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ASCE to Co-Host Presidential Forum on Infrastructure

Infrastructure issues have dominated headlines over the past year, but in spite of strong voter support for action, these issues have remained largely absent from the Presidential debates thus far, says ASCE. 

As such ASCE, along with other associations and labor groups* announced a 2020 Presidential Candidate Forum focused solely on infrastructure, to be held at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, during President’s Day Weekend 2020.

ASCE says the forum will be an opportunity for candidates to address the challenges facing American roads and transit systems, bridges and railroads, ports and airports and water and wastewater systems, as well as present their vision for an infrastructure plan that supports a strong economy, job creation, consumer safety and national security. 

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* In addition to ASCE, the forum will be co-hosted by the International Union of Operating Engineers, Transportation Workers Union, American Public Transportation Association, Value of Water Campaign, American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. 

Research Shows Positive Early Opening Results

Research results by the National Road Research Alliance (NRRA) and MnDOT show some positive results for early opening of concrete pavements.

MnROAD personnel conducted early life load testing during the test period. This included passage of a ¾-ton pickup approximately 2 hours after placement (to induce visible damage), followed by the movement of an 80,000-lb snow plow the following day.

As soon as the pavement was placed and instrumented, the load testing and analysis followed. Bernard Izevbekhai, MnDOT Research Operations Engineer, explains research teams performed early loading in a sequence based on maturity of the concrete. Maturity was calculated or read as a function of internal temperature of the concrete and time.

When the pavement reached 100 degree Celsius-hour (100 °C-Hr.), the trucks were driven on one of four cells (to the edge of the cell), then reversed and back over it again. Likewise, when the maturity reached 200 °C-Hr., a second cell was tested. This proceeded in a similar fashion until all four cells were loaded and tested. 

To see videos of the tests follow these YouTube links:  

Click here to read more about the research project. NRRA is a pooled fund program with a mandate to improve the future sustainability of our roads through research and a commitment to cooperative implementation. Special thanks to Matt Zeller of CPAM for sharing this information. 

Happy Holidays from ACPA

This will be the final issue of ACPA TODAY for 2019, and as we close out the year, this is the perfect time to express our thanks and appreciation to all ACPA members, affiliates, industry allies, and the many agencies and owners we work with so closely. We appreciate your support, which continues to build a better and stronger association and industry.

Wherever your plans take you, we wish you, your families and your friends the best of everything this holiday season, as well as a very happy, healthy and properous year ahead. We look forward to seeing you in 2020! 

The staff of the American Concrete Pavement Association

ACPA Presents HHE Award to Peter Deem

ACPA presented its 2019 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award to Peter Deem, Holcim (U.S.) (retired) and ACPA/Leet Denton Honorary Life Member.

The award recognized Peter for his distinguished career and dedicated service to the American Concrete Pavement Association. Among his many contributions to the Association were his leadership in collaborating with ACPA contractors to build the Association and expand both its scope and its effectiveness in the marketplace. 

“In a range of leadership positions, including service as ACPA’s 2006 Chairman of the Board, his contributions went above and beyond the call of duty, even after his retirement from Holcim,” says Gerald F. Voigt, ACPA President and CEO. “During and after his distinguished career, Peter’s passionate leadership of the government affairs initiatives for more than a decade stands alone as a testament to his dedication.

“Along with his adroit leadership and guidance, Peter also brought an unwavering smile and created an atmosphere where hard work, fun, passion and positive direction were the ingredients of many great successes,” Voigt adds. “He led ACPA with class and vision, as a cement member representative, committee chairman, Board leader, volunteer staff member, and friend to all.”

The Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan award is one of the most coveted awards presented by the American Concrete Pavement Association. The award recognizes individuals and companies, as well as other organizations, for unparalleled commitment, dedication, participation, and leadership in the concrete pavement community.

First presented in 1968, the award was originally named in honor of Harold W. Hartmann, who served as the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1964 until 1974. In 1987, Robert E. Hirschman’s name was added in recognition of his term as the Association’s Chairman (then President) in 1967, as well as his tenure as Secretary-Treasurer from 1975 to 1987. In 2007, the name of Edward A. Egan was added in recognition of his steadfast leadership and dedication to the Association and the industry it serves. Among the stations he occupied was the ACPA’s chairman in 1986, as well as Secretary-Treasurer—from 1988 to 2007, making him the longest-serving person in that capacity in the Association’s history. 

“Along with his adroit leadership and guidance, Peter also brought an unwavering smile and created an atmosphere where hard work, fun, passion and positive direction were the ingredients of many great successes,” Voigt adds. “He led ACPA with class and vision, as a cement member representative, committee chairman, Board leader, volunteer staff member, and friend to all.”

The Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan award is one of the most coveted awards presented by the American Concrete Pavement Association. The award recognizes individuals and companies, as well as other organizations, for unparalleled commitment, dedication, participation, and leadership in the concrete pavement community.

First presented in 1968, the award was originally named in honor of Harold W. Hartmann, who served as the Association’s Secretary-Treasurer from 1964 until 1974. In 1987, Robert E. Hirschman’s name was added in recognition of his term as the Association’s Chairman (then President) in 1967, as well as his tenure as Secretary-Treasurer from 1975 to 1987.  In 2007, the name of Edward A. Egan was added in recognition of his steadfast leadership and dedication to the Association and the industry it serves.  Among the stations he occupied was the ACPA’s chairman in 1986, as well as Secretary-Treasurer—from 1988 to 2007, making him the longest-serving person in that capacity in the Association’s history. 

Denton Honored with Special Tribute

ACPA has recast its honorary life membership and named it in honor of Leet “Ed” Denton, retired President of Denton Enterprises of St. Clair Shores, Mich.

Ed also became the first recipient of the namesake membership category. He was presented the award during a special ceremony at the closing banquet during ACPA’s 56th annual meeting. He was also honored with a tribute video, which captured just a few highlights of his illustrious career, which began when he was 16 years old. The video also notes that he was at the very first ACPA Annual Meeting in December 1964. Click here to view the video.

Earlier this year, the ACPA board of directors approved the renaming of the ACPA Honorary Life Membership to the ACPA/Leet Denton Honorary Life Membership. Noting his more than 50 years of commitment and service to the Association, it is the ACPA board’s hope this will both recognize and convey the hard work, creativity, innovation, and boldness that were the hallmarks of Ed’s remarkable career.

Awarded selectively since 1972 and limited to no more than two selections in any given year, this special membership is presented to individuals who are retiring or have retired from ACPA member companies and have demonstrated their commitment and compassion for the industry and ACPA. Nominations are made by current members of the Board of Directors.

 

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