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Meeting Focuses on Collaborative Airport Pavement Research

Officials from the FAA’s William J. Hughes Technical Center, ACPA, and CP Tech Center met in Atlantic City this week to discuss ways the three organizations may work collaboratively on applied research for airfield concrete pavements.

“We appreciate the warm reception, tour, and generous amount of time we spent with Dr. Michel Hovan, FAA Airport Technology Manager and Jeff Gagnon, FAA Airport Pavement R&D Section Manager,” said ACPA President & CEO Jerry Voigt. “It gave us greater insights into some of the research the FAA is doing in the area of airside pavements.  The meeting also afforded ACPA and the CP Tech Center the opportunity to discuss research efforts with the FHWA and ACPA’s ongoing advocacy efforts, which have included specific airport pavement and highway pavement research programs.”

The meeting included an overview and discussion of current FAA research projects; CP Tech Center’s highway research & tech transfer efforts; and ACPA’s ongoing Federal advocacy efforts. 

“We discussed funding and how ACPA has worked with Federal agencies such as the FAA, FHWA, and Military Tri-Services, as well as elected officials in Washington, D.C.,” says Gary Mitchell, VP of Airports and Pavement Technology. “Our efforts include both highway and airport programmatic funding, but provisions that directly support funding for applied research.” This includes the long-standing AID-PT program, as well as a similar research provision included in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 Sec. 744 (Research and deployment of certain airfield pavement technologies). 

Mitchell serves on the FAA’s Research, Engineering, & Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), Subcommittee on Airports, which supports the development of the FAA‘s research and development portfolio through strategic planning, budget formulation, program execution, and program evaluation. ACPA’s Chairman Mack, P.E., (CEMEX) has recently been nominated to serve on the Subcommittee as well and is waiting conformation from the current Administration.

“In the near term,” Mitchell explains, “We will continue the dialogue as we also continue to push for funding to support research for airfield concrete pavements.  Longer term, our goal is to partner with the CP Tech Center and work collaboratively on  applied research projects with the FAA.”

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Photo:  Top photo (L to R) shows Dr. Michel Hovan, Gary Mitchell, Jerry Voigt, Dr. Peter Taylor, Gordon Smith, Jim Mack, Leif Wathne, and Jeff Gagnon at the Hughes Technical Center. The photo below shows one of two accelerated load facilities at the FAA’s research center.  Mitchell explained the two ALF machines are capable of simulating wheel loads of virtually any fixed wing aircraft in the US fleet. The machine shown also allows testing under various climatic conditions.

*  The Accelerated Implementation and Deployment of Pavement Technologies (AID-PT) is a provision first included in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP 21).  This ACPA-led initiative created both a mechanism and funding for the delivery of pavement technology.  In 2015, Congress included the program in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, which provides funding through 2020.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

 

 

 

Next Gen IMCP Manual Now Available

The 2nd edition of the Integrated Materials and Construction Manual for Concrete Pavements (IMCP) manual is now available.  

The next generation publication has been updated to include the latest innovations and practices, including a chapter on sustainability, updates on test methods to evaluate concrete mixtures, and other current practices that have evolved in the years since the first edition was published in 2006.  Like the first edition, the 2019 edition is well organized in 10 tabbed chapters, complete with photos, technical drawings and other illustrations.  Tables and “popout” sub-sections provide snapshot descriptions and other useful details. 

The publication is a “must-have” reesource for contractors, QC and QA personnel, materials and equipment suppliers, and anyone with an interest in concrete materials, construction practices, and the production of quality pavements. According to the CP Tech Center, the updated publication is designed to help the reader:

  • Understand concrete pavements as complex, integrated systems.
  • Appreciate that constructing a concrete pavement project involves several discrete practices that interrelate and affect one another in various ways.
  • Implement technologies, tests, and best practices to identify materials, concrete properties, and construction practices that are known to optimize concrete performance.
  • Recognize factors leading to premature distress in concrete and learn how to avoid or reduce them.
  • Quickly access how-to and troubleshooting information.

ACPA staff, members and affiliates were key contributors to the 2nd edition of the IMCP.  Contributors include: Angela Folkestad, Colorado/Wyoming-ACPA; Allen Johnson, W.R. Grace & Co. (ret.); Kevin Klein, GOMACO Corporation; Jim Mack, CEMEX USA; Chris Poe, AJAX Paving; David Suchorski, Ash Grove Cement Company; and Leif Wathne, ACPA. Many ACPA technical publications and other resources were used and cited as references to the new edition. 

Click here to download a PDF of the manual.

Training Event Focuses on Pavement Preservation

Eric Ferrebee, ACPA Technical Service Director, and Steve Tritsch, Associate Director of the CP Tech Center, represented the concrete pavement industry at the Pavement Preservation Summit in Puerto Rico this week. Sponsored by the FHWA, the program began with remarks by officials from the FHWA, as well as local agency and industry officials.

The first day of the two-day event included concrete and asphalt tracks. Eric and Steve participated as presenters in three concrete-related tracks, with Eric covering diamond grinding and grooving; load-transfer restoration and cross stitching; and partial-depth concrete pavement repairs.  Steve covered joint resealing and crack sealing; full-depth concrete pavement repairs; and slab replacement. The summit, held at the College of Engineers and Surveyors of Puerto Rico in Hato Rey, also included other presentations on pavement preservation, specifications and quality assurance. 

Open House Showcases Overlay on Vital KY Parkway

Almost 40 people participated in an open house event yesterday in Elizabethtown, KY.  The event was of special significance because of its focus on a 6-in. thick unbonded concrete overlay on the Bluegrass Parkway (from mile marker 0 to 6). 

This Kentucky Transportation Cabinet project is being constructed on a vital section of highway connects with Interstate 65 to the west and U.S. Route 60 to the east.  

The event started with a briefing and a luncheon at the City’s Pritchard Community Center. Greg Smith, Director of Paving Technology for the Kentucky Concrete Pavement Association, covered some recent concrete overlay projects in Kentucky and Indiana, national perspectives and statistics, and an overview of the project. He also presented many design tools and other resources offered by ACPA (including www.pavementDesigner.org), along with resources offered by the CP Tech Center. 

Tony Korba, Operations Manager at E&B Paving, an ACPA member, provided details about the construction of the Blue Grass overlay project, covering details about smoothness, joints, paving challenges, and fibers. 

Following the briefing, participants then loaded a bus and headed to the project site, where they had the opportunity to see the concrete overlay and discuss specifics about project on the WB lane of the Bluegrass Parkway, one of seven highways that are part of the Commonwealth’s parkway system.

Bill Davenport from ACPA was on hand to chronicle the event, which will be produced as a video report soon. The project also will be covered in an upcoming issue of CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS magazine. 

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Offers Training & Tech Transfer

In this week’s continuing coverage of “Gold Standard” Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight two of the tech transfer events in which the Mid-Atlantic Chapter has been involved recently.  Chapter President Ray Seipp covers a multi-state region and has been working proactively to provide training and tech transfer opportunities to customers.

In late March, Ray participated in the Southeast Pavement Preservation Workshop in Charleston, WV.  The event drew an estimated 150 people reepresenting industry, agencies, and academia.  The workshop focused on preservation’s role in sustainability and included two days of updates, sustainability-focused presentations, roundtable discussions, and other meetings.  

The prior week, Ray joined with Gordon Smith and Jerod Gross of the CP Tech Center to present back-to-back workshops to key employees of the West Virginia DOT’s Division of Highways employees in Princeton, WV.  More than 50 employees attended the Concrete Overlay Workshop on March 20 and the Inspector’s Workshop on March 21. 

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