International Grooving and Grinding Association (IGGA) names award winners
The International Grooving and Grinding Association (IGGA) has named the winners of the organization’s annual awards program.
Presented at IGGA’s annual awards banquet, held in Bonita Springs, Fla. on Nov. 29, the purpose of the program is to honor individuals and companies/organizations for lasting contributions made to the grooving, grinding and concrete pavement preservation/restoration industry.
Brent Burwell, executive director of the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), was selected for the 2010 Concrete Pavement Restoration (CPR) Promoter of the Year Award. The award recognizes an individual or company each year for exemplary efforts towards promoting diamond grooving, grinding and CPR.
Since 1989, the ACPA Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter’s main focus has been on developing markets for new pavements and pavement rehabilitation. The state of Oklahoma, especially, has a long history of CPR work. According to Burwell, the Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter embraced dowel bar retrofit (DBR) technology early on and has had a lot of success.
“This award is a reflection of the industry,” said Burwell in a press release. “It takes good contractors, engineers and suppliers, along with the willingness of the DOTs to support the technology and put these jobs out there.”
According to John Roberts, executive director of the IGGA, there have been 34 projects let in Oklahoma that have been a combination of CPR, DBR and diamond grinding since 2002. To date, of the 5.5 million retrofits recorded, 867,841 of them have been through the Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT).
“Burwell is clearly a supporter of CPR, as well as the IGGA,” said Roberts. “He has been a huge factor in the success of the projects in Oklahoma.”
The Operator of the Year (Iron Man) Award was presented to Frank Davidsson of Vag & Trafikarbeten SVT AB of Sweden. The purpose of this award is to recognize the men and women who work in the field for their leadership with special emphasis on his/her dedication to quality and getting the job done right.
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