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1. Asphalt Pavement Management, In-Place Asphalt Recycling & Preservation Online APM™ (Accredited Pavement Manager) Certification Course teaches YOU how to Combine a Solid Pavement Management Plan with a Proactive Asphalt Recycling and Preservation Plan to Stretch Your Agency’s Infrastructure Budget.

2. This 21 week online APM™ Certification Course is designed to increase participants’ knowledge of a) pavement management and distress evaluation system, b) the three major asphalt pavement in-place recycling techniques (i.e. Hot in Place Recycling, HIR, Cold in Place Recycling, CIR, Full Depth Reclamation, FDR and their respective sub disciplines), and all of the major pavement preservation techniques available to local agencies.

3. Our IPMA™ Academy Learners are interacting with our IPMA™ Local Agency Members, other IPMA™ Academy Students and Alumni and our Charter Members (one Charter Member recently landed their largest contract for the year with one IPMA™ Academy Live Lunch and Learn!)

4. You are about to join one of the fastest growing Associations ever created for public works professionals, consultants, material suppliers, manufacturers, pavement managers, private sector and academia for literally pennies a day!

5.  In addition to my instruction we will have special guest lecturers that will include experts from all areas of our pavement management circle. You will also be provided bonus material above and beyond the 70+ hours of online training in your personal portal in the form of additional online learning material and periodic eBooks, CDs, MP3s, and DVDs if available at the time.

Please CLICK HERE to view detailed syllabus.

Or, please call Lori Miles at 404-953-0131 to learn MORE.

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Running Out of Time for P.E. License Requirements?

OH BOY!

The year has passed us by once again and we have yet to satisfy our Professional Development Hour/CEU requirement for 2016!

Have no FEAR!

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DECEMBER 2016 WEBINARS

International Pavement Management Association (IPMA) PRESENTS LAST MINUTE PDH/CEU’s for P.E.’s

Blair Barnhardt, APM will be providing PDH’s for local agencies!

All Gov’t agencies can register up to 6 people for a nominal fee of $49.00 per Webinar (group class webinar in your offices via one registrant) or all 3 Webinars (10 Hours total) for $129.00.

 

We’ve have put together a webinar series for next week so you folks that need PDH credits before the new year can jump in for a few bucks!  Grab your entire team for one price.  Lots of knowledge to be had here as I share many of the golden nuggets on pavement management management, in place recycling and pavement preservation that I have taught at UC Berkeley ITS Department webinars, and in KU and Auburn curriculum over the years.  Hit me up if you have questions blair@ipma.co  CLICK on the LINK Below if you would like to register or find out more!  December 13, 14 and 15 (next week)  You can register for a single session  or two, or all three.  Session one is pavement management, session two is pavement preservation and session three is in place asphalt recycling.  See the links below to register.

Session One Pavement Management 101
https://pq236.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/-LI-December-13th-PDH-Webinar-Series-2016

In this session the learner will quickly obtain information on how to set up their pavement management program at their local jurisdiction

–    Many former learners have gone on to successfully implement their PAVER™ or StreetSaver® pavement management program from scratch emulating the sample scope of work discussed in the webinar session
–    The good, the bad and the ugly will also be discussed at length as the instructor will share real life examples of some of the repair work that he and his team have provided to rescue local jurisdictions from suspect workmanship by other consultants
–    Learn the Distress Identification Manuals for PAVER™ and StreetSaver® for both PCC and Hot Mixed Asphalt Concrete Mixes

Session Two Pavement Preservation 101
https://pq236.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/LI-December-14th-PDH-Webinar-Series-2016

In this session the learner will quickly obtain information on how to properly preserve their millions of dollars in roadways with practical preservation techniques.  This session will be especially valuable to those engineers who feel like they are not being told about all of the treatments that are available to them!

