World of Asphalt Show, Conference Slated For March

Mon January 27, 2003 - National Edition

The World of Asphalt 2003 show and conference will be held March 18 to 20, 2003 at the Nashville Convention Center in Nashville, TN. World of Asphalt is a leading exposition and education resource.

Building on the success of the inaugural event held in 2001, World of Asphalt 2003 will feature exhibits showcasing the latest asphalt-related equipment, products and services. World of Asphalt also offers greatly expanded education programs and a live paving demonstration to provide increased industry learning opportunities for attendees.

World of Asphalt 2003 exhibits will offer attendees a one-stop shopping experience with all of the asphalt industry’s most advanced product design innovations and technology in equipment and products such as production and recycling equipment, milling machines, compaction equipment, soil stabilizers, pavers, testing machinery, chemical and petroleum products and pollution products.

More than 100 exhibitors have already reserved over 40,000 net sq. ft. of exhibit space, surpassing the size of the inaugural World of Asphalt held in 2001.

Show management anticipates that more than 3,500 decision-making industry leaders, including top contractors, material producers, and state and agency equipment specifiers will attend World of Asphalt 2003 to take advantage of the event’s valuable networking and educational opportunities.

More Education

The World of Asphalt 2003 show and conference has the support and endorsement of 19 domestic and international trade associations, United States and state government agencies, and 38 state asphalt associations.

Several of the event’s supporting associations are expected to hold meetings at World of Asphalt 2003, including the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA) which will hold its 2003 annual convention on site.

This base of industry-wide support for World of Asphalt 2003 helps the event offer unprecedented professional development sessions to provide attendees with information on new technology and the latest asphalt paving techniques.

The Asphalt Pavement Alliance (APA), a partnership between the Asphalt Institute, State Asphalt Pavement Associations and the National Asphalt Pavement Association, is sponsoring the APA Asphalt Pavement Conference: Superpave 2003, which will be held in conjunction with World of Asphalt 2003. The conference also has received support from the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (MSHTO), the Federal Highway Administration, the Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Transportation Research Board.

Through their sponsorship of the People, Plants and Paving Training Program, which also will be held in conjunction with World of Asphalt 2003, the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA), the Asphalt Reclaiming and Recycling Association (ARRA) and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) are also working to provide attendees with more industry-specific education.

APA Asphalt Pavement Conference: Superpave 2003

The APA Asphalt Pavement Conference: Superpave 2003, March 17 to 19, was designed for specification writers, project superintendents, inspectors, quality control/quality assurance technicians and managers as well as others involved in the design, construction and maintenance arena working in either the public or private sectors.

Showcasing new technology and best practices, the conference topics will include: the history and implementation of Superpave; material supply; recycled asphalt pavement in Superpave; production, placement and compaction; performance testing; performance related specifications (PRS); tracking performances; Superpave for local roads and airports and the impact of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 2002 Design Guide.

People, Plants and Paving Training Program

The People, Plants and Paving Training Program, March 18 to 20, is planned for the benefit of paving and plant foremen, superintendents and managers.

Sessions are divided into three tracks to help maximize utilization of contractor companies’ three key resources: people — topics on the skills required to manage and coach personnel for maximum performance; plants — discussions will center on evaluating and improving plant performance and keeping the plant operating continuously and safely; and paving — focusing on steps to give clients what they want including productivity, smoothness and density.

Real-Time Paving Demos

The World of Asphalt 2003 will feature a real-time paving demonstration to spotlight the advantages of using asphalt for paving projects and to illustrate procedures discussed in the industry education sessions to be held in conjunction with the event. The paving demonstration will take place March 19 in real job-site conditions just outside the Nashville Convention Center. Plans include milling and cleaning the roadway, repaving with two types of asphalt and leaving a totally new street for the benefit of the Nashville community.

To provide World of Asphalt attendees with easy access to the paving demonstration action, the demonstration will be broadcast in real time to viewing stations throughout the exhibit floor. The World of Asphalt 2003 paving demonstration broadcast will be complete with news-style anchors, roving reporters and informative interviews with industry insiders. A detailed broadcast schedule will be posted online and distributed on-site to make it easy for attendees to focus on specific learning topics.

Three leading Nashville-area asphalt paving contractors — APAC-Tennessee Inc., Lo Jac Enterprises Inc. and Rogers Group Inc. — will partner on the Paving Demonstration program.

Registration, Housing

Advance attendee registration and housing for the World of Asphalt 2003 show and conference is open through Feb. 21, 2003. Registration also will be available on site.

For more information, call 800/355-6635 or visit