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Infrastructure Week Grassroots Alert

Infrastructure Week 2014 is here! The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, Building America’s Future, the U.S. Council on Competitiveness and the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution have organized a full week of strategically placed high-level events and briefings, national and targeted regional media coverage and other activities convening business and policy leaders to articulate the national, regional and local challenges in maintaining, updating and developing new infrastructure across the United States. Infrastructure Week 2014 is designed to help build momentum and urgency to attract the attention of key policymakers and the larger community by telling the story of business, labor, industry and citizens dedicated to improving America’s global competitiveness through investment in infrastructure.

ACPA, as part of the Highway Materials Group is using the occasion of Infrastructure Week 2014 to attract the attention of key policymakers to the critical state of our infrastructure, the need for a robust, long term highway bill, and the urgent need to fix our highway trust fund.  Download press release.  Each of the Highway Materials Group members will be using the same letter in their grassroots campaign, but you are welcome to write your own letters to your elected officials. You are also welcome to use PCA’s grassroots page below to make the process of sending a letter easier.

Click here to tell Congress that the time to fix the highway trust fund is NOW!

The Highway Trust fund that has funded the US surface transportation program for almost 60 years will go bankrupt by the end of the summer. This means that the Federal Highway Administration will not be able reimburse State DOTs for highway projects at the peak of the summer construction season. Numerous DOTs have already held back or cancelled bid lettings in anticipation of this crisis. The long term ramifications for commerce and the broader US economy is sobering. USDOT is estimating that 700,000 jobs are at risk, and by 2020 businesses could lose $1 trillion a year in sales.

A solution must be acted upon by Congress before lasting damage is inflicted on American economic competitiveness and prosperity.

Please feel free to share the above link both within and beyond your organizations. We encourage all Americans to engage with their lawmakers on this critically important issue.

Mid-Year Meeting and “Applying LCCA for Fair Pavement Type Selection” Workshop

Complete Description and Online Registration  

ACPA will be hosting members and other guests for the 2014 Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held June 24 through 26 at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel in Chicago.   Also, a workshop on “Applying Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Fair Pavement Type Selection” will be held on the first day of the meeting, June 24th.

Workshop Outline

The workshop, “Applying Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) for Fair Pavement Type Selection”  will feature presentations by subject matter experts on the following topics:

  • How LCCA Works
  • FHWA’s LCCA Perspective
  • LCCA – A State Perspective
  • LCCA – Case Examples
  • Using Mechanistic-Empirical Design for LCCA Inputs
  • Putting LCCA into Perspective

For complete details, including speakers and topic descriptions, view the workshop agenda.

Task Force and Committee Meetings Overview
Members and industry partners will meet to work on emerging technical and market issues and to guide the Association in its future direction.  The meetings will be held on the afternoon of Tuesday, June 24th, through morning of Wednesday, June 26th.

Tuesday, June 24

  • Legislative Issues Task Force
  • Airfield Task Force  

Wednesday, June 25

  • Strategic Board Meeting – Strategic Planning Session Budget 
  • Finance Committee – Audit Review (closed, by invitation only)
  • Jointing & Smoothness Combined Task Force Meeting
  • RCC Task Force Meeting
  • Pavement ME Task Force

Thursday, June 26

  •  Board of Directors 2nd Quarter Meeting (closed, by invitation only)

In addition to the task force meetings, receptions will be held on the evenings of June 24 and 25.   For times and other event information, check the complete description.

Location
The Mid-Year Meeting and Workshop will be held at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, located just off the Magnificent Mile at 163 E. Walton Place, Chicago. 

New Horizons for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavements

Date:  Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Time:  Noon to 2 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 3 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 to Noon (PACIFIC)

Presenters:   

  • Mark Snyder, Ph.D., P.E., Consultant and Past-President of the International Society of Concrete Pavements (ISCP)  
  • Peter J. Smith, P.E., Vice President of Market Development and Product Engineering, The Fort Miller Co., Inc.  


Overview
This is the fifth installment of our five-part series on jointed precast concrete pavements presented by the National Precast Concrete Association and the American Concrete Pavement Association.    

