ON THE GRADE
 
.. Volume 9, Number 16  
September 28, 2009
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ACPA Executive Committee Discusses Budget, Other Issues
Meeting Aims for Faster Projects, Fewer Traffic Disruptions
ACPA Calls for Task Force Volunteers
ACPA Announces Annual Meeting Sponsorship Details
Paving Field Reference Development Nears Completion
ACPA Provides Technical Guidance on Aggregate Testing for Airport Projects
Industry Committee Addresses Seal/No Seal Issue
Precast Demonstration Project Update
ACPA Discusses Overlays at Educational Conference
ACPA Webinar Covers Concrete Pavement Overlays
Conference to Feature Sustainable Technologies for Concrete Pavements
New Director Named to Volpe Center
Illinois Open House to Feature Concrete Overlays
World of Concrete Registration Opens
Golfers Unite for GOMACO Invitational
Multiquip Announces Changes to Address Global Marketplace Needs
Public Officials Come for the Football, Stay for Concrete Pavements
TRB Opens Registration for Annual Meeting


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Upcoming Events

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ACPA Executive Committee Discusses Budget, Other Issues
 
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ACPA's Executive Committee met last week to discuss several key topics, including:

Association measurement ... completed a 3/4 fiscal year review based on revised measurement tools, including a "dashboard" (a quick snapshot of ACPA's progress against goals).

Cement Company Dues ... approved the proposed dues structure for advancement to the ACPA Board of Directors.

 


Contractor Dues ... approved adding pre-cast concrete paving and roller-compacted concrete paving and shoulders as dues-billable items. The revisions will be advanced to the Board for consideration.

2010 Budget
... options were discussed to reduce the Association's deficit. No final plans were agreed upon.

The next ACPA Board of Directors (and Annual Membership Meeting) is scheduled for December 3, from 9:30 a.m. (EDT) to noon. For additional information, contact ACPA’s Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., at 847.966.2272.

 

A view through the dashboard

Graphics (right) depict two snapshot views of ACPA's work plan progress. These represent a recently developed way of reporting defined metrics and specific Association activities.

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Meeting Aims for Faster Projects, Fewer Traffic Disruptions
 
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Editor's note: This is a follow-up to the meeting reported in the Sept. 11. 2009 issue of ACPA On the Grade. Click here to review the story.

With the goals of faster project delivery, reduced impact of construction on the traveling public, and improvement in project quality, the Federal Highway Administration this week

 

 

held its "Stakeholder Meeting on Improving the Delivery of Highway Paving Projects."

ACPA's Jerry Voigt, P.E., President & CEO, and Leif Wathne, Vice President of Highways and Federal Affairs, were there to discuss survey results that reflected ACPA contractors' views, as well as the Association's specific perspectives on key discussion topics.

"We proposed a number of ideas, including moving toward end-result specifications so agencies don't have to be present at every step of construction," Voigt said, adding, "We also discussed the benefits of allowing greater competition and putting incentives in place for innovation."

Other ideas included creating a framework for increased efficiencies to redefine how projects come together, the use of high priority technology (such as automating plants and the using intelligent construction techniques); and increased use of modular construction techniques (such as precast panels for pavement rehabilitation). The discussion was led by Peter J. Stephanos, P.E., Director of the FHWA's Office of Pavement Technology, and facilitated by Fuller Jones & Associates, Inc.

In addition to ACPA, other groups participating were the National Concrete Pavement Technology Center, National Center for Asphalt Technology, National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, and the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute. A number of industry representatives also were present, as were state Departments of Transportation personnel from the region.

As a next step, Voigt said, the participants were asked to have similar discussions within their organizations. FHWA also will review the key discussion points and perhaps incorporate them into technology transfer initiatives or future policies.

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ACPA Calls for Task Force Volunteers
 
         
 
Group to Guide Survey of Relative Costs of Concrete Pavement Features
 
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ACPA is forming a new task force that will lead an effort to create and conduct an industry-wide survey on the relative costs of various concrete pavement features. 

The survey will be concerned only with new construction. A second group will be formed later to guide a similar effort on pavement rehabilitation, and possibly a third group will cover overlays.

As currently planned, the main survey would go to general paving contractors and would ask them to develop costs for different scenarios.

 


Each contractor would then anonymously submit the costs for each of the features described in the survey.  A second tier of survey would be to the materials suppliers, who would be asked to develop costs for the items described in the survey.

If you are interested in participating in the task force, or for more information about the task force or the project, contact Robert Rodden, ACPA's Director of Technical Service and Product Development at 847.972.9808.

