Author Archives: Brent Burwell

Improving Concrete Through Reduced Cement Factors

Findings from the FHWA Mobile Concrete Trailer (MCT)

The FHWA Mobile Concrete Laboratory. It is used to deploy promising new technologies related to concrete paving through a variety of technology transfer activities.

The FHWA Mobile Concrete Trailer has been collecting data from concrete pavement projects across the country has has recently released a one page fact sheet detailing their findings. Included in the report are the impacts of high cement contents and ways to reduce cement content. Please click on the link below to view the one page brief:

MCT Finding – High Cement Factors

 

 

Oklahoma Concrete Pavement Award Nominations

The nomination period for Oklahoma concrete pavement awards for projects built in 2016 is now open. Deadline is December 9th, 2016. Please get your submittals in early!

Oklahoma Concrete Pavement Bus Tour

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Central Plains Cement Plant

OK/AR Chapter, ACPA conducted its annual fall Oklahoma Concrete Pavement Review Bus Tour September 27th. After reviewing several concrete pavements along I 35 and the Cimarron Turnpike (many miles of which were 30 -40 years old), participants were treated a tour of the ACPA member Central Plains Cement Company’s manufacturing plant in Tulsa. OK/AR Chapter board member Joe Bush, along with fellow CPCC employees Megan Dangel and Bob Sanders hosted the tour and provided a fantastic BBQ lunch. The group also made a stop at ACPA member Duit Construction’s ongoing project on US 266 and finished up with a review of several concrete pavement sections on US 75 and I 40 before returning to Oklahoma City.

OK/AR Chapter, ACPA Awards Scholarships to Local Students

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OU Civil Engineering student Jeremy Ng receiving Scholarship check from OK/AR ACPA Executive Director, Brent Burwell

OK/AR Chapter, ACPA handed out scholarships to two local students in August as they prepared to return to fall classes. Students pursuing a degree in civil engineering or construction management and who work as an intern for an OK/AR Chapter member company are eligible for this scholarship.

Jeremey Ng spent his summer as an intern for MacArthur Associated Consultants. He is a senior at the University of Oklahoma and plans to graduate in the Spring with a BS in Civil Engineering. He had a chance to work on site at a concrete paving project at Will Rogers World Airport this summer where he witnessed first hand the importance given to material testing and sampling that he had learned while in school. He also spent time working with a design squad and was introduced to WinPas and PCase pavement design software.

Will Little is a Construction Management student at Oklahoma State University who spent the summer working as an intern for Allen Contracting. Will was able to gain broad concrete paving experience including spending time working on the construction of a concrete pavement on Western Avenue in the City of Stillwater. He will be returning to OSU this Fall as a Junior.

Congratulations to both our 2016 Scholarship winners!

 

Blaine County Overlay Underway

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SH 51 Blaine County

Construction on SH 51 in Blaine County began earlier this week. The new section will consist of a 5″ thick bonded concrete overlay placed on the newly milled surface of the existing HMA pavement. The contractor, Duit Construction, placed about 20oo’ before deciding to stop paving due to high temperatures. The contractor is planning on switching to night paving to avoid further temperature limitations and reduce inconvenience to the traveling public.