This is an important topic for agencies/owners, contractors, consultants and others with an interest in precast concrete pavements.  In this webinar, we will take a closer look at some of the ways jointed precast concrete pavement technology and products are being improved upon, as well as what potential improvements and applications are or soon will be available.

Our webinar will begin with a brief recap of parts one through four, and then, will proceed with discussions that cover these topics:

 

Part I.   Overview and Current Outlook

  • A quick recap of webinars 1 through 4.
  • Perfecting what we already have started (with a look at bedding methods, load transfer, grade control, and techniques for achieving correct surface geometry

Part II.   Product Improvements, Technology Enhancements

  • Improving load transfer by minimizing the structural effects of slots.
  • Making thinner panels:  Why and where we need them

Part III.   New Horizons:  Innovations in Jointed Precast Concrete Pavements.

  • New applications
    • Unbonded (or bonded) precast overlays
    • Re-movable and re-usable pavements (RUPs), including “Superpavers”
    • Instrumented pavements for toll-roads, electric taxis, and weigh-in motion stations.
    • Airport pavements (taxiway and runway applications)
    • Bus pad innovations
    • Bridge approach slabs
  •  Enabling materials and Equipment
    • Rapid-setting bedding grout
    • Removable dowels (Super-Dowels) and tie bars
    • Laser-controlled grading equipment

Special rates are available for government personnel, as well as members of the American Concrete Pavement Association and National Precast Concrete Association.   A registration code will be provided to NPCA members under separate cover.   If you are a member of NPCA, please call (800) 366-7731 for a registration code.  (You will then have to contact ACPA to register.)

To register online, please follow this link:  http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops/

Registration Rates

2-PDH

 




Important:
   Government employees must contact ACPA by phone or email to receive the government discount.  Please contact: 

 

 

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ACPA, Barrett Equipment Announce Members-Only Benefit

The American Concrete Pavement Association and Barrett Equipment Inc., Cary, Ill., announce an exclusive benefit to ACPA contractor members and others interested in purchasing previously owned concrete pavement equipment and accessories.                                                                                        

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

The Concrete Yard allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website.

ACPA members who are registered on contractor-to-contractor equipment website, “The Concrete Yard” will receive exclusive emails that list used equipment and accessories ahead of their scheduled postings to the site.  This service allows ACPA members prior access and up to 48 hours to act on any of the equipment pre-listings before they are posted and visible to all registered users of the website. 

To take advantage of this special program, ACPA members should click on the special banner on the ACPA website, or alternatively, check the link on the Member Benefits section of the new website.   

About the Concrete Yard
 “The Concrete Yard” is a portal for contractor-to-contractor negotiated sales of concrete plants; slipform and form-riding paving equipment; placers and trimmers; concrete paving forms; conveyors and dust-control systems; and stringline equipment and accessories.

The portal is well organized and easy to navigate.   Sellers pay no listing fees, and may simply contact “The Yard” with equipment listings.  Barrett recommends providing as much information as possible, noting that the best listings include “the good, the bad, and the ugly.”  This includes:

  • Company info and contact(s).
  • Equipment specifications.
  • Maintenance & repair records.
  • Build sheet, if available.
  • Photos and videos, if available.

Buyers simply log in, then browse the site for current machine and accessory listings.   Interested buyers complete a quick query, and then, Barrett provides an excellent breadth and depth of information, including:

  • Information about the current owner.
  • Where the machine/accessory is located.
  • The means to speak with the operator or mechanic.
  • The cost of the equipment with minimal mark up.
  • The ability to submit reasonable offers.
  • The ability to find the best possible freight rates.

Prior to making an offer on equipment/accessories, buyers are asked to be fully aware of terms and conditions of “The Yard,” which are available upon request.

About Barrett Equipment
Equipment Inc. is a fourth generation family owned business which sells concrete paving equipment. The company created “The Yard” with the vision of halting the devaluation of the used concrete-equipment market, and to give contractors and ready mix producers the best options available when buying and selling concrete equipment. 

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