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ACPA to Offer Courses at WOC 2019

ACPA is offering three “industry” training courses at World of Concrete, which begins Jan. 21.  The three courses include:

  • Smooth Concrete Pavements (Course ACPAMO) –  Mon, Jan. 21 from 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Joint Design, Construction & Sealing (Course ACPAWE) – Wed, Jan. 23 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., and
  • Designing Concrete Pavements, featuring PavementDesigner.org, (Course ACPATH) – Thurs., Jan. 24, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Click here to view a PDF with the course descriptions.   To register for the courses, add them to either your new or existing World of Concrete registration. Need help?  Click here for event and training registration.

The three courses will be held in Room N221 in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In related news, today (Jan. 10) is the final day to save $25 on registrations for the world’s largest concrete and masonry trade show.  Click here to register using ACPA’s unique code.*

Some restrictions may apply. Exhibits-only rates are $25 online through January 10, 2019. On-site, the rate is $75 with printed PDF buyer’s invitation or $95 without the invitation. 

Wikipave, FHWA Courses in the News

ACPA announced the launch of two milestone programs, ACPA’s Wikipave resource and two new e-learning courses*, during World of Concrete in Las Vegas on February 4.  

FHWA-coursesShortly after the press conference, ACPA was interviewed by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) for its Associations Now blog.   Recognized as the “associations’ association,” ASAE was interested in knowing the background and expected impact of Wikipave.   Responses from ACPA’s Jerry Voigt and Bill Davenport can be viewed online at: http://associationsnow.com/2015/02/wikis-wave-future-association-thinks/

Thus far, the press releases have been published by a number of media, including:

The news was also distributed to other media throughout North America, as well as various trade associations.   Also, the response on social media, notably on Twitter, has been very positive.  

ACPA Adds New Programs to Webinar Line-up

ACPA has added additional programs to its line-up of web-based training and technology transfer programs, which includes a wide range of  topics focusing on concrete pavement design, construction, rehabilitation, and preservation.  These programs provide an excellent opportunity to revisit the basics or to learn about new and emerging technologies, all while earning valuable professional development hours.  Here’s a look at a few of the upcoming programs.

  • (Webinar) Exploring Opportunities for Pervious Concrete Pavements and Interlocking Permeable Concrete Pavements – Tuesday, October 7.  Presenters:   David Smith, Technical Director, The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and Robert Rodden, P.E., American Concrete Pavement Association.  The American Concrete Pavement Association and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute are pleased to present this two-part program that takes the mystery out of building pervious concrete pavements and permeable interlocking concrete pavement systems (PICP).  Click here for details and here to register.

  • (Webinar) Developments in Internal Curing of Concrete Pavements – Wednesday, October 15, 2014.  Presenters: Jason Weiss, Ph.D., Purdue University, and Mike Darter, Ph.D., P.E., Applied Research Associates, Inc.  Our two-part Meganar™ focuses on this the concept of internal curing of concrete pavements, and how this technology can both increase productivity on the grade and extend the service life of finished pavements.  Click here for details and here to register.
  • (MeganarTM) Advancements in Dowel Alignment & Location for Concrete Pavements – October 27, 2014. Presenters: Mark Snyder (ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter); Garry Aiken,  Kessler Soils Engineering Products, Inc.; and Craig Landefeld, Ohio DOT.  Our presentation will provide an update on the ACPA Dowel Alignment/Location Spec; non-contact measurement methods, including GPR, the MIT Scan, and ultrasound, with emphasis on the MIT scan; an overview of the MIT Scan device, as well as agency and contractors’ perspectives on this technology. Click here for details and here to register.

  • Improving Control Joint Quality with Improved Saw Cutting – Wednesday, November 5, 2014. Presenter: Scott Eilken, Owner, QUALITY SAW & SEAL, INC., Bridgeview, Ill.  This course covers the essentials of saw cutting, beginning with an overview of the reasons why we saw concrete pavements and why concrete cracks (and what to do to control cracks).    The program then covers the different types of saw-cutting machines, as well as some of their basic features and benefits.   Next, we’ll take a look at blade types and how to select the right type of blade for the job.   Click here for details and here to register.

Other web-based training events are being added to our 2014 and 2015 program, too!  Please look for email notices, as well as updates online at:  http://www.acpa.org/educationtrainingopportunities.

Webinar: What Every Agency and Contractor Should Understand About Using Concrete Overlays Successfully

Register Online!

