Paving the Way
SCAPA News and Events
  
Join your fellow SCAPA members on Thursday, April 29 to connect with lawmakers and discuss important topics that affect the asphalt industry in South Carolina. Sunnie and John DeWorken are working with the General Assembly to put together an informative legislative program. Due to COVID-19 we will meet with our elected representatives virtually through Zoom. Registration will open next week!
  
SCAPA's Young Professionals Committee, better known as PAVE, met earlier this month, and the members learned a lot about themselves and interacting with others. The meeting included an in-depth workshop review of the DISC Assessment, which each member took before the meeting. They also had some healthy competition that encouraged members to work together in a fun, competitive atmosphere. Rebecca Battle-Bryant with Battle Plan Consulting provided the DISC Workshop and brought a lot of energy.
  
The SCAPA Board of Directors and Staff are optimistic that we will be able to get together in person for our Summer Conference. We are working with the venue in order to create a safe event that will meet occupancy guidelines and requirements. Please watch for more news on the 2021 SCAPA Summer Conference in the next month. 
King Asphalt, Inc.
Featured Member
  
Blythe Construction, Inc. celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2021! Founded in January 1921, Blythe has maintained a strong presence throughout the Carolinas as one of the region’s leading roadway contractors. To celebrate the milestone, the company is reflecting back on key moments throughout its history and looking ahead to continued growth
Industry News
  
Check out highlighted articles, posts and more from Women in Construction Week. Women in Construction Week was March 7-13, 2021. National Association of Women in Construction  Women of Asphalt, partner organizations and SCAPA members took the time to highlight women in construction this month, and we thank you!
  
Two SCAPA members received Quality in Construction Awards from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) for paving projects done in South Carolina. The two winners were CR Jackson and Blythe Construction, and both won awards in the category of Highway Paving over 50,000 Tons. 
Asphalt Resources
  
Most of the state highway agencies that currently use the ‘93/’98 AASHTO method for pavement structural design require a layer coefficient of 0.44 for asphalt mixtures, which was originally
recommended by the AASHTO Road Test in the 1950s. However, several existing studies have
shown that adding aramid synthetic fibers (ASF) can potentially improve the structural capacity
of asphalt mixtures due to fiber reinforcement. This improvement may lead to a higher structural coefficient and a reduced asphalt layer thickness, providing significant cost savings for pavement
construction.
  
Time: March 23, 2021 3:30 p.m. in ET
Speaker: Danny Gierhart, PE, Asphalt Institute
Description: This presentation will give a brief overview of PAVEXpress, a free, web-based flexural and rigid pavement design software. This webinar will focus on the asphalt pavement thickness design portion of PAVEXpress, which is based on the 1993 AASHTO Guide for Design of Pavement Structures.
Learning Objectives:
1.  How to access PAVEXpress and use it for pavement thickness design.
2.  Learn to quickly evaluate various pavement design considerations.
3.  Learn to evaluate the cost effectiveness of different designs which are structurally equivalent.
  
Digitally join us and Meg Soper on March 31 from 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT as she discusses "Work-Life Balance? You’ve Got to be Kidding!" Meg’s presentation will celebrate the accomplishments of Women of Asphalt as they are called to adapt to the new normal while sharing her tips for bolstering resilience so we can be at our best – all delivered with her trademark humor. She will share ideas and best practices that she has adopted using her "Key Elements of Life" model to demonstrate how the choices we make about nutrition, exercise and sleep all play a vital role in helping us build our resilience and maintain a positive mindset. She will bring home the message of how important it is to take time for ourselves each day so that we find the energy and inspiration to perform to the best of our abilities, even as the lines between our personal and professional lives become blurrier.
Time: March 31, 2021 2:00 p.m. in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
  
This virtual training program is taught by NCAT for those who are involved with asphalt construction. Engineers and technicians from all sectors of the asphalt industry need to be knowledgeable about asphalt materials and construction practices in order to successfully build, preserve and maintain a sustainable highway system.
This virtual offering of a traditional course is broken down into six lecture sessions over two weeks. The sessions will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. ET to 2 p.m. ET.
Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP
Membership Services
  
Your digital edition of South Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association's 2021 Membership Directory & Resource Guide is available now. Thank you for reading!