ahead of the formal meeting, the participants had the opportunity to enjoy camaraderie and refreshments during an evening reception (cosponsored by IGGA and the Chapter Committee).  The meeting began early Thursday morning with welcoming remarks by 2019 Chapter Chairman Mike Byers.

Presentations and discussions on the Thursday included:

  • Optimized Mixtures in Wisconsin – Kevin McMullen
  • State of Practice – Dowels & Tie Bars – John Becker
  • ACPA/PCA Industry Promotion Plan – Jerry Voigt
  • FHWA Stakeholders Meeting – Leif Wathne
  • update, including a Google analytics report showing usage of the popular concrete pavement thickness deign portal – Andy Gieraltowski
  • Federal Affairs Update – Leif Wathne
  • Upcoming Events, including the Midyear Meeting and Change Management  Seminar – Jerry Voigt
  • CP Tech Center update – Peter Taylor and Gordon Smith

The meeting continued Friday with presentations and discussions covering:

  • New FAA P-501 Specification Update – Improvements, Issues – Gary Mitchell
  • Condition Rating & Evaluation of General Aviation Airports – Angela Folkestad
  • FHWA HMA video review – Larry Scofield
  • Pavement Determination & Program Balance Discussions – Greg Mulder

The workshop also included guest presentations by three State DOT officials, who spoke about infrastructure investments in their states.  Presenters included: Glenn Engstrom, Minnesota DOT; Rick Miller, Kansas DOT; and  David Holtz, Indiana DOT. 

The next meeting for the Chapter Committee will be at the 56th ACPA Annual Meeting, scheduled for December 3 through 6 in New Orleans. 

Celebrating Pavement Longevity in Boulder

In addition to the breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, the City of Boulder, CO, boasts excellent quality of life, thanks to the Flatirons rock formations, popular Pearl Street Mall attractions, and the University of Colorado’s Boulder campus.

In the heart of this vibrant city is a six-block concrete pavement along Mapleton Avenue, which continues its service to the city after more than nine decades. Built in 1927, and with minimal maintenance since, the concrete pavement stands as an exceptional and durable example of concrete put to the test. This historic section of Mapleton Avenue is lined with some of the oldest residences in Boulder and is located in the Mapleton Hill Historic District. This project was formally recognized with an ACPA Pavement Longevity award.

Angela Folkestad, Executive Director of the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter-ACPA, had the opportunity earlier this month to present the award to the City of Boulder’s Transportation Advisory Board. “Boulder is a very bike-centric community, and the TAB does a bike tour every year with city transportation staff to look at different parts of the city,” Angela says. “One of the board members mentioned that they had toured Mapleton within the last several years, and the City’s Principal Engineer for Transportation Capital Projects, Gerrit Slatter (far left in the photo) first drew their attention to this long-life pavement.”

Highlights of the TCC Fly-In

As reported previously in ACPA TODAY, the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Annual Fly-In was held May 13 through 15 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.  The event was held in conjunction with the ARTBA Federal Issues Program.

Keynote speakers included FHWA Administrator Nicole R. Nason, US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Senator Tom Carper (D-DE), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment & Public Works Committee. 

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack of CEMEX, and Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, attended the fly-in ahead of the ACPA Chapter Committee meeting. 

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