–    Many former learners have gone on to successfully implement their pavement preservation programs from scratch based on the products and services discussed in this webinar session
–    The good, the bad and the ugly will also be discussed at length as the instructor will share real life examples of some of the less than perfect types of work and services that have been performed for local jurisdictions from suspect workmanship
–    Learn about all of the top of the curve treatments
–    Learn how to feed your Decision Tree in the pavement management software

Session Three In-Place Recycling 101
https://pq236.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/LI-December-15th-PDH-Webinar-Series-2016

In this session the learner will quickly obtain information on how to set up their in-place asphalt recycling program at their local jurisdiction so they can do more roads for less money and less carbon footprint

–    Many former learners have gone on to successfully implement their in-place asphalt recycling programs from scratch emulating the sample techniques of Hot in Place, Cold in Place and Full Depth Reclamation discussed in the webinar session
–    The good, the bad and the ugly will also be discussed at length as the instructor will share real life examples of some of the horrible workmanship that has been done to local jurisdictions from suspect workmanship by various contractors
–    Learn how to align the most appropriate rehabilitation methods with the Distress Identification Manuals for PAVER™ and StreetSaver® for both PCC and Hot Mixed Asphalt Concrete Mixes outlined in the first session
–    Learn how to take advantage of co-operative bidding to get better unit prices
–    Discover how to make a short non-technical presentation for your agency

BUNDLE LINK
https://pq236.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/LI-December-13th-15th-PDH-Webinar-Series-2016-Bundle

Blair Barnhardt, APM
Author of the Amazon #1Best Seller
The Book on Better Roads

Call me to save millions for your local agency at 404-316-9792
All Attendance Times are Recorded

You must stay present for the entire webinar in order to receive the PDH Certificate.

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About Blair Barnhardt, APM

Over the last 7 years, our firm has set up over 2-dozen StreetSaver® fresh implementations and PAVER migrations in several states across this Great Country.

In addition he has designed and delivered technical training on pavement management, in place recycling and pavement preservation to thousands of agency engineers through IPMATM, IPMATM Academy, Asphalt Institute, National Highway Institute, FHWA, LTAP, TTAP, MTC User Week, APWA, World of Asphalt, NWETC, University of Kansas, UC Berkeley ITS Department and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University and countless webinars to name a few.

Satisfy Your P.E. License w/Blair

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He is one of a select few experts that actually has directed the forces of all three of the disciplines in outlined in the BARM, the Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual that he helped co-author for FHWA and ARRA. He also is the author of Amazon #1 Best Seller, The Book on Better Roads, a 400-page guide on How to Save YOUR Crumbling Roads with Practical Pavement Management. In addition to al things pavement management, recycling and preservation, he also knows how to professionally audit current practices, evaluate, train, recommend and prepare specifications.

 

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3 Businesses Have Unleashed Their Potential With IPMA Charter Membership

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We are SO excited to announce our new IPMA™ Charter Members. We have 3 professional paving, recycling, coating and concrete experts that are joining us to make our roads great again!

AND, they have enrolled a total of 19 Learners into IPMA™ Academy to earn their APM Certification (Accredited Pavement Manager). Boy will they have the learning curve…;-)

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#1 New Charter Member:

Powerhouse Paving is one of the newest to join IPMA™ (International Pavement Management Association) as a Charter Member. We want to welcome James Roy and the 11 Learners that he enrolled in IPMA™ Academy. These 11 Learners will receive the Certification of APM after 21 weeks of intensive online training.

Make sure that your technicians are APM Certified. This guarantees a better result in your paving and recycling needs!

Look for the upcoming webinar with James where he will discuss the latest and greatest in the Northeast sector’s paving industry.
Check out Powerhouse

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#2 New Charter Member:

Ah, Ah, Ah…You’ll have to wait. I can’t steal Powerhouse Paving’s THUNDER!

We’ll let you know soon! Hint: this one is going to ROCK the PNW!
But, you can click the question mark to see the benefits of Charter Membership for YOUR business…
Click for Powerhouse Paving
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#3 New Charter Member:

Yep, same thing here…this is all about Powerhouse!

