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Presentation Draws Attention to Competition as an Opportunity

Competition lowers prices, spurs innovation, and improves quality.   These were some of the focal points of a recent presentation by Leif Wathne, ACPA’s Vice President of Highways and Federal Affairs. Wathne was one of several presenters at last week’s MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CS Hub) Pavement Research Training in Rosemont, Ill.

Wathne’s presentation, “Competition as an Opportunity,” focused on how competition extends the purchasing power of the highway dollar, provides value to the agency/owner (and taxpayers), and also explained how states benefit from presence of both pavement types.   The presentation also made the point that advocacy efforts should be rooted in advocating for a competitive paving program – not just highlighting the superiority of concrete over asphalt. 

This presentation ties closely with some of the CS Hub’s efforts in the area of pavement life-cycle cost analysis, life cycle assessment, and pavement vehicle interaction..

“This training event helps lay the foundation for broad industry cooperation, and is aimed at helping agencies/owners address issues that are separate from traditional technical issues and specification criteria,” Wathne said.  ”If we look at these issues from our customers’ perspectives, we can pique their interest in tools to help them make more informed decisions.”

Wathne explained the competition issue is not a new concept, emphasizing that it was acknowledged more than 50 years ago in the 1960 AASHO Guide on Project Procedures, when we were at the outset of the interstate era.

ACPA has performed statistical analysis on public bid tabulations and determined that where competition between paving industries is healthy, unit process for both paving materials are lower.  In addition to the cost advantages, there also is a more competitive spirit that also fosters innovation and improves quality.

“MIT has created some excellent resources, and as we saw from other presentations at the workshop, there are many tools available to help agencies/owners make informed decisions,” he said, adding, “These tools are useful only if there’s a competitive pavement program, because without one, the free market dynamic is not able to deliver the desired benefits.”

ACPA Chapter Forming in New Mexico


The ACPA Board of Directors has granted frontier chapter status to an organization of cement and concrete pavement industry interests in New Mexico.

The frontier status is a two-year period that allows the industry time to formalize its operations, as well as coalesce and build the requisite support necessary for full chapter status. 

ACPA Logo-NM-newsletterThe aim of the Chapter is to improve the quality and value of concrete pavements in New Mexico for highways, airfields, streets, roads, and industrial applications. The Chapter is also forming to provide a strong, unified voic

e to support public policies that can benefit the industry, agencies, and the traveling public, while also serving as a long-term resource for the New Mexico DOT and other agencies.

A number of companies in the region have been instrumental in the development of the chapter.  They include: 

  • AUI, Inc. (Adam Triolo)
  • Cemex USA (Tom Pruitt)*
  • Constructors Inc. (Jon Putman)
  • El Terrero Construction (Lencho Villalobos)
  • GCC of America (Rick Percival)*
  • Geneva Rock (Cody Preston)
  • Holcim (Mike Lively)*
  • Interstate Highway Construction (Dirk Holtman)
  • Kiewit New Mexico (Gray Kite)
  • Montoya Construction (David Montoya)
  • Nick Griego & Sons (Gerald Griego)
  • Salt River Materials (Jeff Myers)**
  • Southwest Concrete Contracting Inc. (Steve Usherwood)
  • Southwest Concrete Paving (Dave Nuttal)

* Cement companies
** Associate member

Also helping with the organization and development of the Chapter is Pat Nolan of C Square Value.   Nolan, who served as the 2007 Chairman-ACPA Board of Directors, has agreed to serve as an interim director until the Chapter hires an executive director.

Developments in Internal Curing of Concrete Pavements

Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Noon to 2:00 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 3:00 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (PACIFIC)

 Presenters:  

  • Jason Weiss, Ph.D., Jack and Kay Hockema Professor of Civil Engineering/Director of the Pankow Materials Laboratory, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Mike Darter, Ph.D., P.E., Principal Engineer, Applied Research Associates, Inc., and Emeritus Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Overview
Our two-part Meganar™ focuses on this the concept of internal curing of concrete pavements, and how this technology can both increase productivity on the grade and extend the service life of finished pavements.  

Our program will begin with an overview of the technology; supportive research results; benefits of internal curing; and sustainability aspects. In our second part of the program, we will feature pavement design considerations, materials-related issues and topics, life cycle cost considerations, and long-term performance.

This  is an essential training and tech transfer program for contractors, consultants, engineers, and others representing industry, agencies/owners, and academia and who have an interest in this exciting technology.   

PDH Credits
The American Concrete Pavement Association will award 2.0 professional development hours (PDH’s) 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.   ACPA strongly recommends checking these requirements in advance of taking this course.

Registration Rates
To register online for this event, please follow this link:  http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops/.   Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option.

 Government Member Non Member 
HoursIndividualGroupIndividualGroupIndividualGroup
225604010060150

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

 

 

Stormwater Management Solutions for Pervious Concrete and Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements

Tuesday, October 7, 2014 

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

Presenters:   

  • David Smith, Technical Director, The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI)
  • Robert Rodden, P.E., Senior Director— Pavement Technology, American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA)

Overview
The American Concrete Pavement Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute are pleased to present this two-part program that takes the mystery out of building pervious concrete pavements and permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems (PICP).ACPA-ICPI-logos-compositeview

The program will focus on construction aspects of both technologies and includes recent project examples for both systems.  The program is well-suited for contractors, agencies and owners, consultants, and others with an interest in these technologies, which provide both sustainability benefits, as well as performance features and benefits compared to other systems.  Both presentations are geared toward contractors, specifiers, and consultants new to one or both of the technologies.  

