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ACPA Visits White House for Highway Briefing

ACPA participated in an infrastructure briefing on highways earlier this month at the White House.

ACPA Vice Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction Co., Inc.), ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt, and ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne represented ACPA members and affiliates at the meeting.

The meeting was led by Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen, as well as D.J. Gribbin from the National Economic Council and Alex Herrgott from the Council on Environmental Quality.

Key pillars of the infrastructure framework highlighted during the briefing were:

  1. Regulatory reform (fixing parts of the regulatory system that are broken, and realigning priorities to ensure federal agencies are a help to business rather than a burden),
  2. Rewarding local action (leveraging local/state moneys with federal seed moneys, using grant programs), and
  3. Expanding the reach of federal lending programs (such as TIFIA and RIF).  The overarching objective of the Administration with this change in approach is to grow infrastructure investment partly by enacting policies that lower cost and speed delivery.

Briefings such as this give ACPA first-hand insights into key priorities of the Administration, and also increase the awareness of the Association and its members’ priorities in our nation’s capital.

National Concrete Consortium Meeting Highlights

Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM) and Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation were key themes of the National Concrete Consortium Meeting* held in Minneapolis last month.  ACPA members and technology partners presented a number of timely topics, including: 

PEM 

Concrete Pavement Rehabilitation

Asset Management/MAP-21

The presentations cited above were just a few of the presentations at the semi-annual NC2 meeting.   To see the full list of presentations, visit the CP Tech Center website at: http://www.cptechcenter.org/ncc/TTCC-NCC-2017.cfm

The fall meeting also included a tour of CPR projects in the Minneapolis area, as well as a MnRoad tour.   The meeting was also held prior to the ACPA Vision 2040 meeting.   (Click here to see  the related story.)

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* Special thanks to the CP Tech Center for providing details and links used in this story.

Concrete Pavements Prominent at SWIFT Conference

ACPA was among several concrete pavement industry organizations participating in the 2017 Summer Winter Integrated Field Technologies (SWIFT) conference and trade show, held recently in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Prior to the formal meeting of the Canadian Airfield Pavement Technical Group (CAPTG), a special workshop was held to address, “How to Design Sustainability Into Airfield Pavements.”

Workshop speakers included Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Vice President of Airports and Pavement Technology, and Peter Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., Director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, an ACPA technology partner.  Mitchell presented on concrete pavement recycling practices and technologies. Taylor presented on the importance of the life-cycle perspective and performance-engineered mixtures.

The formal SWIFT meeting followed the workshop and included moderated discussions and presentations.  Industry officials presented on several topics during Tuesday and Wednesday sessions.  These included: 

  • Stringless paving by ACPA’s Mitchell, as well as several ACPA members and technology partners.
  • Runway grooving for improved braking performance and directional control by John Roberts, Executive Director of the IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership and John Depman, P.E., Senior Estimator, Penhall Company. 
  • Rapid airfield repair using precast by Chris Olidis, P.E., Principal Engineer, Applied Research Associates, an ACPA member.
  • Optimized concrete pavement design by Robert Rodden, P.E., Lead Engineer, PNA Construction Technologies, an ACPA member. 

Also, moderating the Wednesday technology track was Guillaume Lemieux, Director, Markets and Technical Affairs, Cement Association of Canada, an ACPA affiliate.

SWIFT offers the airport community the opportunity to gather and learn about new pavement design, construction, evaluation and maintenance techniques; materials; chemicals; systems; and equipment available to keep airports safe and operational while addressing any challenges, at minimal cost, during all seasons. 

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Special thanks to Amy M. Dean, Editor-in-Chief and Art Director, International Society of Concrete Pavements, for her generous support with this article.   To read the Amy’s complete article, please follow this link

Make Plans for ACPA’s Annual Meeting

ACPA is urging ACPA members, affiliates, and others to finalize hotel and event registration as soon as possible. 

Our special rate for hotel registrations ends November 1 (or earlier, if our specially-priced room block is sold out).  At this writing, our room block is more than 90% sold, so please register today.

The association is also reminding all guests that in addition to the program of peer-exchange meetings, tech transfer, and other discussions about timely topics, a number of special events are planned, including:

  • Rock ‘N’ Roll Reception at Float
  • Little Italy Lunch and Shopping Excursion
  • Association Awards Breakfast
  • Awards Reception & Banquet

The Association is also offering special, optional activities, both scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28.   These are open for new registrants, as well as for guests who have already registered.

  • ACPA Golf Tournament at the Riverwalk Golf Course (Nov. 28, Noon to sundown).
  • Visit the USS Midway (Nov. 28.  Please allow four hours, including transportation.  Also note the exhibit closes at 5 p.m.)

Event and hotel registration are available by visiting: http://2017meeting.acpa.org.    Special discount codes have been emailed to members and affiliates.  If you missed the email with the discount code, please send an email to Bill Davenport at bdavenport@acpa.org

Transportation Briefing Targets Red Tape

Transportation Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen (L) and Deputy General Counsel James Owens (R) briefed stakeholders on the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens.

ACPA participated in a briefing at the U.S. Department of Transportation earlier this month to hear more about the agency’s  role in the Trump Administration’s initiative to reduce burdensome regulations. 

During the briefing, the agency’s Deputy Secretary Jeffrey Rosen and Deputy General Counsel James Owens informed stakeholders on the agency’s efforts to reduce regulatory burdens. The officials also used the event to announce a formal Notification of Regulatory Review at the DOT. This notice encourages the public to comment on proposed regulatory changes. To view the information or submit comments, please follow this link

Owens noted that rising regulatory burdens may have slowed  gross domestic product (GDP) by an average of 0.8 percent since 1980. “Many regulations are well intentioned, but create harmful economic consequences for the economy and restrict transactions among Americans,” he said. He added GDP could be as much as 20% greater if the regulatory burden was still at 1980 levels.

The Administration’s regulatory reform principles aim to: reduce regulatory burdens; regulate effectively and efficiently; promote due process; provide fair notice; and respect individual liberty and property rights, according to the presentation.

The initiative began with the President signing Executive Order 13771 on January 30, and since then the Administration has made significant progress on reducing regulations. At the DOT, as with other federal agencies, the Executive Order is aimed at eliminating two regulations for every one introduced and eliminating regulatory costs, which will have a net savings for the public. Along with a regulatory reform task force, agencies will have a regulatory reform officer, a role filled by Deputy Secretary Rosen at DOT.

Other key goals are to “unleash the economy and leave space for innovation,” according to the presentation. ACPA’s Leif Wathne participated in the briefing on behalf of association members. Although anecdotal, the effects of regulatory reduction are already being observed by some ACPA members. ACPA TODAY will continue to report news on this topic.

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Sources:  NPR report: http://www.npr.org/2017/02/24/517059327/trump-orders-agencies-to-reduce-regulations and independent reporting.

 

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