Indiana Member Contractors Earn National Awards
The 31st Annual National Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards for projects completed in 2019 were presented virtually on December 3, 2020 at the end of ACPA’s Annual National Meeting. 56 judges selected 28 projects representing 23 contractors and 12 Chapter/State Organizations.
Indiana Chapter members and their clients scored 5 of the national awards, which are listed below:
Category: Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) Level: SILVER
State Road 37 Restoration; Mitchell, IN
Contractor: Milestone Contractors, LP
Consulting Engineer: HNTB
Category: County Roads Level: GOLD
Ryan Road Reconstruction, Allen County, IN
Owner: Allen County Highway Department
Contractor: Primco, Inc.
Consulting Engineer: DLZ Indiana
Category: Divided Highways (Rural) Level: SILVER
I-74 Road Reconstruction: Decatur, Franklin & Ripley Counties, IN
Contractor: Milestone Contractors, LP
Category: Overlays (Airports) Level: SILVER
Taxiway C Repair; Grissom Reserve Air Base; Miami County, IN
Owner: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Contractor: E&B Paving, Inc.
Consulting Engineer: CEMS Engineering
Category: Overlays (Streets and Roads) Level: GOLD
Eastside Parkway: Gas City, IN
Owner: Gas City, IN
Contractor: E&B Paving
Consulting Engineer: Municipal Civil
For 31 consecutive years, the ACPA “Excellence in Concrete Pavement” awards have honored quality concrete pavements constructed in the United States and Canada. The awards program encourages high-quality workmanship and serves to highlight industry best-practices and processes… and the professionals who deliver them.
Indiana Chapter ACPA and other state affiliates hold local/state awards earlier in the year, and winners from those programs are eligible for national consideration. Contact Patrick Long ( email@example.com, 317-694-1805) for additional information.
Industry Groups Introduce Web-Based Pavement Design Platform
WASHINGTON (January 8, 2018) – Leading cement and concrete organizations today unveiled a new online pavement design tool that offers features and benefits never before available to the pavement design community.
PavementDesigner.org is free of charge and was created for city, county, and consultant engineers, academia, or anyone involved in design of roadway, industrial, and parking area pavements. PavementDesigner improves upon traditional pavement design software programs, and provides the following value-added features:
- No cost – The platform and is offered completely free of charge, eliminating the expense and burden of ordering software and updates, licenses, etc.
- Immediate access – The platform brings the industry’s best pavement design programs together into a single website that allows professionals to design pavements immediately.
- Cloud storage/retrieval – Users have the option of creating a user ID and password to save their design work, as well as to retrieve projects using any digital device.
Automatic updates and improvements – The online system is automatically updated when new content or details are added. Users will not have to download updated software or “patches.”
 Primary sponsors are the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), the Ready Mixed Concrete (RMC) Research & Education Foundation, and the the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Additional funding and support came from the RCC Pavement Council. The RMC Research and Education Foundation is affiliated with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association.
 PavementDesigner is built on updated versions of ACPA’s StreetPave, AirPave, and WinPAS programs, as well as PCA’s PCAPave program. The portal also includes design guidance, substructure sensitivity, and asphalt design evaluation capabilities.
Purdue University’s Center for Intelligent Infrastructure Making Progress in the SMARTlab and the Field
Dr. Luna Lu, Director of the Center for Intelligent Infrastructure and ACPA Scholar at the Lyles School of Civil Engineering at Purdue University shared an article this month on LinkedIn regarding ongoing developments toward “smart” concrete… We’re excited about the work she is performing and we’re optimistic about prospects for scalable solutions to benefit our road and bridge networks and the communities they serve.
Click here to access the article.