Learning Objectives and Presentation Overviews
The learning objective is to present basic to intermediate-level information, all with the aim of facilitating the use of pervious concrete pavements and PICP, whether in tandem or separately.

ICPI’s David Smith will present information about the essentials of PICP.  His presentation will be focused on construction of PICP, equipment requirements, man hour requirements, and casebook examples of where and how PICP isused in residential, commercial, and municipal applications, all of which help reduce stormwater runoff and pollutants. 

ACPA’s Robert Rodden will cover materials, details for construction, as well as maintenance and preservation of pervious concrete pavement systems.   He also will present exemplary projects that demonstrate best practices and potential applications for this versatile pavement system.     

About the Underlying Technologies
Both PICP and pervious concrete systems may be used as key strategies in sustainable construction for stormwater management, as they can help reduce the need for detention and retention basins/ponds, bioswales, filtration strips, vegetation, and other practices.  In some applications, pervious/permeable pavement can completely replace these stormwater management approaches, thereby allowing more area to be developed. 

Professional Development Hours (1.5 PDH’s Available)
ACPA and ICPI will jointly award 1.5 professional development hours (PDH’s) 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 Rates
Member rates are available for current members of the American Concrete Pavement Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.   ICPI members:   For a discount code required to obtain the ICPI member rate, please contact Joshua Dombroski at jdombroski@icpi.org or (703) 657-6900.  ACPA members:  Discount rate will be calculated automatically when you register online.  

 Government Member Non Member 
HoursIndividualGroupIndividualGroupIndividualGroup
1.52050307550125

Important:   Government employees must contact ACPA directly to receive the government discount.   Please contact Debbie Becker (dbecker@acpa.org | 847.423.8710), or alternatively, Bill Davenport (bdavenport@acpa.org | 847.423.8703).  Government rate is for employees of federal, state/provincial, county, or township agencies, as well as the agencies/branches of the Department of Defense.

To register online for this event, please follow this link:  http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops/.   Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option.  Please note that group rates are intended for up to 6 people;  additional registrations (at either the individual or group) rates are required for groups with 7 or more participants. 

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

  • (Monday)  Maxine Bacerdo (mbacerdo@acpa.org | 847.423.8708)
  • (Tuesday through Friday)  Debbie Becker (dbecker@acpa.org | 847.423.8710)

Preview the Concrete Pavement University Program

ACPA’s Concrete Pavement University is one of the popular features of the annual meeting, and this year’s line-up promises to be packed with useful information on timely topics of relevance to contractors, promoters, and others in the concrete pavement industry.   In addition to the value of the technical information presented during the program, CPU also offers an opportunity to earn up to 8.5 professional development hours toward continuing education requirements.

As part of the CPU program this year, ACPA is pleased to be partnering with the Federal Highway Administration, to present Quality Assurance/Quality Control training.   ACPA’s CPU will take place at ACPA’s 51st Annual meeting, and this year, will be held during the meeting’s final two days, Thursday, December 4, and Friday, December 5.  Please note that specific program details, including topics and times, are subject to change, and that all times noted are expressed in Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).  

Here is a preview of this year’s program: 

Thursday, December 4

CPU track 1 – Opening Keynote Session … 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. 
>>  Implications of the Elections on the Highway Bill and Funding Future Directions of Technology Implementation and Performance Measures

  • “Implications of the Elections on the Highway Bill and Funding,” Greg Cohen, American Highway Users Alliance 
  • “Future Directions of Technology Implementation and Performance Measures,” Butch Waidelich, Associate Administrator, Federal Highway Administration


CPU track 2 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part A) … 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 3
>>  Quality Assurance Concepts

CPU track 3 – Project Stories Session …  3:30 to 5:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 2 
>>  I-480 Turbine Interchange Project (in North Carolina)
>>  Kansas Whitetopping on Full-Depth Reclamation
>>  Whitetopping the French Quarter, New Orleans
(Other topics may be included or substituted.)

Friday, December 5

CPU track 4 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part B) …  8:00 to 9:30 a.m. | concurrent with CPU track 5 
>>  Concrete Materials, Properties and Testing
>>  Pre-Paving and Mixture Production

CPU track 5 – Policy Concepts  …  8:00 to 9:30 a.m. | concurrent with CPU track 4 
>>  The Ideal Pavement Type Selection Process
>>  Life-Cycle Assessment Concepts and Tool Development
>>  An Alternative Cost Analysis Parameter for Pavements

CPU track 6 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part C)  …  10:00 a.m. to noon | concurrent with CPU track 7 
>>  Paving w/ Quality in Mind
>>  Quality Control Plans Used Effectively

CPU track 7 – Innovations & Applications  …  10:00 a.m. to noon | concurrent with CPU track 6 
>>  Kansas Internal Curing Test Section
>>  Traffic Management and the New Overlay Guide
(Other topics may be included.)

CPU track 8 – Quality in the Paving Process (Part D)  … 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 9
>>  Applying Quality Concepts
>>  Quality Paving: Contractor Panel Discussion

CPU track 9 – MIT Training … 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. | concurrent with CPU track 8
>>> 
Insights into the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub and cement/concrete industries collaborative efforts, including discussion & question-and-answer opportunities. 

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