Speakers & Bios


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Bio

Burt Morey is the Deputy Secretary and State Transportation Engineer at the Kansas Department of Transportation. He has filled this role since February 2019.

 

Upon graduation from Kansas State University with a B.S. in Civil Engineering, Burt began a career in transportation engineering. He has worked in this field for 30 years. In that time, he has worked for various local government and the private sector in bridge design, construction engineering and contract administration. He served as the KDOT Metro Engineer in Johnson County from 2007 to 2012. In 2012, Burt was selected to be the Project Director for the Johnson County Gateway design-build project -- KDOT’s first design-build and largest project at the time. From November 2015 through February 2019, he served as the City Engineer of Overland Park, Kansas.

 

Burt and his wife Jan live in rural Leavenworth County, they have two adult children and two German Shorthaired Pointers.

 

Presentation Title:  

KDOT Update

Bio

Originally from Canada he joined Saskatchewan Highways and Transportation where he worked for 10 years.

He joined the Asphalt Institute research center in Lexington, Kentucky. Was involved in the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP) working on the team responsible for developing Superpave.

Gerry now works as research engineer based in Indianapolis, Indiana for the Heritage Research Group, the research arm of companies involved in the asphalt industry. 

Over the years he has been involved in Expert Task Groups for asphalt binder and for asphalt mixture. He is currently involved in the FHWA Technical Working Group on Pavement Sustainability.

His interest in what is now called Superpave5 started in the 1990s from visits made to the Central Laboratory of France

 

Presentation Title:

Increasing In-Place Density With No Change in Material or Construction Cost

 

Presentation Description:

The relationship between laboratory compaction (design) and field compaction was set when the Marshall mix design system was developed in the 1940s.  Air voids in the lab (design) were set between 3 to 5 percent.  Air voids in the field were about 8% (96% of Marshall density).  Superpave mix design, developed in the 1990s  used this same relationship.

In 2010 Superpave5 research work began.  Superpave5 is similar to Superpave except design air voids are set at 5 percent and compaction on the road is targeted to be 5 percent. Laboratory compactive effort for Superpave5 is 50 gyrations for most mixtures (greater than 3 million ESALs) and 30 gyrations for less than 3 million. The first Superpave5 project was constructed in 2013 and in 2019 the Indiana Department of Transportation began transitioning to Superpave5 based on the five-year performance.  In 2020 the transition was complete and all mixtures supplied since 2020 have been based on Superpave5 mix designs.

This presentation will discuss research done to develop Superpave5, and the effect that Superpave5 has on the design method, material selection, and construction.  Acceptance specifications and performance observations will also be discussed.

Bio:

Greg has worked at KDOT for 21 years since graduating from the University of Kansas.  He is currently the Director of Project Delivery which is responsible for the construction administration and materials acceptance of KDOT’s construction contracts from Letting through Acceptance and KDOT’s Research programs.  Also, the Division manages KDOT’s Pavement Preservation Program.

Presentation Title:

Optimization of HMA Thickness for Full Depth Reclamation Projects

Presentation Description:

KDOT in partnership with K-State University has completed a research project that evaluated the mix design for Full Depth Reclamation.  A test pit was constructed at the Civil Infrastructure System Laboratory at KSU to evaluate and optimize the HMA thickness over Full Depth Reclamation.

Learning Objectives:

1.) Where KDOT would scope a Full Depth Reclamation project. 

2.) Critical Mix Design properties for Full Depth Reclamation. 

3.) What HMA thickness to place over Full Depth Reclamation for various traffic levels.

Bio:

Vice President of Customer Success IPS group – Astec Industries

Greg Renegar joined Astec in 1985 after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Since joining Astec, Greg has worked in North America, South and Central America, Asia, Australia, and throughout Europe as a field engineer, project engineer, and speaker. Greg previously help positions as Director of Thermal Systems, Chief Engineer, VP of Engineering (asphalt plant division), and VP of Engineering for the Astec IPS group. Greg became president of Astec Inc. (asphalt plant division) in 2019, and is currently the VP of Customer Success for the Astec Industries IPS group.

