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Chapters to Meet in Mid-May

The ACPA Chapter Committee will hold its semi-annual meeting May 15 through 17 at the Conrad Hotel-Indianapolis.  The meeting is an opportunity for Chapter/State executives and promoters, ACPA staff and others to review and discuss programs and results.  The meeting represents the first step in ACPA’s annual planning process for the following calendar year.

Mike Byers, Executive Director of the Indiana Chapter-ACPA, and current Chapter chair, will preside over the meeting. 

NACA Fly-In Soars to New Heights

By all accounts, the third annual North American Concrete Alliance* annual fly-in will end on a high note as the partnering cement and concrete industry associations mark another successful advocacy event.  We will include more details about the event next week, because at this writing, the event is continuing the third day activities, including Hill visits, briefings and a reception.

The preliminary feedback is positive, based on excellent engagement with key officials in the Administration and Congress and excellent participation by the NACA partners and member companies.

The event began Tuesday with updates and discussions on key transportation issues, followed by briefings and Hill visits and a reception and dinner. 

An active social media campaign was launched, and ACPA was a leading contributor to the discussion. To see examples, follow these links to see examples of ACPA and other NACA partners’ messages  on Twitter and Facebook(Social media users–Look for these tags: #2019NACAFLYIN, #CONCRETE4AMERICA, #CONCRETETOCONGRESS, #infrastructure and variations of these topics.) 

Photocaption: The Hon. Brandye Hendrickson, FHWA Deputy Administrator (2nd from left), visits with Lori Tiefenthaler, Lehigh Hanson and 2017 ACPA Chairperson, Jerry Voigt, ACPA CEO, and Pat Long, Indiana Chapter Director of Marketing and Government Affairs. 

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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 and 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.

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ACPA Supports Work Zone Safety Awareness Campaign

ACPA stands united this week with the FHWA, AASHTO and state highway and transportation agencies, trade associations, contractors, cement companies, and other stakeholders in the transportation-construction community to build awareness about work zone safety.

FHWA Deputy Administrator Brandye Hendrickson led the kickoff event for the 2019 National Work Zone Awareness Week in Washington, DC, yesterday. Administrator Hendrickson was joined by local officials, construction workers, and families of highway work zone victims, all united in building greater awareness of work zone safety.  Administrator Hendrickson also spoke at the North American Concrete Alliance fly-in this morning and reminded participants of the “Drive Like You Work Here” theme. 

In 2017, the most recent year for which data are available, there were 799 fatalities in work zones, which is a two-percent increase from the previous year, according to an FHWA press release.

ACPA is supporting the program with a robust series of social media posts throughout this week. Donna Antonacci and Bill Davenport collaborated on creating a series of attention-grabbing graphics, and messaging to increase awareness about work zone safety, as well as the need to avoid behaviors that can lead to work zone accidents and incidents.

We have seen excellent engagement in our social media channels, especially Twitter and Facebook. ACPA is urging members and affiliates to join the discussion on social media. Click the highlighted links to view and interact with ACPA’s messages on Twitter and Facebook(Social media users–Look for these tags: #DriveLikeYouWorkHere, #Orange4Safety, #GoOrangeDay, #NationalWorkZoneSafety, and variations of those trending topics.) 

 

Spotlight on the New York Chapter Annual Conference

In this week’s continuing coverage of “Gold Standard” Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the 2019 New York State Chapter (ACPA-NYS) Annual Membership Meeting and Technical Conference, held at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, in Albany, NY.

The conference was designed to inform participants of new technologies and developments in the concrete paving industry, as well as to provide an opportunity to network with the leading professionals.  The two-day event began with the Chapter’s Board of Directors and membership meetings, followed by an evening reception for members, government contacts, exhibitors and other guests. The second day of the event included a technical program and exhibits, followed by closing remarks. 

“Leif Wathne gave a typically lively talk on competition and Vision2040, which really got the group involved and set the tone for the conference,” says Bill Cuerdon, Executive Director of the New York Chapter.

“Our focal points were concrete overlays and performance engineered mixes,” Bill says, adding, “Julie Vandenbossche updated her work at the University of Pittsburgh on bonded concrete overlays of asphalt and unbonded concrete overlays.  This was an important presentation, because I often mention her work in discussions with owner-agencies.”  Bill followed the presentation with a talk on construction and performance of bonded concrete on both overlay types in New York. 

“Gordon Smith gave a talk on performance engineered mixtures  (PEM) from the CPTech Center’s perspective,” he says, adding, “Don Streeter, New York State DOT (NYSDOT) then gave a talk on their foray into PEM. The four presentations dovetailed very nicely. 

The workshop was a national and local effort, he says, adding that  Tom Kane, NYSDOT, updated the audience on new NYSDOT specifications on PCC pavement construction, diamond grinding, and ride quality.  Dan Moellman from The Fort Miller Group and Tom Montalbine from Roman Stone also delivered a presentation on the National Precast Concrete Association’s new Manual for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement, he says.  “We’ve been at the forefront of this technology in New York, so coupled with the timing of the manual’s issuance, and it became a logical topic for our conference.”

One very important aspect of this workshop that added to the success is that Bill has worked diligently to qualify the Chapter as a New York State Education Department-approved issuer of Professional Development Hours or PDHs. (Unlike many states that allow self-reporting, New York has a stringent professional licensing program, which requires approval of organizations and programs that offer PDHs.)

Last, but not least, Bill extended thanks and appreciation to Sherry Braafhart for helping make the conference a success, as well as sponsors and exhibitors, whose contributions made the meeting and conference possible.

 

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ACPA and ISCP Webinar Update

ACPA and the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) are presenting two webinars covering essential topics this month.  Descriptions for the 90-minute webinars follow:

Conceptos básicos de refuerzo de hormigón (The Basics of Concrete Reinforcement) – The webinar will be held tomorrow (Thursday), April 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (CDT). This webinar is offered in Spanish only.  The program will include an overview of concrete reinforcement materials and products, as well as the current state of the practice methods for reinforcing concrete pavements. For details, and to register for these web-based education & training events, please send an email to education@acpa.org.

Addressing ASR Damage in Concrete Pavements – Thursday, April 25, beginning at noon (CDT) – This  webinar covers important information about Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR). Presented by the International Society for Concrete Pavements, with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association is developed with contractors, consultants, transportation agencies, engineers and consultants, and others with an interest in advancing the quality and durability of concrete pavements.  ACPA members are eligible for discounted individual and group rates.  For details, and to register for these web-based education & training events, please click here.

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