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Argus Africa Roads 2018

Day 1 - Tuesday, 6 March 2018
The latest technical advances in material design, asphalt mixes and binders aimed at delivering safe, long-lasting and cost-effective roads


Morning registration and networking


Chairman’s opening speech: Andrew Cooper, Director of Research, Cooper Research  Technology


Global keynote address: Examining the latest global technology in the bitumen and asphalt industries to deliver efficient and safe road infrastructure

  • Assessing the latest quality assurance and specifications being used in the US and European paving industry
  • Extending road service life through enhanced field compaction
  • Expectations for pricing and demand
  • Examining the latest recycling programme and road construction impacts
  • Understanding the latest advancements in research and development and not-to-be-missed innovations, specifically looking at:
      - EU and US advancements in Warm Mix Asphalt (WMA)
      - High modulus asphalt mix (EME) vs GB5 high performance asphalts and anticipated challenges moving forward

    Alex Marais, Sales Manager - Asphalt Additives, Sub-Sahara Africa and Latin America, Sasol

10:30 Host country keynote address: Putting safety first in the construction of roads through the design and construction stages
  • Strategic planning: How to improve safety through design by defining the role of road engineers with regards to safety
  • Establishing best practice in road construction through integrating safety features for all new developments
  • Maintaining structures in a way that ensures that the demands for function and safety are met at the most reasonable cost
Eng. Light Chobya, Assistant Director for Trunk Roads, Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Tanzania
 11:00   Morning coffee and networking
11:30 Maurer's high performance bridge devices
  • Innovations and new material in bridge bearings and Expansion joints
  • Quality and durability of MAURER devices
  • Worldwide references
    Raad Hamood, Area Sales Director, Maurer SE
12:00 Adopting the changing requirements and specifications 

  • Potential trends impacting global oil and bitumen market
  • New strategies to engineer bitumen/asphalt and properties that impact road durability and quality
  • Assessing the future of bitumen/asphalt and how the landscape for this market continues to change

    Andrew Wayira, Global Product Portfolio Specialist, Shell
12:30  Networking lunch
14:00   How to build safe and long-lasting asphalt pavements?

 Dr. Otkar Vacin, Paving Leader, EMEA, DOW/DuPont
    New Pavement Technology. From production to testing

  • Superpave 
  • Dynamic testing
  • Long-lasting pavement
  • Superplast

  • Sergio Carrara, Export Area Manager, MATEST Spa Unipersonale
    Afternoon coffee and networking
Champagne roundtables 

Peer-to-peer networking roundtables, designed for in-depth discussion of a particular topic. Sign up to one of our working groups with 30 of your peers.
Roundtable 1: A Tanzania focus: Exploring the need for maintenance and reviewing recycling techniques

Led by:
Eng. Light Chobya, Assistant Director for Trunk Roads, Ministry of Works, Transport and Communications, Tanzania
Roundtable 2: Development and adoption of test methods for bitumen and asphalt mixture in countries throughout the world

Led by: Andrew Cooper, Director of Research, Cooper Research Technology
16:30 Roundtable conclusions
16:40 Close of Technical Focus Day
16:50 Icebreaker networking drinks reception and conference registration