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The new year brings resolutions — I’m going to drink less, travel more, lose weight, and so on. After a holiday season filled with eating, most of us are a little bulky after all. In the asphalt world, however, bulky is not necessarily a bad thing — it helps us know if we have the proper amount of air voids in the compacted mix. Last month’s article was about the Theoretical Maximum Specific Gravity or Rice Value of an asphalt sample; this month we will discuss the Bulk Specific Gravity and the Round Robin results.
Kickin Asphalt Paving & Excavating, LLC
Landsaver Environmental
Innovation in Action
Innovation begins with an idea. An idea often springs from a need to solve a problem or answer a new question. Each January for nearly a 100 years, people converge on Washington, D.C., for the TRB Annual meeting. They come by different modes of transportation (planes, trains and automobiles) and numerous aspects of each mode like materials, construction, driver behavior and management. In 2018, more than 14,000 people registered for the meeting.
Insider Report
Mike Acott, President of the National Asphalt Pavement Association, announced that he would retire following the 2019 NAPA Annual Meeting.

Acott said, "It has been an honor to serve as NAPA’s President for more than 25 years. Although driven by the challenges and opportunities facing our industry, it is the people in the asphalt industry (members, staff and partners) that have made my tenure so very special for me. ... My objective will be to leave NAPA with a world-class staff and help NAPA’s leadership recruit the very best NAPA President."

The VAA would like to congratulate Mike on his upcoming retirement and thank him for his years of leadership to NAPA and the asphalt industry.
While the Commonwealth of Virginia has typically focused its attention on the annual cost of college tuition and mandatory fees, a study conducted by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia in 2017 shows that students and parents are equally, if not more, concerned about the total cost of college in general. An in-state undergraduate student attending a 4-year public comprehensive college paid approximately $11,000 in the 2016- 2017 school year, while a student attending a public 2-year program paid approximately $5,000. The RJS Scholarship fund was established for the purpose of assisting VAA members or their dependents in furthering their education beyond high school and to help offset these very costs.
NAPA needs your help in gathering data for the 2017 construction season survey on the use of recycled materials and warm-mix asphalt. Visit to provide information about the use of recycled materials and WMA at your plants in Virginia. NAPA would like to have as many responses as possible by April 1, with participation from all 50 states and the U.S. territories. It is recommended that respondents download a printed version of the survey from NAPA to ensure that all relevant data is on-hand before beginning the process. Information provided is kept fully confidential and only reported at the state-level if more than three producers in the state participate. If you have any questions, please contact Brett Williams at, NAPA’s Director of Engineering & Technical Support.
Naylor Association Solutions
Roadtec, Inc.
Spotlight on VECAT
VECAT has once again been recognized in print, this time in NAPA’s January/February 2018 edition of their Asphalt Pavement Magazine. Read the article "A Fast Track to Lucrative Asphalt Jobs" featuring VECAT’s Asphalt Apprenticeship program.
Happy New Year! The 2018 MCS class year is here!! Please don’t wait to sign up if you or any of your employees want to be in a classroom course, as registration will be closed a few days in advance of the course date to prepare materials for class. Online classes are also open for registration on Germanna’s website. These courses can be completed at any time during the year.
Materials Certificate School Brochure Now Available The 2018 MCS Brochure is available on the VECAT page of the VAA website. This brochure provides important information on the VECAT registration process, courses descriptions and cost, the 2018 classroom schedule and class facility information. Keep an eye on this document throughout the 2018 class year, as it will be updated as new program and/or class information is available. You can also catch program updates in the VECAT section of this newsletter, through VAA email blasts released monthly, and on the Germanna CC website
Environmental Matters
CHANGE IN ADMINISTRATION Governor Ralph Northam was sworn in on January 13, 2018. With his swearing in, his administration appointments become effective. As previously reported, Governor Northam appointed Matt Strickler as his Secretary of Natural Resources. The current Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources, Angela Navarro, has been reappointed. The Governor has also added Ann Jennings, formerly with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, as a second Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources.
Asphalt Emulsion, Inc.
Quality Emulsion For Every Application
Since 1984 Asphalt Emulsion Industries, LLC has been producing quality emulsions for contractor and DOT use in the Mid-Atlantic. Our goal is to continually deliver our customers products and services that exceed expectations.
State & National News
Former Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the commonwealth has accepted Transurban’s proposal to deliver the extension of the I95 Express Lanes south to Fredericksburg.
Governor Ralph Northam announced key appointments for senior leadership positions within his administration. Rob Cary will serve as Deputy Commissioner to the Virginia Department of Transportation. He has served with the department since 1992 and most recently as the Chief of Innovation.  
Upcoming Events
February 1, 2018
Rees Broome Office - Tysons Corner
Webinar Also Available
Innovation: Implementing Ideas 
A VAA/VDOT Joint One-Day Regional Seminar
February 22, 2018 - Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center
February 27, 2018 - Fredericksburg Expo Center
March 6, 2018 - DoubleTree by Hilton Williamsburg
Hampton Roads Region
April 4, 2018
Riverfront Golf Club
Open to All Players
Innovation: Navigating Multi-Dimensions 
April 25-27, 2018
Salamander Resort & Spa
Middleburg, VA
Innovation: Scientific Solutions 
June 26-27, 2018
Culpeper, VA
NAPA Annual Meeting
February 11-14, 2018
San Diego, CA


Women Of Asphalt Council
(During World Of Asphalt)
March 6 & 7, 2018
Houston, Tx
VAA Partners
Allan Myers
American Paving Fabrics
Associated Asphalt
Bitumar USA
Branscome, Inc.
Branscome Paving Company
Chemung Contracting Corp
Colony Construction, Inc.
James River Equipment
National Asphalt MFG. Corp.

Slurry Pavers
Superior Paving Corp.
S. L. Williamson Co., Inc.

Astec, Inc.
B & S Contracting, Inc.
Blacklidge Emulsions, Inc.
Carter Machinery Company, Inc.
F. O. Day
Lee Hy Paving Corp.
Virginia Paving Company