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Sunday, July 8

   
6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Situated beneath the bleachers in Fenway Park’s centerfield, a few feet away from the Ted Williams Red Seat, is Lansdowne Street’s greatest attraction. With a huge garage window that looks directly into the stadium, Bleacher Bar has earned its’ title as one of the most exceptional sports bars in the world. Come out and network, eat, drink, participate in trivia games, and listen to great music!

 

Note: This is a networking event - there is no baseball game this evening.

 

$125 per person - (Food and full bar included)

 

Monday, July 9

   
7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Manages, supervises, and directs the affairs of NAPA subject to the approval of the Board of Directors.

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Represents the interests of the Associate Members to the NAPA Board of Directors. The Council develops and recommends programs and activities to further the goals of the Association and the asphalt pavement industry.

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

When something is unbalanced, the problem is immediately evident. Unbalanced tires, for example, deliver bad fuel economy and a rough ride. The same is true for asphalt mix designs. Balanced mix design is a tool roadway owners are starting to use to solve durability and cracking issues without reintroducing rutting to our roadway network.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand what balanced mix design is
  • Evaluate the advantages of balanced mix design compared to other design methods
  • Learn the different types of balanced mix design that can be implemented

 

Speaker:

Fan Yin, Ph.D. — National Center for Asphalt Technology

9:15 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

This Committee formulates a program for the development and implementation of research and technology activities for the asphalt pavement industry. CART develops and presents research needs and project requirements to represent practitioner interests in a variety of forums, including TRB, FHWA, and state agency meetings. CART will further work to ensure practical implementation of research that will improve the quality and performance of asphalt pavement.

12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.

Welcome Remarks

Speaker: Janet Callahan, President and Chief Operating Officer, Palmer Paving Corporation

 

General Session: Highway Trust Fund

Invited Speaker: Congressman Richard Neal (D-MA 1st)

 

The passage of the FAST Act has provided multi-year certainty for the asphalt marketplace, but still falls short in the necessary funds to bring the nation’s highway network up to a state of good repair. Under the FAST Act, the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) continues to remain at a crossroads. The HTF has provided stable, reliable, and substantial highway funding for decades since its inception in 1956, but this is no longer the case. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the HTF is expected to experience a significant cash shortfall when the FAST Act expires in 2020. Similar shortfall situations have led to the possibility of reduced federal reimbursements to states on existing obligations, leading to serious cash flow problems for states, resulting in project delays.

 

This session will assess the Administration’s infrastructure principles and how Congress plans to work across the aisle to address the HTF shortfall and restore America’s economic vitality and maximize global competitiveness with an integrated national, intermodal surface transportation network that reliably moves goods and people.

 

Awards Program

Join us as we honor the asphalt industry’s leaders with the Operational Excellence Awards. Winners will be recognized in the Community Involvement, Outstanding Brochure, Outstanding Website, Asphalt Operations Safety Innovations, Ecological Awards categories and NAPA Operational Excellence Awards Program. 

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

2:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

 

A safe roadway work zone requires training, planning, and commitment. Companies invest heavily in tools and education to reduce the risks inherent in a roadway work zone. To deliver asphalt-specific guidance for safe operations within the work zone, NAPA and ARTBA teamed up to create a series of online training modules on internal traffic control construction activities to reduce injuries.


However, even when everything is done right inside the work zone, inattentive drivers remain a risk for workers. With the help of public relations firm Golin, NAPA launched a national public awareness campaign to combat distracted driving and improve work zone safety. The WatchForUs campaign (www.WatchFor.Us) is an industry movement to end distraction and keep our workers safe.


Key Takeaways:

  • Learn about how to commit to work zone safety with excellence in training and communications.
  • Learn about the tools available to you to educate workers.
  • Publicly promote WZS and identify creative ways to get involved.

 

Speakers:

Howard Marks, Vice President for Environment, Health & Safety, NAPA

T. Carter Ross, Vice President for Communications, NAPA

2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Identifies and prioritizes key industry legislative issues pending before Congress. The Committee develops legislative recommendations in advance of major highway and airport reauthorization legislation. The Committee also responds to proposed regulations pending before relevant federal agencies.

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The days of assessing quality mixtures through volumetrics alone is coming to an end in some states. The CART Microsession “Fundamentals of Balanced Mix Design” showed how some states are beginning to implement balanced mix design and transform how mixture quality is evaluated. This Microsession, “Title,” will build on the CART presentation and discuss existing opportunities for the asphalt industry as it implements advanced laboratory testing.


Key Takeaways:

  • Learn how states and contractors are implementing advanced laboratory testing
  • Understand how advanced laboratory testing fits with quality control
  • Evaluate opportunities for working with owners and specifiers to improve testing procedures

3:15 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Emerging leaders committed to making a lasting IMPACT on the asphalt industry through education, leadership development and networking.

