Asphalt Testing Solutions

ATS Virtual Road Trip Series

Join us as we travel around the country on our virtual road trip and visit industry experts who will share their insight and experience with us.  This on-going series will consist of numerous sessions that fall into one of three categories:

  • Road to Performance
  • In the Lab
  • The Basics

Road to Performance

The Road to Performance series is intended to take participants through the exciting adventure of mixture performance.  Pavement performance is like the tech industry; once you lose touch, it is hard to stay ahead of the curve or even worse, catch up!  

Typically people stay connected and gain insights to industry updates through in-person interaction at various meetings.  With virtual platforms being adopted as the new way to conduct our meetings, that interaction is lost.  Through this virtual road trip ATS team members will present different sessions with a group of industry experts to help keep our attendees updated.

Picture of sweeper on asphalt road

United States Map with ATS Jacksonville speakersWednesday, September 30th
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It seems like additives for asphalt are like apps for your phone.  Whatever you need, “there’s an app for that!”  Over the course of time there have been many hot topic additives that dominated conversations in meetings and research projects.  Then suddenly, either the additive became nationally accepted or it died off silently.  In this blast from the past session, Tanya Nash (ATS Pavement Materials Engineer)  and Phil Blankenship (Owner at Blankenship Asphalt Tech and Training) interview Gaylon Baumgardner, PhD (Senior Vice President, Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions, Inc., a subsidiary of Ergon, Inc. and Executive Vice President of Paragon Technical Services, Inc.) and John D’Angelo, PhD, P.E. (Chief Operating Officer, D’Angelo Consulting, LLC) as they revisit former hot topic items and additives and present a “where are they now?” overview.

Map of the USA for Asphalt Mix Design Variation Webinar TitleWednesday, October 28th
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Mix Design is where performance starts.  The design process is critical and has many components that work together to make a design that can be produced, laid down, compacted and perform.  We’ll visit Scott Quire, P.E. at Bluegrass Testing to review some of the different types of designs like FAA P-404, SMA, open-graded and raceway designs, and what sets them apart from each other.

Wednesday, December 16th
Asphalt mix performance is a hot topic since Performance Related Specifications (PRS) are high on the FHWA’s priority list for the states.  Join us for a trip to the bayou to visit with a state that has experience using the balanced mix design process for approval and has seen first-hand the effects of these designs from production to performance.   Barry Nunez and Sam Cooper III, PhD, P.E. will provide perspectives from both the contractor’s and owner’s points of view in this discussion.

Wednesday, January 27th
“Performance, performance, performance…”  That seems to be all we hear these days when it comes to asphalt mix.  Tune in as we sit down with a member from NCAT who recently released the results of a national survey on the state of the state for balanced mix design.

Wednesday, February 24th
It is great when everything is going well, but what happens when things do not go as planned?  We travel up the coast to speak with a veteran of the industry, Dr. Geoff Rowe, who has traveled the world investigating and troubleshooting asphalt material, construction and production issues as well as pavement failure.

Wednesday, March 31st
There always seems to be a new product being put into the asphalt.  Where do these come from?  How do these get evaluated?  Take a trip with us to Bluegrass country as we sit down with Phil Blankenship of BATT Lab to discuss the process of bringing a new product to market.

In the Lab

The In the Lab series is intended to take participants through different aspects of the testing and material management of an asphalt lab.  The sessions will highlight the importance of not just producing numbers, but producing numbers that are reliable, repeatable and reproducible.  Join ATS on a trip through some important concepts that are necessary for a testing lab to support the production and performance of the asphalt mix.

ATS Jacksonville DSR asphalt binder test

Map of the USA for Importance of Asphalt Quality Control and Quality Assurance Webinar Title

Thursday, October 8th
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There are several millions of tons of asphalt being produced every year.  Behind the scenes of that beautiful new pavement are the systems and people who ensure the asphalt mixture meets the criteria it was designed to meet.  Pack your bags and come with us to the West Coast as we discuss the importance of Quality Control and Quality Assurance with Rhonda Hale and Dr. Mary Stroup-Gardiner.

Friday, November 13th

United States Map with ATS Jacksonville speakers

More and more, performance testing is becoming a household name like LG, Sony, & Toshiba.  But what do these manufacturers have in common with the asphalt world?  They all must be able to create and test a product to a performance standard that is repeatable and reproducible.  If every TV these companies produce does not come out the same, how can you have an industry standard to match? 

Asphalt performance tests are being evaluated throughout the country by agencies, contractors and researchers alike, and even though guidelines and test methods exist, they do not all provide uniform nor comprehensive direction for fabricating test specimens (making the product). 

ATS invites you to join the conversation with Dr. Jo Sias and Dr. Fan Yin as they discuss the nuances of sample preparation and the importance of establishing consistency nationwide as our states adopt and implement performance testing as part of their acceptance processes and specifications.

Thursday, January 14th
“It’s variable – you get what you get.”  This is a phrase you should not accept when dealing with recycled materials.  Do not gamble on the quality of your mixture!  Proper handling, or improper handling, of your materials can make all the difference in your results.  Learn about the importance of proper material handling and characterization of these recycled materials.

Thursday, February 18th
Pack your bags and learn how important the properties of your aggregate are to obtaining a quality asphalt mixture.  We will highlight the main points of the Bailey Method and other aggregate properties that are critical to the asphalt mixture.

Thursday, April 8th
After discussing the importance of managing your materials and “knowing what you have,” it is also important to know what your supplier can do for you.  The interaction between a contractor and an asphalt liquid supplier should not be just a buy/sell relationship.  We are traveling to learn key points for contractors to remember when dealing with their binder and what they can expect from their suppliers.

Thursday, May 13th
Just set it and forget it!  As more innovation and technology enters our industry, is there a fully automated asphalt lab in our future?  The implementation and adoption of automation in construction has proven to be challenging.  The main concerns are the fear of falling short and not meeting expectations, the training and development of future employees for this technology and the integration of data to be transferable, compatible and acceptable for all parties.  Learn how to overcome these challenges as well as how to implement innovation ideas in your work environment.

Basics Series

The Basics series is all about going back to our roots.  Let’s take a step back and review the basic building blocks of plant operations and construction processes.  ATS Jacksonville takes you on an adventure that includes looking at effective habits of successful producers, the basics of equipment operations and troubleshooting an issue like segregation.  We have invited some industry and manufacturing experts to talk us through the finer points of some of the basics we may have forgotten over the years.

ATS on jobsite with asphalt paver

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ATS is going to start in the south reviewing the basics of the different types of asphalt plants and the key components to remember about each.  Then it’s time to go north to Minnesota to revisit the key elements of a paver and things to watch while paving.