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Announcement and Call for Papers
National Conference on Preservation, Repair, and Rehabilitation of Concrete Pavements
April 22-24, 2009 - St. Louis, Missouri
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There has never been a greater need for maintaining and improving the condition of the nation's roadway system!
Well-designed and well-constructed concrete pavements can be expected to provide low-maintenance service life, well exceeding the as-designed service life. The majority of pavements in the U.S. interstate and primary systems were designed on the basis of a 20- to 25-year initial service life, and many miles of these pavements are in service after more than 30 to 35 years. However, concrete pavements do deteriorate with time and traffic loadings and because of concrete material failures. But, sound corrective measures performed in a timely manner can greatly extend the service life of existing concrete pavements. These corrective measures include preservation treatments, repair/restoration activities, and rehabilitation (PRR). The goal of the corrective measures is to extend the useful life of concrete pavements (structural capacity and functional characteristics) with the least life-cycle costs.
Over the last two decades, there has been much progress in developing effective PRR techniques. However, many gaps remain, and many practices are not implemented consistently from one region to another. An important technical limitation is associated with our ability to rationally determine what treatments need to be performed at what stage in the pavement's life and what are the consequences of delaying needed treatments. In today's environment, where the highway agency budgets cannot fully meet the needs for managing the pavement assets while there is no lessening in traffic growth and public expectations, it is important that the limited funds available to maintain our highway systems be expended in an optimum manner.
This 2.5-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 a national forum to address various aspects of concrete pavement preservation, repair, and rehabilitation activities and strategies that result in SAFER, SMOOTHER, AND EXTENDED SERVICE LIFE concrete pavements with the least life-cycle costs.
Papers and conference presentations are solicited both nationally and internationally on a wide range of topics dealing with technologies to optimize the preservation, repair, and rehabilitation of concrete pavements. Papers and presentations dealing with emerging issues related to these topics are also encouraged. Specifically, papers are solicited on the following topics:
Preliminary Technical Program
The conference program will consist of about 30 peer-reviewed papers and selected invited presentations for the forums. Highlights of the conference will be case studies from U.S. highway agencies, industry, and international practices. The tentative technical program is given below:
Paper Submissions and Peer Review
Paper acceptance for the technical sessions will be on the basis of peer review of manuscripts. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature, and must not have been previously published. Papers will be limited to the least of 7,500 words or 25 pages. Each table and figure will count as 250 words. The paper review copies should be submitted as a PDF file or as an MS Word document, either format not to exceed 10 MB in size. The papers will be prepared using Times Roman 12 pt font and the text will be single-spaced. The final paper copy will be submitted as an MS Word document not to exceed 10 MB in size. The papers should include both conventional and SI units, the primary unit being the author's preference.
Each selected paper will be peer reviewed by members of the Technical Program Subcommittee of the Conference Steering Committee. Final selection will be made after the completed papers have been reviewed. All papers selected for presentation at the conference will be distributed to conference attendees on a CD and as part of the printed conference proceedings.
All first authors will need to register by February 15, 2009, and submit electronic versions of their papers by March 1, 2009, to be included in the final program. In addition, authors' presentations (MS PowerPoint) must be received by April 10, 2009, to be included in the final program, without any exceptions. No presentation substitutions or modifications will be permitted on-site.
The registration fee includes Tuesday evening reception, breakfasts on Wednesday / Thursday / Friday, lunches on Wednesday/Thursday, dinner on Wednesday, and breaks. The separate Pavement Preservation Workshop fee includes lunch on Tuesday.
The conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront Hotel, located within minutes of the Gateway Arch Jefferson National Expansion Memorial. The conference room rate is $139.00, single or double, plus applicable taxes (for U.S. government agency employees, $111.00 or prevailing government rate). The group reservation code for the discounted hotel room rate is "2009 Concrete Conference." Additional hotel details and other local area information will be provided in the next release of this announcement.
Conference Steering Committee
Shiraz Tayabji (Fugro Consultants, Inc.) (Chair), Mike Brinkman (New York State DOT), Bouzid Choubane (Florida), Angel Correa (Federal Highway Administration), Bill Davenport (ACPA), John Donahue (Missouri DOT), Tom Kazmierowski (Ministry of Transport, Ontario, Canada), David Lippert (Illinois DOT), Kurt Smith (Applied Pavement Technology, Inc.), Sam Tyson (Federal Highway Administration), Jeff Uhlmeyer (Washington State DOT), and Moon Won (University of Texas).
For additional information, contact:
For additional information, contact:
Shiraz Tayabji, PE
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