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SPS Resource Center: Worth a Look

What started as a web page to inform the concrete pavement community about a series of tech transfer events held earlier this year has evolved to a comprehensive resource center, thanks to the efforts of Larry Scofield, ACPA Chapter Executives, subject matter experts, and ACPA staff.

The resource center documents concrete pavement sections in six states that are part of the Long-Term Pavement Performance (LTPP) Strategic Study of Structural Factors for Rigid Pavements, also known as the SPS-2 study.

One of the highlights of the page is a link that allows visitors to take a virtual tour of SPS-2 sections in Kansas, thanks to the efforts of Rick Miller of the Kansas DOT.  The video player has some robust features that allow a thorough study (and data capture) of the Kansas SPS-2 sites.

The resource center also includes overview information and links to background information about the SPS-2 study; links to presentations about the pavements featured in the SPS-2 Tech Day programs; and field layouts for each of the showcased sections.  Larry reports the sections range in age from 18 to 26 years old, and adds that plans are in the works to pursue a seventh SPS-2 site soon.  Click here to see the SPS-2 Resource Center!

Kansas Hosts Successful Tech Transfer Event

The Annual KDOT/Industry Technology Transfer Event held in Abilene, KS, last week was a big success, says Todd LaTorella, Missouri/Kansas Chapter Executive. 

The event drew 40 officials from KDOT, FHWA, Kansas State University, City of Salina, and industry.  The group reviewed the performance of the SPS-2 concrete pavement test sections along a 2.5 mile stretch along I-70.

The purpose of the event was to evaluate the performance of the 13 individual test sections and the different design variables being showcased (PCCP thickness, PCCP strength, Base Type & Drainage Condition, & Edge Support Condition).

Presentations and discussion followed the next morning regarding the next phase of the pooled fund study, which will look at preservation strategy performance/life. The event also included a reception/dinner at Mr. K’s Farmhouse in Abilene. 

 

 

Last Call: Reserve a Spot at the North Dakota SPS Tour

The sixth in a series of six SPS-2 Preservation Tech Day Events is approaching quickly. If you’re interested in reserving a spot at one or both events planned for Oct. 16 and 17 in Bismarck and Fargo, ND, please finalize your plans as soon as possible.  To register for the event, please contact Art Thompson (Art.NDConcrete@gmail.com | 701.371.4497‎).

North Dakota Concrete Council Executive Director Art Thompson has been working closely with Larry Scofield to set up the two-day event. Participants will gain valuable insights into long-lasting pavements and will have the opportunity to see a presentation on the SPS-2 test sections and their performance to date; an update on current concrete preservation strategies; and a discussion of the national pooled fund experiment to “piggy back” onto the existing SPS-2 experiment.  Afterward, participants will have the opportunity to visit test sections. 

The original SPS-2 experiment was established to evaluate five design features: thickness, flexural strength, travel lane width, base type, and drainage. Click here to see details and registration information for the North Dakota events, as well as information from events held earlier this year. 

Make Plans to Attend North Dakota SPS Tour

The sixth in a series of six SPS-2 Preservation Tech Day Events is scheduled for Oct. 16 and 17 in Bismark and Fargo, ND.  North Dakota Concrete Council Executive Director Art Thompson has been working closely with Larry Scofield to set up the two-day event. 

Participants gain valuable insights into long-lasting pavements, and have the opportunity to see a presentation on the SPS-2 test sections and their performance to date; an update on current concrete preservation strategies; and a discussion of the national pooled fund experiment to “piggy back” onto the existing SPS-2 experiment.  Afterward, participants will have the opportunity to visit test sections. 

The original SPS-2 experiment was established to evaluate five design features: thickness, flexural strength, travel lane width, base type, and drainage. 

Click here to see details and registration information for the upcoming events, as well as information from events held earlier this year. Finally, to register for the event, please contact Art Thompson (Art.NDConcrete@gmail.com | 701.371.4497‎).

Attend the SPS Tours in Kansas, North Dakota

The fifth and sixth SPS-2 Preservation Tech Day Events are planned for Oct. 2 and 3 in Abilene, KS, and Oct. 16 and 17 in Bismark and Fargo, ND.  Chapter Executives Todd LaTorella (MO/KS) and Art Thompson (ND) have been working closely with Larry Scofield to set up the events. 

At each event, participants gain valuable insights into long-lasting pavements, and have the opportunity to see a presentation on the SPS-2 test sections and their performance to date; an update on current concrete preservation strategies; and a discussion of the national pooled fund experiment to “piggy back” onto the existing SPS-2 experiment.  Afterward, participants then visit the 18 to 26 year old test sections. 

The original SPS-2 experiment was established to evaluate five design features: thickness, flexural strength, travel lane width, base type, and drainage. 

Click here to see details and registration information for the upcoming events, as well as information from events held earlier this year. Finally, to register for the upcoming events, please contact Cindy Allen for the MO/KS event (Cindy@moksacpa.com or 913-381-2251) or Art Thompson for the event in ND (Art.NDConcrete@gmail.com | 701.371.4497‎).

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