IPMA Academy | Accredited Pavement Managers | Testimonials Part 1


Adelina Lowry, MD, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.

A.  I learned the criteria to quantify the range of impact of a pavement treatment on the PCI, based on the life span of the treatment
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?    

A.  More than two items:

•    Propose the paving coring at the project level to validate the road treatment recommended by the decision tree (PCI vs Treatment)

•    Propose a new pavement investment strategy:
* 20 % budget – pavement preservation
* 60 % budget – pavement rehabilitation
* 20 % budget – pavement reclamation/recycling
•    Evaluate the performance over time of the existing pilot samples of HA5 applied to sections of subdivision roads of different ages

Wayne McField, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  MORE about FDR and pavement treatments and timing.

Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?  

A.  All of it. It is very informative.

Jeremy Lucero, PE, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.  

A.  I was surprised to learn that lime could be used to mitigate the swell potential of clays.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?    

A.  Lime as a swell mitigation technique and possibly cement in CIP.

Luis Padilla, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  The fact that there are still so many out there that wont take action to make necessary improvements to their roadways.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job? 

A.  Application process/material usage and when

Brian Boder PE, APM

Q.  Name one thing you learned in the course that surprised you.    

A.  There are more tools in the proverbial tool bag than I expected.
Q.  What two pieces of knowledge/tactics from the APM certification course are you most likely to use in your job?  

A.  Managing pavements works and continue experimenting with different techniques and materials

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Flat Rate for Pavement Management: $278.77 per CLM for Counties and $324.77 per CLM for Cities

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Wellington Kansas PM

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A recent press release shows one Agency paying up to $800 bucks per mile!  GEEZ!


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P.S.S.S.  Small surcharge for PCC roads and random surveys less than entire network.  Nationwide, we will be charging one way mobilization.

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Reno County Commission Introduced to Pavement Management by The Barnhardt Group

Written By: John Green

The Hutchinson News


A Georgia-based pavement management contractor currently doing assessment work in Wellington made a presentation to the Reno County Commission Tuesday on the benefits of having a pavement management system.

Reno County Public Works Director Dave McComb, who is interested in developing such a system for the county, invited Blair Barnhardt of The Barnhardt Group to the meeting.

There is no money in the current county budget to implement such a system, but McComb said he would like the commission to be prepared to make a decision on whether enter such a contract in advance of the 2017 budget.

The purpose and benefit of a pavement management system, Barnhardt explained, is identifying preservation work that can extend a road’s life, rather than rebuilding roads after they have deteriorated, which is a more cost effective use of public works dollars.

Barnhardt’s company takes core samples from identified roadways to determine their makeup, assesses existing conditions of the road surface and subsurface, and then identifies up to 20 “distressers” that are impacting the life and condition of the road.

He gets down on his hands and knees, for example, Barnhardt said, to measure the length, depth, and severity of cracks in the pavement.

From the data gathered on the roads, a software program then makes recommendations on which of various methods of preservation work would best extend the life of the road at the most economical cost.

Spending 2 to 3 cents per square yard on assessment, Barnhardt contended, can save $10 a square yard on maintenance. Once the management system is in place, he said, “using the right treatments in the right place at the right time” can stretch road dollars by at least twice as much. Moreover, the industry is developing new preservation methods all the time.

So, rather than spending $1 million per mile to replace a deteriorated road, the county might be able to spend the same amount on preserving 20-plus miles of road and, eventually, with saved dollars, replace that deteriorated road.

David Edwards, of GSI Engineering in Wichita, which has partnered with Barnhardt in assessing projects identified by the management system, joined Barnhardt at the meeting.

Edwards noted that using the system might require the commission to allow already deteriorating roadways, which are already resulting in complaint calls to the commission, to deteriorate further while they do work on roads that appear in good condition, which may be politically difficult.

“You save what you can save first, and do the really bad roads down the road,” he said.

The commission will be able to point to hard evidence from the system that the decisions are more economically efficient, he said.

McComb, already interested in pavement management, learned more at a recent “lunch and learn” event sponsored by The Barnhardt Group.

