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Cement groups introduce new pavement design tool through the Web

Leading cement and concrete organizations have unveiled a new online pavement design tool that offers features and benefits never before available to the pavement design community. 

PavementDesigner.org is free of charge and was created for city, county, and consultant engineers, academia, or anyone involved in design of roadway, industrial, and parking area pavements. PavementDesigner improves upon traditional pavement design software programs, and provides the following value-added features:
  • No cost - The platform and is offered completely free of charge, eliminating the expense and burden of ordering software and updates, licenses, etc. 
  • Immediate access - The platform brings the industry's best pavement design programs together into a single website that allows professionals to design pavements immediately. 
  • Cloud storage/retrieval - Users have the option of creating a user ID and password to save their design work, as well as to retrieve projects using any digital device. 
  • Automatic updates and improvements - The online system is automatically updated when new content or details are added. Users will not have to download updated software or "patches." 

Exploring the benefits and uses of roller-compacted concrete in road building

Roller-compacted concrete (RCC) got its start in the 1970s, when the Canadian logging industry switched to environmentally cleaner, land-based log-sorting methods. The industry needed a strong pavement to stand up to massive loads and specialized equipment, according to the Cement Association of Canada (CAC). Yet economy was equally important: log-sorting yards can span 40 acres (16 hectares) or more. RCC met this challenge and has since expanded to other heavy-duty applications.