AASHTO re:source 2019 Technical Exchange

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  • Monday, March 11, 2019
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    8:00 AM  -  12:00 PM
    AASHTO Steering Committee Meeting
    ​By invitation only
    1:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    AASHTO ATG Meeting
    ​By invitation only
     

    PDH

    1:00 PM  -  4:30 PM
    Thermometry
    Led by Jasmine Gilmore and Sonya Puterbaugh, AASHTO re:source: By the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) understand how liquid-in-glass, dial stem, and digital thermometers work, (2) select the proper reference and/or working thermometer for application, (3) understand the calibration/standardization requirements for working and reference thermometers, (4) understand the requirements of the AASHTO Accreditation Policy and Guidance on Thermometer Selection and Records document.
     
    5:30 PM  -  7:00 PM
    Icebreaker Reception
  • Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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    7:00 AM  -  7:45 AM
    Breakfast
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    Speakers:
     

    PDH

    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    LIMS (Laboratory Information Management Systems)
    Led by Kelly Cook and John Yzenas, Edw. C. Levy Co.: Attendees will learn what LIMS is, understand the benefits of using LIMS, and be able to solve common challenges with using LIMS.
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    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Management Review – Your “State of the Laboratory” Address
    Led by Tracy Barnhart, AASHTO re:source: Attendees will (1) learn how management reviews differ from internal audits, (2) learn how to effectively implement management reviews for maximum benefit to their organization, and (3) see how AASHTO re:source handles its own management reviews.
    Speakers:
    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Measurement Uncertainty 101
    Led by Robert Lutz, AASHTO re:source: The concept of measurement uncertainty seems to elicit fear and confusion in most people, even those who deal with measurement results on a frequent basis.  Therefore, through the use of real-world examples, this session will provide a basic definition of measurement uncertainty and explain the factors which contribute to it.
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    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Break
     

    PDH

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Accreditation 101
    Led by Brian Johnson, AASHTO re:source: Attendees will learn the most effective way to participate in the AASHTO Accreditation Program (AAP). This session will include discussions about common problems and misunderstandings that occur with the accreditation program so that attendees can learn how to easily avoid suspensions and lapses in accreditation. Attendees will learn effective ways to submit complete corrective actions and understand the accreditation process.
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    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Common Misconceptions & Mistakes in Asphalt Binder Testing
    Led by Mike Anderson, Asphalt Institute: Standards tell us how to conduct laboratory tests and procedures, much like a recipe tells us how to prepare a certain dish. But in both standards and recipes there are things that are not stated that can have an effect on the outcome and there are things that are stated – like materials, conditions, and steps – whose purpose is not well understood. This presentation will provide the listener with a look at some of the common mistakes and misunderstandings that can have an impact on results. Good lab practices will be included in this presentation to help minimize errors and variability.
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    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Proficiency Sample Program (PSP) Reports Explained
    Led by John Malusky, AASHTO re:source:Attendees will learn how to (1) locate ratings sheets, Youden plots, performance charts, etc. on the AASHTO re:source website, (2) calculate ratings, including z-scores and within-lab repeatability, (3) understand the Youden plots, (4) understand performance charts, and (5) evaluate sample round data.
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    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch
     

    PDH

    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Internal Audits – The Focus on Improvement
    Led by Tracy Barnhart and Robert Lutz, AASHTO re:source: The importance and benefits of conducting effective internal audits will be explored, including the focus on continual improvement. Learn the skills needed to be an effective and successful auditor. See how AASHTO re:source handles its own internal audits, including a review of real AASHTO re:source internal audit findings and reports. AASHTO R 18 internal audit requirements will also be explained.
    Speakers:
    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Lab Manager 101
    Led by Tom Taylor, Specialized Engineering: This introductory session is intended for those that are new to the role of Laboratory Manager in their organization. The session will focus on the attributes of a productive and knowledgeable laboratory manager. Management and development of staff, and tips for getting the most out of them, will be explored. Understanding the importance of material sampling and sample preparation will also be discussed.
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    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Sieves & Sieving Sufficiency
    Led by Sonya Puterbaugh and Joe Williams, AASHTO re:source: By the end of the session, attendees will be able to (1) define the requirements for sieves in AASHTO R 18 and ASTM C1077, E11, and E329, (2) review common nonconformities noted during on-site assessments and apply meaningful corrective actions to nonconformities, (3) define the requirements of AASHTO T 27, T 30, T 88 and ASTM C136, D5444, and D6913 for determining the sieving time for a mechanical shaker, and (4) explain the requirements of ASTM C1077 for determining the period of agitation using different types of aggregate.
     
