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Chapter Events Set the Gold Standard – Indiana

In this week’s continuing coverage of Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the Indiana Chapter’s annual workshop, which was held in February.  The workshop was attended by 157 people and included a full day of presentations, as well as the Chapter’s annual pavement awards program. Here are some additional details, courtesy of Pat Long.

A third of the Indiana Chapter workshop attendees were from INDOT, and the balance was a mix of contractors, consulting engineers, local agencies, airports, cement and concrete industry organizations. 

We incorporated our annual awards program into the workshop for the first time in over a decade, and we recognized eight projects during a 30-minute presentation that followed lunch. 

The Chapter was pleased to welcome Indiana DOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness and FHWA’s Indiana Division Administrator Mayela Sosa as two of our presenters.

The workshop focused on Indiana’s recent experience with structural fiber-reinforced thin concrete overlays, with presentations by the Indiana DOT’s Pavement Director for the Pavement-Geotechnical Division, David Holtz, P.E.; Milestone Contractor’s Concrete Division Manager, Steve Friess; and Indiana Chapter Executive Director Mike Byers.  (Byers also serves as the 2019 ACPA Chapter Committee chairman.)

The overlay topic was further reinforced during the awards presentation, which recognized three very good thin-overlay projects: a four-lane rural state highway (SR 3), a two-lane highway (SR 9 in Shelby Co.), and a county road (Cannelburg Rd., Phase III).

Gary Mitchell presented an update on the latest revisions to the P-501 airport concrete pavement specifications. 

The event closed with Dr. Jason Weiss, Head of the School of Civil & Construction Engineering/Professor at Oregon State University.  He spoke about performance engineered mixture specifications and held the attendees’ attention to the end with his in-depth research findings, all presented in a very clear and understandable style.

Attendees were also provided with materials that shows some of the excellent work being done in the state.  These included the SR 9 overlay article from the 3rd quarter issue of CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS; a recent article from CONSTRUCTION DIGEST describing the August 2018 open house the Chapter held with INDOT; and the South Bend/Western Ave. story from ROADS & BRIDGES magazine.  The CONSTRUCTION DIGEST article, “Exceeding Expectations” provides a very good recap of INDOT’s experience to-date.  

Photo courtesy of Jim Reid, Anchor Media.

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ACPA Congratulates Industry’s Most Influential

We are very pleased to congratulate CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION magazine’s “Most Influential People in Concrete Construction.”

The five people named as recipients of this recognition for 2019 include three people well known to ACPA and the concrete pavement industry.  They are:

  • Tyler Ley, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Oklahoma State University.  He is the inventor of instruments and tools that continue to improve the performance of concrete. Among these are the Super Air Meter and Tarantula Curve.  He is also the 2018 recipient of ACPA’s Marlin J. Knutson Award for Technical Achievement.
  • Jackie James and Bonnie King are recognized for their roles in the execution of the highly successful World of Concrete trade show and educational program.  For more than two decades, they have been highly visible and always helpful in all matters related to planning and execution of this world-class trade show.

The Most Influential ‘class of 2019’ also includes Paul Albanelli, President of Albanelli Cement Contractors,  and Oscar Antomattei of Kiewit Engineering Group.  Congratulations to all the recipients of this special recognition.

Save the Dates for ACPA’s Annual Meeting

Be sure to save the dates for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting (AM56).  The meeting will be held December 3 through 5 at the New Orleans Marriott, located in the heart of the ‘Big Easy.’

At this writing, the event site is set up as a ‘save the dates’ reminder only, although it also allows visitors to get an advance look of the full website, not to mention a glimpse of the vibrant area where the meeting will be held.

ACPA is continuing to develop the one-stop event website with details about the meeting, including an agenda, event registration links, and hotel registration details. For now, please visit: for a preview.   

Since 2016, ACPA annual meetings have been held in urban areas, situated near or in dining and entertainment options for all to enjoy after a day of business, tech transfer, and peer discussions. 

The setting for AM56 is no exception. The site of our meeting offers plenty of options and opportunities for guests to relax, dine out, explore and enjoy all that jazz!  

Don’t Miss this Important Industry Event

There’s still time to register for the third annual North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) annual fly-in.

With elected officials on both sides of the aisle expressing the need to invest in infrastructure, the timing has never been better to share the concrete industry’s views on this critical and timely topic. 

The fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC. First-timers and experienced advocates are welcome and encouraged.  The NACA team will help you make the most of your participation.  

The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner. The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel, small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. Click here to see NACA fly-in information page, which includes links event and hotel registration details, the agenda, and other information.

Be a part of this important and timely event, which will make a “concrete” difference for your company and our industry! 


The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns and initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

Chapter Events Set the Gold Standard

Throughout the year, ACPA-affiliated Chapters hold workshops, conferences, and other events that provide members, agencies/owners, consultants and others with tremendous opportunities to learn more about the best practices, new resources, emerging technologies, developing trends, and more.

Beginning with this issue of ACPA TODAY, we are including a few highlights of these events.  Our goal is to provide insights into the major topics discussed, while also sharing other details, including the innovative and creative things the Chapter executives and staff are doing to make these events even more valuable to attendees and guests.

As you read their stories, please consider that registration totals can be impacted by travel policies, weather, and a number of other factors.  The real story about the attendees is that Chapters are drawing the ‘A-list’ of customers, members, and other stakeholders who are not only important to the success of the event, but to the concrete pavement industry throughout the United States.

Our reports are in order of information received, so given the workloads and schedules of the chapter executives and staff, the events are not in chronological order.  Click the links below to see the stories about the great work ACPA Chapters are doing.  Also, don’t miss additional stories in future issues of ACPA TODAY. 

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