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SPS-2 Tech Day Program Begins

The SPS-2 tech day program is beginning for 2019.  ACPA has created a special page that will include the dates, locations, and resource materials associated with all events planned for this year.  As we reported in ACPA TODAY last week, the program is taking form and beginning soon with the following events: 

You can access the flyer by clicking on the links above, but as we finalize other events and obtain resource materials, we will post them to this dedicated page for the 2019 SPS-2 program. We also have an SPS-2 Resource Center online, which you can access here.

There is no charge for attendance, but registration is required.  Be sure to click on the link to open a digital flyer (PDF).  The flyer will contain specific details, including the email address of the person to contact for registration.

The Long Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) SPS-2 study, or Strategic Study of Structural Factors for Rigid Pavements, represents the most comprehensive set of concrete pavement performance data in the United States.  To read more about this important study, please click here

Why You Should Be Part of NACA’s Annual Fly-In

There are fewer than three weeks left to register for the third annual North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) annual fly-in.

With elected officials on both sides of the aisle expressing the need to invest in infrastructure, the timing has never been better to share the concrete industry’s views on this critical and timely topic. 

The fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC. First-timers and experienced advocates are welcome and encouraged.  The NACA team will help you make the most of your participation.  

The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner. The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel, small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. Click here to see the full registration page (hosted by PCA). The page includes event and hotel information, a link to the agenda and other important details.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to make a real difference for your company and our industry! 

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The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns and initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations 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.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

MIT Webinar Previews Road Roughness Method

The title of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub’s (CS Hub’s) next webinar poses both a challenge and a question.

“Fix My Road:  What can YOU do (with your smartphone) to make OUR Infrastructure Great Again while addressing Climate Change?” will propose a new, crowdsourced way to assess the state of infrastructure.

Using acceleration data from a smartphone mounted inside of a vehicle, MIT researchers say they have developed a method to assess road roughness properties. This method can also be used to map the aggregated excess fuel consumption, associated environmental footprint, and “health” impact due to these road conditions, they say. 

The 1-hour webinar is offered at no cost and is scheduled for 11 a.m. (EST) on February 28. Registration is required for all participants. Click here to register for the webinar. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Franz-Josef Ulm, MIT Professor, and Faculty Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub.  The webinar was developed collaboratively by the researchers at the CS Hub and several other universities. 

SPS-2 Tech Day Slated for March

Following the success of the SPS-2 Tech Days in 2018, Larry Scofield of the IGGA/ACPA P3 Partnership is reporting that the first event scheduled for 2019 will be held on Tues., March 12, at Caltrans District 10’s office in Stockton, CA.

Throughout 2018, Scofield worked closely with ACPA-affiliated Chapter executives, state transportation agency officials, and others to present information on the history of the FHWA’s Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) program, details about the LTPP SPS-2 Concrete Experiment, and evaluation of the LTPP pavement sections throughout the United States.  

This year’s presentations kick-off with the Tech Day event in Stockton, which promises to be informative and interesting.   Registration is free of charge, but reservations are required.  Please click here to see the event flyer, then register as soon as possible. Dr. Dulce Rufino Feldman is the key contact and can be reached at dulce.rufino@dot.ca.gov

Interested in learning more about the SPS-2 program and virtual tour of an SPS-2 section in Kansas?  Click here for the SPS-2 Resource Center.

Make Plans for NACA’s Annual Fly-In

Calling all concrete industry partners and allies!  This is a unique time in the 21st century, because transportation investment is now being recognized by both the Administration and Congress as an important priority. As such, it is extremely important that our industry have a commanding presence on Capitol Hill.  The third annual North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) fly-in presents an opportunity for our industry to present perspectives on funding and policy decisions to elected officials.

The fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC.   

The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner. The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel, small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. Click here to see the full registration page (hosted by PCA). The page includes event and hotel information, a link to the agenda and other important details.

Let’s make the upcoming NACA Cement and Concrete industry fly-in the most successful and best-attended ever.

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The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns and initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations 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.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

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