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Associations and FHWA Discuss Research Needs

For over two decades, ACPA national staff and chapter executives have met with FHWA officials to discuss pavement-related issues and opportunities for working together to address concrete pavement-related issues.  

The most recent of these meetings was held last Friday at the Turner Fairbank Highway Research Center (TRFHRC) in McLean, VA.  The meeting was expanded to also include a broader discussion of pavement research and technology priorities for both concrete and asphalt pavements. 

The “FHWA -Pavement Industry Stakeholder Meeting” included staffs and membership representatives from both ACPA and NAPA for joint discussions and breakout sessions.  The meeting began with a welcome by Dr. Cheryl Richter, Director of the  Office of Infrastructure R&D, followed by an overview by Mark Swanlund, Research Program Manager.  

Leif Wathne presented ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative and focused on the need for current and future research, innovation, and technology deployment that will be vitally important to the Federal-aid highway system. 

Discussions revolved around various concrete pavement related topics, including concrete materials, processes, design innovations, and improved decision-making.  Industry priorities were emphasized, including performance engineered mixtures, early opening to traffic, fly ash considerations, and fundamental research around load transfer and impacts on long-term performance of pavements. 

Design and performance optimization using construction QC and QA information was also discussed. Discussions touched on decision making, including the use of remaining service life as an asset management tool, network-level pavement structural evaluation, asset management and new performance measures. Breakout sessions were used to discuss industry-specific research topics and opportunities for collaboration with FHWA, as well as stakeholder communications and interaction with the FHWA. 

The concrete pavement industry is optimistic that this meeting will be the start of an improved and more effective engagement in FHWA’s research and technology endeavors.  We are hopeful that a more formalized and regular mechanism for exchanging ideas and priorities will result in a more collaborative, cohesive national concrete pavement research and technology program.

Representing the concrete pavement industry at this meeting were: Mike Byers, Kevin McMullen, Larry Scofield, Ray Seipp, Gordon Smith, Mark Snyder, Jerry Voigt and Leif Wathne. 

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ACPA Welcomes Mueller as Marketing Vice President

ACPA has named Scott J. Mueller as the association’s Vice President of Marketing, effective April 1, 2019. 

Mueller’s previous professional experience includes global, senior marketing and strategy leadership roles in companies where he blended marketing and technology to develop and implement brand strategies through channel disruption, innovation and digital marketing. 

Prior to joining ACPA, he served as Chief Revenue Officer of Jelmar LLC, a Skokie, Ill.-based company recognized as the market leader in specialty chemicals and cleaners, notably under the brand name of  “CLR.” In this role, he was responsible for sales, marketing, business- and product-development. He also served as Director of Marketing-Worldwide with AMCOL International Corp., a Hoffman Estates, Ill.-based holding company engaged in industrial/manufacturing markets (mining and construction technologies), consumer packaged goods/food, pet care, cosmetics, and healthcare.

He previously served as Director of Marketing (Global) for Dayton Superior Corporation in Dayton, Ohio.  Dayton Superior, an ACPA member company, is a leading provider of concrete accessories, chemicals, forming products and paving products for the non-residential construction industry.

“We are pleased to welcome Scott as a member of the ACPA national staff,” says Gerald F. Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. “Scott’s vast experience in senior marketing and strategy development roles provide him with both familiarity and fresh perspectives on our industry. His expertise and experience will be vital as we continue to implement our National and local promotion plans throughout the United States.”

“It’s great to be a part of the ACPA team.  Working with a national organization that has a proactive, long-term strategy combined with near-term goals will be an exciting experience,” Mueller says.

Mueller holds a Bachelor’s Degree in marketing from Michigan State University. He is also certified Lean Six Sigma Green Belt in the Six Sigma Master’s Program from the Chicago Deming Association. His project leadership has been recognized with awards and honors, including a platinum award in websites from the Hermes Creative Awards program and website of the month honors from Kentico. In his spare time, Mueller is also involved with several industry and civic organizations.

