NPPC 2016 Speakers Bring Value

Pavement Preservation Journal
Summer 2016, Vol. 9, No. 2

At press time in April the growing slate of speakers – both firm and invited – for the No. 1 pavement preservation event of 2016, the 2nd National Pavement Preservation Conference, will give a delegates an idea of the value they will receive when they journey to Nashville.

The theme of NPPC 2016 is Continuing the Drive for Change, and the conference will be held at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in downtown Nashville from Tuesday, Oct. 11, to noon Friday, Oct. 14, 2016.

Tuesday morning will feature meetings of the Midwestern, Northeast, Rocky Mountain West and Southeast Pavement Preservation Partnerships. Exhibitor displays also will be available for visits.

Tuesday afternoon will see an opening plenary session.  Paul Degges, chief engineer, Tennessee DOT, will welcome delegates, and he will be followed by Mark McConnell, Mississippi DOT, on the TSP•2 program and pavement preservation, and Jean-François Corté, past secretary general of the World Road Association (PIARC), on social expectations of the highway system. A speaker from the private sector will discuss the impact of good roads on industry and timely deliveries.

Then, a panel on agencies and pavement preservation will feature Butch Waidelich, FHWA chief operating officer (invited), Brian Stacey, National Association of County Engineers, and regional Pavement Preservation Partnership chairs Francis Todey, Iowa DOT, Dean Dickinson, Connecticut DOT, Mary Gayle Padmos, Montana DOT, and Jon Wilcoxson, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.  The day will conclude with a welcoming reception.

Four concurrent sessions will be held Wednesday morning. Pavement Preservation Basics will be discussed by Mark Ishee, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, David Peshkin, Applied Pavement Technologies, and Dale Harrington, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center. Environmental Impacts of pavement preservation will be examined by John Warner, Warner Babcock Institute, Marie Venner, Venner Consulting, and Todd Thomas of Colas North America.

Also Wednesday morning, Emerging Technologies will be covered by Andrea Latham, Keystone Engineering, James Tsai, Georgia Tech, and Don Matthews, Pavement Recycling Systems. And MAP-21 Asset Management and Pavement Performance Measures will be outlined by Pete Stephanos, FHWA, who will be followed by a panel including Eric Thibodeau, N.H. DOT, Francis Todey, Iowa DOT, Lloyd Neeley, Utah DOT, and Jon Wilcoxon, Kentucky TC.

An industry plenary session on Workforce Development in Today’s Marketplace will follow, moderated by Rod Birdsall, FP2 president, and Pete Grass, president, The Asphalt Institute. The panel will include Archie Reynolds, president, Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, Ryan Essex, president, Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association, John Roberts, executive director, International Grooving & Grinding Association/CPR division of ACPA, Rusty Price, president, ISSA, and Kent Hansen, director of engineering, NAPA.

Wednesday afternoon a field demonstration of pavement preservation techniques will take place at Nissan Stadium, home to the NFL Tennessee Titans. It will include live applications of a fog seal, scrub seal, micro surfacing, thin HMA overlay, and crack sealing treatment. Rigid pavement demonstrations, such as dowel  bar load transfer retrofits and diamond grinding also will be shown.

Equipment displays will include a micro surfacing machine, cold milling machine, a chip seal aggregate spreader, an asphalt emulsion distributor, in-place recycling  machine, crack router, and sealant melter. All of the demonstrated treatments will be in a secure, protected area, thereby avoiding need for traffic control, and affording the delegates maximum movement, flexibility, and opportunities to have questions answered.

Thursday will be very busy, with multiple tracks and concurrent presentations all day. Kicking off the morning will be Pavement Preservation Best Practices, with Jason Dietz, FHWA Resource Center; Scott Shuler, Colorado State University; and Larry Scofield, IGGA.  Sustainable Case Studies will be explored by Kevin Donnely, Western Emulsions; Becky McDaniel, Purdue University; and Brian Diefenderfer, Virginia Center for Transportation Innovation & Research.

At the same time will be Research: SPS-2/NCHRP 9-53 and 14-33, with Jeff Uhlmeyer, Washington State DOT, Gonzalo Rada, AMEC Foster Wheeler, and Chuck Schwartz, University of Maryland; and Pavement Condition Data for Preservation, with Tracy Novak, Kentucky TC, Rick Miller, Kansas DOT, and Geoff Hall, Maryland DOT.

Late morning concurrent sessions are Safety Initiatives, with Jesse Bhullar, Caltrans, Chris Wagner, FHWA Resource Center, and Cecil Jones, Diversified Engineering Services; Recycling & Reuse, with Don Matthews, Pavement Recycling Systems, Steve Cross, ARRA, and Mark Snyder, consultant; and New Measurement Technologies, with Kelvin Wang, Oklahoma State, Curt Beckemeyer, Applied Research Associates, and Edgar de Leon Izeppi, Virginia Tech.

Early Thursday afternoon sessions are Quality Measurement, with Jon Epps, Texas Transportation Institute, Bob Jerman, Ingevity, and Todd Shields, Indiana DOT; and Economics, with Doug Gransberg, Iowa State University, Susan Tighe, University of Waterloo, and David Hein, Applied Research Associates.

Efforts to Advance Preservation will include Dale Heglund, N.D. LTAP, Richard Domonkos, Indiana LTAP, Charles Goodspeed, N.H. LTAP, and Jim Nichols, Nevada LTAP; and Pavement Management: Putting the Data to Work, with Judith Corley-Lay, N.C. DOT, John Colplantz, Oregon DOT, and Scott Gibson, Washoe County, Nev.

Late Thursday sessions will be Advancing the Technologies, with Ed Naras, MassDOT, Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, and Robert Hogan, Caltrans; Societal Benefits & Implications, with Teresa Adams, University of Wisconsin, John Harvey of UC-Davis, and another panelist; NCAT and MnROAD Studies, with Buzz Powell, NCAT, Ben Worel, MnROAD, and Gary Hicks, CSU-Chico; and Decision Making, with David Luhr, Washington State DOT; Charles Pilson, AgileAssets; and Sui Tan, Bay Area MTC.

On Friday, Oct. 14, morning plenary sessions will include pavement preservation partnership meeting summaries, and an engaging VIP panel which will set the stage for the future as it tackles the NPPC 2016 theme Continuing the Drive for Change.

The 2016 conference offers an ideal venue for pavement preservation technology transfer, offering preservation practitioners across the country an opportunity to hear from experts in the preservation field, and to observe demonstrations of the placements of several types of pavement preservation treatments.

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