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ISCP Confirms Meeting Dates

The International Society of Concrete Pavements (ISCP) last week announced it will proceed with the 12th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (ISCP), although with a contingency plan in mind. The conference is scheduled for August 30 through September 3.

In a letter posted to the ISCP website, ISCP President and 12th ICCP Conference Chair Jake Hiller says:

  • The ‘early bird’ registration is extended to June 1st (from April 17th);
  • ISCP will fully refund registrations if attendees choose to cancel before August 1, 2020; and
  • If the conference must be postponed because of the pandemic, all registrations will be honored for the new dates.

Jake adds that discussions with ISCP members and the hotel currently preclude exercising the force majeure clause of the contract, adding that canceling would cost ISCP $100,000 in hotel costs alone.

Looking ahead optimistically, ISCP moves ahead with the plan and invites early registrations. ISCP will continue to monitor the situation, factoring Centers for Disease Control guidance. Should the situation change, ISCP will notify registrants and post information on its website. ACPA will also provide updates to members and other readers of ACPA TODAY. 

For registration and other information, please visit: https://12thiccp.concretepavements.org. Questions about the conference? Please send an email to conference@concretepavements.org.
 

Update: COVID-19 Resource Center

ACPA has added additional resources to our COVID-19 resource center and streamlined the listings for easier navigation.

We also organized new and existing  resources into four categories:

  • ACPA Resources,
  • ACPA News Briefs,
  • Business & Economic Resources, and
  • Health & Human Safety Resources

Please click here or visit: acpa.org/covid-19-resources. To suggest additional resources, please forward information to education@acpa.org.

ACPA Creates COVID-19 Resource Center

ACPA has developed a COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic resource page to help association members’ and chapters manage the current pandemic crisis. The resource center includes a growing list of resources, as well as links to recent calls to action and video special reports.

The resource center also includes information from Federal government agencies and other organizations. These include the Centers for Disease Control, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Homeland Security/Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and more. We encourage all members and affiliates to use the resource center and to share it with colleagues and others who may need this important and timely information.

To see and download resources, please click here or visit: acpa.org/covid-19-resources. If you know about additional resources not on our lists, please forward information to education@acpa.org.

TCC Cancels Fly-In

As we reported last week, the COVID-19 crisis has impacted a number of meetings and events scheduled for the next couple of months. 

We received word Tuesday the 2020 TCC Fly-In has been canceled. 

According to ARTBA, anyone registered for the event will be refunded their registration fee. The Grand Hyatt will automatically cancel room reservations. For additional information, please contact Ed Tarrant at 202. 834.6089.

The event was originally scheduled for May 12-14 in Washington, DC.

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FHWA Concrete Clips: Internal Curing

The FHWA’s video, “Internal Curing,” describes this method of water curing concrete.  Unlike conventional curing that supplies water from the surface of concrete, internal curing provides the curing water from the porous aggregates that are mixed into the concrete mixture.

The 9-minute video explains how this curing methodology has evolved from bridge-deck paving applications to other concrete pavement types and applications. The video credits the Illinois Tollway as being one of the agencies leading the paradigm shift.

The video explains how prewetted, expanded lightweight aggregates and sand are used to provide hydration in the internal curing process. The video also illustrates how the water promotes more complete hydration of the concrete, noting that this method is particularly beneficial with low water-cementious ratio concrete mixtures.

The video also describes the method for measuring and controlling the moisture in the lightweight aggregates. It also describes how internal curing contributes to greater durability, less shrinkage and curling, tighter (better controlled) cracks and other benefits in concrete pavements. In the few years since this video was produced, the acceptance and use of internal curing has increased for bridge deck and some highway applications.

Click here to view the video. You can also view the video through ACPA’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/ConcretePavements.

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