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ACPA Debuts PavementDesigner.org Video

The American Concrete Pavement Association presents a new video that shows the features and benefits of  PavementDesigner.org, the cement and concrete industry’s concrete pavement thickness design platform that allows users to design pavements free of charge using a computer or other digital devices.

The program was created for city, county, and consultant engineers, academia, or anyone involved in design of roadway, industrial, and parking area pavements. PavementDesigner improves upon traditional pavement design software programs, and provides the following value-added features:

  • No cost – The platform and is offered completely free of charge, eliminating the expense and burden of ordering software and updates, licenses, etc.
  • Immediate access – The platform brings the industry’s best pavement design programs together into a single website that allows professionals to design pavements immediately.
  • Cloud storage/retrieval – Users have the option of creating a user ID and password to save their design work, as well as to retrieve projects using any digital device.
  • Automatic updates and improvements – The online system is automatically updated when new content or details are added. Users will not have to download updated software or “patches.”

To view the video in our YouTube channel, please follow this link.  Be sure to check out other videos in ACPA’s Concrete Pavements channel, too.

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Primary sponsors are the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, and the Portland Cement Association (PCA).  Additional funding and support came from the RCC Pavement Council.  The RMC Research and Education Foundation is affiliated with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.
   

 

Finalize Plans for the Promoters’ Forum

ACPA, NRMCA and PCA’s  2019 Promoters’ Forum is only a few weeks away.   The associations are reminding those interested in the event to book hotel rooms by August  5 to secure the special pricing.

The Promoters’ Forum is a two-day forum aimed at providing industry promoters with best practices, the latest promotion techniques, and new (and existing) resources from national associations representing concrete and cementitious-material solutions.  The event provides regional, state and other local promoters with a unique networking experience, and a wealth of useful information from the associations.

The three Association hosts, along with national sponsors (ASCC, CRSI and NCMA) encourage promoters from member companies and associations to participate in this industry-wide event to network with colleagues and draw on resources from the concrete and cement industry. 

The forum will be held August 28-29, 2019 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, located at 5300 N. River Road in Rosemont, IL.  The registration fee is $150.  Please click here for more information or to register for the event. Registration through the PCA website is simple and requires only basic information (contact information, a username, and a password) to enable the use of the Aptify registration site. 

Click here for a preliminary agenda and here to reserve a hotel room.  Please note the PCA group rate is $159 (plus tax) for single/double accommodations. 

Associations to Host Promoters’ Forum

ACPA, NRMCA and PCA are hosting the 2019 Promoters’ Forum, a two-day forum aimed at providing industry promoters with best practices, the latest promotion techniques, and new (and existing) resources from national associations representing concrete and cementitious-material solutions.  The promoters’ forum provides regional, state and other local promoters with a unique networking experience, and a wealth of useful information from the associations.

The three Association hosts, along with national sponsors (ASCC, CRSI and NCMA) encourage promoters from member companies and associations to participate in this industry-wide event to network with and draw on resources from the concrete and cement industry. 

The forum will be held August 28-29, 2019 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, located at 5300 N. River Road in Rosemont, IL.  The registration fee is $150.  Please click here for more information or to register for the event. Registration through the PCA website is simple and requires only basic information (contact information, a username, and a password) to enable the use of the Aptify registration site. 

Click here for a preliminary agenda and here to reserve a hotel room.  Please note the PCA group rate is $159 (plus tax) for single/double accommodations. Finally, please be aware the hotel reservation deadline is August 5. 

PCA/ACPA Paving Webinar Spotlights Caltrans Research, FAA Specs

The next PCA/ACPA monthly paving call is scheduled for Friday, July 12, at 10 a.m. (Central) 11 a.m. (Eastern).  This month’s webinar will feature:

  • An overview of the upcoming Promoters’ Forum, which is designed for local promoters to learn about the latest promotion techniques and resources available from national organizations and from other promoters. (Speaker: Alpa Swinger, PCA)
  • A Caltrans-supported research project, which is examining the potential use of Portland Limestone Cement/Ordinary  Portland Cement+Limestone (PLC / OPC+LS) made with clinkers that are historically type II/V.  (Speaker: Dr. Jason Weiss, Oregon State University)
  • A presentation that will highlight some of the impacts ACPA and the concrete industry had on the recently updated Federal Aviation Administration airport construction guide specifications, including a new full-depth reclamation specification and other positive changes that will help promote the use of concrete pavements at general aviation airports. (Speaker: Gary Mitchell, ACPA)

Click here to register for the 60-min. webinar.

Snapshot: Diamond-Grinding in Phoenix

Larry Scofield, ACPA/IGGA, notes the Phoenix freeway system was overlaid with a 1 in.-thick asphalt-rubber friction course (ARFC) years ago. 

The ARFC surface is now raveling and creating damage to vehicle windshields and paint, so the Arizona DOT is considering other options. As a result, a conventional diamond ground section and a Next Generation Concrete Surface test section were constructed on SR101. The work was done by the Penhall Company, an ACPA and IGGA member. 

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