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Back to Basics Series

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Producing quality asphalt pavement starts with a solid grasp of the basics. NAPA’s new Back to Basics webinar series helps you and your employees brush up on the fundamentals for success. Do you have a new employee who needs specialized training, or do you need to brush up on your fundamentals? As the asphalt industry continues to advance both in technology and mix design methods, there are fundamental principles that remain the same and that should never be forgotten. The Back to Basics webinar series reinforces these fundamentals to ensure they are a part of your everyday operations.  Whether you need to learn how a drum plant operates or how to choose the right roller to ensure compaction, Back to Basics will remind you and your employees of the little things we do every day to ensure we produce quality asphalt mixtures and pavements. 
CERTIFICATES OF COMPLETION
 For those participants wanting to receive certificates of completion for the Back to Basics webinar series, NAPA is offering three distinct options.   

  • A Back to Basics Certificate of Completion

will be provided to participants who view all 13 webinars and pass the associated quizzes. However, two additional options are available for those wanting a more specialized and abbreviated program.   

  • The Back to Basics: Mix Design Specialty certificate

will be provided to participants who watch the asphalt, aggregate, volumetrics, mix design, plants, and quality control/quality assurance and pass the associated quizzes.    

  • The Back to Basics: Operations Specialty certificate

will be awarded to participants who watch the asphalt, aggregate, plants, paving, compaction, and tack coats webinars and pass the associated quizzes.  

WEBINARS

Back to Basics Series: Binder
Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST
Speaker: Ron Corun, Axeon Specialty Products LLC

Asphalt binder is the glue that holds a mixture together. Choosing the right type of binder is critical for long term performance of pavements. This webinar looks at asphalt binder's properties; how it is produced; and how to choose the right binder, including considering modified binders, for the job.

 On-Demand 

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Aggregate SOLD OUT - AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON MARCH 17
Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Shane Buchanan, Oldcastle Materials Inc.

The aggregate skeleton is what provides the majority of strength and stability in an asphalt mixture. Choosing the right gradation and knowing how aggregate properties impact mixture performance are critical to ensuring pavement performance. This webinar explores how the size and type of aggregates can impact asphalt mixture design and performance.

Registration:
Members, DOTS, City/County and Public Works Agencies, SAPAs — FREE (Use Code: Aggregate) 
Non-Members — $129

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Volumetrics SOLD OUT - AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD ON APRIL 8
Date: Tuesday, April 4, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Gerry Huber, Asphalt Materials Inc.

Understanding volumetric properties is important to understanding how an asphalt mixture will perform. Asphalt technologists commonly toss around acronyms and terms like VMA, VFA, and bulk specific gravity, but do we really understand what they represent? This webinar demystifies asphalt mixture volumetrics and explains how volumetric properties interact.

Registration:
Members, DOTS, City/County and Public Works Agencies, SAPAs — FREE (Use Code: Volumetrics) 
Non-Members — $129

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Mix Design
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Randy West, National Center for Asphalt Technologies at Auburn University

Building on an understanding of from the previous three webinars on binder properties, aggregates, and volumetrics, this webinar provides a basic overview of the steps for asphalt mixture design using the Superpave method, including discussion of how recycled material affects mix design considerations.

Participants will be able to:
• Identify the appropriate mix type for the pavement application
• Understand the principles of laboratory compaction
• List the four steps of Superpave Mix Design
• Determine which trial blends are volumetrically suitable
• Select the design asphalt binder content
• Understand the test for assessing moisture damage susceptibility


Registration:

Members, DOTS, City/County and Public Works Agencies, SAPAs — FREE (Use Code: Design) 
Non-Members — $129
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Plants
Date: Thursday, May 25, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: T.J. Young, Duval Asphalt Products Inc.

When it comes to asphalt mix production, each component of a batch or drum plant can influence the final product produced. This webinar looks at the various components of an asphalt mix production facility, the differences between batch and drum plants, and what can be done to ensure mix quality.