 What Every Agency and Contractor Should Understand About Using Concrete Overlays Successfully
Based on the “Guide to Concrete Overlays,” 3rd Edition

Thursday, September 4, 2014
Noon to 2:00 p.m. (CENTRAL)  |   1 to 3:00 p.m. (EASTERN)  |  10 a.m. to Noon (PACIFIC)


  • Dale Harrington, P.E., Snyder & Associates for the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center
  • Gary Fick, P.E., Trinity Construction Management Services, Inc., for the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center

This webinar provides a thorough overview of the recently published, “Guide to Concrete Overlays,” 3rd edition.  In this webinar, we will present:

  • An overview of bonded and unbonded overlays, subset overlay types, and how and when they are used.
  • The program also will include a brief history of concrete resurfacing, as well as changes in the technology that have occurred in recent years.
  • The webinar also will feature brief discussions on evaluating pavements & selecting solutions; various concrete overlay options; overlay design considerations; materials and mixtures; work zone strategies; and construction of concrete overlays.
  • The presenters also will cover how overlays fit with pavement preservation, rehabilitation, and reconstruction strategies.
  • The program also will cover some “lessons learned” from recent overlay projects, and relate these experiences to projects you may be planning.
  • Some current resources also will be discussed, including overlay design considerations and software solutions offered by the American Concrete Pavement Association, University of Pittsburgh, etc.

Presented by the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, with support from the American Concrete Pavement Association, this program is sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration.    

This webinar is the first in a series of webinars, which after this introductory session, will continue in 2015.

Contractors, consultants, and agencies alike will all benefit from this program, which is highly recommended for construction managers, project managers, superintendents, foremen, QC/QA personnel, pavement designers, inspectors, procurement personnel, and others who have either direct or indirect responsibility for rehabilitating and preserving pavements.

PDH Credits
The American Concrete Pavement Association and CP Tech Center will award 2.0 professional development hours (PDH’s) to those who complete this live, web-based training program, as well as the optional “evidence of learning exam” following the webinar.   Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province.   The sponsors of this program strongly recommend all participants check local state/province requirements in advance of taking this course.

Registration Rates
To register online for this event, please follow this link:  http://www.acpa.org/upcoming-webinars-meganars-and-workshops/.   Please select either the “individual” or “group” registration option.

 Government Member Non Member 

Important:   Government employees must contact ACPA directly to receive the government discount.   Please contact Andy Gierltowski, ACPA (andyg@acpa.org | 847.423.8707)

ACPA Workshop Links Design with Construction

Providing practical training on concrete pavement thickness design for roadways and linking the training to current construction practices were the goals of ACPA’s recent Roadway Concrete Pavement Design Workshop.  Twenty professionals participated in the event, representing industry and owner/agencies in the United States, El Salvador, Honduras, and Lebanon.   

The group size was ideal for the hands-on training, as well as the group discussions and software demonstrations that were part of the program, said Robert Rodden, P.E., ACPA’s Senior Director of Pavement Technology.   He emphasized the interaction among the instructors and participants, noting that the program format allowed for overviews, instruction and problem solving, group discussions, demonstrations, and even an impromptu presentation of pavement examples from one of the participants.

Held at ACPA’s headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois, the workshop’s formal instructional presentations covered ACPA’s StreetPave pavement design software for streets & roads, AASHTO ’93 pavement design guide, and AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design, as well as TCPavements’ OptiPave™  short-slab design method and software program. 

  • Rodden’s multiple presentations, which began with an overview of paving design principles and practices, provided illustrated examples of key design factors in different countries.  He then stepped through design considerations, beginning from the subgrade and working up, focusing along the way on materials considerations; concrete placement through texturing; sawcutting and joint-sealing; and finally, opening to traffic. 
  • Ing. Juan Pablo Covarrubias, TCPavements, Santiago, Chile, presented details about the short-slab design and a demonstration of the OptiPave™ software program.  
  • Kelly Steeves, Leica Geosystems, addressed construction equipment innovations, beginning with a look back at early paving equipment and associated construction practices, and advancing to current and evolving construction equipment and methods. 
  • Rodden also presented information on common jointed-plain concrete pavement design methods; design principles and practices specifically related to concrete overlays; software and other digital apps available from ACPA and other organizations; and a presentation covering valuable pavement construction recommendations, tips, and techniques.

The workshop was one of the most recent education & training programs focused on quality construction … and in this case, covered the gamut from design through post-construction challenges and other considerations.


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