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Tuesday, December 3

7:00 - 8:00 am

8:00 am 



8:10 am

Rocks and sand make up the largest portion of any asphalt mixture, and while a bunch of stones may seem simple their properties and handling will significantly impact the quality and performance of the final mixture. This session will highlight best practices for stockpiling, minimizing moisture, and properly preparing aggregate for use and to ensure the aggregate is ready to perform as the strong skeletal structure of a quality asphalt mixture.


Logan Cantrell, Construction Materials, Granite Construction

 8:40 am

Asphalt binder is the glue that holds an asphalt pavement mixture together. Plant operators must understand how to source the correct binders for different jobs, as well as how to handle and store it correctly once it reaches the plant. In addition, having proper systems in place to ensure the correct amount of asphalt additives and binders are added to the mix will help producers meet customer expectations for performance. This session will cover the best practices to ensure desired binder performance.


Kiran Mohanraj, PE, Project Manager, The Transtech Group, Inc.

9:10 am

Automobile manufacturers recommend you change your oil every 5,000 miles. Doctors recommend an annual physical to ensure you are staying healthy. Does your plant deserve any less? Proper calibration, verification, and maintenance of a plant are critical to producing high quality asphalt mixtures. Learn best practices for plant calibration, verification, and maintenance evaluations in this session.


T.J. Young, President, Technical Training and Advisory Services Company and Production Manager, Duval Asphalt


 9:30 - 10:00 am

 10:00 am

It would be nice if plants could simply run the same mix all day and all night, but plants are more like a short-order cook. Different customers want different things, and the plant must make sure each order is produced to meet the customer’s exact expectations. Planning and communication are just two of the keys to ensuring that stops and switchovers don’t impact mixture quality. This session will highlight how to best manage operations when drum plants must handle multiple switchovers.


Dr. Buzz Powell, P.E., Assistant Director, Senior Research Engineer, National Center for Asphalt Technology

10:30 am

Rain, rain, go away. Don’t increase my RAP moisture content today. Environmental conditions can create challenges for plant operations. Rain, heat, cold, and humidity all impact the way you proportion, mix, and store asphalt mixtures. Plant operators must be prepared to adapt to any change in the weather that might impact the “shelf life” of an asphalt mixture. Learn how to develop plans for different types of weather events to ensure your mixtures will be able to perform when they’re placed in the field.


Amanda Gilliland, Project Manager, The Transtec Group, Inc.

11:00 am

Asphalt plants are complex mechanical systems. In order to get optimum performance out of a plant, it is imperative to properly monitor key performance metrics. This session will detail key performance metrics to track to ensure top plant performance.


Ron Sines, Vice President, Performance – Asphalt, CRH Americas Materials, Inc. 

11:30 am

This session will provide an open forum for discussion of the topics presented this morning. Discuss with your table and then ask the speakers question to spur an interactive conversation about plant operations.

12:00 - 1:00 pm

1:00 pm

The thing drivers want most from a road is a smooth, safe ride. Achieving a smooth riding surface starts with the milling or profiling operation. Learn how to manage and optimize smoothness before paving no-matter what type of job you are constructing.


Brett Stanton, P.E., Strategy and Innovation, Superior Bowen

1:30 pm

The proper application of tack coat is integral to good pavement performance. A wide variety of tack coats are available to the asphalt industry, and this session will provide information about material characteristics, construction practices, and their effect on asphalt pavement performance. This session will cover all the sticky details essential to achieve a good interlayer bond.

Speaker: Dr. Adam Hand, Associate Professor, University of Nevada Reno

2:00 pm

The purpose of the paver is to place a uniform, smooth mix at the correct grade. To accomplish this feat, it is crucial for those working on and around the paver to understand best practices for paver operations. This session will provide attendees with the tools necessary for placing a smooth mat.


