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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.

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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.
   

 

PavementDesigner Paper Earn Top Honors

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.

 

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