Hosted by the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance, each webinar in the "How I Built This Network" Webinar series highlights stories from high-performing agencies across North America. View recorded webinars here.
How can you stretch limited budgets further? Learn how to examine the health of your road network using Remaining Service Life (RSL). This video explores easy ways to assess the impact of your annual treatment plan on overall network health and equip you with a step-by-step approach for achieving better roads today and stronger networks tomorrow.
How much does a Road Really Cost?
Life Cycle Cost & Predictive Spending
Learn how to evaluate the cost of a road over its entire life. Using regularly applied treatments, smart pavement owners are seeing 40 years of service (and more) from their asphalt pavements.
Prioritizing Road Projects By Most Impact
Cost Benefit Value
Are you making data-driven decisions for your road network? Learn how to prioritize road projects by evaluating important factors such as project cost, impact on traveling public, service life extension and road condition. With CBV, road managers are getting more “bang for their buck” within even very limited budget constraints.
Engineered Performance for Pavements
Liquid Asphalt Emulsions
Confused about emulsions? Leverage several web tools for understanding the ins-and-outs of these performance-engineered liquids. Brian Cancio, Applied Research Scientist walks through technical information, best practices, and tips about using these performance engineered liquids. Dr. Buzz Powell explains what’s happening on the NCAT test track with several emulsion-based treatments.
Making the Most of Asphalt You’ve Already Paid For
Asphalt Recycling & Reclamation
Learn how to leverage several web tools for understanding the advantages of asphalt recycling and reclamation treatments. A member of the Asphalt Recycling and Reclamation Association (ARRA) will present technical information, best practices, and tips to make the most of the asphalt you’ve already paid for.
Get Ahead of the Curve
Pavement Preservation to Prolong Service Life
Learn how to leverage several web tools for understanding the advantages of pavement preservation treatments. A member of the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) will present technical information, best practices, and tips to use preservation treatments on the right roads, at the right time to prolong service life.
Understand the basics behind Asphalt Emulsions, including naming conventions, uses, and the engineering behind the performance.
Milling Best Practices
Basics of milling is a presentation that discusses topics from machine and drum maintenance, to how feet per minute affects the final product including the applications, benefits, limitations, and alternative methods. We also discuss different grade controls and when/how to use various sensors for ease of operation and best quality results.
Intro to Slurry Systems & Site Selection
This webinar focuses on the intro to these systems, what the components of the mixes are, differences (and similarities) between the systems, what type of pavement conditions are best suited for these applications and what benefits can be realized from their proper utilization.
2020 Ahead of the Curve
Stretching Budgets Further, Especially Now
Whether you’re accelerating work, facing decreases in revenue, or figuring out how to make the most of infrastructure investments, you’ll learn helpful tools to start gaining ground on your road network.
Crack Seal Overview, Project Selection & Design
This presentation is the first part of a series of Crack Sealing trainings titled “Crack Sealing Overview, Project Selection and Design”. It is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to crack sealing, distress identification, testing methods and related impact on field performance, and an introduction to materials selection. Upon completion, participants will be better able to understand the benefits of including a crack sealing strategy to their existing pavement preservation and maintenance toolbox.
2020 Ahead of the Curve
Maintaining More with Less
Learn how Jerry Dankbar, the Street Maintenance Superintendent of Roseville, CA maintained the city's road network when miles of new roads were added just before the 2008 recession-- throwing budgets and resources into major uncertainty.
Hot In-place Recycling (HIR) Overview and Project Selection
The hot in-place recycling (HIR) presentation will consist of all three types of HIR, including surface recycling, surface repaving, and surface remixing. The presentation will focus on all three types of ARRA equipment necessary to complete all three types of work from one inch up to two inches. It will also focus on project selection and the do’s and don’ts of project selection that help ensure a successful HIR project. The presentation will also touch on the cost and energy requirements for a typical HIR project
The presentation on Engineered Emulsion (EE) includes a brief history on when and why EE’s were developed, why they are the best stabilization option if viable and keys to their successful use. The presentation also informs attendees on the difference between modification and stabilization of Base Materials. Many new products continue to be introduced into the marketplace, understanding how to differentiate products in this space is essential in making good decisions for prolonging pavement life with stabilization and modification materials.
