This year, the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA)’s annual fall asphalt seminar will continue to build on the organization’s 40-year dedication to excellence and progress in asphalt pavements, while looking to the future of road building in Ontario, the association says in a news release. The event will take place Dec. 9t at the Scotiabank Centre in Niagara Falls.
Gerry Huber, an associate director of research at Heritage Research Group, will speak to seminar attendees on the hot-button issue of re-refined engine oil and the research that’s being done by the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, The Asphalt Institute and the asphalt industry at-large to address the use of this material in asphalt pavements.
Stephen Erwin, head of the MTO’s Intelligent Transportation program, along with Bob Burrows, CEO of G4 Apps, will discuss the connected and automated vehicle. This is technology that is closer to reality than most realize. The addition of new sensors, communications and intelligence to our automobiles will rapidly transform the transportation sector. Erwin will forecast and discuss how these technologies will impact government policy, infrastructure, and the road building industry.
John D’Angelo, who worked for 27 years with the Federal Highway Administration and now runs his own consulting firm, will be updating seminar attendees on the development of the Multiple Stress Creep Recover test which is replacing the current AASHTO M320 test procedure in the U.S. and is also the basis for the MGAC specification (Multiple Stress Creep Recovery Graded Asphalt Cement) proposed by OHMPA in the spring of 2014.
“Ours is an incredibly fast-paced industry where changes happen quickly,” says Sandy Brown, OHMPA’s technical director. “Those who attend the Fall Asphalt Seminar this year will definitely be given the information they need to stay a step ahead of the competition.”
Registration for the fortieth anniversary seminar is underway and the association is encouraging everyone from asphalt producers and contractors, to road owners and consulting engineers, to researchers and academics to make plans to attend, the news release says.