December 3-5, 2019 at Marriott New Orleans, LA
ACPA 56th Annual Meeting Concrete...and All That Jazz!
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Program Highlights
Meetings and Social

Join ACPA members at meetings to further the association's strategic objectives. Opportunities for fellowship, networking, and fun will follow at our ``Mardi Gras`` Theme Reception on Marriott's 41st Floor. The 41st floor offers breathtaking views of the city and Mississippi river. Plus, we have exciting optional activites for all and a great program for our spouses/guests, which includes a special culture and cuisine tour.

Concrete Pavement University (CPU)

On Thursday, CPU will feature two concurrent tracks. The first track will feature the following four breakout sessions focused on construction topics of high interest to contractors: quality control best practices, balancing material constraints-productivity-smoothness, pavement projects and developments, special considerations. The second general interest track features the following four breakouts: pavement design, repairs and overlays, Vision2040 perspectives, fresh look at concrete pavements.

Paving Awards Banquet

On Thursday evening, join us to honor the organizations and people involved in award winning paving projects from across the country. Following a reception and photo session, we'll formally recognize award recipients at the 30th Annual Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards dinner banquet.

Event Schedule
Learn about the topics, sessions, and activities.
The Chapter/State Committee hosts a reception to welcome colleagues to the meeting and thank leaders and friends for their support of concrete paving promotion. If attending, you may wish to make additional dinner plans.

7:00 am - 4:00 pm Event Registration – Mardi Gras Foyer - 3rd Floor

7:00 am - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast – Salon D - 3rd Floor
A continental breakfast will be provided in the meeting room for those attending the ACPA Chapter/State Committee meeting.

8:00 am - 3:00 pm Chapter/State Committee Meeting – Salon D - 3rd Floor

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Luncheon – Salon E - 3rd Floor

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Emerging Leaders Group - Salon F - 3rd Floor

12:15 pm - 5:30 pm Golf Outing (Optional Activity)
All guests are welcome to sign up for the 1:00 pm golf outing at nearby English Turn Golf Club. This is great opportunity to meet up with old friends or entertain your clients while enjoying a beautiful New Orleans delta golf venue! A bus will transport you to and from the course. (Add-on activity when registering)

1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Personal and Thrilling Airboat Swamp Tour (Optional Activity)
See the South Louisiana bayous and swamps touring a large tract (20,000 acres) of tidewater cypress swamp on a high-speed airboat. It’s a dynamic ecosystem supporting many types of aquatic and moist-soil vegetation, as well as a diverse wildlife population. You’ll witness some of the most beautiful scenery around as you ride through the swamp and into the bayous lined with moss-draped cypress and tupelo-gum trees. During your 2-hour tour you’ll have opportunities to see alligators, snakes, turtles, egrets, herons and ibis, and the occasional hawk, owl or bald eagle. A bus will transport you to and from the hotel. (Add-on activity when registering).

5:30 pm - 8:30 pm Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour (Optional Activity)
Explore the grim and ghastly deeds of the old French Quarter, and then wash it all down with a drink. Hear the history on two of New Orleans' cocktails or spirits and how they are made. First, it's time to experience the secret and sinister events that occurred a very long time ago. Yes, ghosts and spirits still haunt the legendary Vieux Carre. You will learn about the Spiritual side of New Orleans Voodoo, Death and history of the French Quarter as well as taste three notable cocktails at some of the city's most famous bars and restaurants. All cocktail samples are included in the ticket price. (Add-on activity when registering).

7:00 am – 5:00 pm Event Registration – Mardi Gras Foyer - 3rd Floor

7:00 am – 8:00 am Buffet Breakfast – Salon D-E - 3rd Floor

8:00 am – 10:00 am RCC Task Force – Salon B-C - 3rd Floor
The meeting will include a continued dialogue on ACPA’s efforts to address roller-compacted concrete.

8:00 am – 10:00 am Airport Task Force – Salon F-G-H - 3rd Floor
The meeting will include open discussion on airfield topics, including a discussion/presentation led by Gary Mitchell, Vice President Airports & Pavement Technology, titled “3’s, 8’s, Tarantulas and How to Really Read a Mix Design”

8:00 am – 10:00 am Jointing Task Force – Gallerie 6 - 2nd Floor
The meeting will feature an update on ACPA’s standardization of high-performance dowels, and also will feature “Early Aged Slab Behavior and Cracking” a guest presentation by Dan G. Zollinger, PhD, PE, Professor of Civil Engineering; Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University

