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TRB Annual Meeting Moves to Virtual Event

The Transportation Research Board announced yesterday that its 100th Annual Meeting (TRBAM) has been changed from an in-person event to a virtual meeting.

Originally scheduled to take place in Washington, DC, TRBAM will be conducted over a series of dates throughout January 2021. Committee meetings will be hosted earlier in the month, possibly in the first two weeks of January; sessions and exhibits will take place later in the month.

TRBAM in its traditional face-to-face format brings together more than 14,000 transportation professionals from all over the world.

“If other virtual events are a good indication, we expect to surpass that total attendance for the 2021 TRBAM,” said TRB Executive Director Neil J. Pedersen.

The meeting program will cover topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, technical experts, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops will focus on the spotlight theme for the 2021 meeting: “Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life.”

An interactive virtual event platform will enable attendees to join from anywhere in the world and experience presentation and poster sessions, workshops, exhibits, and committee meetings. TRB says participants will be able to connect with other attendees—just as they have all come to expect from TRBAM in-person meetings.

TRB will announce exact dates for TRBAM 2021 as soon as they are confirmed. Registration will open in September. For more information, please click here to visit the TRBAM website.

Miller Formless Celebrates 50 Years

Miller Formless Co.* celebrates its 50th anniversary as a worldwide provider of concrete slipform paving machines.

The company, which was founded in 1970 by Charles P. Miller, is a leading provider of concrete slip form paving machines and other products.

Located in McHenry, IL, the company operates out of a 95,000+ square foot manufacturing facility and continues to provide the same quality product and service it pioneered in the 1960’s.

It currently manufactures six different products capable of installing concrete curb, curb and gutter, barrier walls and concrete pavements. Its machines are currently in use throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Central America, Asia, and Australia.

Miller Formless showcased its product lines at the February 2020 World of Concrete show and again at the March 2020 CONEXPO show, both held in Las Vegas, NV.

The company is excited to be introducing many new product developments to its products in 2021.

The company also continues to grow and expand its worldwide reach. Recently, the company announced the opening of an office and service facility in Genk, Belgium, to support Miller Formless customers throughout Europe and other nearby areas.

For more information on Miller Formless and their products and services please visit www.millerformless.com.

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* An ACPA member.

Fact Sheet Describes Concrete Pavements’ Reduced Environmental Impact

The reduced environmental impact of concrete pavements is the topic of the latest Pavement Note from the Australian Society for Concrete Pavements.

The two-page fact sheet, “Sustainable Concrete Pavements,” presents sustainability attributes, key research findings, and key outcomes. Among the key findings reported are that “concrete pavements are 12% and 30% lower in environmental impact at 40 and 70 years.”  The fact sheet provides insights into CO2 emissions, noting that “(a)pproximately 43% of emissions released in the manufacture of cement since 1930 has subsequently been absorbed by the concrete it produced in that period.”

Useful information about energy savings, resilience, fuel savings, low noise, and recycling are also among the many fast facts included in this resource. This useful information should benefit promoters and others with an interest in concrete pavements. Click here to download a PDF.

World of Concrete Plans In-Person Meeting…For Now

World of Concrete 2021 will go on, for now, says Steven Pomerantz, WOC’s senior marketing manager, according to the e-newsletter, ForConstructionPros

“We continue to closely monitor the development of COVID-19, especially in Las Vegas in coordination with CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) guidelines and local authorities,” he says. 

Plans are moving forward for an in-person event, Pomerantz says. However, there will be some modifications. “We are optimistic about bringing the industry together in a productive and responsible way, and are evaluating all of our options,” he says. Of course, plans could change as the COVID-19 situation evolves, according to ForConstructionPros.

Concrete Clips: Durability Test Methods

Weather, chemical exposure, and normal traffic cause wear & tear on pavements, but the FHWA, in its “CONCRETE CLIPS” video series, addresses pavement durability and the need to design concrete pavements to control or mitigate material-related distresses.

The approximately 15-minute video, “Durability Test Methods,” begins with the basic composition of concrete pavements, then describes the most common materials-related distress mechanism.

The video also describes the multiple tests used to evaluate both the constituent materials and the concrete mixture during the mixture design and construction of the pavement. The program details various test methods used in common practice today. This is a good video for training or as a quick refresher for personnel involved in developing concrete mixtures, as well as testing materials and concrete mixtures. To watch the video, follow this link, or click here to check out all the “FHWA Concrete Clips” and other videos on ACPA’s YouTube channel.

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