Webinars

NAPA Webinar Series

NAPA offers a variety of webinars throughout the year on various topics related to the asphalt industry. These topics range from newly released industry regulations to innovative processes and technology that can benefit your company. The NAPA webinar program will deliver the information you need to the comfort of your home or office.

Upcoming Webinars


Performance Under Pressure: Heavy Duty Pavements – Production & Placement Best Management Practices, QC, and Lessons Learned from Project Experience

Date: Thursday, August 16, 1:00–2:30 p.m. CST

Speaker: Brett Stanton, P.E. – Manager of Strategy and Innovation - Superior Bowen Asphalt Co. and Graham Hurley, P.E. – Project Engineer - Advanced Materials Services (AMS)

Specialized pavement solutions to provide the performance needed for heavy duty pavements can lead to slightly increased material costs. Quality and consistency are always important, but when pavement costs increase and the demands on those pavements’ performance are greater, a focus on BMPs for both production and placement is key to meeting customer needs.   The speakers will discuss:

  • Density 
  • Challenges
  • Quality
  • Performance

Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.



Performance Under Pressure: Heavy Duty Pavements – Pavement Structural Design Tools

Date: August 29 and August 30, 1:00–2:30 p.m. CST

Speakers: Randy West, PhD, P.E., Director, National Center for Asphalt Technology 

Utilizing recycled materials in a responsible manner can be economically and environmentally beneficial for asphalt pavements. The two recycled materials that have had the greatest utilization success are RAP and RAS. This webinar will present important considerations for the design and production of high-quality asphalt mixtures that are economical and long-lasting. Building on knowledge from experts in the industry and the latest research, part 1 (August 29) will cover mix design considerations for mixtures with high RAP contents and/or RAS, and part 2 (August 30) will cover production details for plant operations and quality control.

Registration for August 29 Webinar: FREE
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Registration for August 30 Webinar: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs):
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in each webinar.


Performance Under Pressure: Heavy Duty Pavements – Preservation & Preventative Maintenance 

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 1:00–2:30 p.m. CST

Speaker:Dr. R. Buzz Powell, P.E. - Assistant Director, National Center for Asphalt Technology at Auburn University

Heavy duty pavements play a critical role in the movement and storage of freight and other important activities tied to the economy and efficiency of infrastructure. Access to these facilities is critical; therefore, long-term performance and minimal impact or user delays should remain a focus when determining the best solutions to preserve these pavements.      The webinar will cover the following:

  • Preservation Treatments
  • Maintenance Strategies

Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs): 
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.


Impact of Alternative Asphalt Binder Extenders on Asphalt Mixture Design, Production and Performance

Date: Tuesday, September 11, 1:00–2:30 p.m. CST

Speaker:Dr. Adam Hand, PE

Historically there has been fluctuations in asphalt binder cost and at times supply shortages. After the 1973 Oil Crisis and 2008 asphalt binder price peak, efforts to responsibly increase the amount of RAP and RAS in asphalt mixtures increased. Several alternative binders or extenders were introduced into the market following each event. Since the 2008 peak in asphalt prices and relatively high cost of asphalt binder from 2011-2015, the desire to increase RAP/RAS continued to drive alternative binder development and refinement. This has also been driven by the industries desire to continually be more sustainable. The question of whether true alternatives to petroleum based binder exists, or will exist in the near future, and can be viable has repeatedly been asked since the 2008 price peak. The asphalt industry recognized potential for price and supply instability and invested in keeping up with alternative asphalt binder and extender developments, in preparation for potential future extremes that could impact operations. There are several considerations as to how alternative asphalt binders and extenders could impact asphalt binder and mix performance, as well as production and construction operations. An extensive literature review, web-based industry stakeholder survey, and a set of 27 industry expert stakeholder interviews were conducted to answer the question, “What does an asphalt contractor need to know about potential impacts of using alternative asphalt binders and extenders?” Currently available alternative binders and the impact of them on mix design, production and construction were identified and summarized. Available alternative binders are bio-based, recycled oils or tall oil from paper manufacturing. There are alternative binders available for use in relatively low doses (≤10% of virgin binder mass) with conventional asphalt that support high binder replacement (up to 50%) mix designs when coupled with good quality virgin binders and RAP/RAS management. There will likely be changes in asphalt binder, recycling agent and mix design standards in the near future that will require producer investment in equipment and employee training and development to leverage alternative binders. Like asphalt binders, alternative binders are commodities susceptible to market conditions.

Registration: FREE
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Professional Development Hours (PDHs): 
Attendees will receive 1.5 hours of professional development for participating in this webinar.


PAVEXpress Webinars

Introduction to PAVEXpress

Date: September 21, 2018, 10-11:30 am CST

The presentation will be an overview of PAVEXpress and will also incorporate PAVEInstruct. Attendees will elarn the basics of PAVEXpress as they will be given a general overview of each module.

Registration: FREE
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PAVEXpress Porous Pavement Design Update Webinar

Date: September 2018; TBD

PAVEXpress includes a design module based on the structural design methodology developed by Dr. Kevin Hall and Dr. Charles Schwartz. This webinar will offer an overview and explanation of this added module.