ICPI 2014 Summer Meeting Highlights

September 28, 2014

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Thanks goes out to all of those who attended the ICPI 2014 Summer Meeting at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine, Texas! The meeting was a success with stimulating committee meetings and fun and exciting networking and social events. Click below for highlights from each of the committee meetings.

We encourage you to share these highlights with your staff and colleagues. Complete meeting minutes for each of the committees will be available on the ICPI members only section of www.icpi.org in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at icpi@icpi.org.

General Luncheon Session

[img_assist|nid=4632|title=Fred Brooks|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=200|height=267]Fred Brooks, P.E., LEED AP with the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado presented how PICP and ICP enabled the base to comply with federal requirements for runoff reduction while enhancing entrances, parking lots and roads there. Besides explaining how infrastructure improvement decisions are made on a military base, he showed many pictures of PICP and ICP retrofit projects that transformed the base while improving environmental performance. He also attended the Marketing Committee right after the Brunch Session and answered members’ questions on how and whom to approach at other military bases regarding our paving products and systems. He emphasized the need for ICPI to network at conferences like the Society for American Military Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers where design professionals like him from military bases hear presentations on new technologies and discuss their projects.

 Networking and Social Events

With over 160 attendees all meeting were well attended! 

The Networking Reception, held at the Gaylord Texan Mission Plaza and sponsored by Besser Company, The Euclid Chemical Company, Kobra Molds, Hess Machinery, and Rekers NA was the perfect kick off to three days packed with important committee meeting discussions and great networking opportunities!

The ICPI Social evening took place at the Gaylord Glass Cactus Nightclub. We enjoyed live country music, a delicious Texas BBQ dinner and cocktails while overlooking a gorgeous view of Lake Grapevine.

[img_assist|nid=4633|title=Past Chairs|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=225]We shared so many laughs when the past chairs took the stage for a comical skit to thank Dave Carter for serving his term as Chair of the Board of Directors. Roasting has been an ICPI tradition for many years!

Throughout the evening we also enjoyed some traditional Texas games like quick draw where ICPI staff member Alison Brosius had the fastest time, and a mechanical bull, which is way more challenging than it looks!  Members competed to see who could stay on it for the longest time.

A special thank you to our Social Event sponsors ACM Chemistries, Columbia Machine, Krete Industries, Rampf Molds, Pathfinder Systems, and TEKA North America for making this another successful ICPI social evening.

Innovative Technologies Forum

Hatched within the Technical Committee, the first Innovative Technologies Forum featured presentations from Permaloc, Solidia Technologies and iActEx given to a standing room only audience. The presentations brought forward cost-saving technologies for edge restraints in PICP construction, carbon sequestering/accelerated curing and downtime management within manufacturing plants. The session provided quality time for Q & A plus some discussion.

Golf Tournament

The ICPI Golf tournament was held at the Dallas Cowboys Golf club, a challenging yet fun course.  26 members participated in the tournament.  The threesome of Shawn Scott, Eric Milot and David Pitre won the tournament.  Thank you to our Golf tournament sponsors Besser Company, Hess Machinery, Oaks Concrete Products and Rekers NA for making this event possible!

[img_assist|nid=4634|title=Committee Meeting|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=350|height=199]Committee Meetings

Hardscape North America Steering Special Committee

The 2014 HNA show has been tracking positive in attendance numbers exceeding last year’s shows numbers week after week. The show is forecasted to exceed budget and attendance records over both the 2013 and the 2012 show.  The HNA Contractor Education Task Group, Distributor and Dealer program task group and Installer Championship task group provided an update on their programs and all reported to be running ahead on registration compared to last year at this time.  The joint HNA/Marketing Committee task group presented a new HNA logo to be implemented with the 2015 show.  The new logo has a more clean and modern look and ties the old HNA brand closer to the new ICPI logo but still maintaining a strong HNA brand. The new logo will be used for all marketing items for the 2015 show.

Contractor Education Subcommittee

A survey of perceptions on ICPI’s Concrete Paver Installer Certification program spurred the formation of a joint task group between the Education and Marketing Committees to develop a marketing plan for the certification program.  A new video for the Concrete Paver Installer Course will be released to instructors this winter.  The subcommittee continues to consider alternative delivery methods for commercial paver installation topics, and formed a task group to review the content of the Advanced Residential Paver Technician Course.

