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ACPA and PCA Formalize Agreement to Support Promotion Plan

ACPA and PCA have completed and signed a memorandum of understanding that solidifies the two associations’ agreement to implement and execute a long-term paving promotion plan.  The agreement defines roles and responsibility, financial terms, communications and reporting and other details that support a stronger national and local promotion program.

“We are grateful to the leadership of PCA and ACPA for their support of this comprehensive plan, which will increase the use of concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions in highways, airports, streets/roads and commercial/industrial facilities,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President and CEO.

“With the support of PCA and ACPA’s volunteer leaders, we have already made significant progress in laying the groundwork and taking the first steps toward what we are confident will be a successful, effective plan to increase the awareness and usage of concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions,” says ACPA Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX).  “The ultimate beneficiaries will be our customers at the DOT’s and other agencies and owners, and of course, the traveling public.”

 

Ayers Named Illinois Chapter Exec

Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D., has been named the Executive Director of the Illinois Chapter-ACPA, effective June 3. A veteran concrete pavement engineer, Ayers brings to the Chapter vast and in-depth experience in concrete pavement and cement-based paving solutions.

That experience includes serving as the Principal of Global Pavement Solutions, Inc., where he has focused on concrete pavement design, construction, rehab and forensic analysis of concrete and cementitious pavement and paving solutions.

He previously served ACPA National in Fvarious roles, providing technical service and support with highway pavement technology, as well as education & training. Prior to that, Mike served in senior technical management roles with ARA (then, ERES Consultants), Oklahoma State University where he as an Associate Professor of Civil Engineering; the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and an infrastructure engineering firm.

“We are excited to have an engineer of Mike’s caliber take on the challenge of leading the Illinois Chapter,” says Jerry Voigt, ACPA President & CEO. Jerry notes the timing of Mike’s appointment coincidentally occurred the same day Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law a 19-cent gas tax increase, which is designated exclusively for highway and other infrastructure development and repair.*

“We expect great things with Mike at the helm and with ACPA lending administrative support as he and Chapter Promotion Director Jimie Wheeler execute a bold and decisive strategy. This will begin with a large-scale effort to engage with the Illinois DOT, the Illinois State Toll Highway authority and other agencies throughout Illinois. This is an important and large first step in the goal to increase the use of concrete and cementitious materials in the state’s highways, roads, airports and other facilities.”

Ayers also expressed his enthusiasm about his new role and the opportunities to revitalize and expand the use of concrete pavements and cement-intensive construction, repair, and rehabilitation technologies throughout the state.

“Among my top goals are to ensure we are taking a ‘boots on the ground’ approach with informing and educating the Illinois DOT, toll highway authority, airport owners’ representatives and consultants,” Mike says, adding, “Our focus is solely on concrete pavements and cement-based solutions, and as we carry those messages into the marketplace, we also will be working to enhance and expand membership.”

Ayers holds a PhD in Civil Engineering (Transportation/Materials); an MS in Civil Engineering (Materials Specialization); and a in BS Civil Engineering (Construction Management), all from the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill. A resident of Fithian, Ill., Ayers is the father of two sons, Craig and Cody. Mike’s contact information is: Illinois Chapter-ACPA, Inc., P.O. Box 11, Fithian, IL 61844. (217.621.3488 | mayers@acpa.org)

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* The new law, which goes into effect July 1, 2019, also includes a provision that would allow cities and townships in Cook County the option of increasing local gas taxes up to 3 cents for the same purpose. 

 

 

Still Time to Register for ASR Webinar

There’s still time to register  for an informative webinar covering Alkali-Silica-Reaction (ASR) in concrete pavements.

Presented by the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) and ACPA, the webinar, “ASR Potential for Concrete Pavement Damage,” will be held Thursday, April 25 , from Noon to 1:30 CDT.

The webinar will be presented by Rolf Breitenbücher, Professor at Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) and an ISCP Director.  

Contractors, consultants, engineers and others with an interest in concrete pavement quality will benefit from this course, which provides an overview of the reaction mechanisms, suitable prevention measures, and techniques for evaluating ASR-afflicted pavements in situ. The webinar will address different ways to prevent ASR, including the limitation of the alkali content in the binder or a special selection of aggregates based on their ASR-sensitivity. Also included will be appropriate repair measures such as hydrophobing or top-layer replacement.

ACPA will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).  ACPA members can register online and receive the discounted rate of $30 for individuals or $75 for groups of six or fewer. 

There is no cost to government employees, but verification and registration are required.  ISCP members are encouraged to log-in and obtain information through the ISCP website.  Some restrictions apply.  For more information and to register, please follow this link.

Webinar Tackles Alkali-Silica Reaction

An upcoming webinar will provide useful information about Alkali-Silica-Reaction (ASR) in concrete pavements.

Presented by the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) and ACPA, the webinar, “ASR Potential for Concrete Pavement Damage” is scheduled for Thursday, April 25 , from Noon to 1:30 CDT.

The webinar will be presented by Rolf Breitenbücher, Professor, Ruhr-University Bochum (Germany) & ISCP Director.  

Contractors, consultants, engineers and others with an interest in concrete pavement quality will benefit from this course, which provides an overview of the reaction mechanisms, suitable prevention measures, and techniques for evaluating ASR-afflicted pavements in situ. The webinar will address different ways to prevent ASR, including the limitation of the alkali content in the binder or a special selection of aggregates based on their ASR-sensitivity. Also included will be appropriate repair measures such as hydrophobing or top-layer replacement.

ACPA will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).  ACPA members can register online and receive the discounted rate of $30 for individuals or $75 for groups of six or fewer. There is no cost to government employees, but verification and registration are required.  ISCP members are encouraged to log-in and obtain information through the ISCP website.  Some restrictions apply.  For more information and to register, please follow this link.

ACPA and ISCP Webinar Update

ACPA and the International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) are presenting two webinars covering essential topics this month.  Descriptions for the 90-minute webinars follow:

Conceptos básicos de refuerzo de hormigón (The Basics of Concrete Reinforcement) – The webinar will be held tomorrow (Thursday), April 11, beginning at 9:30 a.m. (CDT). This webinar is offered in Spanish only.  The program will include an overview of concrete reinforcement materials and products, as well as the current state of the practice methods for reinforcing concrete pavements. For details, and to register for these web-based education & training events, please send an email to education@acpa.org.

Addressing ASR Damage in Concrete Pavements – Thursday, April 25, beginning at noon (CDT) – This  webinar covers important information about Alkali-Silica Reaction (ASR). Presented by the International Society for Concrete Pavements, with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association is developed with contractors, consultants, transportation agencies, engineers and consultants, and others with an interest in advancing the quality and durability of concrete pavements.  ACPA members are eligible for discounted individual and group rates.  For details, and to register for these web-based education & training events, please click here.

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