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ACPA Announces Annual Meeting Sponsorship Details
 
         
 
ACPA Annual Meeting to Feature Poster Session
 
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ACPA has announced details of the 2009 sponsorship program for the 46 Annual Meeting, scheduled for November 30 through December 2 in Orlando, Fla.

Full event Sponsorship ... Members may select from Platinum or Gold levels and receive recognition throughout the entire annual meeting. Platinum and gold level sponsors receive printed, online, and video/signage recognition.

Concrete Pavement Poster Ads ... Increase your company’s visibility, show off your latest capabilities, or highlight your newest products and services with annual meeting poster ads.

These 24 in. x 36 in. posters will be produced on high-quality laminated Fome-Cor board to create a durable, attention-grabbing poster. ACPA members may submit their own artwork or work with ACCPA staff for a design. To see a couple of examples of what the posters may look like, please see the illustration (left) or click here.

Posters will be placed in highly visible areas outside the Concrete Pavement University track session meeting rooms and/or break areas.

 
Poster session ... Photo depicts an example of the posters that will appear at the ACPA annual meeting. (Photo: ACPA staff.)   Golf Sponsorships (Contractors only) ... Available to contractor members only, hole sponsorships are a great way to prominently display your company’s logo during Wednesday’s golf outing.


Click here to read more about the sponsorship program or here to see a downloadable (PDF) sponsorship pledge form, which includes a complete listing of sponsorship options, benefits, and rates.

In related news, ACPA has posted details about the 46th Annual Meeting, which may be found here or accessed from the ACPA website at www.acpa.org.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Bill Davenport, ACPA's Vice President of Communications at 847.972.9810. For general questions about the ACPA annual meeting, please contact Jerry Voigt, P.E., President & CEO, at 847.966.2272.

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Paving Field Reference Development Nears Completion
 
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Moving forward with its series of Concrete Pavement Field References, ACPA has sent its "Paving Field Reference" (EB238P) for review by the task force charged with oversight of the project.

The 90% review is currently underway, and ACPA expects the publication to be completed and printed in the first quarter of 2010. 

The publication will complement the other two resources in this series:

...Concrete Pavement Field Reference: Pre-Paving (EB237P), which is available for $13.25 (members and affiliates) or $53.00 (non-members).

...Concrete Pavement Field Reference: Preservation and Repair (EB239P), available for $12.50 (members and affiliates) or $50.00 (non-members.

Incidentally, an outgrowth of the development of the paving field reference (and originally planned to be a part of it) is a troubleshooting guide that will developed by ACPA after EB238P is completed.

 

 
  Both are available as downloadable PDF's on ACPA's bookstore. Alternatively, commercially-printed copies may be ordered by calling 847.966.2272.

For questions or more information about the project contact Robert Rodden, EIT, ACPA's Director of Technical Service and Product Development at 847.972.9808.
 

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  ACPA Provides Technical Guidance on
Aggregate Testing for Airport Projects
 
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Technical memo clarifies aggregate screening protocols for alkali-silica reactivity
 
     
 
 

ACPA recently issued a technical memorandum to contractor members and chapter/state paving association executives to raise awareness of current aggregate screening protocols used in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Projects that use Airport Improvement Program (AIP) program funds.

The testing protocols are used to assess the potential for alkali-silica reactivity (ASR) in aggregates, based on the FAA’s Engineering Brief Number 70.

 
   

“ACPA has received several inquiries from contractor members about the current FAA aggregate screening protocols for FAA AIP projects,” says Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Director of Airports.

“We have reviewed a number of project-specific P-501 concrete pavement specifications for compliance with the FAA aggregate screening

 
 

requirements, and it’s clear from our recent experiences that the current aggregate screening requirements are not well understood by contractors, ready-mixed concrete producers, engineers, and testing firms.
 
“Misinterpreting or overlooking the specification requirements could lead to rejection of materials or mixtures, delay of projects, and/or undue costs,” he says.

In response, ACPA provided a technical memo to define the testing requirements and current protocol to protect ACPA member companies from problems that can impede or add costs to  pavement construction and rehabilitation projects.


Click here to download an electronic copy (PDF) of the technical memorandum.

Also of note is that FAA's Engineering Brief #70 also provides additional information about ASR testing of concrete pavements in the presence of de-icing chemicals. The protocol is based on ACPA's R&T Update, "Alkali-Silica Reaction: Old Issue, New Cause" (September 2005), which ACPA is currently revising to provide additional guidance.

For questions about testing aggregates for ASR reactivity, please contact Gary Mitchell, P.E., ACPA’s Director of Airports at 704.766.0851.

