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Advancing Concrete Pavement Research and Technology

NC² E-News


Summer 2021

40-Year Pavements Demand Improved Foundations

The consistent gap between available infrastructure funding and what is required for maintaining roadway networks has many agencies discussing how 20- to 40-year pavement systems can be achieved. The NC² Resource Library now includes a Summer 2021 NC² Moving Advancements into Practice (MAP) Brief that identifies improved concrete pavement foundation layers and a new framework for mechanistic assessment as vital to achieving this goal.

BIM: Data Integration for Reduced Lifecycle Cost

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is not merely 3D modeling.
BIM is a collaborative work method for structuring, managing, and using data and information about transportation assets throughout their lifecycle.Users report that BIM benefits include optimized design, greater ability to predict costs, improved project communications, increased worker safety, fewer errors, and improved schedule performance.
   Illustration: HDR, used with permission
series of flyers, slide presentations, tech briefs, and case studies developed by the CP Tech Center for FHWA aims to educate stakeholders as an increasing number of state DOTs experience the potential of BIM. BIM's treatment of data as an asset and its breaking down business silos so data are accessible throughout a project and asset lifecycle is a game changer.

News from the Road

"News from the Road" highlights recently completed research around the country that helps the concrete pavement community meet the research priorities outlined by the NC² member states.
Accelerated Construction of Urban Intersections with Portland Cement Concrete Pavement (PCCP)
This report documents the strategies used by the Washington State Department of Transportation to rapidly reconstruct an urban intersection in three days. (Read this report....)
Reduced Cementitious Material in Optimized Concrete Mixtures
This NRRA report documents the results of using reduced cementitious concrete mixtures in two cells at the MnRoad facility in Albertville, Minnesota. (Read this report at the URL
Supplementary Cementitious Materials: Assessment of Test Methods for New and Blended Materials
This report by the Center for Transportation Research at the University of Austin examined rapid SCM screening tests and the long-term performance of nontraditional, blended fly ashes. (Read this report....)
Construction & Materials Best Practice for Concrete Sidewalks
This report summarized an 18-month effort by the Massachusetts DOT to identify best practices for concrete sidewalk construction. (Read this report....)

Featured FHWA Concrete Clips

This quarter, we feature the Concrete Clips addressing Ensuring Durability: Mechanisms and Mitigation and Durability: Test Methods.

Learn about. . .Performance-Based Specifications

Below are the first several hits for the example search query "performance based specifications" from the Concrete Infrastructure Research Database that covers both in-progress and recently completed concrete pavement and bridge deck research.

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The NC² E-News, originally the quarterly newsletter of the former CP Road Map program, overviews new developments in concrete pavement research and technology from around the country. 
To find out more about NC² or to get involved, contact Steve Tritsch (515-294-3230).

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