The county has a system in place to sand seal so many miles of road each year, and pave so many miles of arterial with a cold asphalt mix, McComb said. However, he was interested in seeing what could be done, for example, to preserve the work done on Yoder Road 10 years ago, rather than spending millions to mill and asphalt the road again in 5 years.

“How can we get the best bang for our buck?” he said.

McComb also expressed a desire to have a system in place for determining road project spending that will still be in place when he is gone.

Asked by Commissioner Brad Dillon how their fee would work, Barnhardt said it is based on a per-mile contract, but it could be spread over several years, done all at once for a discount, or on a not-to-exceed pro-rated basis.

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More Roads, Less Money, Less Carbon Footprint: Graniterock IPMA™ Charter Members Spotlight

From Graniterock Tools Newsletter:

Hot-in-place tests high, saves cash | IPMA™ Charter Member

We are SO proud of our IPMA™ Charter Members, Dustrol, Inc.

Way to go Brian!  I found this is “The Kansan”…

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By Nicolas Wahl
Newton Kansan

Posted Sep. 25, 2015 at 12:01 AM

An alternative roadway reparation technique utilized by the Harvey County Road and Bridge Department to save on costs has earned star marks after a recent round of testing.Over the past year the county has contracted out 19.3 miles of paved road to Dustrol Inc., Towanda, to be resurfaced using Dustrol’s hot-in-place recycling technique rather than a traditional surface overlay.

“What they decided to implement this year that they didn’t last year was a profilograph,” said Jim Meier, road and bridge superintendent for the county. “What the machine does is reads the defects in a road.”

The definition of a defect is any imperfection measuring 4/10 of an inch bump over 528 feet of roadway.The company administered the test on five miles of a recently completed stretch of East First Street starting at Rock Road and extending to the western border of Butler County.

“They read the results before and after (the work).” Meier said. “The before was a total of 361 defects on East First. When they took the profilograph back over that when they were done they had zero.”

Meier said the process cost the county just more than $1.5 million. He said that number is about 65-percent of the cost of a traditional two-inch overlay over the same mileage.

“Along with what else a two-inch overlay does is it raises the road,” Meier said. “Over time you actually narrow the road. The hot-in-place takes the existing two inches of pavement, in this case, picks it up and rejuvenates the aggregate.”

The fresh asphalt is then put back where it originally came from in a single operation requiring about 1,000 feet of equipment.

“We do still have roads that this is not a viable solution for,” Meier said. “Those roads will still get an overlay.”

Meier said while not a catchall solution for the resurfacing of county roads, he hopes to use the hot-in-place process as an ongoing solution for a significant portion of county mileage.

FDR on Cement in Heard County Tip of The Week!

Some State DOTs are telling their local agencies to use
a Pavement Management System that is dated or
not capable of running budget scenarios on the most cost effective
YOU can NOT take full advantage of pavement preservation with this system!

Moreover, they are not even using the actual software they are trying to get YOU to use….

AND, a local agency like yours (no matter how small) has HUNDREDS

of MILLIONS of dollars of valuable roadway assets,
but you don’t have enough money to maintain them.  ARGHHH!
Want to do this right?
Then call us to set you up, today! (404) 953-0131 or lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com

IPMA™ Tip of the Week FDR with Cement In House in Heard County

The Barnhardt Group to Conduct Pavement Survey in Wellington, Kansas

    • City discusses street work

By Derrick Mead
Wellington Daily News

Posted Sep. 17, 2015 at 2:34 PM

It’s probably no secret that many of Wellington’s streets could use some work. A step has been taken in that direction, as last Tuesday’s city council meeting focused heavily on the discussion of city streets.

The resolutions portion of the meeting centered around potentially authorizing City Manager, Roy Eckert, to execute an agreement with the Barnhardt Group of Kennesaw, GA, to conduct a pavement management study in an amount not to exceed $24,000.

Jeremy Jones, Director of Public Works, was present at the meeting to present to the council the reason behind the move. Jones explained that many streets in town are made up of different surfaces and have different treatments on them and underneath them. Without a comprehensive knowledge of the history of the streets, it is difficult to go about properly maintaining them in the future.

“We know that we have a poor base material under a number of our roads,” Jones said.

