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Utah ACPA Executive Director Seeks Executive Director

The Utah Chapter-ACPA is seeking an Executive Director responsible for planning and implementing programs focused on expanding the use of concrete pavements in the construction, rehabilitation, airports, streets and roads and industrial facilities and maintenance of highways throughout the state of Utah.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Calling on DOT, cities, counties, airports, consulting firms, members and potential members, commercial facility owners and parking lot owners to promote public policies that provide fair treatment of concrete pavement and to promote specific concrete pavement projects.
  • Ensuring that Chapter officers, directors and members are kept fully informed on the conditions and operations of the Chapter and on all important factors influencing the organization.
  • Coordinating meetings with the Board of Directors, general membership and other major committees.
  • Assisting county, city and airport engineers and managers in obtaining the information necessary to make informed pavement type selection decisions.
  • Assisting county, city and airport engineers on the development of design details and specifications for specific paving jobs.
  • Developing, recommending and operating within an annual budget.
  • Executing, directing or coordinating all decisions and actions of the Board of Directors.
  • Overseeing membership development and retention plans and activities.
  • Overseeing collection of dues and assessments.
  • Maintaining effective relationships with public agencies and private entities.
  • Coordinates annual paving workshops, seminars and awards programs.
  • Assists members with local government affairs activities.
  • Developing and implementing recommended best practices outlined in the “ACPA Chapter Best Practices Guide” (published in 2016).
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE/SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must possess and demonstrate the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • An engineering degree and registered professional engineering license is required. An undergraduate degree is the minimum accepted requirement; a graduate degree is desirable.
  • Excellent and demonstrable written and verbal communications skills are required.
  • Sales skill and ability to communicate ideas in a variety of settings is required.
  • Must be reliable, loyal, self-motivated, and capable of managing time and other resources.
  • Ability to move fluidly and efficiently among projects and deadlines in order to complete a range of projects concurrently is required.
  • A background and experience in concrete pavement or concrete is required.

Compensation includes: salary (commensurate with experience and demonstrated proficiencies), health benefits, 401k, paid vacation and travel compensation. 

Job type:  This is a full-time, salaried position. 

Applicants should send a confidential resume/salary history to:

Cody Preston
Geneva Rock
1565 West 400 North
Orem, UT 84057
cpreston@genevarock.com  

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Please Note: All candidates who apply for this position will be kept confidential.  The Utah Chapter-ACPA (the employer) is an “equal opportunity employer.” The employer will not discriminate and will ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, and advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of age, race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.

 

 

FHWA Issues AID-PT Annual Report

FHWA publishes an annual report of AID-PT results and benefits.

The Federal Highway Administration has released its 2017 Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program annual report.   The 28-page report includes case histories and other summary benefits of the program.

The AID-PT program was the result of a legislative provision that was championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries.  

Since 2012, the Federal Highway Administration has administered AID-PT with direct input from industry, including ACPA, which remains actively involved in assisting FHWA with support for the program, including continuing to advocate for renewal of the program in highway reauthorization efforts, as well as communicating program results and benefits to the concrete pavement industry. In 2015,  again with strong support by ACPA and other stakeholder groups, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including contracts and cooperative agreements with being directed to the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.  AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

Vision 2040 Takes Aim at Future Challenges, Solutions

Vision 2040 blue ribbon panel* holds first meeting to set a course for the next two decades.

What will concrete pavements and things related to paving and surface transportation infrastructure look like in 20 years?

That was the overarching question ACPA’s Vision 2040 “blue ribbon panel” considered when they met in late September, just after the close of the National Concrete Consortium meeting in Minneapolis. 

As reported previously, ACPA staff brought together a blue-ribbon panel of experts representing FHWA, State Departments of Transportation, Transportation Research Board, Contractors, Materials Suppliers, Consulting Engineers, Academia, and Equipment manufacturers to discuss a wide range of topics aligned with concrete design, construction, materials and equipment, and use-phase considerations. At times, the group focused on futuristic topics, while at other times, they discussed current and emerging trends, future possibilities, and a wide range of diverse solutions to meet the evolving needs over the next 20 years.

Gary Fick, Trinity Construction Management Services, Inc., an ACPA member, facilitated the discussion.  

Vision 2040 was modeled after a similar visioning session that took place 20 years ago.  The previous initiative, which took place in 1997, provided a Blueprint for Portland Cement Concrete Pavement Research Technology and Innovation.  That blueprint was subsequently expanded upon and translated into an Action Plan called “Creating a New Generations of Pavements” that provided a comprehensive research program to implement the goals contained in the Blueprint.  Our industry estimates that 80-85% of the goals and outcomes identified in the Action Plan have either been accomplished or is under way

With the Vision 2040 effort, there were no preset goals, which enabled the group to have a far-reaching discussion about current and emerging trends that will impact pavements … and more.  The group discussed “disruptive forces,” unpredictable and unforeseeable developments that can make a profound and lasting effect on the transportation and, in some cases, on society.  The group also discussed and considered more conventional trends and patterns, such as :  increasing truck traffic and heavier loads; autonomous vehicles; e-commerce/distribution of goods; dedicated freight network; climate change; and the possibility of new ownership models, Fick reported. 

As part of the visioning effort the group also met in breakout sessions to discuss specific concrete pavement design, construction, materials, and use-phase issues, all with an eye on emerging trends and the challenges and opportunities that may arise over the next two decades. From those discussions, dozens of concepts and ideas emerged.  A few examples included self-healing pavements, pavements that perform multiple functions, equipment and materials advancements, and process improvements.

