The International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA) recently joined forces with its partner organisation, the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) to host a press conference at the World of Concrete Expo in Las Vegas, Nevada. The press conference was aimed to disseminate the latest in industry news and research.
Announcing a new white paper titled “Diamond Grinding: A Safe, Sustainable, Quiet and Cost-Effective Solution to Better Roadways.”
The paper holds significance in enhancing the industry’s knowledge base by emphasising the potential benefits in sustainability and cost reduction through the implementation of effective pavement preservation and maintenance.
It consolidates research findings, case studies, and additional evidence, illustrating how agencies and engineers can attain durable, efficient, comfortable, and safe highway travel.
The study also addresses challenges such as sustainability, noise levels, the urban heat island effect, and budget constraints, which are all achieved by employing pavement diamond grinding.
“Diamond grinding is the only highway surface treatment that is, in many situations, cost and carbon negative,” said Nick Davis, the Director of Technical Services at the IGGA.
The ACPA has also unveiled new tools and resources for 2024 to assist decision-makers in tackling global challenges, such as growing inflation and adapting to new Federal funding structures, all aimed at optimising financial resources. Some of the new resources that can be accessed are:
New Report – ‘How Agencies can reduce Costs by Improving the Competitiveness of their Bid Environments’. The report provides a comprehensive overview of industry research, including studies conducted by the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub). This research delves into the examination of how the allocation of Department of Transportation (DOT) paving expenditures among various industries influences paving unit costs.
Reduced-Carbon Concrete Consortium – With the assistance of the APCPA, the RC3 aims to distribute funding details, streamline application submissions, offer technical support, and bolster contractor readiness by focusing on crucial next steps, including the preparation of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs).
Case Study Library – Check out the ever-growing library of long-life pavement case studies here.