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Kansas Seminar Covers Concrete Essentials

The 21st Annual Concrete Pavement Parking Lot & Flatwork Seminar held earlier this month covered some important and timely technical and business issues. Co-sponsored by the Missouri/Kansas Chapter and The Concrete Promotional Group of Kansas City, the seminar included two project overviews, a concrete paving “crash course,” ADA compliance considerations, and several technical presentations.

Moderated by Doug Burns of Ash Grove Cement, the event included technical presentations on concrete pavement jointing by Todd LaTorella of the Missouri/Chapter, as well as design runs by Eric Ferrebee of ACPA National.

Ferrebee’s presentation is one of the latest in ACPA’s ongoing efforts to provide hands-on training and instruction. To date, he has provided this training to more than 2,000 industry and agency personnel.



CP Tech Center Offers PEM Resource

Performance engineered mixtures (PEMs) are gaining momentum and the attention of the concrete construction community, including owners and contractors. 

For contractors and others interested in more information about PEM, The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has published “Performance Engineered Mixtures for Contractors,” an 8-page tech brief written by Peter Taylor.

The tech brief provides guidance on properties, processes and recommended tests for the laboratory and the field. It also includes detailed information about tests available to gauge workability, air void system, unit weight (density), strength development, and transport qualities .

The brief also cites recommended tests for quality control and agency acceptance by the agency involved. This publication was sponsored by the FHWA, the National Pooled Fund Study TPF-5(368), and the concrete industry. To view or download the document, click here.

Today: See Post-Election Industry Impacts

Now that the mid-term election are over, learn how the results will impact our industry.

There’s still time to register for a post-election webinar hosted today by the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA).  The webinar will be held today (Wednesday, Nov. 7), beginning at 2 p.m. (EST) / 1 p.m. (CST). Click here to register for the event.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s repository of government affairs news.

NACA is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

Miller Formless in the News

Miller Formless, an ACPA member, today announced Andy Linham has been named as General Manager–International Operations. 

His primary responsibility will be developing Miller Formless’ growing business in India and Southeast Asia, but he will also assist in supporting customers and developing growth strategies worldwide.

Linham is a 20 year veteran of the slipform paving industry, serving most recently as a paving consultant to Larsen and Toubro in Jabalpur, India. Prior to that, he was with GOMACO, supporting customers and dealers in India. 

He will continue to live with his family in the United Kingdom, but will continue traveling internationally in support of concrete construction applications.

ACPA Participates in ACI Committee Meetings

Eric Ferrebee represented ACPA last week at the ACI 325 and 330 committee meetings last week.

ACI 325 is the committee on Concrete Pavements, which also includes the Pavement Design subcommittee, which is working on a new design guide based on, the pavement design portal co-developed by ACPA, the RMC Research & Education Foundation, and PCA. Brian Killingsworth of NRMCA represented the cement and concrete industries at the meeting. Other subcommittees included Overlays and Accelerated Paving. 

Eric also participated in the meeting of the ACI 327 committee on RCC Pavements, which is developing a draft Guide to RCC Design and Construction. He also reported that the ACI 330 Concrete Parking Lots and Site Paving Subcommittee is updating their guide to parking facilities, for which he previously developed and furnished design runs using PavementDesigner.

Also last week, Eric was at the Nevada Infrastructure Concrete Conference (NICC 2018). He presented comprehensive presentations on PavementDesigner at both events, reaching another 200+ potential users of the pavement design portal. 

Photo courtesy of Roger Smith with the California Pavement Preservation Center at Cal State University, Chico.

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