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ACPA Participates in National Concrete Consortium Meeting

ACPA participated in the recent National Concrete Consortium (NC2) Meeting in Salt Lake City.   ACPA President and CEO Jerry Voigt and Technical Engineer, Eric Ferrebee, were among the approximately 175 people gathered for the 2-1/2 day meeting, which culminated with a plant tour.

“This is a great networking opportunity, and one that offers a unique opportunity to meet with Department of Transportation materials engineers and other officials, and to discuss key issues in common,” Voigt said, adding this was the best attended NC2 meeting.  In addition to the estimated 175 participants, 30 states were represented at the meeting.

The meeting celebrated the 20th anniversary of the group, which originally began as the Midwest Concrete Consortium.   The group has expanded to include Departments of Transportation, toll highway authorities, and other groups and individuals with an interest in concrete pavements and bridges for highway and roadway applications.

The meeting began with a look-back at the MC2/NC2 evolution, and continued with a wide range of presentations and discussions on  a wide range of topics, including performance engineered mixtures, pavement testing, durability, load transfer, and other current and emerging technologies issues.

Save the Dates for ACPA Airport Workshop

The Hilton Omaha is the site of ACPA’s 2017 Airport Workshop. (Photo: Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc.)

ACPA is encouraging members and Chapter/State affiliates to save the dates for the association’s upcoming Airport Workshop.

The workshop will be held Tuesday, July 25, through Thursday, July 27, at the Hilton Omaha, 1001 Cass Street, Omaha.  

For those wishing to make hotel registrations early, please call 1.800.HILTONS (1.800.445.8667).  Online registration is also available by clicking here. Please use the group code “ACP” with phone or online reservations.

A detailed program with event registration information, the workshop agenda, pricing, and other information will be distributed by email, posted online, and included in the next issue of ACPA TODAY.  Registration for past events has sold out quickly, so ACPA is urging those interested to mark their calendars and reserve sleeping rooms as soon as possible. 

ACPA Encourages TCC Fly-In Participation

(Photo: CJ Stumpf, Wikimedia Commons, with permissions.)

ACPA is again encouraging members and Chapter/State affiliates to participate in this year’s TCC Fly-in, which is scheduled for May 17 and 18 in Washington, D.C. 

The timing of the event is especially critical, given the President’s infrastructure initiative being a top priority.

This point and other factors are compelling reasons for ACPA members and other transportation-construction advocates to participate in the event and call on elected officials to urge their support.   

It is also important for the Administration and Congress to hear from industry that any infrastructure proposal must address the long term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund.  In the FAST Act of 2015, Congress authorized funding levels for federal aid highway spending through FY 2020, but additional revenue will be needed to support a growing program into the future. 

About the TCC Fly-In
The event begins with a legislative briefing from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 17.   The briefing will include an update on policy funding proposals, as well as other timely information.   A Capitol Hill Reception will follow at 6:00 p.m., and this is a good opportunity to visit with legislators and staff members, as well as others in the industry who share the common interest in a strong, well-funded, and sustainable program.

On Thursday, May 18th, attendees are encouraged to start their day with a breakfast at 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., and then to visit Capitol Hill from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Participants will receive educational briefing materials on key industry priorities for use in meetings with their congressional delegation(s).

This year’s meeting will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.  For registrations, please call 1.888.421.1442 or 1.202.737.1234.   To register for the briefing, which also includes the reception and breakfast, please click here to visit the registration website.   The registration fee is $175. 





ACPA, ISCP Announce Webinar Series

ACPA and the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) have announced a co-hosted series of webinars, which will cover a wide variety of concrete pavement related topics.   A total of eight topics will be presented in 11 different sessions by ISCP leaders and members.  

The series includes a four-part series presented in Spanish over a two-week period in late August through early September.  The first webinar in the series is, “Types of Concrete Pavement: Structures and Functions,” presented by Dr. Jeffery Roesler, P.E., CEE Professor at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and President of the International Society of Concrete Pavements.

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, at Noon (Central) | 1 p.m. (Eastern) | 1700 (UTC).   ACPA members are encouraged to visit for additional details and to register for the webinar.  ISCP members are encouraged to visit: for additional details and to register.  (ISCP members should log in to obtain a coupon code for the webinar.)

Click here for a flyer outlining the program, or alternatively, click here to see a detailed list of ACPA and ACPA/ISCP webinars.

Wikipave Post of the Month: The Joint Slap Effect

Photo depicts the Tire Pavement Test Apparatus used by Purdue University.

This month’s featured Wikipave post focuses on a common concern expressed by consumers, who often relate their satisfaction  with a roadway to what they hear inside their vehicle.

This phenomenon known as “joint slap effect” is an aspect of pavement noise that is difficult to control, because it depends upon the characteristics of both the roadway and the vehicle.

The post describes equipment used to research tire/pavement noise, as well as the results of testing performed at Purdue University.   The effect of transverse joint opening width, joint faulting, and joint sealant recess are also described.   The post also includes information about research methods used, validation testing, and conclusions from the Purdue testing. 

About Wikipave
First introduced in February 2015, ACPA’s Wikipave is the largest-scale technology transfer, knowledge transfer, and educational initiative ever pursued by the Association.  Content is drawn from more than 50 years of technical bulletins, engineering bulletins, and other resources developed by the Association.  New content and updates are added frequently, and since its inception, the resource has nearly doubled in terms of amount of content.

The website is digital-device ‘friendly,’ which makes it an exceptional resource in the office or in the field.   To see the main site, visit

Wikipave is a trademark of the American Concrete Pavement Association, Rosemont, Ill.

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