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ACPA Presents Pavement Design Training

Continuing our efforts to provide training on concrete pavement design and build awareness of design resources, Eric Ferrebee delivered a technical presentation on cement-based pavement design tools and methods  at the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati this week.  The presentation was part of a track called “Design and Construction of Concrete Streets and Local Roads.”  Eric covered various ACI design guides and then explained that PavementDesigner.org is the basis for much of the structural design.  

Other presenters for the session were Brian Killingsworth, NRMCA, who spoke about soils and substructure design.  Amanda Hult, also of NRMCA, covered construction and jointing.  Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center (an ACPA technology partner) presented on concrete overlays.  

The dates of the ACI event are Oct. 20 through 24.  The purpose of the annual convention is to provide a forum for networking and education, as well as an opportunity discuss the concrete industry’s codes, specifications, and guides. 

Welcome Amber Davis

Amber Davis has been named as ACPA’s new Office Administrator. In this role with the Association, she assists staff with project management and other project support, responds to member and other customer emails, fulfills literature/information requests, and helps maintain ACPA’s membership information. She also assists with seminar and training registration; front office duties and programs; and event and trade show planning and support.

Prior to joining ACPA, she worked as an Office and Event Manager for a real estate and event management company. She also studied under a design firm as an executive assistant and used that experience to cofound and manage an interior design collective. Amber graduated with a degree in child development from Century College. She also has a technical degree in travel and hospitality.

Her contact information is adavis@acpa.org and 847.423.8700.

ACPA and Construction Groups Weigh in on HOS Regs

In a recent move aimed at representing the construction industry’s interests on the issue of hours-of-service (HOS) regulations, ACPA and other leading  industry associations have communicated  important perspectives to inform and influence the HOS rulemaking process.   

The “Construction Coalition,” comprised of 15 construction associations, submitted comments to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) Administrator Raymond P. Martinez earlier this week.  Click here to see the coalition’s comments.

ACPA emphasized the points that the concrete pavement operations — from trasnport from central-mix plants to finals saw cutting — are extremely time-sensitive, as the concrete is extremely perishable.  Noting that state agency specs typically limit time betweeen mixing and discharge at the paving site to less than 60 min. “As a  result, all of these operations must be carefully managed to ensure the quality of the pavement.”

ACPA staff and members have been actively involved in presented comments aimed at informing officials of concrete pavement industry specific needs related to hours of service regulations.  

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* The Construction Coalition is comprised of the following organizations:  American Concrete Pavement Association, American Pipeline Contractors Association, American Road & Transportation Builders Association, Associated Equipment Distributors: Associated General Contractors of America: Distribution Contractors Association: FP2 (which counts among its contributors ACPA and IGGA): National Asphalt Pavement Association: National Electrical Contractors Association: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association: National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association; National Utility Contractors Association; Pipe Line Contractors Association; Portland Cement Association; and Power and Communication Contractors Association.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.  To see additional articles about ACPA’s responses to HOS rulemaking and regulations, type “Hours of Service” in the search feature on our home page.

 

Don’t Forget to Plan for Fun at AM56

ACPA is encouraging our Annual Meeting attendees to take advantage of the opportunity to play golf and to participate in some outstanding excursions.  ACPA is encouraging single golfers and groups to participate in the golf outing.  The golf outing is being held at the English Turn Golf Club.  ACPA will provide transportation to and from the event, so bring your sticks (or rent clubs onsite) and get ready “fore” a fun outing!  

Our special excursions offer an opportunity for fun and adventure, as well as some beautiful views with our airboat  tour through the nearby bayous and swamps. Don’t forget your camera for some great photo opportunities.

Our “Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour” offers some eerie and other-worldly experiences and some great local cocktails along the way. Bring your friends and colleagues for an evening of fun, some unforgettable selfies and some exceptional craft cocktails. 

In related news, ACPA has extended its room block incrementally with the goal of presenting one more opportunity for members and guests to complete hotel and event registrations as soon as possible for our 56th Annual Meeting. To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, please register as soon as possible by following our reservation link or visiting 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 http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  Scheduled for December 1 through 5, ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott.  This year’s theme, “Concrete and all that jazz!” highlights the spirit and culture of New Orleans, and of course, the focus on concrete pavements!   

FHWA Workshops Explore Specs, Research and Technology

Two workshops this week gave the FHWA, state transportation officials, industry and academia an opportunity to discuss timely issues and address strategic questions regarding performance-related specifications (PRS), as well as pavement and paving materials research and technology (R&T).

Leif Wathne of ACPA and Gordon Smith of the CP Tech Center were on hand to represent concrete pavement interests at the FHWA PRS stakeholder workshop on October 15. Key questions presented to state transportation agencies centered on the biggest issue that performance testing can address; agencies’ experience with performance testing, types of performance tests required, and types of performance testing agencies have tried or are using presently. Brian Fouch, Director of the FHWA’s Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements opened the meeting and set the stage for both open and facilitated discussions. The workshop also included four plenary sessions aimed that focused on opportunities and barriers associated with both concrete and asphalt performance engineered pavements and PRS.

ACPA Chairman Jim Mack, CEMEX; ACPA 2nd Vice-Chairman David Howard, Koss Construction; Leif Wathne, and Gordon Smith were among the participants at the second workshop, which began today and runs through Thursday, October 17. The purpose of this workshop is to gather program-level stakeholder input for issues to be addressed through the FHWA’s Pavement and Materials Program, all with an eye on current and future R&T programs.

The workshop presented opportunities for state transportation officials and industry representatives to present their top three pavement & materials issues; key areas/products that should be promoted nationally; and areas of support requested from the FHWA. Other discussion topics included pavement design and analysis, pavement management (PM2 rules); pavement design policy outreach; performance-engineered mix design (PEMD) and PRS; the FHWA Mobile Technology Center program; FHWA’s Materials laboratory research, pavement research, safety, pavement preservation and quality assurance. Both workshops were held at the Turner–Fairbank Highway Research Center in McLean, VA.

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Photo: FHWA Associate Administrator for Infrastructure Hari Kalla makes opening remarks at the FHWA’s Research and Technology Workshop.

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