 

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  Industry Committee Addresses Seal/No Seal Issue
 
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First Trial Underway in Illinois
 
     
 

A Seal/No Seal (SNS) Industry Research Committee has been formed to respond to the age-old industry question about the value of sealing concrete pavement joints.

The Committee is working in cooperation with a large number of leading contractors and manufacturers responsible for the sealing and maintenance of pavement joints and cracks across the nation.

As part of the committee's work, a trial is underway, although in its very early stages on State Route 59 near Joliet, Ill.

About the Committee
The Committee is Co-Chaired by Scott L. Eilken, owner of Quality Saw & Seal of Bridgeview, Ill., and Charley Grady, Crafco, Chandler, Ariz.

“As cost pressures continue, there is increased interest in eliminating transverse joint sealants as a means of lowering the cost of concrete pavements,” Eilken says. “However, there is a lack of data in the industry to help guide owners about sealant effectiveness and the long-term impact of using or not using such sealants. Our role is to gather the necessary information to help owners make informed decisions that will ensure long-term effectiveness and best use of their concrete pavements.” 

The Committee is comprised of academic and transportation specialists with extensive experience in the design and construction of joint sealant systems. The complete roster of committee members includes:

  • Co-Chair: Scott Eilken, Owner, Scott L. Eilken, Quality Saw & Seal
  • Co-Chair: Charley Grady, Director, International Group, CRAFCO
  • Dan Zollinger, Ph.D., P.E., Professor of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Robert Rodden, E.I.T., Director - Technical Service and Product Development, American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA)
  • Michael Darter, Ph.D., P.E., Director – Pavement Research Institute, Principal – Applied Research Associates, Inc.
  • Larry Scofield, P.E., Director – Pavement Innovation, ACPA
  • Kathleen Hall, Ph.D., P.E., Consultant
  • Mark Snyder, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President – ACPA-Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Larry Lynch, P.E., Division Chief – US Army Corp of Engineers
  • Wouter Gulden, P.E., Director - Engineering and Training, ACPA Southeast Chapter

Top Priorities
The top priorities of the SNS Committee are to raise the necessary funds to conduct testing, as well as secure partnerships with other agencies in order to pursue the necessary research. Key objectives include:

  • Develop a framework of test sections that can be evaluated for long-term performance to address the seal/no seal question for both doweled and undoweled pavements in all environmental zones. This effort will consist of two major aspects.

    The first is developing new test sections as necessary, and the second, to continue evaluation of the test sections evaluated in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) study on Sealant Cost-Effectiveness. The Committee has contracted with Soil Mechanics Engineers (S&ME) to conduct profile testing of several of the FHWA sites. In addition, the states of Colorado, Florida, Ohio, and Minnesota have agreed to conduct profile testing of the FHWA sites constructed in their states.
  • Obtain state and local transportation authority partners in conducting evaluations of existing sites. This approach leverages needed researchers and provides additional expert knowledge and ownership in evaluating test sections.

  • Conduct a literature search and document abutment movement and slab growth issues related to unsealed joints.
  • Document findings and educate the marketplace.

Test Project
As part of the effort to construct new test sections , the first project is underway on State Route (SR) 59 project near Joliet, Ill. The project consists of constructing a four-lane facility through an urban area with curb and gutter. Intersections are prevalent within the project limits. The project, comprised of a 9.75-in. thick doweled concrete pavement placed on a 12-in. base, involves eight sealed and two unsealed sections, with joints spaced at 15-ft intervals.

The research project design consists of sealing the longitudinal and transverse joints with hot pour and silicone sealants.  The transverse joint sealants will be installed in two joint geometries -- a single saw cut and reservoir cut. The longitudinal joints will only use a narrow joint geometry.

Although not part of the sealant experiment, the two northbound lanes experiment, will be constructed during 2010. Walsh Construction is placing the concrete and Quality Saw and Seal is performing the joint work.

For more information about the Committee, contact Scott Eilken of Quality Saw and Seal at 708-728-1895 or Charley Grady of CRAFCO at  800-528-8242. (Source: IGGA and ACPA staff.)

 

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Precast Demonstration Project Update
 
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Editor's note: This is a follow-up to the meeting reported in the August 28. 2009 issue of ACPA On the Grade. Click here to review the story.

As part of the Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Highways for LIFE program, a showcase event featured discussions and a demonstration of modular rehabilitation solutions used on sections of Interstate 66 and an exit ramp near Fairfax, Va.

The project involved two systems: a prestressed/ precast concrete system, co-developed by the FHWA, as well as the Super-Slab® slab-on-grade system provided by ACPA member The Fort Miller Co.  ACPA member, Lane Construction, is the contractor charged with installing both precast systems along these very busy highway corridors near our nation’s capitol.