Watch for the update. Hint: this one is a “cutting-edge” application to restore roads!
But, you can click the question mark to see the benefits of APM Certification for YOUR Technicians…
So Go SEE Powerhouse Paving
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Pavement Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP) and MTC Rater Certification

In this week’s session, Blair and Jason discuss their thoughts on getting pre-qualified for the Pavement Technical Assistance Program (P-TAP) and their MTC Rater Certification completion.

As an added training bonus Jason walks you through how to set up a third of your network in the StreetSaver pavement management software so that you can gear up for the next round of inspections with your Mobile Rater IOS or Android device.  Jason’s nickname is McGiver, he always has plenty of nuggets to share with you.

PS, if you are struggling on how to get your pavement management program set up or fixed up, give me a call at 404-316-9792 or email blair@thebarnhardtgroup.com.  Don’t waste a single moment in despair when you could be spending two cents a square yard and saving ten bucks a square yard!  You see on the technical training side of our business, we get to see the horrible set ups that other firms do and do our best to fix the bad data that they have been left with. Don’t let that be you!  But if it is, we also provide live help!

PSS, every time around Thanksgiving we offer up to three agencies half price on our already fair unit prices for pavement management.  One spot has already been taken, leaving two spots for you and your jurisdiction.  That means if you would like hire one of only a handful of expert pavement management firms who have passed the rigorous hurdles of P-TAP Pre-qualification with MTC Certified Raters at a ridiculous price, well you get the picture….

PSSS, as we head into the festive season we at IPMA™, IPMA™ Academy and The Barnhardt Group wish everyone an amazing time with their families, be HAPPY!

PSSSS, special shout out to the two large private firms who have recently enrolled over 24 employees in the IPMA™ Academy Online Pavement Management Certification Program!!!!

PSSSSS, SEE OUR BOGO SALE!!!!!!

Blair

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Blair Barnhardt APM
IPMA™ Founder & Executive Director

Duluth is Growing Their PCI, You Can Too.

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Nothing, and I mean nothing makes us happier than going out and saving local agencies millions of dollars year after year by implementing an accurate inventory, pavement management program and budget for them. Except for one thing, going back each year there after and doing a third of their network for them!!!!!

We have seen the TBG crew on the consulting side of our business travel over 150,000 miles over the last three years to set up and train cities and counties on how to get their pavements under control and avoid those sleepless nights.

We have also seen the ugly side of the business in our role as a technical trainer where we have had to go in and clean up some rather lack luster pavement management implementations. Perhaps we know too much yikes.

On a positive note, the thing that gets us most excited for sure is going back to see our annual clients, and continuing to see them do more roads for less money and less carbon footprint using MicroPAVER™ or StreetSaver® and following the Three Legged Stool System of Pavement Management that I outline in the Book on Better Roads and teach at IPMA™ Academy.

In this IPMA™ Tip of the Week you are going to get a chance to see an example of this as Audrey Turner, Public Works Director from the City of Duluth walks you through how her PCI is rising each year with the same little budget! Then as a bonus you can watch Jason Spencer APM Master demonstrate how you can input your work history each year in the MTC StreetSaver® software.

Please sit back and enjoy this week’s episode! Be ready to hit the rewind button as there are tons of nuggets here for you to learn from so that you can become the next Pavement Management RockSTAR!!!!

Don’t hesitate to contact me at 404-316-9792 for any reason!

PS We have the half price special on for the next three counties and cities to get started anywhere in USA (actually there are only two spots left as one City in GA just took advantage of that this morning!

PSS TBG is one of only a handful of consultants that have passed the rigorous MTC Prequalification Examination so we are now official P-TAP Prequalified. If you want Certified and Prequalified expert pavement management let’s talk!

PSSS We have had a surge of calls lately to do live training for MicroPAVER™ and StreetSaver® and our schedule is filling up quickly for the cooler months. If you would like to do some online or live training with us, let us know!

PSSSS Don’t forget the AZ Co-Op Agreement can be used to “tag on” and contract with us lickity-split!

PSSSSS If you are at NWPMA in Portland stop by booth #15 and let’s have a chat, my presentation is on Thursday morning!

OK here is the video link again!

Blair

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Tip of the Week and 7 Weeks of IPMA™ Academy for FREE!

