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Professors’ Seminar Recap

Eric Ferrebee was one of several industry experts to present at the PCA Education Foundation’s Professors’ Workshop last week in Farmington Hills, MI.  

Eric spoke for two hours last Thursday, presenting technical instruction on Joint Layout and Design and Pavement Thickness Design.  Other speakers included Wayne Adaska, PCA; Norb Delatte, Oklahoma State University; Seyedhamed Sadati, Institute for Transportation/CP Tech Center; Mike Ayers, Illinois Chapter-ACPA; and Robert Bowers, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

The Professors’ Workshop is designed for professors and other instructors in civil engineering, architecture, architectural engineering, materials science, and construction management programs.  The program provides the academic community with tools to engage students in the latest developments in concrete design, construction, and materials.

Professors’ Seminar Begins July 22

The PCA Education Foundation’s Professors’ Workshop is schedule for July 22 through 26. 

The event this year will be held at the American Concrete Institute (ACI) world headquarters in Farmington Hills, MI.  The Professors’ Workshop is designed for professors and other instructors in civil engineering, architecture, architectural engineering, materials science, and construction management programs. 

The program provides the academic community with tools to engage students in the latest developments in concrete design, construction, and materials.

Eric Ferrebee, ACPA Technical Director, will be among the prominent, nationally-known faculty and industry representatives who will present technical information, trends and other information. Eric will be teaching Joint Layout and Design and Pavement Thickness Design.  Click here to register online or to forward the registration link to a professor or instructor who could benefit from this content-rich workshop.
 

Associations to Exhibit Jointly at World of Concrete

For the first time ever, ACPA, PCA, and IGGA will exhibit jointly at World of Concrete (WOC) in Las Vegas.  

The three associations worked together to co-develop exhibit materials that were designed around concrete pavements, geotechnical markets, and pavement preservation.

The three associations encourage all members and WOC attendees to visit the combined booth, which may be found in the same Central Hall location as last year.  (The formal booth numbers are C4227/C4236/C4328.)

World of Concrete activities begin with education & training tracks on Monday, January 21.  The trade show floor opens at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22.  Exhibit floor hours are open to attendees 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tues. through Thurs. (Jan. 22 through 24), and 9:00 a.m. to Noon on Friday (Jan. 25).

 

ACPA Comments on FHWA Pavement Policy and Guidance

ACPA 2019 Chairman Jim Mack (CEMEX) and ACPA EVP Leif Wathne participated in a pavement design policy and guidance listening session at FHWA headquarters in Washington, DC, last Friday.

“The listening session was the result of many years of our industry advocating for the use of life cycle cost analysis, asset management, competition, and other considerations as important stewardship tools,” Mack says. “In addition to providing this information, we also have been sharing and using the information MIT has been developing to support our positions.”

“The concrete pavement industry believes the FHWA pavement policy, as written, is clear and states concisely what key factors need to be considered; however, we do not believe the policy is being clearly and uniformly interpreted and communicated by FHWA division offices and agencies,” Wathne says.

In addition to addressing the pavement policy, the listening session was an opportunity for the concrete pavement industry to submit comments regarding both the policy’s non-regulatory supplement on Pavement Design Considerations and the supporting Technical Advisory T5040.39 on Alternate Design/Alternate Bid.  “The supplement needs to be sorely updated,” Wathne says, noting, “The technical advisory on alternate design/alternate bidding is very well written and provides sound guidance that is consistent with good stewardship principles.”

ACPA was one of several transportation-construction industry groups invited to participate in the session. One of the other groups involved, NRMCA, also provided comments.  Wathne said the views expressed by Brian Killingsworth of NRMCA were complementary and supportive of ACPA’s views, indicating continued strong alignment between the associations’ priorities in this area.  

The listening session Friday is one of several planned for highway stakeholders to present views. The Friday session focused on industry opinions centered on: what’s working with the current policy and technical guidance; what’s not working; what’s needed to address challenges/concerns; what’s missing or needs to be updated; and what else does the FHWA need to be aware of or add to pavement design issues.

As a follow-up to the listening session, ACPA plans to submit formal written comments detailing the concrete pavement industry’s views on these matters.  

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ACPA Presents at Professors’ Workshop

ACPA is once again supporting the PCA Education Foundation’s Professors’ Workshop with presentations during the five-day event scheduled for July 23 through 27 at the PCA campus in Skokie, Ill.

Eric Ferrebee will be presenting an overview of concrete pavements in addition to concrete pavement design, including a discussion on PavementDesigner.org, the concrete pavement thickness design platform co-developed by ACPA, PCA, and NRMCA, with support from the RCC Pavement Council.  Regarding PavementDesigner, this workshop is the latest in a series of more than two dozen seminars, workshops, and webinars that have provided solid training on the platform for more than 1,800 professionals.

Eric’s presentations at the Professors’ Workshop are part of a three-day pavement track that begins today (July 25) and runs through Friday.  The track is part of the full, five-day course, “Teaching Concrete Materials, Pavements, and Structures (Buildings & Bridges),” which is geared toward university faculty in engineering, architecture, and construction management programs, and is designed to provide tools and resources to teach the latest developments in concrete design, construction, and materials. The week-long event also includes networking opportunities to exchange ideas with professors from many universities.

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