ACPA's Leif Wathne, P.E., Vice President of Highways and Federal Affairs, participated in the event and presented the Association's perspectives on these modular systems.

"Precast concrete pavement technology offers owners one more option to address pavement repair, rehabilitation and replacement in areas where work-windows are very tight, and long-term durability is paramount.  We continue to support innovative efforts to

 

 
provide the highway user with high-quality , long-lasting concrete pavements, and ACPA is excited about being a part of the effort to bring this technology into practice in the highway community," Wathne says.   Night Work ... Workers place a precast panel on an exit ramp near the sections of panels placed on Interstate 66. (ACPA Staff Photo)


"The long-standing practice of 'getting in, getting out, and staying out' is still an expectation," says ACPA President & CEO Gerald F. Voigt, "but the rules are changing to address budgetary constraints and the increasing demands of road-users who are vocal about traffic congestion and other sources of road-user delays. Pre-cast paving adds one more tool in the toolbox to address those demands."

About the Event
The event drew more than 75 people representing industry, state agencies, the FHWA, and other stakeholders, including:
.....• The Hon. Greg Nadeau, P.E., Deputy Administrator, Federal Highway Administration
.....• David Ekern, P.E., Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Transportation
.....• Byron Lord, P.E., the FHWA's Highways for LIFE Team Leader, and
.....• Suneel Vanikar, P.E., FHWA Concrete Pavement Team Leader

The event included began with a number of presentations, as well as a bus trip to the construction site.  Erich Brown, P.E. with Lane Construction Corporation co-hosted the on-site project tour with Karen Consiglio, P.E. of Virginia DOT. 

Some 5,780 SY of prestressed/precast panels and 4,690 SY of precast panels eventually will be placed. The project involves the placement of panels in all four lanes along a short section of westbound Interstate-66, as well as along one lane of the exit ramp to US 50 westbound. The project allows an 8-hour total work window (1-hour traffic control on each end allows for a 6-hour actual construction window on I-66).  The night of the site visit, crews places a total of 14 panels on the US 50 on-ramp. 

The successful showcase focused on sharing project details, differences between precast and prestressed/precast versus conventional pavement rehab techniques, planning and construction challenges, as well as lessons learned. For additional information, contact ACPA’s Leif Wathne at 202.638.2272 or lwathne@acpa.org.

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  ACPA Discusses Overlays at Educational Conference  
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  ACPA participated last week in Roads & Bridges Live: Paving Innovations covering the very timely topic of concrete overlays.  
 


Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D., ACPA's Director of Education for Design and Construction was among a number of industry representatives making presentations. His talk, "Effective Concrete Overlays," was part of the two-day session that covered paving industry topics, including the recycling/reclaiming; base stabilization; warm-mix asphalt; concrete paving; accelerated road construction; road maintenance; concrete overlays.

Roads & Bridges Live events are educational conferences that enlist industry experts to discuss topics affecting the nation's infrastructure.

 

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ACPA Webinar Covers Concrete Pavement Overlays
 
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The next ACPA webinar in the continuing series will focus on "How to Troubleshoot Concrete Pavement Overlays."

This 90-minute training session that covers useful tips and techniques for troubleshooting concrete pavement overlays. The webinar also will feature tips for repairing overlays.

Scheduled for Thursday, October 1, the webinar will begin at 1 p.m. Although the formal presentation is scheduled for 90 minutes, ACPA encourages participants to allow two hours for both the formal presentation and the question and answer period that follows. ACPA also will award 1.5 professional development hours (PDH's) for persons who achieve a 70% or better score on an optional exam.

For a preview of some of the upcoming webinars, please see the table below or click here to view a downloadable flyer.

For details
about the ACPA webinar series, contact Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D., Director of Education for Design and Construction;  phone:  217.621.3438 or email: mayers@acpa.org.   To register online, visit the ACPA website at acpa.org or click here.

A Preview of Upcoming ACPA Webinars
Webinar Number
Date
Time
(Program Length/Minutes)
Title
Presenter
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October 8
1 p.m. CST (60)
All About Airport Pavement Specifications  (Focus on P-501 Specs) Gary Mitchell, P.E., American Concrete Pavement Association
29
October 15
1 p.m. CST (90)
Inside the Matrix: All About Testing Materials for Concrete Pavements Michael Ayers, Ph.D., American Concrete Pavement Association
30
October 22
1 p.m. CST (90)
Identifying and Solving Materials Problems During Concrete Pavement Construction Peter Taylor, Ph.D., P.E., National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center)

 

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  Conference to Feature Sustainable
Technologies for Concrete Pavements
 
         
 
Group issues call for technical papers, encourages participation
 
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The International Conference on Sustainable Concrete Pavements will highlight current practices, challenges, and future direction of building more sustainable concrete pavements.

