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ISSA Technical Initiatives

Monday, April 23, 2018  
Posted by: Kristi Olson


by Bob Jerman,
ISSA Technical Director

“What’s Happening?”

For those of you old enough to remember, “What’s Happening!”, it was a TV sitcom in the late 1970’s here in the states. That’s not what I’m here to discuss. However, based on multiple conversations with our members, as well as industry partners, it is an important question that requires a response and is the subject matter for this article.  

While I’m going to share that answer, you should all know that Kristi and Ali at ISSA headquarters are continually updating the information on the website. You can always contact them, me, or any ISSA Board member for updates (see the ISSA website for contact information). For specific, technically-based questions, you can place an inquiry to the Technical Response committee by submitting the form available on the ISSA website and we’ll do our best to respond to you in a timely manner.

2017-2020 ISSA Strategic Plan

We’ve all heard it said that “If you’d don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably end up somewhere else!”  At the ISSA Board of Director’s (BOD) Meeting in June, we developed the initial draft of a Strategic Plan for the next three-plus years. We revisited, reviewed, and fine-tuned it at our BOD meeting in November.  

Have you reviewed the Strategic Plan? As an ISSA member, it’s your plan. If you haven’t done so, please click here to review it. We want you to understand the plan and provide the BOD with feedback on Association strategy. You should know the future path of your Association and get excited about it. Once again, it’s your plan!

There are many noteworthy goals defined in the plan, all of which you can benefit. Remember, these goals stretch through 2020. Significant progress has already been achieved on many of them.

Progress on Key Initiatives

The visual examples below provide a snapshot of just three areas of focus:

1)      The ISSA Value Proposition - done! It articulates the value of your membership in ISSA and gives you a tool to show others that value.

2)      The redesign of the ISSA website - done! Not only is it more user-friendly but your team at ISSA headquarters is extremely responsive in making revisions in a timely fashion, when notified and necessary.

3)      The new Polymer-Modified Slurry Seal Guideline - coming very soon. A quick preview of coming attractions!



As you read through the Strategic Plan, you’ll find over 20 goals with significant potential for both immediate and long term positive impact on your business. These are exciting times for our Association members. One of the most highly anticipated initiatives in our history is the launch of the Pavement Preservation and Recycling Alliance (PPRA) website. To say that it’s a “website” seems totally inadequate. It’s so much more than that!  It’s an interactive tool that our industry has needed for a very long time. When fully functional, our expectation is that it will transform the way agencies and industry partners select and optimize the products available for their pavement preservation programs. To quote the website…

Resources provided by PPRA help agencies to:

·         Empower long-term planning

·         Remove subjectivity in treatment determinations

·         Connect funding to network condition

·         Facilitate forecasting

·         Demonstrate network-level progress

And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. This goal is about to be realized, thanks to a collaborative effort with our Association partners at the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and our good friends at Vario Consulting. 

Other technical initiatives gaining momentum include major revisions to the ISSA Inspector’s Manual (Goal: August 2018), ISSA Technical Bulletin revisions (Goal: September 2018), and Micro Surfacing Guideline revisions (Goal: Q1 2019).

Substantial progress has been many on many of the goals in the Strategic Plan. There are many more exciting opportunities to advance the remaining goals ahead of us. We look forward to the journey.  

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