10:00 am – 10:30 am BREAK

10:30 am – 12:00 pm Strategic Advisory Committee – Salon F-G-H - 3rd Floor
The agenda will feature an update on the mid-summer meeting change management results and Phase 2 of the ACPA Promotion Plan, as well as continued dialogue on restructuring ACPA’s committees.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm    Special Culture and Cuisine Tour (For Spouses/Guests)
Sample authentic New Orleans dishes full of rich flavors while learning about their fascinating origins during a small-group walking tour with other registered spouses and guests. From worker strikes to immigrant influences, the foodways of New Orleans can help you understand the complex, intertwined histories and cultures of the people that have called the city home. You’ll navigate the alluring past and present of New Orleans cuisine with 6-8 samples of dishes for which the city is famous, including red beans and rice, po-boys, gumbo, chargrilled oysters, and more! (Included with Spouse/Guest registration.)

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Luncheon (with Annual Meeting of the Members) – Salon D-E - 3rd Floor
The annual meeting will feature an overview of 2019 progress, incoming chairman’s plans for 2020 and election of the 2020 board of directors.

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm Legislative Issues Committee (*Must Join AIM to Attend) – Gallerie 5 & 6 - 2nd Floor
The Committee will address matters related to the association’s efforts in Washington DC. Guest presenter, Will Wilkins, Executive Director, TRIP will present “The Road Information Program (TRIP) – A Strategic Partner”

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm Concrete Pavement University Opening Plenary Session - Salon D-E - 3rd Floor
Moderator: Jim Mack, CEMEX; ACPA Chairman 2019
  • AASHTO’s Perspectives on the Future of the U.S. Highway Program – Jim Tyman, Executive Director; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
  • Federal Highway Administration Outlook – Brian Fouch, PE, Director; Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements, Federal Highway Administration
  • The Value of Competition Between Industries – A Former DOT Secretary’s Perspective – Tom Smith, PE, Former Secretary, West Virginia Department of Transportation

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm "Mardi Gras" Theme Reception - Riverview 1-2 on 41st Floor
(All Registrants, Guest & Spouses Welcome) – A visit to New Orleans is not complete without a party so you won’t want to miss our Mardi Gras reception ACPA-style! Kick back to some New Orleans jazz, fun and fellowship with friends and colleagues from ACPA. Don’t arrive late and don’t cut out early, as we may have a few surprises in store for you!

7:00 am – 3:00 pm Event Registration

7:00 am – 8:15 am Awards Breakfast (Spouse/Guests Welcome) – Salon D-E - 3rd Floor

CPU will feature two concurrent tracks each consisting of four sessions. The first track, denoted with a hardhat, features sessions focused on construction topics of high interest to contractors. The second track features sessions that are of interest to all in the concrete pavement industry.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
CPU 1 – Panel Discussion: Quality Control Plan Best Practices – Gallerie 4-5 - 2nd Floor

Moderator: Gary Mitchell, P.E., Vice President Airports & Pavement Technology; ACPA
Panelists will provide perspectives and respond to questions on the essentials of a good plan and what an agency is really looking for from contractors.
  • Dr. Craig Rutland, Pavement Engineer; U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Center
  • Martin Holt, Corporate Quality Control Manager; Interstate Highway Construction
  • Steve Friess, Concrete Operations Division Manager; Milestone Contractors
  • Richard L. Allen, PE, President; Bowser-Morner, Inc.

CPU 2 – Considerations for Pavement Design (Hosted by Design Task Force) – Gallerie 6 - 2nd Floor

Moderator: Jim Powell, PE, Executive Director, Northwest Chapter ACPA
  • Latest Erosion Model Update – Dan G. Zollinger, PhD, PE, Professor of Civil Engineering; Zachry Department of Civil Engineering, Texas A&M University
  • Short-Slab Technology Latest Performance Update – Feng Mu, Ph.D., PE, Senior Flatwork Engineer; PNA Construction Technologies
  • The Rest of the Story: Arkansas SPS-2 Projects – Alan Meadors, Arkansas Promotional Director; Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter – ACPA
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
CPU 3 –Special Considerations for Contractors – Gallerie 6 - 2nd Floor
Moderator: Brent Burwell, Executive Director, Oklahoma-Arkansas Chapter - ACPA
  • A Strategy to Address Late Utility Relocation, Mismarked and Unmarked Utilities – Tom Olson, Partner; Olson Construction Law, P.C.
  • Performance Engineered Mixtures Trial Project Results – Gordon Smith, PE, Associate Director; National Concrete Pavement Technology Center
  • Non-Contact Ultrasonic and Computer Vision Assessment for Timing Joint Sawing – Quang Tran, Ph.D. Candidate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
CPU 4 – Taking a Fresh Look at Concrete Pavements – Gallerie 4-5 - 2nd Floor
Moderator: Mike Ayers, Ph.D., Executive Director; Illinois Chapter (Global Pavement Consultants)
  • A New (Better!) View on Concrete Pavement Preservation – Mark Snyder, Ph.D., PE Staff Consultant; ACPA
  • Paint Striping for Concrete Pavement – What Works and What Doesn’t – Donna Speidel, President; Sightline, Inc.
  • Next Generation Concrete Surface Texture – Service and Deployment Perspectives – Larry Scofield, PE, IGGA & ACPA