Scheduled for September 15–17, 2010, in Sacramento, Calif., the conference is being organized by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) as part of the technology transfer efforts of FHWA's Advanced Concrete Pavement Technology Products Program.

The conference will feature existing technologies, emerging research, approaches for measuring the energy and environmental impact of construction, user considerations, and international practices and experiences.

   
 

Topics will include:

...• Sustainable strategies for concrete pavements.
...• Sustainable concrete materials.

  (Photo: Federal Highway Administration.)  
 

...•Optimizing concrete mixture design procedures that result in sustainable concrete pavements.
...•Optimizing pavement design procedures that result in sustainable concrete pavements.
...• Construction practices for sustainable concrete pavements.
...• Sustainable pavement preservation, rehabilitation, and recycling strategies for managing concrete pavement networks.
...• Adoption and implementation of environmental life-cycle assessments for sustainable concrete pavements.
...• Identification and quantification of environmental and social considerations for sustainable concrete pavements.
...• Sustainable concrete pavements in the urban environment.
...• Next-generation materials and techniques for concrete pavements.

Papers are currently being solicited on each of the conference topics, as well as emerging issues related to the topics. Abstracts for papers must be submitted by October 1, 2009. Click here to see general information. Click here for more information on the conference or details about submitting an abstract.
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Information on the conference is also available from Shiraz Tayabji, Ph.D., P.E., at Fugro Consultants, Inc., 410.997.9020, or Sam Tyson at FHWA, 202.366.1326.

 

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  New Director Named to Volpe Center  
   
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Robert Johns been named by the U.S. Department of Transportation to become Director of the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, Cambridge, Mass.

The announcement was made by the University of Minnesota's Center for Transportation Studies, where Johns served as Director.

Johns begins his new position on September 28.

 
Robert Johns becomes Director of Volpe Center. (Photo: Center for Transportation Studies.)  
He was appointed director of the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota in 2001. Previously, he served as the Center's deputy director and associate director.

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Illinois Open House to Feature Concrete Overlay
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Mark your calendar for Thursday, October 8 for an for an open house co-sponsored by Logan County, Illinois; the Illinois Chapter, Inc. - ACPA; Illinois Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and Illinois Valley Paving

The open house will begin at 9 a.m. with check-in, followed by presentations on concrete pavement overlays.

The use of overlays, concrete over concrete pavements, asphalt pavements, and composite pavements is increasingly popular throughout the United States.

This workshop will begin with an overview presentation by Randell Riley, P.E., Executive Director/Engineer, Illinois Chapter, followed by a project overview by Bret Aukamp, P.E., the Logan County Engineer, and the contractor's perspectives by a representative of Illinois Valley Paving Co., Inc.

Buses will then take participants to a tour of the project, and lunch will be provided afterward.

The project is planned as a bonded concrete overlay (with structural fiber reinforcement over) over existing milled asphalt. 

   
  The event begins as the American Legion Post #447, South Illinois Ave, Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. There is no cost to attend the event, which is open to all ACPA members and affiliates.   An open house will focus on concrete pavement overlays and will include a tour of a project in Logan County, Ill.  
 


Click here for a downloadable program and registration form. For additional information, contact Randell Riley, P.E., at 217-
793-4933

 

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  World of Concrete Registration Opens  
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ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to register early for World of Concrete 2010.

Exhibits will be opened February 2 through 5; seminars will be held on February 1 through 5. The event will be held once again at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ACPA members and affiliates can obtain free access to exhibits, as well as special discounts, by registering through a special portal. Click here to for free access to exhibits, as well as special discounts. Alternatively, visit the ACPA web page at www.acpa.org and click on the World of Concrete icons.

 
         
  Picture perfect ... Click on this icon or here for special World of Concrete values.  

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Golfers Unite for GOMACO Invitational
 
     
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Contractors, distributors, suppliers, association members and media personnel from around the world traveled to Ida Grove, Iowa, recently for the 28th annual GOMACO Invitational golf event.

This year’s championship putting tournament winners were Cliff Furcron of Clark Machinery Company in Little Rock, Ark. and Len Rettinger, GOMACO District Manager for Northeast and Central United States and Canada.

