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ACPA Offers Course on Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements

World of Concrete Exclusive: ACPA Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements: Tips, Techniques & State of the Art Equipment 

Course Code: ACPAMO
Date/Time: Monday, January 22 | 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Location: LVCC North Hall
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This 3.5-hour comprehensive training session will be presented by leading authorities on the topic of concrete pavement smoothness, equipment automation and instruments.

Together, our subject matter experts will discuss equipment, instruments and technologies being used to construct smooth concrete pavements. This training is a must for contractors of all sizes and experience levels. Project and construction managers, estimators, equipment managers and quality managers, as well as civil, geotechnical and pavement engineers will benefit from learning about the latest developments This course includes four unique modules:

  • Avoiding the Rough Stuff—brief overview to gain better understanding of roughness, why smooth pavements are so important, and how a slipform paver works
  • Smoothness Begins with the Concrete Mixture—creating a good slipform mixture and evaluating essential attributes of the concrete mixture with new tests & technology
  • Construction Factors a Contractor Must Consider—details for building smooth pavements including set-up, operation, grade preparation, control-charting, etc. 
  • How Equipment & Instruments are Making Smooth Pavements Smoother—stringless paving, real-time smoothness equipment, lightweight profilers for measuring smoothness, evaluating profiles software, magnetic topography for dowel location, and other equipment used to achieve smoothness in concrete paving operations

The program also will allow time for questions and answers as well as discussion of other emerging technologies impacting concrete pavement smoothness.  

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The fee for this program is $160, but you can save morewhen purchasing two or more ACPA Pavement sessions! Click here to see our  other industry course offerings on Wednesday and Thursday at WOC 2018.   Two courses = $280 ($40 savings);  all three courses= $400 ($80 savings).

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CEMEX Contributes to Texas Relief Effort

CEMEX, an ACPA member, announced a total $500,000 donation for employee and community relief efforts in Texas, following the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey.

CEMEX USA has a strong operational and commercial presence in the Greater Houston area, where it is also headquartered. A rapid response effort to provide aid to affected employees and their families has been launched. Fortunately, all CEMEX employees are safe.

CEMEX also established a fund to receive voluntary donations from its personnel worldwide to help affected colleagues. Total funds contributed will be matched by the company.

“Our top priority is the safety of our employees. We will continue to assist our colleagues and their families affected by this devastating storm,” said Fernando A. Gonzalez, CEO of CEMEX. “Our thoughts are with the people in Texas. We trust their resilience and solidarity will help them overcome this tragedy.”

CEMEX is a global building materials company that provides high-quality products and reliable services to customers and communities in more than 50 countries. CEMEX has a rich history of improving the well-being of those it serves through innovative building solutions, efficiency advancements, and efforts to promote a sustainable future.

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CP Tech Center Names Smith as Associate Director

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has named Gordon Smith, P.E., as an Associate Director. 

He has been involved with the CP Tech Center since the late 1990s, and has served as a board member throughout its existence.  He also played key roles in the Center’s founding and in building its long-term partnerships with the Iowa Department of Transportation and industry.

Smith was also involved when the American Concrete Pavement Association and Portland Cement Association allied with the Center as partners in 2005. Joining the CP Tech Center as an associate director seemed like a natural next step for Smith, according to an announcement from the CP Tech Center.

“I am truly looking forward to working with their highly-regarded staff on a more formal basis, offering my knowledge of the industry and our product in the never-ending quest for excellence in the art and science of concrete pavement design, materials, construction, and performance,” Smith said.

He brings almost 45 years of experience with concrete pavements and related products to the table, including 31 years with the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA) as its president and 16 years as executive director of the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA).

This experience will help him continue to strengthen relationships between the CP Tech Center and its partners and customers in industry and state and federal agencies across the country.

“My vast experience in concrete pavement construction and technology and demonstrated success in building and maintaining strong relationships that culminate in cooperative ventures and accomplish common objectives are the greatest assets that I can offer the CP Tech Center.”

Working alongside Steven Tritsch, P.E., the Center’s other associate director, Smith will work on initiatives related to recycling, concrete overlays, pavement preservation, and other emerging technologies.  A significant portion of his time will be dedicated to the advancement of performance engineered mixtures through a state DOT pooled fund study supported by the Federal Highway Administration.

By working with multiple departments of transportation, industry leaders, and universities including Iowa State, Oregon State, and Oklahoma State, Smith will coordinate research and promote technology transfer.

“It is no secret that Iowa has a long, established history of using concrete as a primary paving material for the construction of state and county roads, streets, airport runways, and bridges,” Smith said.

The advancement of concrete pavement technology and educational outreach to agencies and practitioners has been an integral part of Smith’s entire career with the ICPA and IRMCA, and will continue in his work at the CP Tech Center.

Magazine Cites Federal Official’s Views on Pavement Competition

Editor’s Note:  Sometimes, the more things change, the more they stay the same, and it’s for that reason we present this interesting bit of history, which we believe is as logical now as it was 96 years ago. An article in the July 1921 issue of “ARIZONA HIGHWAYS” magazine quoted federal official Thomas H. MacDonald, on his strong views about competition.  Mr. MacDonald served for 34 years as the Chief of the Bureau of Public Roads, forerunner of today’s Federal Highway Administration.  The article is presented in its entirety.

“In a statement just issued [by] Thomas H. MacDonald Chief of the United States Bureau of Public Roads  deplores the tendency that has been developing in some States to pass legislation governing conditions of bond issues and specifying one type of material to be used in highway construction.

“Mr. MacDonald urges open competition and more careful consideration of cost and local conditions affecting construction before the type of pavement is determined upon.

Thomas H. McDonald, BPR Chief, from 1919 to 1953. (Photo: Federal Highway Administration.)

“‘Granting that the preparation of the roadbed has been properly done,’ says Mr. MacDonald, “Many kinds of road surfaces will give excellent service.  The element of time is important.  There are so many miles of roads to be constructed and their cost will be so enormous that the most careful and detailed study of each road project must be made to provide, at the lowest possible cost, roads which will give satisfactory service and which can be maintained without undue depreciation under the traffic which is to use them.  Many times the question has been asked the bureau: What type of road is best.  The answer is always the same: There is not one best kind of type of road surface.'”

FAA Announces Project Grants

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $167.6 million in airport infrastructure grants to 64 airports in 30 states across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP), according to an August 7  press release.

“The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security and environmental improvements,” said Secretary Chao.  “This is an important investment in these airports and the economic vitality of their respective communities.”

The airport grant program funds various types of airport infrastructure projects, including runways, taxiways, and airport signage, lighting, and markings, all of which help to create thousands of jobs.

To date this year, the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced more than 1,300 new grants to nearly 1,200 airports for a total of $2 billion.  These grants will provide funds for 546 runway projects and 459 taxiway projects that are important to the safety and efficiency of the nation’s system of airports.

Click here to see the projects associated with this series of grants.

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