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ACPA’s Roadway Concrete Pavement Design Workshop

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Don’t miss ACPA’s Roadway Concrete Pavement Design Workshop, May 14 and 15, 2014 at ACPA Headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois. This course will provide practical training on concrete pavement thickness design for roadways. This course presents practical information about pavement design, while also linking pavement design theory and practice with pavement construction. Participants also will have the opportunity to discuss pavement design problems, as well as to do hands-on training with state-of-the-practice software and other tools.

About the Program
The focus of this workshop is concrete pavement design, but also will emphasize the interdependence of design and construction. Upon completing this workshop, participants will know which design software and tools to use for a given project and will be able to design better performing and more cost-efficient concrete pavements.


  • ACPA’s Robert Rodden, P.E., will present pavement design fundamentals and in-depth training on concrete pavement design using real-world design challenges. Discussions will cover common jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) thickness design methods for over-the-road traffic, and how these methods compare; types of concrete pavement overlays and concrete overlay design; and more. With a solid foundation of these key considerations, Rodden also provide hands-on training using ACPA’s roadway thickness design software (StreetPave and WinPAS), as well as other pavement design resources. 
  • Kelly Steeves, Leica Geosystems, who will cover recent and emerging construction equipment innovations. 
  • Ing. Juan Pablo Covarrubias, TCPavements, and Nigel Parkes, PNA Construction Technologies, Inc., who will cover the short-slab design approach using OptiPave™ system, as well as a demo of the software program. 

Your Registration Includes $600 in Complimentary Software!
Participants of the workshop will receive complimentary copies of ACPA’s StreetPave 12 and WinPAS 12 software (a $600 value).

Professional Development Hours
ACPA will award up to thirteen (13) professional development hours (PDH’s) to participants who complete this workshop. The award of PDH’s is intended for states/provinces that allow self-reporting, but in all cases, participants interested in the award of PDH’s should check with local licensing organizations for specific requirements prior to registering and participating in this workshop.

Who Should Attend?
This course is ideal for pavement design professionals, engineers, consultants, contractors, professors and other instructors, and other industry professionals who may have an interest in pavement design and/or the benefits and effects of proper pavement design on other aspects of pavement construction. A basic understanding of concrete pavement design and construction methods is helpful to this workshop. Much of the discussion will be advanced and assume prior knowledge on common concrete pavement engineering factors and considerations.

Location, Date, and Times
This comprehensive training event will be held at ACPA’s Rosemont, Illinois-headquarters, located approximately 1 mile east of O’Hare International Airport at 9450 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, Illinois. (Look for signs to the third floor conference room, or stop by ACPA’s suite #150 for assistance.) The event begins with registration at 9 a.m. (CDT) on Wednesday, May 14, and continues through 2:30 p.m. (CDT) on Thursday, May 15.

Registration Rates
Government Employee (See note 1) … $550
ACPA Member (See note 2) … $775
Non-Member … $925


(Note 1) Special pricing is available for federal, state, municipal, county, or equivalent government agencies, as well as active-duty and civilian employees of the Department of Defense, including all branches of the military. Discounts for government employees are subject to verification. If you are a government employee please email Debbie Becker ( ) with the subject line “Design Workshop: Government Discount” to obtain instructions on how to receive your discount.
(Note 2) ACPA members in good standing are eligible for a discounted workshop registration rate. To secure the discounted rate, please log in using your email address and unique password. If you have registered for events online previously, your password will be the same as you set up originally. If you have not registered for events online, simply enter your email, and then, create a unique password.

ACPA, Barrett Equipment Announce Members-Only Benefit

The American Concrete Pavement Association and Barrett Equipment Inc., Cary, Ill., announce an exclusive benefit to ACPA contractor members and others interested in purchasing previously owned concrete pavement equipment and accessories.                                                                                        

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

ACPA members who are registered on contractor-to-contractor equipment website, “The Concrete Yard” will receive exclusive emails that list used equipment and accessories ahead of their scheduled postings to the site.  This service allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website. 

To take advantage of this special program, ACPA members should click on the special banner on the ACPA website, or alternatively, check the link on the Member Benefits section of the new website.   

About the Concrete Yard
 “The Concrete Yard” is a portal for contractor-to-contractor negotiated sales of concrete plants; slipform and form-riding paving equipment; placers and trimmers; concrete paving forms; conveyors and dust-control systems; and stringline equipment and accessories.

The portal is well organized and easy to navigate.   Sellers pay no listing fees, and may simply contact “The Yard” with equipment listings.  Barrett recommends providing as much information as possible, noting that the best listings include “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  This includes:

  • Company info and contact(s).
  • Equipment specifications.
  • Maintenance & repair records.
  • Build sheet, if available.
  • Photos and videos, if available.

Buyers simply log in, then browse the site for current machine and accessory listings.   Interested buyers complete a quick query, and then, Barrett provides an excellent breadth and depth of information, including:

  • Information about the current owner.
  • Where the machine/accessory is located.
  • The means to speak with the operator or mechanic.
  • The cost of the equipment with minimal mark up.
  • The ability to submit reasonable offers.
  • The ability to find the best possible freight rates.

Prior to making an offer on equipment/accessories, buyers are asked to be fully aware of terms and conditions of “The Yard,” which are available upon request.

About Barrett Equipment
Equipment Inc. is a fourth generation family owned business which sells concrete paving equipment. The company created “The Yard” with the vision of halting the devaluation of the used concrete-equipment market, and to give contractors and ready mix producers the best options available when buying and selling concrete equipment. 

Illinois Tollway Open House Spotlights Sustainability

More than 125 transportation construction officials participated in the Illinois Tollway’s Open House. Sponsored by the National Concrete Pavement Technology, the 1.5 day event included presentations that focused on sustainable construction materials and practices.

The event drew officials from more than 25 state transportation agencies and the Federal Highway Administration, along with representatives from industry and academia. 

Although sustainability was the main focus of the overall program, the participants also had the opportunity to see presentations that covered other essential details about the project, including recycled aggregate (including “black rock” and recycled concrete aggregates); soils; subbases; and the composite mainline concrete. The project featured a two-lift concrete overlay on asphalt, as well as pervious asphalt pavement. Participants also heard presentations about the pavement design; mixture design; and sustainability measurement using  the FHWA’s INVEST (Infrastructure Voluntary Evaluation Sustainability Tool) and Life-Cycle Assessment tools.
ACPA President and CEO Jerry Voigt commended the Tollway officials, not only for researching innovative construction materials, designs, and construction methods, but also for implementing them quickly and decisively. 

Voigt also moderated a contractor panel that included Rick Sniegowski, K-Five Construction; Bill Madden, Plote Construction; Mark Barkowski, F.H. Paschen, and Randy Riley, Illinois Chapter-ACPA, Inc. The three contractors are involved in the pavement construction in the multi-phase project.

On the second day of the event, participants had the opportunity to see the mainline paving; construction of a bridge deck; and the central-mix and ready-mixed concrete plant operations. Participants also had the opportunity to see demonstrations of the pervious asphalt and MIT scan device. 

The project showcased was on the Jane Adams Memorial Tollway (Interstate 9) from the Elgin Toll Plaza (Cook County) to Genoa Road (Boone County). The project is part of a 15-year, 12 billion capital program aimed at improving mobility, relieving congestion; and reducing pollution.

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