Larry Scofield and Eric Ferrebee in Louisiana

ACPA’s Director of Pavement Innovation, Larry Scofield, P.E. and the Senior Director of Technical Services, Eric Ferrebee, P.E. recently led a lunch and learn session for the Louisiana Concrete Association (LCA), the Louisiana Chapter of ACPA. The event, held in Scott, Louisiana, attracted approximately 25 attendees including contractors, city engineers and materials professionals. Ferrebee covered Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements, while Scofield addressed Smoothness Specifications and Diamond Grinding of Concrete Pavements. Special thanks to LCA’s Michael Demouy and Mitch Wyble for their hospitality as hosts.

ACPA Technology Tuesday:Guide for Reducing the Cradle-to-Gate Embodied Carbon Emissions of Paving Concrete
This webinar will highlight a newly published Guide by the CP Tech Center titled “Guide for Reducing the Cradle-to-Gate Embodied Carbon Emissions of Paving Concrete.”  Speakers Robert Spragg of the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) and Tom Van Dam, Principal at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) will detail approaches to reducing the upfront embodied carbon emissions of concrete used for paving applications, which represents one component of the overall greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with a pavement over its lifecycle. The guide presents four main strategies that can be utilized to create measurable reductions in the cradle-to-gate embodied carbon emissions of paving concrete. Register for Technology Tuesday here.

Note:  If this webinar seems similar to last November’s Tech Tuesday webinar, it is! The November webinar was a preview of the Reduced Carbon Guide. Now that the Guide has been published, this month’s webinar will provide a detailed overview of the strategies provided in the Guide.

Early Bird Registration for ICCP Conference Ends 3/31

Early bird registration for The International Society of Concrete Pavements (ISCP) 13th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (ICCP) ends this Sunday, March 31. ACPA is a gold sponsor for this year’s event, which will be held August 25-29 at The Depot in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

This year’s theme is “Innovative Paths Toward Lower Carbon in Concrete Pavements.” Industry professionals will attend from all over the world to present their research, exchange ideas and network to promote the latest in the field. The conference will also include 10 practical workshops, numerous exhibitors and several local technical tours including the famous MnROAD Pavement Test Track. The Fall 2024 meeting of the National Concrete Consortium (NC²) will also be held in conjunction with the ICCP Conference.

Register here and click the following links to view sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. For specific questions on sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please contact the Sponsorship Co-Chairs at conference.sponsorships@concretepavements.org.

Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnership Conference

Nick Davis, P.E., Director of the Concrete Pavement Preservation Partnership for ACPA and Director of Technical Services for IGGA, attended the Southeast Pavement preservation partnership conference. The goal of the conference was to discuss the pavement preservation needs of each DOT, presented by their own maintenance and system management groups. The conference hosted more than 100 attendees including DOT reps and materials and equipment suppliers. Nick had the opportunity to present on diamond grinding, the financial benefits of smooth long-life pavements and use-phase carbon savings associated with them.

ACPA’S Gary Mitchell Presents at Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority

Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Chief Engineer, recently made a presentation to the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority (NFTA) about pavements and pervious pavements. The timing was perfect as his presentation was the same day as the announcement of $102 million in federal funding for a Rapid Bus Transit line from NFTA. The lunch training session was attended by NFTA staff and included a review of the sustainability of concrete pavement, dedicated concrete bus lanes, soil cement applications and the advantages of concrete airfield pavements.

RT&I Webinar on Moisture Devices and the Phoenix W/C

ACPA, in conjunction with Research, Technology and Innovation (RT&I), is hosting an upcoming webinar on Tuesday, April 23, from 11 a.m. to noon CDT. The webinar will feature : Dr. Peter Taylor P.E., the Director of the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, who will present on “Devices Available to Assess the Moisture Content of Aggregates” and Dr. Tyler Ley Ph.D, P.E. of Oklahoma State University who will discuss the “Phoenix W/C Test Device.”

This session will explore the benefits, challenges and applications of aggregate moisture sensors in controlling water content in concrete batch plants. Additionally, attendees will learn about the innovative Phoenix device, which provides a direct method to measure water/cement ratio within 15 minutes, both in the field and lab settings. Add to your calendar and register here.

RT&I Webinar on REBEL™ Concrete Strength Sensing System

In addition to the Moisture Devices and the Phoenix W/C presentation, an additional webinar featuring Dr. Luna Lu, Associate Dean of Faculty, Purdue Engineering and founder and CEO of WaveLogix Inc. is scheduled for May 29th from 11 a.m. to noon CDT. Dr. Lu will present on the REBEL™ Concrete Strength Sensing System. This innovative technology allows for the direct measurement of in-place concrete strength in real-time, eliminating the need for destructive testing or maturity curve development. Register here for this insightful discussion on advancing concrete testing methods.