Annual Conference & Workshop

17th Annual AMAP Conference and Workshop
February 9-11, 2016
Grand Hyatt Seattle
Seattle, Washington

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Grand Hyatt Seattle

Come join us for AMAP’s 17th Annual Conference and Technical Workshop in Seattle on February 9-11, 2016. Early-bird registration will open on November 16.

We are working to bring together another broad-based group of presenters from government and industry to discuss the latest news and issues affecting the modified asphalt industry. If you are associated with the asphalt industry in any way–buyer, owner, DOT or municipality official, contractor, producer, refiner, terminal operator or consulting engineer—you can’t afford to miss this meeting.

In addition, AMAP’s Education Committee will present an expanded Asphalt Seminar and Workshop prior to the start of the main conference. This highly regarded course will cover all aspects of modified asphalt technology: chemistry, types of modifiers, effects of modification, and testing, handling and construction techniques for asphalt mix, emulsions and preservation products. Attendees will receive an all-new annotated workbook with slides and discussion.

As you start making plans, download the “Visit Seattle” Official Visitors’ Guide and get excited about all the city has to offer.

Previews of the main conference and workshop (subject to change) are presented below.

Beyond the conference, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest have something for everyone. Some of the extracurricular events that we’re lining up this year include an early arrival wine tour of some of the finest vineyard in Washington State and tours of the Seattle area that include a behind-the-scenes look at Pike Place Market.

Beyond these events, there are many shopping, dining, cultural and outdoor activities to enjoy on your own. We hope you take advantage of all that the Emerald City has to offer. We look forward to seeing you!

Preview: Conference Program

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Session 1 & 2 – Owner/Agencies Perspectives

In these session you will hear presentations from Agencies and DOTs from across the United States and Canada on the performance of modified asphalt in binders and other formulations used to achieve better performance in highways, runways, emulsions, preservation materials and other transportation products.

You will hear firsthand how various regions have used modified asphalts to solve problems and improve performance in their projects. You will also learn more about the latest experiences with REOB, RAP & RAS and MSCR testing to name just a few timely topics.

Also, for the first time AMAP will be using real time polling to provide attendee views on issues related to topics under discussion.

Evening Reception

Honoring AMAP Asphalt Hall of Fame inductee and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Session 3 – Specifications and Technical Updates

Tentative topic that will be presented will include:

  • FHWA Expert Task Groups Status Report
  • Technology Progress and National MSCR Specification Implementation Status
  • AASHTO Specifications and AMRL Progress Report
  • Asphalt Emulsions Task Force Report
  • Innovative binder characterization methods
  • Industry Progress and Future Trends
  • Mix Design for Better Modified Performance
  • Modification and Pavement Design: The MEPDG Design Guide
  • Rejuvenators

Session 4 – General Session: The State and Direction of the Asphalt Industry

  • Asphalt Institute and Asphalt Pavement Alliance Update
  • National Asphalt Paving Association’s Focus and Actions
  • Innovative Technologies, the Difficulties of Implementation
  • Bio Products
  • Crack Testing: A summary review of current practices
  • Open Panel Discussion of industry experts available to discuss relevant current asphalt related topics

Preview: AMAP Modified Asphalt Workshops

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

AMAP workshops will provide an opportunity to learn from and interact with industry experts in the fields of materials, equipment, testing and technologies. Their presentations will provide cutting edge information on asphalt binder modification, testing handling, construction and performance to meet the demands of today’s highways.

  • Introduction to Asphalt Modification
  • Chemistry of Modifiers and Asphalt Cement
  • Introduction to Polymer Modification
  • Modifiers Used in Asphalt Modification
  • Emulsions of Modified Asphalt
  • Handling of Modified Asphalt – Contractors’ Perspective
  • Performance of Modified Asphalt
  • Testing and Rheology of Modified Asphalt

Workshop Instructors

  • John Casola, Malvern Instruments
  • Chris Lubbers , Kraton Polymers
  • Laurand Lewandowski, Owens Corning
  • Ken Grzybowski, PRI Asphalt Technology
  • Ron Corun, Axeon Specialty Products
  • Bob Kluttz, Kraton Polymers

Who should attend AMAP Workshops?

This is an excellent event for Agency and DOT personnel, Management, Engineers, Chemists, Technicians, Materials Buyers, Sales Personnel, Students and Faculty interested in an industry perspective on current and future trends in materials and methodologies available to improve asphalt performance. Registrants for the Workshops will receive:

  • A copy of AMAP’s newly revised course handbook
  • Continuing Education Credits and Certificate of Attendance
  • Access to the vendor exhibit area
  • An invitation to stay opening conference reception following the Workshops

Tabletop Exhibits

AMAP has expanded the time and space for vendor tabletop exhibits in 2016. Come and learn more about the latest in materials, services and equipment being offered for asphalt modification from vendor experts.

Information for exhibitors will be made available when registration launches in mid-November.

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