4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The mission of EAC is to identify, evaluate, and prioritize key engineering issues impacting the asphalt pavement industry, ensure the proper implementation of cost-effective solutions and technical advances that improve pavement quality, performance, cost effectiveness, and sustainability through technical policies, programs, education, and training, and provide intellectual support to the Asphalt Pavement Alliance technical programs. 

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

 

Tuesday, July 10

   
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

During NAPA’s 2018 Annual Meeting, participants heard from leaders in the equipment manufacturing industry on how technology and innovation will reshape the construction and paving industry. There was also a workshop highlighting one of asphalt’s most important attributes, speed of construction.

 

Now, during the 2018 NAPA Midyear meeting, you’ll learn about specific innovations successfully being used by NAPA producer members to improve the quality of pavements during construction and innovations that can optimize construction and paving time. 

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

 

The Environmental Committee identifies and prioritizes key environmental issues impacting the industry and provides information and guidance on selected plant and paving operational issues that are key to environmental compliance and cost-effective operations performance.

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Responsible for the development, implementation, direction, and monitoring of a new Member recruitment program and a Member retention program for the Association. The Committee reviews the Membership status of the Association and presents recommendations to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors to generate an increase in the Membership. The Committee also reviews the cause and reason for any Member resignations or general depletion in Membership and devises countermeasures.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Administers the NAPA Awards and Commendations Programs by establishing the criteria and selection process. The purpose of the Awards Program is to promote to owners and contractors all asphalt pavements whose design and workmanship exhibit exemplary quality. Additional awards and recognition are also considered on an annual basis which recognizes excellence in outreach and responsible practices. The purpose of the Diamond Commendation Program is to establish metrics that identify best practices at the asphalt plant, terminal, lab, and paving operations.

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

In June 2018, the second phase of OSHA’s Silica Rule or Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) becomes effective for general industry which includes asphalt pavement mix facilities.  Similar to the road construction Silica Standard, implemented in 2017, the Rule requires employers to understand, identify, document, and control potential silica dust exposures for facility activities.  Over the last couple of years, the asphalt pavement industry has been proactive in understanding and implementing the necessary control equipment for road construction activities and has more recently been reviewing the types of controls that may be needed at a mix facility. Learn what steps are needed to ensure compliance with the Silica Rule at asphalt mix facilities.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Review compliance obligations associated with OSHA’s Silica Rule
  • Understand how to control some road construction exposures that aren’t explicitly identified in OSHA’s Rule
  • Identify exposure levels for certain plant activities
  • Evaluate how to properly control exposures during certain plant activities
  • Understand what steps are necessary to ensure compliance with OSHA’s Silica Rule for asphalt plants

 

Speaker: Chuck Mull, HSE Director, Kokosing Materials, Inc.

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

The PEC is a joint effort of NAPA and the State Asphalt Pavement Associations. The PEC develops scientific research projects and analysis that positions asphalt as the pavement material of choice. Provides technical knowledge and scientific reports to the communications and deployment programs. Works to strengthen legislative grassroots activities and to insulate the industry from harmful legislation on the state and national level. Manages the Asphalt Pavement Economics Fund that supports industry research. The PEC is supported by seven NAPA/SAPA Task Groups.

1:45 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

The Health & Safety Committee identifies and prioritizes key health and safety regulatory issues impacting the industry and provides information and guidance on selected plant and paving operational issues that are critical to health and safety compliance. 

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

In 2017, NAPA launched the Emerald Eco-Label program, giving contractors a tool for conducting environmental analyses of the mixtures they produce and developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) for their customers. Since its launch, contractors have used the Emerald tool to meet customer requests for transparent documentation of the environmental impacts of the mixes they produce. Contractors also have used the tool to evaluate production efficiency, develop metrics for strategic goals, and become more familiar with the process of environmental reporting in general.

 

Key Takeaways:

  • Hear from contractors why they use the Emerald Eco-Label.
  • Learn how contractors are changing business practices based on the Emerald tool’s results.
  • Understand what new markets are seeking EPDs.

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.

Identify, evaluate, and prioritize key sustainability issues impacting the asphalt pavement industry to ensure that the benefits of asphalt pavements are properly recognized in green rating systems and standards and specifications. Develop guidance and procedures to quantify the potential environmental impact of asphalt pavements.

 

Wednesday, July 11

   
7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) will host an afternoon tour of Logan International Airport Wed., July 11 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. During the tour, attendees will learn the history of asphalt pavements at Logan International Airport,  current practices with asphalt pavements and issues that Massport is facing, goals to improve paving, safety and efficiency of airfield pavements, operational impacts during construction, changes in the aircraft fleet mix that impacts asphalt pavement performance, and more!