Members Gather for Spring Congress
Portland Cement Association board of directors, members, committee members and staff gather today and tomorrow for the 2016 Spring Congress at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour is scheduled to give the keynote address at the group lunch today at noon. The Centennial Celebration Banquet and Reception takes place this evening at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel, the site of the first PCA meeting in 1916. Edward J. Sullivan, PCA chief economist and senior vice president, gives a state of the industry report to the board of directors tomorrow.
Read more on the PCA Spring Congress
Contact Kathryn DiProva
US Cement Consumption Increased 3.8 Percent in 2015
Cement consumption in the United States rose 3.8 percent from 2014 to 2015, according to the PCA U.S Year-End Report. The report details cement consumption, imports, and construction spending.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the Pacific division grew at the most rapid pace (9.1 percent). The West South Central division experienced the nation’s only decrease (-3.0 percent), as the steep decline in oil prices impacted it. Yet, on a volume-basis, the West South Central division consumed the greatest share of cement, representing over one-fifth of the national market.
Last year, the United States also experienced a 34.4 percent increase in imported cement from 2014. The largest year-over-year percentage gain was seen in Europe, as it doubled the exported cement to the U.S. (103.8 percent). This was largely due to low freight rates, the strong dollar, and weak global economic conditions.
Contact Joe Chiappe
Congress Unveils FAA Reauthorization Bill
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization expires on March 31 and Congress is considering long term reauthorization that would include funding for airport infrastructure. This Senate version of the legislation includes language favorable to PCA’s members: an increase in funding for the Airport Improvement Program (AIP) and it maintains the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC).
PCA supports an extension and led a coalition letter urging Congress to prevent any lapse in FAA authority and to support the AIP and an increase in the PFC. Because it is unlikely that this legislation will pass by the end of March, Representatives Bill Shuster (R-PA) and Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced a short-term extension to continue authorization until July 15, 2016.
Contact David Bell
MIT CSHub: Well-maintained Roadways Improve Fuel Efficiency
Researchers at the MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub (CSHub) recently reported that properly maintained roadways can improve fuel efficiency and decrease carbon emissions.
Working with data from the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), the CSHub determined that road stiffness brings about gas savings, particularly for heavy trucks. The savings translates to lower levels of C02 emissions. This data should encourage decision makers to give greater consideration to concrete pavement.
“We are moving into a new era of pavement management systems, which considers not only rider comfort and safety but also the quantitative carbon environmental impact,” says Franz-Joseph Ulm, faculty director of MIT’s CSHub.
Contact Mark Justman
National Hurricane Conference Efforts Focus on Concrete Safe Rooms
Preparing for hurricanes is an annual event for millions of Americans but for the cost of a typical bathroom remodel homeowners can build a resilient structure that protects their family and themselves. Concrete safe room resilience is PCA's focus at the National Hurricane Conference at the Hilton, Orlando, on March 21-24. Teaming up with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), concrete construction experts will be on hand in Booth 319 to answer questions on how to build more robustly for hurricanes and other high wind events.
Contact Donn Thompson
Video Supports Case for Concrete Paving
Concrete industry professionals have a new tool in their promotional toolbox. An edgy video which clearly demonstrates the superiority of concrete pavement is now available on the PCA You Tube channel.
The professionally-produced piece shows an aerial view of a section of US-30 in Ohio where in 2004 one side of the highway was paved in asphalt and the other side paved in concrete. The intention was to discover which material provided the best return on investment. After 11 years, there is a clear breakdown of the asphalt pavement while the concrete pavement appears in excellent condition. The soil, contractor, length of road, and weather conditions were identical while the durability was not. The clip is a powerful, real-world example of the superiority of concrete paving and may persuade lawmakers and local decision makers to choose concrete.
See the video
Contact Alpa Swinger or Ray McVeigh
Online Registration Opens for California Mercury CEMS Hardware Technician Summit
Online registration is now open for PCA's April 19-20 Mercury Continuous Emissions Monitoring (CEMS) Technician Hardware Summit in Ontario, California. The first day focuses on ThermoFisher Scientic CEMS and the second day focuses on Tekran CEMS. The cost of the program is $100 per person which covers one or both days.
Contact Rick Bohan
Register Today for Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures Course
Staff who need fundamental concrete and cement information benefit from PCA's Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures Course. Offered May 2-5 on the PCA campus, the course is based on Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures. The 3.5 day training reflects the latest advances in concrete technology and covers materials, properties of concrete, mix design, placement, and testing. The combination of classroom instruction, lab demonstrations, and hands-on training help employees meet customer needs. The course is also offered September 12-15.
For more information, go to the PCA website
Contact Michelle Wilson
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Meetings and Events
PCA Spring Congress
March 13-15, 2016
Four Seasons Hotel Chicago
PCA Centennial Celebration Reception and Banquet at the Renaissance Blackstone Hotel on Monday, March 14
PCA Paving Committee Conference Call
April 8, 2015
PCA Mercury CEMS Hardware Technician Summit (ThermoFisher Scientific CEMS)
April 19, 2016
PCA Mercury CEMS Hardware Technician Summit (Tekran CEMS)
April 20, 2016
PCA Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
May 2-5, 2016
IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference
May 15-19, 2016
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
2016 DC Fly-In
May 24-25, 2016
The Liaison Capitol Hill
PCA Centennial Celebration Cocktail Reception and Dinner at The Hay Adams on Tuesday, May 24
PCA Education Foundation Professors' Workshop
July 25-29, 2016
PCA Centennial Outing and Celebration (picnic)
July 27, 2016
PCA Fall Congress
August 29-31, 2016
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
PCA Centennial Celebration Associate Member Recognition Reception on Tuesday, August 30
Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
September 12-15, 2016
PCA Annual Summit
November 13-15, 2016
Palm Beach, Florida
PCA Centennial Celebration Board Dinner on Monday, November 14
Webinar: WBCSD Cement Sustainability Initiative Getting the Numbers Right
March 15, 2016, 12:00 p.m. CDT
1st International Conference On "Grand Challenges in Construction Materials"
March 17-18, 2016
Los Angeles, California
The Masonry Society Professors' Workshop
March 20-22, 2016
San Diego, California
2016 National Hurricane Conference
March 21-24, 2016
Cement Employers Association (CEA) "Winter" Meeting
March 29-31, 2016
Phone 610.868.8060 for more information
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Houses that Work™ Program
April 5, 2016
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