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YOUR IPMA™ Tip of the Week | Darold Wiggins of Heard County, GA discusses the advantages of Manual Pavement Rating.
I asked Lori to send this out today to our entire list as everyone and anyone who is interested in doing more roads for less money and less carbon footprint can benefit from this candid discussion! And a ONCE in a LIFETIME OFFER!

“News Flash”

Spend a few cents per square yard to manage your pavements, save millions, this is the biggest no-brainer in all of mankind.

At the very minimum, claim YOUR free copy of The #1 Amazon Best-Seller, “The Book on Better Roads”
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From the Desk of Blair Barnhardt

“An Open Letter to Public Works Agencies & Pavement Managers”

I would like to make a HUGE announcement! The Barnhardt Group, LLC has become one of the “handful” of Pavement Management Professionals to become P-TAP Pre-Qualified by the MTC (Metropolitan Transportation Commission) in the USA.
This is a great accomplishment by myself and Jason Spencer, APM (Operations Manager at the Barnhardt Group).

What is P-TAP? – PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Established in 1999, P-TAP provides consultant services to help local jurisdictions better manage and maintain their streets and roads using a PMS. P-TAP’s initial objective was to assist small to medium-sized jurisdictions since many of those jurisdictions were not able to implement and maintain a PMS because of limited financial resources, staff inexperience due to turnover, and a lack of staff time necessary to start up the program. The early P-TAP funding rounds effectively addressed those needs and, for subsequent funding rounds, eligibility was expanded to include larger cities and counties to assist these jurisdictions with specific components of their PMS.

Passing Criteria?

To pass the pre-qualification test, consultants must meet the following two criteria on distress data:

At least 50 percent of the PCI values for the inspected sections must be within +/- 5 PCI points of the reference, or “ground truth,” PCI values.
No more than 12 percent of the PCI values for the inspected sections can be greater than +/- 15 PCI points of the reference, or “ground truth,” PCI values.

Pretty rigorous, huh? Well we did it and it is time to create or update YOUR Pavement Management Plan with StreetSaver!

For the 1st person that calls us at 404-953-0131 or emails us at lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com, we will discount our services by 30% for a full “brand new” implementation. For an update of your network of roads, we are offering a 50% discount to the first person to call. Contract must be executed by 10/15/2016. If you are in Arizona, this is easy as we have a Co-Op clause in effect with Kingman, AZ which allows your agency to “bolt-on” to that contract and not jump through the hoops of a formal RFP process.

We need to fill a gap in November and this is what we are offering:

SCOPE OF WORK

This will better identify the services to the Agency:

PRELIMINARY SCOPE OF WORK UPDATE OR IMPLEMENTATION OF PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

The Scope of Work may include, but will not be limited to the following items listed below. The consultant should revise and/or expand on this scope in accordance with their expertise.

Task I Data Gathering

1. Kick Off Meeting

The consultant will meet with the City/County to finalize the schedule and initiate the project. The City/County will provide a copy of the current database. StreetSaver or MicroPAVER will be set-up w/2 seats for City/County officials. During the meeting the Consultant will spend several hours going over their Standard Operating Procedures for data collection and their overall pavement management strategy. At this time the Consultant will verify which steps to take if they find that the original data collected is erroneous in any way. A good amount of time will also be spent during this meeting to correlate and cross check items such as overall areas, square yardages etc. i.e. for residential neighbor hoods, does the pavement in the decal and acceleration lanes ‘belong’ to the main road or the neighborhood? Other items for discussion maybe how and how often will TBG Top 10 List be transmitted to the Agency staff. At this time we also like to get a one-page letter on Agency letterhead that explains what our TBG crews are doing in the field. This way if anyone asks what we are doing, we can quickly and efficiently hand the person asking a copy of your Agency letter so we are delivering a consistent message to the residents.

