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“Leaders are Trained, Not Born to Lead”

Lt. General William “Gus” Pagonis
Vice Chairman, Genco Supply Chain Solutions

Lt. General Pagonis

Lt. General Pagonis

Few people are more qualified to talk about leadership and supply chain management than William “Gus” Pagonis. The retired three-star general won high praise from Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf for successfully masterminding logistics for the Gulf War. Pagonis was one of only four people with full knowledge of the complete battle plan for Operation Desert Storm and was charged with the difficult task of secretly moving massive numbers of allied troops and materials into the desert to overwhelm Iraqi forces.

After the war, Pagonis served in several supply chain positions, including: Head of Supply Chain for Sears Roebuck and Co. for more than ten years; Chairman for RailAmerica; and now Vice Chairman for Genco Supply Chain Solutions, one of the largest third-party logistics providers in North America.

Lt. Gen. Pagonis is widely recognized for his achievements as the chief logistician during the Gulf War, but he also established new standards for supply chain leadership in the corporate world. “I think corporate America is waking up to supply chain as the last frontier,” Pagonis said. “It’s the place where people can really maneuver to get a competitive edge.”

AMAP To Honor Polymer Modified Asphalt Pioneer Willem Vonk

Willem Vonk

Willem Vonk

AMAP will honor Mr. Willem Vonk with its Lifetime Achievement Award and induction into its Modified Asphalt Hall of Fame at AMAP’s 20th Anniversary Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida from February 5 -7, 2019. The ceremony and reception in Vonk’s honor will be held Wednesday, February 6th at the Pier Sixty-Six Hotel.

The use of polymers to enhance the performance of asphalt became more common during the second half of the 20th century, and Willem Vonk began his career as an asphalt technician with Shell Research in the Netherlands at the dawn of this period. While working for Shell, Vonk earned his chemical engineering degree in 1972.

During his 50-year career in asphalt with a division in Shell that later became Kraton Polymers, Vonk played an integral role in shaping the global understanding and direction of polymer synthesis and application methodology for asphalt modification. Most of his work contributed to the understanding of the fundamentals of asphalt binder adhesion properties, asphalt emulsion technologies and modification of roofing membranes.

Vonk’s most recent work on proprietary high vinyl block copolymers includes finding its use in asphalt products. Vonk’s efforts have led to numerous asphalt and polymer process and use patents on technologies which are still used today.

Vonk has written numerous journal articles and has presented work at technical conferences in all parts of the world. In 2002, he was honored by his peers in the polymer industry with the Technical Award of the International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers (IISRP) for his pioneering work on polymer modified bitumen.

Currently, Vonk is retired and lives in the Netherlands. He continues to share his extensive knowledge on polymer modification of asphalt by presenting at industry conferences throughout the world.

“Want the Solution to Better Pavement?”

Gerry Huber
Director of Research, Heritage Research Group

Do you want better pavements? Better quality? Better performance? Zero balance warranty (ZBW) specifications are a means to that end. They are better for the specifying agencies. Better for the contractors, who construct the nation’s pavements. And, better for the driving public and tax payers, who want more bang for their buck. At least according to Gerry Huber, Associate Director of Research with the Heritage Research Group.

Gerry Huber

Gerry Huber

Today, almost all asphalt paving is contracted using the Design Bid Build (DBB) system with contracts awarded to the lowest bidder. These contracts carry a one-year warranty on defects but have no express warranty on product performance. Thus, all the emphasis is placed on meeting the specifications by the lowest cost possible. In some cases this results in costly short life cycle repair and replacement.

A few agencies have caught on to the problem and have used extended performance warranties of two to seven years on top of DBB contracts, but generally this practice has not been the norm. Public Private Partnership (P3) contracts, long-term agreements of 30 years or more that include condition criteria, have been used on a handful of projects in the United States. Generally, P3 contracts are limited to very large projects. ZBW specifications is a concept that includes performance as part of the bid and covers the typical life of the treatment.

ZBW contracts have been used elsewhere in the world with great success. This presentation will cover the concept and application to projects in North America that creates a winning scenario for all stake holders.

About Gerry Huber
Gerry Huber has spent his career in the asphalt industry. Originally from Saskatchewan, Canada, he worked 10 years for the Sask. Highways. He joined the Asphalt Institute and partnered with Tom Kennedy in the SHRP program leading to Superpave. For the last 27 years he has been with the Heritage Research Group in Indianapolis working with FHWA, state DOTs, foreign and domestic universities and technical associations such as AMAP to improve asphalt pavements.

“Coping with Variable Asphalt”

Jean-Pascal (JP) Planche
Vice President, Western Research Institute

Current asphalt binder production has significantly changed since the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) Superpave days due to economic, technical and environmental reasons. Because petroleum sources and product demands have changed considerably, 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.

Jean-Pascal Planche

Jean-Pascal Planche

Some of these changes trigger concerns about the quality and consistency of the delivered asphalt binder, especially as current specifications appear insufficient to ensure satisfactory field performance of the end products. The Asphalt Industry Research Consortium (AIRC) was launched by the Western Research Institute (WRI) in 2015 to help industrial partners evolve with the changing asphalt binder landscape. Based on results obtained from more than 80 international binders, this program has provided specific insights into the chemo-mechanical characteristics of asphalt binders. In this program, multiple techniques, such as rheology; fractions separation and chromatography; spectroscopy and thermal analysis, have been used to diagnose various refining processes, compositions and binder modifiers. They are now being used for diagnosing and predicting through chemometrics correlations modified binders, blends including oxidized asphalts, conversion residues, asphaltenic or waxy asphalts.

WRI believes that well-formulated and compatible blends of any of these production or modification methods may perform well in the field, provided that the links are made between their chemical properties and understanding how they impact their performance.

About Jean-Pascal Plance
Jean-Pascal (JP) Planche, originally from France, has spent his career in the asphalt industry. He is a chemical engineer with a Ph.D. degree in polymer science from the universities of Mulhouse and Lyon in France. Planche worked 25 years doing research and development (R&D) for French oil companies Elf and Total. He later worked on marketing of asphalt binders, particularly with Styrelf crosslinked polymer modified asphalts. He joined the WRI in 2010 and partnered with FHWA in the Fundamental Properties of Asphalt Binders and Asphalt Research Consortium programs, to lead development and implementation of new micro-testing tools for asphalt materials, as well as pavement test sections. For more than eight years at WRI, Planche developed R&D partnerships with industry organizations at the national and international levels to improve asphalt pavements. He also worked with stakeholders including FHWA, Binder ETG, various universities and associations such as the Association of Modified Asphalt Producers and the International Society for Asphalt Pavement.


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