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ACPA Meets with Turner-Fairbank Officials

Hari Kalla, Director of Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC), Cheryl Richter, Director of the Office of Infrastructure Research, and Leif Wathne met last week to discuss two key research and tech transfer ideas.

One focal point was the annual meeting among the FHWA, ACPA, and ACPA-affiliated Chapter/State executives, which is tentatively planned to be held at the TRHRC headquarters in McLean, VA.

The group also explored the idea of a pavement research summit, which could include separate discussions for concrete- and asphalt-pavement related topics, as well as combined discussion that would focus on broad-based issues common to both.  Next steps are to set possible dates for the FHWA/ACPA/CSE meeting as well to further explore the pavement research summit.

Update on SPS Tech Day Events

There are still two more SPS-2 Pavement Tech Day events schedule for 2018.  They include a two-day program in Abilene, KS, and programs in Bismark and Fargo, ND.  To register for the programs, click on “Request Details” to contact the Chapter/State executive. 

For additional information about the SPS program please contact Larry Scofield at lscofield@acpa.org or at 480.775.0908. 

VDOT Meeting Sharpens Focus on Competition

A meeting with the Chief Engineer of the Virginia DOT on August 13 resulted in an agreement to form a joint industry/agency ad hoc committee to explore potential projects where concrete pavements may provide solutions for ramps, intersections, interchanges, overlays, etc.  

Working closely with Ray Seipp of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter, Leif Wathne, P.E., met with Garrett Moore, P.E., to discuss competition and “the opportunity for VDOT to send a clear signal to both the concrete and asphalt industries that VDOT is serious about finding ways to better marshal competition between the paving industries to the benefit of Virginia taxpayers,” Wathne says.

He underscored how the concrete pavement industry looks forward to a constructive dialogue about where concrete solutions can be a good fit for VDOT moving forward, specifically in the context of enhancing industry competition and improving network life-cycle cost efficiencies.

Moore has been Chief Engineer since 2012, having served the department in different roles, including administrator of the Staunton and Northern Virginia district offices, assistant resident engineer in Fredericksburg, and resident engineer in Warrenton. 

The meeting is one of the latest examples of the “ConcreteCOMPETES,” program initiated by Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.) in January.   

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Photo caption: Garrett W. Moore, P.E., VDOT Chief Engineer. (Credit: VDOT)

 

ACPA Presents Industry Overview at AASHTO COMP Meeting

At the recent AASHTO Committee on Materials and Pavements (COMP) annual meeting, ACPA presented an overview of association activities in support of the concrete pavement industry and highway agencies throughout the country.

Leif Wathne discussed ACPA’s organizational focus, partnership activities with the IGGA/ACPA CP3, the CP Tech Center, and the affiliated chapter network. He also highlighted ACPA’s robust contractor membership and the steady increase in membership overall; the addition of the Florida Chapter; and projections for continued concrete pavement market growth for 2018. As ACPA looks to the future, the association is also investing in future leadership through its Emerging Leaders Group and Interns for the Future program, he said.

Wathne also provided an overview of ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative to the materials and pavement engineers and other technical experts from highway departments and other agencies throughout the United States.

During his presentation, Wathne emphasized the work the industry is doing in support of performance engineered mixtures, “which are aimed at delivering on the promise of concrete durability every time,” he said. He also discussed improved concrete pavement design methods, the value and contributions of concrete pavements to meet sustainability, equipment enhancements, and ACPA and CP Tech Center resources aimed at educating and informing contractors and engineers of best practices and ways to achieve quality concrete pavements.

The meeting was held in Cincinnati, OH, from Aug. 5 through 10. The AASHTO COMP is focused on materials testing, specification and performance, as well as pavement design, testing and management. The committee’s next annual meeting is scheduled for August 5 through 9, 2019, in Baltimore, MD.

Consultants: ASCE Calls for TD&I Papers

ACPA is reaching out to consulting firms and individual consultant members (and others intersted in presenting) that the ASCE’s call for papers for its 2019 International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference.  The deadline for submitting an abstract is August 23. Decision notificiations will be send on or about Sept. 7. Click here to see submission topics and other details about submitting abstracts.

The conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza River North in Chicago on July 21 through 24, 2019. 

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