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See the Latest Concrete Pavement Progress

The third-quarter 2019 issue of ACPA’s CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS (CPP) magazine is now available.  In the 3rd quarter isssue, we cover projects in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.  We also include another installment of the popular construction law column by Tom Olson and Rielly Lund of Olson Construction Law, an ACPA member.  You can view the current issue online using our digital flipbook option.

CPP traces its roots back to 1965, but in its current form, the publication is more popular than ever, thanks to a clean, quick-to-read format, large photos, and short summaries of projects.  Shouldn’t your most recent concrete pavement construction, rehab or CPR project be featured in the magazine? 

Click here for more information or to submit a project story for consideration, for subscription information, editorial/photo guidelines and other information about CPP!

See Highlights from CP Road Map and NCC

The latest issue of the National Concrete Consortium (NCC) News* provides an update on the CP Road Map plan jointly developed and implemented by concrete pavement stakeholders, including ACPA and the CP Tech Center. Here are summaries of three reports that caught our eye:

Investigation of the Iowa DOT bridge deck epoxy injection process – This report summarizes how the injection of epoxy resin into the cracks and voids on concrete overlays has been used across Iowa.  The technique has had positive results in preserving concrete overlays, which have been used on bridge decks in Iowa since the 1970s.  

Environmental Impacts and Design on Performance – This report details a study of the effects of environmental factors and pavement design on pavement performance in the absence of heavy loads. Results showed an average of 36% and 24% of total damage was related to environmental factors for flexible and rigid pavements, respectively, at 15 years.

A Cost-Effective Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – This report presents the development of UHPC using locally available materials in Colorado.  Locally sourced materials are said to reduce construction costs when compared to commercially produced products. The report examines implications of various constituent types with an emphasis on silica compounds, steel and polypropylene fibers.

Click here to see these and other reports.

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* The NCC E-News is the newsletter of the Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology (CP Road Map), a national research plan developed and jointly implemented by the concrete pavement stakeholder community. If you’d like to find out more about the CP Road Map or learn how you can get involved, contact Dale Harrington (dharrington@hceservices.com | 515.290.4014). The NCC E-News is produced by Dale Harrington and Sabrina Shields-Cook. 

ISCP Calls for Conference Papers

The International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) is reminding authors and co-authors whose abstracts were accepted that the deadline for submitting final papers to the technical committee is  September 30. 

The 12th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (ICCP 2020) will be held August 30 through September 3 in Minneapolis.  Click here for additional information.

Promoters’ Forum Highlights

ACPA co-sponsored and participated in the cement and concrete industry’s Promoters’ Forum* last week.  The two-day event focused on promotion opportunities and results and featured presentations by and discussions among promoters representing national and local promotion groups, as well as member companies. 

The first day of the event focused on new opportunities, with emphasis on geotechnical markets and cement-based solutions, resilience, sustainability, and competitive threats and opportunities. 

The second day focused on evolving trends and influences on the cement and concrete industry, and included an economic outlook by Ed Sullivan of PCA, climate change and other sustainability issues, resilience, marketing to millennials, and more.  Scott Mueller of ACPA led the promotion breakout session, one of two sessions that also included discussions of buildings-related topics.   

Mueller provided an overview of ACPA’s marketing and promotion initiatives, including plans, development of tools, and strategies for communicating with multi-generational audiences.  The session also included an overview of promotion resources by Greg Halsted of PCA and Brian Killingsworth of NRMCA, as well as an overview of CS Hub resources from Jeremy Gregory and CP Tech Center resources by Gordon Smith. 

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* Other cosponsors included ASCC, CRSI, NCMA, NRMCA and PCA.  Ray McVeigh of GLCPC was also credited for his role in the forum.

 

ACPA Joins Group in Supporting Infrastructure Investment

ACPA is signing on to support of a coalition effort to urge U.S. House and Senate Leaders to develop and pass a long-term, robustly funded surface transportation reauthorization bill. With the strength of more than 150 trade and labor organizations, the Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) will urge Congress to develop and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill ahead of the September 30, 2020, deadline. 

The IWG works to inform and persuade Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation that addresses several priorities:

  • Significantly increase direct federal investments in a broad range of infrastructure sectors,
  • Fix chronic challenges and addresses reoccurring shortages in key federal infrastructure accounts such as the Highway Trust Fund,
  • Complement and strengthen existing tools, such as municipal bonds, that successfully deliver infrastructure investments at the federal, state and local levels,
  • Facilitate opportunities for private investment in U.S. infrastructure, 
  • Create efficiencies such as accelerating the federal permitting process, while continuing to provide environmental protections, and 
  • Encourages active participation among all levels of government and between public and private sectors without shifting federal responsibilities because no single partner can deliver a well-functioning, national U.S. infrastructure network driven by a long-term vision and funding stability.

Led by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Associated General Contractors, the IWG exists to unite a diverse range of trade associations and build support for infrastructure investments. The IWG works to unite the common interest of support for infrastructure investment among a diverse range of industry organizations.

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