Concrete Products

JUL 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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44 • July 2019 Winning Work A visit with 2019 American Concrete Pipe Association Chairman Jeffery Hite Much like his six-year U.S. Marine Corps tour of duty, whose success has been matched in construction and Rinker Materials roles over nearly 30 years since, Jeffery Hite approaches his term as 2019 American Concrete Pipe Association chairman with a mission of bringing out the best in peers, customers and allied interests. The theme for 2019 is straightforward: Work Together. Win. He entered the concrete pipe industry in 2002 after more than a decade building run- ways on remote islands; constructing power lines through major cities, country towns and swamps; plus, earning respect and cred- ibility among federal and state specifying agencies for all matters relating to drainage infrastructure. The heavy/civil construction background, along with skills and disci- pline typical of a U.S. Marine Captain, led to his current role at Rinker Materials. As Director, Technical Promotions he manages eight engineers whose objective is to favor- ably position concrete pipe and box products among department of transportation, munic- ipal, and environmental agency professionals in 20 states. Hite's day-to-day duties with a leading ACPA producer member carry easily to the chairmanship role. On the heels of a well subscribed 2019 Pipe School early in the cal- endar, followed by ACPA board commitments from the annual convention this spring, he intends to assist directors, members and staff with a) building on the association's role as "a valued resource for departments of transpor- tation, municipalities, consulting engineers, and contractors;" b) advancing sound drain- age design and "engineer's choice," whereby drainage system designers specify the best methods and materials for site or project con- ditions, free of political or other influences; and, c) promoting the resilience of concrete pipe and box structures, along with their ability to perform as designed structurally, hydraulically, and from a durability vantage point—while also demonstrating integrity in a flood, fire, hurricane or earthquake. "We have a product supported by specific language in the federal highway FAST Act and Disaster Relief & Recovery Act," he observes. "Concrete pipe is gaining favor at federal, state and local levels as the choice for con- structing resilient infrastructure designed to resist exposure to natural or manmade disasters. Fire in the vicinity of concrete pipe generally does not affect the two fun- damental requirements of a gravity drainage or collection system: structural strength and hydraulic (flow) capacity." Member, committee and staff action on resilience measures, engineer's choice principals, and keeping drainage market stakeholders apprised of concrete pipe and box product value, Hite notes, will enable ACPA to capitalize on current business conditions. PIPE SCHOOL/PIPE SHOW This year brought further validation of the ACPA Pipe School/Pipe Show format and its early-January scheduling. Staged in Arling- ton, Texas, near ACPA headquarters, the 2019 event saw year-over-year attendance gains and stepped up participation from trans- portation officials. Feedback confirmed a program loaded with content and productive exchanges between producers, customers and suppliers in Pipe School and Pipe Show activities. School presenters covered both engi- neering and inspection best practices, along with insights on advocating for drainage infrastructure funding and fostering data- based decision making. A Transportation track joined existing Sales and Technical Marketing, Quality, Production, and Plant Management programs on the Pipe School agenda, and offered a unique opportunity for agency officials at every level to collaborate. "'Why add Transportation?' some asked. In recent Pipe Schools, our Education Com- mittee has seen an increase in participation among departments of transportation and public works agencies," Hite explains. "We knew it was time to offer a forum dedicated to meeting these professionals' unique needs. In its introductory year, the Transpor- tation track was a great success and brought together some of the best and brightest minds across the country. It turned out to be a gathering house of ideas and insight sharing, where officials spoke formally and informally about innovative ways of address- ing drainage engineering, procurement and construction issues they face." He credits Rinker Materials colleague Derek Light with the idea for the program, and the 2018–2019 ACPA Education Com- mittee Chair Dan Sparr (Hancock Concrete Products, Minnesota) for its delivery. The inaugural Transportation track offered per- spectives from Oklahoma Turnpike Authority representatives covering bridge inspection techniques, including precast box culvert structures, along with bigger picture points: How to communicate issues of national significance relative to bridge assets; re-es- tablishing proper condition and appraisal rating practices; and, organizing inspectors' professional obligations. Alabama and Arkansas Departments of Transportation representatives shared experiences informing data-based deci- sions, examining how a) maintenance condition assessment enables public agen- cies to communicate funding requirements to state decision makers in a facts-supported message; and, b) maintenance personnel con- ducting roadway drainage assessments during their daily travels become an asset multiplier. A peer discussed Delaware DOT's approach to categorizing drainage structure failure types and how to tackle problems that hundreds of such structures present. Continued on page 47 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT BY DON MARSH Jeffery Hite

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