Spotlight on the New York Chapter Annual Conference
In this week’s continuing coverage of “Gold Standard” Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the 2019 New York State Chapter (ACPA-NYS) Annual Membership Meeting and Technical Conference, held at The Desmond Hotel and Conference Center, in Albany, NY.
The conference was designed to inform participants of new technologies and developments in the concrete paving industry, as well as to provide an opportunity to network with the leading professionals. The two-day event began with the Chapter’s Board of Directors and membership meetings, followed by an evening reception for members, government contacts, exhibitors and other guests. The second day of the event included a technical program and exhibits, followed by closing remarks.
“Leif Wathne gave a typically lively talk on competition and Vision2040, which really got the group involved and set the tone for the conference,” says Bill Cuerdon, Executive Director of the New York Chapter.
“Our focal points were concrete overlays and performance engineered mixes,” Bill says, adding, “Julie Vandenbossche updated her work at the University of Pittsburgh on bonded concrete overlays of asphalt and unbonded concrete overlays. This was an important presentation, because I often mention her work in discussions with owner-agencies.” Bill followed the presentation with a talk on construction and performance of bonded concrete on both overlay types in New York.
“Gordon Smith gave a talk on performance engineered mixtures (PEM) from the CPTech Center’s perspective,” he says, adding, “Don Streeter, New York State DOT (NYSDOT) then gave a talk on their foray into PEM. The four presentations dovetailed very nicely.
The workshop was a national and local effort, he says, adding that Tom Kane, NYSDOT, updated the audience on new NYSDOT specifications on PCC pavement construction, diamond grinding, and ride quality. Dan Moellman from The Fort Miller Group and Tom Montalbine from Roman Stone also delivered a presentation on the National Precast Concrete Association’s new Manual for Jointed Precast Concrete Pavement, he says. “We’ve been at the forefront of this technology in New York, so coupled with the timing of the manual’s issuance, and it became a logical topic for our conference.”
One very important aspect of this workshop that added to the success is that Bill has worked diligently to qualify the Chapter as a New York State Education Department-approved issuer of Professional Development Hours or PDHs. (Unlike many states that allow self-reporting, New York has a stringent professional licensing program, which requires approval of organizations and programs that offer PDHs.)
Last, but not least, Bill extended thanks and appreciation to Sherry Braafhart for helping make the conference a success, as well as sponsors and exhibitors, whose contributions made the meeting and conference possible.