Concrete Products

MAR 2019

Concrete Products covers the issues that attract producers of ready mixed and manufactured concrete focusing on equipment and material technology, market development and management topics.

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10 • March 2019 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS INFRASTRUCTURE Underground infrastructure projects at airports will be easier for pre- cast concrete producers to bid after release of the Federal Aviation Administration's Approved Advisory Circular Specifications for 2019. The 717-page document specifies precast concrete for all underground drainage structures for the first time, and stems from three years of FAA and National Precast Concrete Association collaboration. Effective immediately, the circular cites the NPCA Plant Certifi- cation Program (or equivalent) as the required quality assurance/ quality control component for precast structures on FAA projects. The specification comes on the heels of last fall's five-year Congressional reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Act, which earmarks $96.7 billion for aviation, a portion of which will go to infrastructure improvements at airports across the United States. It is mandatory for the more than 19,000 airport authorities under FAA jurisdiction and projects funded under the Airport Improvement Program. The NPCA certification requirement also aligns the new FAA specifica- tion with a Department of Defense certification requirement in the Unified Facilities Guide Specification. "This is an important specification upgrade for the precast con- crete industry," says NPCA President Ty Gable. "The previous FAA spec did not mention precast concrete and was not up to date on materials such as self-consolidating concrete and some commonly used admix- tures. We worked closely with the FAA to align the specification with the appropriate ASTM [standards]. The result is that precast concrete is now specified for underground drainage structures and there is a clear distinction between precast and poured-in-place concrete." NPCA Director of Certification and Regulatory Services Rich Kro- lewski initially met in Washington, D.C. with FAA Director of Airport Safety and Standards John Dermody to review the advantages of align- ing FAA specifications with ASTM standards. After receiving approvals from Dermody, Krolewski conferred over a three-year period with FAA Senior Pavement Engineer Greg Kline to craft circular language. While the process took longer than expected, "We made it through with a update to our specifications and it also provided FAA with a great working relationship," Kline affirms. "This supports the concept that government and industry should—and do—work together." NPCA hails a first for underground precast structures in new FAA spec HOBBY AIRPORT PHOTO: Locke Solutions Know your delivery cycle Boost ready mix and aggregates fleet efficiency and control operations costs Status auto-sensing | Accurate location updates | Hours of Service (HoS) tracking | Business analytics and reports Over 2 million vehicles use Trimble transportation technology. Learn more at or call +1.480.489.2270 Smith T. Current Status ON(D) at 6/22/17 8:22/17 AM CDT Gain Time At N/A 08:00 Available Driver Time Rest Beak Status Options Driver Shipment Trailers Logs DVIR 06/22/17 08:33 am CDT Smith T. compliant ELD

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