Jim Warren, Director of Engineering & Technology, TxAPA

2:30 pm

Roller compaction is the last chance a roadbuilder has to produce a long-lasting and high-quality pavement. During compaction, operators work to ensure a uniform target density and a smooth surface that can earn rideability awards and bonuses. This session will identify the challenges faced during construction and suggest best practices to help ensure consistent results. Learn about compaction best practices that consistently produce the highest quality pavement at the lowest production cost.


Jim Padgett, Walsh & Kelly, Inc.

3:10 pm

3:30 pm

Intelligent Compaction (IC), like many other new technologies, works to help skilled people do their jobs better. For compactor operators, IC technologies use GPS satellites to help ensure consistent rolling patterns for better density. This session will focus on the technology behind IC, where and how these systems are best used, and what advances are coming for IC.

Speaker: Bryce Wuori, Northern Improvement Company

4:00 pm

Asphalt pavements are at their strongest when placed in a single pass, but in most cases side-by-side passes are necessary. A longitudinal joint connecting two passes of the paver intersect can create an area of lower density; however, proper construction practices can help ensure a long-lasting longitudinal joint. This session offers state-of-the-practice recommendations on how to construct high-quality longitudinal joints in a cost-effective manner.


Danny Gierhart, Regional Engineer for the Asphalt Institute 

4:30 pm 

At the end of the work day, most people just want to head home or off to something fun, but in paving how the day ends affects not just the next day’s work but also the future of the pavement. In fact, any time a paver stops, be it at the end of a shift or when normal operations are disrupted, a transverse joint can be created. Learn how to schedule operations to minimize stops and starts and make the transition from the day before a smooth one.


Brett Williams, Director of Engineering & Technical Support, National Asphalt Pavement Association

5:00 pm 

This session will provide an open forum for discussion of the topics presented this afternoon. Discuss with your table and then ask the speakers question to spur an interactive conversation about plant operations.

6:00 - 7:00 pm

Network with industry peers from around the country. It’s another opportunity to discuss what’s been learned at the conference, as well as to share your own stories and experiences over food and drinks.


Wednesday, December 4

7:00 - 8:00 am

8:00 am

Just like every work shift should start with a safety huddle, today starts with a reminder that safety is everyone’s responsibility. This session will highlight plant and paver operation safety practices that must be at the forefront of everyone’s mind as they work around asphalt plants and paving trains.

Speaker: Craig Parker, President, Silver Star Construction Co. Inc.

8:30 am

Aggregate segregation can happen any time during mixture production and construction, starting with building a stockpile right through until the mixture is placed by the paver. Once an aggregate source or mixture is segregated, it is a difficult problem to fix. Ultimately, segregation can create challenges in achieving density and the desired performance. Learn strategies to identify and eliminate sources of segregation during all facets of the production and placement operations.

Speaker: T.J. Young, President, Technical Training and Advisory Services Company and Production Manager, Duval Asphalt

9:00 am

The line from an asphalt mixture production facility to end of a paving train can stretch for miles. How do you produce a quality product at a cost-efficient price when the process is so spread out? The session provides step-by-step information about calculating and coordinating HMA production, hauling, paving, and compaction.


Mark Minich, President, Spot On Performance, LLC

9:30 am 

You can make the highest quality mix and place it with the most talented crew around, but it takes a solid trucking operation to ensure a successful project. This session will highlight new technologies and the ways better fleet management can improve trucking operations and bring greater efficiency to truck fleets.


Will Gallagher, Project Manager, Gallagher Asphalt

10:00 am

10:20 am

The key to any good relationship is communication. This includes the relationship between the plant and paving operations and the relationship between a contractor and an owner. Learn the critical components of communication that can ensure expectations are managed, key targets are met, and customers are happy.

Speaker: Bill Pine, P.E., Heritage Construction & Materials 

10:50 am

This session will provide an open forum for discussion of the topics presented this morning. Discuss with your table and then ask the speakers question to spur an interactive conversation about plant operations.

11:20 am

We all know where we are today, but do we really understand what the future holds? Join this interactive panel of plant and equipment manufacturers to discuss where the industry is going when it comes to plant operations and asphalt placement.



12:30 pm