    2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Break
     

    PDH

    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Corrective Action
    Led by Benjamin Trujillo, Integrated Quality; and Jasmine Gilmore and Amy Reed, AASHTO re:source: Corrective action can be an efficient and meaningful process, not just a reaction to contain the results of a mistake or process failure. This workshop will walk attendees through the important steps of the corrective action process, including root-cause analysis. Several tools will be introduced during the discussion phase of the workshop. Attendees will then form teams to practice, utilizing the information and tools covered to analyze and address example corrective action scenarios related to laboratory work. Finally, the workshop will discuss how to effectively utilize these tools when responding to AASHTO re:source and CCRL assessment nonconformities.
    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Understanding the USCS (Unified Soil Classification System)
    Led by Nicole Butkus, AASHTO re:source: This session is for those that have only been recently introduced to the Unified Soil Classification System (USCS). By the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) distinguish between different soil classification systems and their purposes, (2) understand the meaning of USCS symbols and names, (3) use the charts, decision trees, and tables found in ASTM D2487, and (4) determine whether laboratory testing or visual-manual classification is appropriate.
    Speakers:
    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Women in Engineering Panel
    Led by Kelly Cook, Edw. C. Levy Co.; Georgene Geary, GGfGA Engineering, LLC; Anne Glubis, Wood/Amec Foster Wheeler; Rebecca McDaniel, Purdue University; and Katha Redmon, Graniterock. This panel discussion will focus on the benefits of having more women represented in the engineering and construction materials testing fields, and the panelists’ professional experiences throughout their careers. Tentative discussion topics include: encouraging women to pursue careers in engineering/CMT, finding and becoming mentors, and recruiting the best women for your organization.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2019
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    7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Breakfast
     

    PDH

    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Avoiding the Mix-up: Most Common Findings – Asphalt Mixtures & Aggregate Testing
    Led by Mike Wagner, AASHTO re:source: By the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) summarize the most common issues found by AASHTO re:source assessors in asphalt mixture and aggregate testing laboratories, (2) identify the root cause of common findings given on example reports, (3) evaluate possible corrective actions that can be taken to prevent recurrence of these issues, and (4) describe the process of submitting corrective actions from assessment reports to AASHTO re:source, and the type of evidence that should be submitted for different types of findings.
    Speakers:
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Safe and Sound (and Silica-Free): A CMT Safety Roundtable
    Led by Matt Bluman and John Malusky, AASHTO re:source; Kelly Cook, Edw. C. Levy Co;, and Mike Doran, Tennessee DOT: This interactive workshop will include a discussion of several key safety concerns in construction materials testing laboratories. The topics will include silica, loud environments, chemicals, and other general laboratory safety information. We will discuss OSHA requirements, the dangers of each topic, some of the actions the panel members have taken to mitigate the dangers, and field questions for each of the topics. Pictures and videos of safety at AASHTO re:source Proficiency Sample Program (PSP) and laboratory facilities will be included as examples of how to accomplish a safe environment. The workshop will be open discussion.
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Technician Certification & AASHTO R 18 Training and Competency Evaluation Requirements
    Led by Amy Reed and Sean Carmean, AASHTO re:source: By the end of the session, attendees will be able to (1) identify when training vs. competency evaluation is needed, (2) understand how to perform and document training/competency evaluation, (3) interpret ASTM QMS standards (C1077, D3666, D3740, and E329) for personnel requirements, (4) evaluate conformance of third party certification programs using certification program descriptions, and (5) describe AASHTO re:source’s Certification Exam Review Team (CERT) review activities.
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    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Break
     

    PDH

    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    AASHTO R 18 Explained
    Led by Brian Johnson, AASHTO re:source: AASHTO R 18 will be explored through discussions about requirements and best practices. Attendees will (1) learn about common misunderstandings related to R 18 requirements, and (2) suggest improvements to the wording in R 18.
    Speakers:
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Corrective Action
    Led by Benjamin Trujillo, Integrated Quality; and Jasmine Gilmore and Amy Reed, AASHTO re:source: Corrective action can be an efficient and meaningful process, not just a reaction to contain the results of a mistake or process failure. This workshop will walk attendees through the important steps of the corrective action process, including root-cause analysis. Several tools will be introduced during the discussion phase of the workshop. Attendees will then form teams to practice, utilizing the information and tools covered to analyze and address example corrective action scenarios related to laboratory work. Finally, the workshop will discuss how to effectively utilize these tools when responding to AASHTO re:source and CCRL assessment nonconformities.
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Up and Atom! Nuclear Gauge Calibration and Standardization Explained
    Led by Amanda Moser and Joe Williams, AASHTO re:source: By the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) recall the purpose and use for portable nuclear gauge testing, (2) understand the standardization requirements for nuclear density gauges used for soil and asphalt mixtures and evaluate calibration records for compliance, (3) understand the calibration requirements for nuclear density gauges used for soil and asphalt mixture testing and evaluate example calibration records for compliance, and (4) identify common findings written during on-site assessments for nuclear density gauge testing of soil and asphalt mixtures.
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    12:00 PM  -  1:00 PM
    Lunch
     

