AAPA has moved to strengthen its technology leadership position in the flexible pavement area across Australia through the formation of the National Leadership & Technology Committee (NTLC).
The AAPA Board has appointed a committee of talented and nationally recognised members from the industry to guide the flexible pavements industry. The task ahead for the committee is to articulate a national industry direction for implementable research and development.
The development of an agenda that drives better outcomes to deliver smoother, safer and well-maintained roads will be of benefit to the entire community. The NTLC will elevate the status of flexible pavement practical research and will be a reference group for industry to provide a focal point for future advances in materials technology, plant and equipment advances and design process evolution.
In its first meeting the NTLC has endorsed the industry prepared draft AUSTROADS design guide addendum for Perpetual Pavements. This draft used the new concept of a fatigue endurance limit to determine the full depth asphalt pavement thickness in a freeway environment. Every State Road Authority will realise benefits from the use of this design methodology.
Members of the NTLC have a diverse set of skills and are leaders in their field across the Australian industry. These members are:
- Rob McGuire (Chair), Boral
- Bevan Sullivan, Fulton Hogan
- Warren Carter, Downer
- Trevor Distin, Boral
- Azeem Remtulla, SAMI Bitumen
- Richard Fulton, Fulton Hogan
- Ricky Nugent, Colas Australia
- Nigel Preston, Viva Energy
- Stuart Dack, BP Bitumen
The CEO of AAPA convenes the committee’s work that will enliven the technology focus for the Association and provide a new level of input to the Austroads process and guide the flexible pavement industry involvement with broader construction sector.
The NTLC will provide a true focus on innovation, lifting Australian standards and practices to be the best in the world in a way that delivers value for money outcomes and enshrines a culture of encouragement and excellence in delivery.