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The 23rd Annual ACPA/PA Concrete Conference took place virtually on February 17 & 18, 2021. The link to the recorded presentations can be found by clicking HERE.
We want to thank all our PRESENTERS who shared their knowledge and expertise with our participants, and our SPONSORS for their generosity in support of this event, including Diamond Sponsor Golden Triangle; Platinum Sponsor Gulisek Construction; Gold Sponsors ACI/Pittsburgh; CEMEX; Cleveland Brothers; Lehigh Hanson; New Enterprise; Silver Sponsors ACPA/National; Callahan Paving; Guntert & Zimmerman; James J. Anderson Construction; LafargeHolcim; Milliron & Goodman, and our Bronze Sponsors.
Click HERE to view a short video, with photos from projects all across Pennsylvania, on why Concrete should be the pavement of choice for the Commonwealth. Video originally produced for the Cement Concrete & Aggregates of Australia; we recommend that you not drive on the wrong side of the road here in the United States.
For the tenth year in a row, we have videotaped presentations made at our Annual Penn Concrete Conference. To view presentations from this year’s conference, please click HERE.
Topics include Industry/Agency Updates, Automated Speed Enforcement, Innovations, Performance Engineered Mixtures, Impact of Competition on Pavement Economics, Full-Depth Reclamation with Cement, Calcine Clay & Emerging Pozzolans, Concrete Certification Updates, I-376 Innovations, Academia Research Overview, Pipe Sustainability & Resilience, Shrinkage Reducing Admixtures, Texas Skid Testing Project, IRISE, Customizing Rigid PavementME, Early Opening to Traffic, Precast Bridge Showcase, CPQI Updates, 408 Updates, and Mix Optimization.
To view presentations from past year Conferences, click HERE.
With an information-packed agenda, the 22nd annual Pennsylvania Concrete Conference drew 175 attendees and featured a wealth of business and technical information for participants. First-time attendees comprised about 40% of our overall participation. These first-time attendees included experienced representatives from companies that have not previously been engaged with the concrete pavement community along with younger professionals who are the future of our industry. Six posters were presented from doctoral candidates and recent graduates from four universities on research that could reshape the state of the practice in concrete technologies.
The diverse group of attendees represented 72 different organizations, including twelve contractor firms. With a good mix of agencies, industry, consultants and academia, the conference started with keynote remarks from Yassmin Gramian, P.E., Acting Secretary of Transportation, PennDOT, who provided an overview of the mission and vision of PennDOT. This presentation was followed by a talk on the PennDOT 2020 construction program and on concrete pavement initiatives by T. Jay Cunningham, P.E., PennDOT’s Bureau of Maintenance and Operations. Tom Harman from FHWA spoke about Innovations and Craig Shuey, COO of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission presented on automated speed enforcement.
Leif Wathne of ACPA delivered an excellent historical overview of pavement type selection, which set the stage for a talk by Randolph Kirchain Ph.D. of MIT, about the impact of competition on pavement economics.
Technical presentations covered materials, best practices, case histories, research and more. Rich Jucha from ACPA/PA presented on a contractor/aggregate producer led skid study and Heather Steffek from the New York State Chapter presented on full-depth reclamation with portland cement stabilization. PennDOT staffers Joe Cribben, Dave Jarvis, and Pat Baer updated the group, respectively, on CPQI Initiatives, 408 Updates, and Performance Engineered Mixtures.
The conference again included participation and presentations from the concrete precast, pipe and ready-mixed industries. Casting this wider net allowed attendees to dialogue with a diverse mix of suppliers, producers, and others who were drawn to this more diverse program.