2. As-built Research

The consultant shall research and obtain as-builts for all street repair and maintenance projects that the City/County has performed since the last update to the City/County’s database. The Consultant will spend a good amount of time investigating with the City/County staff to obtain this information. Where this is information is not available the TBG staff can obtain it by back calculation in the field based on their pavement management expertise. While the original construction date is always important, nothing is more

important than an accurate depiction of the last M & R (Major Rehabilitation) date. The TBG crews routinely capture this information on foot during their surveys by back calculation from the date printed on the fire hydrants and determining if the road has been sequentially overlaid or inlaid since it’s original back calculated construction date.

Task II Field Inspection

1. Field Review

The consultant shall field review the various streets and street segments in the database and prepare a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) for each segment. Streets that have been recently repaired should be inspected but may not require PCI calculations. The consultant should detail their proposed method for PCI calculations. The number or percentage of street segments that are to be inspected shall be clearly identified in the proposal.

The Consultant (TBG) plans to perform ASTM 6433 pavement distress survey on the entire network of approximately 1740 center lane miles of roadway for the City/County. If the actual center lane miles are slightly more no additional charges will be incurred. If the center lane miles are considerably more than what has been reported in the answers to the questions on the City/County website, then a pro rated amount of time can be applied to compensate the Consultant. In order for TBG to provide the most value in this response and contract, it is imperative that each and every street be surveyed for pavement distress, lengths, widths and areas will be verified for accuracy, and PCI Ratings will be calculated for each segment. The City/County and TBG may decide to group multiple sections together into larger sections for the ease of managing their pavement at this time. However, this would be decided only through collaboration and agreement by both parties that this is mutually beneficial to both.

The Consultant shall obtain accurate distances using a Distance Measuring Device (DMI) such as the Jamar RAC 100 or similar that is calibrated and hooked into the drive mechanism of the vehicle hosting the apparatus. Widths shall be accurately calibrated as well. On roads with multiple and various widths and odd sizes (i.e. roundabouts) the Consultant shall perform an accurate digital take off using a software such as http://www.goipave.com to obtain the overall square yardages required for the field survey.

At this time the Consultant shall also employ network level coring where the pavement section thickness is not apparent from visual inspection. This core drill to be used will be a Hilti DD 130 or equivalent. Where the depth of pavement is visible or the Consultant is certain of its make up and structure without coring, that shall be sufficient in lieu of physical coring. Note that the network level coring is not part of ASTM 6433 and is used to accurately align the proper rehabilitation techniques at the project level. The network level coring is not meant to be a replacement for

project level coring. The coring may be waived by the Agency if not required by them. No deduction in payment will be required by the Consultant should the Agency decide to forgo network level coring.

The Consultant shall survey and collect all of the 20 distresses from the MicroPAVER Distress Identification Manual for Asphalt Roads and Parking Lots and all 19 of the distresses for the MicroPAVER Distress Identification Manual for Concrete Roads and Parking Lots.

Should the quantities of center lane miles vary by more than 3% of the original estimate of center lane miles given by the Agency at the time of the contract, the Agency and Consultant will mutually agree on a prorated amount of money for the additional work required if this project is awarded based on a unit price per center lane mile.

2. Field Data Report

The consultant shall prepare a report of the field inspection data. The Consultant will also provide a live meeting to explain their findings from the Field Review above. During this meeting the City/County will be apprised of how accurate their original data is in terms of quantities of pavement area etc.

Task III Update Data Base

1. Data Entry

The consultant shall enter the results of the field inspection into the MicroPAVER or StreetSaver Database. The consultant shall compare the new data with the existing data to determine if any street segments appear to be subject to accelerated deterioration.

The Consultant will also determine if there was any erroneous data entry from the previous surveys at this time based on the correlation between the most recent Field Review and their pavement management expertise.

2. Analysis

The consultant shall prepare the StreetSaver or MicroPAVER analysis and provide a report indicating the Pavement Condition Index for the individual segments. The consultant shall compare the StreetSaver or MicroPAVER output with the Field Data Report to insure that the resulting PCIs accurately reflect the existing pavement condition.

The Consultant will also update unit prices and desired treatments that the City/County is or wishes to use in the future in order that accurate budget forecasting can be delivered. The Consultant will also advise and make recommendations on all treatments that are currently available in the the region and provide guidance on to what benefits and what drawbacks are associated with each and every preservation, and rehabilitation treatments are available.