Ahead of the Curve
Small Agency, Big Plans: What Pavement Managers in Small Communities Should be doing to Maintain their Road Networks
Learn how Matthews, North Carolina maintains their road network of 100 centerline miles with a very limited budget. From convincing the town board, to projecting budgets and growth, this small agency is beginning to gain ground and reverse the trend of a deteriorating network.
Chip Seal Introduction, Site Selection, Design and Materials
This presentation is the first part of a series of chip seal trainings titled “Chip Seals: An Introduction, Site Selection, Material Selection and Design”. It is designed to provide attendees with an introduction to chip sealing, proper site selection criteria, material selection considerations and an overview of chip seal design methods. Upon completion, participants will be better able to understand the benefits of including a chip sealing strategy to their existing pavement preservation and maintenance toolbox.
Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) and Cold Central Plant Recycling (CCPR)
Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) and Cold Central Plant Recycling (CCPR) are pavement rehabilitation techniques in which reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) is utilized to produce a high performing pavement layer. This presentation will educate webinar participants on project selection guidelines, construction processes, equipment and materials. Example CIR and CCPR projects overviews will also be included to demonstrate how these technologies have been used on state highways.
Ahead of the Curve
Road Network Improvement Following Economic Downturn: INDOT
In this webinar, participants will learn from Todd Shields, Indiana DOT’s Statewide Asset Management Engineer. Shields will share how INDOT, following the 2008 economic downturn, was able to improve their road network through pavement preservation and recycling techniques.
Tack Coat and Fog Seals
This presentation will discuss best practices for specifying and constructing Tack Coat and Fog Seals. Upon completion, participants will be better able to understand the benefits of including tack coats and fog seals for improvements to pavement performance.
Slurry/Micro Mix Design and Material Testing
This presentation gives an overview of micro and slurry design considerations. Included is a look at how the quality of the individual components affect the end product, design performance testing and what they mean for field performance and which application fits the conditions in the field.
PPRA Ahead of the Curve 2020
Agency Communication Matters
Learn to Advocate for increased budgets or improved treatment plans, Navigate taxpayer complaints (and even earning a few thank-you’s along the way), Align inter-departmental roles to overcome “status quo” management.
Full Depth Reclamation
Full Depth Reclamation (FDR) is an all-star tool that every engineer should have in their toolbox. Proper implementation of FDR starts with Project Selection, moves through Construction, and is completed with a robust Quality Control program.
Life Cycle Assessment, Product Category Rules, and Environmental Product Declaration Tools
Curious to know more about Life Cycle Assessments (LCA), Product Category Rules (PCR), and Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)? Look no further, this presentation will give an overview of each of these tools. After the brief introduction, the application of these three tools toward asphalt emulsion, and other asphalt-based products will be discussed.
Crack sealing is the proven, lowest cost with highest benefit pavement preservation treatment and helps combat many types of pavement distresses. Proper crack sealing provides immediate and long-term benefits.
How I Built This Network 2021
Setting & Achieving Network Goals: Feat. Kent County, MI
The target is set. The goal? 90% of roads in good or fair condition by 2025. Six years ago, Kent County Road Commission set out to improve their primary road network of nearly 6600 miles. Learn the strategies that kept them on track.
RAP with Pavement Preservation Techniques
The first part of this webinar will describe the state of the practice for using Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP) in pavement preservation surface treatments including chip seals, slurry seals, and micro surfacing. Referencing the recently published FHWA report on the same subject, Greg Duncan will present case study examples describing how agencies and practitioners have adapted typical practices to get similar performance as compared to virgin aggregates.
