Why did you add crack repair to your list? How did that come into being included?
As you go through your pavement preservation process you're going to have a list of where you want to start first level is a fog seal, second level is a slurry seal or micro, and then a chip seal. Those are all designed to take care of surface deteriorations because all pavement preservation only deal with the surface you have to protect your subgrade. Protecting your subgrade is what crack fill does. It prevents the infiltration of water into the subgrade.
Would you say crack filling is one of the most effect preservation techniques they can take?
There isn't just one significant technique because they are designed for different types of preservation. Crack seal is the most unique because if you have cracks it doesn't matter what preservation you put on it—you need to crack seal. You can go in, crack seal and not need another type of surfacing on it. They are all important; it just depends on what type of wear you have.
How can contractors take advantage of the increased interest in pavement preservation to grow their business?
To me the biggest thing if you're going to take advantage of the growth of the industry is quality product. The industry is going to grow so get involved some way to ensure the quality of the product. That's the biggest reason I support ISSA and all of its members support ISSA because ISSA is designed as a tool to help the industry ensure its ability to get a good product. If you're a new contractor that is going to get in the industry, take advantage of a growing industry which it's going to because dollars are going to mandate it has to. Be sure you get into some sort of format that allows you to know how to put down a quality product because bad products don't grow markets.
How would you suggest contractors approach pavement preservation with their clients?
The pavement preservation index that shows when to maintain your road can be used in any atmosphere. You can use that as your selling point with an apartment complex as well as you can with a county agency. It’s the same principle as far as when you start to preserve your asphalt.
Do you think that having a pavement management plan would be a great approach? How would you encourage contractors to take those steps to create a pavement management plan for their clients?
The greatest thing about a pavement management plan is if it's done correctly it will show the dollars and the savings. Showing the pavement management plan sells itself. If the contractor can't get someone to look at it, team together with an association. Again, being a part of an association helps you have a tool someone else listens to instead of thinking that it’s the contractor's plan. Even if you start looking at brochures they are putting out, the pavement condition index shows exactly when you hit things and how that cost is associated with today's prices versus tomorrows prices.
As far as technology, what would you say contractors should invest in so they can take advantage of pavement preservation?
The equipment is really important, in particular to slurry and microsurfacing. The technology manufacturers are coming out with right now allow you to put down a consistent product. It provides the information where an agency can read exactly what that machine is doing. It allows the contractor to know this machine is helping you instead of requiring the operator to be the magician on the back of the machine and know everything that is going on. Without a doubt equipment technology has gone a long way and if you're going to get in the business you need to make sure the equipment is right.
How is the environment playing a part in pavement preservation?