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.
For more information, about the recognition of PavementDesigner, please see details on page 44 of the December issue of EQUIPMENT WORLD: https://dmtmag.uberflip.com/i/1059128-december-2018/43?m4=.
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.
Kansas Seminar Covers Concrete Essentials
- Tuesday, 13 November 2018 08:45
The 21st Annual Concrete Pavement Parking Lot & Flatwork Seminar held earlier this month covered some important and timely technical and business issues. Co-sponsored by the Missouri/Kansas Chapter and The Concrete Promotional Group of Kansas City, the seminar included two project overviews, a concrete paving “crash course,” ADA compliance considerations, and several technical presentations.
Moderated by Doug Burns of Ash Grove Cement, the event included technical presentations on concrete pavement jointing by Todd LaTorella of the Missouri/Chapter, as well as PavementDesigner.org design runs by Eric Ferrebee of ACPA National.
Ferrebee’s presentation is one of the latest in ACPA’s ongoing efforts to provide hands-on training and instruction. To date, he has provided this training to more than 2,000 industry and agency personnel.
ACPA Participates in ACI Committee Meetings
- Tuesday, 30 October 2018 07:28
Eric Ferrebee represented ACPA last week at the ACI 325 and 330 committee meetings last week.
ACI 325 is the committee on Concrete Pavements, which also includes the Pavement Design subcommittee, which is working on a new design guide based on PavementDesigner.org, the pavement design portal co-developed by ACPA, the RMC Research & Education Foundation, and PCA. Brian Killingsworth of NRMCA represented the cement and concrete industries at the meeting. Other subcommittees included Overlays and Accelerated Paving.
Eric also participated in the meeting of the ACI 327 committee on RCC Pavements, which is developing a draft Guide to RCC Design and Construction. He also reported that the ACI 330 Concrete Parking Lots and Site Paving Subcommittee is updating their guide to parking facilities, for which he previously developed and furnished design runs using PavementDesigner.
Also last week, Eric was at the Nevada Infrastructure Concrete Conference (NICC 2018). He presented comprehensive presentations on PavementDesigner at both events, reaching another 200+ potential users of the pavement design portal.
Photo courtesy of Roger Smith with the California Pavement Preservation Center at Cal State University, Chico.
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.