2024 Oklahoma Concrete Pavement Conference

ACPA’s President & CEO Laura O’Neill Kaumo was in Oklahoma City this week for the 2024 Oklahoma Concrete Pavement Conference, sponsored by the Oklahoma/Arkansas ACPA Chapter. O’Neill Kaumo provided a national perspective to concrete pavement industry trends including an overview of the effectiveness of the IIJA/IRA, August Redistribution and the upcoming TCC Fly In. Read the full agenda here.

ACPA Delivers Workshop in Memphis, TN

ACPA’s Chief Engineer Gary Mitchell, P.E. delivered a “Best Practices in Airfield Pavement Construction” workshop to the Program Management Team for the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority (MSCAA) and other southeast region airports. Memphis International Airport, the second busiest cargo airport in the world and home to FedEx, has numerous concrete airfield taxiways planned for this construction season along with the completion of a state-of-the-art dedicated aircraft Central Deicing Facility and aircraft apron projects. The workshop was delivered at the MSCAA’s request for the program management team’s inspectors and testing firm personnel led by the Parsons Corporation, whose concrete pavement inspectors from Tennessee and North Carolina also attended the workshop.

 ACPA Participates in the REDAC Meeting

ACPA’s Chief Engineer Gary Mitchell, P.E. and former ACPA Chairman Jim Mack of Cemex represented the concrete pavement industry last week as participants in the 2024 Spring Research, Engineering and Development Advisory (REDAC) Airport Subcommittee meeting. Mitchell, who serves as the Industry Liaison for the ACPTP program, also provided an update to the Subcommittee on the ACPTP current research projects. The Subcommittee provides advice and recommendations to the FAA on its airport technology research and development program conducted at the William J. Hughes Technical Center in Egg Harbor Township, NJ (i.e., FAA Test Center). The advice and recommendations provided by the Subcommittee address both near- and mid-term research priorities. The committee also identifies areas for new research, explores areas to increase, decrease or cancel investment, and areas where leveraging or partnerships are possible. The FAA Test Center also manages the Airport Concrete Pavement Technology Program (ACPTP) Industry research funding delivered through a cooperative agreement between the FAA and CP Tech Center.

Concrete Placement Demonstration for Airfield Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM)

Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Chief Engineer and Industry Liaison for the Airport Concrete Pavement Technology Program (ACPTP), and Dr. Peter Taylor, Program Manager for the CP Tech Center, attended a PEM concrete pavement placement demonstration last week at Oklahoma State University. Dr. Tyler Ley, Principal Investigator for the ACPTP PEM project, provided a discussion to several stakeholders to include staff from the Corps of Engineers Transportation System Center on airfield PEM and how the research is identifying differences between highway and airfield concrete pavement construction. After the discussion, the group attended a field demonstration of new proposed testing and how it relates to expected results for slip-form paving. ACPA member Duit Construction provided the central batch plant to produce the concrete and slip-form paver for concrete placement, along with paving crews for the demonstration project.

Scofield and Ferrebee at Colorado/Wyoming ACPA’s Workshop

More than 300 attendees gathered last week for the Colorado/Wyoming ACPA workshop. Pavement Innovation Engineer for ACPA and IGGA, Larry Scofield, P.E. spoke about Grinding and Regrooving Airfield Pavements, while Senior Director of Technical Services for ACPA Eric Ferrebee, P.E. presented on Components of a Life-cycle assessment (LCA) for Pavements and the Need for Competition in a Sustainability Focused World. The agenda can be viewed here.

Scofield and Ferrebee at North Dakota Concrete Council (aka North Dakota Chapter of ACPA) Spring Seminar

Also held last week was a half-day seminar hosted by the North Dakota Concrete Council, which preceded the North Dakota DOT Transportation Conference Seminar. The event featured presentations from industry experts, discussions on best practices, innovations in concrete pavement technology, and networking opportunities for professionals in the field. Larry Scofield, P.E., presented on Joint Sealing and Bridge Deck Grinding, while Eric Ferrebee, P.E., spoke on Concrete Pavement Preservation and Repair. The agenda for the North Dakota Concrete Council can be read here.

 

ACPA is a Gold Sponsor for the ICCP Conference

ACPA will serve as a gold sponsor for the  13th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (ICCP), to be held August 25-29 at the Depot in Minneapolis. This year’s theme is Innovative Paths Toward Lower Carbon in Concrete Pavements. The Fall 2024 meeting of the National Concrete Consortium (NC²) also will be held in conjunction with the gathering in Minneapolis.
 

 

Organizers expect close to 100 technical paper presentations from researchers and practitioners as well as participation from 25+ countries across the globe. The conference will also include 10 practical workshops, numerous exhibitors, and several local technical tours, including the famous MnROAD Pavement Test Track. Registration is now open with early bird rates ending March 31, 2024.