Education Committee

The committee increased funding for the University of Georgia to continue to host the paveshare.org website this year, and formed a task group to discuss how to measure the success of the website.  The success of ICPI webinars and schedule of webinars for the coming year was determined.   Five new presentations for design professionals will be available to members in the spring of 2015. 

Construction Committee

A final draft version of the Tech Spec for the construction of bituminous-sand set interlocking concrete pavements was approved for publication. Three existing tech specs were reviewed, updated and approved as well. Tech Spec 3 - Edge Restraints was updated to include additional information about direct fastening of edge restraints to rigid bases. Both Tech Spec 2 - Construction of Interlocking Concrete Pavements and Tech Spec 6 - Reinstatement of Interlocking Concrete Pavements had minor editorial updates.  All new and updated Tech Specs will be available on the ICPI website by October 15th.  

Tech Spec 17 – Bedding sand in commercial applications continues review and a portion of their charge to develop quality control and performance information about stabilized sand was transferred to a new task group.  The Accredited Paver Installation Company program task group will continue promotion with a greater visibility in the fall and winter. The geosynthetics task group continues their work.  The Silica task group reported that OSHA is currently reviewing information provided to them during the public comment period of their prosed silica regulation.  A summary report of the findings from the Contractor Industry Survey was provided to the Committee and eventually will be published for member information. A preliminary draft of the Tech Spec on the best practices and generic installation methods for large format concrete units and segmental products for residential and commercial markets was presented to the Construction Committee. David Smith also presented on the design and use of concrete paving slabs in foreign markets and provided recommendations for use in the US and Canada. The first draft of the geogrid anchored edge restraint information to be included in the PICP specialist course was presented. Based on information from the Contractor Industry Survey, a task group will look into developing a Contractor Safety manual template for contractors to create their own safety manual to comply with OSHA requirements.

Government Relations

The committee received an update from Randy Pence, government relations counsel, regarding advocacy and monitoring of legislative and regulatory issues. The committee discussed the implementation of MAP-21 and the deployment of permeable pavement educational programs.  The committee received an update from two task groups’ recommendations on (1) developing a technology transfer proposal, based on three key/best current opportunities elements for the US Department of Transportation to adopt permeable, pervious and porous paving materials, practices and systems, (2) enhance the PaverPAC reception, the task group established a theme for the reception and received over $4,000 in support of the PaverPAC. The new Canadian Government Relations Subcommittee reported on plans for participation as a sponsor of the Canadian Federation of Municipalities conferences.  

The committee also received an update on the crystalline silica proposed ruling and ICPI’s participation in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition and ACC Silica Coalition.  Additional information on the Silica issue is available at https://www.icpi.org/silica. Additional communications will be sent to members once the regulation is published.

Technical Committee

The committee delivered several useful resources for ICPI members. First, a new Tech Spec numbered 21 - Capping and Compressive Strength Testing Procedures for Concrete Pavers, provides guidance on how to conduct compressive strength tests on concrete pavers per ASTM C140 Standard Test Methods for Sampling and Testing Concrete Masonry Units and Related Units. Recent improvements to C140 adjust for differences in compressive strength for various paver thicknesses. This Tech Spec is a great resource for manufacturers and should be given testing laboratories so they can better understand the new testing procedures.

An existing Tech Spec has been updated to reflect changes to LEED version 4. Tech Spec 16 - Achieving LEED Credits with Segmental Concrete Pavement explains how segmental concrete pavements can support several credits in v4. LEED v4 includes substantial changes to Sustainable Sites and Materials & Resources credits. These changes favor use of ICP and PICP and the Tech Spec outlines how segmental concrete paving products support earning these credits. BRW, as of June 27, 2015, the US Green Building Council will no longer issue LEED certification using previous versions of LEED. Version 4 will be the sole version recognized by UDGBC.

All new and updated Tech Specs will be available on the ICPI website by October 15th.

The US Army Corps of Engineers, Navy, Air Force and Department of Defense use a standard set of specifications called the Unified Facilities Guide Specification. These are managed on the Internet by the National Institute of Building Sciences. The ICPI Technical Committee approved its second UFGS for ICP. This complements a previously submitted UFGS on PICP. Besides US military branches, these guide specs are often used or referenced by design professionals for other non-military projects.