ACPA staff, working with Fick, is now organizing these concepts and themes. The next steps will be for the Vision 2040 group to further discuss needs and opportunities and organize them into a plan to pursue in the years ahead. 

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* Panograph shows meeting participants: 1. Ed Denton, Denton Construction; 2. Jerry Voigt, ACPA; 3. Glenn Eder, Simplex/JC Supply; 4. David Howard, Koss Construction Co. 5. Dan King, Iowa Concrete Paving Association;  and 6. Tom Van Dam, NCE, and 7. Glenn Engstrom, MnRoad.  Also, 8. Jim Mack, Cemex; 9. Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center; 10. Kevin Klein, GOMACO; 11. Mark Swanlund, FHWA; and 12. Jeremy Gregory, CS Hub at MIT.  Also, 13. Angela Folkestad, CO/WY Chapter-ACPA; 14. Kevin McMullen, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association; 15. Steve Gillen, Illinois Tollway; 16. Lori Tiefenthaler, Lehigh Hanson; 17. Andy Naranjo, Texas DOT; 18. Neil Fannin, Pennsylvania DOT; 19. Todd LaTorella, Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA; 20.  Nancy Whiting, TRB; 21. Georgene Geary, GGfGA; 22. Dale Harrington, Snyder & Associates; and 23. Gina Ahlstrom, FHWA.  (Missing from photo: Bill Cuerdon, NY State Chapter-ACPA, and Leif Wathne, ACPA.)

Report Shows Excellent Long-Term Overlay Performance

Research by the The National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center, in partnership with the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA), Iowa DOT,  and the Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University, reveals concrete overlays have generally outperformed performance expectations in the state, as well as some long standing roadbuilding standards. 

Overall, 89% of all concrete overlays in the state had a pavement condition index (PCI) of 60 or greater (good to excellent).(1)   Data also showed the majority of concrete overlays were on track to reach good PCI (60 or better) and adequate ride quality rating, based on International Roughness Index readings of 170 in./mi or better during the first 35 years of service life.

The majority of concrete overlays in Iowa have service life trends exceeding the expectations listed in the National Cooperative Highway Research Program Synthesis of Highway Practice 204.(2)

Background
The researchers pursued the research in response to the existence of few comprehensive studies that evaluate long-term performance of concrete overlays.  Iowa roadways were selected because of the long history of concrete overlay construction in Iowa, coupled with wealth of performance data(3) presented an excellent opportunity for a comprehensive, long-term performance study of concrete overlays.  In fact, data collection on all paved secondary roads began in 2002, and since 2013, data has been collected on every paved public roadway in Iowa, according to the research. 

For the study, researchers analyzed concrete overlay performance using the PCI from the Iowa Pavement Management Program, as well as IRI data. In all, data came from 384 concrete overlays on 1,493 miles of roadway and encompassing 14 years of data collection.  “Although data collection has only occurred for 14 years, some of the overlays in this data set were built as early as 1977,” explained Dan King,  EIT,  Regional Services Manager for the ICPA.  “As such, we have performance data for a good number of overlays that are as much as 30 to 40 years old.”

Four overlay types were studied: unbonded and bonded concrete overlays on concrete and on asphalt (UBCOC, BCOC, UBCOA, and BCOA, respectively). Concrete overlays on composite pavements were included in the BCOA and UBCOA categories.  The researchers also reported unbonded concrete on asphalt (UBCOA)overlays have performed better than the three other overlay types.

The results of this study are beneficial to the Iowa DOT and local agencies, according to the researchers, who note, “The results provide definite evidence on a large scale that concrete overlays are a successful preservation technique that can provide extended service lives to roadways in need of rehabilitation.”

Please follow these links for the complete field data report and the tech transfer summary.

Footnotes                                                    
(1) Iowa DOT  pavement condition data includes IRI readings, as well as data on transverse cracking, longitudinal cracking, D-cracking, spalled joints, and faulting. 
(2) McGhee, K. H. 1994. NCHRP Synthesis of Highway Practice 204: Portland Cement Concrete Resurfacing. National Cooperative Highway Research Program, Washington, DC., as cited in the field report and T2 report.
(3) The Institute for Transportation (InTrans) at Iowa State University manages pavement condition data as part of the Iowa Pavement Management Program.

ACPA Offers Exclusive Training, Discounts at World of Concrete

ACPA is offering exclusive training and discounts at World of Concrete, set for January 2018 in Las Vegas.

By registering with ACPA’s unique weblink, members can save on exhibits:  

  • Exhibits-Only Rates  – $20 exhibit-only admission, online only.  Rate valid through January 11, 2018 (or $75 at show with printed buyer invite or $90 without)
  • Non-exhibiting Manufacturers – MEMBER RATE=$350 online thru 12/4; $450 after 12/4 & onsite.

Also, special discounts apply to seminars, certification courses, and World of Concrete’s Super Passes.

  • 3-hour Seminars = $135 (vs. $175) 
  • 90-minute Seminars = $95  (vs. $135)
  • 4-hour Certifications = $190 vs. $225  
  • Super Pass 1 & 2 = $405 vs. $550
  • Super Pass 3 = $505 vs. $650 (on or before 12/4/17).

Back by popular demand, ACPA is offering special “Industry Training Courses,” which will cover the following topics:

The registration fee for each program is $160, but you can save more when purchasing two or more ACPA Pavement sessions!  Two courses = $280 ($40 savings);  all three courses= $400 ($80 savings).   Courses may be selected during registration, but you may also add courses if you registered previously.

Register today for WOC 2018 and this great line-up of exhibits and training!

 

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