Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - 19

Back to Basics:

Plants and
Pavings

Every person working in plant and paving operations
has an important role in producing quality products.

By Adam Hand, Ph.D., P.E.

I

t takes more than just a
good game plan and team
in order to be successful
in sports. All the planning
and team building means
nothing if you can't execute the
plan in the field. The first article
in this series showed how Green
Bay Packer's intense focus on basic
fundamentals led the team to a
series of national championships.
By analogy, it also reminds us of
how getting back to basics will
lead to good product quality. Good
mixture and paving quality results
in good pavement performance,
creating value for our customers
along with a positive asphalt
industry image and worker pride.
The challenge lies in
implementing and acting on the
knowledge of the fundamentals.
It sounds so simple. In paving, all
that is needed is plant production
to be on-target and consistent,
coupled with paving operations that
result in smooth pavement with
high mat and joint density without
segregation. While it does not sound
complicated, it doesn't necessarily
always happen. So how can our
industry achieve these goals every
day? Fundamental skills professionals
possess are what make them
successful. A team of professionals
consistently applying knowledge
is what makes a project successful.

Teams that focus on fundamentals
not only produce quality products,
they are also normally highly
productive and safety conscious.
Every person working in plant and
paving operations has an important
role in producing quality products.
When they know how their work
impacts mixture and paving quality,
they are even more motivated to
execute basic fundamentals every
day. Newcomers to the industry
need to know what those basic
fundamentals are for their roles while
the rest of us need regular reminders.
Whether they get this training
through mentoring by seasoned
professionals or from industry
education sessions, the basics are
crucial to high-quality work.

Executing the Plan
A couple decades back I was
fortunate to get to shadow
a seasoned, grizzled paving
superintendent leading a newly
assembled paving crew. He was
known for being highly productive
and producing excellent projects at
the same time, so I asked him why
he had the reputation he'd earned.
He glared down at me through
his safety glasses like a general in
his well-worn hardhat and said,
"without proper planning, direction,
and communication our team won't
succeed. And when working with a

group of rookies like this you have
to stay on them along the way."
The statement made sense at the
time, though a couple of things
just didn't add up for me. One was
that he would only move north
and south from where we were
standing, although the job was
paving eight lanes wide about a
half mile in length, and he was in
constant communication with the
QC inspector/density tester on the
job. The other was that what he
saying was familiar, but I couldn't
quite remember exactly where I
first heard it from. Well, the second
thing came to me fairly quickly; I
realized that he was preaching an
age-old basic quality management
philosophy used extensively across
many industries - the PDCA.
PDCA stands for Plan-Do-CheckAct. Some refer to it as: say what is
going to be done, do it, check to see
if what was said/planned was done,
and act on what did and didn't go as
planned to get better next time. For
plant production and paving basics
it could be looked at as planning
and communicating the work, then
executing and reviewing for success,
with things that worked well and
opportunities for improvement
identified, that are executed on
the next day or shift. For plant
production and paving, this involves
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017

Chairman’s Commentary
Industry News
Back to Basics: Plants and Pavings
NAPA Launches Emerald Eco-Label Tool
Recycled Materials: 2015 RAP/RAS/WMA Survey Results
A High-Quality Pavement Partnership
Making the Jump From 15 Percent to 40 Percent RAP
One Secret to High Quality Pavements
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - Chairman’s Commentary
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - Industry News
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - Back to Basics: Plants and Pavings
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - 21
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - NAPA Launches Emerald Eco-Label Tool
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - 24
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - 25
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - Recycled Materials: 2015 RAP/RAS/WMA Survey Results
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - A High-Quality Pavement Partnership
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - Making the Jump From 15 Percent to 40 Percent RAP
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - One Secret to High Quality Pavements
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - Industry Calendar
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - May/June 2017 - Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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