August 2-4, 2022 at Indianapolis, IN
Program Highlights

The American Concrete Pavement Association will present a three-day national workshop on best practices used in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of concrete pavements used for airport applications.

The workshop program will feature technical presentations by subject matter experts with practical experience in the topic areas.  Leading the discussions will be experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Transportation System Center, the FAA Headquarters Office of Airport Safety and Standards, Air Force Civil Engineering Center, ACPA, and companies with direct involvement in the design and construction of FAA and Tri-Services projects.


The workshop will be held August 2-4 at the new Indianapolis Airport Authority Planning and Development Office located at 3747 S. Highschool Rd, Indianapolis, IN.


The workshop is intended for owners’ representatives, design engineers, contractor personnel, and others with an interest in concrete pavement design, construction, and rehabilitation for airport applications.


The cost of the three-day workshop is $850 for members and government employees, and $975 for non–members. Register online using the form at the bottom of this page.

Group Discussion Focuses on Solutions

 A popular element of ACPA’s airport pavement training program is open discussions about interpreting and applying airport concrete pavement specifications used by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) P–501 and Unified Facilities Guide Specification (UFGS) 32 13 14.13 specifications.

This group discussion serves as a guide for interpreting, gaining a better understanding, and gaining practical insights about the specifications.

The discussion will be based on field experience and guidance from top pavement experts. Much of this information has been gained by working with contractors, owner’s representatives, military engineers, and others with direct, first-hand experience.  The discussion is not intended as a basic primer on the specifications; instead, it will cover details of specification-related issues, challenges, and questions that commonly occur on the grade.

Event Schedule

7:30 AM — 8:00 AM – Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Welcome and Workshop Agenda; Steve Friess, Milestone Construction LP, 1st Vice Chair, ACPA Board of Directors; Mike Byers, Executive Director, ACPA, Indiana Chapter, and Gary Mitchell, Chief of Engineering and Construction, ACPA)

This presentation will welcome everyone to the workshop. The attendees will provide self-introductions and ACPA’s Chief Engineer will outline the content of the workshop and discuss the objective of the concrete paving industry in holding this all-important workshop.

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM–FAA Great Lakes Region Welcome and Discussion of Regional Issues (Michael Ferry, FAA Great Lakes Region)

This presentation will welcome all to the FAA Great Lakes Region. Great Lakes Region pavement engineer, Michael Ferry will discuss expectations of the FAA for paving projects as well as highlight and discuss some of the issues important to the FAA Great Lakes Region.

9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – United States Department of Defense’s Air Force Welcome, Introduction, and Discussion of Agency Concerns (Dr. Craig RUTLAND, Pavement Subject Mater Expert, Air Force Civil Engineering Center)

In this presentation, Dr. Rutland will discuss the various aspects of airfield pavement requirements from the government’s perspective. The discussion will center around the airfield pavement using agency’s concerns and why strict requirements for high quality, durable pavements are so important.

9:45 AM – 10:00 AM – Break

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Concrete Paving Fundamentals (Gary Mitchell, ACPA)

This lesson will discuss basic terminology of airfield pavement, critical design aspects, important components for pavement performance, various distresses and their causes, and quality in airfield pavements. In addition, implication of poor quality, lack of process control, and the effect of variability will be discussed.

10:45 AM – 11:15 AM – Overview of Department of Defense Guidance (UFC’s & Engineering Technical Letters) (Captain Joe Halley, Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)

Numerous guide documents exist that must be followed for the design and construction of military pavements. This lesson will present a brief discussion of the required guidance and engineering technical letters that should be followed for military airfield pavement design and construction.

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM – Overview of Federal Aviation Administration Guidance on Pavement Design and Construction (Advisory Circulars & Engineering Briefs) (Harold Honey, FAA)

Numerous guide documents exist that must be followed for the design and construction of commercial pavements using Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funds. This lesson will present a brief discussion of the required guidance and engineering briefs that should be followed for FAA airfield pavement design and construction.

11:45 AM – Noon – Measuring Water Content of Fresh Concrete (Dr. Tyler Ley, Oklahoma State University)

Water perhaps has the largest impact on the performance of concrete. How do you know when you have right during productions? Current concrete specifications have no provision to measure the water/cementitious material ratio of the concrete as placed other than what is recorded on batch tickets. In this presentation, the importance of the water/cementitious, how to measure during production, the importance of knowing the water/cementitious material ratio of in-place concrete, and potential uses of the water/cementitious materials ratio for strength acceptance will be discussed and debated.

