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FHWA Offers Valuable Resources

You probably have heard of the FHWA’s Mobile Concrete Trailer (MCT), and you may have had the opportunity to see it first-hand, but did you know how easy it is for contractors to borrow some of the MCT’s testing equipment?  

To borrow equipment, contractors should contact Michael F. Praul, FHWA Senior Concrete Engineer (207.512.4917 | Michael.Praul@dot.gov) or Jagan Gudimettla, MCT Project Engineer, ATI, Inc. (202.366.1335 | Jagan.M.Gudimettla.CTR@dot.gov).  

There are no forms to fill out and no excessive paperwork required, according to Mike Praul, who said if the equipment is available, it’s normally shipped within a couple days. He says there are no preset requirements for time the equipment may be borrowed.  He adds one contractor “has had one of our super air meters (SAMs) for over a year.”

“All we ask is they take care of the equipment and return it as agreed,” he said, mentioning the contractors pay the return shipping costs. “When it’s time to return the item, we may ask you to return it to us or possibly to ship it directly to the next person borrowing the item.”

He said some flexible training options are aviailable, too. “We are willing to provide training to industry personnel performing the test.  The training can be over the phone or via video link or even phone/video calls,” he said. “Jagan and the technicians are well versed in the tests and do a great job training people to run them.”

Click here to see some some of the equipment currently available; be sure to click on the other links on the page to learn more about the equipment/technology.  By the way, Praul said he is currently working on expanding the loan inventory.

Finally, if you’re interested in seeing where the MCT will be next, click on this link to see the upcoming schedule.   Please note the schedule is subject to change without notice.

Update on ACPA Airport Workshop

As reported previously, we will be hosting the annual ACPA Airport Workshop, a three-day training and tech transfer event, from August 28 through 30 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.   ACPA is finalizing hotel information and the meeting agenda, and expects to be releasing details shortly.

In the mean time, ACPA is reminding members, Chapters/States, and other guests to be sure to “save the dates” for this important event.  This popular workshop has had record attendance the past three years, so please if you are involved in designing, constructing, or rehabbing concrete pavements for commercial and military airports, please reserve the dates.   

Look for updates by “blast” emails and in ACPA TODAY as agenda details and presenters are confirmed.

Save the Dates for ACPA Airport Workshop

ACPA encourages members, Chapters/States, and others to save the date for the annual ACPA Airport Workshop.  The three-day training and tech transfer event will be held August 28 through 30 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.   

This popular workshop has had record attendance the past three years, so please block the dates on your calendars if you are involved in designing, constructing, or rehabbing concrete pavements for commercial and military airports.   Discussions of the FAA’s P501 and UFGS 32 13 11 are popular topics for the workshop.

Look for updates by “blast” emails and in ACPA TODAY as agenda details and presenters are confirmed.

ACPA to Seek Drivers Hours of Service Exemption

The ACPA Board of Directors approved an effort to seek an exemption from potentially restrictive Drivers Hours of Service regulations.  ACPA has assembled a task force to study the issue and act on findings.   ACPA has also discussed DHOS regulations with other associations, including AGC and ARTBA.

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