The Contractors’ Shoot-Out championship team included: Ron Ideker of Ideker, Inc., in St. Joseph, Mo.; Derek Dilger of Smith Paving & Excavating, Inc., in Norwalk, Ohio; and Steve Michael of

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  Contractors’ Shoot-Out Champions are (L-R) Steve Michael of Turner-Michael
Construction Company; Ron Ideker of
Ideker, Inc.; and Derek Dilger of Smith
Paving & Excavating, Inc.
(Photo: GOMACO Corp.)
  Turner-Michael Construction Company in Napoleon, Mo.

Invitational activities began with an 18-hole Scramble Tournament. Champion teams were crowned from courses in four towns. and then advanced to a three-hole “Grand” Champion Shoot-Out. The 2009 “Grand” Champion team (from the Mapelton course) included Odell Pfeiffer of Clark Machinery Company in Little Rock, Ark.; Brad Johnson of Road Machinery & Supplies Company in Cedar Rapids,
 
 

Iowa; Greg Opp of Opp Construction in Grand Forks, N.D.; and Mike Swanston of Swanston Equipment Company in Fargo, N.D. They finished their tournament with a score of 63, which was seven under par.

The Ida Grove tournament champion was the team of Joe Bush of McCarthy Improvement Company in Davenport, Iowa; Tom Held of Fabick CAT in Fenton, Mo.; Rick Blesi of Construction Equipment magazine, Oak Brook, Ill.; and Gary Godbersen, GOMACO’s President and CEO. They finished with a score of 59, which was 11 under par.

Winning the tournament from the Holstein course was the team of Brad Short of SK Construction in Middletown, Ohio; Chad O’Donnell of Bierschbach Equipment & Supply Company in Sioux Falls, S.D.; Mike Clark of Hayden-Murphy Equipment Company in Minneapolis, Minn.; and David Petersen, GOMACO’s Data Processing Manager. They finished their tournament with a score of 64, which was six under par.

The champion team from the Odebolt course consisted of Troy Kaney of Northstar Power Company in Ankeny, Iowa; Cody Phillips of Ideker, Inc., in St. Joseph, Mo.; Alister Williams of International Construction magazine in East Sussex, United Kingdom; and Jean Kelly, GOMACO’s Traffic Coordinator for Europe, Africa and the Middle East. They finished their tournament with a score of 63, which was nine under par.

ACPA congratulates the golfers, as well as GOMACO, for another successful golf event. For more information, contact: Kelly Krueger, GOMACO Corporation, 119 E. Hwy. 175, Ida Grove, Iowa 51445. Phone: 712.364.3347. 

 

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  Multiquip Announces Changes to Address Global Marketplace Needs  
     
  Company Integrates Divisions, Announces Other Changes  
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Multiquip Inc. announced several initiatives designed to streamline the company and boost the efficiency of its business processes to respond to market changes and better serve customers.

Multiquip has consolidated and fully integrated the General Construction Equipment (GCE) and Power divisions into a single organization, eliminating redundancies and promoting efficiency, the company announced in a press release. Promotion of a single Multiquip brand will be part of an intensified market focus. The company also reports

   
 

the reorganization also will result in substantially improved support levels and response timeliness.

The company also announced a number of personnel changes, including:

.....• Gary S. Moskovitz, who previously served as the company’s executive vice president, has been named president and chief operating officer.
.....• Mike Howlett, former GCE Division President will take over the new position of Senior Vice President of Operations;
.....• Bob Graydon, former Power Division President, will take over the new position of Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Planning;
....• Phillip D’Amato has also been promoted to Vice President, Human Resources and Corporate Services; and ....• Torsten Erbel has also been promoted to Vice President of Product Management, Engineering and Customer Support.

The company also said Michael Hanken continues as Vice President of Information Technology and Jim Henehan continues as Senior Vice President of Finance/ Administration and CFO.

About Multiquip
Founded in 1973, Multiquip is a diversified suppliers to the construction, telecommunications, special events, industrial, shelter and disaster/emergency market sectors. Among the brands Multiquip distributes are Sanders Saws & Blades, Stow, and EZ Grout, to name a few.

The GCE Division develops, manufactures and distributes small-to-medium size construction equipment. The Power Division supplies power generation equipment principally to the construction, telecommunications, shelter/disaster recovery and entertainment industries. Multiquip is a wholly owned subsidiary of New York-based ITOCHU International Inc. and its parent company, Tokyo-based ITOCHU Corporation.

 

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  Public Officials Come for the Football, Stay for Concrete Pavements  
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The recent American Public Works Association Congress & Exposition in Columbus, Ohio, drew a crowd estimated between 3,000 and 4,000 public officials and representatives of industry.

