PEM Program: Delivering concrete to survive the environment

Advances in concrete specifications are gaining exposure around the country, thanks to a joint government/industry effort—the Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM) program. The National Concrete Pavement Technology (CP Tech) Center hosted a meeting in Chicago on February 27-28 for members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of the PEM pooled fund project. See more about the meeting by clicking here.

New tech results shared by the MCT program

Icon: FHWA Mobile Concrete Trailer (MCT) program

The FHWA Mobile Concrete Trailer (MCT) program has issued a new publication in its series of "One Pagers" based on the MCT experiences and observations. The new document, "Measuring Pavement Thickness the Efficient Way," discusses the use of pulse induction technology (namely the MIT Scan T2 device) to measure pavement thickness in a nondestructive manner.

MCT data from 14 states were used to illustrate the accuracy of this technology, which also offers cost savings and safety benefits when compared to traditional methods. This document and others in the bulletin series can be accessed by clicking here.

Taylor presents at UI-UC Kent seminar series

Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center director, spoke at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as part of their Kent Seminar series. "The Challenges of Modern Day Concrete Pavement Specifications" was the topic of Taylor's March 1 speech that offered the audience up-to-date information on performance-based concrete mixtures. The Illinois Center for Transportation hosted the seminar, which features training opportunities and technology transfer updates for engineers and other practitioners. View Taylor's presentation by clicking here.

Meet the board members

Photo: Mike Gordon, Vice President for Sales and Marketing, Continental Cement

Mike Gordon brings a wealth of experience in operations management and building materials to the CP Tech Executive Board. In addition, his close tie to cement industry groups add valuable perspective to the board deliberations. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Portland Cement Association and the Board of Directors for the American Concrete Pavement Association.

Mike Gordon has a long professional history in the cement industry. For the past three years, he has been with Continental Cement as Vice President for Sales and Marketing. Continental Cement manufactures Portland cement and offers a range of technical services, including concrete mixture design, fresh concrete testing, concrete troubleshooting, general cement and concrete information. The company has two manufacturing facilities, located in Davenport, Iowa, and Hannibal, Missouri. (Cement has been manufactured at the Hannibal location since 1903.) The firm also has distribution facilities in Des Moines, Iowa, and along the Mississippi River from Minneapolis, Minnesota, to New Orleans, Louisiana.

Prior to joining Continental, Gordon spent 24 years with Lafarge North America, which specializes in cement, construction aggregates, and concrete.