Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 19

Back to Basics: Designed to Perform
We must instill practice and accountability in every
aspect of the operation to ensure small mistakes do not
become habits that erode performance.
basket at any time. Actors and
actresses in plays rehearse their
lines and staging over and over
until it becomes natural; they can
move through the script without
thinking about it. Every nuance
and every vocal inflection becomes
a part of the character.
Another thing most great
athletes and actors have in common
is great direction. Whether the
coach of the team or director of
the play, there is someone there
holding the athletes and thespians
accountable to the craft. The
superstar baseball player might

think it is not necessary to take an
extra 50 swings at batting practice,
but the coach is there to direct
them until they achieve superior
performance - and then has their
charge practice even more. Each
practice is purposeful and focused
to hone skills needed to repeatedly
achieve their goals.
As NAPA and the asphalt
industry move forward, we need
to ensure that the basics of high
performance pavements are
committed to "muscle memory"
and not forgotten. We will
never be too big to forget the

NAPA Back to Basics Webinar Series
This series contains 13 individual webinars focusing on a different
aspect of the basics necessary for high performing pavements.
Running live throughout 2017, all webinars are available on demand
to NAPA members at no charge.
In addition to earning 1.5 Professional Development Hours
(PDHs) for each webinar, participants may earn the following
certificates of completion:
* A Back to Basics Certificate of Completion will be provided
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quizzes.
There are two additional options available for those who want a
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volumetrics, mix design, plants, and quality control/quality
assurance webinars and pass the associated quizzes.
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be provided to participants who watch the asphalt, aggregate,
plants, paving, compaction, and tack coat webinars and pass the
associated quizzes.
Access the entire Back to Basics webinar series at
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importance of compaction. We
will never be smart enough to
leave behind good practices for
applying tack coats. We will never
be so good at mixture designs that
we can forget the fundamentals of
making that mix come to fruition
at a plant. We need to take the
next step, but we still need to be
held accountable for the knowledge
that should be ingrained in the
agents of the asphalt industry.

Accountability
What good would it do my son
if I made him learn these words
in kindergarten, but then I let
him relax the following summer
without practicing those same
words? He is expected to have
this knowledge when he walks
through the door on his first
day of first grade. When I taught
civil engineering materials at
a university, I was amazed that
students were shocked when I
asked them to be held accountable
for science they had learned
the previous year, or math they
learned in high school, and
grammar they learned in the
seventh grade.
In order for us to take the next
step, we must be held accountable,
and this accountability must start
at the top of an organization and
permeate through each manager
to reach the operators. We must
instill practice and accountability
in every aspect of the operation
to ensure small mistakes do
not become habits that erode
performance. Every aspect of
the operation is important no
matter how big or small. Once we
recognize this reality and operate
accordingly, we will be ready to
move beyond the basics to make
real change. AP
Dr. J. Richard Willis is NAPA
Director of Pavement Engineering and
Innovation. Contact him at
RWillis@AsphaltPavement.org.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017

President’s Perspective
Industry News
Back to Basics: The Next Steps
Training for Safety
OSHA’s Silica Rule
How to Improve Safety Climate
Beyond the Horizon
Industry Calendar
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Intro
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - cover1
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 6
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 7
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 8
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - President’s Perspective
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 10
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 11
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 12
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Industry News
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 14
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 15
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 16
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Back to Basics: The Next Steps
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 18
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 19
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Training for Safety
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 21
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 22
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 23
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 24
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - 25
Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - OSHA’s Silica Rule
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - How to Improve Safety Climate
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Beyond the Horizon
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Industry Calendar
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Asphalt Pavement Magazine - November/December 2017 - Index of Advertisers/Advertisers.com
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