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NCAT to host technology course in February

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University in Alabama will host a week-long, in-person course for practicing engineers, technicians, and asphalt sales staff in late February.

The Asphalt Technology Course is intended for public and private sector personnel from state DOTs, the FHWA, FAA, military services, county engineers, consulting firms, material producers, and contractors, as well as those from outside the United States. The course, which runs Feb. 26-March 1, will be most beneficial to those interested in becoming more knowledgeable of asphalt materials and construction practices to successfully build, preserve, and maintain a sustainable highway system.

The course will be conducted at NCAT’s main research facility at 227 Technology Parkway in Auburn, Alabama. Registration closes Feb. 12 or when the class is at capacity.

The course consists of 4.5 days of intensive lectures, demonstration of laboratory tests and discussions concerning all phases of asphalt technology:

  • Asphalt Binders: refining, physical properties, binder testing, and modified asphalt binders;
  • Aggregate: aggregate testing and required aggregate properties for high performance;
  • Asphalt Mixtures: desirable mix properties, types of mixes, volumetric mix design, and laboratory performance testing;
  • Construction: asphalt plant operations, laydown and compaction methods, and quality control/quality assurance of asphalt mixes; and
  • Asphalt Pavement Design/Rehabilitation: design, maintenance, rehabilitation, and recycling.
The registration fee of $1,350 includes the training program, course materials, and breaks. Each participant will receive a copy of the Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Handbook 2000 and a binder containing the presentations. Costs for housing, food and transportation are the responsibility of each participant.

Praise from previous participants:

“Wonderful class. Thank you for the opportunity and I look forward to taking the information home with me.” 

 “Excellent overview of new sustainability practices.”

 “Excellent classroom management (cleanliness and refreshments- thank you Stacie). It was good to interact with the other participants.” 

 “Wonderful!! Thanks so much!”

 “The pace is very quick… I will look for more info on getting more detailed training on pave preservation and contractor strategies for quality.”

The National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) was established in 1986 as a partnership between Auburn University and the National Asphalt Pavement Association Research and Education Foundation (NAPAREF) to provide practical research and development to meet the needs of maintaining America’s highway infrastructure.
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