ACPA Continues PavementDesigner Outreach
- Monday, 11 March 2019 08:40
In our continuing quest to inform and educate the engineering community about PavementDesigner.org, Eric Ferrebee’s latest stop was Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, where he provided training at the 105th Purdue Road School Transportation Conference & Expo last week.
Eric followed Mike Byers of the Indiana Chapter and David Holtz of the Indiana DOT after there presentation on thin concrete overlays. Eric presented on how to use the concrete industry’s pavement thickness design platform for parking lots, streets & roads, and overlays.
ACPA Presents at Pavement Workshops
- Tuesday, 20 November 2018 21:45
In support, of the Cement Association of Canada, an ACPA affiliate, Eric Ferrebee presented at two workshops last week. The first was the 2018 Sustainable Roadways Seminar in Red Deer, AB.
The event, presented by the Cement Association of Canada, in partnership with Concrete Alberta, was focused on concrete pavement design and construction topics, and was presented to an audiencce of provincial and municipal officials, consulting engineers, and contractors.
Eric made two presentations, one on pavement design, including the cement and concrete industries’ PavementDesigner.org concrete pavement design portal, and one on concrete overlays, including ACPA’s National Concrete Overlay Explorer.
The following day, Ferrebee presented at the Industrial Concrete Pavements workshop in Edmonton, AB. He presented on Industrial Design with ACI’s 330 Guide for Industrial Paving and Flatwork (including jointing and thickness design), as well as PavementDesigner.org.
Webinar Covers Pervious Concrete Pavements
- Wednesday, 24 October 2018 09:00
The International Society of Concrete Pavements and ACPA will present a 1.5-hour webinar describing the thickness design procedures and construction process for pervious concrete pavements. The webinar will be presented tomorrow (Thur., Oct. 25) from noon to 1:30 (CDT) and 1:00 to 2:30 (EDT).
The webinar will cover design considerations and the construction process, including the importance of subgrade, drainage layer and concrete pavement construction, along with how design assumptions are transferred into real life, real time construction steps. The webinar will also cover how pervious concrete is batched, transported and placed, as well as state-of-the-art developments based on lessons learned from construction projects in the Pacific northwest.
Click here to learn more details, including discount pricing for ACPA members. The webpage also includes a registration link on ACPA’s digital bookstore.
ACPA Presents Airport Pavement Workshop
- Tuesday, 04 September 2018 04:25
ACPA last week presented it annual three-day national workshop on best ractices used in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of concrete pavements used for airport applications.
The workshop program featured technical presentations by subject matter experts with practical experience in the topic areas, including the use of the FAA’s P501 and UFGS 32 13 11 concrete pavement specifications. Leading the discussions were experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Transportation System Center, the Headquarters office of the FAA, ACPA, and companies with direct involvement in FAA and USACE projects.
About 50 people participated in the training and tech transfer event, which was held August 28 through 30 at the Marriott Mission Valley in San Diego.
PavementDesigner Paper Earn Top Honors
- Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:30
Communication and promotion of PavementDesigner.org has been in full force since its launch in January. The latest effort by ACPA staff was a paper explaining the ins and outs of the software submitted to the 13th International Symposium on Concrete Roads. As primary author, Eric Ferrebee was honored with one of two “best” paper honors during the conference held June 19 through 22. The paper was selected from over 80 submitted worldwide.
“This award is an affirmation of the investment in industry time and resources toward the simple, user friendly, web-based concrete pavement thickness design platform,” said Eric Ferrebee, ACPA Director of Technical Services. “I am proud to be getting the word out and to have been part of the team that worked so hard to launch the project and since to continue improving it.”
PavementDesigner.org was equally funded by ACPA, NRMCA, and PCA, with additional financial support from RCC Pavement Council. ACPA served as the project technical Lead, responsible for migrating existing windows-based design software applications, as well as the overall project manager, prioritizing the software developer’s tasks and managing the project budget. ACPA also performed coding of certain parts of the application and lead the beta testing phase. The project was delivered on time and within budget.
In related news, with support from PCA, ACPA has launched the latest round of social media messaging to continue to build awareness for PavementDesigner.org. The infographics are being posted on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram all week, and intermittently throughout the summer. We invite members, affiliates, and industry allies to join the discussion on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.