In the early part of the 2000’s, the concrete pavement industry was challenged to address the issue of noisy pavements.   With a significant investment by ACPA, The International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA), and the Portland Cement Association, an extensive research and testing program was undertaken to develop a quiet, safe and durable concrete surface texture. 

The outcome of this effort was the developments of the Next Generation Concrete Surface (NGCS).  NGCS was developed under the auspices of ACPA, and with research and testing by the IGGA/ACPA Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership (CP3), Purdue University, and the Minnesota DOT’s MnRoad facility, along with testing and implementation support from industry, agencies/owners, Chapter/States, and others interested parties.

Ten years after the technology was first developed, the city of Houston, with approximately 3M SY of this quiet pavement surface, holds the distinction of being the largest single user of NGCS technology in the world. 

On November 15, transportation agency officials, industry officials, members of academia, and other interested parties are cordially invited to participate in the “I-10 NGCS Ride Experience Open House,” in Houston.  

The special event will be held from 10 a.m. to 12:30 (CST) at the Texas DOT’s Houston Headquarters, located at 7600 Washington Ave. 

The day begins with presentations in the District’s conference room, after which, participants will have an opportunity to experience the NGCS surface on a chauffeured drive along a section of I-10.  A luncheon also will be served.  Also, an equipment demonstration will allow participants to view commercial diamond-grinding equipment, along with samples of various types of diamond-ground pavement textures.

The event is jointly sponsored by the IGGA/ACPA CP3, Cement Council of Texas, Texas Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pavement Association, CEMEX, Penhall Company, and the Texas DOT. 

Attendance is free of charge, but advance registration is required.   To register, please contact Larry Scofield at lscofield@pavement.com.

More About NGCS
Since its inception, NGCS has gained wide-spread acceptance across the United States and other countries.  Research reports, a report on the development and implementation of the technology, and other technical information may be downloaded online from the websites of ACPA and the CP3.