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Video Shows Benefits of Concrete Pavements

A three-minute video provides a captivating glimpse of concrete pavements and presents some of benefits they provide to people and societies. 

EUPAVE produced the video* and granted permission to ACPA to cobrand and rebroadcast it. 

With powerful images, an uplifting musical track, and a few copy points, the video shows compelling examples of how concrete pavements enhance lives and impart societal benefits now and for the future. Click here to enjoy the video.

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* Created by Global Concept Consulting, Brussels.

Make Final Plans for NC2

The Spring 2019 National Concrete Consortium (NC2) business and technical meeting is approaching rapidly.  The CP Tech Center is handling event and hotel registrations and reminds those planning to attend to make hotel reservations before March 8 and to complete event registration by March 22.

The spring meeting will be held at the Sheraton Denver West in Lakewood, CO.  The room block expires at 5 p.m. (Fri., March 8), so be sure to finalize your plans as soon as possible.

Guests are also reminded that pre-registration (and a photo ID) will be required to attend the optional tour of the US Bureau of Reclamation Concrete, Geotechnical, and Structural Laboratory.   The spring meeting will be held April 2 through 4. 

Please follow these links for the general website, which includes a complete agenda, as well as links to the event registration and hotel reservation sites.  Click here to download a printable agenda.  

You Still Have Time for this Webinar

There’s still time to register and participate in the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub’s (CS Hub’s) next webinar, which poses both a challenge and a question. The 1-hour webinar is scheduled for 11 a.m. (EST) tomorrow, February 28.

Fix My Road:  What can YOU do (with your smartphone) to make OUR Infrastructure Great Again while addressing Climate Change?” will propose a new, crowdsourced way to assess the state of infrastructure. 

Using acceleration data from a smartphone mounted inside of a vehicle, MIT researchers say they have developed a method to assess road roughness properties. This method can also be used to map the aggregated excess fuel consumption, associated environmental footprint, and “health” impact due to these road conditions, according to the MIT researchers.  

The webinar is free of charge, but registration is required for all participants.  The webinar will be presented by Dr. Franz-Josef Ulm, MIT Professor, and Faculty Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub.  The webinar was developed collaboratively by the researchers at the CS Hub and several other universities. 

Click here to register.

Why You Should Be Part of NACA’s Annual Fly-In

There are fewer than three weeks left 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 the full registration page (hosted by PCA). The page includes event and hotel information, a link to the agenda and other important details.

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to make a real difference for your company and our industry! 

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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.

MIT Webinar Previews Road Roughness Method

The title of the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub’s (CS Hub’s) next webinar poses both a challenge and a question.

“Fix My Road:  What can YOU do (with your smartphone) to make OUR Infrastructure Great Again while addressing Climate Change?” will propose a new, crowdsourced way to assess the state of infrastructure.

Using acceleration data from a smartphone mounted inside of a vehicle, MIT researchers say they have developed a method to assess road roughness properties. This method can also be used to map the aggregated excess fuel consumption, associated environmental footprint, and “health” impact due to these road conditions, they say. 

The 1-hour webinar is offered at no cost and is scheduled for 11 a.m. (EST) on February 28. Registration is required for all participants. Click here to register for the webinar. The webinar will be presented by Dr. Franz-Josef Ulm, MIT Professor, and Faculty Director of the Concrete Sustainability Hub.  The webinar was developed collaboratively by the researchers at the CS Hub and several other universities. 

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