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Symposium to Focus on Life Cycle Assessment

The International Symposium on Pavement, Roadway, and Bridge Life Cycle Assessment will be held in Sacramento, CA, on June 3 through 6, 2020. The event will be held downtown Sacramento next to the California State Capitol. 

The symposium sponsors are accepting abstracts through May 1, 2019. Abstracts are limited to 250 words. To submit an abstract, please visit First-time visitors should click “create an account” to get started. 

The LCA2020 Instructions for Authors provides step-by-step directions for submitting abstracts. The sponsors advise that it is only necessary to indicate the first author with the submission of your abstract. Additional authors and other changes may be made through the website later. Click here for more information about the symposium.

ACPA Appears on ConstructechTV

As part our ongoing media relations program, Leif Wathne appeared on Constructech TV with podcast host Peggy Smedley.  The interview with Leif begins at the 26:49 mark of the program. His comments are part of Episode 45, “Emerging Tech Drives Infrastructures.”  

The interview focuses on ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative, which Leif described as beginning with a blue-ribbon panel thinking about the future,  establishing a vision, contemplating the future, and trying “to see how new technologies will be woven into the fabric of our highway infrastructure.”

He described how land will become more valuable in the future and will require concrete pavement to serve more purposes than carrying traffic or parked vehicles.  He pointed to innovations such as stormwater management and conducting electricity as likely innovations that will be incorporated into concrete pavements.

“In moving forward, I think it’s ultimately industry’s responsibility to innovate and the agencies’ responsibility to implement those innovations,” he says. “To fully marshal that innovation and cost competitiveness, the highway agencies have to actively facilitate healthy and spirited competition between industries involved in the production of paving materials.”

In related news, ACPA congratulates Peggy on being named the recipient of ASCE’s Excellence in Journalism Award.  In addition to her role as President/Editorial Director of Specialty Publishing Media (publisher of Constructech Magazine), she is also widely known in both print and digital media, including podcasting. 

Highlights of the CP Road Map

The latest news about the long-term plan for the Concrete Pavement Research and Technology, also called the CP Road Map, includes some excellent updates.  Here are two that caught our attention:

  • The publication of a research report called, “Reliable Early Opening Strength for Concrete Pavements and Patch Work,” which presents results of study by the Louisiana Transportation Research Center.  The research evaluated jointed plain concrete pavement performance in relation to dowel bar alignment using the new MIT-SCAN2-BT technology.
  • The CP Tech Center has published a comprehensive report called “Technology Transfer of Concrete Pavement Technologies,” which summarizes the accomplishments asssociated with the cooperative agreement between the center and the FHWA over the past five years. The goal of this project was to help bring the latest concrete pavement innovations, knowledge, and technologies to state transportation agencies in support of the Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT)* program goals.  The cooperative agreement was a direct result of ACPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, which not only led to the vision and direction of AID-PT, as well as benefits to the concrete pavement community.

These and other reports may be found in the current issue of CP Road Map E-News, produced by Dale Harrington and Sabrina Shields-Cook. 

* AID-PT was the result of a legislative provision championed by ACPA and included in both the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21) and more recently, the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), signed into law in December 2015. AID-PT created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries. Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including other contracts and cooperative agreements with CP Tech Center, an ACPA Technology Partner.


Mid-Atlantic Chapter Honors Jim Tanner

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter has named Jim Tanner as an Honorary Life Member. Jim was recognized for outstanding and distinguished service to the concrete pavement industry through 24 years of active membership in the (former) Northeast Chapter and the current Mid-Atlantic Chapter. 

His service and support of the concrete pavement industry also included eight years as chapter Chairman of the Board.  The special recognition was presented late last month by ACPA Mid-Atlantic Chairman Tom Madden of Atlantic Contracting & Material Co, Inc. (an ACPA member).

Photocaption:  Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chairman Tom Madden (right) congratulates Jim Tanner (center) as Chapter President Ray Seipp looks on. 


Chapter Events Set the Gold Standard – Wisconsin

In this week’s continuing coverage of Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association’s (WCPA’s) annual concrete pavement conference, which was held in February.  The workshop was attended by 304 people and included a full day of presentations, as well as the Chapter’s annual pavement awards program. Here are some additional details:

The theme of the conference this year was “Moving Forward with Concrete” and WCPA President Kevin McMullen says the goal was to get the state of the art before the audience of more than 300 participants. 

Just a few examples from the very robust program included presentations on performance engineered mixtures (by Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center); “Concrete is COOL and They are Our Future, Too!” (by Dr. Tyler Ley of Oklahoma State University); a presentation on important things to know about steel in concrete pavements (by Dr. Mark Snyder of Pavement Engineering & Research Consultants); research results on joint sawing practices and their effects on pavement durability (by Dr. Jim Crovetti, Marquette University), and a presentation on how to comply with OSHA’s silica rules (by Chad Stuart of Cobb Strecker Dunphy & Zimmermann). These were just a few of the presentations, which also included presentations by Jackie Spoor of the WCPA; she presented on the importance of quality control. 

The Wisconsin DOT (WisDOT), the concrete pavement industry, and academia were all well represented at the conference.  Following Kevin’s opening remarks, the Hon. Craig Thompson, who was appointed as WisDOT Transportation Secretary in January, presented newly-elected Governor Tony Evers’ vision of transportation. Kevin says paving experts from the WisDOT Central Office also participated.  The group included Barry Paye, Chief Materials & Pavement Engineer; Jim Parry, Quality Assurance Engineer; Chad Hayes, Concrete Engineer; Russ Frank, Aggregate & Laboratory Engineer; and Peter Kemp, Pavement Engineering Supervisor.  Jerry Voigt from ACPA presented on ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative and provided an overview of current and planned programs and plans.  Eric Ferrebee provided ‘back to basics’ instruction on joint layout & design and also co-presented with Kevin on the challenges and solutions to municipal concrete pavement design, which included example problems that worked through

Although the full list of presentations is too long to present in this story, we encourage you to take a look at the complete list of 20 presentations made during the main program and breakout sessions (with concurrent construction and design/research tracks).  The presentations are all posted on WCPA’s website. Click here to view the presentations and program.

Kevin reports that over the past 24 years, he’s seen a considerable increase in the conference participation among consulting engineers. He added that although local government agencies have curbed some local travel, he has organized the program to accommodate those who can only participate for a limited amount of time.  He also emphasized the quality of the presentations has helped increase participation. 

Other highlights of the program included a tailgate dinner, scholarship recognition, and an exhibitor showcase, followed by a hospitality & networking event. 

Photocaption:  WisDOT Secretary Craig Thompson presenting the Governor’s Vision of Transportation.

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