AMAP NAMES PERSON OF THE YEAR
NEW OFFICERS ALSO NAMED AT ANNUAL MEETING
Association of Modified Asphalt Producers (AMAP), an international association dedicated to the development, production and use of modified asphalts that extend the life of interstate pavements, named its Person of the Year and new officers for 2007 during the organization's 8th Annual Meeting in February.
The "Person of the Year" achievement award was presented to Rick Holmgreen, asphalt technical manager for ConocoPhillips Company and member of AMAP's Board of Directors. The award recognized Holmgreen's dedicated efforts to promote the establishment of standardized testing procedures for modified asphalts throughout North America.
AMAP's new officers for 2007-2009 were also named during the meeting. Former AMAP Vice President Ron Corun, technical support manager for CITGO Asphalt Refining Company, was elected president, replacing Henry Romagosa of ICL Performance Products LP. In addition, Mack Roberts, general manager of UltraPave Inc., accepted the office of vice president, while Mark Bunch, US technical marketing development manager for BP Asphalt, was named AMAP's new secretary-treasurer.
TOPCON ROADSHOW TO VISIT 100 CITIES
PROGRAM INCLUDES SEMINARS AND DEMOS
Dubbed the "TTR 2007 Speed, Accuracy and Bottom Line Tour," the 2007 Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) Technology Roadshow kicks off its fifth year of educational seminars and hands-on demonstrations for surveying, GPS, GIS and machine control operations.
From April to October TPS representatives in conjunction with Topcon dealers, will host regional seminars in more than 100 cities across the United States and Canada.
Jason Killpack, TPS product marketing manager, says, "A Topcon Technology Roadshow, through videos, informal education sessions, hands-on demonstrations and open question-and-answer sessions can give customers an incredible amount of useful information in half-a-day."
A listing of participating cities is available at www.topconroadshow.com.
TILCON KEEPS DRIVERS SAFE
COMPANY PARTNERS WITH HIGHWAY SAFETY DEPARTMENT
Tilcon Delaware, the area's largest paving and construction materials supplier, recently joined the Delaware Office of Highway Safety's Corporate Outreach program. The program is designed to help businesses educate their employees to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and their related costs.
Tilcon's employees travel an average of more than 1 million miles per year on Delaware highways on the job. Through this program, Tilcon is providing tools and information their employees need to make the roadways safer for themselves as well as other drivers.
"A vast majority of our employees are out on the roads on a daily basis and with this program they'll always have the most up-to-date information concerning the roadways," says Tilcon Community Relations Manager Norene Brennan.
The Delaware Office of Highway Safety's Corporate Outreach program is targeted to partnering with the corporate community to help save lives on Delaware's roadways through education and awareness. As part of the program, roadway safety information will be regularly distributed to employees at all Tilcon Delaware locations, as well as through the Tilcon Delaware employee newsletter.
"At the Crossroads"
NCPP RELEASES NEW PUBLICATION
The National Center for Pavement Preservation (NCPP) at Michigan State University recently released a new publication, "At the Crossroads - Preserving Our Highway Investment," as means to stimulate discussion about the nation's highways.
The book looks at the role the highway system plays, how they are financed, constructed and maintained in an effort to explore more effective and efficient ways of achieving this country's transportation objectives.
The role NCPP plays is in promoting the effective use of preservation to extend the life cycle of roads, rather than waiting for those roads to completely deteriorate to a point that requires total reconstruction. In order to finance the surface transportation needs, road agencies need to make preservation an integral part of the solution.
Road agencies continue to respond to the mindset of fixing worst roads first, primarily as a reaction to what taxpayers believe to be the best allocation of road funds. But pavement preservation advocates believe that maintaining roads that are in good condition will extend the service life of those roads and the funds allocated for building and maintaining the surface transportation system.