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Concrete Pavements Prominent at SWIFT Conference

ACPA was among several concrete pavement industry organizations participating in the 2017 Summer Winter Integrated Field Technologies (SWIFT) conference and trade show, held recently in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Prior to the formal meeting of the Canadian Airfield Pavement Technical Group (CAPTG), a special workshop was held to address, “How to Design Sustainability Into Airfield Pavements.”

Workshop speakers included Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President of Airports and Pavement Technology, and Peter Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., Director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, an ACPA technology partner.  Mitchell presented on concrete pavement recycling practices and technologies. Taylor presented on the importance of the life-cycle perspective and performance-engineered mixtures.

The formal SWIFT meeting followed the workshop and included moderated discussions and presentations.  Industry officials presented on several topics during Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.  These included: 

  • Stringless paving by ACPA’s Mitchell, as well as several ACPA members and technology partners.
  • Runway grooving for improved braking performance and directional control by John Roberts, Executive Director of the IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership and John Depman, P.E., Senior Estimator, Penhall Company. 
  • Rapid airfield repair using precast by Chris Olidis, P.E., Principal Engineer, Applied Research Associates, an ACPA member.
  • Optimized concrete pavement design by Robert Rodden, P.E., Lead Engineer, PNA Construction Technologies, an ACPA member. 

Also, moderating the Wednesday technology track was Guillaume Lemieux, Director, Markets and Technical Affairs, Cement Association of Canada, an ACPA affiliate.

SWIFT offers the airport community the opportunity to gather and learn about new pavement design, construction, evaluation and maintenance techniques; materials; chemicals; systems; and equipment available to keep airports safe and operational while addressing any challenges, at minimal cost, during all seasons. 

Special thanks to Amy M. Dean, Editor-in-Chief and Art Director, International Society of Concrete Pavements, for her generous support with this article.   To read the Amy’s complete article, please follow this link

Make Plans for ACPA’s Annual Meeting

ACPA is urging ACPA members, affiliates, and others to finalize hotel and event registration as soon as possible.  Our special rate for hotel registrations ends November 1 (or earlier, if our specially-priced room block is sold out).

The association is also reminding all guests that in addition to the program of peer-exchange meetings, tech transfer, and other discussions about timely topics, a number of special events are planned, including:

  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Reception at Float
  • Little Italy Lunch and Shopping Excursion
  • Association Awards Breakfast
  • Awards Reception & Banquet

The Association is also offer special, optional activities, both scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28.   These are open for new registrants, as well as for guests who have already registered.

  • ACPA Golf Tournament at the Riverwalk Golf Course (Nov. 28, Noon to sundown).
  • Visit the USS Midway (Nov. 28.  Please allow four hours, including transportation.  Also note the exhibit closes at 5 p.m.)

Event and hotel registration are available by visiting:    Special discount codes have been emailed to members and affiliates.  If you missed the email with the discount code, please send an email to Bill Davenport at

Transportation Briefing Targets Red Tape

Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen (L) and Deputy General Counsel James Owens (R) briefed stakeholders on the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens.

ACPA participated in a briefing at the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this month to hear the more about the agency’s  role in the Trump Administration’s initiative to reduce burdensome regulations. 

During the briefing, the agency’s Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen and Deputy General Counsel James Owens informed stakeholders on the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens. The officials also used the event to announce a formal Notification of Regulatory Review at the DOT. This notice encourages the public to comment on proposed regulatory changes. To view the information or submit comments, please follow this link

Owens noted that rising regulatory burdens may have slowed domestic gross domestic product (GDP) by an average of 0.8 percent since 1980. “Many regulations are well intentioned, but create harmful economic consequences for the economy and restrict transactions among Americans,” he said. He added GDP could be as much as 20% greater if the regulatory burden was still at 1980 levels.

The Administration’s regulatory reform principles aim to: reduce regulatory burdens; regulate effectively and efficiently; promote due process; provide fair notice; and respect individual liberty and property rights, according to the presentation.

