Three Training Resources to Get the Most from the Preservation Associations

With more than a decade of working together through the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance, the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association (ARRA), and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) bring a wealth of knowledge to their members and others with involvement in pavement preservation through their meetings, seminars, publications, educational resources, and network opportunities. In line with Getting Value from Your Industry, the theme of their Annual Meeting on February 23-26  in Bonita Springs, FL, we focus here on an education resource from each to enable you to get the most from the educational benefits our associations provide. 

Asphalt emulsion manual

AEMA, through a partnership with the Asphalt Institute (AI), offers the Basic Asphalt Emulsion Manual, currently in its fourth edition. This manual is the industry’s key publication for explaining the characteristics of asphalt emulsions and their uses. The Basic Asphalt Emulsion Manual also contains information about when, where, and how emulsions should be used. It will help you evaluate pavement systems for construction and maintenance and choose the emulsion that best fits your project’s specific conditions.

The 4th Edition includes a glossary and index, the latest information about emulsion testing, grades and uses, new best practices guides, troubleshooting lists, coverage of all emulsion applications, improved organization and layout. It is also fully illustrated with new photos and graphics.

Asphalt recycling publication

ARRA offers the Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual – 2nd Edition, or BARM2, which is the single most comprehensive publication ever produced on the subjects of hot in-place recycling, cold planing, full-depth reclamation, and cold recycling. Each section offers chapters on detailed project analysis, mix design, construction, specifications, and inspection. Also included are a 22-page introduction providing detailed definitions of all asphalt recycling and reclaiming disciplines (including hot recycling), chapters covering rehabilitation strategies and project evaluation, and a glossary of terms and acronyms.

This manual is not written in such detail so that one could use it to completely evaluate, design, specify, and/or construct an asphalt recycling project. It does, however, provide information on various asphalt recycling and reclaiming methods, benefits and performance of asphalt recycling and reclaiming, project selection guidelines, mix design philosophies, construction equipment requirements and methods, quality assurance, inspection and acceptance techniques, specification requirements, and definitions and terminology.


Pavement preservation web training

ISSA provides free web-based training sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration. Through a series of online classes, participants can learn cost-saving pavement preservation techniques that benefit your agency/organization with this training based on the ISSA High Performance Slurry Systems Inspectors Manual, the ISSA Design Technical Bulletins, and the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association’s Basic Asphalt Emulsion Manual.

Currently awaiting the launch of their Phase Two classes, ISSA’s Phase One web-based training addresses two core disciplines. The first, “How to Construct High Quality Chip Seal Treatments,” is an introduction to best construction practices for chip seals. This course provides an overview of chip seal treatments and why they are needed. It discusses selecting the appropriate materials for chip seals and how to store, transport, and apply sprayed asphalt treatments. This module also explains best practices for equipment. The two-part class “How to Construct High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Treatments” focuses on providing practical information to assist in the construction and inspection of high performance slurry system projects (slurry seal and micro surfacing) and construction best practices of both slurry seal and micro surfacing as published in the ISSA High Performance Slurry Systems Inspector’s Manual.

These items are just some of the many resources available from AEMA, ARRA, and ISSA to anyone looking to implement and promote the highest standards of ethics and quality of the technologies, processes, and applications within the pavement preservation and recycling industries. To learn more about these resources and the associations who provide them, you can visit