Presentation: Asphalt Plant Operation and Calibration: Proper plant calibration is prerequisite for producing a quality mix

 

Presentation Description:

Learn why virgin aggregate, RAP, and AC calibration and operation is so important for a continuous plant

Learn how to obtain good plant calibration

Learn how to maintain good plant calibration

Bio:

Josh Miller is a registered Professional Engineer in multiple States including Kansas. He has worked with KCMMB for 17 years. As part of KCMMB he has worked with specification language, mix design review, website development and database management. Josh holds bachelor’s degrees in chemistry and Physics from MidAmerica Nazarene University, a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from UMKC, and a Master of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Kansas. Josh is married to his wife Annette of 18 years and has two sons. He enjoys sports and is a diehard Iowa fan.

 

Presentation Title:

Kansas City Metro Materials Board Asphalt Specification

 

Presentation Description: 

Why a KCMMB Asphalt spec.

How the specification was developed.

Where to find the specification

BIO:

Mark Blow, P. E. is a registered professional engineer and a member of the Assoc. of Asphalt Paving Technologists.  Mark is a Senior Regional Engineer for the Asphalt Institute. He has been with the Asphalt Institute since 1996.  He has developed and conducted many training sessions at the local, state, national and international level.  Prior to the Asphalt Institute, Mr. Blow was the Bituminous Engineer for the SDDOT, where he developed and implemented QC/QA specifications, guidelines and training programs.  Mark has been actively involved in the HMA Industry since 1979.

 

Presentation Title:

BMD Development and Implementation

 

Learning Objectives:

Why we need Balanced Mix Design

What we need to do to Implement BMD specifications

How we administer BMD specifications in the field.

BIO:

Michael and Stuart Frost have over 70 years combined experience in the asphalt industry. The brothers founded Mountain Construction Company in 1999 and continue to play a vital role in the business. Their experience and fist hand knowledge of heavy highway construction and the asphalt industry lead them to develop AXENOX®️ LLC which produces a variety of products to make the job more efficient and produce higher profits. Michael and Stuart are active in the AGC of Wyoming and many local grassroots organizations. 

 

Recently the AXENOX®️ screed system has been acquired and is exclusively available on Caterpillar paving products.

Presentation Title: AXENOX Screed System

Bio:

Nate Just is the Global Marketing Manager for Caterpillar’s Paving Products division. With 25 years of experience in the paving industry in North America and Europe, he has worked in a variety of roles at Caterpillar, including product design, marketing, sales support, and product training. Nate has previously been involved with asphalt industry groups including the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT), the European Asphalt Paving Association (EAPA), and the International Road Federation (IRF).

Presentation Title: AXENOX Screed System

Bio:

Rick has been Division Administrator for the FHWA Kansas Division, where he leads all aspects of FHWA's approximately $500 million annual transportation program here in Kansas.  Rick has worked for the FHWA for the past 35 years in 7 Division Offices (IN, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, NY, California, South Carolina & KS) as well as at FHWA Headquarters in DC in the Offices of Planning, Policy, and Operations.   Before working for FHWA - Rick worked for the Texas DOT for 3 years in Pavement Design/Construction, Work Zone Traffic Control, and advancing the State’s ITS program.  He is a Civil Engineering graduate from the Univ. of Texas at Austin, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).

 

Presentation Title: 

FHWA Update

Bio:

Ryan Lynch is currently the Senior Commercial Development Manager for Asphalt Additives at Bakelite Synthetics (Formally Georgia-Pacific Chemicals).  He came their in 2019 previously worked at Flint Hills Resources for 11 years marketing Asphalt products throughout the Midwest.   Before that he served in the United States Navy.  Ryan started his asphalt career working for his family's paving and concrete construction business for a summer job in high school and college in Kalispell, MT.  He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame. Ryan and his wife reside in Fargo, ND.