Pave It Black is the official podcast of the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Hosted by NAPA's Richard Willis and Brett Williams, Pave It Black focuses on the people, issues, and technologies of the asphalt pavement industry, road building, and research and innovation.
Brett and Richard talk with Brent Carron of Valley Paving about thermal profiling. While this tool is not widespread throughout the industry, it is potentially another opportunity for contractors to ensure high quality asphalt pavements.
Contractors have access to more data about their companies now more than ever before. But how many of them are using this data effectively? Brett and Richard, along with Dan Ridolfi of Lastrada Partners, explore how data analytics can change the asphalt industry.
Computing technology has changed over the past 20 years, and it is just going to continue to advance. Brett and Richard talk with Katie Peabody of Lakeside Industries about the opportunities available for construction companies to leverage new programs, communications tools, and streamlined software
It is estimated that more than 2 million electric cars are being sold globally each year now. Richard and Brett talk with Dan Gallagher about the impacts vehicle electrification could have not only the asphalt industry but also how it could be impacting the revenue of the Highway Trust Fund.
Brett and Richard have a discussion with Nick Webb, the keynote speaker from NAPA’s 2020 Annual Meeting in Maui, about the misconceptions of innovation and the ways to develop an innovative spirit. This conversation sets the stage for future podcasts in season three, which will focus on topics such as e-ticketing, fleet management, plant operations, data management, and more.
To mark the beginning of Infrastructure Week 2020, “Pave It Black" hosted special guests Laura Perrotta, President & CEO of the American Highway Users Alliance, and NAPA’s Jay Hansen, Executive Vice President for Advocacy, to break down the inner workings of Capitol Hill and the effects on highway funding.
How does one go from a career in music to a career in asphalt? The answer, for Janie Gallagher, Marketing and Events Coordinator at Wirtgen America in Nashville, Tenn., is the asphalt pavement industry’s commitment to sustainability.
In the wake of the “silver tsunami,” who will lead the next generation of asphalt plants and businesses?
Pat Nelson, President & CEO of Lehman-Roberts Co. in Memphis, Tenn., dives into the details of some very intentional workforce development changes that are happening at his company.
To supplement the release of NAPA’s and the Asphalt Institute’s two new documents on using plastics in asphalt mixtures, we interviewed Paul Lum, Technical Director at Colas Inc.
Dan Stys, P.E., of the PEA Group, an integrated site development firm with a specialty in test track design, explains why asphalt is predominantly selected for automotive testing facilities and racetracks.