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Meeting Sharpens Focus on PEMs

Performance engineered mixes (PEM) were the focus of a two-day meeting at ACPA headquarters in Rosemont on Feb. 27 and 28.

Members of the Transportation Pooled Fund PEM Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) discussed the need and vision for the program, the strategy, and other specifics of the program.   FHWA, state highway agencies, and industry presented perspectives and updates, with Jerry Voigt representing contractors and other ACPA members’ interests.  Group discussions and other business, including future meetings and other events of interest were also on the agenda for the second day.

One of the goals for the program is for agencies to specify and contractors to deliver durable concrete pavements every time.   The program is based on measuring and controlling the concrete mixture around engineering properties that relate to performance, according to information produced by the CP Tech Center.

CP Tech Center Names Smith as Associate Director

The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) has named Gordon Smith, P.E., as an Associate Director. 

He has been involved with the CP Tech Center since the late 1990s, and has served as a board member throughout its existence.  He also played key roles in the Center’s founding and in building its long-term partnerships with the Iowa Department of Transportation and industry.

Smith was also involved when the American Concrete Pavement Association and Portland Cement Association allied with the Center as partners in 2005. Joining the CP Tech Center as an associate director seemed like a natural next step for Smith, according to an announcement from the CP Tech Center.

“I am truly looking forward to working with their highly-regarded staff on a more formal basis, offering my knowledge of the industry and our product in the never-ending quest for excellence in the art and science of concrete pavement design, materials, construction, and performance,” Smith said.

He brings almost 45 years of experience with concrete pavements and related products to the table, including 31 years with the Iowa Concrete Paving Association (ICPA) as its president and 16 years as executive director of the Iowa Ready Mixed Concrete Association (IRMCA).

This experience will help him continue to strengthen relationships between the CP Tech Center and its partners and customers in industry and state and federal agencies across the country.

“My vast experience in concrete pavement construction and technology and demonstrated success in building and maintaining strong relationships that culminate in cooperative ventures and accomplish common objectives are the greatest assets that I can offer the CP Tech Center.”

Working alongside Steven Tritsch, P.E., the Center’s other associate director, Smith will work on initiatives related to recycling, concrete overlays, pavement preservation, and other emerging technologies.  A significant portion of his time will be dedicated to the advancement of performance engineered mixtures through a state DOT pooled fund study supported by the Federal Highway Administration.

By working with multiple departments of transportation, industry leaders, and universities including Iowa State, Oregon State, and Oklahoma State, Smith will coordinate research and promote technology transfer.

“It is no secret that Iowa has a long, established history of using concrete as a primary paving material for the construction of state and county roads, streets, airport runways, and bridges,” Smith said.

The advancement of concrete pavement technology and educational outreach to agencies and practitioners has been an integral part of Smith’s entire career with the ICPA and IRMCA, and will continue in his work at the CP Tech Center.

News from the CP Tech Center

Logo-truncated-transparentThe National Concrete Pavement Technology Center is reminding members, affiliates, and others of two important events coming up this month.  

They include the fall meeting of the National Concrete Consortium (NC2) ( August 29–September 1), and the International Society of Concrete Pavements’ Eleventh International Conference on Concrete Pavements (ICCP) in San Antonio, Texas (August 28 – September 1).  Both meetings are being held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter, 101 Bowie St., San Antonio.   

In other CP Tech Center news, several new resources are currently being developed.   They include:

• Prevention and Restoration of Early Joint Deterioration (Sponsor: Iowa Highway Research Board)
• Performance-Engineered Concrete Pavement Standard Specification (Sponsor: Federal Highway Administration (FHWA))
• Guide to Concrete Pavement Distress Assessments and Solutions (Sponsor: FHWA)
• Thin Concrete Overlays over Asphalt Selection Procedures (Sponsors: Minnesota DOT and CP Tech Center)
• 2nd Edition of the “IMCP Manual” (Sponsor: “Road Map” FHWA pooled fund with the Iowa, Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania DOT’s)
• Internal Curing Specifications (Sponsor: “Road Map” FHWA pooled fund with the Iowa, Georgia, Michigan, and Pennsylvania DOT’s)
• Full-Depth Reclamation Manual (Sponsor: Portland Cement Association)
• Recycled Concrete Aggregate Manual of Practice (Sponsor: FHWA)

Interested in subscribing directly to the newsletter?  Please contact your local ACPA Chapter/State paving association.  

 
 

News from the CP Tech Center

The Utah DOT is hosting a free, all-day “showcase” on August 9th in Salt Lake City, according to the “The National Concrete Pavement Technology Center Resources” newsletter (May edition).

The purpose of the showcase will be to introduce agency and contractor personnel to real-time smoothness (RTS) technologies for concrete pavement construction. Attendees will hear presentations, then observe RTS technologies in action at a site visit. The CP Tech Center is organizing this event as part of an FHWA/SHRP2-funded project on RTS. 

There is no registration fee for the showcase, but participants must register in advance. Click here to download an event flyer.  Click here to register or see additional information on the event web page.

ACI president Sharon Wood (L) congratulates CP Tech Center Director Peter Taylor (R).

ACI president Sharon Wood (L) congratulates CP Tech Center Director Peter Taylor (R).

In other news, CP Tech Center Director Peter Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., was named a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute at the April 2016 ACI Concrete Convention in Milwaukee. He was one of 30 people to be so recognized, according to the CP Tech Center newsletter.

Interested in subscribing directly to the newsletter?  Please contact your local ACPA Chapter/State paving association. 

 

 

CP Tech Center Names Tritsch as Associate Director

TritschSteve Tritsch, P.E. has been appointed Associate Director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center).   The appointment was effective March 1.

He assumes the role vacated by Peter Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., who became the center’s Director in April 2015. 

An Iowa native and graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in civil engineering, Tritsch has a wealth of experience in the concrete pavement industry, having served in both the public and private sectors. He has served with both the Iowa and Arizona Departments of Transportation, the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), and the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of ACPA. More recently, he served as chief engineer for American Highway Technology, Commercial Metals Company, and, most recently, JC Supply and Manufacturing.

Tritsch is a professional engineer, registered in Iowa, Arizona, Kansas, and Missouri. He serves on the ACPA Strategic Advisory Committee, and is active with the Transportation Research Board (Committees on Rigid Pavement Design and Durability of Concrete), the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute.

Wang-CPTechIn related news, the CP Tech Center has named Xuhao Wang as a research engineer.   He is a recent doctoral recipient at Iowa State University under Dr. Taylor.  He is assisting with major research projects such as performance-engineered mixtures, and also is overseeing students and lab work.

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