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ACPA Announces FAA Cooperative Agreement

ACPA’s most recent “3 Minutes on Monday” focuses on a “red letter day” and some very big news.

Jerry Voigt presented an overview of a new cooperative agreement between the FAA and the concrete pavement industry. With the news unveiled earlier this week, we now present additional details.

The agreement calls for $3.5 million for the concrete and asphalt industry, says Gary Mitchell.  The agreement initially is for one year but would be extended for as long as it takes to conduct various research projects.

The program resembles the previous Airport Pavement Technology Program (APTP), which was advocated by ACPA and implemented by the IPRF in the early 2000’s. Oversight for the new program will be through a Program Coordination Group (PCG). The CP Tech Center, ACPA, and FAA will each have a member on the PCG. Other entities that may be represented on the PCG are:

  • National Association of State Aviation Officials
  • American Association of Airport Executives
  • Airports Council International – North America
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, Air Transportation Division
  • Airport Consultants Council
  • Construction Contractor Member of ACPA
  • Boeing Aircraft Company
  • Department of Defense (U.S. Air Force)
  • Federal Aviation Administration (Office of Airports)

The program will be focused on applied research to address specific problems identified by the PCG. The intent is to address issues affecting concrete pavements that are outside the scope or expertise of the FAA Test Center. “In this way we extend the reach of FAA’s development of new and revised standards and specifications, and their adoption of new technology. It’s a win-win for the agency and industry,” says Gary Mitchell, ACPA Vice President of Airports and Technology.

Working with the FAA, ACPA has already developed a list of potential projects to be recommended for consideration to the PCG. These projects include: alternatives or new materials for ASR mitigation, rapid construction procedures, pop-out control for concrete mixtures, alternative methods for pavement strength acceptance, effects of grinding on airfield pavements, alternative doweling systems for thin concrete pavements and overlays, and rubber removal guidance for airfield pavements.

“We are pleased to see this FAA cooperative research program get re-started. It has taken a good bit of time and effort to see this program brought back to life,” says Gary Mitchell. “We have been discussing various applied research needs with the FAA Headquarters engineers for some time and this program will help fulfill some of those high-priority needs.

“Leif Wathne [Executive Vice President] and Gary Mitchell, along with association partners and consultants have done an outstanding job advocating for funding through the reauthorization and appropriation legislation to support this important program,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President/CEO.  “ACPA also has invested significant effort with the CP Tech Center and FAA to garner support for the program and we now look forward to getting the program underway to build on the success of the past IPRF research program.”

“I am delighted that the FAA has agreed to fund this program,” says Dr. Peter Taylor, Director of the CP Tech Center. “It will allow researchers around the US the opportunity to help address some of the critical research needs in concrete construction for airfields. We look forward to working with the FAA team to prioritize the work and get it started!”

ACPA’s 57th Annual Meeting is Going Virtual

ACPA is encouraging you to save the dates for our 57th Annual Meeting, themed “Essential Every Day”, a virtual event scheduled for December 1 through 3.

ACPA staff and leaders are working out program details and logistics, which will combine the essential elements of our in-person format with an innovative virtual delivery of the program designed to provide an enjoyable experience and value to our members’ businesses.

“Like most organizations, we have wrestled with the decision and the logistics of holding a large in-person event during the pandemic, but with the decision fully behind us to go virtual for 2020, we are busy planning and excited to execute the best experience we can for our members, technology partners, industry allies, and agency personnel,” says Jerry Voigt.

“The event schedule will be tightened up to work better with virtual delivery. Most content will be delivered in the afternoon hours and some content will be available any time” says Andy Gieraltowski. “Market forums for highways, streets, airports and industrial pavements will be our featured opportunity to get input from members.  We are also including essential elements, such as the annual meeting of the members and the Excellence in Concrete Paving Awards Program.”

According to Gieraltowski, registration information, detailed event descriptions, and the final schedule will be released soon. “Our pricing for registration will be reduced to maximize participation in the virtual format.  We are hopeful this meeting will present an opportunity for new people to participate and we encourage long-standing annual meeting participants to invite someone new from their company to attend.”

ACPA Announces Upgrades to PavementDesigner.org

With some significant changes to PavementDesigner.org, the industry’s web-based concrete pavement thickness design platform is now better than ever.

Thanks to implementation efforts led by Eric Ferrebee and Andy Gieraltowski and support by ACPA, PCA, and NRMCA, the new version of the design platform was released Monday with two major features:

  • The first was the integration of metric units for all roadway and industrial pavement solutions, with the exception of composite pavements with an asphalt or chip seal surface. Designers can now use metric values to run calculations and view reports/graphs. To use this feature, simply set your unit type preference to metric when starting a design.
  • The second update was a revision to the functionality of the composite pavement design with an asphalt or chip seal surface. The module now shows the calculated damage for a design that is input into the program, rather than calculating a required thickness. This new design process allows users to evaluate composite pavement designs more thoroughly and to make sound engineering decisions.

PavementDesigner.org is offered free of charge to engineers and other professionals with an interest in concrete or composite pavement designs. Designs may be created on computers or other digital devices without concerns about software updates, patches, or changing versions. Users have the option of creating a unique user ID and password, which allows the creation of a free account that allows users to save and retrieve pavement designs. Check it out at PavementDesigner.org.

Nominating Committee Calls for Leaders in 2021

The ACPA Nominating Committee is seeking candidates to serve on the 2021 Board of Directors and Strategic Advisory Committee (SAC). The positions require a minimum three-year term and your commitment to participate and support the Association’s objectives. Several positions are open on both the Board of Directors and the Strategic Advisory Committee.

Participating on the board entails at a minimum; four meetings per year, with two of the meetings coinciding with the mid-year and annual meetings, respectively. Board members are also asked to review certain materials prior to weighing in on important decisions. Additionally, participation at the annual meeting in November/December is required.

The SAC meets in person twice per year at the mid-year and annual meetings. Additional virtual meetings may be called from time to time by the Chairperson.

Only employees or official representatives considered ACPA members in good standing can be nominated. Only one person per member company is eligible to serve actively on the Board of Directors.

If you would like to nominate yourself or another member, please contact Nominating Committee chairperson, Jim Mack, CEMEX, or ACPA President, Jerry Voigt. The Nominating Committee will recommend a slate to be elected by the membership in December.

ACPA Presents Promotion Plan Update

ACPA presented an update on its comprehensive promotion plan to PCA Paving Committee last week.

The presentation by Jerry Voigt and Scott Mueller included a series of wins from ACPA Promotion Plan states, as well as programming that benefited other ACPA members. The 20 minute presentation was very well received and generated positive discussion with cement company partners.

ACPA continues to work a blend of policy initiatives (notably long-term concrete pavement improvements) with project initiatives (short and mid-range concrete pavement improvements) to help better position concrete pavements in the marketplace.

Two recent successes for ACPA included the revision of the soil stabilization specification for the Indiana DOT, as well as the success of our webinar program (in partnership with the CP Tech Center).

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