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ACPA Participates in FHWA Executive Session

Jerry Voigt recently participated in an FHWA Executive Session to hear updates on the agency’s Every Day Counts (EDC) program, as well as perspectives from FHWA officials.

The session opened with welcoming remarks by Mala K. Parker, FHWA Deputy Administrator. DOT Secretary Elaine Chao and FHWA Administrator Nicole Nason also presented shared greetings and messages about the value and purpose of the program.

Officials shared that more than 100 entries were submitted for consideration in Round 6, the current (2020-22) EDC program.

FHWA reported, seven initiatives, including concrete overlays, were selected. Based on the number and quality of candidate technologies it was challenging to narrow from the field of entries. A panel of industry and agency representatives discussed the seven technologies. The panel included Jim Tymon, Executive Director of AASHTO, Rich Juliano, ARTBA’s General Counsel and Managing Director of the association’s Contractors and P3 Divisions; and Donna Shea, who serves as President of the National Local Technical Assistance Program Association. (She also serves as the Director of the Connecticut Training and Technical Assistance Center at the Connecticut Transportation Institute.)

The Every Day Counts initiative on concrete and asphalt overlays will be ramping up in the coming weeks/months. This executive session was one of several kick-off events.

Tech Transfer Event Focuses on Concrete Pavement Quality and Value

Concrete Pavement Quality and Economy was the theme of a technology transfer event sponsored jointly by the Kansas DOT and the concrete pavement industry in Missouri/Kansas.

The approximately five hour event held last week included presentations and discussions on concrete pavement design, construction, and evaluation/acceptance technologies that have the potential to improve the industry’s product offerings and offer opportunities for economic value.

Todd LaTorella, P.E., Missouri/Kansas Chapter Executive Director, kicked off the event with welcoming remarks. He was followed by Greg Schieber, P.E., Kansas DOT Bureau Chief of Construction and Materials.  He provided the DOT’s perspectives on the state’s new 10-year Highway Program (IKE) and plans to deliver projects, many of which will to be designed and constructed with concrete.

“Due to COVID-19 concerns, we had to conduct our annual KDOT/Industry T2 event virtually, which created some initial concern over its attendance and effectiveness,” Todd says. “As it turned out, the event went off without a hitch and we had 50 participants and were able to bring in expert speakers from around the country to participate in discussions regarding a variety of subject matters.

“Overall, the topics and subject matters were well received, and plans are to prioritize and move forward with a number of the items discussed,” he says, adding, “The long-term result, agency and industry will give taxpayers higher quality concrete pavement products at a better value.“

Other presentations included one on concrete shoulder design & construction by Bryan Fox of Koss Construction Company.*  KDOT official Rob Percival, P.E., District Construction & Materials Engineer for District 3 (NW). Todd led a discussion on KDOT design & construction topics to include PAMS curing compounds and FDR subbases which have been used now on multiple KDOT projects.

Next, Ron Guntert, CEO of Guntert & Zimmerman, Mike Ayers of Global Pavement Technologies,* Bryan Beck, District Manager of GOMACO,* and Mark Snyder, PhD., P.E., President of Pavement Engineering and Research Consultants,* led a discussion on dowel bar insertion technology, placement tolerances and verification technologies, and specification development.

Larry Scofield, P.E., of IGGA and ACPA, presented on Pavement Smoothness measurement and focused on moving from PI to IRI, as well as pavement smoothness requirements, incentives/disincentives, and specification development and implementation. The presentation provided an overview of the history of smoothness measurement equipment and specifications through time.

The history included KDOT’s development and implementation of the zero blanking band and their partnership video with the FHWA in 2000 that had Coach John Madden as the narrator. Larry provided recommendations on how to transition to IRI and his most important message was to include the industry in the transition and to maintain the transition team for several years to tweak the process.

_______________________________ * An ACPA member.

World of Concrete 2021 Postponed

World of Concrete 2021 has been postponed to June, according to Jackie James, Informa’s Group Director for the annual concrete and masonry show.

After discussions with key stakeholders and feedback from industry-leading concrete & masonry associations, World of Concrete rescheduled WOC 2021 from January to June. The decision to move the dates back several months was not easily reached; however, they felt it was the right choice for all involved. WOC will now take place June 8-10, educational offerings June 7-10, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In related news, Informa says that beginning next month, they will launch WOC360.COM as a stand-alone website from World of Concrete, providing industry news, products & manufacturers’ news, concrete and masonry resources, and business and marketing information.  Look for more information about registration in ACPA TODAY in the weeks ahead.

AASHTO Opens Annual Meeting Registration

AASHTO announced yesterday registration is open for its virtual annual meeting and trade fair, scheduled for November 9th through 13th.

The meeting will include the Council on Highways and Streets, Transportation Policy Forum, a Board of Directors meetings, awards program and other events typically held at the association’s in-person annual meetings.

A full participant in this meeting may earn up to 10.5 PDHs by participating in the conference sessions from Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13. Click here for more information, including registration details.

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Voigt Appointed to International Symposium Planning Committee

Jerry Voigt was appointed to the International Technical Program Committee (ITPC) for the 14th International Symposium on Concrete Roads. 

The ITPC is composed of 30 members coming from 15 different countries representing EUPAVE (European Concrete Pavement Association), International Society of Concrete Pavements, World Road Association (PIARC) and invited experts. The purpose of the ITPC is to organize technical aspects of the symposium, and review abstracts and papers for quality and suitability. Voigt is participating as an invited expert.

The Polish Cement Association is organizing the symposium venue, logistics and administration. The venue will be the Hilton Krakow Hotel and Convention Center, Krakow, Poland. Dates will be June 19th through 23rd, 2022.  .

 

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