10:30 am – 1:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting (Closed, Lunch Provided) – Salon H-F - 3rd Floor

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm BUFFET LUNCHEON – Salon D-E - 3rd Floor

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
CPU 5 – Panel Discussion: Balancing Material Constraints, Productivity & Smoothness – Gallerie 6 - 2nd Floor
Moderator: Chuck Niederriter, President; Golden Triangle Construction Co.
What is next for concrete paving construction?... Panelists will provide perspectives and respond to questions on equipment innovations, interactions, directions and the balancing act of smooth and efficient paving. The panel will be selected by special lottery to represent:
  • Paving machine manufacturers
  • Mixing plant manufacturers
  • Material manufacturer/suppliers
  • Contractors
  • Smoothness measurement manufacturers
  • Industry consultants
CPU 6 – Repairs and Overlays – Gallerie 4-5 - 2nd Floor
Moderator: Melissa Campbell, PE, Georgia Pavement Applications Director, Southeast Cement Promotion Association
  • Performance Review of Cast-in-Place Rapid-Strength Full-Depth Repairs – Michael I. Darter, Ph.D., PE, Principal Engineer; Applied Research Associates, Inc. and Professor Emeritus of the University of Illinois
  • Fiber-Reinforced Overlays – Armen Amirkhanian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor; University of Alabama
  • New Methodology for Full-Depth Repair Using Ultra-High-Performance Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (UHP-FRC) Precast Panels for Airfield Rigid Pavement – Jean Gamarra, MSCE, EIT, Ph.D. Candidate in Civil Engineering (Federal Aviation Administration)
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
CPU 7 – Pavement Projects and Developments – Gallerie 4-5 - 2nd Floor
Moderator: Ray Seipp, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Chapter - ACPA
  • How Photo-Driven Inspection and Verification is Changing LADOTD Business – Tyson Rupnow, PE, PhD, Associate Director, Louisiana Transportation Research Center
  • What Iowa’s Electronic Construction Program Means to Contractors – Greg Mulder, PE, Executive Director; Iowa Concrete Paving Association
  • Case Study on the Special Fort Lauderdale Runway Keel Reconstruction – Tim Lewellen, Paving Project Manager; Boh Brothers Construction Co.
CPU 8 – Vision2040 Additional Perspectives – Gallerie 6 - 2nd Floor
Moderator: Dan Rozycki, PE, President, The Transtec Group
  • How the Future of Asphalt May Influence the Future of Concrete – Mike Radler, Scientist; Dow Chemical Company
  • The Case for a Dedicated Truck Lane System – Tyler Ley, Ph.D., PE, Professor and Gilbert, Cooper, W&W Steel Chair; Civil and Environmental Engineering, Oklahoma State University
  • Perspective on Innovation for the Future of Roadways – Thomas Harman, Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation; Federal Highway Administration Office of Operations
PDH Certificates Are Available for Participating in Concrete Pavement University

The 56th Annual Meeting closes with the gala reception and excellence in paving awards banquet…

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Awards Banquet Registration – Mardi Gras Foyer - 3rd Floor

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Awards Photo Session – Salon F - 3rd Floor
Opportunity for professional photographs of award winning teams. Instructions with photo times are sent to team leaders prior to the event.

5:30 pm - 6:15 pm Awards Gala Reception – Salon D-E - 3rd Floor
This semi-formal gala event provides an opportunity to congratulate award winners as well as meet old friends and new ones, too. Join us for refreshments as we anticipate the evening's program!

6:15 pm - 9:15 pm “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” Awards Dinner – Carondelet - 3rd Floor
The program is our biggest annual celebration of “award-winning” pavement projects from around the country and the companies responsible for them. We also witness the traditional “passing of the gavel” and recognize the winner of the 2019 Hartmann-Hirschman-Egan Award, our most prestigious recognition of an individual for their dedication, commitment, and service to the industry.

Event Venue
Marriott New Orleans
Registration Options
While our online registration is now closed, we will be accepting registrations onsite at our registration desk. See you in New Orleans!
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