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Next Gen IMCP Manual Now Available

The 2nd edition of the Integrated Materials and Construction Manual for Concrete Pavements (IMCP) manual is now available.  

The next generation publication has been updated to include the latest innovations and practices, including a chapter on sustainability, updates on test methods to evaluate concrete mixtures, and other current practices that have evolved in the years since the first edition was published in 2006.  Like the first edition, the 2019 edition is well organized in 10 tabbed chapters, complete with photos, technical drawings and other illustrations.  Tables and “popout” sub-sections provide snapshot descriptions and other useful details. 

The publication is a “must-have” reesource for contractors, QC and QA personnel, materials and equipment suppliers, and anyone with an interest in concrete materials, construction practices, and the production of quality pavements. According to the CP Tech Center, the updated publication is designed to help the reader:

  • Understand concrete pavements as complex, integrated systems.
  • Appreciate that constructing a concrete pavement project involves several discrete practices that interrelate and affect one another in various ways.
  • Implement technologies, tests, and best practices to identify materials, concrete properties, and construction practices that are known to optimize concrete performance.
  • Recognize factors leading to premature distress in concrete and learn how to avoid or reduce them.
  • Quickly access how-to and troubleshooting information.

ACPA staff, members and affiliates were key contributors to the 2nd edition of the IMCP.  Contributors include: Angela Folkestad, Colorado/Wyoming-ACPA; Allen Johnson, W.R. Grace & Co. (ret.); Kevin Klein, GOMACO Corporation; Jim Mack, CEMEX USA; Chris Poe, AJAX Paving; David Suchorski, Ash Grove Cement Company; and Leif Wathne, ACPA. Many ACPA technical publications and other resources were used and cited as references to the new edition. 

Click here to download a PDF of the manual.

NACA Meeting Yields Positive Results

Representatives to the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA)* met in Washington, DC, for what Leif Wathne called a “fruitful meeting with lots of discussions about where we want to go.”  

“There was broad agreement that NACA is doing the right things as a coalition,” he says, adding the alliance is contemplating expanding its membership base. “We also plan to continue leveraging the website and making grassroots effort a priority when actionable legislation does surface in Congress.”

Discussions included scheduling plant tours with member companies; six legislative fundraiser events; the next NACA fly-in; and the future of infrastructure in the United States. 

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The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

ACPA and ISCP to Host Joint Durability and Repair Webinar

In the continuing series of webinars presented by ISCP and ACPA, the next program in the line-up will cover joint durability and repair for concrete pavements.  Scheduled for Thursday, June 27, the webinar will be presented from noon to 1:30 p.m. (Central) / 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Eastern).

This two-part webinar will include two presentations: “Joint Deterioration Causes and Prevention,” by Dr. Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center, Iowa State University and “Techniques, Materials and Resources for Repair and Restoration of Joints,” by Tom Burnham, P.E., Minnesota DOT.  Both Peter and Tom are members of the ISCP Board of Directors.   

Peter’s presentation will review the causes behind premature joint deterioration, including freezing and thawing, and oxychloride formation. He will provide guidance on what can be done to reduce the risk of its occurrence, and how mixtures can be evaluated before construction starts. Tom’s presentation will describe proven techniques, materials and resources related to concrete pavement restoration, as well as highlight case histories and ongoing research being conducted to improve processes and address new challenges.

ACPA will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).  For registration information, including pricing, group rates, and discounts, please click here to visit our registration page.  

Training Event Focuses on Pavement Preservation

Eric Ferrebee, ACPA Technical Service Director, and Steve Tritsch, Associate Director of the CP Tech Center, represented the concrete pavement industry at the Pavement Preservation Summit in Puerto Rico this week. Sponsored by the FHWA, the program began with remarks by officials from the FHWA, as well as local agency and industry officials.

The first day of the two-day event included concrete and asphalt tracks. Eric and Steve participated as presenters in three concrete-related tracks, with Eric covering diamond grinding and grooving; load-transfer restoration and cross stitching; and partial-depth concrete pavement repairs.  Steve covered joint resealing and crack sealing; full-depth concrete pavement repairs; and slab replacement. The summit, held at the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, also included other presentations on pavement preservation, specifications and quality assurance. 

Innovative, Creative Events Set Pace for Mid-Year Meeting

With a record 118 registrants, ACPA’s Mid-Year Meeting this week featured a high-energy, information packed program that focused on both current and emerging trends, technologies and other developments.

The 2-1/2 day meeting began with an innovative change management seminar led by Scott Mueller, VP of Marketing, followed by an informative social media and communications seminar. The two events provided insights into changes occurring in the world around us and within the cement and concrete industry. Equally important, the seminars featured a team-building exercise, robust discussions, and breakout sessions where participants had lively discussions about challenges and opportunities we’re all facing in the industry.

A VISION2040 workshop action-plan forum followed the seminars and began with an overview and update on ACPA’s long-term vision regarding emerging megatrends, technological changes, and pavement technology advancements.

The forum was an important next step in this ongoing initiative, which continues to evolve and set the pace for industry advancements and other changes the concrete pavement industry and the transportation-construction community will need to address. 

Look for additional information about the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting in our June 19th issue of ACPA TODAY. 

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Photo:  Maureen Roe, McCarthy Improvement, presents discussion group results on the topic of workforce development during the ACPA Change Management Seminar.

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