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A Message from the Dugout: the 2019 ISSA Slurry Systems Workshop is Coming!

Wednesday, August 29, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristi Olson

by Chuck Ingram, 2019 Slurry Systems Workshop Chair

Every year in mid-February the baseball world begins to buzz as their favorite teams return to work after a long off season to begin their quest for a World Series title. A full 3 weeks before pitchers and catchers report, true fans of Pavement Preservation will gather in Las Vegas to roll up their sleeves and take part in their own “Spring Training” at the International Slurry Surfacing Association’s (ISSA) 36th annual Slurry Systems Workshop.

From what began in 1983 as an Operator’s School with 17 attendees, last year attracted over 425 preservation professionals from 45 states and 9 different countries. They gathered to take advantage of some great instruction from some of the best in the business at what has evolved into the premier training opportunity in our industry.

ISSA represents 4 key disciplines in the Pavement Preservation Toolbox:
•Slurry Seal
•Micro Surfacing
•Chip Seals
•Crack Treatments

All of these treatments will be covered in detail in separate breakout sessions that will cover in detail the best practices of each from site selection, proper selection of materials and equipment, placement of the material, troubleshooting and project closeout. The breakouts are based on Web Based Training Modules developed by ISSA and sponsored by FHWA.

In addition to the training covering these 4 core disciplines the attendees will have the opportunity take part in many other sessions in a very flexible program developed to allow the group to sign up for topics of particular interest. Other highlights of the Workshop:

•Breakout covering Inspection of all ISSA disciplines
•Doing what we do safely
•Troubleshooting slurry/micro mix designs
•Interactive mix tables for the disciplines
•Equipment set-up and proper calibration
•Breakout covering technical aspects of our treatments (lab research,new developments, etc.)
•Equipment Showcase all week, live demonstrations Wed. afternoon
•Job stories from contractors as well as agencies
•Vendors (equipment, materials, contractors) to discuss services andinnovations
•Updates from agencies (FHWA, NCAT, NCPP)
•Optional "Knowledge Check" exams for slurry/micro/chip seal
•Networking opportunities all week
…and much more…including a session answering “What Does ISSA Do forYou?” Last year 65% of the group were first time attendees. Many were non- members or prospective ones. Some exciting things are happening in the Association and we want to share them.

At the conclusion of the Workshop, The National Center for Pavement Preservation will again offer the AASHTO TSP2 Certification Exams for Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing, Chip Seals and Crack Treatments. There are exams offered for both contractor and agency reps. There is a separate fee for this exam and a link to registration information is on the Slurry Systems Workshop website.

This promises to be a great training opportunity for all ISSA members as well as non-member contractors, suppliers, engineers, consultants and government agency personnel looking to learn more about pavement preservation.

And, please take advantage of Early Bird Registration fees that offer $100 off of all Registration Categories (Member, Government Agency and Non-Member) until October 31. As an extra incentive for ISSA Members only, you will save $50 on each registration in your organization when signing up 3 or more attendees at the same time.  A special code will be provided when registration opens.

It's a long off-season, so let's plan to get back in the swing of things at the ISSA Slurry Systems Workshop January 21 - 24, 2019!

Hope to see you all there!

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