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You Still Have Time to Register for the Next ACPA-PCA Webinar

There’s still time to register for the next PCA-ACPA paving webinar, which is scheduled for this Friday (August 14) at Noon (Central)/ 1 p.m. (Eastern)

The program will include, “Lifecycle Cost Analysis/Asset Management with the Arkansas DOT,” which explores how keeping pace with the pulse of the DOT is leading to new opportunities. The topic will be presented by Alan Meadors, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.

The webinar also will include, “Using Cement Slurry Directly from a Ready Mix Truck.” The presentation, by Scott Hall, of Sagamore Ready Mix, will describe a dust-free process for recycling failed asphalt pavement into a new stronger cement treated base. Click here to register for the August 14th webinar.

Here’s a preview of other topics in the upcoming webinar series:

  • September 11—The webinar series continues with “Resiliency and Resilient Pavement Perspectives,” which explains how programs are meeting the demands in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Participants will hear how the pavement industry (via ACPA) is approaching this opportunity. Presenters include: Amy Wedel (Florida Chapter), Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and Jim Mack (CEMEX and past-Chairman of ACPA).
  • October 9—This webinar will cover, “Defining and Updating Specifications with the DOT.” The program will explore the working relationship with Caltrans and the formula for success. It’s part specifications, part relationships, and part tenacity. The topic will be presented by Charles Stuart, Southwest Concrete Pavement Association.

Additional topics and webinars are being added to the schedule and will be announced soon.

Don’t Miss the Next ACPA-PCA Webinars

ACPA is reminding members and chapter affiliates of the upcoming PCA-ACPA paving webinars.

The webinars take place on the second Friday of each month at 11 am (EDT) / 10 am (CDT) and feature one or two presentations. Here’s a look at the next three webinars in the series:

  • August 14—The program will include, “Lifecycle Cost Analysis/Asset Management with the Arkansas DOT,” which explores how keeping pace with the pulse of the DOT is leading to new opportunities. The topic will be presented by Alan Meadors, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.
  • September 11—The webinar series continues with “Resiliency and Resilient Pavement Perspectives,” which explains how programs are meeting the demands in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Participants will hear how the pavement industry (via ACPA) is approaching this opportunity. Presenters include: Amy Wedel (Florida Chapter), Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and Jim Mack (CEMEX and past-Chairman of ACPA).
  • October 9—This webinar will cover, “Defining and Updating Specifications with the DOT.” The program will explore the working relationship with Caltrans and the formula for success. It’s part specifications, part relationships, and part tenacity. The topic will be presented by Charles Stuart, Southwest Concrete Pavement Association.

Additional webinars are being added to the schedule and will be announced soon. Look for more details, including registration, which we’ll announce in future issues of ACPA TODAY. Please note the topics and presenters may change without notice.

PCA Postpones Promoters’ Forum

PCA has announced a decision to postpone the 2020 Promoters’ Forum, originally scheduled for next month.

Citing ongoing complications due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision was made to defer the event until 2021. Details will be announced after new dates have been set, PCA says.

The Promoters’ Forum is designed to provide anyone involved in local cement and concrete promotion a unique networking experience. The forum allows concrete industry promoters to share ideas and hear about the latest promotion techniques; support available from national associations; industry best practices; and other resources.

ACPA Announces Four PCA-ACPA Webinars

Four new presentations have been added to the line-up of PCA-ACPA paving webinars. The webinars take place on the second Friday of each month at 11 am (EDT) / 10 am (CDT) and feature one or two presentations.

  • July 10—The two-topic webinar will begin with “Advancing the Cement usage in Soil Stabilization Specifications,” a success story involving the Indiana DOT and presented by John Leckie, Indiana Chapter-ACPA. A second presentation will cover “Two-Lift Concrete Pavements.” Two-lift construction is an accepted technology in several European countries, although they are not as popular elsewhere. Presented by Dr. Mike Ayers of the ACPA-Illinois Chapter, this webinar will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of their use and practical implications during design and construction. Cost and performance data from a recent project in Belarus will be highlighted to illustrate key points. To participate in the webinar, click here. To join by phone, call 872.240.3311, then enter access code: 664-114-445
  • August 14—The program will include, “Lifecycle Cost Analysis/Asset Management with the Arkansas DOT,” which explores how keeping pace with the pulse of the DOT is leading to new opportunities. The topic will be presented by Alan Meadors, Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter.
  • September 11—The webinar series continues with “Resiliency and Resilient Pavement Perspectives,” which explains how programs are meeting the demands in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic regions of the US. Participants will hear how the pavement industry (via ACPA) is approaching this opportunity. Presenters include: Amy Wedel (Florida Chapter), Ray Seipp (Mid-Atlantic Chapter), and Jim Mack (CEMEX and past-Chairman of ACPA).
  • October 9—This webinar will cover, “Defining and Updating Specifications with the DOT.” The program will explore the working relationship with Caltrans and the formula for success.  It’s part specifications, part relationships, and part tenacity. The topic will be presented by Charles Stuart, Southwest Concrete Pavement Association.

ACPA has long partnered with PCA to co-present topics for the monthly PCA Paving Committee web/phone conference. Please note that discussion topics and presenters are subject to change as the program is further developed. Look for additional information, including registration to be announced in future issues of ACPA TODAY.

ACPA and PCA Support LCCA Amendment  

ACPA and PCA sent a letter to all House T&I Committee leaders and members last week during T&I committee markup of the INVEST in America act, expressing support for a  life-cycle cost analysis amendment introduced by Rep. Peter Stauber (R-MN).

Known as amendment number 48, the measure underscores the benefits of LCCA as a means of providing states with a greater understanding of the full cost of highway projects, while also enabling more accurate planning and improved asset management.

“The highways and bridges built today must last for generations to come,” the associations wrote. “For that to happen, the full cost of a project—taking into account its entire life cycle—must be factored into the decision-making process. While initial project costs are significant drivers of decisions, future costs are equally important to understand when making project decisions. In fact, future costs, including maintenance, can often amount to more than fifty percent of a project’s total cost.”

The Portland Cement Association and the American Concrete Pavement Association supports the view that “all possible and proper measures be taken to ensure the tax payers of this country that they are receiving full value of every highway dollar spent.” This view was expressed clearly by the American Association of State Highway Officials (AASHO), the forerunner of AASHTO, in the context of the early years of Interstate highway construction and full-value return on the investment remains a fundamental principle advocated by the cement and concrete industry to this day.

The associations continue that LCCA is a proven economic analysis technique, based on well‐founded economic principles that are taught in Economics and Civil Engineering programs at the University level throughout the United States. It is a tool for evaluating the long‐term economic efficiency between competing alternate options.

When performed thoroughly and correctly, LCCA, which has been used in highway decision-making for over half a century, will identify the best value solution with the desired performance at the lowest cost over the long-term. Click here to see the complete letter.

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Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

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