The Florida Chapter of ACPA (Florida Concrete and Products Association) along with the Florida Department of Transportation hosted its inaugural PaveWise 2020 Concrete Conference.

A brief video kicked off the program and provided participants with an informative and inspiring message about the features and benefits of concrete pavements.

The two-day virtual conference consisted of five ‘hot button’ sessions for the local industry, including the state of the market in Florida, tools and resources, best practices, the future of freight transportation, and a local roads roundtable. Local, state, and national experts helped paint an optimistic future for concrete pavements in Florida, while also highlighting some impressive recent project examples from the past year.

Jerry Voigt and Eric Ferrebee participated in the conference, helping provide the broad, national perspective of the concrete paving industry. Jerry presented a national update on ACPA and the state of the concrete pavement market around the country in the opening session. Others presenting in the session were Matt Sitter, FC&PA President, Kevin Thibault, Florida DOT (FDOT) Secretary, and Tim Lattner, Director–Office of Design for FDOT.

Commenting on highlights of the virtual workshop, Matt says, “We are happy to be working with FDOT to publish a ‘Florida Streets and Local Road Manual,’ which was presented on Thursday by Roger Schmitt of FCPA and Greg Davis of FDOT.”

Eric gave an update on PavementDesigner, and also presented best practices for designing concrete pavements. ACPA members Jim Mack of CEMEX , Monica Manolas of Ash Grove South, and Sam Joiner of Ajax Paving also participated in the event. ACPA technology partners IGGA and the CP Tech Center were represented by John Roberts and Gordon Smith.

“Amy Wedel moderated a session exploring Florida’s growth and freight demands,” Matt says, adding, “Florida is a leader in autonomous and connected vehicles. Tyler Ley presented a vision of how autonomous truck lanes could make Florida’s roads safer, more efficient, and last longer.

The 2020 PaveWise Concrete Conference turned out to be a great success, even with the challenge of moving to an online format. The conference drew more than 200 attendees for each of the sessions. The Florida Chapter is excited to continue the success of pavement promotion and has already set the date of the second PaveWise Concrete Conference for 2021.


Illustration shows the “Pavewise 2020” conference logo against one of many features of concrete pavement captured in a video used to kick-off the event.