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Campaign Takes Aim at Traffic Congestion

YouTube video takes a lighthearted look at the serious problem of congestion in the I-15 corridor.

A campaign called, “Flippin’ Traffic” takes a lighthearted look at a serious problem, the increasing traffic along the Utah’s I-15 tech corridor near Silicon Slopes.

The campaign caught our eye, thanks to Mitzi McIntyre, P.E., Executive Director of the Utah Chapter, who shared a link to a video used to call more attention to the issue.  At the core of the campaign is a website that provides more details about the problem, which is said to be impacting commuters and hindering economic growth.  

The website includes additional information, infographics, and frequently-asked questions to inform site visitors and encourage a call to action intended to secure bonding ahead of a 2020 time frame.  Although the campaign and video will have most relevance to Utahns, it’s worth a look by people in other areas.  Perhaps this might inspire similar campaigns in other states! 

Concrete Sustainability Hub to Present LCCA Webinar

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CS Hub) will host a free public webinar, “Pavement Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA): Price Projection Modeling,” on March 30 at 11 a.m. (EST).

The webinar is designed to provide engineers, designers, and decision makers with a better understanding of the economic impacts of infrastructure decisions over time, as well as to identify opportunities to reduce impacts.

This webinar will present the CSHub’s pavement-related LCCA research, including a study conducted in collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation which showed material-specific price projections are more accurate than the conventional assumption that pavement prices follow the average rate of economic inflation.

Click here to register for the webinar.

About the CS Hub
The CSHub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was established in 2009 with funding from the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation and the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The mission of the CSHub is to develop breakthroughs that will achieve sustainable and durable homes, buildings, and infrastructure.

Concrete Sustainability Hub to Host Webinar

The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CS Hub) will host a public webinar, “An Overview of CSHub Pavements Research” on Thursday, March 2, begining at 11 a.m.  (CST). The webinar will be presented by Jeremy Gregory, Ph.D., Executive Director of the CSHub.

To register for the webinar, please follow this link, or alternatively, paste the link to your web browser: http://tinyurl.com/cshubwebinarMarch2.

The webinar will provide an overview of pavements research at the CS Hub. Pavements-related research by the MIT CSHub focuses on improving pavement design, maintenance, and network management, which can lead to increased fuel efficiency, lower maintenance costs, and better life cycle planning. Topics discussed will include life cycle assessment; life cycle cost analysis; pavement vehicle interaction; and pavement albedo.

This webinar is free of charge and is open to the public. 

About the CS Hub
The CSHub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was established in 2009 with funding from the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation and the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The mission of the CSHub is to develop breakthroughs that will achieve sustainable and durable homes, buildings, and infrastructure.

Make Plans to Attend ConExpo-Con/Agg

Make plans to attend ConExpo-Con/Agg 2017, scheduled for Tuesday, March 7, through Saturday, March 11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas.   Held every three years, the show focuses on construction, aggregates, an300x250-ceca2017-225d ready mixed concrete.

The event is expected to include more than 2,500 exhibitors and more than 140 education sessions on a wide range of construction and materials topics.   ACPA will be exhibiting at the show in booth S60323 (South Hall).

Several new features are planned for 2017, including a 7,500 sq ft exhibit called the “Tech Experience,” which will focus on emerging technologies, innovative wearables, new materials, new safety and productivity technology and more.

Also planned for 2017 are 700 new exhibitors and education tracks; new technology to help visitors keep track of and follow-up with exhibitors; a “ConExpo-Con/Agg” radio broadcast; and a NASCAR weekend ticket offer.   The event also will feature a new badge-pack that includes free transportation options, access to exhibits, discounts at local bars and restaurants, and entry to the “Tech Experience.”

Click here to learn more or to register for the show.   

World of Concrete Recap

Gerard Moulzolf (L) and Steve Davis (R) helped support ACPA at World of Concrete. (Photo: ACPA.)

ACPA had a commanding presence at World of Concrete 2017, thanks to a steady stream of booth visitors and a large number of people who participated in five education and tech transfer tracks–in all, 15 hours of training–by the association.

Highlights included:

  • An industry training course on “Achieving High-Quality Roller Compacted Concrete,” presented by Corey Zollinger, Cemex; Chris Carwie, AG Peltz; and Fares Abdo, Morgan Corp.  
  • Two industry training events covering smooth concrete pavements (by ACPA’s Jerry Voigt) and an overview of ACPA and the concrete pavement industry (by Jerry Voigt and Eric Ferrebee).  
  • A training seminar on locating joints properly by Jerry Voigt, along with a hands-on workshop on jointing, which he and Ferrebee presented. 
  • At ACPA’s booth on the show floor, ACPA Chairperson Lori Tiefenthaler (Lehigh Cement, Inc.), met with many of the more than 200 visitors who stopped by the booth during the week.  (Tiefenthaler also visited with many ACPA members at their respective booths during the week.)  ACPA member Gerard Moulzolf, P.E., American Engineering Testing, along with Steve Davis, Georgia Concrete Pavement Association, joined forces with ACPA’s Jerry Voigt, Eric Ferrebee, Bill Davenport to talk about concrete paving and pavements with booth visitors, as well.
  • Chairperson Tiefenthaler, along with Davenport, also participated in video interviews by Roger Mann, Construction News Tracker Chief Correspondent, for the popular video series produced by the publisher of Concrete Contractor and Equipment Today magazines, and the ForConstructionPros website.
  • Chairperson Tiefenthaler, as well as ACPA’s Voigt and Davenport, also participated in a press conference to discuss market conditions and expectations, as well as two new programs, ACPA’s Interns for the Future program and the ACPA Emerging Leaders Group.   Both programs are aimed at increasing both the diversity and level of participation at the national and regional/state levels.

In all, World of Concrete was considered one of the most successful in the 40 years ACPA has served as a co-sponsor.

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