TXAPA 2020 Fall Focus

Schedule and Speakers: Week One | Week Two | Week Three | Week Four

TXAPA 2020 Fall Focus is a content-rich web series throughout the month of September, offering viewers the chance to join in as we focus on a variety of topics with several special guests. Starting during the second week of September, we will be broadcasting live each Tuesday and Thursday from 2-3 PM. Every day will have a new focus, including topics such as safety, performance, ethics, and more. The Fall Focus series will wrap up with two extra special episodes you won’t want to miss: a Hollywood Squares-style game show (9/24) and the announcement of Quality Asphalt Pavement Award winners (9/29).

Week One

September 8, Focused on Service

Join TXAPA President Geno Carrier to learn how the asphalt pavement industry was able to thrive despite the challenges of working in a whole new world. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Texas Governor Abbott deemed construction an essential public service. With the state of Texas dormant due to shelter in place orders, TXAPA members saw a dramatic increase in projects, challenging them to adapt operationally on all fronts: employee health and safety, supply chain management, and scheduling.

Carrier will also detail how TXAPA's push to fulfill it's mission during turbulent times resulted in several NEW services that are here to stay--the Specification Education program, HMAC Now, TXAPA Live, and the All-Hands communication tool.

With Geno Carrier, General Manager, East Texas Asphalt Co., Ltd. and TXAPA Executive Vice President Harold Mullen 

September 10, Focused on Engineering (1 PDH)

Michael Lee, TxDOT Director of Engineering and Safety Operations, talks about the challenges and opportunities brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, Texas' move to safely undertake a vast amount of daytime roadway construction, with TxDOT and Industry partnering to take full advantage of significant reductions in traffic due to stay-at-home orders. Lee will also outline the focus areas for TxDOT's Engineering and Safety Operations for the remainder of 2020, 2021, and beyond.

With Michael Lee, Director of Engineering and Safety Operations, TxDOT

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Week Two

September 17, 10 AM, Focused on Results (1 PDH) New Date and Time!

A moderated discussion on the successes and challenges of the liquid asphalt sampling and testing program with regards to chain of command, proper sampling, and handling.

With Materials and Tests Division Director Miles Garrison, P.E.; Materials and Tests Division Deputy Director Ryan Barborak, P.E.; and Flexible Pavements Section Director Enad Mahmoud, Ph.D., P.E., all with TxDOT; moderated by TXAPA Major Associate Member Chair Ted Flanigan of Wright Asphalt

September 17, Focused on Performance (1 PDH)

Quincy Allen, the Director of District Operations for TxDOT, will lead the always popular DE Panel. Consisting of TxDOT district engineers from varying regions of the state, the DE Panel will cover topics including hot mix asphalt successes and challenges, the use of recycled products in hot mix, the successes and challenges of the response to COVID-19 statewide, TxDOT funding opportunities, and much, much more.

With Buddy Williams, P.E., DE- Atlanta District; Lance Simmons, P.E., DE - Bryan District; Paul Reitz, P.E., DE - Yoakum District; moderated by Quincy Allen, P.E., Director of District Operations

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Week Three

September 22, Focused on Ethics (1 PDH)

Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors – Professional Practice Update/Ethics: Updates on engineering ethics and Code of Conduct, Board Activities, rule and statutory changes, and general updates on Board initiatives.

With Lance Kinney, Executive Director of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers

September 24 Focused on Fun benefitting the TXAPA Scholarship Program

PaveTex's Dale Rand and CRH's Robert Lee square off on TXAPA Squares, a takeoff of the game show Hollywood Squares featuring fun celebrity squares and plenty of laughs.TXAPA Squares will benefit the TXAPA Scholarship Program, a 501 (C) (3) Public Charity. We will be taking donations on behalf of Dale and Robert during the broadcast. TXAPA will match the winner's donations up to $5,000!

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Week Four

September 29, Focused on Quality FINALE!

We honor our Quality Pavement Award winners and our Technicians of the Year in this one hour special, our final broadcast of the series.

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Our content-rich Fall Focus series will cover a wide variety of topics.


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