American Concrete Pavement Association creates a ‘Wiki’ about concrete pavement

The American Concrete Pavement Association has created a Wiki for information about the concrete pavement association – WikiPave.

The association announced the launch at World of Concrete in Las Vegas. “WikiPave is the largest-scale technology transfer, knowledge transfer, and educational initiative in the 51-year history of the American Concrete Pavement Association,” said association president Gerald F Voigt.

The information on WikiPave is freely available but all editing rights and content development is limited to its members and affiliates.

It has taken 18 months to develop the site providing new information, as well as content from the association’s website, particularly its Concrete Pavement Resource Center.

“This is a transformative change,” Voigt said. “I characterize it as a sea change in our way of doing the business of technology transfer.”

“What we love most is the opportunity to engage our members in developing and editing content. Members of associations today want to engage for the value and sense of belonging to a community, but they want to do it on their own terms. We see WikiPave as a great adaptation to meet this need.”

The associatin also announced that it has added two web-based training modules to its Concrete Pavement Construction Training site. The courses are:

Best Practices for Constructing Smooth Concrete Pavements
This course covers topics from defining roughness to why smooth pavements are important, as well as smoothness measurement, quality control methods, and the “10 commandments” of smooth pavement. The course lasts 4.5 hours.

Best Practices for Handling Aggregates for Concrete Paving
This 3.5-hour course focuses on the basics of aggregates, acceptance criteria, tips and techniques for configuring a concrete plant site, and stockpile handling and management.

The Federal Highway Administration sponsors the association-developed courses. They are free to anyone involved in highway and heavy construction.

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