20 March 2014

Asphalt - What's around the corner?

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East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel, Nottingham, UK

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


This one day event will focus on forthcoming developments and issues for the use of asphalt to meet ever increasing demands for performance, value and sustainability.

Planning and preparation are key to successful delivery and performance so it's important to keep abreast of what's on the horizon. The SCI's Construction Materials Group and NARC have, therefore, combined to organise this event to provide an insight into near market developments, current research programmes and issues likely to affect policy and practice in the operation of asphalt roads in the near future. The day will include presentations from representatives of highway authority clients, material suppliers and academics actively engaged in research and its application to give a wide perspective on both the opportunities and the challenges around the corner for the design, production, placing and maintenance of asphalt on the highway network. The theme of the event has been selected to draw together those in commercial practice and those actively engaged in scientific development within the asphalt industry to promote discussion and sharing of knowledge, thoughts and ideas.


The event will be of interest to those who specialise in asphalt technology through research, development and commercial practice, such as highway and port authorities, engineering consultants, university engineering departments, asphalt suppliers and contractors.


Day 1

Registration and refreshments
Chairman's Welcome and introduction
Adrian Blacker, SCI CMG
Future development priorities for the asphalt industry
Nizar Ghazireh, Lafarge Tarmac
Forever open roads: EU research programme
Bob Collis, TRL
The use of RF ID tags in asphalt
Donna James, HA
Use of smartphone apps and truck sensor data for network assessment
Tony Parry, University of Nottingham
Binder spectroscopy at traffic speed
Donald Burton, Highways Agency
Data modelling tools - launch of the Cambridge University software
David Cebon, University of Cambridge
Impact of climate change on deterioration and lifecycle costs of flexible pavements
Andrew Dawson, University of Nottingham
Moisture-induced damage in asphalt
James Grenfall, University of Nottingham
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Venue and Contact

University of Nottingham

East Midland Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel
University Park 
University of Nottingham 
NG7 2RJ 


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Earlybird fees - before 7 February 2014
GB£115 . . . . . . . . .SCI/CHIT/IAT Member 
GB£40 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Student
GB£80. . . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member
GB£150 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

Standard fees - after 7 February 2014
GB£140. . . . . . . . .SCI/CHIT/IAT Member 
GB£50. . . . . . . . . .SCI Student
GB£100. . . . . . . . .SCI Subsidised Member
GB£180. . . . . . . . .Non Member

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Additional Info
Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.