On behalf of the Board of Directors I am pleased to announce that Carlos Rial has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Asphalt Pavement Association.
Carlos brings to this role over 20 years of road industry experience paired with over 10 years as a senior organisational leader, working in partnership with both the public and private sectors.
Carlos’ extensive experience as an industry leader at the Australian Road Research Board and within government, has seen him drive innovation within the roads sector and invest heavily in the training and skills development of roads expertise across the local government sector.
As a recognised and trusted industry leader with strong technical and business qualifications Carlos’ impressive track record of hands-on experience in delivering strategic and business outcomes compliments the four AAPA strategic pillars of Communication and Outreach, Technology and Leadership, Safety and Sustainability and Training and Knowledge that he will lead.
Carlos said of his appointment:
‘This appointment is an honour and I am delighted to join the AAPA community. There is a real opportunity to collaboratively develop a national sustainable future for our industry and for AAPA to provide extended value to its members and trusted partners.
‘I recognise that there are differing opportunities and challenges nationally and am committed to visiting each State to hear first-hand from members and partners what opportunities there are to enhance our sector.
‘I am excited by the 17th AAPA International Flexible Pavements Conference ‘Roads of the Future, Embracing Disruption’ in August so we can showcase the Australian Flexible Pavements industry on a global platform.
‘This event is aligned with my intent to add value by using my experience in driving collaboration between all tiers of government and industry to work together, manage change and realise the benefits of innovation. This is the start of a very exciting journey. I look forward to meeting you soon.’
Carlos will start his role at AAPA on Monday 27th March.
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The Australian Asphalt Pavement Association (AAPA) Board Chairman Mr Rob McGuire has announced today the departure of the CEO Michael Caltabiano who is moving on to take up the role of CEO at the Australia Road Research Board, Australia’s leading independent road research body.
“The journey that Michael has taken our industry group on over the past three years has been exciting and transformative for our association” Mr McGuire said. AAPA is a stronger more vibrant, engaged and progressive organisation that it has ever been with a great track record of successes over the past three years in the technology, communications, training and safety arenas.
“Everyone at AAPA wishes Michael the very best for his new role at ARRB where he not only brings technical and roads expertise but a strong track record or organisational reform and a wealth of industry knowledge” Mr McGuire said
“I am excited to start my new role and the opportunity to develop a modern sustainable future direction of the ARRB Group and road transport research in general across Australia,” said Mr Caltabiano. “My experiences at AAPA and the wonderful friendships and close relationships with industry will continue to be strong a link for the future and a stronger more co-ordinated approach to the development and advancement of our road and transport future as a Nation.”
Chairman of the Board for ARRB Group, Peter Duncan said, “I look forward to working with an industry leader like Michael in this exciting new chapter for the organisation. We have already commenced planning a future direction for ARRB and will look to implement collaborative strategies inclusive of ARRB staff and stakeholders in the coming months.
“Leadership and collaboration really goes to the heart of ARRB as an organisation. Research can only deliver its true value when adopted into practice. By academia, government and private sectors working together, we can ensure ARRB’s world class research is quickly applied and adopted in the real-world,” said Mr Duncan.
Michael Caltabiano will begin his new appointment Monday 14th November 2016 and will be welcoming delegates and guests that are attending the 27th ARRB Conference, Melbourne, Victoria from the 16 – 18 November 2016.
The AAPA Team.
This year’s AAPA Gala Dinner was held in Sydney’s spectacular Darling Island precinct. It was a fitting way to celebrate and reflect on a year of great achievement for the flexible pavements industry in 2015-2016. ‘Collaboration’ was the catch-cry as the industry prepares to build a national road network that will underpin Australia’s future economic and social development.
AAPA NSW Chair John Kypreos opened proceedings, reminding the room that ‘it’s all about providing a smoother, safer ride and less network interruption’.
Downer NSW took out the Emerging Leader (Scott Hourigan); Innovation (sustainability initiatives on Victoria Street, Canada Bay); and Outstanding Project (Majura Parkway) Awards. Downer’s Jim Appleby shared the all-important Safety Initiative Award with Fulton Hogan’s Minto Workshop Team. It’s the first time an award has been given to dual winners – the judges could not separate two thoroughly deserving nominations.
SAMI Bitumen Technologies’ Azeem Remtulla won the NSW Industry Leader Award recognising his contribution to the industry over thirty-three years and the role he plays in providing new technologies for Australia.
Outgoing AAPA Board Chair Tony Aloisio introduced the AAPA National Awards by acknowledging the strengths of an industry working together across the nation. ‘We’re going way beyond mixing bitumen and aggregate’, Mr Aloisio said. ‘We are building the smart roads of the future.’
Mr Aloisio pointed with satisfaction to heightened levels of ‘honest, open’ engagement with State Road authorities, combined with much greater in-house collaboration. ‘We are all members of AAPA’, Mr Aloisio said. ‘We are here for the common good and that means a great flexible pavements network providing accessibility to services and enabling our community to get to work and school.’
