Roads & Paving
Fundamentals of intelligent compaction
By Andrew Snook
The acceptance of Intelligent Compaction (IC) continues to grow in North America. In the U.S., many states have already written IC into specifications and requirements. There are also contractors using the technology in states without specific requirements.
As density specifications increase, more and more contractors are employing IC technology as another quality control tool to ensure compaction is uniform and consistent. Canada is also looking into IC technology as a way to improve pavement quality and life. Many studies have shown higher uniform density of bases and pavement structures result in longer roadway life. Uniformity of compaction coverage also contributes to smoothness for which incentives have become more common.
At Rock to Road‘s upcoming PaveTech: A Smart Roads Conference, Mark Eckert, product manager of compaction for Volvo Construction Equipment, will offer a general overview of what intelligent compaction is and why road authorities and contractors are using the technology during the compaction process. His presentation will highlight various manufacturers’ IC solutions, and illustrate how the fundamentals of intelligent compaction can enhance roadway construction.
Product Manager, Compaction, Volvo Construction Equipment
Mark Eckert has 20 years of experience in construction and material handling applications with knowledge of applications such as asphalt pavers, asphalt and soil compactors, milling machines, material handling equipment, and aerial work platforms. Before joining Volvo Construction Equipment, Mark worked with JLG Industries and Ingersoll-Rand. He has been active in a variety of industry associations, organizations and events, including the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA); American Rental Association (ARA); International Intelligent Construction Technologies Group (IICTG); CONEXPP-CON-AGG; World of Asphalt; and more. Mark is the author of numerous magazine articles and is a trainer on best practices, construction equipment and material handling applications. He is a graduate of Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester, N.Y.
What is PaveTech?
PaveTech is a one-day educational forum focused on the optimization of paving and related roadbuilding practices and procedures. The forum will offer case studies and presentations on the latest technologies and practices, covering topics such as: fibre reinforced asphalt pavement; fundamentals of intelligent compaction; a tool for battling silica dust; how infrared heaters are changing how paving contractors create new, and maintain old, pavements; modernizing aggregate dispatch: solutions built for subcontracted haulers; an update on Canadian drone regulations, compliance management and training; and technology and training advancements to assist with a less experienced workforce.
Date: March 5, 2019
Marine Drive Golf Club
7425 Yew Street, Vancouver, B.C.
For more information on the agendas, speakers or to register, visit www.pavetech.ca.