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ACPA Adds New Programs to Webinar Line-up

ACPA has added additional programs to its line-up of web-based training and technology transfer programs, which includes a wide range of  topics focusing on concrete pavement design, construction, rehabilitation, and preservation.  These programs provide an excellent opportunity to revisit the basics or to learn about new and emerging technologies, all while earning valuable professional development hours.  Here’s a look at a few of the upcoming programs.

  • (Webinar) Exploring Opportunities for Pervious Concrete Pavements and Interlocking Permeable Concrete Pavements – Tuesday, October 7.  Presenters:   David Smith, Technical Director, The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and Robert Rodden, P.E., American Concrete Pavement Association.  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).  Click here for details and here to register.

  • (Webinar) Developments in Internal Curing of Concrete Pavements – Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  Presenters: Jason Weiss, Ph.D., Purdue University, and Mike Darter, Ph.D., P.E., Applied Research Associates, Inc.  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.  Click here for details and here to register.
  • (MeganarTM) Advancements in Dowel Alignment & Location for Concrete Pavements – October 27, 2014. Presenters: Mark Snyder (ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter); Garry Aiken,  Kessler Soils Engineering Products, Inc.; and Craig Landefeld, Ohio DOT.  Our presentation will provide an update on the ACPA Dowel Alignment/Location Spec; non-contact measurement methods, including GPR, the MIT Scan, and ultrasound, with emphasis on the MIT scan; an overview of the MIT Scan device, as well as agency and contractors’ perspectives on this technology. Click here for details and here to register.

  • Improving Control Joint Quality with Improved Saw Cutting – Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Presenter: Scott Eilken, Owner, QUALITY SAW & SEAL, INC., Bridgeview, Ill.  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.   Click here for details and here to register.

Other web-based training events are being added to our 2014 and 2015 program, too!  Please look for email notices, as well as updates online at:

ACPA to Participate in CSHub Pavement Research Training

ACPA staff will be participating in the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CS Hub) Pavement Research Training scheduled for August 27 in Rosemont, Ill.  

ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne will be participating in the training event, which provides an opportunity to discuss the CS Hub’s researchCSHub-logo_2014 and models for application in state and local jurisdictions.   Voigt will provide a national perspective on behalf of ACPA members during the forum.  Wathne will be one of several presenters and will be  emphasizing how competition in the pavement marketplace can be viewed as an opportunity for highway agencies; he also will emphasize the excellent work that MIT’s CS Hub has been doing, which is an important adjunct to the discussion. 

“We see several benefits to participating in this event,” Voigt said.  “First, it will provide the cement and concrete industries an opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of some of the CS Hub’s research and technology (R&T) initiatives.   Second, it will give the various associations and member companies the chance to discuss practical applications for the research findings and other information coming from the CS Hub, particularly as viewed through the lens of a competitive two-pavement program.”

The training is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   At last count, the attendee list included more than 50 people representing more than 35 associations and member companies, including contractors, cement companies, Chapter/States, the CP Tech Center, and other members of ACPA, PCA, and NRMCA. 

“With strong participation among ACPA members, along with affiliated Chapter/States and the CP Tech Center, we see this as another opportunity to build awareness and provide support to the broad-based implementation of the work being done by the CS Hub,” he said.
In related news, the workshop will be 

presented again (in abbreviated form) during the Chapter/State Committee’s meeting at ACPA’s 51st annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The session will be presented on Tuesday, December 2.

Featured App: Airfield Steel Calculator

ACPA’s Airfield Steel Calculator is a useful resource for engineers, designers, estimators, and others who need a quick means of calculating the amount of embedded steel required for airport pavements.

To use this online resource, the user enters the concrete pavement thickness (using either English or metric figures); the coefficient of AirfieldSteelCalculatorsubgrade/subbase friction; and the distance to the nearest free edge.  Next, the user enters the weight of the concrete and allowable tensile strength to obtain the estimate, which is expressed as either area per unit width or as a percentage of the cross-sectional area.

To view this and other computer and smartphone apps, as well as design tools used for concrete pavements, visit ACPA’s apps library at

ACPA Education & Training Opportunities

Check out these upcoming education & training opportunities:

Webinar: Improving Control Joint Quality with Improved Saw CuttingWednesday, November 5.

Check back next month for more opportunities for classroom-style and web-based training programs in 2015.



Webinar: All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction

Register Online!

All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction 

Friday, September 19, 2014 
Noon to 2:30 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 3:30 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PACIFIC) 

Eric Ferrebee, EIT, Technical Engineer, American Concrete Pavement Association

Proper design and construction of joints are critical to both the short- and long-term quality.   With that in mind, ACPA presents this comprehensive Meganar™ to provide essential information about the design and layout of joints, as well as recommended best practices in joint construction.

The first part of our program begins with basic details about the reasons to joint concrete pavements, as well as joint-spacing principles.   The Meganar also will cover the basics of saw cutting; proper curing; types of joints; and examples of joint locations.   The program also will cover dowel bar and tie bar considerations; specialty joints; and the basics of sealing or not sealing joints.

Next, the program will cover details for construction, including placing steel; locating and identifying dowel locations; joint forming; saw cutting, cleaning, and recommended practices for final preparation of joints (whether sealed or not sealed).   The course also will include details on proper header construction (formed or sawed), along with other pertinent information.

During and after our web-based program, ACPA will provide details about several web-based resources that can be used during the joint design/layout and construction processes.   ACPA also will provide brief details about a draft pavement dowel bar location & alignment specification.  (This topic will also be covered in greater depth later this year.)

PDH Credits
The American Concrete Pavement Association will award 2.5 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.   ACPA strongly recommends checking these requirements in advance of taking this course.

Registration Rates
To register online for this event, please follow this link:   Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option.

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