The remainder of the presentation will provide an overview of cold central plant recycling including where it is used. Two case studies of innovative uses of CCPR combined with CIR and FDR will be presented.
Storage and Handling of Asphalt Emulsions
Good storage and handling of asphalt emulsions are essential to ensure that customers will get what they ordered. Improper storage and handling can compromise the quality and performance of the emulsion used for pavement preservation treatments.
How I Built This Network 2021
Improve Network Health with Life Cycle Planning - Featuring: Delaware County, OH
Delaware, Ohio is one of the fastest growing counties in the state-- just a few years ago, it was the fastest growing in the nation. Today, nearly 85% of their pavements stay in Excellent or Good condition.
How did Delaware convert the county’s asset management plan from a worst-first mentality to a proactive program? It all stemmed from a steadfast focus on reducing life cycle costs and prolonging service life.
Chip Seal Equipment and Calibration
Join Brian Horner from Etnyre International as he discusses chip seal equipment and calibration. The webinar will cover how to check your distributor and chip spreader to make sure they are applying the desired application rate. Learn what areas or components need to be maintained to assure proper calibration.
Emerging Asphalt Emulsion Technologies
Join us as Stephane Charmot, Ingevity, presents on upward trends related to asphalt emulsion maintenance and rehabilitation techniques. Maintenance treatment examples are shared to emphasize how emulsions can effectively solve specific needs. Such applications include fast curing chip seals, cape seals on high traffic roadways, penetrating prime coat emulsion with lower VOC, sealants and the combination of various treatments. Enhancements in emulsion Cold In-place Recycling and Cold Central Plant Recycling are also presented.
Slurry/Micro Surfacing Construction Best Practices, Part 1
This slurry surfacing systems (slurry seal & micro surfacing) webinar, presented by Tim Harrawood, Vance Brothers, will cover best practices related to surface preparation, traffic control, treatment application, equipment and long-standing secrets to success. The source documents for this information are the ISSA Design and Inspection Manual for Slurry Surfacing Systems and the ISSA/FHWA web based training.
The Chemistry of Asphalt Emulsions
Three technical experts, Sallie Houston, Arkema-Road Science, Tony Kucharek, McAsphalt, and Mandy Monjaras, Ergon, walk us through the process of making high quality asphalt emulsion. It begins with the right chemistry formulation and requires precise manufacturing controls and quality management every step of the way.
CIR/CCPR Mix Design Guidelines and Practices
Recently, AASHTO has published mix design specifications for cold recycling mixtures (CIR and CCPR) for both emulsified and foamed asphalt technologies. This presentation will cover these mix design specifications, including sampling best practices, materials and mixture components, test methods and interpretation of results.
Slurry/Micro Surfacing Construction Best Practices, Part 2
How to Construct High-Quality Slurry and Micro Surfacing Projects, Part 2 will concentrate on best practices that should take place just prior to project startup such as, calibration (complete process), test strips and how to evaluate them, troubleshooting, special situations and secrets to success.
Asphalt Emulsions 201
In 2020, PPRA/FHWA provided an excellent webinar introducing the basics of asphalt emulsion chemistry and the manufacturing of asphalt emulsions. This presentation will build on that platform and look deeper into the main components of asphalt and their contribution to performance as well as at the state of the art chemistries now being used and the various properties imparted. We will look at how asphalt binder and emulsifiers affect such properties as surface area and surface tension and how this impacts emulsion stability, properties like viscosity, aggregate interaction and wetting properties.
Join Sallie Houston, Arkema-Road Science, and Dr. Andrew Braham, University of Arkansas, for some next level discussion on asphalt emulsions.
How I Built This Network Webinar
Thirty miles outside Philadelphia lies Limerick Township, an unassuming community with what may be some of the most successful network improvement results in North America. After more than 25 years implementing pavement preservation and asphalt recycling treatments on their growing network, Limerick Townships has the roads and driving conditions to prove it.