Jones also referenced a past experience with “band-aid” fixes, which he acknowledged were sometimes necessary.

However, this move to bring in the Barnhardt Group will at the very least give the city the necessary knowledge to make more long-term improvements moving forward as opposed to the band-aid fixes of the past.

Jones stated that there are officials who have been around a long time who don’t even know what is underneath some of Wellington’s streets because of how long they’ve been around and the number of times they’ve been resurfaced. The survey by the Barnhardt Group would supply the City with all of that information, which should prove invaluable when it comes to future street rehabilitation and maintenance.

Councilman Kip Etter questioned whether Wellington had enough streets to justify this move.

“The City of Wellington is responsible for approximately 60 miles of paved streets and seven miles of gravel roads with an estimated value of $40 million,” Jones told the council.

“We’re going to spend this money one way or another, but I would feel much more responsible financially and sleep better at night if I knew I was spending money in the future that’s going to get us farther. Our current techniques simply aren’t working,” Jones added.

Etter also wondered if the results of the pavement management study would allow any capacity to adjust if the City has a preference of what streets they’d like to work on as a priority.

Jones told the council that the study would show the City what condition various streets are in and why, but that the City could still determine its own

“All of us up here realize that in order to move forward, Wellington has to know where it came from and where we want to go, and that is just part of that long-term strategic planning,” Mayor Shelley Hansel said.

“I recognize $24,000 is a lot of money, but it is about 0.5% of our total estimated value of our street system,” Jones added. “So we’re going to spend half a percent to do a study to see how to proceed over the next 10-plus years.”

The pavement management study, which was approved unanimously after about 30 minutes of discussion, is expected to begin soon and take about three weeks to complete.




priorities for what street maintenance to do moving forward.

Pavement Survey – Our Set Up – Easy Equipment Implementation

Over the years a lot of folks have asked Jason and I about our set up in the field for the RV, the Rhino, the core drills we use, the measuring wheels, the distance measuring instruments etc.

As you may have already figured out by now, I am basically an open book in this respect, pardon the pun here. What I mean is that my underlying goal in life is to get this country out of economic disparity by creating better roads for less money, and any one task that moves us closer to that goal, whether it is shortening your pavement management learning curve, hanging out with you in your city or county to help you put the pieces together, or to hand over the keys to the equipment that we use on a daily basis, my only goal is to provide you with the tools to get you to pavement management RockSTARDOM!

So I just took a few minutes in the yard the other day, gathering up all of our tools so Jason and I could start a new project in Colorado this week. So below is a bunch of photos of our set up for boots on the ground expert pavement distress evaluation. You can replicate this set up for under $20,000.00 and be performing your own work in two weeks. I went ahead and put a photo in of what some of our IPMA™ Academy are doing for their set up as well just for comparison sake.

I think you know this already, but if you should have any questions at all along the way, shoot me an email 24/7 at blair@ipma.co and I will get you the answer that you need to set up your own equipment. I have provided our most up to date equipment photos, along with some upcoming equipment that we plan to acquire. If you are a consultant, or agency person I hope this BONUS Chapter helps you with your decision making process. There is no sense re creating the wheel here, and with 4 million miles of roads in USA, I think there is plenty of pavements to be managed by all!

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Keson Model R318 N – Remember to Order Metric Model Outside of USA

Yamaha Rhino 660 – 2000 Watt Generator

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Driving America for Better Roads – Fleet

Interstate Pro-Series 14 Ft. Enclosed Trailer

Signal Lights Installed on Rhino Front & Back

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Hilti DD 130 Setup – Probing Rods – Straight edges – Levels

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15 Gallon Water Tank for Core Drilling

Dyanamax Dynaquest from Camping World

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So if you have any additional questions about any of the equipment that we use, from the software we use to make our videos, the microphones we use to record our podcasts, or the tires that we mount on our RVs, blair@ipma.co we will try to answer everyone that emails us!

After all we have spent thousands of dollars getting geared up, seeing what works and what doesn’t so you don’t have to figure out what is right or you. Simply replicate our list of what to get, and get r done!