Webinar Covers Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement

Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) is often referred to as the “third pavement option,” and the factors that make it a versatile, cost-effective paving option also necessitate an understanding of the specific design and construction factors, as well as material considerations. Presented by the International Society of Concrete Pavements with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association, this two-part webinar covers:

  • Best practices: RCC Mixture and Structure Design, Construction, and Performance
    Tim Smith, P.Eng., Director-Englobe & Director-ISCP
    This presentation will focus on the construction of RCC, including details on how it is made and placed, as well as, curing, jointing and testing requirements. RCC pavement design scenarios will be reviewed to show why RCC should be considered as a viable pavement option.  Actual RCC job examples will also be reviewed and the reasons for RCC being selected as the pavement of choice.  In addition, the webinar will cover some of the various RCC resource documents and websites available to help owners and pavement design engineers learn more about RCC pavements. 
  • RCC Pavement Applications and Case Studies
    Corey Zollinger, P.E., Director-CEMEX and Secretary-Treasurer-ISCP 
    This presentation will focus on various applications of RCC pavement and then review multiple case studies from recently constructed RCC pavements on low volume roads, industrial sites, urban streets, and subdivision roads.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT HOURS
The American Concrete Pavement Association will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).    Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province. This program is oriented toward jurisdictions that allow self-reporting for licensure purposes.  Participants are strongly advised to check the applicability of this training along with other reporting requirements in advance of taking this course.

REGISTRATION INFORMATION
ISCP Members:  Please log in to the members only section of the ISCP website to obtain a registration link.  https://www.concretepavements.org/

Government Employees:
   There is no cost to government employees, but verification and registration are required. The government rate is for employees of federal, state/provincial, county, or township agencies, as well as the agencies/branches of the Department of Defense. 

  • For assistance, please contact Donna Antonacci with ACPA. Ms. Antonacci’s contact information is 847.423.8710 or  donnaa@acpa.org.   

ACPA members
ACPA Member rates are available for American Concrete Pavement Association members. ACPA Member rates are: 

  • Individual – $30 | Group – $75.

Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option. Please note that group rates are intended for up to 6 people; additional registrations (at either the individual or group) rates are required for groups with 7 or more participants.  The member rate will be automatically applied after you log in.  

All other companies/organizations (Not in any categories noted above)
Rates for all other companies, except those cited above are:

  • Individual – $50 | Group – $125

 

Register online at: http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops/   

 

 

FHWA Tech Brief Updates Precast Pavement Use

The FHWA has released its, “Precast Concrete Pavement Implementation by U.S. Highway Agencies” (FHWA-HIF-19-011), a seven-page tech brief that provides an overview of precast concrete pavement (PCP) technology and other information about its use throughout the United States.  

A review of projects constructed in the U.S., as well as field testing of selected projects “indicate that sufficient advances have been made to reliably design and construct PCP systems to achieve five key attributes of successful pavements,” the tech brief says.  The five attributes are: constructability; concrete durability; load transfer at joints; panel support; and performance/efficiency.

The tech brief goes on to say, “The use of both jointed and post-tensioned PCP systems systems has advanced during the last decade due to a combination of work sponsored by the FHWA, projects constructed by highway agencies, and innovations by the construction industry.” 

The tech brief provides details about PCP projects in 29 states including: AL, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, IL, IN, and IA. The list also includes KS, LA, MI, MN, MO, NV, NJ, NY, OR, PA, RI, TX, UT, VT, VA, WV, and WI. 

The author of the revised tech brief is Shiraz Tayabji, Ph.D., P.E.  Tayabji and Wouter Brink, Ph.D. authored the previous version. The 2019 version supercedes the 2015 version.

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Photocaption: A precast concrete pavement panel is lowered into position.  (Credit: The Fort Miller Co., Inc., an ACPA member.)  Photo is for illustration purposes and not in indication of a project included in this report. 

Plan Now for the TCC Fly-In

With the narrative in the Nation’s capital increasingly turning in favor of infrastructure investment, ACPA is reminding members and affiliates to attend the 2019 Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC)* Fly-In. The two-day event is scheduled for May 14 and 15 and will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, DC.   The fly-in will be held in conjunction with the ARTBA Federal Issues Program. 

The two-day event includes presentations on legislative, regulatory, economic and safety topics, as well as Hill visits.  Click here to create a new account and register for the meeting. The registration fee is $175.  Click here to make reservations with the Grand Hyatt Hotel.  The room rate is $329/night, plus tax.  The deadline for rooms at the special rate is April 22, after which reservations will be accepted on a space availability basis. 

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* ACPA is a member of the 31-member TCC, which is comprised of national associations and labor unions. 

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