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Video Showcases Concrete’s Benefits and Value

Using captivating images, a vibrant musical track, and only a few words, the Global Cement and Concrete Association’s signature video tells an exceptional story about how concrete makes lives better and contributes societal benefits to the worldwide community.   

The 2-1/2 minute video begins with a dynamic presentation of some of the major performance features and benefits of concrete and then transitions to a presentation of how concrete makes lives better.  The video reminds us that concrete is vital to our past, present and future. 

Please follow this link to view the video, or alternatively, view it in ACPA’s YouTube channel at: (Select the “Why Concrete Pavements” playlist to see this and other signature videos.) 

Meeting Focuses on Collaborative Airport Pavement Research

Officials from the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, ACPA, and CP Tech Center met in Atlantic City this week to discuss ways the three organizations may work collaboratively on applied research for airfield concrete pavements.

“We appreciate the warm reception, tour, and generous amount of time we spent with Dr. Michel Hovan, FAA Airport Technology Manager and Jeff Gagnon, FAA Airport Pavement R&D Section Manager,” said ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt. “It gave us greater insights into some of the research the FAA is doing in the area of airside pavements.  The meeting also afforded ACPA and the CP Tech Center the opportunity to discuss research efforts with the FHWA and ACPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, which have included specific airport pavement and highway pavement research programs.”

The meeting included an overview and discussion of current FAA research projects; CP Tech Center’s highway research & tech transfer efforts; and ACPA’s ongoing Federal advocacy efforts. 

“We discussed funding and how ACPA has worked with Federal agencies such as the FAA, FHWA, and Military Tri-Services, as well as elected officials in Washington, D.C.,” says Gary Mitchell, VP of Airports and Pavement Technology. “Our efforts include both highway and airport programmatic funding, but provisions that directly support funding for applied research.” This includes the long-standing AID-PT program, as well as a similar research provision included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744 (Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies). 

Mitchell serves on the FAA’s Research, Engineering, & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), Subcommittee on Airports, which supports the development of the FAA‘s research and development portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation. ACPA’s Chairman Mack, P.E., (CEMEX) has recently been nominated to serve on the Subcommittee as well and is waiting conformation from the current Administration.

“In the near term,” Mitchell explains, “We will continue the dialogue as we also continue to push for funding to support research for airfield concrete pavements.  Longer term, our goal is to partner with the CP Tech Center and work collaboratively on  applied research projects with the FAA.”


Photo:  Top photo (L to R) shows Dr. Michel Hovan, Gary Mitchell, Jerry Voigt, Dr. Peter Taylor, Gordon Smith, Jim Mack, Leif Wathne, and Jeff Gagnon at the Hughes Technical Center. The photo below shows one of two accelerated load facilities at the FAA’s research center.  Mitchell explained the two ALF machines are capable of simulating wheel loads of virtually any fixed wing aircraft in the US fleet. The machine shown also allows testing under various climatic conditions.

*  The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision 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.  In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

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




Seminars Set the Stage for Marketing and Promotion Plans

ACPA ON THE GRADE spoke with Scott Mueller, ACPA VP of Marketing, for additional insights on the Change Management and Social Media/Communications seminars from the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting last week. These fun, interactive and engaging sessions yielded some useful information that will be key to marketing and local promotion efforts. We asked how the two events set the stage for those marketing and promotion efforts.

“We recognize that no two chapters are alike and that each chapter has unique needs,” he says.  “While we recognize that uniqueness, we also need to have some common threads that tie our marketing and promotion efforts together in logical and productive ways.  The change management seminar gave us the opportunity to gauge some of the changes occurring in the marketplace so that we can better meet those needs.”

Asked about some of the unanticipated outcomes, Scott says, “We did not expect some of the discussion topics to cross so many different interest areas.  For example, workforce development was a strong topic and a high priority among the 13 topics discussed by the small groups, but it also appeared as a priority among other discussion groups.”

“The social media/communications seminars also provided the opportunity to gain additional insights from chapters and members, while also providing us the opportunity to share new ways of looking at customer engagement and communications,” he says, adding that results from an ACPA social media survey also provided useful insights into communications preferences, as well as the challenges and opportunities of communicating with audience groups that span a wide range of roles and disciplines in the transportation-construction community, as well as different demographics.  

“We learned from the survey and saw from the participation that 80 to 85 percent of people are willing to try something new,” Scott says.  The survey and group discussions also suggest concern about time management and a strong need for help with content development, he adds.  “We took away a great willingness among members and affiliates to support the effort.”

Photo: Dan King, Iowa Concrete Paving Association, presents the top issues on educational programming, one of 13 major topics discussed by small groups during ACPA’s Change Management Seminar.


Next Gen IMCP Manual Now Available

The 2nd edition of the Integrated Materials and Construction Manual for Concrete Pavements (IMCP) manual is now available.  

The next generation publication has been updated to include the latest innovations and practices, including a chapter on sustainability, updates on test methods to evaluate concrete mixtures, and other current practices that have evolved in the years since the first edition was published in 2006.  Like the first edition, the 2019 edition is well organized in 10 tabbed chapters, complete with photos, technical drawings and other illustrations.  Tables and “popout” sub-sections provide snapshot descriptions and other useful details. 

The publication is a “must-have” reesource for contractors, QC and QA personnel, materials and equipment suppliers, and anyone with an interest in concrete materials, construction practices, and the production of quality pavements. According to the CP Tech Center, the updated publication is designed to help the reader:

  • Understand concrete pavements as complex, integrated systems.
  • Appreciate that constructing a concrete pavement project involves several discrete practices that interrelate and affect one another in various ways.
  • Implement technologies, tests, and best practices to identify materials, concrete properties, and construction practices that are known to optimize concrete performance.
  • Recognize factors leading to premature distress in concrete and learn how to avoid or reduce them.
  • Quickly access how-to and troubleshooting information.

ACPA staff, members and affiliates were key contributors to the 2nd edition of the IMCP.  Contributors include: Angela Folkestad, Colorado/Wyoming-ACPA; Allen Johnson, W.R. Grace & Co. (ret.); Kevin Klein, GOMACO Corporation; Jim Mack, CEMEX USA; Chris Poe, AJAX Paving; David Suchorski, Ash Grove Cement Company; and Leif Wathne, ACPA. Many ACPA technical publications and other resources were used and cited as references to the new edition. 

Click here to download a PDF of the manual.

Training Event Focuses on Pavement Preservation

Eric Ferrebee, ACPA Technical Service Director, and Steve Tritsch, Associate Director of the CP Tech Center, represented the concrete pavement industry at the Pavement Preservation Summit in Puerto Rico this week. Sponsored by the FHWA, the program began with remarks by officials from the FHWA, as well as local agency and industry officials.

The first day of the two-day event included concrete and asphalt tracks. Eric and Steve participated as presenters in three concrete-related tracks, with Eric covering diamond grinding and grooving; load-transfer restoration and cross stitching; and partial-depth concrete pavement repairs.  Steve covered joint resealing and crack sealing; full-depth concrete pavement repairs; and slab replacement. The summit, held at the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, also included other presentations on pavement preservation, specifications and quality assurance. 

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