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People, Plants and Paving Training Program

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Management/Leadership
Focuses on the important skills necessary to manage and coach personnel to their maximum performance.

Plants
Experts will discuss how to evaluate and improve plant performance and to keep the plant operating at peak levels.

Paving
Learn important techniques to construct safe and smooth quality pavements at optimum efficiency and enhanced profitability.

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Tuesday, March 19

7:30 - 9:00 AM

T11 - Get Business NOW in the Asphalt Industry
Room: 210A
Al Lautenslager, Market for Profits

Do you have all the customers you can handle? In today’s tough times, your answer is probably “no”. The marketing strategies and tactics you have used in the past either don’t work or you feel the budget just won’t allow any more spending. But...you also know that if you don’t get the word out about your business or organization you are not going to have the customers you need. This session will help you cut a swath through the jungle of marketing madness, and will outline an effective plan of attack focused on the day-by-day implementation of key marketing fundamentals.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Determine what you can do to get new business; Identify new target customers; Develop your new marketing message; Understand how to get your message to your market.

T12 - Key Metrics for Monitoring Performance at Asphalt Plants
Room: 212A
Ron Sines, Oldcastle Materials Group

Asphalt plants are complex mechanical systems. In order to get optimum performance from the plant, it is imperative that proper monitoring of key performance metrics is performed. This session will provide key performance metrics to ensure top plant performance.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand key performance metrics to monitor at asphalt plants; Learn how to apply these metrics to improve plant operations; Understand the financial impacts of metric measurements.

T13 - Introduction to Modified Asphalt Binders (Part 1)
Room: 213A
Ron Corun, Nustar; Bob Kluttz, Kraton; Laurand Lewandowski, PRI Asphalt

The use of polymer modified asphalt binders continues to grow nationwide. Polymer modified binders can provide substantial improvement in the performance of the asphalt mixture. This is the first of two sessions to help contractors understand how the polymer modified binder is produced and how to properly handle the product.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the benefits of modification; Describe the types of modification; Describe quality control for use of modified binders.

T14 - Best Practices for Residential and Commercial PavingRoom: 214A

Brian Hall, Leeboy

The commercial paver must employ good paving practices but use them more rigorously as he faces the challenge of sculpting pavement to meet – in some cases – extreme geometric and grade constraints. Because commercial paving can be so challenging, having a good understanding of the principles of quality construction and utilizing best practices are necessary in getting an award winning job. This session will help you help your customer to be successful with asphalt.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Improve project planning; Understand paver operations; Ensure quality and serviceability of the finished product.

T15 - Best Practices for Application of Tack Coats
Room: 214B
Dale Decker, Dale S. Decker, LLC

A wide variety of tack coats are available in the asphalt industry. This session will provide information regarding material characteristics, construction practices, and their effect on the asphalt pavement performance.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the importance of tack coat; Decide the proper application rate for tack coat; Determine the best quality control for tack coat applications.

9:30 - 11:00 AM

T21 - Field Management of Volumetric Properties
Room: 210A
Dale Decker, Dale S. Decker, LLC

Asphalt properties from lab-produced and plant-produced materials can vary significantly. Understanding the potential causes for the variations allows the asphalt contractor to better control the volumetric properties of the mix.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the fundamentals of mix volumetric properties; Learn what properties have influence on volumetric properties; Understand how to make changes in the mix production to maintain volumetric properties.

T22 - Energy Efficiency through Best Practices at the Plant
Room: 212A
Bill Garrett, Meeker Equipment

Energy costs are driving most asphalt operations today. One of the best ways to cope with volatile energy costs is to reduce consumption at the plant. This session is designed to assist the HMA producer to reduce energy costs by employing best practices in plant operations.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Identify potential areas for improvements in energy efficiency; How to accomplish the improvements; Measure the effect of improvements.