‘We connect communities. We connect kids going to school. We connect goods and services and industries.’
‘Western Australia is on the move. South Australia is to deliver the first truly performance-based asphalt mix design.’
‘In Victoria we are developing the nation’s first forward-driving chip spreading vehicles. Someone’s life is going to be saved. We don’t know who, but someone’s life is going to be saved.’
In NSW, Mr Aloisio said, the industry is delivering some ‘magnificent outcomes’, with Queensland taking great steps forward on harmonised specifications with NSW.
‘The 2016 AAPA National Workshop Series played a big role in improving levels of engagement within the industry and also with the State Road authorities. It was a thought provoking forum.’ Mr Aloisio said.
‘Now we are looking forward to the 17th AAPA International Conference in 2017. Last year’s international conference was a real pinnacle, but next year’s is going to be even better.’
National Safety Initiative Award
The winner of the AAPA National Safety Initiative Award was Fulton Hogan’s David Snape for his ‘Hoon Alert’ automated warning system. The success of Hoon Alert, which delivers a 120 decibel warning to both road workers and the speeding driver, is testament to the growing spirit of collaboration in the flexible pavements industry.
‘I came up with the Hoon Alert to keep my guys safe at the end of every shift’, Mr Snape said in his acceptance speech. Today Hoon Alert has been adopted by road work crews from Fulton Hogan and other companies in Victoria, while the first Hoon Alert system is now being rolled out in New Zealand.
National Emerging Leader Award
James Lemon, from Downer in South Australia, was the winner of the 2016 National Emerging Leader Award.
‘I am lucky to work with such an exceptional team at Downer South Australia’, Mr Lemon said.
‘I challenge you to challenge the status quo. It’s about driving relationships with our customers’, Mr Lemon said.
National Innovation Award
The National Innovation Award went to the NSW winner, Downer, for its sustainability initiatives on the Victoria Street project in Canada Bay.
Downer’s innovative set of treatments was completed in conjunction with Canada Bay Council’s proactive approach to sustainability. It started with a new approach to on-site community consultation and involved the use of four innovative products – High RAP asphalt; Ascrete to reduce the heat island effect; warm mix and toner pave – all of which were adjusted for the particular local conditions.
The new sustainable mix – including up to 30% RAP – is being produced in two state-of-the-art Downer asphalt plants in Hume, ACT and Rosehill in Sydney.
Downer General Manager Gana Varendran said ‘apart from the obvious environmental benefit, our new sustainable asphalt mix delivers cost benefits and exciting performance benefits.’
‘This is for the industry so let’s keep it going.’
National Outstanding Project Award
Boral’s Legacy Way Tunnel and Western Freeway Upgrade in Brisbane won the 2016 National Outstanding Project Award. Rob McGuire, General Manager – Asphalt (QLD) for Boral Construction Materials and AAPA Board Chair-elect, accepted the award for Boral.
The contract used 75,000 tonnes of asphalt including 16,000 tonnes of Stone Mastic Asphalt – at a competitive cost of $19 million.
‘Boral and the Transcity construction team engaged in very detailed preparation and collaboration’, Mr McGuire said. ‘Together we’re fulfilling the ‘safer, smoother roads’ promise’.
National Industry Leadership Award
To rousing applause SAMI Bitumen Technologies’ Azeem Remtulla rose to accept the 2016 National Industry Leadership Award.
AAPA CEO Michael Caltabiano said ‘Azeem exemplifies all the qualities this industry requires to deliver the smart roads of the future. He is a strong voice for the industry who always goes above and beyond.’
‘Everybody brings something to the table so thanks to all my peers in the industry’, Mr Remtulla said. ‘Whatever I have achieved has been enormously supported by the organisations I’ve worked for and in particular the three CEOs for whom I have worked, Ray Fisher, Ian Willis and now Thierry Defrene.
‘They have supported me and encouraged me to do what I want to do.’
‘I’d also like to pay tribute to the teams I’ve worked with for more than thirty years in the industry’, Mr Remtulla said. ‘You deserve this as much as I do.’
Distinguished Service Award
The final award of the night was given to outgoing AAPA Board Chair Tony Aloisio. Mr Aloisio has more than 30 years’ experience in the asphalt and flexible pavements industry, managing projects and operations in various locations around Australia for several of Australia’s largest flexible pavements contractors.
Mr Aloisio is a member of Australian Constructors Association (ACA) Safety Working Party and the Federal Safety Commission (FSC) Industry Reference Group. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Melbourne and completed an MBA at Melbourne Business School.
He managed the successful award and delivery of major projects at Eastlink and Peninsula Link in Victoria, whilst continuing to grow and develop ongoing business operations in the region.
