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Webinar Eclipses Previous Record

The fifth webinar in the five-part concrete overlay series yesterday again drew a record number of participants. Breaking last week’s record, this and the other four webinars in the series saw a total of more than 3,500 participants.

Building on the momentum, the CPTech Center, with support from ACPA national staff, chapters, and allies, has expanded the webinar series again. As reported in ACPA TODAY last week, the webinar program is expanding with webinars covering ADA considerations in project design and construction. Yesterday, another series was added, a two-part series covering pavement preservation and featuring presentations by John Roberts and other experts.

Here’s a snapshot of events in the line-up:

  • May 12, Noon (Central)Planning and Design ADA Guidelines for DOT, and Municipalities (Understanding PROWAG 2011) by Jesse Jonas of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter.
  • May 19, Noon (Central)How are States Implementing PROWAG: An In-depth look at Wisconsin and Missouri’s Approaches to ADA Compliance by Jackie Spoor of the Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, and Jesse Jonas of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter.
  • May 26, Noon (Central)Concrete Pavement Preservation I–Understanding the role of preventative maintenance and pavement evaluation when developing a preservation treatment plan by John Roberts and other subject matter experts.
  • June 2, Noon (Central)Concrete Pavement Preservation II–Preservation treatment options and strategy selection methods for increased pavement life and customer satisfaction by John Roberts and other subject matter experts.

Click here for registration information all upcoming  webinars.

ACPA Presents Concrete Pavement Jointing Training

ACPA partnered with the Florida Chapter to present an hour-long training session for Florida DOT officials, engineers, consultants and others with an interest in quality concrete pavement construction.

The webinar focused on concrete pavement jointing, with Eric Ferrebee and Mark Snyder each presenting information to close to 60 professionals.

Eric covered topics such as why we joint concrete pavements, types of joints, joint spacing and aspect ratio, and joint layout for intersections. Mark covered dowel and tie-bar design considerations, construction details and joint construction consideration.

Technical resources and other information, including access to existing recorded webinars were also provided to attendees. This session and the resources offered were provided as a substitute for in-person workshops, which because of COVID-19, were no longer feasible.

At the end of the webinar Eric and Mark offered a Q&A session, which lasted close to 30 minutes. ACPA and the Florida Chapter are tentatively planning in-person training on the topic later this year.

Professors’ Seminar to be Recast

ACI announced late last week the in-person Professors’ Seminar will not be held this year, but is expected to return to ACI Headquarters in the summer of 2021.

Organizers are currently exploring options to deliver the workshop effectively in a virtual format that addresses the unique needs of the current environment, according to ACI.

The Professors’ Seminar is a long-standing training program that provides university professors with training, educational resources for students, and  information that can easily be adapted and used as formal university curricula. ACPA supports the program with subject matter experts and free resources for professors and students. Look for additional details in a future issue of ACPA TODAY.

Weather Channel Spotlights Pavement Resilience Remarks by Jim Mack

In an interview on the Weather Channel last Friday, Jim Mack presented some balanced perspectives on pavement resilience. Jim is Director of Market Development at CEMEX* and past Chairman of the ACPA Board.

“For the most part, both asphalt and concrete roadways can be made more resilient and flood resistant,” he tells host Weather Underground Mark Elliott and other staff meteorologists.

“But concrete, just by its very nature, is a little bit more naturally flood resistant just by the stiffness of the system,” he continues.

Jim describes two types of flooding damage. “Washout is where running water comes along and washes out the ground,” he says, adding that both rigid and flexible pavements are both susceptible to this damage.

He also describes inundation as “the silent killer,” adding that this is where rising waters, as are often seen in aerial views, soak the base and the ground under the pavement.

“This can lead to the long-term deterioration of a pavement that’s not as stiff as other pavements, such as concrete,” he says.

The almost 3-1/2 minute interview included other facts and examples, as well as video footage of flooded pavements. Click here to see the complete interview.

 * An ACPA member.

Webinar Activity Soars Again

Participation in the concrete overlay program broke another record this week, topping more than 2,500 on Tuesday.

Leveraging the success of the overlay series, the program is expanding with webinars on ADA considerations in project design and construction.

The fourth webinar in the current series, “Concrete Overlay Plans, Maintenance of Traffic & Construction,” had a final registration count of 764 professionals from the public and private sectors. The five-part concrete overlay program concludes next Tuesday with “Concrete Overlay Maintenance and Available Resources.”

The webinar program is the result of teamwork among the CP Tech Center, the Chapter network of promoters, and ACPA staff, as well as cross-promotion by other national association partners. 

The webinar program continues with a two-part series covering ADA considerations in construction of pavements and other facilities. The program will include:

  • May 12, Noon (Central)– ADA Guidelines for DOT and Municipal Project Planning & Design (Understanding PROWAG) by Jesse Jonas, Director of Engineering for the Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA. 
  • May 19, Noon (Central) – How States are Implementing PROWAG for ADA Compliance in Project Design and Construction (with examples) by Jackie Spoor, Pavement Engineer, Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association, and Jesse Jonas of the Missouri/Kansas Chapter.

Click here for a program flyer and here for registration information for the ADA webinars. ACPA has fine-tuned the registration process, making it faster and easier, says Scott Mueller. He and Chrissy Mysko have been working with chapters and the CP Tech Center to drive registration directly to customers.

The revised system now generates a confirmation email immediately after registration. Scott has also been working with Chapters to increase survey responses with the aim of further developing topics and improving the educational experience for participants.

Photo: Video capture shows Jesse Jonas demonstrating the importance of ADA considerations in the design and construction of pavements and other facilities.

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