Because of the popularity of our recent course, “Gaining a Better Understanding of FAA and Military Airport Pavement Specifications” (presented on May 19), ACPA is offering this special course, which is designed to help contractors and engineers recognize weaknesses in the FAA’s P-501 and UFC's 32 13 11 specification requirements, as well as the supporting test methods that are likely to cause problems.

Toy S. Poole, Ph.D., Senior Principal Scientist, CTL Group, Austin, Texas


Learning objectives for this course include:

  • Recognizing weaknesses in the specification requirements and supporting test methods that are likely to cause problems.
  • Gaining insights into possible resolutions or research efforts that may be required to address the issues.


In most cases, standards for concrete materials and for the analysis of hardened concrete standards are well suited to the job of constructing concrete pavements.  For example, properties such as strength are usually covered by a clear specification language and an equally clear test method and procedures.

In other cases, standards are either not well suited, or worse, may be non-existent. Unfortunately, when the specification language includes relatively vague descriptions of what the owner wants and/or if there is no accompanying test method for determining compliance, significant problems can occur.

This presentation focuses on standards that are not well suited or are non-existent within commercial and military airport specifications.  This course will cover those factors that have caused major disputes in the past, while also exploring the kinds of revisions to specifications and test method that would be required to prevent them in the future.


The American Concrete Pavement Association will award 1.0 professional development hour (PDH) to those wishing to complete an optional “evidence of learning exam” following the webinar.

Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province.   This program is oriented toward jurisdictions that allow self-reporting for licensure purposes.  Participants are strongly advised to check the applicability of this training along with other reporting requirements in advance of taking this course.


Dr. Poole has over 30 years of experience in chemistry and materials consulting. He specializes in chemical reactions in cementitious material, including concrete properties, alkali-aggregate reactions, concrete curing, troubleshooting early slump loss and setting time problems and failure analysis of concrete in structures, as well as the statistical analysis of data. He has been an active member of ASTM since 1985 and is currently a member of the ASTM International board of directors, where he develops internationally-accepted test methods and specification standards.

Prior to joining CTLGroup, Dr. Poole served as a chemist in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Research and Development Center. There, he analyzed damaged concrete structures, researched hydration reactions and concrete workability, studied the damaging effects of salts on concrete in waste disposal and managed the Corps' cement and pozzolan testing facility. He has also had experience working as a biochemistry research associate, analytical chemist and electronics engineer.

Dr. Poole holds two patents and has written numerous papers and reports related to cementitious materials.


This 1.0 hour training event is scheduled for Thursday, September 17th.  The event will be held at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Eastern) | Noon to 1:00 p.m. (Central) | 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. (Pacific). Although this is a 1.0 hour module, please allow extra time -- as much as 1.5 hours total -- for questions and administrative details.

ACPA members: The member rate will be automatically applied after you login.

Important:   Government employees must contact ACPA directly to receive the government discount.   Please contact Debbie Becker (dbecker@acpa.org | 847.423.8710).  Government rate is for employees of federal, state/provincial, county, or township agencies, as well as the agencies/branches of the Department of Defense.

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Tuesday through Friday
Debbie at (dbecker@acpa.org | 847.423.8710)

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