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Open House to Showcase Next Generation Concrete Surface

In the early part of the 2000’s, the concrete pavement industry was challenged to address the issue of noisy pavements.   With a significant investment by ACPA, The International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA), and the Portland Cement Association, an extensive research and testing program was undertaken to develop a quiet, safe and durable concrete surface texture. 

The outcome of this effort was the developments of the Next Generation Concrete Surface (NGCS).  NGCS was developed under the auspices of ACPA, and with research and testing by the IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership (CP3), Purdue University, and the Minnesota DOT’s MnRoad facility, along with testing and implementation support from industry, agencies/owners, Chapter/States, and others interested parties.

Ten years after the technology was first developed, the city of Houston, with approximately 3M SY of this quiet pavement surface, holds the distinction of being the largest single user of NGCS technology in the world. 

On November 15, transportation agency officials, industry officials, members of academia, and other interested parties are cordially invited to participate in the “I-10 NGCS Ride Experience Open House,” in Houston.  

The special event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 (CST) at the Texas DOT’s Houston Headquarters, located at 7600 Washington Ave. 

The day begins with presentations in the District’s conference room, after which, participants will have an opportunity to experience the NGCS surface on a chauffeured drive along a section of I-10.  A luncheon also will be served.  Also, an equipment demonstration will allow participants to view commercial diamond-grinding equipment, along with samples of various types of diamond-ground pavement textures.

The event is jointly sponsored by the IGGA/ACPA CP3, Cement Council of Texas, Texas Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pavement Association, CEMEX, Penhall Company, and the Texas DOT. 

Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required.   To register, please contact Larry Scofield at lscofield@pavement.com.

More About NGCS
Since its inception, NGCS has gained wide-spread acceptance across the United States and other countries.  Research reports, a report on the development and implementation of the technology, and other technical information may be downloaded online from the websites of ACPA and the CP3.

Utah ACPA Seeks Executive Director

The Utah Chapter-ACPA is seeking an Executive Director responsible for planning and implementing programs focused on expanding the use of concrete pavements in the construction, rehabilitation, airports, streets and roads and industrial facilities and maintenance of highways throughout the state of Utah.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Calling on DOT, cities, counties, airports, consulting firms, members and potential members, commercial facility owners and parking lot owners to promote public policies that provide fair treatment of concrete pavement and to promote specific concrete pavement projects.
  • Ensuring that Chapter officers, directors and members are kept fully informed on the conditions and operations of the Chapter and on all important factors influencing the organization.
  • Coordinating meetings with the Board of Directors, general membership and other major committees.
  • Assisting county, city and airport engineers and managers in obtaining the information necessary to make informed pavement type selection decisions.
  • Assisting county, city and airport engineers on the development of design details and specifications for specific paving jobs.
  • Developing, recommending and operating within an annual budget.
  • Executing, directing or coordinating all decisions and actions of the Board of Directors.
  • Overseeing membership development and retention plans and activities.
  • Overseeing collection of dues and assessments.
  • Maintaining effective relationships with public agencies and private entities.
  • Coordinates annual paving workshops, seminars and awards programs.
  • Assists members with local government affairs activities.
  • Developing and implementing recommended best practices outlined in the “ACPA Chapter Best Practices Guide” (published in 2016).
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE/SKILL REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must possess and demonstrate the following qualifications, experience and skills:

  • An engineering degree and registered professional engineering license is required. An undergraduate degree is the minimum accepted requirement; a graduate degree is desirable.
  • Excellent and demonstrable written and verbal communications skills are required.
  • Sales skill and ability to communicate ideas in a variety of settings is required.
  • Must be reliable, loyal, self-motivated, and capable of managing time and other resources.
  • Ability to move fluidly and efficiently among projects and deadlines in order to complete a range of projects concurrently is required.
  • A background and experience in concrete pavement or concrete is required.

Compensation includes: salary (commensurate with experience and demonstrated proficiencies), health benefits, 401k, paid vacation and travel compensation. 

Job type:  This is a full-time, salaried position. 

Applicants should send a confidential resume/salary history to:

Cody Preston
Geneva Rock
1565 West 400 North
Orem, UT 84057
cpreston@genevarock.com  

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Please Note: All candidates who apply for this position will be kept confidential.  The Utah Chapter-ACPA (the employer) is an “equal opportunity employer.” The employer will not discriminate and will ensure against discrimination in employment, recruitment, and advertisements for employment, compensation, termination, upgrading, promotions, and other conditions of employment against any employee or job applicant on the basis of age, race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.

