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Perpetual Pavement Conference

October 28–30, 2024
Omni Louisville Hotel

NAPA invites researchers and practitioners from industry, agency, and academia to submit abstracts for inclusion in the 2024 Perpetual Pavement Conference in Louisville, Kentucky. Abstracts should showcase initiatives and innovations in perpetual asphalt pavement design, construction, and pavement/infrastructure management.

Submission deadline EXTENDED — 11:59 pm ET, October 1, 2023

Abstracts that highlight the following topics are of particular interest

  • Perpetual Pavement Design (new pavements, reconstructing existing pavements, and others)
  • Asphalt Mix Design and materials use in Perpetual Pavements
    • Laboratory performance testing
    • Recycled materials (e.g., RAP, RAS, and recycled tire rubber)
    • Mixture types
    • Mixture additives
  • Perpetual asphalt pavement’s role in reducing carbon emissions
  • Sensors and enhanced pavement condition and traffic monitoring of perpetual pavements
  • Perpetual pavement case studies
    • Traditional highway pavements
    • Other perpetual pavements for airfields, freight facilities, local streets, etc.
  • Life-cycle cost analysis of perpetual asphalt pavements
  • Life cycle assessment of perpetual asphalt pavements
  • Asphalt mixture production and perpetual pavement construction practices
  • The business case for Perpetual Pavements

Abstract Content

  • The abstract should include background information as well as methods, practices, outcome data, and recommendations as applicable.
  • Abstracts may include materials presented or published elsewhere (within the past 2 years) so long as the information is updated and made specific to this conference.
  • Each abstract submission must be classified in one of the following categories:
    • Perpetual Pavement Design
    • Materials/Asphalt Mixtures
    • Production/Construction Practices
    • Sustainability/Emissions/LCA
    • Pavement Management/LCCA
    • Case Study

Submission Requirements

All submissions must comply with the following guidelines. Failure to comply may result in rejection during the review process.

  • Individuals are allowed a maximum of 2 abstract submissions.
  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered for review.
  • Submitters must disclose any potential conflict of interest related to the content (e.g., commercial interest, affiliation with a vendor, receipt of royalties) and affirm that their participation will not be used to sell a particular product or service. NAPA can reject or rescind the acceptance of an abstract due to any conflict of interest discovered at any time.
  • All abstracts must be submitted via the EVENT WEBSITE.

You will receive an email confirmation message following abstract submittal.

Tips for Successful Sumbissions

  1. Complete and submit your submissions by the deadlines.
  2. Only submit an abstract on behalf of yourself.
  3. Submit a maximum of 2 abstracts.
  4. Provide all the required information.
  5. Comply with the submission length requirements.
  6. Take note of what the reviewers will be looking for (see Review Process below).

Review Process

The Conference Committee will review each abstract. The Conference Committee is not obligated to provide feedback on the abstract. Reviewers and submitters should consider:

  • Relevance to overall theme of the conference and topics of particular interest (listed above)
  • Clear connection to perpetual asphalt pavements  
  • Quality of the abstract
  • Novelty of the topic (i.e., topic provides a new or novel perspective) – this is not a requirement but may be advantageous

Acceptance Notification

  1. Submitters will be notified about the status of their abstract submission(s) via email no later than November 17, 2023.
  2. Accepted abstract submitters will be asked to prepare for review a draft paper or technical brief (4 to 12 pages in length, following TRB formatting) by January 26, 2024.
  3. Upon completion of the review, all comments must be addressed by June 28, 2024, for inclusion in the conference proceedings.
  4. Accepted presenters must submit their PowerPoint presentation by September 20, 2024. Additional instructions will be provided with notification of final acceptance.

Podium Presentation Format

  • All podium presentations will be done live and in person.
  • Podium presentations are allotted 20 minutes.
  • Presentations focused on similar topics will be scheduled back-to-back and followed by a question-and-answer time for the speaker panel.

Contact Information

Please direct questions to Brett Williams via email or 301-731-4748 ext. 125.

Email Brett