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ACPA, CTLGroup to Present Webinar on Airport Pavement Specs, Testing

Based on the popularity of our recent webinar, “Gaining a Better Understanding of FAA and Military Airport Pavement Specifications” (presented on May 19), ACPA is offering a special course designed to help contractors and engineers recognize weaknesses in the FAA’s P-501 and UFC’s 32 13 11 specification requirements, as well as the supporting test methods that are likely to cause problems.

CTLGroupThe one hour webinar, “Standards for Concrete Materials and Hardened Concrete in Pavements: What They Do and Don’t Tell Us,” will be presented by guest presenter, Toy Poole, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist, CTL Group, Austin, Texas.  

The webinar is scheduled for Thursday, September 17, and will be held from Noon to 1:00 p.m. (CENTRAL). Please click here for additional details and online registration information.

ACPA Encourages Early Registration for Annual Meeting, Hotel

52ndAM-coverACPA is encouraging early registration for the Association’s 52nd Annual Meeting, as well as hotel rooms.   With the event drawing closer, ACPA is anticipating high registration counts, and so, is encouraging reservations as soon as possible.

ACPA’s one-stop event website (http://2015meeting.acpa.org) includes program details, a link to reserve accommodations, and event registration.   The site also includes the spouse/guest program, social activities, and other information about this exciting, information-packed meeting.

There are many new features this year that will interest first time attendees, as well as long-time regulars.   ACPA is featuring “Makin’ Concrete Cool” project stories and strategic issues forums (focusing on maintenance of traffic and FAA P-501 & UFC 32 13 11 specifications).   We are also planning a technology fair and a special luncheon featuring Scott Wolter, host of the “America Unearthed” TV show on the History Channel.   The event also includes an excellent line-up for Concrete Pavement University, the National Excellence in Paving Awards banquet, and plenty of chances to catch up with old and new friends at the social/networking events.

ACPA members are eligible to receive 20%-off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse/guest.   To receive the discounted member rate enter the following promo code at checkout:  countonconcrete

Attendees are reminded they should not call the hotel directly for room reservations.  Attendees may also make reservations via phone by calling the Hyatt’s reservation line at 1.888.421.1442.  Even so, ACPA is encouraging reservations via the webpage.

 

Cemex Recognized for Social, Environmental Leadership

CEMEX, an ACPA member, was recently included on Fortune Magazine’s Change the World list, a ranking of 51 companies worldwide “that have made a sizable impact on major global social or environmental problems as part of their competitive strategy,” the business magazine reports.

Appearing in 16th place on the list, CEMEX is the only Latin-American based company included and the only company from the construction materials sector, according to a CEMEX announcement. The company reported it was selected from among over 200 nominees, thanks to its Patrimonio Hoy program. The program provides low-income families living in urban and semi-urban areas with access to building materials, as well as microfinancing, technical advice, and logistical support to assist participants in building their own homes. The program is destined not only to housing projects but also to the improvement of local public infrastructure. Since its inception, the program has provided affordable solutions to approximately 2 million people throughout Latin America. “We are proud to be included in Fortune’s Change the World list,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEMEX Chief Executive Officer. “This recognition reinforces our commitment to continue working everyday to build a better future.” The goal of this acknowledgement, according to Fortune editor Allan Murray, is “to shine a spotlight on companies that have made significant progress in addressing major social problems as part of their core business strategy.” The list is not meant to be a ranking of the overall “goodness” of companies or of their “social responsibility,” Murray added. The magazine adds that the goal is “to shine a spotlight on instances where companies are doing good as part of their profit-making strategy, and to shed new light on the power of capitalism to improve the human condition. To assemble the list, the editors of Fortune and FSG, a nonprofit social-impact consulting firm, reached out to dozens of business, academic, and nonprofit experts around the world, asking for their recommendations. Fortune and a joint team from FSG and the Shared Value Initiative then vetted more than 200 nominees. The companies had to meet four criteria: the degree of business innovation involved; the measurable impact at scale on an important social challenge; the contribution of the shared-value activities to the company’s profitability and competitive advantage; and the significance of the shared value effort to the overall business. A team of journalists from Fortune then further vetted each of the nominees and reported on their impact. Click here to view the magazine’s profile on Cemex. Only one other transportation-construction concern, Arup engineering and consulting, was named to the list.

Just for Fun:  Contractors Group Offers Construction Game Apps

The Constructors Association of Western Pennsylvania (CAWP) has co-developed two game apps that may attract some positive attention to the roadbuilding industry, while also helping workers sharpen their skills. 

“Reinforcers: A CAWP Arcade Game,” tests gamers’ hand-eye coordination as they fasten several types of ties around rebar, while “CAWP Traffic Control” puts players through the paces as they direct traffic in and around a construction zone.   Both are available for Apple and Android devices.

Athena Institute Releases Updated Life Cycle Assessement Software

AthenaInstituteLogoThe Athena Sustainable Materials Institute released version 2.1 of its “Pavement LCA” software, formerly known as the “Impact Estimator for Highways” program.

The updated program is said to have the unique ability to assess the environmental footprint of any roadway cross-section along its length and over its entire service life.  New features include:

  • Three new U.S. regional locations: California, Illinois, and a U.S. average location.
  • A variety of new “U.S.-centric” sample roadway projects.
  • New concrete mix designs, that allow users to add custom mixes with the help of an Athena tutorial.  
  • New and updated life-cycle inventory (LCI) databases for Portland cement, North American slag cement, and more.
  • Faster download and installation. 

Click here for a free download of the Pavement LCA tool.  Click here to view a tutorial of Pavement LCA.   Click here for a complete list of the changes and issues addressed in this version.

The update was possible because of the Cement Association of Canada, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Concrete Sustainability Hub, the Slag Cement Association, and Athena Institute members.

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