Award Winning Cold-in-Place Project in Canada

For those of you who don’t know me, I spent the earlier part of my career in Canada growing the pavement management, in-place pavement recycling and preservation business across the country. I also spent several years on the board of directors with www.arra.org as the CORE Chairman, the committee on recycling education. I am putting this Bonus Chapter in for several reasons, some of which I will keep to myself, some I would like to share with you.

One, anyone in this day and age can set up a Google Alert on pretty much any topic they so desire. I choose to set up a handful on all things that we talk about in the book. So today, as I write the final chapters, I am sharing information with you from the internet that is current as of today’s date. You can see this just like me right here at http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/news_item.php?NewsID=65323 and thanks for sharing this story with our audience Bay Shore Broadcasting in Canada!

Two, for decades I have asked local agencies to embrace pavement management, in-place recycling and pavement preservation. It WORKS! There are counties and cities across the world DOING IT!   It is not NEW! Let me repeat, it WORKS, there are folks just like you DOINT IT, and it WORKS!

Three, this is a great example of a success story, but reputable contractors teaming up to share their knowledge with the world via the internet. This same type of Internet sharing of knowledge will eventually show enough Stringbender™ success stories to crumble down the walls that the Naysayers have put up. Trust me on that one!

Four, we need more stories of success just like this one to CRUSH THE NAYSAYERS!

Five, when I listen to the MP3 here http://www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca/downloads/audio/mike_alcock_award.mp3 it reminds of when I used to live in Canada LOL!

Six, I immediately recognize all of the names in the story, having spent many long days working for these same folks at some point. Many that used to be local agency folks are now working on the private sector side of the fence!   Hope you all are doing alright up there folks!

Seven, I wanted to remind the readers and listeners here today that in addition to IPMA™ where local agencies join for free at http://ipma.co/ there are many other great trade associations out there. I have tried to stay on the high road throughout the book, and want to end on that positive note by asking you to consider taking part in other trade associations such as http://www.arra.org/ and http://slurry.org/ so you get a chance to hear things from a different perspective and formulate your own unique blend of wisdom back there at your office!

Eight, this is a great example of industry partnering together for a common goal. We need to all work together if we are to resurrect our economy. As the author of this book I want to remind the readers that we are willing to partner with any reputable association, firm, or person that will further our movement – blair@ipma.co

Nine, the consulting side of the business at http://thebarnhardtgroup.com/ works anywhere in USA and Canada to serve our local agencies in any way we can with their pavement management. I didn’t want you folks up there to feel left out in the book. Our RV can travel wherever we need to be to save our crumbling roads.

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Also, we did a really cool session on CIR for the Driving America for Better Roads (and Canada) series from Niagara Falls (Canadian Side) a while back. You can watch it right here http://drivingamericaforbetterroads.com/home/driving-america-for-better-roads-episode-7/ please share and enjoy!

So as you listen to the transcription of the award winning CIR job description, please think about the reasons above why I chose this article.

Stringbenders™ UNITE! We can defeat the Naysayers!

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Huron Wins Asphalt Award

Thursday, April 10, 2014 4:21 AM by Rick Stow

Dave Laurie and Mike Alcock receive award for asphalt recycling


There is audio for this story.
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(Huron County)-


Huron County’s Public Works Department has copped an industry award for its asphalt recycling program.

At Huron’s Committee of the Whole Day One session Wednesday (April 9th), Bentley Ehgoetz of Lavis Contracting and Trevor Moore of the Miller Group made the presentation to the County’s Dave Laurie and Mike Alcock.

Alcock explains that the County’s Cold In-Place Asphalt Recycling Program, in operation since 1998, has won the 2014 Charles Valentine Award for Excellence.

The annual accolade is a presentation of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA), and submissions are made from all over North America.

The County’s Civil Engineering Technologist tells Bayshore Broadcasting News that fully half of Huron’s 730 kilometre road network is topped with the recycled asphalt mix.

Alcock says the process saves money by re-using the asphalt with new emulsion.

He says the blend is less prone to cracking.

Trevor Moore, the Corporate Director of Technical Services with the Miller Group notes that Huron County was a pioneer in the use of milling machines to achieve a wider road swath during the paving process.