The Illinois Center for Transportation plans and hosts the annual Illinois Bituminous Paving Conference. The program is designed for people actively involved in asphalt construction—highway engineers, government officials, contractors, consultants, university researchers and representatives of firms supplying goods and services to the industry. The conference draws speakers, attendees and exhibitors from across the United States.
The Bituminous Conference is a compact one-day program providing an opportunity for highway engineers to meet with contractors, government officials, consultants and fellow engineers. Professionals gather to share the latest technical information and review actual field reports in the area of hot-mix asphalt construction.
Responding to the stated needs of highway engineers, a planning committee of people actively engaged in the field has created a forum for the dissemination of current technical data and the improvement of highways throughout Illinois.
The conference is specifically designed for people actively involved in asphalt construction: highway engineers; government officials responsible for developing, implementing, enforcing, and evaluating contractor regulations affecting bituminous construction; contractors; consultants; university researchers; and representatives of firms supplying goods and services to the industry.
Award Nominations Now Open
Every year, the Illinois Bituminous Paving Conference recognizes the significant contribution of individuals and/or organizations to the pavement engineering field. The Conference Award Committee seeks nominations from DOTs, industry and local agencies for the following four awards, worth $500 each:
- Marshall Thompson Student Research Award, which recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student for his/her contribution to advance knowledge in the bituminous paving field.
- IAPA Bituminous Innovative Research Award, which recognizes a PI, co-PI, or research engineer for innovative research aimed to improve the performance of bituminous materials and/or pavements.
- Barry Dempsey Bituminous Technical Contribution of the Year Award, which recognizes a DOT or industry employee for outstanding technical/engineering contribution to the bituminous paving field.
- Imad Al-Qadi Leadership in Bituminous Engineering Award, which recognizes a DOT or industry employee and/or organization for leadership in the bituminous and flexible pavement field.
Deadline for nominations is Monday, September 17, 2018. Nomination can be submitted using the online form: http://bituminousconference.ict.illinois.edu/bituminous-award-nomination-form/
The first conference was held in 1960 and organized by the National Asphalt Paving Association. It was originally envisioned and implemented by Moreland Herrin, who was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At the 50th annual conference in 2009, Herrin was honored for his many contributions to the conference.
Make plans to attend the 59th annual conference by registering here: http://bituminousconference.ict.illinois.edu/register/
iHotel and Conference Center
1900 South First Street
To receive the group discount for lodging at the iHotel, you well need to use one of the following discount codes:
Government agencies – BIT17GOV
Contractors – BIT17IND