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ACPA to Participate in CSHub Pavement Research Training

ACPA staff will be participating in the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CS Hub) Pavement Research Training scheduled for August 27 in Rosemont, Ill.  

ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne will be participating in the training event, which provides an opportunity to discuss the CS Hub’s researchCSHub-logo_2014 and models for application in state and local jurisdictions.   Voigt will provide a national perspective on behalf of ACPA members during the forum.  Wathne will be one of several presenters and will be  emphasizing how competition in the pavement marketplace can be viewed as an opportunity for highway agencies; he also will emphasize the excellent work that MIT’s CS Hub has been doing, which is an important adjunct to the discussion. 

“We see several benefits to participating in this event,” Voigt said.  “First, it will provide the cement and concrete industries an opportunity to gain a more thorough understanding of some of the CS Hub’s research and technology (R&T) initiatives.   Second, it will give the various associations and member companies the chance to discuss practical applications for the research findings and other information coming from the CS Hub, particularly as viewed through the lens of a competitive two-pavement program.”

The training is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.   At last count, the attendee list included more than 50 people representing more than 35 associations and member companies, including contractors, cement companies, Chapter/States, the CP Tech Center, and other members of ACPA, PCA, and NRMCA. 

“With strong participation among ACPA members, along with affiliated Chapter/States and the CP Tech Center, we see this as another opportunity to build awareness and provide support to the broad-based implementation of the work being done by the CS Hub,” he said.
In related news, the workshop will be 

presented again (in abbreviated form) during the Chapter/State Committee’s meeting at ACPA’s 51st annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz.  The session will be presented on Tuesday, December 2.

Featured App: Airfield Steel Calculator

ACPA’s Airfield Steel Calculator is a useful resource for engineers, designers, estimators, and others who need a quick means of calculating the amount of embedded steel required for airport pavements.

To use this online resource, the user enters the concrete pavement thickness (using either English or metric figures); the coefficient of AirfieldSteelCalculatorsubgrade/subbase friction; and the distance to the nearest free edge.  Next, the user enters the weight of the concrete and allowable tensile strength to obtain the estimate, which is expressed as either area per unit width or as a percentage of the cross-sectional area.

To view this and other computer and smartphone apps, as well as design tools used for concrete pavements, visit ACPA’s apps library at http://apps.acpa.org/apps.

ACPA Education & Training Opportunities

Check out these upcoming education & training opportunities:

Webinar: Improving Control Joint Quality with Improved Saw CuttingWednesday, November 5.

Check back next month for more opportunities for classroom-style and web-based training programs in 2015.

 

 

Webinar: All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction

Register Online!

All About Concrete Pavement Joint Design & Construction 

Friday, September 19, 2014 
Noon to 2:30 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 3:30 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (PACIFIC) 

Presenter:   
Eric Ferrebee, EIT, Technical Engineer, American Concrete Pavement Association

Overview
Proper design and construction of joints are critical to both the short- and long-term quality.   With that in mind, ACPA presents this comprehensive Meganar™ to provide essential information about the design and layout of joints, as well as recommended best practices in joint construction.

The first part of our program begins with basic details about the reasons to joint concrete pavements, as well as joint-spacing principles.   The Meganar also will cover the basics of saw cutting; proper curing; types of joints; and examples of joint locations.   The program also will cover dowel bar and tie bar considerations; specialty joints; and the basics of sealing or not sealing joints.

Next, the program will cover details for construction, including placing steel; locating and identifying dowel locations; joint forming; saw cutting, cleaning, and recommended practices for final preparation of joints (whether sealed or not sealed).   The course also will include details on proper header construction (formed or sawed), along with other pertinent information.

During and after our web-based program, ACPA will provide details about several web-based resources that can be used during the joint design/layout and construction processes.   ACPA also will provide brief details about a draft pavement dowel bar location & alignment specification.  (This topic will also be covered in greater depth later this year.)

PDH Credits
The American Concrete Pavement Association will award 2.5 professional development hours (PDH’s) to those wishing to complete an optional “evidence of learning exam” following the webinar.   Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province.   ACPA strongly recommends checking these requirements in advance of taking this course.

Registration Rates
To register online for this event, please follow this link:  http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops.   Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option.

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Important:   Government employees must contact ACPA directly to receive the government discount.   Please contact ACPA: 

ACPA Issues Statement in Response to Highway Funding Extension

(August 9, 2014) – The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) acknowledges the work and efforts of the President and Congress in taking action on the Highway Trust Fund and the extension of the current highway and public transportation programs.

The President has signed into law a short-term measure that will transfer nearly $11 billion into the Highway Trust Fund and extend the HTF and extend the highway and transit programs from September 30 until May 31, 2015.  

Although this, the fifth and latest temporary trust fund “patch” in seven years comes as a relief to the transportation-construction industry, ACPA continues to emphasize the need for longer-term solutions to meet the needs of the nation’s federal-aid highway system. 

The actions of the President, as well as the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, staved off depletion of the Highway Trust Fund and allowed the programs to continue at current levels.  Failure to take action, particularly on the HTF, would have required the U.S. Transportation Department to cut to funding for highway construction, rehabilitation, and preservation projects.  Failure to act also would have put 700,000 jobs at risk, according to the Administration. 

“Although this measure avoids drastic cuts that would have adversely affected our industry, state agencies/owners, and others in the transportation-construction community, we remain very concerned about finding long-term solutions to address the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) issue and the critical needs of our nation’s highways,” said Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., ACPA President & CEO.    “We urge Congress and the Administration to work on addressing the HTF situation, as well as to support long term legislation that allows companies to invest in the future and agencies to adequately plan for the current and future needs of our highways. 

“Along with our other partners in the Highway Materials Group, we remain committed to a six-year surface transportation authorization to stabilize and grow the Highway Trust Fund, as well as the four reauthorization principles that have been circulated to all Members of Congress.”  

These principles include:

  • Increased investments needed to maintain and expand the highway system essential to meet the competitive demands of the global economy;
  • Fulfillment of the Constitutional responsibility as provided in Article 1, Section 8 to “establish Post Offices and post Roads,” which are the precursor of the National Highway System;
  • Retention of the user-fee based system that ensures all users of the highway system contribute toward its construction, maintenance and rehabilitation; and,
  • No more delays, which only makes the investments necessary to highways, roads, and bridges, more difficult and expensive.  

Voigt explained that more than a decade’s worth of short-term legislation and temporary fixes to the Highway Trust Fund have impeded the ability of many state agencies and private companies to make capital investments, to plan ahead, and to invest in the technologies necessary to remain competitive in the marketplace.

“Although the industry and agencies have adapted to austere budgets and anemic funding levels, the familiar guidance of ‘doing more with less’ has meant stagnation, lingering high unemployment, and an overall weakening of the highway and heavy construction industry, not to mention weakening our infrastructure.   Agencies have been increasingly forced to cover up real problems, instead of fixing them properly.    This is analogous to putting a paint job on rotten wooden siding,” he says.

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