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Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Seeks Promotional Director for Arkansas

The Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association (OK/AR ACPA)  is seeking a highly motivated individual for a part time position as Promotional Director to increase awareness and the use of concrete pavements for highways, airports, and local roads throughout the state of Arkansas.

Qualified candidates must exhibit outstanding people skills and possess a firm foundation in heavy highway construction. This person must be able to develop sound relationships with highway department personnel, city engineers/managers and engineering consultants as well as represent the membership consisting of contractors, material/equipment suppliers and consulting engineers.

A Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or related field is preferred, but not required. Candidates should also have a minimum of 5 years experience in design and/or construction of highway projects including pavements. Proficiency in Microsoft Office products and good public speaking skills are a must.

Work schedule and hours flexible. Salary commensurate with experience and work schedule.

For more information or to submit a resume, please contact OK/AR ACPA at (405) 767-5100 or by email at bburwell@pavement.com.

ACPA, The Yard LLP Offer Members-Only Benefit

ACPA and The Concrete Yard LLP, Cary, Ill., are offering an exclusive benefit to ACPA contractor members interested in purchasing previously owned concrete pavement equipment and accessories.

 ACPA members who are registered on the contractor-to-contractor equipment website, “The Concrete Yard” (http://www.theconcreteyard.com) will receive exclusive emails that list used equipment and accessories ahead of their scheduled postings to the site.  This service allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

To take advantage of this special program, ACPA members should click on the special banner on the ACPA website, or alternatively, check the link on the Member Benefits section of the new website. 

The portal is well organized and easy to navigate.   Sellers pay no listing fees, and may simply contact “The Yard” with equipment listings.  The company recommends providing as much information as possible, noting that the best listings include “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  This includes:

  • Company info and contact(s).
  • Equipment specifications.
  • Maintenance & repair records.
  • Build sheet, if available.
  • Photos and videos, if available.

 Buyers simply log in, then browse the site for current machine and accessory listings.   Interested buyers complete a quick query, and then, Barrett provides an excellent breadth and depth of information, including:

  •  Information about the current owner.
  • Where the machine/accessory is located.
  • The means to speak with the operator or mechanic.
  • The cost of the equipment with minimal mark-up.
  • The ability to submit reasonable offers.
  • The ability to find the best possible freight rates.

Prior to making an offer on equipment/accessories, buyers are asked to be fully aware of terms and conditions of “The Concrete Yard LLP,” which are available upon request.

ACPA Weighs Changes to Dowel Alignment Guide Spec

ACPA’s technical staff and the association’s Jointing Task Force are currently evaluating possible revisions to its draft guide specification on dowel alignment. Introduced in August 2013, the guide specification has been a work in progress for two years.

Based on input from several state departments of transportation, the Federal Highway Administration, contractors, and pavement consultants, ACPA engineers and the task force are continuing to advance the guide spec by:

  • Considering whether revisions are necessary to address subbase type, which in turn, could mean altering the term “maximum allowable locked length” (MALL).
  • Evaluating whether a “percent within limits approach” should be used for horizontal translation of dowels (evaluation across an entire project). 
  • Considering changes to the section covering trail sections, including possibly changing the nomenclature from “test” or “trial” to “process validation” section.
  • Looking at measurement equipment to provide guidance on how to address interference.
  • Considering a change to scaling the joint score, or joint score trigger, to address concerns expressed by several experts.
  • Looking closely at joint score thresholds, specifically to determine whether original research was translated properly into FHWA summary reports, which were referenced in the thresholds originally recommended. 

ACPA has continued to work closely with the Ohio DOT, which was the first agency/owner to use portions of the specification in developing their own provision. ACPA recently issued a technical opinion letter to provide details about the issues cited above, as well as questions and issues specifically raised by the agency.

ACPA Advances Concrete Overlays Plan

ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt had the opportunity to build on the growing recognition and support of the need to invest in development and promotion of concrete overlays with a presentation to the PCA Paving Committee at the group’s fall meeting last week.

The presentation focused on presenting a collaborative plan, as well as addressing funding gaps. Voigt says the leadership of both ACPA and PCA have endorsed the idea of detailing a plan that represents a collaborative effort to increase the use of concrete pavement overlays.

“We’ve been working to develop ideas; build awareness; and encourage input,” Voigt said, adding, “The inclusion of everyone’s role in this plan (members, partners, affiliated chapters and state associations, and the CP Tech Center is critical for both developing and implementing the plan.”

In related news, Voigt will participate in the “CEO Perspective” feature on the next monthly paving advocacy conference call hosted by PCA. The calls focus on best practices and other ways to achieve successful advocacy and promotional results. The next call is September 12 at 11 a.m. (EDT) | noon (CDT). The monthly feature provides a forum for chief executives to provide comments on the paths and goals of the industry’s paving advocacy effort, followed by a question & answer period.

 

Meganar: Advancements in Dowel Alignment & Location for Concrete Pavements

Date & Time:  October 27, 2014
Time:  Noon to 2:30 p.m. (CST) | 1 to 3:30 p.m. (EST) | 11 to 1:30 (MST)

 Presenters

  • An update on the ACPA Dowel Alignment/Location Spec (Mark Snyder, ACPA Pennsylvania Chapter)
  • Non-contact measurement methods, including GPR, the MIT Scan, and ultrasound, with emphasis on the MIT scan. (Mark Snyder)
  • Overview of the MIT Scan (Garry Aiken, Kessler Soils Engineering Products, Inc.)
  • Agency perspective  (Craig Landefeld, Ohio DOT)
  • Industry perspective (Jeff Borden, Cold Spring Construction)
  • Wrap-up: Outlook for the future (Mark Snyder) 

Overview              
This comprehensive course provides the latest information on current and emerging technology used for proper alignment and location of dowels in concrete pavements. 

The course begins with an overview of dowel location technology and why it is essential to have accurate, efficient ways to align and locate dowels in concrete pavements.  

As a part of our program also will feature an agency and a contractor’s perspectives on non-contact technology, and in particular, their experiences with MIT-Scan Technology.  Our course will wrap up with an outlook for the future in this very important topic area.

As part of the overview, updates will be presented on the current FHWA-led initiative to facilitate dowel bar alignment testing, as well as ACPA’s draft guide spec for dowel alignment & location.

We also will present an overview of various, non-contact measurement methods, including ground-penetrating radar, ultrasound, and MIT-Scan technology.   An overview of MIT-Scan technology for dowel alignment/location also will be presented, as will details about the implementation of this technology throughout the United States.

This is important information for contractors, agencies, consultants, and others with an interest in load transfer technology.   Superintendents, construction managers, project managers, inspection personnel, QC/QA personnel, and others involved with dowel bar placement and/or retrofit will find this course particularly useful.

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.   This program is oriented toward jurisdictions that allow self-reporting for licensure purposes.  Participants are strongly advised to check the applicability of this training along with other reporting requirements in advance of taking this course.

Registration 

Registration is quick and easy.  Please click here to register online. 

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