The initiative began with the President signing Executive Order 13771 on January 30, and since then the Administration has made significant progress on reducing regulations. At the DOT, as with other federal agencies, the Executive Order is aimed at eliminating two regulations for every one introduced and eliminating regulatory costs, which will have a net savings for the public. Along with a regulatory reform task force, agencies will have a regulatory reform officer, a role filled by Deputy Secretary Rosen at DOT.

Other key goals are to “unleash the economy and leave space for innovation,” according to the presentation. ACPA’s Leif Wathne participated in the briefing on behalf of association members. Although anecdotal, the effects of regulatory reduction are already being observed by some ACPA members. ACPA TODAY will continue to report news on this topic.

Sources:  NPR report: and independent reporting.


Utah ACPA Executive Director Seeks Executive Director

The Utah Chapter-ACPA is seeking an Executive Director responsible for planning and implementing programs focused on expanding the use of concrete pavements in the construction, rehabilitation, airports, streets and roads and industrial facilities and maintenance of highways throughout the state of Utah.


  • Calling on DOT, cities, counties, airports, consulting firms, members and potential members, commercial facility owners and parking lot owners to promote public policies that provide fair treatment of concrete pavement and to promote specific concrete pavement projects.
  • Ensuring that Chapter officers, directors and members are kept fully informed on the conditions and operations of the Chapter and on all important factors influencing the organization.
  • Coordinating meetings with the Board of Directors, general membership and other major committees.
  • Assisting county, city and airport engineers and managers in obtaining the information necessary to make informed pavement type selection decisions.
  • Assisting county, city and airport engineers on the development of design details and specifications for specific paving jobs.
  • Developing, recommending and operating within an annual budget.
  • Executing, directing or coordinating all decisions and actions of the Board of Directors.
  • Overseeing membership development and retention plans and activities.
  • Overseeing collection of dues and assessments.
  • Maintaining effective relationships with public agencies and private entities.
  • Coordinates annual paving workshops, seminars and awards programs.
  • Assists members with local government affairs activities.
  • Developing and implementing recommended best practices outlined in the “ACPA Chapter Best Practices Guide” (published in 2016).
  • Other duties as assigned.


Applicants must possess and demonstrate the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • An engineering degree and registered professional engineering license is required. An undergraduate degree is the minimum accepted requirement; a graduate degree is desirable.
  • Excellent and demonstrable written and verbal communications skills are required.
  • Sales skill and ability to communicate ideas in a variety of settings is required.
  • Must be reliable, loyal, self-motivated, and capable of managing time and other resources.
  • Ability to move fluidly and efficiently among projects and deadlines in order to complete a range of projects concurrently is required.
  • A background and experience in concrete pavement or concrete is required.

Compensation includes: salary (commensurate with experience and demonstrated proficiencies), health benefits, 401k, paid vacation and travel compensation. 

Job type:  This is a full-time, salaried position. 

Applicants should send a confidential resume/salary history to:

Cody Preston
Geneva Rock
1565 West 400 North
Orem, UT 84057  

Please Note: All candidates who apply for this position will be kept confidential.  The Utah Chapter-ACPA (the employer) is an “equal opportunity employer.” The employer will not discriminate and will ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, and advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the bases of age, race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.



FHWA Issues AID-PT Annual Report

FHWA publishes an annual report of AID-PT results and benefits.

The Federal Highway Administration has released its 2017 Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program annual report.   The 28-page report includes case histories and other summary benefits of the program.

The AID-PT program was the result of a legislative provision that was championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries.  

Since 2012, the Federal Highway Administration has administered AID-PT with direct input from industry, including ACPA, which remains actively involved in assisting FHWA with support for the program, including continuing to advocate for renewal of the program in highway reauthorization efforts, as well as communicating program results and benefits to the concrete pavement industry. In 2015,  again with strong support by ACPA and other stakeholder groups, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including contracts and cooperative agreements with being directed to the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.  AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

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