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McInnis Cement Reports Favorable Ruling, Cooperative Agreement

McInnis Cement, an ACPA member, reported recently that the Quebec Parliament upheld the findings of the Ministry of the Environment that its cement plant in Port-Daniel–Gascons does in fact fall within the regulatory guidelines for its operations.  This ruling overturns attempts to halt the plant through action at the Superior Court.  The company maintained throughout that McInnis had followed all of the government’s rulings concerning the construction of the facility, according to Jim Braselton, Senior Vice President, Commercial & Logistics.

McInnis-webIn other news, McInnis and the Forest Cooperative Association–St. Elzear have signed a cooperative agreement to study the use of forest biomass as a future auxiliary fuel source.  Forest biomass—including wood chips, sawdust, shavings, and bark—is in abundant supply in the area surround the company’s plant, and its use would help reduce emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) beyond what will already be one of the lowest GHG per-unit levels among North American cement plants.

Airport Task Force Focuses on Training  

ACPA’s Airport Task Force meeting included discussions about the second pilot program of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) accredited training program, which ACPA will be delivering in the fall of 2015.  Additional details will be announced this summer.   In addition, ACPA is in discussions with the FAA to develop a web-based training on best practices of airfield paving.

ACPA also continues working with contractors and owners’ representatives on technical issues, and in particular, helping create a better understanding of the FAA P-501 specification and Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 32 13 11 specification.   ACPA also continues to work on the USACE Central Mix Plant Certification program, and airfield smoothness specification, and a number of direct support issues.   The task force is led by Jim Thomas, The Harper Company, and Vince Perez, CTS Cement Mfg. Corp./Rapid Set.

Mid Atlantic Chapter Seeks Vice President

The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), Mid-Atlantic Chapter is seeking a full time highly motivated professional to increase market share for concrete pavement and other cement products in Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, and Delaware by assisting public officials and private consultants with design, construction and policy decisions.

The candidate must have the ability to develop strong business relationships, be creative, persistent, and enthusiastic. Overnight travel will be required to establish and sustain essential contact with public officials, contractors, suppliers, owners, and engineers.

This person will also coordinate with promotion partners and collaborate with pertinent professional associations to advance the use of concrete and cement.   Follow this link for additional information, and to apply online.

International Conference Extends Deadline for Abstracts

The deadline for abstracts and letters of intent for the 11th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (11th ICCP) has been extended to Sunday, May 31, according to the International Society of Concrete Pavements.

Abstracts and letters may be submitted by email to:   For those wishing to send ISCP-ICCP2016-logo-thprintable Call for Papers form, the documents may be sent to Tom Burnham,1400 Gervais Avenue, Maplewood, Minn. 55109.  

Exhibitors interested in receiving an exhibition registration package are encouraged to complete a Call for Papers form indicating their preferences.


Parisi Construction Becomes first Wisconsin Contractor to Invest in Stringless Paving Equipment

ParisiThe concrete industry, Wisconsin Department of Transportation, and the cities across Wisconsin have been watching and wondering which construction company would be the first in the state to use 3-D/stringless or automated machine control in a slipform placement process.

“We all imagined that it was going to be a stringless slipform paver, but we forget that this technology can be utilized in many different  parts of our construction industry,” said Kevin McMullen, P.E., President of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association.  

Parisi Construction Co., Inc.* of Verona, Wisc., is the first contractor in Wisconsin to invest in the equipment that allows placement of concrete curb and gutter, sidewalk, and barrier.  Parisi’s new GOMACO* GT3600 equipped with Global Postioning System (GPS) and laser vertical control augmentation debuted on Tuesday, April 28, on a subdivision project on Madison’s southwest side.

According to Jeff Parisi, President and Owner of Parisi Construction, they were due for replacement of their curb and gutter machine, and as the staff were working on the order with Gomaco, they came to him and asked if they could add this equipment.

They were convinced that with the subdivision work and the site development projects they have to build in 2015 there would be immediate payback by going stringless, McMullen said, adding that Parisi staff put a lot of work into this.

For every project, they assure that the proper survey control is in place, develop the surface model for guidance of the machine, prepare the grade and perform the quality assurance of tolerances to line and grade. The benefits of this technology and equipment include the time and cost savings of survey staking and setting paving pins and string line, the additional mobility and freedom of movement without the stringlines present and the ability  to do tight radiuses and curves in any roadway, parking lot, or island design.

The equipment includes GPS base station and three lasers.  GPS antennas on the GT3600 are used to track the machines movement and calculate its position and heading. The lasers augment the GPS and provide the required vercal accuracy. In addition, a GPS rover is used to check alignment and grade.

On this particular project in Madison, the Parisi staff accommodated the request of the city engineering staff to put up a short run of traditional stringline so that they had a perspective on the accuracy of placement. In that area, the rover showed that they were within 1/100th a foot of  the proposed line and grade. By the time they hit the end of the stringline, everyone was comfortable in proceeding with stringless technology.


* Denotes ACPA member company.

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