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Sessions and Speakers

Keynote Speaker      Leaders are Trained — Not Born
Lt. General (Ret.) William “Gus” Pagonis
General Pagonis was in command of logistics during Desert Storm and played a key role in the turnaround strategy that led to the overwhelming success of the offense. During his address, as well as in his Tuesday seminar, Lt. General Pagonis will discuss what it takes to develop effective leaders and team players who can implement well crafted strategies and tactics.
Session 1     Managing Change In A Global Economy
Trends in Asphalt Binders and End Applications
Peter Grass, President – Asphalt Institute
Learn about historical trends in asphalt binder volumes in North America including a special look at PADD I. Pete will also discuss some of the ways the Asphalt Institute is promoting the increased use of asphalt.
Maintaining Service Life While Managing Change 
Jim Moulthrop, Executive Director – Foundation for Pavement Preservation (FP2)  

One of the principal reasons to develop a robust pavement preservation program is to help maintain or improve service life of the existing roadway network. Although a worthwhile endeavor, complications arise when we try to accomplish this when faced with shrinking budgets and personnel changes. These issues will be discussed in this session.

Zero Balance Warranty Specifications: A Path to Better Performing Pavements
Gerry Huber, Associate Director of Research –  Heritage Research Group
Huber will present a proposal for a new approach for owner/agencies to achieve the biggest bang for their taxpayers’ dollars while rewarding contractors and producers who use technology and innovation to generate better highway life-cycle costs and performance.
How To Cope With Variable Asphalt
Jean-Pascal Planche, Vice President Asphalt & Petroleum Technologies – Western Research Institute

Current asphalt binder production has significantly changed since the SHRP Superpave days due to economic, technical, and environmental reasons. Petroleum sources and product demands have changed considerably, and as a result, refining technologies and asphalt suppliers had to adapt. Blending of crude oils and refining streams, as well as additive treatments at various stages of extraction or refining, is now common practice and continues to grow. Considering asphalt as a straight run vacuum residue from a single crude is now the exception. Dr. Planche will present work done at WRI to formulate and compatibize variable asphalt streams  in modified products for improved performance.

IMO 2020: A Sea Change Is Coming
Ralph Grimmer, Senior Associate – Stillwater Associates

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is moving forward with its “IMO 2020 Rule” which will reduce the maximum sulphur content of marine fuel (aka bunker fuel oil) from 3.5 weight percent (wt. %) to 0.5 wt. % in areas outside of Emission Control Areas. Impacts of the IMO 2020 Rule on market pricing will be keenly felt by all participants in the marine fuel chain – ship owners, marine fuel suppliers, refiners, and associated industry sectors including asphalt. In his presentation, Ralph Grimmer will discuss compliance, enforcement, ship owner decision-making, market price and refining implications, changes in the marine fuels mix, capital investments encouraged by IMO 2020, how the IMO 2020 roll out is likely to unfold, and the potential impact on global asphalt production.

Developing a Life-Cycle Assessment for Asphalt in North America
Ron Corun, Specialty Products Sales and Marketing Manager –  Associated Asphalt

Life-cycle assessment (LCA) is a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life from raw material extraction through materials processing, manufacture, distribution, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling. Developing an LCA for your asphalt can help avoid a narrow outlook on environmental concerns.

Session 2     Industry Perspectives
Regional Trends in Pavement Preservation 
Larry Galehouse, Founder & Director Emeritus – NCPP at Michigan State University
Pavement preservation is recognized through federal law and encouraged by U.S. DOT policy as a vital set of activities to sustain and improve our highway system. Highway agencies have programmed preservation treatments into their asset management plans as the most cost-effective approach to extend pavement life, enhance performance, and improve user experience. Most agencies are still building their preservation toolboxes and tend to favor certain treatments over others. This presentation will cover the four geographic regions of our country and discuss trends, institutional challenges, and future opportunities for expanding the use of preservation treatments.  
Market Perspectives For Asphalt Roofing
Reed Hitchcock, Executive Vice President – Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association

Asphalt roofing has been around since the time of the Pharaohs in Egypt. For a millennia, the technology changed little if at all. However, over the past century asphalt roofing has become the dominant product for North American homes and a leading material for commercial buildings. While polymer modified asphalts have been used in commercial roofing for a number of years, we are now seeing asphalt shingle products made with new technology entering the market. This session will discuss the current state of the asphalt roofing industry, key competitors, and evolving technologies.