T23 - Introduction to Modified Asphalt Binders (Part 2)
Room: 213A
Ron Corun, Nustar; Bob Kluttz, Kraton; Laurand Lewandowski, PRI Asphalt

The use of polymer modified asphalt binders continues to grow nationwide. Polymer modified binders can provide substantial improvement in the performance of the asphalt mixture. This is the second of two sessions to help contractors understand how the polymer modified binder is produced and how to properly handle the product.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the benefits of modification binders; Describe performance of mixes with modified binders; Understand PMA specifications.

T24 - Laydown Best Practices
Room: 214A
Terry Humphrey, Caterpillar Inc.

The purpose of the paver is to place a uniform, smooth mix at the correct grade. In order to accomplish this feat, it is crucial to understand best practices on paver operations. This session will provide attendees with those tools.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: List proper procedures for delivering mix to the paver; Understand how to avoid segregation; Understand how to control grade and smoothness.

T25 - Everything you Need to Know about Chip Seals
Room: 214B
Cary Brownlee, Ergon Asphalt Emulsions, Inc. and Chuck Dannheim, CSA Materials, Inc.

This session will provide a broad understanding of all the issues involved in production and placement of chips seals. The first speaker will discuss aggregates and binder products for the chip seal. The second speaker will cover construction and proper application to achieve high performance chip seal systems.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand how different aggregates relate to performance and how binder properties affect chip seal performance; Understand how different chip seal techniques can be selected to address specific concerns; Have a list of resources for technical support.

2:00 - 3:30 PM

T31 - Delivering the Message and Getting the Order
Room: 210A
Al Lautenslager, Market for Profits

The best marketing program in the world doesn’t succeed unless a competent sales force can bring the right message to your customers and come back to the office with an order in hand. It takes a process and must be consistent. This session will highlight sales opportunities for the asphalt contractor.

T32 - Reduce Plant Operation Costs with Proper Preventative Maintenance
Room: 212A
Brian Handshoe, Kenco and Steven Elam, Stansteel

A well executed preventative maintenance program is critical to ensuring the lowest possible operation costs. High quality replacement wear parts can be expensive but unscheduled breakdowns and poorly operating equipment are more so. A plant that is ""down"" or underperforming in the middle of the season brings in little or no revenue.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the importance of a preventative maintenance program; Learn how deferred maintenance can cost more in both the short and long run; Learn what items should become part of any regular inspection program.

T33 - There is More than One Way to Seal a Crack
Room: 213A
Wally Smith, Crafco Inc.

As our infrastructure ages and our budgets get smaller, contractors have to be smarter about how public funds are spent. What is the most effective way to extend the life of our roads? What is the relationship between crack sealing and other preservation methods? Properly applied crack sealing can be a cost effective preservation technique.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the type of treatment needed for a specific type of crack; Identify proper application methods; Show how crack sealing improves all other preservation practices; Have a list of resources for technical support.

T34 - Best Practices for Construction of Longitudinal Joints
Room: 214B
John Cheever, Aggregate Industries and Marshall Klinefelter, Maryland Asphalt Association

Longitudinal joints are an inherent weak spot in an asphalt pavement. Where two passes of the paver intersect creates an area of lower density due to paving operations. The life of the pavement can be significantly compromised if the joint is not constructed properly. This session offers two contractors presenting different approaches and experiences with constructing high quality longitudinal joints.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand why longitudinal joints are critical to overall quality of the asphalt pavement; Describe best practices for longitudinal joint construction; Recognize good and poor practices for constructing longitudinal joints.

T35 - Best Practices for Milling and Profiling
Room: 214A
Eric Baker and Jeff Ensell, RoadTec

More than any other pavement property, the traveling public wants a smooth surface on which to drive. The process starts with the milling or profiling operation to achieve optimum smoothness before paving. Achieving smoothness with the profiling operation puts more bonus dollars into the contractor’s pocket.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the milling machine operation, maintenance and new innovations; Understand grade and slope control, new ski arrangements, and controls to facilitate smoother cutting and more efficient profiling operations; Determine the effect of cutter tooth patterns in relation to forward speed.

