Around the Globe: January
The Argus Africa Bitumen 2015 conference to be held Feb. 4 and 5 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, will include topics such as the evolving sources of supply for the African market, investing in the African road industry, the logistical challenges around operating in the African bitumen market, performance of bitumen specs and varying requirements across the continent, the growing use of emulsions in the African market, road maintenance in the marketplace, and overcoming key challenges for contractors operating in the African market. Visit http://www.argusmedia.com/Events/Argus-Events/Europe/Argus-Africa-Bitumen/Register for registration information.
Brazilian Magazine Fundações and Obras Geotécnicas has awarded Strata Systems, Inc.’s sister company Geo Soluções Ltd., a Milton Vargas Award. The award is granted by a body of 45 professors of the chief engineering universities in Brazil who assess notable projects and individuals in a total of nine categories including innovation, environment, foundations, geosynthetics, foundation work, infrastructure work, work for sustainability, smart solution work and professionalism.
The 2015 International Scrap Recycling Industry Exposition will be held in Vancouver April 21 through 25, 2015. Will you need to update your passport? Check the site at http://travel.state.gov for travel info and http://www.isriconvention.org/ for convention info.
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Get ready to celebrate quality at the 2014 “Best in Colorado” Asphalt Awards Dinner & Program Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Denver International Airport during the 42nd Annual Rocky Mountain Asphalt Conference and Equipment Show (RMACES), which will be held Feb. 25 through 27. Visit www.rmaces.org for registration information or contact Becky Roland at (303) 551-3066.
When you call in for parts or service at BJM Pumps, Old Saybrook, Conn., a new voice may greet you. Monet Morrison has joined Laurie Auger and Michele Gometz in customer service. She studied public administration at Virginia State University and comes to BJM Pumps with more than 15 years of customer service and sales experience.
Make sure you’re registered to attend the 60th Annual National Asphalt Pavement Association meeting in sunny Florida. This year’s convention takes place on gorgeous Marco Island in Southwest Florida from Jan. 25 through 28, 2015, at the Marco Island Marriott. Get more information at www.asphaltpavement.org/annualmeeting.
Friday the 13th could be very lucky this February. Join the Construction Angels at the Forest City Gun Club in Savannah from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the Construction Angels Sporting Clay Shoot. The funds raised from the event will assist the families of construction workers throughout the state of Georgia. Register online through www.constructionangels.us by Jan. 13 for your chance at the grand prize.
Midwesterners looking for compaction equipment during the off-season have a new rep at BOMAG Americas, Inc., of Kewanee, Ill. The company has promoted Sergio Solis from his inside sales support position to field territory manager in the Midwestern region to succeed Larry Keach, who has retired. You can reach Solis at (309) 312-0416 or Sergio.Solis@bomag.com.
Baltimore City recently became one of the first local jurisdictions to adopt the International Green Construction Code (IgCC). In 2007, the city was one of the first in the nation to mandate LEED Silver for non-residential buildings. In adopting IgCC, Baltimore made modifications to the code that allow for the use of porous asphalt to mitigate the urban heat island effect (UHI). The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA) and the Maryland Asphalt Association (MAA) worked with Baltimore during the code adoption process, successfully addressing an area where IgCC is biased toward the use of concrete over asphalt for UHI mitigation. The success of the APA and MAA is significant as the industry moves forward to work with other jurisdictions as they adopt green construction codes. Source: National Asphalt Pavement Association
The filtration systems manufacturer Donaldson Company, Inc., Bloomington, Minn., loses a key contributor to its growth this January when Peggy A. Herrmann, vice president of disk drive and microelectronics retires. Herrmann has been with the company for 25 years. CEO Bill Cook stated, “When Peggy started with our company, our total sales were less than $300 million. As a result of her leadership roles in both our engine aftermarket and disk drive businesses, she was a key player in building our company to the $2.5 billion size we are today.” In good news for the company, Trudy Rautio who serves on the board of directors for the Travel and Tourism Advisory Board to the U.S. Department of Commerce, among others, will join Donaldson Company’s board of directors effective Jan. 30, 2015.
When in the market for lift equipment to get personnel up to silo conveyors, batchers, or any of the not-so-easy-access items at the plant, you can call on Jason Dean for help. He has joined the Mobile Machine Control Solutions (MCS) division as technical sales engineer at Hirschmann Automation and Control, Chambersburg, Pa. Dean has experience with load moment indicators, HMI interface, software and electrical control systems. Contact him at (717) 263-7655.
HCSS Software hosts its 2015 User’s Group Meetings at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Houston Jan. 28 through 30 and Feb. 19 through 21.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is revising its specs for cold central-plant recycling, developing permissive use specs that will allow alternate bids on cold recycling vs. traditional asphalt construction methods, and working on a mix design class to help contractors learn how to design cold recycled mixes and perform quality control testing on those mixes. See the related article in this month’s Mix It Up department. Source: National Center for Asphalt Technology.