Task IV Prioritization

1. Priority Projects

The consultant shall review the citywide data and make recommendations for repair projects on streets where unusual or accelerated pavement damage has occurred or for other pavement conditions that may adversely effect public safety. The Consultant will also explain the benefits of not treating all of the worst first roads with their limited budget. This can be accomplished by live classroom training (some of which is included in this response pro bono) and online pavement management training through IPMA Academy (2 scholarships are available as part of this proposed scope of work).

2. Five-Year Management and Financial Plan

The consultant shall develop a Five-Year Pavement Management Plan. The plan shall seek to maximize the life and condition of City/County streets given a limited pavement maintenance budget. The management plan shall include estimated costs for the work in each year. The Five-Year Management and Financial Plan shall have two different scenarios to reflect possible funding levels.

The Consultant may also elect to perform an unconstrained budget to determine the overall amount that is actually required to get the network to optimum over a fixed period of time. The Consultant fees for this project would remain the same regardless of the software chosen by the City/County.

3. Alternative Scenarios

In addition to the Five-Year Management and Financial Plan, the consultant shall also prepare two additional scenarios. Although not defined at this time, one possible scenario could to increase the PCI to a certain level. In order to prepare the proposal, assume that the effort level for the two alternative scenarios would be similar to preparing an alternate funding level for the Five-Year Management and Financial Plan.

The Consultant will work in collaboration with the City/County to find the best-case alternate scenarios. Often target based scenarios work well to highlight deficiencies in budgets, and the associated ‘what if’ scenarios that take place hypothetically when funding levels change. With Target driven scenarios the politicians can quickly see how much extra funding will be required to get to a desired level of service with their roadway network based on a specific PCI rating.

Task V Final Report

1. Final Report

The consultant shall prepare a final report containing: a description of the methodology used in the analysis, the priority project listing, the two Five Year Management and Financial Plans, the PCI output listing and the two alternative scenarios.

The Consultant will also provide a non-technical video (10-15 minutes) that gives the City/County a good understanding of their current condition of roadway network and the funding required for maintaining it or improving it. The Consultant will also supply a dry erase calendar style roll up whiteboard with a complete listing of all the roadways and their current PCI index.

I have numerous sample final reports and testimonials that I can send upon request.

Do not pass this up!

It is imperative that the rating inspectors get this right from day one. Further, we noticed that there are many, many, many small sections. Typically this is one of the biggest complaints that we receive in feedback sessions from our conversion clients as they discuss their dismay in the original set up by others.

Boy does a City on MO and a Village in Illinois know that…but that is in the next open letter…stay tuned…this is a “doozie”. Below is a hint.

Blair

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And do not forget the FREE BOOK:
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Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week LIVE FROM St. Charles, MO

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Your IPMA™ Tip of the Week
LIVE FROM St. Charles, MO

You know, a lot of folks are starting to get excited about pavement management and rightfully so.

Be forewarned however that not all consultants out there providing these services are delivering all that they promise.

Recall that Scott McDonald and I did a podcast session on Better Roads Radio a while back, here is the link http://ipma.co/betterroadsradio/2014/01/16/episode-3-the-one-where-blair-corners-scott-mcdonald-ipma-advisory-board-member-and-paver-guru/ where we discussed the key essentials in setting up your data base.

Well, apparently there are still firms out there, buzzing around collecting data all over the country that pay little if any heed to the last M and R date or pavement section type for that matter.

Then, as you may have guessed our team swoops in and helps aid the agencies in fixing all the corrupted data that is input into the PAVER™ data base for your agency. (BTW, the same stuff likely happens with other software programs out there).

If your city or county is interested in setting up a pavement management program, and I don’t see why you wouldn’t be, take a look at this short video to learn the key essentials to pavement management basics SO THAT YOU DON”T HAVE TO ENDURE THE PAIN OF FIXING EVERYTHING at a later date.

