FHWA Roundabouts Workshop

ACPA’s Senior Director of Technical Services Eric Ferrebee participated in FHWA’s Pavements for Roundabout Intersections Workshop last week in Rosemont, IL. Ferrebee presented on Design and Construction of Concrete Roundabouts. View the full list of presentations here.

 

Virginia Concrete Conference

ACPA Engineering Services Consultant Tim Martin attended the Southeast Cement Promotion Association’s Virginia Concrete Conference in Richmond, VA. The theme of the conference was “Count on Concrete for Life,” a theme  Martin also shared in his presentation “Long-Life Pavements Across America”  during the pavement breakout session. The conference also featured speakers from IGGA, MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Hub, Virginia DOT, Virginia Transportation Research Council, and the Virginia Division of FHWA.

View the full agenda here.

 

Oklahoma/Arkansas Workshop

The ACPA Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter held their spring meeting on March 20th and 21st in Oklahoma City, OK. ACPA President & CEO Laura O’Neill Kaumo addressed  attendees, providing comments on the concrete industry from a national perspective. ACPA’s Senior Director of Technical Services Eric Ferrebee presented on PavementME thickness and Design as well as on Sustainable & Resilient Concrete Pavements. Other presentations included updates on e-ticketing and updates from FHWA and the CP Tech Center.

The full agenda can be viewed here.

 

FAA REDAC Spring Meeting

Gary Mitchell, ACPA’s Chief of Engineering and Construction, and Jim Mack, CEMEX Director of Market Development, attended the FAA Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee (REDAC), Airport Subcommittee spring meeting at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. The FAA Test Center provides research to support changes and/or updates to the FAA Advisory Circulars, and REDAC provides input into the current FAA research program and makes recommendations for future research needs. Topics of discussion ranged from small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) or “drone” operations in commercial airspace, the future of vertiports for air taxi, to researching design and construction of low carbon, resilient, and sustainable pavements. As members of the REDAC, Mitchell and Mack represented the cement and concrete interest in airfield pavements, and provided an update on the ACTP research program that is run by the CP Tech Center at Iowa State University.

Mitchell and Mack also toured the testing facility. The machine pictured operates on train rails and is capable of delivering any aircraft gear configuration and weight to over one million pounds. The more-than-a-quarter-mile-long building has various pavement sections that are full-scale load tested to failure.