Doug Dayton, P.E., has been named president of the American Concrete Pipe Association, transitioning from that same capacity at Professional Services Industries Inc., a major consulting engineer and construction materials testing firm.

Doug Dayton

“Doug is a proven leader with a long history in the design and construction industry and the vision to steer ACPA in its mission to promote concrete pipe and box culverts,” says ACPA Chairman Jeff Hite (Rinker Materials). “We’re pleased to have his expertise to lead the ACPA in being the spokesperson for the industry.” Board and Nominating Committee members, he adds, recognize Dayton’s extensive experience with owners, civil and structural designers, and constructors for both private and public construction work, including heavy/civil projects associated with department of transportation design-build and public private partnership (P3) contracts, often requiring large quantities of concrete pipe and box culverts.

During his 30-year engineering and construction career, Dayton has been active member of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, American Road and Transportation Builders Association, American Society of Civil Engineers, and Construction Industry Round Table. He holds an Architectural Engineering degree from the University of Texas, Austin, and is a registered professional engineer in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Montana and New Jersey. During his Professional Services Industries tenure, the firm won the ACEC Texas GOLD Engineering Award; Design-Build Institute of America Honor Award – Transportation and Merit Award – Transportation; and, the American Council of Engineering Companies National Recognition Engineering Excellence Award. The later was for Advanced Technology in the reporting, collection and management of data on large infrastructure projects.

“Concrete pipe is the resilient and sustainable product that our clients and the construction industry want as a foundation to their legacy across North America,” notes Dayton. “I’m honored to have the opportunity to lead the ACPA into its next chapter.”


Charles Smith

Charles Smith, chief executive officer of Johnson City, Tenn.-based General Shale, has been elected Brick Industry Association chairman, succeeding Davis Henry, president of Henry Brick Co., Selma, Ala. Prior to his 2014 appointment as CEO, Smith served as president and chief operating officer, and was credited with steering General Shale—one of the top North American clay brick operators— through the economic downturn and revitalizing product development. Earlier leadership roles at General Shale included regional production manager, where Smith was responsible for operating five brick plants and playing key roles in major capital projects. As vice president of Engineering and Research, he ensured operational excellence at all plant locations while guiding research and development efforts for new product opportunities. In 2007, he was named executive vice president of Operations.

“Charles offers a powerful blend of corporate perspective and native experience to help lead the clay brick industry and BIA into a new decade,” says Institute President Ray Leonhard.

“We know that we have the most durable and aesthetically pleasing product available. Now we must inform the public that this is the best, most proven cladding product for residential, commercial and institutional projects,” Smith affirms. “I challenge all within our industry to get involved with the BIA and become a voice for growth. Together we can capture further markets and restore our great product portfolio to the forefront!”

Joining Smith on the 2020 BIA officer slate are Vice Chair Joe Rice, chief executive officer of Belden Tri-State Building Materials, New York; Treasurer Jim Stradley, president of Division 4 Inc., Cincinnati; and, Secretary Mark Ellenor, president of Glen-Gery Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.

ASTM International Committee C18 on Dimension Stone is sponsoring a symposium, “Dimension Stone Use in the Built Environment,” April 1-2, 2020, at the Boston Marriott Copley Place. Topics will include physical and/or mechanical properties, design, evaluation, investigation, durability, maintenance and restoration. Scheduled in conjunction with standards development meetings, the program is intended to bring together diverse dimension stone community interests. Symposium organizers note how dimension stone cladding and paving systems continue to evolve and present challenges to design professionals, owners, and installation, repair or restoration contractors. Online registration continues through March 25 at Additional information can be obtained from Co-Chairs Steven Naggatz, [email protected], or Charles Muehlbauer, [email protected].

The American Concrete Institute Concrete Convention runs March 29-April 2 in Rosemont, Ill., bordering Chicago and O’Hare International Airport. The event will feature 40+ technical and educational sessions to provide attendees with the latest research, case studies, best practices, and opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours. The International Lunch will feature “High-Performing Buildings with Sustainable Concrete.” Other highlights include a presentation on Building Information Modeling technology in design and discussion of how it can be beneficial to project stakeholders and sustainability goals. ACI will hold over 300 committee meetings, 40+ technical sessions, and networking events, along with a trade exhibit. Registration can be completed and additional information obtained by visiting


Erin O’Brien

The Concrete Sawing and Drilling Association, St. Petersburg, Fla., has appointed Erin O’Brien as executive director, succeeding Pat O’Brien, who retired after serving in the post since 1992. She will lead the association’s presence at the World of Concrete this month in Las Vegas, and CSDA Annual Convention & Tech Fair in Carlsbad, Calif., March 31-April 4.

“Erin has been intimately involved with the operations of CSDA for the past 10 years. This new chapter creates the opportunity for innovation as well as the growth of programs for our members and the industry as we enter a new decade,” notes CSDA President Matthew Finnigan.

The International Concrete Repair Institute has elected its 2020 officer slate: President Mark LeMay of JQ Engineering; President-Elect Elena Kessi of Aquafin Building Product Systems; Vice President John McDougall of Baker Roofing Co.; Treasurer Brian MacNeil of Kryton International; Secretary Pierre Hébert; and, Immediate Past President Chris Lippmann of HDSupply.

Logo 1Houston-based Vortex Companies, one of the nation’s fastest growing trenchless infrastructure solutions providers, has acquired the assets of Trenchless Pipe Repairs LLC, a leading sewer and drain service company based in Sumner, Wash. A specialist in robotic cutting, cleaning and reinstatement services, Cured-in-Place Lining, and infrastructure management, Trenchless Pipe brings market presence extending the Vortex footprint from coast to coast.

“Our approach to business is similar and service offerings complement Vortex’s line of trenchless products and industry solutions,” says TPR Founder and President Nick Patrick. “Being a part of Vortex will give us added resources and technology to offer more solutions to our Northwest customers.”

In the ownership transition, Patrick’s role will evolve into a national and global product manager, focused on promoting Vortex robotic systems and lining materials. “[His] experience and knowledge of our Schwalm robotic system and trenchless solutions is tremendous asset to us,” notes Vortex CEO Mike Vellano. “He will help continue to expand our business and add customers across multiple product lines and geographies.”

Kiewit-aligned software developer InEight has introduced an industry-first, comprehensive framework programmed to help organizations adopt and fully implement an Advanced Work Packaging practice. The collaborative AWP framework combines pre-planning, planning, execution and turnover into a single, scalable solution for an optimized path of construction. A synchronized approach across engineering, procurement and construction entities, the solution intelligently integrates data, processes and stakeholder collaboration to achieve lower cost and schedule risk, higher field productivity and greater project certainty. AWP has been shown to reduce total installed costs by 10 percent and increase productivity by as much as 25 percent.

“Our solution fosters stakeholder collaboration at the outset of the project, which enables the design of a constraint-free work environment in the field,” says InEight CEO Jake Macholtz. “Having engineering, procurement and construction teams engage to establish, implement and refine front-end and workface planning across the project life cycle will lead to more predictable outcomes.”

A critical building block for AWP is a consensus-built, knowledge-driven cost and schedule forecast, ensuring the project plan can be divided into work sequences that optimize construction, engineering and the supply chain for field execution, he adds. InEight’s purpose-built data flow simultaneously captures historical project information and expert opinion from multiple sources to feed an artificial intelligence planning and scheduling engine. The result is a top-down, risk-adjusted forecast that can be broken down into more manageable Construction Work Packages, executed in the field as Installation Work Packages and daily work plans.


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