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  • 85th AAPT Annual Meeting and Technical Sessions
    The 2010 Annual Meeting was held at the Hyatt at Capitol Plaza Hotel in Sacramento, California on March 7-10, 2010. There were 205 attendees from 17 countries around the world, representing suppliers, consultants, contractors, universities, government agencies and other researchers. Their common interest is research into materials and methods on how to build better roads.

    Highlights
    A Government Industry Forum was held on Sunday, March 7. The following subjects were discussed:

    Pavement Preservation
    Shakir Shatnawi

    Pavement Type Selection
    Harold Von Quintus

    The Technical Session included 19 papers, which were grouped into the following 5 sessions:

     "Evolving of Tests for Asphalt Mixture Performance Prediction and Evaluation"
    “Cracking Performance of Asphalt Mixtures”
    “Asphalt Mix Testing for Performance”
    “Advancements in Asphalt Mixture Testing”
    “Asphalt Pavement Overlay Design”

    There was also an International Forum which was co-sponsored by AAPT and ISAP.  The following topics were covered:

    Introduction                          
    Hervé Di Benedetto
    ISAP TCs Activities and Main Results                               
    John D’Angelo
    RILEM TC 206-ATB Advanced Testing & Evaluation UPDATE                                                   
    Manfred Partl
    RILEM TC-210-CAP Cracking of Asphalt Pavements UPDATE
    Andrew C. Collop
    Final Results of Fondephy a 4 Year Research Project by LCPC                         
    Armelle Chabot          
    RILEM TC NBM Nanotechnology Based Bituminous Materials  
    Bjorn Birgisson
    Discussion, Information and closure
    Hervé Di Benedetto

    Finally, there was a Symposium Session, titled “Polyphosphoric Acid Modification”, which included the following presentations:

    Introduction: How and Why of PPA Modification, Gaylon Baumgardner

    Effect of PPA on Binder Properties John D’Angelo           

    Analytical Procedures and Mixture Properties, Gerry Reinke

    Polyphosphoric Acid Modification of Asphalt, Henry Romagosa

    Performance Testing and Producer’s Viewpoint on PPA, JV Martin                   

    Field Experience, Best Practices and Summary, Bob McGennis

    Panel Q&A

    Each of the sessions included presentations by experts in the field followed by open discussions. The papers and discussions will be published in Volume 78 of the AAPT Journal. There were 57 paper offers for the March 2009 AAPT Meeting. The Board of Directors developed the technical sessions from these offers.

    • AAPT's 2011 Annual Meeting
      The next Annual Meeting will be held in Tampa, Florida at the Marriott Waterside on March 27-30, 2011.
    • AAPT has received generous gifts for the AAPT Scholarship Fund. The Scholarship for 2009 was awarded to Mary M. Robbins, Auburn University. Applications for the 2010 scholarship should be sent to the AAPT office not later than May 1, 20010. The scholarship will be awarded July 15, 2010.

    President Rey Roque is encouraging all members to contact potential new members and request them to apply for membership. Please print the membership form and the required qualifications.