 

 

FHWA Issues AID-PT Annual Report

FHWA publishes an annual report of AID-PT results and benefits.

The Federal Highway Administration has released its 2017 Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) program annual report.   The 28-page report includes case histories and other summary benefits of the program.

The AID-PT program was the result of a legislative provision that was championed by ACPA and first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology for both the concrete- and asphalt-pavement industries.  

Since 2012, the Federal Highway Administration has administered AID-PT with direct input from industry, including ACPA, which remains actively involved in assisting FHWA with support for the program, including continuing to advocate for renewal of the program in highway reauthorization efforts, as well as communicating program results and benefits to the concrete pavement industry. In 2015,  again with strong support by ACPA and other stakeholder groups, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

Since its inception, the program has resulted in benefits to the concrete pavement community, including contracts and cooperative agreements with the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center), an ACPA Technology Partner.  AID-PT has had direct and tangible benefits for highway agencies, contractors, consultants, and academia.  Concrete overlays and performance-engineered concrete mixtures (including the use of recycled concrete aggregates) are two technology initiatives that have received support in the form of outreach, education & training, and technology transfer.

White House Announces FHWA Nominee 

President Donald J. Trump announced he will nominate Paul Trombino III to be the 24th Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.  

“We look forward to Mr. Trombino’s confirmation and look forward to advancing and building on the relationship we developed with him during his tenure in key transportation leadership positions in Iowa and Wisconsin over the years,” said ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt.

Trombino is currently the President of McClure Engineering Company, a civil engineering company focused on transportation, aviation, water, and structures projects.

Previously, he served as the Director of the Iowa Department of Transportation from 2011 to 2016, where he was responsible for planning, design, construction, and operation of 9,400 miles of highways, 4,300 bridges; the modal programs of transit, rail, and aviation; and motor vehicle services.  

Trombino also served with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for 17 years, where he held several positions, including Bureau Director and Operations Director of the Highway Division.

In addition to key posts, he also served as the 2015-2016 President of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials and as the 2016 Vice-Chair of the Transportation Research Board Executive Committee.  

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Trombino is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Iowa and Wisconsin.

AASHTO Names Top Officers

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Board of Directors (AASHTO) announced it has elected three DOT officials as its top officers for 2018. 

They are: John Schroer, Tennessee DOT Commissioner, as President; Carlos Braceras, P.E., Utah DOT Executive Director,  as Vice President; and Scott Bennett, P.E., Arkansas DOT Director, as Secretary-Treasurer, according to an AASHTO news release.

AASHTO President Schroer, who was appointed to his DOT post in January 2011, previously served as mayor of his hometown of Franklin, Tenn. He has served in several top committee positions at AASHTO, including Chairman of  its Standing Committee on Finance and Administration and Chairman of the Strategic Management Committee.

“It is an honor to be elected by the AASHTO board to serve as President of our association,” said Schroer. “One of my goals will be to make sure that AASHTO is on the cutting-edge of innovation, to ensure states are ready to meet the many challenges that new transportation technologies will bring.”

Schroer said he wants to focus on the critical issue of sustainable funding at the federal level and will encourage Congress to explore all available revenue options. Schroer hopes to lead the efforts of AASHTO and state departments of transportation to work with the Trump Administration and Congress to enact an infrastructure package and a new long-term transportation reauthorization bill. The impacts of new technologies such as autonomous, connected and electric vehicles on the nation’s transportation infrastructure will also be a top priority for Schroer, according to AASHTO.

AASHTO Vice President Braceras was appointed to his DOT post in May 2013. A native of New Jersey, he began his career at UDOT in 1986, ascending in 2001 to Deputy Director and Chief Engineer, where he shaped UDOT’s strategic direction and its mission of innovating transportation solutions to strengthen Utah’s economy and quality of life. Prior to his current AASHTO leadership position, he served as Secretary-Treasurer.

AASHTO Secretary-Treasurer Bennett was named to his current DOT position in September 2011. He began his career at ARDOT as a summer employee, then began working full-time in the Planning and Research Division as a Civil Engineer I. Over the next two decades Bennett held several top management positions including Section Head of Technical Services, Assistant Division Head of Planning and Research, and Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning.

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