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APR 2018

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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www.concreteproducts.com April 2018 • 43 CHAIRMAN'S REPORT MARK OMELANIEC, ACPA performance of pipe sections housed in individual shipping containers with tightly controlled environmental conditions. "We have always acknowledged that stress-rooted cracks can occur in concrete pipe, and can prove that they do not affect drainage system performance or service life," notes Mark Omelaniec. "Competitors have convinced certain agencies that cracks in concrete pipe are a sign of failure. Our research will counter that claim." Alongside the crack-classifying investi- gation, Dr. Abolmaali and his UT Arlington team are testing thin wall specimens with an eye to identifying site and soil conditions to which lighter than conventional concrete pipe products are suited—and competitively positioned against lesser alternatives. Thin wall pipe testing represents the second phase of a 2016 ACPA research project confirming the engineering basis for synthetic or steel fiber replacement of conventional cages in certain concrete drainage structures. PIPE SCHOOL, SHOW, WEEK Eight Langley Concrete Group managers and plant staff ventured in mid-January to Middle Tennessee State University, Murfrees- boro, for the 2018 ACPA Pipe School and Pipe Show. Home to the charter Concrete Industry Management degree program, the Middle Ten- nessee campus drew a solid crowd from across North America for the third installment of ACPA's annual education and trade exhibit. "We had a record participation at the 2018 Pipe School and Pipe Show—440 attendees, including 45 state or municipal agency guests," Omelaniec affirms. "The School program had 30 to 40 percent new attendees, and was filled with great train- ing exercises; marketing, management and education tracks; and a first-time offer- ing, production management certification. Strong Pipe Show interest from producer and associate members proved the industry's com- mitment to capital investment and quality. The entire event was filled with productive activities and had very encouraging engage- ment of younger people." Pipe School participation reflects the suc- cess ACPA has realized with its nine-member state and regional engineer and allied asso- ciation network, he adds, plus a harmonizing of activities with the Canadian Concrete Pipe and Precast Association (CCPPA). The latter A fixture in drainage construction for more than six decades, Langley Concrete Group produces pipe and standard or custom precast structures for Pacific Northwest markets from two British Columbia operations: the flagship Langley Concrete LP, with a 110,000 sq. ft. facility in Chilliwack, and Lombard Precast LP in Victoria. Permitting and site work are under way foran an advanced facility on Vancouver Island to serve as the new Lombard Precast home. Dry or wet cast concrete offerings from the two plants include pipe, manhole, box culvert, catch basins, headwalls, vaults, oil inter- ceptors and the Stormceptor product line. Langley Concrete Group holds American Concrete Pipe Association QCast Plant Certification and in recent audits has scored among top performers in the program's Full Plant, Box Culvert and Manholes, Storm and Sanitary Sewer Pipe, and Precast Structures categories. LANGLEY CONCRETE GROUP At-A-Gl A nce Langley Concrete Group delivered precast concrete box culvert and headwall structures from its QCast-certified operations for a Brit- ish Columbia Ministry of Transportation contract aimed at improving road safety and drainage system capacity. Continued on page 45

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