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ACPA Announces Resilience Awareness Campaign

September is often associated with the start of tropical storms and hurricanes, so ACPA is launching a social media campaign to share the benefits of concrete paving in the context of resilience planning and preparation.

Concrete pavements perform significantly better than other paving solutions, so when storms or other disasters strike, there is minimal downtime, and often no repairs, when concrete pavements are used. This enables first responders, medical and other teams to access the impacted areas immediately instead of waiting for the road to be repaired.

“You might ask yourself, ‘How can I help with this campaign?’” says Scott Mueller. “The best way to help ACPA is to comment on the post, follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter, encourage your brethren to do the same. When we create momentum in social media, it helps strengthen our brand, which strengthens ACPA, which creates more business opportunities for our members.”

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Photo shows a view of US 10 in Houston following Hurricane Harvey.  No repairs were needed to the pavement.

ACPA and CP Tech Center Extend Webinar Series

ACPA and the CP Tech Center have announced plans to continue the popular webinar series beyond the summer.

Close to 9,000 people have participated in our webinar program or viewed them online after the live event, so plans are underway to schedule webinars through the end of the year.

Here’s a look at the one-hour webinars scheduled for the next two webinars, scheduled for September 22 and October 20.  Both programs begin at 1 p.m. (EDT) / Noon (CDT):

  • September 22—The topic for this webinar will be Resiliency/Resilient Pavement Systems.  This webinar will explore how resilience relates to pavements. The webinar will also describe how owners and contractors recover from disasters and the important role road design plays in recovery. The webinar will cover the need for resilient pavements; defining resilience, and improving pavement resilience. Our presenters are Jim Mack, Director – Infrastructure Market Development, CEMEX (and Past-Chairman, ACPA), and Dr. Tom Van Dam, Principal, NCE.
  • October 20—The topic for our newest webinar is Concrete Roundabout Design & Construction. With the increasing popularity and use of roundabouts, which are used to keep traffic flowing and improve safety. The webinar will cover current best practices in concrete roundabout design and construction.

Additional webinars will be added soon. Click here to register for the upcoming webinars.

Webinar Covers Concrete Pavement Preservation

Transportation Research Board last week conducted a 90 min. webinar on preserving concrete pavements.  Larry Scofield of the IGGA/ACPA was one of three experts who provided 20 minute presentations to an audience of 425 participants.

Larry provided the diamond grinding presentation, while Prashant Ram and Kurt Smith of APTech (an ACPA member) provided presentations on partial depth repairs and joint resealing, respectively.  The presentations were followed by a 25 minute question and answer session.

PDF copies of the webinar presentations are available online. Click here to view/download them.

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Photo illustrates diamond grinding in an urban setting at night. This was one of many images in Larry Scofield’s presentation.

Marketing & Communications Committee Meets

The Marketing and Communications Committee held a virtual meeting last week to discuss and gain insights into several program initiatives. Sarah Bazey (Chair) and Ernie Peterson (Co-Chair) led the meeting.

Marketing topics included the new ACPA website as well as new education collateral, including project profiles and case studies. The group also reviewed recent examples of social media campaigns and posts. Additional video projects will be reviewed for possible incorporation into our ongoing strategy.

Communication topics included approval of new editorial guidelines for ACPA’s CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS magazine. The committee approved revised guidelines to accept:

  • Articles or story leads from non-member contractor if the contribution is from an ACPA member in these categories: cement, equipment, and materials.
  • Articles or story leads from non-member contractor if the contribution is from one or more non-member contractors that are identified by national or chapter staff members as viable and active prospective members.

The group also approved a proposal to establish a task force to serve as an Editorial Advisory Panel.  

RT&I Task Forces Set Innovation Priorities

The Research Technology and Innovation (RT&I) functional committee has formed five task forces and selected their chairman to address the five highest identified innovation needs in the industry.

The five needs and the respective task force chairmen are as follows:

  1. Gordon Smith, “Develop cement-based material that is durable (20+ years of service potential) and can be paved and placed in service within hours.”
  2. Dave Sciullo, “Single-lane minimum clearance paver configured similar to a conventional asphalt paver with tractor in front of paving mold.”
  3. Paul Jaworski, “Concrete Batching.”
  4. Tyler Ley, “Real-time sensing of delivered mix properties and smoothness behind paver coupled with automated adjustment (optimization) of spreader operation, paver speed, vibration, etc. to improve pavement quality and smoothness.”
  5. Gary Fick, “Develop concrete pavement systems that will set the bar for future transportation systems (e.g., automated vehicles, dedicated truck corridors, platooned vehicles, data collection, solar power, auto-deicing, etc.).”

The next step is for each of the task forces to identify their course of action and to flesh out their needs further.  The RT&I Committee is one of five functional committees ACPA established earlier this year.

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