Around The Globe: May/June
BY AsphaltPro Staff
As part of the upcoming CONEXPO Latin America, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) offers a high-caliber educational seminar at the Swissotel in Lima this Oct. 10 through 11. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Asphalt Industry Alliance (AIA) released its Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance (ALARM) survey March 23, showing further decline for roads in England and Wales. The publication lists decades of underfunding, severe weather and increased traffic as the factors undermining the resilience of the local road network.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) co-sponsors a set of symposiums taking place in Belgium, Germany this June 14 through 16, including the 2016 International Symposium on Enhancing Highway Performance. Visit http://isehp2016.org/program-2/.
- OSHA released its ruling on permissible exposure levels (PEL) for crystalline silica particulate March 24, to which members of the construction industry reacted with a request for review in the 5th Circuit Court. See related story on page xx.
- In March, the Senate Commerce Committee approved the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization Act of 2016, which authorizes FAA programs through FY 2017. The bill includes an amendment offered by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) and backed by NAPA to reauthorize the research and deployment of Airfield Asphalt Pavement Research Technology Program with an emphasis on implementation. NAPA is working on a similar amendment in the House of Representatives. Source: NAPA Action News
The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), Auburn, schedules certain training courses on request. The one and one-half day course for Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA)/Open Graded Friction Course (OGFC) Mix Design and Construction provides a basic understanding of the mixes while giving attendees knowledge of the state-of-the-art practice for materials, mix design, construction and specs. You can check out the agenda, which can be modified depending on the team’s needs, at http://bit.ly/1P3PJNL. Fees and scheduling are negotiable.
In March, the California Transportation Commission named Susan Bransen its executive director. According to the California Asphalt Insider newsletter, the CTC has 11 voting members and is responsible for scheduling and allocating funds for highway, passenger rail and transit improvement construction in the state. Bransen has been in the transportation industry for more than 25 years. Also in the state, Caltrans named veteran District Materials Engineer Al Ochoa to lead the Joint Training & Certification program for lab technicians. Ochoa has been with Caltrans since 1986 when he was a junior civil engineer, and has served as a specification writer among many other tasks.
2016 marks 60 years of partnership between Eriez® and manufacturers’ representative B&H Industrial LLC, based in Indianapolis.
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), Lanham, Md., is taking applications for the Diamond Commendation for asphalt plants as of April 1. Visit www.asphaltpavement.org/diamond for information.
Need to diagnose electric motor system issues in your plant? ALL-TEST Pro LLC offers a hands-on training workshop with the latest testing equipment at the Crowne Plaza Detroit-Downtown, May 16 through 20. Visit Detroit2016.alltestpro.com for more info.
CWMF Corporation has been selected as the 2016 St. Cloud Area Business Central Mark of Excellence: Family Owned Business of the Year. The company is owned by second-generation family members, siblings Carmie, Travis and Brian Mick. CWMF is best known for its heavy-duty asphalt equipment and custom fabrication.
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Dozens of key BOMAG distributors and customers received a personalized tour of BOMAG Americas’ new North American headquarters in the Ridgeway, South Carolina headquarters in January as part of the first BOMAG Day at the new complex.
Dexter + Chaney, Seattle, announced two technology partnerships early this year to strengthen its Spectrum® construction software. The first is with Procore Technologies to create an integrated accounting and project management offering for the construction industry. The second is with Nelco to simplify year-end reporting processes through electronic filing of W-2s, etc.
If you missed the Jan. 10 through 14 Transportation Research Board annual meeting, you can catch up on the information from more than 5,000 program presentations online. Visit AMOnline.TRB.org/?qr=1 for content from the 2011 through 2016 annual meetings.
- Wolf Paving, Oconomowoc, Wis., celebrates is 75th anniversary this year. The company was established in 1941 by Lawrence Wolf as Wolf Construction; today it is an asphalt solution provider for residential, commercial and municipal projects in southeastern Wisconsin.
- CASE Construction Equipment, Racine, Wis., and Leica Geosystems, Norcross, Ga., have extended their partnership in North America to include off-machine precision control tools through CASE dealers.