Mississippi DOT Micro Surfacing Project Yields High Return on Investment
Join Tim Harrawood, Vance Brothers, as he illustrates the exceptional long-term performance of a micro surfacing project placed on a Mississippi Department of Transportation high-volume traffic highway in Tunica county, MS in 2005. This project is still in service in 2022 and the lack of required maintenance and cost savings are significant.
How I Built This Network
Ada County Highway Department
Ada County, Idaho began a proactive management plan of its rapidly growing network in 1996. Today, the County has seen the overall average network condition improve by 20 points.
How did Ada County manage its expanding network needs? We’ll learn about their innovative zone rotation approach, how they’ve expanded their treatment toolbox, and how they’ve taken a proactive look at taxpayer communication. They’ll give an insider’s look at their approach to specific preservation and recycling treatments and help agencies consider things they can do today to spread limited resources further.
Next in a growing series of “How I did it” webinars, we’ll interview Ada County Highway Department’s Scott Forrey (Pavement Management Engineer) and Lloyd Carnegie (Maintenance Manager).
How I Built This Network
How Polk County FL Improved Network Condition and Increased Budgets in just 7 years
In 2015, Polk County, Florida began implementing a proactive approach to pavement management through the use of preservation and recycling. Over the last seven years they’ve doubled the miles treated per year, used proven progress to justify an increase in funds, reduced their backlog, and seen the overall condition of their network improve.
Join Austin Potts, Polk County’s Pavement Manager, as he shares their history, their current toolbox, and their plans for the future. They’ve used predictive modeling to demonstrate the network-level impact of various funding scenarios, and a “worst-first” vs an “optimized” pavement management strategy. A few highlights he’s using to demonstrate the impact of an optimized approach, include:
• Saves $28M overall
• Reduces their backlog by up to $200M, depending on funding levels
• Repairs 42% more roads
• Improves overall network condition significantly
Whether you’re an agency big or small, you’ll walk away with important tips for predictive planning, how to analyze the impact of various pavement management approaches, and how to justify a plan to elected officials.
• Network improvement over time
• Treatment toolbox
• Evaluating Annual Treatment Plans
• Predictive Planning
• Elected Communication
Who should attend?
• Road Managers
• City, County, State & Provincial Agencies
• Consulting Engineers
How I Built This Network
How Bedford, MA’s Total Curve Mentality Dramatically Increased PCI in Just Two Years
The town of Bedford Massachusetts had made good progress with their pavement preservation
and recycling program, but knew they could do better. Taking a strategic approach to expanding
their toolbox with treatments across the entire pavement deterioration curve, they have
increased PCI from 62 to 77, and are treating more of their 73 centerline miles with a budget of
When Mike Sprague joined the Bedford DWP in 2021, he brought with him the much needed
network level thinking he had learned at his time in neighboring Lexington Massachusetts. His
goal was simple: take the Bedford road network from good to great.
Join Mike as he shares how Bedford is expanding their toolbox, engaging the community and
planning for the future using the tools on RoadResource.org are helping them win over elected
officials to a preservation mindset.
A few highlights he’s using to demonstrate the impact of an optimized approach, include:
● Adopting a truly strategic total curve mentality
● How to expand your toolbox, knowing the right treatments
● Using data to win over elected officials
● The importance of community engagement
Whether you’re an agency big or small, you’ll walk away with important tips for predictive
planning, how to analyze the impact of various pavement management approaches, and how to
justify a plan to elected officials.
● Network improvement over time
● Treatment toolbox
● Evaluating Annual Treatment Plans
● Predictive Planning
● Elected Communication
Who should attend?
● Road Managers
● City, County, State & Provincial Agencies
● Consulting Engineers
● Contractors, Manufacturers, and other industry partners
PPRA is always working to bring the best information, tools, and resources to road management. Visit our upcoming webinar calendar here to join live, for the chance to ask questions and participate in the Ahead of the Curve webinar series.
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