Registration:
Members, DOTS, City/County and Public Works Agencies, SAPAs — FREE 
Non-Members — $129
Register Here

Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Paving
Date: Thursday, July 6, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Richard Kramer, Roadtec

Placing a smooth, uniform asphalt pavement begins with proper operation of the paving machine. This webinar highlights the different parts of a paver, as well as paver set-up and operation, and how it all contributes to ensuring a pavement with a high level of drivability.  

This session will discuss:

  • Uniformed “Head of Material”
  • Set Proper Angle of Attack
  • Maintain Constant Paver Speed 

  Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.

Back to Basics Series: Compaction
Date: Monday, July 10, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Tim Kowalski, Wirtgen America Inc. and Kent Hansen, NAPA

Compaction rollers are used to achieve the density a pavement needs to ensure performance and longevity, as well as to create a well-finished surface. This webinar will discuss different types of rollers, their use, and how to determine proper compaction and coverage.

Key Takeaways:

• 4 elements of compaction
• Roller types and where to use them
• Roller design specs affecting compaction
• External factors affecting compaction Registration: FREE
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 Back to Basics Series: Quality Assurance
Date: Wednesday, August 23, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Jim Musselman, Oldcastle Materials Inc.; Dr. Adam Hand, University of Nevada at Reno; Dr. John D'Angelo, D'Angelo Consulting LLC

Working to ensure a quality product is less expensive than being ordered to remove and replace a faulty pavement. Quality Assurance is critical to ensuring mixture quality and, ultimately, contractor pay. This webinar outlines the basic components required for developing and maintaining a solid Quality Assurance program, as well as discusses common mistakes that can influence QA results.

Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Tack Coats
Date: Thursday, September 7, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: TBD

A wide variety of tack coats are available in the asphalt industry.  This session will provide information regarding material characteristics, construction practices, and their effect on the asphalt pavement performance.  Key Takeaways:

  • Understand importance of Tack Coat
  • What is the proper application rate for tack coat
  • What is the best Quality Control for tack coat applications

  Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.

Back to Basics Series: Pavement Design
Date: Thursday, September 28, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EDT
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Hall, University of Arkansas

Flexible pavement design has undergone numerous changes since the AASHO Road Test a half-century ago. This webinar will detail how flexible pavements work to carry traffic and how this impacts design considerations. Some details on mechanistic-empirical design will be covered, too, but the primary purpose of this webinar is to provide a basic understanding of the AASHTO 93 Design Guide and how to apply it. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify and describe key factors considered in structural pavement design;
  • Select appropriate input values and perform calculations necessary to estimate required pavement thickness using current AASHTO procedures;
  • Optimize thickness design to produce the most cost-effective pavement structure;
  • Discuss general design principles of mechanistic-empirical pavement design.


Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.

Back to Basics Series: Forensics
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST
Speaker: Buzz Powell, National Center for Asphalt Technologies at Auburn University

A successful overlay starts with identifying and correcting deficiencies in the existing pavement surface and structure. This webinar will demonstrate how to recognize different types and severities of pavement distresses through the use of the LTPP distress identification manual, as well as explain how to conduct pavement forensic analyses to determine why pavement distresses have occurred so they can be corrected.

Registration: FREE
Register Here Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Maintenance and Rehabilitation
Date: November (Date TBD), 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST
Speaker: TBD

To ensure drivability and performance, aging infrastructure requires periodic maintenance and rehabilitation. Smart, effective, economic strategies for pavement preservation and maintenance exist, but have not always been deployed at the right time or manner. This webinar investigates different options available for maintaining asphalt pavements and why maintenance and rehabilitation are important for the industry.

Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.
Back to Basics Series: Funding
Date: December(Date TBD), 2:00–3:30 p.m. EST
Speaker: Joe Mahoney, University of Washington

Good roads cost money; bad roads cost more. This is true at the federal, state, and local levels. The quality and performance of roads, bridges, and other infrastructure are directly connected to available funding. This webinar will explore the history of highway funding, how it has changed over time, and the current factors that have an impact on infrastructure spending in 2018.

Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.