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Make Plans to Attend ACPA’s 52nd Annual Meeting

HyattRegencyCoconutPoint-BonitaSprings-FL-panview-webACPA is putting the finishing touches on the program for the Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, which will be held December 1st through 4th at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa in Bonita Springs, Fla. The Association is urging members, affiliates, and guests to make plans to attend the meeting.

Earlier this year, ACPA conducted a survey about the annual meeting, and will be incorporating many of the following suggestions into the program:

  • Greater contractor attendance and participation.
  • More quality and less quantity for the Concrete Pavement University (education & training tracks).
  • More technical topics and fewer promoter-oriented topics.
  • A half-day session for contractors to share best practices and innovative ideas.
  • Fewer optional activities (but a continuation of the receptions).

Survey respondents also asked ACPA to modify the golf outing to make it faster to play. Also, for the awards banquet, respondents said to keep the existing format (where winners are notified in advance, but the news of “gold” or “silver” levels are not revealed until the banquet).   

ACPA will be announcing additional details soon, and in the interim is urging everyone to “save the dates” for the annual meeting.

ACPA to Host Airport Pavement Workshop in Texas

ACPA is encouraging members, Chapter/State affiliates, and other interested parties to make plans to participate in ACPA’s Airport Pavement Workshop, scheduled for November 3 through 5, in Austin, Texas.

This comprehensive training, led by ACPA’s Gary Mitchell and other leading subject matter experts, will cover airport pavement design, construction, and rehabilitation.   The course will also include detailed information about interpreting and applying airport concrete pavement specifications used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC). 

The workshop will be held at the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel, 9515 Hotel Drive, Austin.   Additional information will be sent to ACPA members, Chapter/States, airport owners’ representatives, engineers, and others involved in the design and construction of airport concrete pavements.

 ACPA Announces Joint Design & Construction Workshop

ConcretePavementJointDesignandConstruction-smACPA will present a two-day national workshop on concrete pavement joint design and construction, as well as the closely related subjects of load transfer, tie bar systems, and dowel alignment.

Scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, October 27 and 28, the workshop will be held in the third-floor conference room at ACPA’s Rosemont, Ill. headquarters office. The program will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CDT) the first day, and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (CDT) the second day.

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All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction: Agenda

Detailed Agenda

Day 1 – Concrete Pavement Joint Design Considerations
Tuesday, October 27

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.—Welcome

  • Introductions and course objectives

10:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.—Introduction to Joint Design & Construction

  • Why do we joint concrete pavements?

10:30 to 11:00 a.m.—Types of Concrete Pavement Joints

  • Contraction Joints – A closer look at dowels, tie bars (in longitudinal and hinged transverse joints), and aggregate interlock
    • Joint movement and panel shrinkage
    • Typical values for standard and specialty joints (e.g., precast pavements)
    • Skewed vs. perpendicular joints
  • Construction Joints – doweled (headers and non-headers),tied, butt joints, keyways
  • Specialty Joints (expansion joints, anchor lug joints, bridge approach joints, etc.)

11:00 a.m. to Noon— Joint Placement and Spacing Considerations

  • Control of Cracking – Understanding restraint of curl/warp, shrinkage, thermal expansion/contraction
  • Impact of foundation stiffness, slab aspect ratios and more on pavement performance
  • Joint layout guidance for highways and roadways

Noon to 1:00 p.m. –Lunch

1:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.—Complex Joint Layouts

  • Joint layout for intersections
  • Joints layout for roundabouts
  • Joint layouts for diverging diamond interchanges (DDI)

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.—Joint Layout Clinic (Small Group Exercise/Large Group Discussion)

  • Participants will have the opportunity to complete actual joint layouts
  • A group discussion will allow participants to discuss layout challenges

3:00 to 3:15–Refreshment Break

3:15 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Joint Mechanics

  • Introduction: The need for load transfer
  • Design and evaluation of load transfer systems
  • Design and evaluation of tie bar systems

 4:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Summary

 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.—Reception


Day 2 – Construction and Quality
Wednesday, October 28

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.—Joint Construction

  • Steel Placement – baskets, insertion (DBI, etc.), chairs
    • Use of baskets, dowel inserters (DBI), and other devices
    • Recommendations for elevation, standardization, etc.
  • Sawing/forming contraction joints
    • Sawcut timing (including impact on equipment type – early entry vs conventional)
    • Sawcut depth
  • Sealed joint construction
    • The need for joint sealing (understanding the seal vs. no-seal discussion)
    • Sealant materials
    • Reservoir design fundamentals
  • Transverse construction joints
  • Longitudinal joint construction

9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.—Dowel Alignment

  • Alignment and location requirements – vertical, horizontal, lateral, and rotational
  • Specification, measurement and evaluation of dowel alignment and location

10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.—Refreshment Break

10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.—Hands-On Alignment Measurement Demonstration

  • Demonstration and group discussion of the MIT-SCAN2-BT Device

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Lunch

12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.—Alignment Data Evaluation and Joint Assessment Examples

  • Participants will have the opportunity to review and discuss joint alignment data

2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.—Troubleshooting Joint Design/Construction Flaws

  • Identifying, assessing, and correcting potential design problems.
  • Detection and correction of joint construction defects.

2:45 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.—Summary and Workshop Close


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All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction: PDH Credits

Earn Valuable Professional Development Hours

Participants may earn up to 12 hours of professional development hours.  Certificates of completion/PDH credits are awarded at the conclusion of the two-day workshop.

This program is oriented toward states/provinces 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.  Participants interested in earning PDH s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective states.  

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