Wednesday, March 20

7:30 - 9:00 AM

W11 - Ten Commandments for Effective Supervision
Room: 210A
Larry Kokkelenberg, Center for Business Development

The number one reason why people stay in their job, or quit their job is their relationship with their immediate boss. These 10 simple guidelines are for anyone who supervises or manages people. They focus on behaviors that if done will build strong, trusting relationships with anyone, even family and friends. By focusing on one commandment a month, anyone can improve their ability to supervise and manage others.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Improve your ability to work with others; Learn the necessary skills to supervise and manage others; Improve crew relations.

W12 - Effectively Managing Silo Operations
Room: 212A
TJ Young, Technical Training and Advisory Services Company

The use of silos in asphalt plants has improved productivity and allowed the producer to have multiple products available for the customer. However, planning for and managing the products that are in the silo has always been a challenge. This session will discuss best practices for planning production and distributing products in the silo in order to keep all projects running smoothly and ensure product availability for all parties pulling mix from the plant.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Review production planning and customer communication techniques for establishing daily mix volume; Determine daily distribution of materials into the silo; Review techniques for traffic flow that aid in mix distribution for projects.

W13 - The Warm Mix Revolution
Room: 213A
Dave Newcomb, Texas Transportation Institute

Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) technologies have created a revolution in the way we approach the production, placement and compaction of asphalt mixtures. No longer is hotter necessarily better when it comes to addressing issues with workability and compaction of mixes. This session will briefly review the history of WMA development, describe how different technologies work to produce mixes at lower temperatures, discuss the latest developments in testing and performance, and provide a glimpse of the future for WMA.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the background of WMA; List and explain the different categories for WMA technologies; Describe how different WMA technologies work; Discuss the impact of WMA on asphalt pavement performance.

W14 - Slurry Systems for Pavement Preservation
Room: 214B
Eric Reimschiissel, American Pavement Preservation

Pavement preservation is a critical management issue for all agencies. The asphalt contractor has a variety of tools available to meet various pavement needs. This session will provide the attendee with the latest information on Slurry Systems (i.e. slurry seal and microsurfacing).

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Identify different types of slurry systems; Learn which systems work best for different pavement conditions; Develop quality control for applications; Have a list of resources for technical support.

W15 - Paving Smoother - Using IRI to Evaluate Paving Operations
Room: 214A
Duaine Covert, RoadTrac

More than any other pavement property, the traveling public wants a smooth surface on which to drive. The importance cannot be understated: longer lasting roads, improved fuel economy, driver comfort and ultimately, financial incentives for the contractor. This session will focus on using the IRI data to help the contractor do a better job of paving.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand how the IRI test results can be used to identify paving issues which impact the overall smoothness of the project; Understand the electronic controls for achieving smoothness; Use ProVal to pinpoint paving issues and enhance paving operations.

9:30 - 11:00 AM

W21 - Progressive, Positive Discipline
Room: 210A
Larry Kokkelenberg, Center for Business Development

Learn how to administer a discipline program that is effective both in terms of changing an employee’s behavior and in terms of maintaining a positive attitude toward the company and the boss. The goal of any discipline program should be to encourage a change in behavior, not to punish. This program will give you all the necessary information to install and use a discipline process that is highly effective.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Change discipline from a negative to positive response; Identify all the steps that go into a discipline process; Understand the keys to effective discipline.

W22 - Managing Baghouse Fines Returns for Voids Control
Room: 212A
TJ Young, Technical Training and Advisory Services Company

The material that ends up in the baghouse came from virgin aggregate. One challenge for the mix producer is to determine how to get the baghouse fines back into the mix consistently. In order to achieve proper mix volumetrics, it is important that this reintroduction is done properly and consistently. Wasting the baghouse fines is the last of many options. This session will address best practices for consistent 100% fines return and equipment options and operating techniques for partial fines return.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Learn equipment design elements and production practices that affect fines return; Understand equipment options for returning baghouse fines to the mix; Understand efficiencies that can be gained by effective baghouse fines returned to the mix.