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch (Provided)

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – FAA Specifications for Subbase, Base, and Stabilized Base Construction (Harold Honey, FAA)

Subbase, base, and stabilized base construction are all important for proper airfield pavement construction. The lesson will present and discuss FAA specification requirements for P-154, P209, P304, and other specification items in AC 150/5370-10.

1:45 PM – 2:30 PM—Selecting Aggregates for Concrete Pavement (Dr. Tyler Ley, Oklahoma State University)

All aggregates are not created equal. Different aggregates behave and perform differently when used for base materials and/or concrete mixtures. Difference in aggregate physical, chemical, durability, and mechanical properties affect various testing and behavioral characteristics of concrete pavement. Availability and aggregate properties all effect the cost and impact concrete and base material specifications. This discussion will include various aggregate types and their impact on pavement and concrete mixtures performance.

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM — Break

2:45 PM – 3:30 PM — The Case for Limestone Cement in Airfield Pavements (Jim Mack, Cemex)

As agencies move to more sustainable concrete mixtures, cement companies are changing cement production from Type I/II to Portland Limestone Cement (PLC). This change is often misunderstood by contractors, airport sponsors, and engineers. This lesson will present the explanation of PLC production and highlight the difference between Type I/II cement and PLC.

3:30 PM – 4:15 PM — Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for airfield concrete pavements (Angela Folkestad, CO/WY ACPA)

EPD’s for concrete mixtures are becoming required information for airfield paving projects. Much discussion is centered around the use of EPD to indicate the reduction of carbon as the concrete paving industry moves toward being carbon neutral by 2050. The current practice of using EPD’s, the pros and cons of EPD as an indicator of carbon reduction from cradle to gate as compared to cradle to grave will be discussed in this lesson.

4:15 PM – 4:45 Mix Design requirements for Airfield Paving (Sarah Sanders, CO/WY ACPA)

There are many misunderstandings pertaining to the airfield concrete pavement requirements for mix design constituents and processes to meet the requirements of 32 13 14.13 and P-501. Airfield paving concrete requirements are more rigorous than for other applications. This lesson will present the process and what is required for the mixture design submittal to meet the 32 13 14.13 and P-501 requirements as defined by TSPWG M 3-250-04.97-05 Proportioning Concrete Mixtures with Graded Aggregates for Rigid Airfield Pavements.

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM – Day two wrap up and a short address from our Workshop Sponsors.

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 8:15 AM – Review and Q & A from Day 1 and a short address from our Workshop Sponsors

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM – Construction Techniques (Gary Mitchell, ACPA)

This lesson will discuss various considerations for construction techniques. Topics of discussion will include concrete placement issues, dowel bar installation and tolerances, concrete consolidation/vibration effort, finishing/curing, protection against rain, etc. In addition, this lesson will include a detailed discussion of joint type and layout as well as joint sealing.

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – Contractor Quality Control/Quality Assurance Requirements for Quality Concrete Pavements (Martin Holt, IHC)

In this lesson, attendees will learn what should be included in a contractor quality control program. Topics of discussion include process control requirements, contractor QC requirements, testing requirements, control charts, reporting, etc. Emphasis will be from the contractor point of view as to what should be included in a QC program to exceed the specification requirement.

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM – Break

10:15 AM – 11:05 AM - P-501 Federal Aviation Administration Concrete Pavement Specification (Harold Honey, FAA)

FAA Advisory Circular 150/5370-10, Item P-501 is the guide specification for airfield concrete pavement construction. In this lesson, the attendees will gain an understanding of the requirements and intent of the airfield concrete pavement specification. Discussion will define the agency requirements for producing high quality, durable, pavements. Topics will include aggregate and other material requirements, tolerances, strength requirement, and acceptance criteria.

11:05 AM – Noon – Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC) 32 13 14.13 Concrete Pavement Specifications (Larry Stringer, USACE Transportation System Center)

Unified Facilities Criteria part 32 13 14.13 is the guide specification for airfield concrete pavement construction. In this lesson, the attendees will gain an understanding of the requirements and intent of the Tri-Services airfield concrete pavement specification. Discussion will center around agency requirements for producing high quality, durable pavement and why some stringent requirements are necessary. Topics will include aggregate and other material requirements, tolerances, and expectations of the contractor performing the work.

