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Preliminary Technical Program

International Conference on Optimizing Paving Concrete Mixtures and Accelerated Concrete Pavement Construction and Rehabilitation

November 7 to 9, 2007 - Atlanta, Georgia

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It is becoming an established practice in the United States to require that concrete pavements provide low-maintenance service lives of 40 or more years. Damage to concrete pavements over the service life is expected to be due to traffic and environmental loadings and not due to concrete materials failure. Therefore, concrete durability is an important attribute of paving concrete. For long-life concrete pavements, the engineering criteria for concrete that are most important are workability (matching the concrete to the paving and finishing operations), durability, and strength. Most production concrete paving on the primary roadway network is carried out using slipform pavers that necessitate use of concrete that is workable, can be easily consolidated, will not segregate, and can be finished to achieve the desired geometric shape. The finished end product needs to be durable—no early-age distress or materials-related distress. Concrete mixture optimization involves the adaptation of available concrete making resources to meet varying engineering criteria, construction operations requirements, and economic needs.

Another requirement that is defining how concrete pavements are constructed relates to the need to maintain an accelerated construction schedule for concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation. Construction traffic congestion and construction zone safety are key concerns of motorists and State highway agencies. A goal of all highway agencies is to "Get In, Get Out, and Stay Out" when dealing with major highway pavement construction and rehabilitation. However, many State highway agencies are finding that considerable resources are needed to lessen the negative effects resulting from construction within urban high-volume traffic areas. In order to minimize the need for frequent pavement construction and rehabilitation activities in high-impact corridors, highway agencies consider use of concrete pavement as a cost-effective long-term solution for these corridors. The use of concrete pavement under these conditions poses many challenges. These challenges can be addressed successfully through careful planning, use of the right construction processes, optimizing construction zone traffic management, and public awareness programs.

This 2½–day conference is being organized as a part of technology transfer activities for the national Concrete Pavement Technology Program that operates within the Federal Highway Administration. The conference will provide an international forum to address various aspects of concrete mixture optimization and accelerated concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation that result in long-life concrete pavements.


This conference is targeted at pavement, materials, and construction professionals who are involved in various aspects of concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation. These professionals include Federal, State, and municipal engineers; consulting engineers; contractors; materials suppliers; testing professionals; and academia. The conference should also be of interest to planners and traffic management professionals involved in construction and rehabilitation of highway corridors with high-volume traffic. The conference will provide discussion on:

  1. best practices for optimizing paving concrete to achieve concrete that is workable for slipform paving and remains durable.
  2. best practices for accelerated concrete pavement construction and rehabilitation, considering early-age concrete requirements, acceptance testing processes, and construction zone traffic management. Specifically, case studies will be presented for nighttime, weekend, and full-closure construction/rehabilitation.
Conference Program Summary
November 6
November 7
November 8
November 9
  Group Breakfast Group Breakfast Group Breakfast
  Plenary Accelerated
Construction/Rehab 2
Concrete Mixture
Optimization 3
  Concrete Mixture
Optimization 1
Concrete Mixture
Optimization 2
Forum 3*
  Group Lunch Group Lunch Noon – end of Conference
Registration Starts 3:00 PM Accelerated
Construction/Rehab 1
General Session  
  Forum 1* Forum 2*  
(Exhibition Area)
Group Dinner Dinner on Your Own  

  • *Forum 1: Accelerated Construction and Rehabilitation—Weekend and Nighttime Closures (Georgia and Washington State Case Studies) Forum 1 details
  •  Forum 2: Concrete Mixture Optimization Forum 2 details
  •  Forum 3: Accelerated Construction and Rehabilitation—Full Closure (Detroit M-10/Lodge Freeway Case Study) Forum 3 details
Registration Details (all fees are in U.S. dollars)
(by July 15, 2007)
(after July 15, 2007)
Very Late
(after September 30, 2007)
General registration 275 325 375
Government agencies
(U.S. only)
225 275 325
Authors and academia 225 275 325
Students 175 225 275
Spouses 150 200 250
(one free registration)
1,200 1,500 NA

Registration fee includes Tuesday evening reception; breakfast on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday; lunch on Wednesday and Thursday; dinner on Wednesday; and breaks.

Potential exhibitors should contact Shiraz Tayabji at or by phone at 410-997-0400 to reserve space.

