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Reaching the Right People in Arkansas

What happens when you host a workshop and 18 people show up? In Arkansas, we call it a success, because as AR Promotional Director Alan Meadors says, “These are the only people who design pavements for the State of Arkansas’ projects.”

Representing the ARDOT Roadway Design Division, the Asset Management Section, and the on-call engineering consultants, the attendees participated in a hands-on workshop last week that covered AASHTOWare’s Pavement M-E software and also touched on PavementDesigner, the concrete & cement industry’s multi-program pavement thickness design platform.

Alan adds that the small group size allowed for plenty of discussion about the concrete pavement design and the use of the new generation digital tools. Like a lot of state highway departments, ARDOT uses AASHTO 93, so this first-ever workshop gave the design professionals an opportunity to see example problems and to try the design tools firsthand.

Eric Ferrebee led the training on PavementDesigner for a group representing municipalities and counties, as well as the M-E design for the ARDOT group. Alan and Brent Burwell facilitated question and discussions, some of which focused on key differences among the design resources.

“Eric showed what PavementDesigner does, and the reason why, although it’s AASHTO 93 based, it has many more features,” Alan says, adding that Eric also set the stage for discussions about Pavement M-E and why it’s better than AASHTO 93.”

“He used example problems, including a major project that resulted in 11-in. thickness designs with ’93,” Alan says, adding that the same design when run through PavementDesigner and ME were 8-1/2 in. and 9 in. respectively. Alan explains the takeaway was, “AASHTO ’93 is too conservative, and we could have been more competitive with M-E.”

He initially proposed the training to ARDOT after seeing a write-up in ACPA’s CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS about a similar workshop in Florida.

Photo: With computers at the ready and Eric Ferrebee presenting, ARDOT officials participate in a workshop covering AASHTOWare’s Pavement M-E pavement thickness design software. (Photo courtesy of Alan Meadors, OK/ARK Chapter.) 

ACPA Presents Pavement Design Training

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

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

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.

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

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.  


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