Noon – 1:00 PM – Lunch (provided)

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Quality Control and Quality Assurance from the Department of Defense perspective. (Aaron Maki, USACE TSC)

Quality control and quality assurance for military airfield pavement is more stringent than typical concrete pavement practices. This lesson will discuss Quality control issues, experiences, and expectations from the Government’s perspective for airfield paving.

2:00 PM – 2:40 PM – The Airfield Pavement Inspector’s Role (Aaron Maki, USACE TSC)

From the subgrade to finish grade, Government inspectors are monitoring the construction of airfield pavements. This lesson will discuss the role of the inspector for airfield paving. The topic will also cover what the inspector is looking for during each process of airfield paving.

2:40 PM – 3:00 PM -- The Disconnect Between the FAA and Airport Authorities & ASTM A 1078 Type1 Spec (Glenn Elder, American Highway)

Dowel bars specification are often confusing as it pertains to the required coatings. FAA requirements are for the minimum standards for performance. This presentation will present the requirements for the dowel bar coatings on dowels used for airfield paving.

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Break

3:15 PM – 4:00 PM – Airfield Pavement Smoothness (Michael Gerardi, APR Consultants)

In this lesson airfield pavement smoothness will be presented. Discussion will center around short- and long-wavelength smoothness, effects of rough pavements on aircraft, and various methods of measuring airfield pavement smoothness.

4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Airfield Pavement Construction Safety (Airfield Safety Manager, Milestone Construction)

From the concrete pavement plant to the paver on the grade, airfield pavement safety is a critical aspect of pavement construction. The lesson will discuss safety requirements around plant from working stockpiles and loading aggregates at the plant to safety when working around deliver of concrete to the paver.

4:45 PM – 5:00 PM – Day two wrap up and a short address from our Workshop Sponsors.

7:30 AM – 8:00 AM – Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM – Sustainability and Concrete Pavements (Jim Mack, Cemex)

Sustainability and Resiliency are becoming more important with ongoing challenges with global climate changes. The FAA is including consideration of resilient and sustainable practices in airfield pavement infrastructure in the design and construction process. Concrete pavements are both sustainable and resilient. This lesson will discuss some of the challenges with global climate change and how concrete pavements can be used to address these challenges.

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM - The case for concrete overlay for general aviation airports (Gary Mitchell, ACPA)

The FAA is committed to building sustainable and resilient pavement for future airport infrastructure. Concrete overlays are particularly useful for sustainable and resilient pavement at general aviation facilities. This presentation will discuss the benefits of concrete overlays for general aviation airports, why concrete overlays are ideal for general aviation, and general guidance for overlay design

9:30 AM -10:15 Carbon Sequester for Airfield Pavements (Christie Gamble/Shannon Seipel, Carbon Cure)

CO2 Mineralization has been used on over 20 million cubic yards of concrete to reduce the concrete's carbon footprint while maintaining concrete performance. This presentation will detail the process of CO2 mineralization, its impacts on concrete, and its potential to support sustainability objectives on FAA concrete paving applications.

10:15 – 10:30 Break

10:30 – Noon – Planning for Sustainable Construction; Indianapolis International Airport Case Study (Drew Genneken, Indianapolis International Airport; Nate Summers, Kimley-Horn; Ozinga, and Walsh Construction)

Indianapolis International Airport is reconstructing Runway 5R-23L. The Indianapolis Airport Authority is committed to sustainable construction practices in the rehabilitation of the runway. Various sustainable construction practices were considered to reduce embodied carbon. The presentation will provide a case study of the planning, design, and construction from the perspective of the Airport Sponsor, Engineer, Concrete Supplier, and Contractor. A site tour of the project will follow.

Noon– 1:30 PM –Lunch

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM – Load buses and travel to runway construction site

2:00 – 3:30 – Runway tour

3:30 PM – 4:00 PM – Load buses and return to training center. Day three wrap up, discussion, evaluation, and questions and answers.

Event Venue
IAA Planning and Development Office
Registration is open now through Friday, July 29th. We hope to see you in Indy!
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