2013 – Another year of achievements for ASCP
RMS R83 Specification Review
RMS R83 ConcretePavement Base was the topic of the first Sydney forum in February 2013, atwhich proposed major review items were discussed and feedback provided to RMS. This was the second time such interaction wasfacilitated for this specification, the first being in February 2010.
Collaborative interactions between clients or specifyingauthorities and industry, have been a frequent feature of ASCP events, and muchappreciated by the industry as a whole.
The eventual outcome for R83has been a major rewriting and incorporation of (the now withdrawn) R84 Continuously Reinforced Concrete Base.
Silicone Sealants investigation
Another topic of collaborativeeffort related to issues around recent occurrences of failures in siliconesealants. At the initiative of ASCP, aninvestigation into factors related to these failures was undertaken. Following and ASCP report on the matter, and discussionswith RMS, recommended changed practices were agreed and an RMS Quality Alert(no 34) was issued. The issues anddetails of the recommendations contained in Quality Alert 34 were then presentedat our February 2013 forum for information and discussion by Members andindustry.
The ASCP report and the RMSQuality Alert can be found on our website Resourcespage.
NEW! Concrete Pavement Design &Construction courses
In 2012, ASCP and the Centre for Pavement EngineeringEducation (CPEE) agreed on the need for a short course in Concrete PavementDesign & Construction for engineers and engineering technologists workingin the field of heavy duty concrete road pavements. ASCP contributed towards the cost ofdeveloping the course and course materials, and assisted in reviewing the coursematerials. CPEE managed the developmentof the course, and the ongoing delivery of the courses.
In its first year, the course was presented in Sydney, Brisbane,Melbourne and Perth to a total of 68 delegates. Feedback on the course was extremely positive.
Dates for 2014 courses willsoon be shown on the Events page of our website.
ASCP 2013 Concrete Pavements Conference
ASCP held its second biennial Concrete Pavements Conference in Sydney on 12 August 2013, with almost100 people attending. There were elevenpresentations and ten technical papers presented. Five of the presenters were notablepractitioners from USA who attended and presented at the invitation of ASCP.
The Conference concluded with a Cocktail function anddinner. The guest speaker at the dinnerwas Peter Wellings, General Manager Infrastructure Contracts, Roads &Maritime Services NSW. Mr Wellings, whohad addressed ASCP’s first forum in March 2008, commented most favourably onthe significant progress in major concrete road pavement construction andquality over the 5 year period, and the benefit of ASCP in such endeavours andachievements.
Feedback on the value and quality of the Conference wasexceptionally high, and delegates reinforced the ASCP Executive’s belief in thevalue of having international experts present at these Conferences.
Conference papers and PowerPoint presentations were providedto Conference delegates on USBs, and these may be purchased from ASCP by thoseinterested.
At the time of conducting theConference, industry economic conditions were at a low level, and manyorganisations had limited expenditure on Conference and other attendance byemployees. Consequently, delegate numberswere lower than expected, although similar to the numbers from our firstConference in 2011. ASCP accepted asmall financial loss from presenting this Conference, but the ASCP NationalExecutive had already planned for a loss, taking into account the economicconditions and the value of presenting this important event with the valuable informationit provides. The support of theConference Sponsors and Exhibitors is greatly appreciated, especially under theprevailing economic conditions at the time.
Education – Grey Card Courses
Under its ongoing agreement with RMS, ASCP delivered 14 Grey Card (pavement) courses to some 247trainees during 2013.
These courses address the essentials of quality concreteroad pavement construction as required under RMS specifications. RMS mandates under its general contractconditions that employees hold a GreyCard to ensure that they have undergone such training.
Enquires for the delivery of Grey Card courses should be made to theASCP Executive Director. Courses aregenerally delivered for specific project requirements, but can be provided fora general audience if numbers are sufficient for a course to be cost effective.
The 2013 scholarship was awarded to Michael Heathwood toattend the Los Angeles Airfield andHighways Pavement Conference in June 2013. Michael’s report will soon be posted to the Resources page of ourwebsite, and Michael will be presenting some of his findings at our 2014forums.
The ASCP Scholarship programcommenced in 2012, and applications for 2014 are to be submitted by the end ofFebruary 2014. Details can be obtainedfrom the article on this scholarship on our Newspage on the website.
ASCP Honorary Member Award
ASCP introduced the award of Honorary Member in 2012, to recognise industry practitioners whohave made outstanding contributions to the concrete pavement industry inAustralia.
To date, this award has been granted to Arvo Tinni and JohnHodgkinson.
Nominations for 2014 close at the end of February. Details can be found on our News page on our website.