Hope that didn’t offend anyone LOL.
Best, Blair

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The Book on Better Roads | Chapter 1/A

Chapter 1 – In the Beginning

What other business could keep doing things the same way they have been since 1956 and still be in business today? I mean, does anyone reading this book right now still use a rotary dial up phone? Anyone still listening to 8 track tapes, vinyl records, cassette tapes? How about your cameras, anyone still buying film in rolls? Just the other day while at Torrey Pines Beach the kids were using their iPhones with some special device to do Kodak instant photos like we used to do with the big clunky cameras.

 

And yet, each week as I drive the Better Roads Bus across North America I see literally billions of dollars being wasted milling up asphalt roads, breaking up concrete roads, dumping our resources into the desert ditches or piling the rubble up into mountanous stockpiles. As a former Vice President of a paving and reclamation firm, I used to bid upwards of 50 million dollars of work each year. And as a college instructor, estimating is something I do in my sleep so to speak. So imagine how painful it is for me as a drive through a construction site, risking my life as I am being forced to drive at 60 miles an hour on a two lane section of Interstate with the only thing beside me and the oncoming Mack Truck being a 40 pound reflective delineator barrel.

 

This is so wrong. I mean if taking care of 4 million miles of roadways in America or anywhere for the matter was a private sector firm, and we knew that we could take care of it for 40% less money in half the time, wouldn’t we have done it? Of course we would have, because like we see so often in the private sector, when firms don’t stay innovative and keep up with current technology and best practices they simply go bankrupt and expire.

 

So here is where we are at in the simplest form I can put this. If we don’t start changing the way we take care of our roads (don’t even get me started on our bridges) according to www.smartgrowthamerica.com we are spending 57% of our GDP on 1.3% of our roadway system building additional lanes. If you do the math that means we are spending a measly 43% of the GDP on the other 98.7% trying to take care of it all. Everything.

 

In the beginning, when we built the Interstate System in USA (plug in whatever system of roadways you have in your country) I don’t suspect much thought went into how we were going to preserve it. And now with the little bit of revenue generated with the gas tax, we are faced with an incredible plight of having to maintain, preserve, and rehabilitate our aging roadways.

 

Now I can’t control what went on in the past with our forefathers, and how they rehabilitated the roads in this country and the world, but I damn sure am not going to sit here and watch us pilfer away billions of dollars when I KNOW we can be doing more with less money and less carbon footprint in half the time. I made a promise to one pavement engineer that I would not pick on what agencies have done in the past, like before there were milling machines and such. But there is absolutely NO REASON why we are not following The Three Legged Stool™ Pavement Management System today and forever into the future.

 

Now let me do some explaining here. I want to make it perfectly clear to you that while reading this book and referring back to it regularily that there are champions out there implementing everything that I am teaching in this book. These champions are generally going to have APM™ after their name or have the knowledge that comes with this Accredited Pavement Manager™ Certification. These are the pavement managers, consultants, vendors, material suppliers, equipment manufacturers that have taken the time to digest 70 hours of online training to become better stewards of their infrastructure.

 

In addition to the APM™ Alumni and those currently enrolled there are also a small army of people that embrace all the elements that are taught in IPMA™ Academy. Moreover, several large State DOTs, and Industry Trade Associations understand this Book and the message and vision that it contains.

 

It is unfortunate however, that these Champions above cannot single handidly resurect our economy and our infrastructure. Currently our roadways sit at a decrepit D + rating according to ASCE, the American Society of Civil Engineers current Report Card. And at this vary time in history, even with FHWA promoting all things sustanibility and preservation in their current Transportation Bill MAP 21, there are still some high ranking US DOT officials out there along with industry trade association staff , and even State DOT Officials sabatoging efforts to do anything different than a thin overlay, medium overlay and thick overlay.

 

In simplest of terms, the naysayers rebell against change and all of the ecological and economical benefits associated with doing things differently and better. Ironically, in The Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management, the hot mixed asphalt producers and Portland concrete roadbuilders and bridge builders will actually get substantially more work by freeing up the funds that are being wasted doing things the same old way since 1956 – the year that our Interstate System was started.