Representing the concrete pavement industry were a number of ACPA Chapter/State paving association personnel, including:
...• Rick Barezinski (Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA),
...• John Cunningham (Iowa Concrete Paving Association),
...•Todd LaTorella, P.E., (Missouri/Kansas Chapter-ACPA),
...• Tom Rach (Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association),
...• Kerry Sutton, P.E., (Michigan Concrete Pavement Association, and
...• Jimie Wheeler (Illinois Chapter-ACPA).

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  The concrete pavement industry was well represented at the recent APWA Congress in Exposition. Shown here is the concrete pavement industry's booth just before the exposition opened. (Photo courtesy of Jimie Wheeler.)  


Visitors were treated to ACPA technical and promotional information, as well as an opportunity to watch football. A television in the booth not only drew many sports fans, which provided the perfect opportunity engage visitors in discussions about concrete pavements.
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  TRB Opens Registration for Annual Meeting  
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The Transportation Research Board (TRB) announced it has begun accepting registrations for its 89th Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 10-14.

The meeting will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park, Omni Shoreham, and Hilton hotels in Washington, D.C. More than 10,000 transportation professionals from around the world to Washington, D.C.
 
 


The TRB Annual Meeting program covers all transportation modes, with more than 3,000 presentations in nearly 600 sessions addressing topics of interest to all policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers, and representatives of government, industry, and academic institutions.

The spotlight theme for 2010 is Investing in "Our Transportation Future – Bold Ideas to Meet Big Challenges."

A complete listing of all Sunday Workshops also is available. Registration enables access to the Interactive Program (available November 2009). Click here to register online.

 

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Here is a list of upcoming meetings and events occurring in the transportation community during the remainder of 2009 and for those currently scheduled for calendar year 2010. Is your event missing? Please contact Bill Davenport at 847-966-2272.

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2009
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1
  ACPA Concrete Pavement 101 Course. Course begins at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, September 29, and concludes at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 1, 2009. The training will be held at the Homewood Suites by Hilton, Oakland-Waterfront, 1103 Embarcadero, Oakland, Calif. 94606. Click here to view a program flyer. Click here to register online.

Oct. 1
  Northwest Chapter Design & Construction of Concrete Pavements Workshop - Coast Bellevue Hotel, 625 116th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, Wash, 98004. Phone: 425-455-9444 | Reservations: 1.800.716.6199. For additional information, contact Lynn Ledgerwood, Northwest Chapter at 360.956.7080.

Oct. 6-8
  National Concrete Consortium, Crowne Plaza St Louis-Dayton, 7750 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton (St. Louis), Mo. 63105. Reservations: 888-303-1746. Click here for a registration form.

Oct. 8
  Southwest Chapter-ACPA Streets and Roads Workshop ...Convention Center, Sacramento, Calif. For more information, contact Craig Hennings at 209.499.9052 or Tom Salata at 949.222.9196.

Oct. 22 - 26
 

2009 AASHTO Annual Meeting, Desert Springs, a JW Marriott Resort & Spa, 74855 Country Club Drive, Palm Desert, Calif. 92260. Click here for more information.

Oct. 27
 

Northwest Chapter Design & Construction of Concrete Pavements Workshop - AmeriTel Inn-Boise Spectrum, 7499 West Overland Rd., Boise, Idaho 83709. Phone: 208-323-2500. For additional information, contact Lynn Ledgerwood, Northwest Chapter at 360.956.7080.

Nov. 3
 

Northwest Chapter Design & Construction of Concrete Pavements Workshop - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Portland-Lake Oswego, 14811 Kruse Oaks Drive,
Lake Oswego, Ore. 97035. Phone: 1.888.444.0401. . For additional information, contact Lynn Ledgerwood, Northwest Chapter at 360.956.7080.

Nov. 10
 

Missouri-Kansas Chapter Street & Local Road Seminar, Ritz Charles Convention Center, 9000 W. 137th Street, Overland Park, KS  66221.  Phone: 913.685.2600. For additional information, contact Cindy Allen, Missouri-Kansas Chapter-ACPA, at 913-381-2251,

Nov. 11-13
  National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition, Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, Texas.  Click here for more information.
Nov. 17
  New York Chapter Concrete Pavement Conference. The Desmond, 660 Albany Shaker Road, Albany, NY 12211. Phone: 1-800-448-3500 or 518.869.8100.
Nov. 30 - Dec. 4.
 

ACPA's 46th Annual Meeting, The site of the meeting will be in central Florida at the Hyatt Grand Cypress, One Grand Cypress Blvd., Orlando, Fla. For additional information, call ACPA at 847.966.2272.

Dec. 1
  ACPA Executive Committee. Closed meeting begins at 2 p.m. (EST), and will be held during the 46th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Contact Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., at 847.966.2272 for more information.

