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NRRA Pavement Conference

MnROAD | NRRA | Pavement Conference

2024 NRRA Conference

April 30 - May 1, 2024
Shoreview Community Center - 4580 Victoria St N, Shoreview, MN 55126


Final agenda

Day 1 - April 30, 2024

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.: Check-in & breakfast

8:00 - 10:00 a.m.: Welcome and introductions

  • Awards Presentation
  • Keynote Speaker - Skok Award Recipient: “Asphalt Pavement Design – An (In)Complete History,” Dave Timm, Ph.D., NCAT
  • Rigid Implementation: Tom Burnham, MnDOT, Rigid Team Chair
    • Evaluation of Long-term Impacts of Early Opening of Concrete Pavements: Maria Masten, MnDOT
    • Reduced Cementitious Material in Optimized Concrete Mixture (MnROAD Cells 138/238): Bernard Izevbekhai, MnDOT
    • Panel discussion: John Lee, Cemstone; Aaron Perez, NDDOT; Peter Taylor, CP Tech Center at Iowa State University (via video); Matt Zeller, Concrete Paving Association of MN

10:00 - 10:30 a.m.: Break and networking opportunity

10:30 - 11:45 a.m.: Team implementation

  • Preventative Maintenance Implementation: Joel Ulring, MnDOT, PM Chair support
      • Thinlay as a PM Treatment – State Perspectives
        • Summary of Research Synthesis: Joel Ulring, MnDOT
        • MnDOT Implementation: John Garrity, MnDOT
        • National Perspective: Todd Shields, Indiana DOT

11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: Lunch provided

12:30 - 3:00 p.m.: Team implementation

  • Geotechnical Implementation: Cereyn Aydin, MnDOT and Raul Velasquez, MnDOT, Geotechnical Chair
    • Thoughts on Barriers for Geotech Research Implementation
      • Discussion and brainstorming around following completed projects:
        • Determining Pavement Design Criteria for Recycled Aggregate Base and Large Stone Subbase (2017)
        • Environmental Impacts on the Performance of Pavement Foundation Layers (2019)
        • Continuous Moisture Measurement during Pavement Foundation Construction (2020)
        • Permeability of Base Aggregate and Sand (2019)
  • Flexible Team: Balanced Mix Design Implementation: Curt Dunn, NDDOT, Flexible Chair
    • National/West Coast Perspective of BMD implementation, FHWA efforts, Nevada experience: Elie Hajj, University of Nevada-Reno
    • NRRA State Implementation/Experiences Panel: Erik Lyngdal, Wisconsin DOT; Jacob Graessle, Missouri DOT; Oak Metcalfe, Montana DOT; Aaron Perez, North Dakota DOT; Ian Gilhooly, Illinois DOT

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.: Break and Networking Opportunity

3:30 - 4:45 p.m.: Team implementation

  • Intelligent Construction Implementation: Kyle Hoegh, MnDOT, ICT Chair
    • Use of dielectric (AKA density) profiling systems for asphalt compaction assessment
      • Training videos created by FHWA & MnDOT: Monica Jurado, FHWA and Mercedes Kuznia, MnDOT and Phase II DPS Pooled Fund Announcement
      • State Agency Use of DPS Technology
        • North Dakota comparison with other ICT and pavement characteristics: Amy Biese, North Dakota DOT
        • Minnesota: Veta Statistical analysis and use cases with comparison to other ICT: Kyle Hoegh, MnDOT
    • General Veta use cases: Amanda Gilliland, The Transtec Group
    • Use of Kontur (AKA: 3D GPR) for Project Scoping Pavement Evaluation: Successes, Challenges and Ongoing Research work: Eyoab Zegeye, MnDOT

Day 2 - May 1, 2024

7:00 - 8:00 a.m.: Breakfast

8:00 - 9:30 a.m.: Team Updates

  • ICT Team
    • Current Activities: Kyle Hoegh, MnDOT, ICT Chair
    • Asphalt Real Time Smoothness (ARTS) for Asphalt Paving: Subu Sankaranarayanan, The Transtec Group
  • Flexible Team
    • Current Activities: Curt Dunn, NDDOT, Flexible Chair
    • Mix Rejuvenator Phase II: Jo Sias, UNH
  • Geotechnical Team
    • Current Activities: Raul Velasquez, MnDOT, Geotechnical Chair
    • Performance Evaluation of Wicking Geotextiles for Improving Drainage and Stiffness of Road Foundation: Md Fyaz Sadiq, Ph.D. candidate MSU/MnDOT NSF intern and Bora Cetin, MSU

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.: Break and networking oOpportunity

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.: Team updates & administrative updates

  • Rigid Team
    • Current Activities: Tom Burnham, MnDOT, Rigid Chair
    • Alternative Cementitious Materials in Concrete: Prashant Ram, Applied Pavement Technologies
  • Preventative Maintenance Team
    • Current Activities: Joel Ulring, MnDOT, PM Chair support
    • Lab Testing of Pavement Cores for Spray Applied Rejuvenator Study: Raquel Moreas, NCAT
  • NRRA Marketing and Communications: Lauren Dao, MnDOT, NRRA Communications
  • Meeting Overview and Future Direction: Ben Worel, MnDOT, NRRA Executive Director

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.: Lunch Provided

12:45 - 3:300 p.m.: MnROAD Tour: 9011 77th St NE, Otsego, MN 55362