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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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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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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I-88 Rubberized Asphalt Project

Last year, Asphalt Plus conducted a trial project of dry process crumb rubber modified asphalt on Interstate 88 near Rochelle, Illinois. The project included the laboratory evaluation of two asphalt mix design and placement of two lane-miles of pavement on I-88.

The first mix was:

  • Friction SMA (ILDOT)
  • 34% ABR (5% RAS and 8 lbs of rubber mix per ton)
  • No RAS content

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  • 2 vs. 2.5 mm rut respectively
  • 602 vs. 566 DCT respectively

The second mix was:

  • 12.5 N75 Fine Surface Graded Mix (WIDOT)

Lab testing of the WIDOT mix with and without engineered dry process rubber showed the rubber additions significantly improved mix performance.

Presence of rubber improved:

  • Hamburg rutting from 8.2 mm at 10,000 passes to 3.4 mm at 20,000 passes
  • Increased DCT results from 358 to 482

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The Curran DeKalb plant was modified for dry process asphalt production in a matter of a few hours.

Using a loss-in-weight feeder system:

  • Engineered crumb rubber was injected into production with a high degree of accuracy
  • Plant production of CRM asphalt at full production rates occurred without interruption
  • Two mix designs were produced in sequence with minimal waste

The asphalt mixes were trucked 40 miles on a cool day (55 F at start), and placement temperatures ranged from 235 to 280 F off the trucks.

The Finished Product:

  • Finished without any tearing
  • Vibratory rollers produced specified compaction without special effort and without stopping plant operations

Performance evaluations will continue in the field following a winter of service. The existing record of technology field performance in colder climates strongly suggests that the use of dry process engineered rubberized asphalt mix designs will be permitted as a competitive alternative to other forms of modified asphalt. The cost advantage suggests this process will benefit both producers and road owners.

 

View full case study

From http://asphaltplus.com/rubberized-asphalt-trial-project/

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IPMA Academy | Accredited Pavement Managers | Testimonials Part 1

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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

Learn How to Use the Three Legged Stool™ System of
Pavement Management to Save Your Crumbling Roads…

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

Hey !

Would you spend 3 cents per SY to save millions?

The Barnhardt Group will show you

EXACTLY how to do JUST THAT!

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

CLICK to See ENTIRE Scope of work HERE.

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

Blair

P.S.  The first 3 Agencies in TX to sign up before January 1, 2016 will receive the first year of StreetSaver absolutely FREE!

P.S.S.  Those three Agencies will not even pay for migration from their current PM database!  UNBELIEVABLE!

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

P.S.S.S.S.  We give away two FREE scholarships to IPMA Academy & one 8 DVD box set.

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Reno County Commission Introduced to Pavement Management by The Barnhardt Group

Written By: John Green

The Hutchinson News

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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.

Learn more about Blair Barnhardt and The Barnhardt Group at wwwdrivingamericaforbetterroads.  Or get the #1 Best Seller, “The Book on Better Roads” for FREE at http://www.thebookonbetterroads.com

Call The Barnhardt Group to schedule your free consult with Blair that could SAVE YOUR AGENCY MILLIONS!  404-361-9792 or email lori@thebarnhardtgroup.com .

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.