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OAPC to Host Virtual Fall Asphalt Seminar Innovation & Collaboration – Paving the Way for Excellence

26 OCT 2020

For Immediate Release: October 26, 2020

OAPC to Host Virtual Fall Asphalt Seminar Innovation & Collaboration – Paving the Way for Excellence

Mississauga, ON – For the first time in its history, the Ontario Asphalt Pavement Council’s annual Fall Asphalt Seminar will be hosted virtually. The virtual seminar will take place on November 26, 2020. For 29 years the seminar has been a hub of asphalt education as Canada’s largest single-day asphalt seminar. The 2020 program, Innovation & Collaboration – Paving the Way for Excellence will feature leading industry experts who will present on cutting-edge practices and new technical advancements in the asphalt industry.

Highlights from the day's program include keynote speaker, Matthew Sweezie, Paving Engineer, Construction Branch, Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, New Brunswick, who will present on New Brunswick’s experience with the implementation of Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA). The New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (NBDTI) was one of the early adopters of WMA technology in Canada. At the time, warm mix was developed to help reduce energy consumption and stack emissions during production. WMA allows for longer haul distances, lower placement temperatures and improved workability. NBDTI initiated its first WMA pilot in 2007. Since then, WMA volume has been steadily increased. Over the last three construction seasons, NBDTI utilized WMA on approximately half of paving projects. Ontario looks to improve its WMA implementation, with key lessons learned from New Brunswick’s experiences.

The program’s second keynote speaker, Gerry Huber, Associate Director of Research, Heritage Research Group, will provide insight into the Superpave5 concept. Superpave5 uses a design air void content of 5 per cent instead of the current Superpave requirement of 4 per cent. The promise of Superpave5 is resulting asphalt mixes that have at least the same amount of asphalt binder content, that are compactable to 5 percent in-place air voids and have at least the same amount of rut resistance. But, can they be built? Are there opportunities for increasing the AC content, and, will the mix age more slowly? Gerry will answer those questions and more in his presentation.

Other seminar highlights include a presentation from MTO Head of the Bituminous Section Gelu Vasiliu, who will provide updates on MTO specifications and initiatives. David Newcomb, Principal Investigator at Texas A&M TTI, will present on Understanding End Result Specifications (ERS). Chris Campbell, America’s Asphalt Technical Advisor for Imperial Oil will provide an overview of the 2020 Asphalt Technical Symposium, collaborative wins and outcomes, including next steps.

“This year many our plans changed, but we were set to deliver a robust Fall Asphalt Seminar, and are very pleased that we can do so virtually,” said ORBA OAPC Technical Director Doubra Ambaiowei. “Our presenters will aid our knowledge and understanding of many key issues including in regards to innovations in pavement and hot mix asphalt technologies, and application of statistical specifications and balancing risks.”

Registration for the 2020 Virtual Fall Asphalt Seminar is complimentary for ORBA members and $99 for non-members. Asphalt producers, contractors, road owners, consulting engineers, researchers and academics are encouraged to attend.

To register, please go to

For media inquiries please contact Abigail Wright Pereira, ORBA Director, Marketing & Communications,

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