Results of AMAP DOTs & Modified Asphalt Producers Survey
Brian Hirt, Research Manager – CTC & Associates
In recent months, AMAP has commissioned a survey of companies that modifiy asphalt for roofing, paving and other applications and a second survey of State and Provincial departments of transportation. These surveys were intended to learn more about material use and forward trends, needs and expectations. Hirt will present the results of these surveys.




Session 3     Specifications & Technical Updates
FHWA Binder & Mix Expert Task Groups Status Report
Gaylon Baumgardner, Executive VP – Paragon Technical Services

The Expert Task Group (ETG) on Asphalt Mixtures and Binder Technology is organized to discuss matters relating to the research and implementation of asphalt mixture and binder technology. The ETG meets two times per year for technical information interchange on asphalt issues and to identify potential improvements to mixture, binder and aggregate specifications and standard test methods. The Group also determines research need standards and encourages government / industry / academics discussion of emerging issues. Matt will discuss current issues before the Group.

Emulsion Task TSP2 Force-Development of Binders and Treatment Standards
Colin Franco, Associate Chief Engineer –  Rhode Island DOT

This presentation will address the development of national standards in AASHTO format for all emulsion binders and treatments. Colin will also discuss the development of QA (materials and workmanship) programs for all the treatments, concluding with education training and certification for emulsion stakeholders and practitioners.

Advancements in Testing Roofing Asphalt Binder
Mike Anderson, Director of Research and Laboratory Services – Asphalt Institute

The testing of asphalt binder used in roofing applications still largely relies on conventional, empirical tests such as Penetration and Softening Point. Even though there may not yet be agreement on what the requirements should be, it is clear that rheological tools can provide more and better information than conventional tests on the expected behavior of asphalt roofing binders, both modified and unmodified, at a wide range of temperatures and loading frequencies.

Emulsion Technology Trends
Arlis Kadrmas, Technical Specialist – BASF Corporation

This presentation will review the current testing process and polymers used in the asphalt emulsion industry and show how the new recovery techniques and testing procedures are being evaluated.  A review of how these may affect specifications will also be discussed.



Session 4     Owner/Agency Modified Experience
Ontario Quality of Asphalt Review (Importance of Good Specifications)
Vince Aurilio, Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council
In 2016, the Ontario Auditor General identified six contracts that exhibited premature cracking due to inferior asphalt binders. The results of the testing conducted are briefly presented along with a discussion of the primary causes of the premature failure and recommendations for improvements.
Evolution of the FDOT Binder Acceptance Program
Howie Moseley, State Bituminous Materials Engineer – Florida DOT

This presentation will provide a historical overview of how FDOTs binder specifications have evolved over the past several years. It will also include a synopsis of FDOTs current binder specifications and ongoing binder related research.

Modified Binders in Maine and New England
Derek Nener-Plante, P.E., Asphalt Pavement Engineer, Maine DOT
This presentation will discuss MaineDOT’s increasing use of modified binders and the corresponding benefits that have been realized. Also, MaineDOT’s move to the MSCR specification and use of modified in binders in preservation treatments will be highlighted. Current trends and future expectations of modified binder use by MaineDOT and New England as a whole will be discussed.
Oklahoma DOT Experiences with Modified Asphalt   
Kevin Suitor, Asphalt Branch Manager – Oklahoma DOT

This presentation will provide ODOT’s perspective on modified asphalt, including current practices, MSCR implementation, high polymer content HMA and the future direction of PMA.

Georgia’s Construction Experience Using PMA Hot Mix Asphalt
S. Jacob Walker, P.E., Assistant Bituminous Technical Services Manager – Georgia DOT
The Georgia Department of Transportation has accumulated years of experience with mixtures using polymer-modified binder. These mixture types include dense-graded Superpave mixtures, gap-graded stone matrix asphalt (SMA) mixtures, and open-graded friction courses. The agency has become very familiar with the positive attributes of using mixtures with the polymer-modified binder, as well as the best practices to follow when using these mixtures in construction.
 SPG – TxDOTs Efforts with PG for Chip Seals
Jerry Peterson Jr., Manager, Asphalt Chemical Branch – Texas DOT
This is a discussion of TxDOTs efforts to develop and implement a performance-based binder specification for chip seal using PG test methods. The presentation will also include a history of research that led to the specification, what efforts were made to test, adjust, and implement it, and its current status. 
Impacts of Polymer-Modified Asphalt Binders on Pavement Performance & Cost
Walaa Mogawer, Ph.D., P.E. , Highway Sustainability Research Center, Director – University of Massachusetts
A survey was designed to determine how many DOTs use PMA in dense-graded structural mixtures, and the reasons why some DOTs do not use it. The results of this study will be discussed in detail.

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