David Smith presented proposed design and construction guidelines for paving slabs, large format paving units, planks and thin tile pavers. This will provide the foundation for a new Tech Spec on structural design using these products. The development of this Tech Spec will parallel one on construction being developed within the Construction Committee.

Meetings, Membership and Trade Show Committee

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be co-located with NCMA and will be held from February 14-17, 2015 in San Antonio, TX at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort with the 2015 ICON XChange on Feb 18-19, 2015.   Much of the committee discussion revolved around membership retention and recruitment, member engagement and participation, and member value.  A member value presentation that was presented to the committee for their feedback.  Once finalized, this presentation will be provided to members as a member retention and recruitment.   The committee recommended co-locating the 2016 Summer Meeting with NCMA at a yet to be determined city.  The committee also recommended moving forward with a joint task group with NCMA to develop a process for selecting future joint meeting dates and locations.  Task groups formed will focus on member engagement, retention and recruitment, a new member incentive program, creation of a leadership development forum for the 2015 Annual Meeting, and developing a pre-show tour for the 2016 Bauma.

Marketing Committee

Fred Brooks, P.E., LEED AP, USAF kicked off the meeting by answering questions during centered on how to best position ICP & PICP for military projects.  The Magazine Task Group made several recommendations regarding increasing advertising appeal and circulation of Interlock Design magazine including improving the prospect list, targeting landscape architect and hardscape/landscape products/services, decreasing non-member ad rates and a plan for increasing circulation to landscape architects over the next two years.  The Brand Review Task Group reported on the outcome of the new ICPI Logo launch and recommended revising the HNA Logo for the 2015 and beyond.  The ICPI Promotion Task Group reported a successful campaign to create awareness of the new logo and the Website Task Group reported on the website redesign and requested additional funding to revise and enhance the website search functions.  A new task group was formed to evaluate the definition of markets in the industry survey and a joint task group with the Education Committee was formed to develop a plan to increase certification program recognition.  

Dues and Bylaws Committee

The committee recommended several policy changes to the Board of Directors.  These included: language to allow the Financial Review & Audit Committee to implement an incremental annual dues increase; revising the contractor-active member category name to contractor-affiliate for clarity; allowing the Immediate Past Chair to serve a four-year term on the Board; allowing open Board meetings; allowing clay paver manufacturers the ability to advertise in Interlock Design magazine; allowing a project credits list to be published in the magazine and on case studies; and a new policy on an appeal process for the ICPI Certification exam.  The committee also held a lengthy discussion on alternative paving product manufacturers and their participation in ICPI.  As a result of the discussion, a Board Special Committee was established to define what types of segmental paving manufacturers can belong to ICPI, their member category and benefits.

Board of Directors

The Board received an update on the 2013-16 strategic plan.  They accepted the ICPI June 30, 2014 financial statements, approved a reserve fund, and revised the budget for fiscal 2014-15. The Board received a report from the Hardscape North America Steering Special Committee, Commercial Technical Promotion Special Committee and the Slab Special Committee.  The Board continued supporting development of programs and services for the slab market.  The Board ratified actions of the Executive Committee, approved a bylaw amendment and several policy changes.  The Board reviewed the results of an assessment of the Board of Directors and the evaluation of the Executive Director.  The Board approved the publication of new technical documents proposed by the Construction and Technical Committees. The Board established an alternative paving products special committee to define what types of segmental paving manufacturers can belong to ICPI, evaluate current and new membership categories, voting status, benefits, membership dues and governance.  A recommendation from the Meetings, Membership and Trade Show Committee to co-locate the 2016 Summer Meeting with NCMA and to establish a joint task group with NCMA to select dates and locations was also approved. The product certification program was dissolved based on a recommendation from the Marketing Committee.

ICPI Foundation

The ICPI Foundation received an update on its current funded programs including the University of Pittsburgh Smoothness Research, University of California Davis PICP Structural Testing, North Carolina State University PICP Research, TRCA PICP Research, LAF Grants Project, PICP Hydraulics Research and Product Category Rules Development Project.  For an update on the status of these projects, please click here