Dec. 3
  ACPA Board of Directors Meeting and Annual Meeting of the Association Membership. This open meeting begins at 9:30 a.m.(EST), and will be held during the 46th Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Contact Gerald F. Voigt, P.E., at 847.966.2272 for more information.

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2010
Jan. 20
  Utah Chapter Workshop, Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information, contact Mitzi McIntyre, P.E., Executive Director, 801.556.9561.
Jan. 26-28
  (Tentative) Pennsylvania Chapter Concrete Conference, Granville, Pa. For more information, contact John Becker, 771.441.3506, x11.
Feb. 2 - 5
  World of Concrete, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nev. (Seminars scheduled for Feb. 1 - 5.)
Feb. 3 - 5
  Iowa Concrete Paving Association Workshop, Des Moines, Iowa. For more information, contact Gordon Smith, P.E., President, 515.963.0606. 
Feb. 17-18
  Michigan Concrete Paving Association Workshop, Plymouth, Mich. For more information, contact Dan DeGraaf, P.E., Executive Director, 517.347.7720.
Feb. 17-18
  Wisconsin Concrete Pavement Association Workshop, Radisson Paper Valley Hotel,
333 W. College Avenue, Appleton Wisc. 54911. For more information, contact Kevin McMullen, P.E., President, 608.240.1020.
Feb. 24 - 25
  South Dakota Chapter Workshop, Sioux Falls, S.D. For more information, contact Larry E. Engbrecht, Executive Vice President, 1-800-658-3619.
Spring Meeting
  Technology Transfer Concrete Consortium (TTCC) and National Concrete Consortium (NCC). Dates and locations to be announced.
Feb. 28 - Mar. 2
  Iowa Concrete Paving Association Annual Meeting, Iowa City, Iowa. For more information, contact Gordon Smith, P.E., President, 515.963.0606. 
March 4-5
  Missouri/Kansas Chapter Workshop. For additional details, contact Todd LaTorella, P.E., Executive Director, 913.381.2251
March 4-5
  (Tentative) Virginia Concrete Conference, sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic Chapter-ACPA, Richmond, Va. For more information, contact Bob Long, Executive Director, 804.272.6337.
March 17 - 18
  Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota (CPAM) Workshop, Breezy Point Resort, Brainerd, Minn. For more information, contact Deb LaValle, Executive Assistant, 651.762.0402.
March 17 - 18
  Colorado/Wyoming Chapter Workshop, Denver Merchandise Mart, 451 E. 58th Ave.,
Denver, Colo. For more information, contact Ron Youngman, Executive Director, 303.297.1789.
April 25 - 29
  National Association of County Engineers "NACE 2010,"Fort Worth, Texas. Check back for additional information, which will be posted as it becomes available.

July 6-July 9
 

Mississippi Valley Conference Annual Meeting, Iowa Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, Iowa.

July 11 - 14
  WASHTO Annual Meeting, Bismarck, N.D. Click here for more information.

Aug. 15-17
 
2010 American Public Works Association (APWA) Congress - "The Best Show in Public Works," Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, Mass. Click here for more information.
Sept. 15-17
  International Conference on Sustainable Concrete Pavements: "Practices, Challenges, and Directions," Sacramento, Calif. To be held in conjunction with Fall 2010 TTCC meeting.
Fall 2010
  SASHTO 2010 Conference, Little Rock, AR. The Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department will be the host state for SASHTO 2010. Check back for additional details, which will be posted when announced.
Oct. 13 -15
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11th International Symposium on Concrete Roads, Cosponsored by the European Concrete Paving Association (EUPAVE), the Spanish Cement Association (OFICEMEN), the Spanish Institute of Cement and its Applications (IECA), the Andalusian Cement Association. and the World Road Association (PIARC). The event will be held at the Barceló Renacimiento Conference Centre, Seville, Spain. For additional information, visit www.2010concreteroads.org.

Oct. 28- Nov. 2
  2010 AASHTO Annual Meeting, Beau Rivage Resort & Casino, 875 Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, Ms. 39530. Click here for more information.
Nov. 17-18
  (Tentative) New York Chapter Concrete Conference. Location to be determined. For more information, contact Jim Shea, Executive Director, 716.648.2061.
Nov. 30-Dec. 4
  National League of Cities Congress of Cities and Exposition, Denver, Colorado.
Nov. 29 - Dec. 3
 

ACPA's 47th Annual Meeting, The 47th Annual Meeting will be held at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point, 5001 Coconut Rd., Bonita Springs, Fla. Bonita Springs is on the southwestern shore, just north of Naples in southern Florida.

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