Preliminary Technical Program – June 1, 2007
Nov 71 — PLENARYKeynote PresentationsFederal Highway Administration/Georgia Department of Transportation/ American Concrete Pavement Association
  Paving Concrete Mixtures—What We Need, Where We AreInvited
  Accelerated Concrete Pavement Construction and Rehabilitation—the ChallengeInvited
 2 — CONCRETE MIXTUREConcrete Mixture Issues for USAF Airfield PavementsRaymond Rollings, James Greene, and Ronald HutchinsonRollings Consulting
  Iowa's Experience Utilizing Optimized Concrete Paving MixturesTodd Hanson Iowa Department of Transportation
  Concrete Pavement Mixture Design and Proportioning GuideLeif WathneAmerican Concrete Pavement Association
  Optimized Concrete Paving Mixtures: Their Origin and EvolutionJames Shilstone, Sr., and James Shilstone, Jr.Shilstone & Associates, Inc.
 3 — ACCELERATED CONSTRUCTIONNondestructive Testing Techniques for Acceptance of Concrete During Accelerated ConstructionSoheil Nazarian, Deren Yuan, Farhad Ansari, and Don AlexanderUniversity of Texas El Paso
  Rapid Concrete Panel Replacement in Washington State: Lessons LearnedSteve Muench, Brett Ozolin, Jeff Uhlmeyer, and Linda PierceUniversity of Washington
  Precast Concrete Pavements and Results of Traffic Load TestsErwin Kohler, Louw du Plessis, Peter Smith, John Harvey, and Tom PyleUniversity of California at Davis
  New Technique for the Rapid Construction and Rehabilitation of Concrete PavementsN.X.C. Bax, A.W.F.M. van Deurzen, and A.A.A. MolenaarBeton Son
 4 — FORUM 1Accelerated Construction (Nighttime and Weekend Closures)
Nov 85 — ACCELERATED CONSTRUCTIONUse of Heavy Vehicle Simulators to Evaluate Technologies for Rapid Concrete Pavement RehabilitationErwin Kohler, Louw du Plessis, and John HarveyUniversity of California at Davis
  Study on Factors Influencing Characteristics of High-Strength Concrete for Airport PavementsYoshitaka Hachiya, J. Noda, S. Kameta, T. Tochigi, Y. Tsubokawa, R. Maekawa, and Y. TakieuchiPort and Airport Research Institute, Japan
  CA4PRS Use in Washington StateBrett Ozolin, Steve Muench, Jeff Uhlmeyer, and Linda PierceUniversity of Washington
  Precast Prestressed Concrete Pavement for Rapid Bridge Approach Slab ReconstructionMark Dunn, Michael LaViolette, David Merritt, and Sam TysonIowa Department of Transportation
 6 — CONCRETE MIXTUREDesign Concrete Mixtures for High Performance PavementsMauricio Ruiz and Ted FerragutThe Transtec Group, Inc.
  Evaluation of Ternary Concrete Mixtures with GGBFS and Fly Ash for Concrete PavementsAdam Rudy, Jan Olek, Tommy Nantung, and Richard NewellPurdue University
  Lab of the Future—Mixture Design and Analysis for Optimized Concrete Paving PerformanceRichard Meininger and Jussara TanesiFederal Highway Administration
  Material and Construction Optimization for Prevention of Premature Pavement Distress in PCC PavementsJim GroveNational Concrete Pavement Technology Center
 7 — GENERAL SESSIONDowel Retrofitting with Rapid Hardening Repair Materials: Lessons LearnedRobert Gulyas and Sandra SproutsBASF Construction Chemicals
  Economical Rehabilitation of Concrete PavementsChris Ramseyer and Brent ChancellorUniversity of Oklahoma
  Concrete Mix Properties to Optimize Concrete Pavement Design and Performance Using the MEPDGChetana Rao, Jagannath Mallela, Michael Darter, and Leslie Titus-GloverARA, Inc
  Petrographic Analysis of Concrete Pavements for Assessing Material Properties for Early-Age Shrinkage and Other DistressesTom Patty and Kevin CopelandWJE Associates, Inc.
 8 — FORUM 2Concrete Mixture Optimization—Case Studies and New Directions
Nov 99 — CONCRETE MIXTUREStrength and Deicer Scaling Resistance of Grade 100 and Grade 120 Slag Cement ConcreteIrene LaBarca, Ryan Foley, and Steve CramerWisconsin Department of Transportation
  From Concrete Mixture Design to Mixture Proportioning and Analysis With the FHWA COMPASS SoftwareMauricio Ruiz and Sabrina GarberThe Transtec Group, Inc.
  Effect of Different Air Entraining Agents, Supplementary Cementitious Materials, and Water Reducing Agent on the Air Void Structure of Fresh MortarTyson Rupnow, V. Schaefer, K. Wang, and P. TikalskyIowa State University
  Using Internal Curing in Concrete PavementsNorbert Delatte and John ClearyCleveland State University
 10 — FORUM 3Accelerated Construction and Rehabilitation—Full Closure (Detroit M-10/Lodge Freeway Case Study)

Conference Venue/Hotel

The conference will be held at the Westin Hotel Atlanta Airport, located within minutes of Atlanta's Hartsfield–Jackson International Airport. The conference room rate of $124 (approved Federal rate of $124 for U.S.–based government agency staff), single or double, plus applicable taxes (currently about 15 percent), is available to all attendees, but you must make your reservation by October 16, 2007 (or earlier if the room block sells out). This rate is good November 5–9, 2007. The group reservation code for the conference is "Concrete Pavement Conference."

Conference Steering Committee

Shiraz Tayabji (CTLGroup) (Chair), Angel Correa (Federal Highway Administration), Mohamad Elfino (Virginia Department of Transportation), Georgene Geary (Georgia Department of Transportation), Wouter Gulden (American Concrete Pavement Association – Southeast Chapter), Kurt Smith (Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.), Paul Tikalsky (University of Utah), Sam Tyson (Federal Highway Administration), Jeff Uhlmeyer (Washington State Department of Transportation), and Leif Wathne (American Concrete Pavement Association).

Secretary: Seungwook Lim, PE (CTLGroup)

For additional information, contact:

Shiraz Tayabji, Ph.D., PE
CTL Group
9030 Red Branch Road, Suite 110
Columbia, MD 21045 USA
Phone: 410-997-0400; Fax: 410-997-8480;

 Nighttime operations at a concrete mixing plant. Traffic congestion due to closed lanes for construction activity.

Sponsored by

Federal Highway Administration
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
American Concrete Pavement Association
Cement Association of Canada
Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute
Georgia Department of Transportation
International Society for Concrete Pavements
Portland Cement Association
Transportation Research Board

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