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Schedule of Events




Tuesday, September 17

4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.



Wednesday, September 18

7:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

8:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Get a day-long, behind-the-scenes tour of the nation's premiere asphalt pavements research facility — the National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University. IMPACT Leadership Group Conference attendees will hear directly from researchers conducting cutting-edge investigations of innovations in materials and construction techniques both in the world-class NCAT lab and the NCAT Test Track, a one-of-a-kind accelerated loading facility. The 1.7-mile oval track allows experimental pavements to undergo a decade's worth of ESALs in just two years' time; each DOT- or industry-sponsored 200-foot section of the track is built to answer pressing questions about asphalt pavement performance. Attendees will also visit NCAT's Pavement Preservation Project sites, which test different preservation treatments under real-world traffic. This tour of NCAT is a unique opportunity to see innovation at work.

6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.



Thursday, September 19

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. - 8:40 a.m. 

8:40 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.

Quality control has always been central to ensuring successful plant and field operations for asphalt contractors. To run efficiently and profitably, a company must know if targets are being hit, as well as to understand what practices need to change to provide roadway owners with a quality pavement. Over the past few years, technology has advanced enough to allow contractors to capture real-time data to adjust their own operations, as well as to communicate project status updates to owners. This session highlights a pilot project evaluating real-time data capture in the field and how it can impact operations and business performance.



James Terrell, Quality Assurance Manager, Superior Paving Corp.

9:05 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Unmanned aircraft systems, more commonly known as drones, are the current rage for fun and construction. Asphalt contractors are already using drones for inventory controls; however, other construction industries commonly use drones for quality control, inspection, and more. As many contractors now have these devices and trained pilots on staff, they should learn how to take this technology to the next level and make it work for them in new and innovative ways.

9:30 a.m. - 10:05 a.m.

Not too long ago, automating common, repetitive processes was pure science fiction. But today, we have cars that will partially drive themselves, machines that can 3D print pavilions, and even robots to vacuum your house. As the asphalt industry continues to advance, automation of many production processes is closer to reality than science fiction. Come imagine a world where automated plants, testing, and operations are overseen by a human chaperone and discuss what it may take for the industry to move forward.



Stacy Glidden, Materials Technlogy Manager, Construction Resources Management, Inc.

10:05 a.m. - 10:25 a.m.

10:25 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Building information modeling (BIM) is a method for visualizing and planning the physical and functional characteristics of buildings; however, it won’t be long before BIM is a part of an asphalt contractor’s life. Roadway owners are moving towards 3D modeling techniques that help visualize all aspects of a pavement project in 3D, including utilities, structures, and traffic control devices. As owner fully integrate these systems into their operations, contractors will be expected to use BIM technology to develop estimates, schedule construction, and ultimately deliver the project. While BIM technology is still a few years from deployment, contractors can take a first look at how they can ready themselves for this new way of life.



Tony Nieves, Construction Engineer, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)

10:50 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

All leaders have blind spots–behaviors and attitudes that are getting in the way of our effectiveness. That’s why self-awareness is an essential attribute to becoming a great leader. This session will utilize the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) to guide participants to greater awareness of the strengths, challenges, and opportunities, that come with their personality type.

The MBTI is an introspective, self-reported questionnaire created to identify differing psychological preferences in how people engage the world around them, process information, make decisions, and prefer to structure their lives. IMPACT attendees will take the assessment online prior to the event.


This interactive workshop will not only help participants understand their own personality type and temperament, but they will also gain insights into how to more effectively work with people who don’t share their perspective on life.



Ed Rowell, Consultant, FMI's Center for Strategic Leadership