 

As I mentioned in the Introduction, I am taking the high road and sticking to it wherever possible but…..

 

Imagine if you will, I have spent the last two decades of my life teaching and saving agencies just like you millions and millions of dollars doing pavement management, in place pavement recycling and pavement preservation. I have taught National Highway Institute Workshops, developed and delivered curriculum for three prominent universities, IPMA™, NWETC, APWA, LTAP, TTAP, and on and on. A few short months ago I was standing in front of a US DOT Official who blatenly told me that he thought a lot of these processes were “snake oil” and wasn’t sure they were going to work.

 

REALLY?

 

I mean, we have some State DOTs going back now and re recycling roads that they recycled 22 years ago or more. These agencies have saved 600 million dollars in doing so to date or more. FHWA has spent tens of thousands sponsoring the NHI Workshop developments, and re developments and many thousands more on the Basic Asphalt Reycling Manual. And this man stands in front of me, with my tax dollars paying his salary and says “snake oil”?

 

How about the fact that a few short days after our consulting side of the business has gone in and delivered an absolute rock solid pavement management plan for getting an agency onto better roadways for less money with pavement preservation and in-place pavement recycling, a local State DOT staffer goes in under the guise of a concerened citizen and convinces the Chairman and his Commission that my professional advice is not good, and those treatments I speak of are “snake oil”, and they really should consider doing thin overlays, medium overlays and thick overlays, and chip seal.

 

But, strangely enough, one of the treatments this “concerned citizen” speaks of was used during the timing of a high profile international event in this same state (600,000 SY or more) and a TRB report from State Officials of this State went on record touting the benefits of this same treatment that I recommended as one of the preservation techniques in my final pavement management report.

 

So there you have it, the impetus for me to sit here and type this Book on Better Roads for you to enjoy and learn from. Had it not been for that day so many short months ago, I may have procrastinated forever and never served up this simple guide to resurecting our infrastructure and economy. We can put a man on the moon, we sure as heck can have better roads!

 

Now on a positive note, several state agencies like Utah DOT, and Caltran to name a few invite me out each and every year to train their staff.   In fact I was recently asked by a Utah DOT Official to do the keynote speech for their annual meeting. They get it. Big shout out to folks like Reed Ryan at UAPA, Utah Asphalt Pavement Association – they get it. Their paving contractor members took very little time to figure out that with the Three Legged Stool System™ of Pavement Management, they could increase their tonnage out of their plants by 20%!

I emplore you, as an Elected Official, Ratepayer, or everyday Normal Citizen, learn all there is to know about what is going on in the close door meetings with the local contractors and your staff about all things pavment management, preservation and in place pavement recycling. If you want to do more with less, you have got to take heed to the warning signs.

 

In a day and age where agencies are grinding up their hard topped surfaces and reverting them back to dirt roads, you must understand that in the beginning, there may have not have been a solution – but today there is, and you have no excuse to keep doing things the same old way. In Part Two of this Book, there will be countless case studies to prove to you that there is hope. But you have to implement. It is not enough to just watch the videos and read the Book.

 

Even after you have registered your book at www.thebookonbetterroads.com/register you will have to empower your pavement managers and engineering staff to make the critical changes to your pavmeent management system. And if you don’t have a system in place, for 2 cents a square yard, you can save ten bucks a square yard by proper selection of the requisite treatments. That is a $9.98/SY net gain in my books and I am not the brightest light bulb in the fridge!

 

Now I don’t puport to be a genius in any one of the areas that I will talk about in the Book, but I can tell you that the bean counters, you know the City Managers, CFOs, and County Managers always perk up a bit and have a sparkle in their eye when I mention that doing pavement management annually or at least every three years or so gives the GASB 34 Auditors reason to give your City or County a better bond rating!

 

So, bottom line in this Chapter if I have said it properly is that this is the biggest no brainer in all of mankind, and if it weren’t for the naysayers out there backstabbing the efforts of the Champions, our country (plug in your country if you are outside of USA) could have much better roads for less money and less carbon footprint!

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