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ARRA Semi-Annual Meeting Provides Successful Program to Record-Breaking Crowd

Wednesday, October 31, 2018  
Posted by: Ali Mostardo

The Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA) held its 2018 Semi-Annual Meeting in Norfolk, Virginia this October 15-18. Contractors, suppliers, and government agency members made up the 187 registered attendees who heard from industry leaders, participated in an outdoor workshop focusing on the I-64 design and construction, and enjoyed the local culture with a tour and reception aboard the USS Wisconsin Battleship.


ARRA President Darren Coughlin welcomed attendees and acknowledged the generous sponsorships that made the meeting possible. The USS Wisconsin Battleship reception was sponsored by ROADTEC, Inc. Wirtgen Group sponsored the keynote speaker as well as the meeting lanyards. The I-64 Tour and Outdoor Workshop and registration bags which also included a notebook and pen was sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation Inc. sponsored attendees room keys. The meeting wifi was sponsored by The Miller Group. General sponsors included Blount Construction Company Inc., Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc, Kennametal, Sollami Company, BLS Enterprises, Inc., Jadco, Slurry Pavers, Inc., Superior Tire & Rubber Corp., and Tricon Wear Solutions. Coughlin also thank the meeting program committee with special acknowledgment of Ryan Essex, Program Chair, for his vision in creating and developing the program.


After receiving rave reviews from his keynote address at the 2018 AEMA-ARRA-ISSA Annual Meeting, Mark Fernandes of Capitalism 2.0 returned Tuesday morning to keynote on “Humanizing Business.” Following Fernandes, Lindsay Matush, Vario Consulting, provided attendees with important branding and marketing tips to help boost sales and affect the bottom line.


Brett Haskins, Caterpillar, Inc., and Chris Kirby, Colas, joined together to provide attendees with a look into how Colas revolutionized its approach on safety management which has positively impacted every part of the business. ROADTEC Inc’s Eric Baker next shared what impact technology and data has on the industry and what’s to come in the future. Looking into how engineering companies can help grow the industry, Salman Bhutta of Engtec Consulting Inc. explained how working with these companies should be a first option on any rehabilitation or reconstruction project.


To conclude Tuesday’s general session, Matush returned and held a workshop on the power of which helped attendees understand how to use the website to positively change their business. During this hands-on workshop, attendees used their tablets to learn the ins and outs of

     Lindsay Matush, Vario Consulting, assists attendees during the Workshop.

After a full day hearing from industry leaders, attendees were able to relax and network with peers during a tour and reception on the USS Wisconsin Battleship. Attendees had access to the battleship’s officer quarters and the deck of the ship with the reception being held under the front gun turret. Throughout the ship, attendees found docents who either served in the Navy or on the USS Wisconsin Battleship talking about the ship and their experiences.



Leadings Wednesday presentations, attendees heard from Becca Lane, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario, regarding Ministry efforts on reintroducing hot in-place in Ontario. Next attendees heard from Tom Tate, Virginia Department of Transportation; Brian Diefenderfer, Virginia Transportation Research Council; and Ben Bowers, Auburn University, on the design details, specifications, and key findings on the Virginia I-64 project. Craig Rayfield of Allan Myers Construction, contractors on the project, provided information on the unique lessons learned, the challenging but achievable design, and the future of the RAP stockpiles in Virginia.

 Attendees enjoy a night of networking and touring the USS Wisconsin Battleship on Tuesday.
    To provide attendees with a firsthand experience and design elements of I-64, an offsite workshop was held Wednesday afternoon.  Attendees rotated through eight stations which included hands-on and whiteboard sessions. These sessions were led by industry professionals including Steve Cross, Oklahoma State University; Trevor Moore, Miller Paving Limited; Mike Galli, ECS Mid-Atlantic, LLC; Loyd Amos, Wirtgen America; Salman Bhutta, Engtec Consulting Inc.; Stephanie Drain, S Drain Engineering of IL, LLC; and Don Matthews, Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc.  

Howard Marks of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) started Thursday’s session off by updating attendees on OSHA Silica Regulations. Topcon’s Mark Larranaga & Bill Painter next gave attendees an inside look on 3D Milling. Stephane Charmot of Ingevity shared insights on cold recycling in China and the means of effectively using RAP. Girum Merine of the Virginia Department of Transportation and formerly of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation shared Wisconsin’s CIR experience highlighting on the benefits using CIR. David Jones, UC Davis, summarized the differences in mechanistic behavior of pavement structures that incorporate recycled layers versus those with conventional materials and provided suggestions for more appropriate designs. Lastly, Todd Thomas of Asphalt Materials, Inc. provided insight on the advance changes and gaps that need to be filled during the ongoing improvement in cold recycling and full depth reclamation.

 Trevor Moore, Miller Paving Limited, provides attendees details from the Virginia I-64 project during Wednesday's Outdoor Workshop.

Members and attendees will have access to all presentation’s slides on by week’s end. All presentations were videotaped and will be added to the website once available.


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