W23 - Open Graded Mixes for Friction Courses and Porous Pavements
Room: 213A
Vince Hafeli, Ajax Paving and Jim Huddleston, Asphalt Pavement Association of Oregon

Open Graded mixes have been used for many years as drainage layers. Two of the primary applications are Open Graded Friction Courses (OGFC) and Porous Pavements. OGFC layers are used in many areas of the U.S. providing a safe, wet weather pavement surface. Porous pavements have been used more frequently over the last several years as an economically viable and environmentally sound alternative to traditional storm water management designs. With either type of open graded mix, proper design and construction is critical. This session will cover best practices for design and construction of both OGFC and Porous Pavements and will provide an overview of the advantages of asphalt that can be used for effective marketing in your market area.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Describe the basics of OGFC and porous pavement design; Understand best practices for construction of using open graded mixtures; Understand marketing of open graded mixture pavements.

W24 - Patch, Pave or Replace
Room: 214A
Dale Decker, Dale S. Decker, LLC

Rehabilitation of existing pavements is the greatest priority of highway owners. For the existing pavement, the condition of the pavement must first be evaluated. Then the most cost effective course of action to prolong the pavement life can be evaluated. Is an overlay the best option? Can we get a permanent patch? Is total replacement required? This session will help the contractor answer these questions and to understand the pavement evaluation process.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand pavement distress identification; Understand project evaluation steps; Learn options to address existing pavement conditions.

W25 - Stop Chasing and Start Managing Density for Asphalt Pavements
Room: 214B
Todd Mansell, Caterpillar Inc.

Meeting and exceeding density specifications is critical to success on today’s paving jobs. However, managing the rolling and compaction operation continues to be the most misunderstood aspect of the paving operation. Contractors often ""chase density"" without understanding and fixing the root cause(s) of why density is being achieved. It doesn’t have to work this way.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Establish and maintain an effective rolling pattern; Systematically pinpoint the root cause(s) of not getting density on a job; Systematically manage the compaction operation in the face of unplanned events such as plant breakdowns, equipment breakdowns, equipment breakdowns and trucking problems.

2:00 - 3:30 PM

W31 - Breaking INTO the Big Box: Marketing to Commercial Owners
Room: 210A
Robert Pfauth, PaveCo

Marketing asphalt pavements to commercial property owners can be a major challenge. It is necessary to develop a relationship built on sound pavement engineering principles even when the owner may only be interested in price. This session will provide guidance from a consultant in our business.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Determine how to find and reach out to the ultimate decision maker for commercial properties; Understand real world examples from a consultant in your business; Understand how to show value when your competitor has a lower price; Make sure you get paid from commercial owners.

W32 - Mix Optimization
Room: 212A
Shane Buchanan, Oldcastle Materials Group

Given today’s environment of increased raw materials costs along with a highly competitive marketplace, the task of asphalt mix optimization is more important than ever. This session will focus on the mix optimization principles that will assist in the design and production of a more economical mixture, while maintaining quality. Discussion items will include an overview of fundamental mix volumetric properties, impact of aggregate variability on volumetrics, adjustment of aggregate blend grading to optimize asphalt content, and effective utilization of recycle materials.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Develop a total picture concept for mixture design (materials procurement, production, construction); Manage recycled products to ensure optimum addition levels and benefit; Understand the challenges to mix optimization and how to overcome them.

W33 - Use of RAP, RAS and WMA in Texas
Room: 213A
Dale Rand, TXDOT and Chuck Fuller, Ramming Construction

The use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP), Reclaimed Asphalt Shingle (RAS) and Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA) has dramatically changed in Texas in the last 5 years. Lower cost and reduced emissions are two of the driving forces behind the increased use of these products. Combining the three technologies has, in some cases, proven to be challenging. This session will discuss how Texas has addressed the use of RAP, RAS and WMA in a single mix.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand potential cost savings when using RAP, RAS and WMA; Learn special considerations that must be addressed; Learn pitfalls to avoid when utilizing recycled materials.

