Paving the Way
SCAPA News and Events
  
Join your fellow SCAPA members on Thursday, April 29 to connect with our state's leaders and discuss important topics that affect the asphalt paving industry in South Carolina. Sunnie and John DeWorken have put together an informative legislative program, including Lt. Gov. Pamela Evette, the SC Ports Authority and more. See article for updated agenda. Due to COVID we will meet with virtually through Zoom. Registration is open!
  
The hotel room block is open for the 2021 SCAPA Summer Conference, which will be held at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC. There are two options for booking your room: The Inn on Biltmore Estate™ and Village Hotel on Biltmore Estate®. 
  
The SCAPA Board of Directors and Staff are excited to announce that we will be having our Summer Conference at the legendary Inn on Biltmore Estate® in Asheville, NC. We are working on a few final details for the event. Registration and sponsorship opportunities will launch next week on the SCAPA home page. Watch your inbox next week for an email to register for the 2021 SCAPA Summer Conference.
  
SCAPA is excited to launch a new Asphalt Works! recruitment video. We hope you will share this video to shed a positive light on the asphalt paving industry in South Carolina!
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One of the greatest challenges we all face in the highway heavy industry is a shortage of qualified individuals interested in working as hard as we do. One of the ways that C.R. Jackson, Inc. (CRJ) is attempting to address this concern is through its summer internship program. CRJ started this initiative many years ago, but in 2017 it began better defining the structure to accomplish specific goals.
  
April 7 was World Health Day, and NAPA highlighted Mental Health and Suicide Prevention. We at SCAPA want to help raise awareness and provide some resources for our SCAPA Members and asphalt industry professionals. Whether you are a manager, coworker, friend or family member, it is important to know the warning signs. Take time to prioritize mental health and suicide prevention in your organizations. 
  
For the third year in a row, Asphalt Pavement magazine is planning a story to highlight women in the asphalt industry. This year, the magazine will feature women in the field. Women of Asphalt is looking for hi-resolution images of women working in the field, at the plant or in the lab. If you have any photos you would be willing to share with us, we will forward to them on for consideration. We would love to see some of SCAPA’s members featured in the July/August issue this year!

Please send your photos to Yvette Critchfield at Admin@scasphalt.org.
Asphalt Resources
  
The MEPDG was developed to design new and rehabilitated pavement structures based on mechanistic-empirical principles. Based on the inputs and trial design information, the Pavement ME Design software “mechanistically” calculates pavement responses (stresses and strains) and uses those responses to compute incremental damage over time. The program then utilizes the cumulative damage to “empirically” predict pavement distresses for each trial pavement structure.
  
Time: May 5, 2021 2:00 p.m. ET 
Description: Parking lot pavements have significant differences than traditional roadway pavements. Material types, mix design technique, and construction practices will be discussed to improve service life and reduce maintenance costs. Asphalt mix designs are extremely important for low volume, parking lot mixtures. The importance of sufficient voids in mineral aggregates, or VMA will be outlined with effective maneuvers, both in the lab and field to achieve higher VMA.
  
Time: Thursday, April 29, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Description: The construction industry has one of the highest suicide and opioid overdose rates compared to all industries. The reasons are complicated. This webinar, co-sponsored by CPWR and NAPA, spotlights the impact that suicides, mental health disorders, and substance use have on the trades, and will share resources and examples of what stakeholders can do to support workers and keep them safe in a dynamic environment. Learn firsthand from experts with personal experiences and innovative programs that reach and support thousands of workers as they navigate through these complex issues.
  
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