Continuing our efforts to provide training on concrete pavement design and build awareness of design resources, Eric Ferrebee delivered a technical presentation on cement-based pavement design tools and methods at the ACI Concrete Convention and Exposition in Cincinnati this week. The presentation was part of a track called “Design and Construction of Concrete Streets and Local Roads.” Eric covered various ACI design guides and then explained that PavementDesigner.org is the basis for much of the structural design.
Other presenters for the session were Brian Killingsworth, NRMCA, who spoke about soils and substructure design. Amanda Hult, also of NRMCA, covered construction and jointing. Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center (an ACPA technology partner) presented on concrete overlays.
The dates of the ACI event are Oct. 20 through 24. The purpose of the annual convention is to provide a forum for networking and education, as well as an opportunity discuss the concrete industry’s codes, specifications, and guides.
ACPA Spotlights Latest Design Technology
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 09:37
ACPA was front and center at this year’s Southeastern States Pavement Conference with Eric Ferrebee presenting, “Modern Methods for Concrete Pavement Design.” Focusing on the use of PavementDesigner.org and AASHTOWare’s Pavement ME design program, he also reiterated the importance of migrating away from the AASHTO 93 pavement design system.
Hosted by the Southeastern States Pavement Association, the three-day conference began with transportation asset management plan and pavement & bridge performance (TAMP/PM2) discussions and business meetings, and panel discussions. Technical tracks covering pavement management and pavement design presentations followed on the second day, and Eric participated in a program that included presentations by Prashat Ram of APTech*, and Cameron Murray of the University of Arkansas.
The annual event brings together pavement engineers from the southeastern region of the country to discuss pavement management, TAMP/PM2 rules, and pavement design-related issues. Led by state highway officials, the organization counts as its voting members the state transportation agencies of Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
* ACPA Member
ACPA Debuts PavementDesigner.org Video
Wednesday, 09 October 2019 12:20
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.”
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.
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.
PavementDesigner.org Earns Top Recognition
Thursday, 03 January 2019 11:08
PavementDesigner.org, the cement and concrete industries’ concrete pavement thickness design platform was included in EQUIPMENT WORLD magazine’s editors’ list of top roadbuilding products in 2018. It is the only software solution to make the list in 2018, as all other products on the list are machines and equipment used in highway construction.
PavementDesigner was codeveloped by ACPA, PCA, the RMC Research & Education Foundation (NRMCA), with support from the RCC Pavement Council.
A long list of ACPA members, industry allies, affiliates, and tech partners were involved in the development and rollout of PavementDesigner.org in 2018. From ACPA, Eric Ferrebee served as the primary technical and training contact, while Andy Gieraltowski worked as project manager. Both worked closely with the development team, from concept through project delivery, which began fomally in January 2018.