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Promoters’ Forum Highlights

ACPA co-sponsored and participated in the cement and concrete industry’s Promoters’ Forum* last week.  The two-day event focused on promotion opportunities and results and featured presentations by and discussions among promoters representing national and local promotion groups, as well as member companies. 

The first day of the event focused on new opportunities, with emphasis on geotechnical markets and cement-based solutions, resilience, sustainability, and competitive threats and opportunities. 

The second day focused on evolving trends and influences on the cement and concrete industry, and included an economic outlook by Ed Sullivan of PCA, climate change and other sustainability issues, resilience, marketing to millennials, and more.  Scott Mueller of ACPA led the promotion breakout session, one of two sessions that also included discussions of buildings-related topics.   

Mueller provided an overview of ACPA’s marketing and promotion initiatives, including plans, development of tools, and strategies for communicating with multi-generational audiences.  The session also included an overview of promotion resources by Greg Halsted of PCA and Brian Killingsworth of NRMCA, as well as an overview of CS Hub resources from Jeremy Gregory and CP Tech Center resources by Gordon Smith. 

* Other cosponsors included ASCC, CRSI, NCMA, NRMCA and PCA.  Ray McVeigh of GLCPC was also credited for his role in the forum.


ACPA Joins Group in Supporting Infrastructure Investment

ACPA is signing on to support of a coalition effort to urge U.S. House and Senate Leaders to develop and pass a long-term, robustly funded surface transportation reauthorization bill. With the strength of more than 150 trade and labor organizations, the Infrastructure Working Group (IWG) will urge Congress to develop and pass a bipartisan infrastructure bill ahead of the September 30, 2020, deadline. 

The IWG works to inform and persuade Republicans and Democrats to pass legislation that addresses several priorities:

  • Significantly increase direct federal investments in a broad range of infrastructure sectors,
  • Fix chronic challenges and addresses reoccurring shortages in key federal infrastructure accounts such as the Highway Trust Fund,
  • Complement and strengthen existing tools, such as municipal bonds, that successfully deliver infrastructure investments at the federal, state and local levels,
  • Facilitate opportunities for private investment in U.S. infrastructure, 
  • Create efficiencies such as accelerating the federal permitting process, while continuing to provide environmental protections, and 
  • Encourages active participation among all levels of government and between public and private sectors without shifting federal responsibilities because no single partner can deliver a well-functioning, national U.S. infrastructure network driven by a long-term vision and funding stability.

Led by the National Association of Manufacturers and the Associated General Contractors, the IWG exists to unite a diverse range of trade associations and build support for infrastructure investments. The IWG works to unite the common interest of support for infrastructure investment among a diverse range of industry organizations.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

In Bolivia, A Law Mandates Concrete Pavements

A law passed in Bolivia on July 24th mandating the use of concrete pavements.  “A similar story happened in Paraguay, and for a while in Ecuador,” says Dr. Ing. Erwin Kohler of 3ipe. an international airport and road pavement engineering firm located in Las Condes. Santiago (Chile). 

The law provides for the use of portland and/or pozzolanic cement for the implementation of road infrastructure that are part of the Nation’s Primary Road Network. 

Dr. Kohler, a member of the ISCP Board of Directors, provided a translation of the law, noting he does not favor laws mandating pavement type, but offered the document for information purposes.  Click here to see the translated version.

Bring a Guest to the ACPA Annual Meeting

ACPA’s Annual Meeting is always planned with attention to all participants, including spouses and guests.  Our 56th Annual Meeting is no exception.  The meeting, which runs from Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 5., includes several special activities, including: 

Tuesday, December 3
Golf Outing – 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
All guests are welcome to sign up for the golf outing at nearby English Turn Golf Club. Bus transportation will be provided.

Personal and Thrilling Airboat Swamp Tour – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
All registered guests are invited to sign up for a high-speed airboat tour of the South Louisiana bayous and tidewater cypress swamp. Bus transportation will be provided.

Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Enjoy signature New Orleans cocktails while hearing about ghosts and spirits said to still haunt the legendary Vieux Carre.  All cocktail samples are included in the ticket price.  

Wednesday, December 4
Special Culture and Cuisine Tour (for registered spouses/guests) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Sample 6-8 samples of dishes for which the city is famous, including red beans and rice, po-boys, gumbo, chargrilled oysters, and more! (Separate sign up necessary—see website.)

“Mardi Gras” Theme Reception (for all registrants, guests and spouses welcome)  – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
Kick back and enjoy some New Orleans jazz, great conversation and some laughs with friends and colleagues. Don’t arrive late and don’t leave early, because we have a few surprises planned!

Please register early to reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott.  To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website.  For event registration, ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is  


Purdue Team Using Piezoelectric Tech for Concrete Maturity Testing

A team of Purdue University researchers, working with the Indiana DOT, is collecting data to determine optimal concrete maturity using an experimental test method on select highway paving and patching projects.

The goal is to determine the best times to open projects to traffic.  The team of researchers is led by Dr. Na (Luna) Lu, an associate professor at Purdue’s Lyles School of Civil Engineering and an Indiana Chapter-ACPA Scholar in Concrete Pavement and Materials Science. 

The team is collecting data through sensors the group designed to track concrete strength development in real time through measurements of hydration, stiffness, compressive strength and other concrete properties. The work is being done on projects being constructed by two ACPA members, E&B Paving and Milestone Contractors, L.P.

After testing, INDOT plans to adopt the sensors, allowing them to remain permanently in highway pavements with the aim of keeping contractors informed of concrete distresses.

The test method involves embedding a sensor patch to the concrete surface and connecting it with wires to a measurement system. Using piezoelectric effect, electric polarization resulting from mechanical stress, the sensors provides accurate measurements of many concrete properties at once.  Dr.  Lu and her team will be presenting a detailed report on the testing during NC2 next week.  (See the related story, “ACPA Previews NC2.”)

Photo:  Sensors developed by Purdue engineers are being embedded into Indiana highways to determine when concrete is mature enough to open to traffic. (Credit: Purdue University photo/Erin Easterling.)

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