    PDH

    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Internal Audits – The Focus on Improvement
    Led by Tracy Barnhart and Robert Lutz, AASHTO re:source: The importance and benefits of conducting effective internal audits will be explored, including the focus on continual improvement. Learn the skills needed to be an effective and successful auditor. See how AASHTO re:source handles its own internal audits, including a review of real AASHTO re:source internal audit findings and reports. AASHTO R 18 internal audit requirements will also be explained.
    Speakers:
    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Lab Manager 201
    Led by Tom Taylor, Specialized Engineering: This session will include a more in-depth focus on the roles and responsibilities of a laboratory manager and is intended for those that are experienced laboratory managers at their organization.
    Speakers:
    1:00 PM  -  2:30 PM
    Resolving Common Concrete Findings
    Led by Megan Karr AASHTO re:source: By the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) summarize the most common issues found by CCRL inspectors in concrete testing laboratories, (2) identify the root cause of common findings given on example reports, (3) evaluate possible corrective actions that can be taken to prevent recurrence of these issues, and (4) describe the process of submitting corrective actions from assessment reports to AASHTO re:source, and the type of evidence that should be submitted for different types of findings.
     
    2:30 PM  -  3:00 PM
    Break
     

    PDH

    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Quality Manager 101
    Led by Benjamin Trujillo, Integrated Quality: For those who are new to the role of Quality Manager in their organization and want to better understand their role, this session will present Quality Manager responsibilities associated with successful implementation of the AASHTO R 18 quality standard and associated ASTM Standards (e.g., C1077, D3666, D3740, E329). Some major topics to be discussed are: (1) establishing and managing a quality management system, (2) confirming training and qualification of personnel, (3) managing measuring and test equipment, and (4) communicating quality issues to management.
    Speakers:
    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    RAP in Asphalt Mixtures
    Led by Dale Decker, Dale S. Decker, LLC: This course covers the fundamentals of using reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) in asphalt mixtures, including RAP evaluation, mix design, plant issues and construction. RAP engineering is a critical part of the asphalt industry’s ability to use this important material. The focus is on practical application of RAP and the benefits of using the product. Attendees will (1) learn about RAP materials, (2) understand the requirements for processing RAP at the plant, and (3) learn how to control mixture properties in RAP mixtures.
    Speakers:
    3:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    Selecting and Utilizing an External Calibration Provider
    Led by Maria Knake, AASHTO re:source: By the end of the session, attendees will be able to (1) describe the elements that go into the development of an estimate of measurement uncertainty as stated on a calibration record, (2) analyze the risk involved with establishing calibration intervals with the goal of minimizing equipment downtime and use of resources, (3) evaluate and select a potential calibration agency given the calibration needs of the testing laboratory, and (4) interpret and critique example calibration records for accuracy and compliance with AASHTO, ASTM, and ISO standards.
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    6:00 PM  -  7:30 PM
    Evening Reception
    Off-site location TBD
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019
  •  
    7:00 AM  -  8:00 AM
    Breakfast
     

    PDH

    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    AASHTO R 18 Explained
    Led by Brian Johnson, AASHTO re:source: AASHTO R 18 will be explored through discussions about requirements and best practices. Attendees will (1) learn about common misunderstandings related to R 18 requirements, and (2) suggest improvements to the wording in R 18.
    Speakers:
    8:00 AM  -  9:00 AM
    Making the Most of Your QMS
    Led by Tracy Barnhart, AASHTO re:source: The importance and benefits of creating and maintaining a quality management system (QMS) will be explored. Attendees will learn (1) the three basic components of a QMS, (2) pitfalls to avoid with quality management systems, (3) ways to measure quality, and (4) tips and tricks for keeping a QMS running smoothly.
    Speakers:
    8:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Train the Trainer
    Led by Matt Bluman and Maria Knake, AASHTO re:source: By the end of this session, attendees will be able to (1) establish a relationship with the trainee in order to develop trust and create a safe environment for learning, (2) explain the unique ways that adults learn new material and how it differs from young learners, (3) identify effective communication techniques for coaches and trainers, (4) develop a plan of action for delivering negative feedback effectively, and (5) measure the effectiveness of the training delivered and the progress of the trainee.
    Speakers:
    9:00 AM  -  10:00 AM
    Management Reviews – Your “State of the Laboratory” Address
    Led by Tracy Barnhart, AASHTO re:source: Attendees will (1) learn how management reviews differ from internal audits, (2) learn how to effectively implement management reviews for maximum benefit to their organization, and (3) see how AASHTO re:source handles its own management reviews.
    Speakers:
     
    10:00 AM  -  10:30 AM
    Break
    10:30 AM  -  12:00 PM
    Q&A Technical Exchange Brainstorming Meeting/Prize Drawings
    2:00 PM  -  5:00 PM
    AASHTO re:source Customer Council Meeting
    ​By invitation only
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