W34 - Combination Treatments for Pavement Preservation
Room: 214A
Pierre Peltier, Terry Asphalt Materials, Inc.

Combining nonstructural surface treatments to address specific levels of distress can be very beneficial to agencies that are confronted with a variety of pavement preservation and maintenance challenges. These tailored treatments provide a durable final surface as well as being a very cost effective approach to improving the pavement condition. This session provides information on how to get the best possible results while using combinations of preservation treatments.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Identify combination treatments (Cape Seals, SAMI, Fog Seal over Chip Seal, etc.); Develop quality control during construction; Understand expected performance; Have a list of resources for technical support.

W35 - Profiting from Positioning Technology in Asphalt Paving
Room: 214B
Tony Vanneman, Topcon

Positioning technology for asphalt paving comes in several formats. Two dimensional systems include using combinations of Sonic, Cross Slope and Laser technologies. Three dimensional systems can add Global Positioning Systems or Local Positioning Systems which utilize multiple robotic stations to control the machine. Learning how to work with and make money with these technologies is essential in today’s paving world. Achieving a superior finished product with 2D or 3D paving systems comes from a strong understanding of how these tools function and trusting the systems to provide increased production and accuracy for asphalt pavers.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand how two and three dimensional asphalt paving systems work; Understand how positioning system technology can improve your company’s bottom let; Get the latest information on advanced control systems; Understand what positioning systems are available and where the industry is heading.

Thursday, March 21

7:30 - 9:00 AM

TH11 - Using Online Resources to Grow Your Asphalt Business
Room: 210A
Sandy Lender, AsphaltPro Magazine

You can use social media efficiently to network and to expand your asphalt business. Whether your intent is to draw in more customers or to enhance your image for upcoming town hall meetings, brand recognition and positive public relations through online social media is the 21st Century way to market. Let AsphaltPro’s Sandy Lender show you how to revive a static website, launch a dynamic social media campaign across multiple platforms and get more search engine attention.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand how to sign on to social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Pinterest; Identify which of the platforms offer the best professional engagement; Learn to use each of the top platforms in an efficient and professional capacity to your company’s benefit with SEO, viral tactics and more; Learn how to set a company message and stay ""on message"" in a professional manner when online to benefit your company’s image/brand.

TH12 - Best Practices for Use of RAS in Asphalt Mixtures
Room: 212A
Jason Haus, Dem-Con Companies and David Morton, APAC Texas

Reclaimed Asphalt Shingles (RAS) are being used extensively to reduce the requirement for added asphalt in the mixture. This session will provide attendees an understanding of the necessary issues to consider for use of asphalt shingles in asphalt mixtures, from the processing and mix design to the plant production of the RAS mixture.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand processing and handling of shingles, mix design considerations for singles and production of mixes containing RAS.

TH13 - Three in One: QC Tech, Paving Foreman and Roller Operator
Room: 213A
Chuck Deahl, Fat Boy Rolling Company

Compaction is the last key step in asphalt pavement construction and is a critical element in asphalt pavement performance. Compaction not only affects performance but often determines how much or if the contractor will get paid for the work. The session will review compaction best practices and the role of the QC Technician, the Paving Foreman, and Roller Operators in achieving quality pavements profitability.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand roles and responsibilities for the QC Technician, Paving Foreman and Roller Operator; Understand the importance of the QC Technician, Paving Foreman and Roller Operator working together; Understand roller patterns for production, density and smoothness.

