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2019 ARRA Semi-Annual Brought Record Breaking Numbers to Monterey, CA

Tuesday, November 12, 2019  

The Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA) held its 2019 Semi-Annual Meeting in Monterey, California October 21-24. With a record number of 224 registered attendees including contractors, suppliers, and 87 government agency representatives, attendees learned from industry leaders, viewed a live quarry blast, participated in a workshop on ARRA’s disciplines, and enjoyed the breath-taking views of Monterey with an offsite wine tasting reception.

A special “thank you” to the generous sponsors that made the meeting possible. The A.R. Wilson Quarry Tour was sponsored by Graniterock. ROADTEC, Inc sponsored ‘A Taste of Monterey’ wine tasting reception. The keynote speaker and meeting lanyards were both sponsored by Wirtgen Group. Caterpillar sponsored the registration bag which included a notepad and pen. Attendees’ room keys were sponsored by Rock Solid Stabilization & Reclamation, Inc. Western Emulsions sponsored the meeting’s WiFi. The mobile app sponsor was Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc. Caterpillar and Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc were the videography sponsors. General sponsors included: Blount Construction Company, BLS Enterprises, Inc, Coughlin Company, Garrity Asphalt Reclaiming, Ingevity, Kennametal, Nouryon, Sollami Company, and Superior Tire & Rubber Corp.

Keynote and presentations included:

  • ·Keynote Presentation by Sue Dyer, OrgMetrics, LLC on collaboration and trusted leadership.
  • Dr. Jon A. Epps, Texas A&M Transportation Institute, on changes in asphalt pavement technology over the last half century.
  • Mike Robinson of Mike Robinson, LLC gave attendees insight on the real value of value engineering.
  • David Jones, University of California- Davis, shared ongoing research from the UC-Davis Test Track
  • Alan Carter, Ecole de Technologie Superieure, speaking on the research done at the LCMB-ETS on cold recycling and interlaboratory exchange program on cold recycled materials done by the RILEM.
  • Allen King, Caltrans, and Don Matthews, Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc., who worked closely together to develop a new smoothness specification for California that incentives quality work.
  • Jean-Martin Croteau, Colas Canada, spoke on the importance of continuous improvement and the importance of quality to not only the organization but also for the clients.
  • Nick Cosenza, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Zach Robinson, Heritage Research Group, covered the pavement design process for Indiana’s State Route 101 and post-construction testing.
  • Mike Voth,FHWA’s Federal Lands Highway Division, presented on the use, experience, and performance of in-place recycling that has been one of their key pavement rehabilitation treatments for nearly 40 years.
  • Mike Smith, Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc. talked on building a successful safety culture is not an easy task.
  • Tom Chastain, Wirtgen America, provided an overview of Wirtgen’s Performance tracker which is a web application that provides compact overview of the machine status.
  • Dann Rawls, Caterpillar, Inc, spoke on leveraging technology in transportation and managing materials like eRoutes which enables unprecedented visibility to everyone in the paving process.
  • Jorge Campos, Pavement Recycling Systems, Inc., shared lab results that described how supplemental compaction may be able to be performed the same say.
  • John Harvey, University of California-Davis, shared an overview of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and how Caltrans and other state agencies used LCA with a look forward to some expected and potential future developments. 
  • Don Greb, Griffin Soil Group, shared how FDR-c and soil stabilization for new and old pavements is a more economical and better design with more predictable construction.
  • Brian Diefenderfer, Virginia Technical Resource Center, discussed recent progress on the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP).

An important part of the meeting included testimonials from two attendees on how can be used daily to provide value to agencies and the industry. First, Dr. Andrew Braham, University of Arkansas, spoke on how a sequence of three in-class projects have been developed and implemented at the University of Arkansas using and data from the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Next, Indus’ Dan Patenaude shared his experience as a Super User and how he and other coworkers are using to help grow pavement preservation and recycling treatments in the northeast U.S. region.

GraniteRock helped organize a tour of their local quarry and with assistance of other local ARRA members, included a workshop highlighting ARRA’s disciplines. The quarry tour included viewing a blast especially interesting for those who have never seen one before.  Following the blast, attendees took part at an onsite workshop where ARRA disciplines were demonstrated, including:

  • Cold Central Plant Recycling Booth led by Michael Concannon, Pavement Recycling Systesms, Inc, with Roadtec’s RT-500 CCPR Plant provided by Coughlin Company.
  • Cold In-Place Recycling Booth led by Dennis McElroy, Anthony Silva and Ed Schwartz with Graniterock Company & FMG Co Inc, with Wirtgen’s 3800 CR Machine (Single Unit Recycler).
  • Full Depth Reclamation Booth lea by Don Greb, Griffin Soil Group, with Wirtgen’s W240i Reclaimer & Streumaster site spreader truck 
  • Micromilling & Standard Asphalt Milling Booth led by Tom Schmidt, Anrak Corporation, with Micromilling example performed by Anrak Corp, Standard Milling example performed by FMG Co Inc.

Of course it would not be an ARRA Semi-Annual Meeting without some fun and networking. Attendees were treated to ‘A Taste of Monterey’ wine tasting reception. During the reception attendees were able to relax and network with peers while sipping wines from the Monterey region and enjoying spectacular views of the Monterey Coast.

Members and attendees have access to PDF versions of the presentations on’s website. All presentations were videotaped and will be added to the website once available.

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