Mr Aloisio holds a dual role at Fulton Hogan, where manages the corporate disciplines of Health and Safety, Quality, Environment and Sustainability in the Australian business while also responsible for implementing the national safety strategy across all states and territories.
He is an active member of the asphalt and pavements community, having been on the Australian Asphalt Pavements Association (AAPA) Board for five years – three of which as Chair.
In accepting the Distinguished Service Award, Mr Aloisio said ‘it has been a privilege to work in this industry over thirty-plus years.’
It’s my pleasure to announce that Mr John Ralph, Boral State Manager Asphalt SA, yesterday took over the role of AAPA State Branch Chairman from the retiring, Klinton Devenish.
We thank Klinton for his great service seeing the Branch transform its relationship with the State Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure over the past few years.
The AAPA SA State Branch is entering a very exciting time of innovation and change in the roads pavement space with the implementation of smart road technology that allows next generation smart (driverless) cars to communicate with the road surface. Pavement types like EME2, Thinlays, SMA’s and local road surfacing solutions will put SA at the head of the pack in delivery of better value solutions for the community’s greatest asset – our road network.
I look forward to working with John as we forge an exciting new future for South Australia’s road network.
2016 International Knowledge Transfer to Europe
Theme: Delivering Smarter Road Assets : Capturing European Innovation
- Smart & intelligent infrastructure
- Sustainability & innovation drivers
- Advances in plant, equipment and new techniques for safety & efficiency
- Implementing innovative, next generation surfacings
- Cold products & energy efficiency
- Asset management; stewardship arrangements
- Motorway maintenance, management & financing
- E&E Conference – Investing in our greatest asset
Preliminary Calendar IKT 2016
There will be an additional option presented to participants to undertake further IKT activities in either of the following additional tour activities:-
RILEM 2016 Nantes France; 6 – 9 June
Cracking of asphalt material
Interface debonding behavior
Advanced measurement systems for crack characterisation
EUROBITUME & EURASPHALT 2016 TOPICS
HEALTH & SAFETY
Ensuring the health & safety of the workforce and the public is a critical aspect of all activities that we undertake. Our industry has been working over many years to improve working conditions and manage the risks associated with the handling and application of our products. Papers are invited on topics covering the following areas and other related subjects;
Work zone safety
Exposure monitoring & reduction
Many of the products and processes used in our work are subject to national and international standards or regulations. Papers are invited on topics covering the following areas and other related subjects;
Performance based contracts (Experience with these contracts)
Performance based standards/regulations
Construction Products Regulation
Predictive performance models
SUSTAINABILITY & ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Energy efficiency and carbon footprint continue to gain importance globally. Protocols for the quantification and declaration of the environmental impact of asphalt and other road materials are essential for the future success of the industry. Practical ways of
reducing the energy and carbon impact of asphalt in roads and the performance of the new low energy/carbon asphalts are the key to a sustainable transport infrastructure. Papers are invited on topics covering the following areas and other related subjects;
Life Cycle Inventory
Efficient production techniques
Energy efficient pavements
Warm, half warm and cold mixtures
COST EFFICIENCY & FINANCING
Financing road infrastructure and maintenance continues to be one of the major challenges we face at present. Funding must be found to carry out necessary and indispensable maintenance on the road network and to maintain the required properties
at the right level for the comfort and the safety of the users. Papers are invited on topics covering the following areas and other related subjects;
PPP, DBO, etc.
MAINTENANCE, HANDLING & APPLICATION TECHNIQUES
In many countries the focus has shifted from construction of new highway infrastructure to maintaining the existing road network. Increased utilisation of the network means that opportunities exist for novel maintenance techniques and faster intervention. Papers are invited on topics covering the following areas and other related subjects;
Innovative maintenance techniques
Fast application technology
SMART & INTELLIGENT INFRASTRUCTURE
Our world is becoming more dependent than ever on communication and this applies equally to the road network. The highway network is used not only as a route for transportation of people, but increasingly as a conduit for other technologies. Furthermore, intelligent infrastructure management enables faster communication and reduced delays. Papers are invited on topics covering the following areas and other related subjects;
IT in infrastructure
Active monitoring techniques
Dual-purpose pavements (cool pavement technology, energy generation, etc.)
The intelligent road
Sensor technology, active/passive communication
Road condition monitoring
The global financial crisis has impacted on investment and maintenance in infrastructure. Papers are invited on topics covering the following areas and other related subjects;
Performance based maintenance
Pavement Management systems
Long term contracts
The NEW AAPA Road Worker training centre is recruiting presenters and trainers to help deliver NEW, modified and innovative training materials, courses and resources ACROSS AUSTRALIA.
Are you an industry expert in any of the following areas?
- Asphalt design, manufacture, placement and compaction
- Spray seal design and principles and practice
- Bituminous materials, handling and transportation
Be part of an innovative training and knowledge team, join us to help drive the sustainability of the flexible pavements industry in Australia.
Contact our Director of Training and Knowledge on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information