As road agencies that are strapped for cash look for ways to optimize their limited dollars, many are taking a much closer look at the practice of pavement preservation.

Pavement preservation techniques are being promoted by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) as cost-effective and environmentally sustainable strategies designed to extend the life of existing pavements before they deteriorate substantially.

Pavement preservation techniques include nonstructural preventive maintenance surface treatments such as slurry surfacings, crack sealing, chip sealing, micro surfacing, rejuvenation, hot and cold in-place recycling and thin-lift hot-mix asphalt paving; and structural preservation techniques used in concrete pavement restoration (CPR).

Pavement preservation methods prolong pavement life, avoiding high future costs of reconstruction or rehabilitation through the expenditure of lesser amounts of money at critical points in a pavement’s life. Pavement preservation pays off in both the short and long term. Experience shows that spending a dollar on pavement preservation can eliminate or delay spending $6 to $10 on future rehabilitation or reconstruction costs.

We at FP2 Inc. support the adoption of pavement preservation at all levels of government, and work to ensure pavement preservation becomes a part of road programs from coast-to-coast. We invite you to browse these pages to learn more about pavement preservation, and view our quarterly magazine, Pavement Preservation Journal.


Asphalt 4.0 for Future Mobility

Update your understanding of the future of asphalt at the 7th Eurasphalt & Eurobitume Congress May 12-14 in Madrid, Spain.

Pavement Preservation Journal is an official media partner of E&E 2020 and there’s a good reason: the E&E 2020 technical conference will tackle concepts that will shape asphalt paving and pavement preservation in North America for years to come. Your attendance will make you a part of it.

Sponsored by the European Asphalt Pavement Association (EAPA), a union of asphalt paving associations of European countries, and Eurobitume, the equivalent of the Asphalt Institute in North America, its theme is Asphalt 4.0 for Future Mobility. E&E is held in a different European capital every four years.

An exhibition will accompany E&E 2020 in Madrid; here Astec/Roadtec reaches out to European customers at the 6th E&E in Prague, Czech Republic

In the last decade the asphalt industry got its own digital revolution, hand-in-hand with the latest developments in robotics, machine-to-machine communication, sensors and the IoT (Internet of Things), big data, artificial intelligence and many other themes.

These new technologies have a huge impact on the asphalt industry itself. They are contributing to, and improving, almost every aspect of asphalt production, asphalt paving and asphalt maintenance.

 

DIGITIZED ASPHALT PAVING

The organizers have recognized this in the theme of the congress: Asphalt 4.0.

The digitizing of the asphalt sector already is improving production efficiency, and the asphalt paving process including quality control. Next to that it will also contribute to delivering high-quality customer experience during every stage of the road’s service life, in a smart, connected and synergetic way. In parallel to these changes from digitizing we are also experiencing increasing requirements to reduce the environmental impacts and further improve health and safety at work.

The use of digital technology will improve the way in which contractors will undertake their missions and realize their goals. Asphalt, bitumen and other related industries need to be ready for these future requirements. Of course asphalt roads and the services they provide will remain of high importance in the future for all types of end users from cyclists, motorcycles, cars, buses and heavy goods vehicles regardless of the way they move forward. Yet future smart roads require smart asphalt.

That’s why the overall theme of the E&E Congress 2020 Asphalt 4.0 for Future Mobility reflects this change and highlights the importance for our industry to be part of the solutions.

 

MAIN OBJECTIVES

The main objectives of the E&E Congress 2020 are to:

  • Provide a platform for our industry and stakeholders on which to demonstrate and learn from the innovation and new technologies that have been developed, and their impact on our products and processes over recent years
  • Offer a unique opportunity for all stakeholders to engage, exchange ideas and network in a way that will encourage positive action in the future
  • Stimulate discussions and debates that will help to steer stakeholders to a common approach to future challenges, and
  • Draw upon the expertise and experience of leading specialists from across the globe in the roads construction, maintenance and pavement preservation community to address the theme of Asphalt 4.0 for future mobility.

 

BENEFITS OF ATTENDING

Delegates will gain value from attending in a number of ways:

  • An insight into the importance of, and innovation in, sustainability in bitumen technology, asphalt materials for the roads industry and the digital technologies available
  • The opportunity to learn about and share best practice with other delegates platform to network with colleagues, suppliers and customers from all across the world.

 

For more information please visit: www.eecongress2020.org or use #eecongress2020 on Twitter.

 


NEWS: NCAT, MnROAD Partnership

New Era in Preservation Study

A growing partnership between the National Center for Asphalt Technology in Alabama and the MnROAD research facility of the Minnesota DOT will advance research in preservation techniques for high-volume roadways.

It will do so by providing research in preservation techniques for both flexible [bituminous] and rigid [portland cement concrete] pavements, and supplying real world accelerated pavement preservation performance testing in both hot and cold climates.

And by leveraging economies of scale, it may deliver research products for a larger base of supportive agencies and private sector clients at lower buy-in costs. The partnership has the potential to play a much larger role in the national effort to validate pavement performance.

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