Sunday | February 18, 2018

Around The Globe—February

Belgium

Four more organizations joined the European Bitumen Association, Brussels, at Eurobitume’s autumn meeting in Lisbon, Portugal. Eurobitume Director General Aimé Xhonneux stated: “With these additions, our membership numbers have doubled in just two years, demonstrating the value that organizations see in being part of Eurobitume as we continue our work to create a positive environment for sustained bitumen demand.”

Ecuador

Bergkamp Inc. announces FIZAMAQ Cía. Ltda. as its new distributor in Ecuador for the full line of pavement preservation equipment, as well as emulsion mills and laboratory plants through the Bergkamp Bituminous Solutions line.

United States

  • Did you know sealer could have to meet a spec? The National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) released its Research Report 857 “Performance-Related Specifications for Pavement Preservation Treatments” in late 2017. You can download the 158-page book for free or request the paperback from the National Academies Press. Visit here.
  • The PaveXpress Scoping Tool has been updated online. The simplified pavement design tool was developed to analyze pavement structures and create technically sound structural designs. It’s accessible via web and mobile, based on AASHTO pavement design equations, interactive, and free to use. Check out the features here.

Alabama

Visit the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), get a tour of the test track, and discover what the industry is learning about asphalt pavements through the test sections there. The Test Track Conference is March 17 through 29 in Auburn. Info here.

Arizona

The Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP) will honor Harold “Skip” Paul, formerly of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (LADOTD) and Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC), for his body of work and significant contributions to the ongoing quest for better highway performance. He will be inducted into the Modified Asphalt Hall of Fame during the 2018 AMAP Conference and Workshop in Phoenix Feb. 7.

Colorado

Make sure you attend one of the most robust state asphalt pavement conferences: the Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference & Equipment Show (RMACES) this Feb. 21 through 23. Visit www.RMACES.org.

Florida

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA), presented a perpetual pavement award to the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) for the seventh year in a row at the Asphalt Contractors Association of Florida (ACAF) 41st annual meeting Nov. 30, 2017. The winning pavement is a 9.3-mile section of SR-145 in Volusia County. The road was originally built in 1956. It has only required resurfacing in 1981, 1991 and 2001 with an estimated 10.4 million equivalent single axle loads over its 60-year life.

Georgia

Joshua Djokic has joined the American Pneumatic Tools team for more than Georgia. If you need a plate compactor, hydraulic tool or other portable power item in the southeast region of the United States, Djokic will be responsible for helping you. Get more info at www.apt-tools.com.

Iowa

Need some help getting aggregates crushed, sorted or washed? The Cedarapids® brand of Terex MPS, Durand, Michigan, has named Jeffrey High as the new regional sales manager based in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. You can reach him at Jeffrey.high@terex.com.

Louisiana

At the Ironworker Management Progressive Action Cooperative Trust’s (IMPACT) Regional Advisory Board (RAB) meeting in New Orleans December 2017, OSHA safety trainer Ronald Hayes shared the tragic story of his son’s death on his first day working in a dangerous job for which he had not been trained. The Southwest RAB meeting shed light on the importance of implementing comprehensive measures to prevent accidents, including conducting a two- to three-day safety assessment to avoid injuries and fatalities on the job site.

Missouri

Your AsphaltPro staff, Fayette, Missouri, has teamed up with hall-of-famer industry consultant John S. Ball III of Top Quality Paving & Training, Manchester, New Hampshire, to bring you an online training course for each member of your asphalt paving crew. Check out free previews of lessons or get started by clicking the green “enroll” button here.

New Jersey

As of Dec. 14, the Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), Princeton, New Jersey, had donated more than $20,000 in the wake of the effects of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma to replace clothes, appliances, and furniture, and to begin reconstruction work.

Texas

The World of Asphalt 2018 Show & Conference taking place in Houston this March 6 through 8 will have over 120 education sessions in the People, Plants and Paving Conference. Visit here to get information or to register.

Washington

Zonar, Seattle, announced Dec. 12 that its Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Zonar Logs™ completed testing with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to confirm data transfer to an authorized safety official. The testing took place Dec. 5 on an ELD data transfer demo training exercise at the Dumfries, Virginia, Motor Carrier Service Center (weigh station). There’s more information at www.zonarsystems.com.

Washington, D.C.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) has called for nominations for the Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program, which provides post- high school financial assistance to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. To date, more than 125 scholarships have been awarded to worthy students. The application deadline is April 6. Application information is on www.artbatdf.org.

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