TH14 - Cold In-Place and Hot In-Place Recycling Best Practices
Room: 214A
Chuck Valentine, Western Pavement Solutions and Chris Thompson, Dustrol Inc

Cold in-place recycling (CIR) and hot in-place recycling (HIR) are cost-effective pavement preservation treatments that improve serviceability for roads and streets. This session will cover the basics on project selection, construction techniques, additive selection, and cost as well as presenting case studies.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Identify suitable candidates for each process; Understand the elements for a successful project; Present typical cost savings that can be realized with these recycling technologies.

TH15 - A Great Combo: Asphalt Rubber Over PCCP
Room: 214B
Mark Belshe, Rubber Pavements Association

This session will explain the design and construction aspects of using an asphalt rubber open graded friction course to overlay existing Portland Cement Concrete Pavements (PCCP). Many benefits have been demonstrated by this composite pavement strategy, including improving rideability and skid resistance, reducing splash and spray and reducing noise. The use of Warm Mix technology will also be discussed.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the design of open graded friction course overlays using asphalt rubber binder; Learn the advantages of asphalt rubber open graded friction courses; Understand construction requirements for OGFC-AR.

9:30 - 11:00 AM

TH21 - Bouncing Back – Build the Best Team After the Recession
Room: 210A
Keith Reester, City of Loveland Colorado

Every company is lean today but as the economy bounces back, the best firms are preparing to rebuild their talent pool as their company grows. Taking care of your high performers and adding the industry’s best will help your firm succeed in the new economy. Firms that fail to prepare to find the best won’t be the best. Win the war for talent - learn what the best firms are doing to become employers of choice.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Know how to find the best talent in the market; Identify best practices to help beat your competition; Learn how to be an industry employer of choice.

TH22 - What’s the Latest on Intelligent Compaction?
Room: 214A
Audrey Copeland, National Asphalt Pavement Association and Erv Dukatz, Mathy Construction

There are new tools to enable the contractor document site conditions and to achieve compaction more efficiently and consistently. The development of intelligent compaction technology continues to evolve and improve. This session provides an overview of the intelligent compaction technologies currently available and a contractor perspective on how the equipment functions on a real job.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand intelligent compaction technologies; Use the equipment; Understand how a contractor can use intelligent compaction to achieve good and consistent compaction results.

TH23 - Asphalt Rubber Spray Applications: Right Product, Right Time, Right Place
Room: 212A
Jeff Smith, International Surfacing Systems

How and when you use an asphalt rubber pavement preservation strategy in a cost-effective manner is a critical issue. Asphalt rubber can be used for chip seals and multi-layered systems. It is important to understand the initial pavement condition and maintenance activities in order to select the proper treatment. Life cycle costs must also be considered.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the fundamentals of asphalt rubber applications; Evaluate existing roadway conditions; Understand the selection process for different treatment types.

TH24 - Increase Productivity and Safety through Effective use of Power Sweeping Equipment
Room: 213A
Ken Lindsey, Commercial Power Sweep, Inc,; Debbie Jacketta, Jacketta Sweeping Service; Doug Sauder, Thesing Power Sweeping, Inc.

Three industry leading power sweeping experts share 100 years of sweeping experience. Whether you use an in-house sweeper or sub-contract the work, the right integration can turn an aggravation into productivity gains you can measure. Included will be often overlooked steps to increase the safety and reduce the liability on your paving projects.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Explain the three sweeper types used in paving operations; Understand how practices vary in different regions of the country; Understand how communication with the sweeping operation can save you time and money.

TH25 - Identifying Thermal Segregation
Room: 214B
Jim Hedderich, Moba and Brad Bankston, RK Hall Construction Company

Thermal segregation has been identified as a problem to achieving uniform density in asphalt pavement construction. Washington DOT and Texas DOT have developed specifications to address this issue in their respective states. The objective of this session is to present information on the thermal segregation issue, equipment to identify the problem and techniques to resolve the problem.

Upon completion of this session, you will be able to: Understand the benefits of uniform temperature and density in an asphalt pavement; Understand current specifications on thermal segregation; Understand the tools to measure thermal segregation.