Eric Carleton, P.E., NPCA’s director of codes and standards, recently attended the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Subcommittee on Materials annual meeting in Phoenix, Ariz., to represent and advocate on behalf of NPCA and the precast concrete industry.
If you’re not familiar with AASHTO and its membership and work, the organization consists of highway and transportation departments in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Its members focus on highlighting the key role transportation plays for our nation and serves as a liaison between state departments of transportation and the federal government.
AASHTO’s role in setting technical standards for all phases of highway system development has a direct impact on NPCA members and the precast industry. These standards affect the design and construction of highways and bridges as well as the materials specified.
The Subcommittee on Materials is specifically responsible for the development of materials and test standards used by AASHTO members. During the annual meeting, its members – materials engineers and technical experts – work for consensus on these important documents. The committee encourages the industry to address technical issues head on and shed light on industry innovations, which is where NPCA representation becomes critical.
Watch the video below to hear directly from Carleton about his experience at the meeting, and make sure to attend next year’s meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio.