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Argus West Africa Roads 2017

Technical Focus Day - 28 November 2017

Morning registration and networking
Chairman’s opening speech

James Gooder, Vice President, Crude, Argus


 09.30 Ice-breaker morning exercise 

All attendees are asked to write on the board their main objectives for attending the Technical Focus Day and the key questions they’d like to address during the day
Keynote address: Opening up a world of new technology – the movement towards polymer-modified bitumen (PMB) and emulsions and the road to improved road durability and sustainability
  • Exploring the increasing demand for PMB and emulsions in west Africa
  • Understanding the basics of PMB and emulsions and their benefits to road quality
  • Examining developments in technology and ways to improve asphalt properties
  • What do the requirements for PMB and emulsions mean for road contractors?
Frank Ramsey Lartey, Chief Executive Officer, Platinum Seal and Core Construction
 10.10 A contractor’s perspective: Adopting the changing requirements and specifications
  • Focusing on higher quality to meet the increasing number of higher specifications required
  • Creating quality asphalt with higher resistance to cracks, water resistance and durability
  • Investing in new PMB to increase the quality of asphalt
  • Assessing new technologies to improve the durability of roads
Frank Beer, Regional Technical Manager, Shell
10.40 Morning coffee and networking


 11.10 Panel discussion: Investing in new technologies and testing to improve product quality at a reasonable cost
  • Identifying purchasing decisions for construction equipment 
  • What criteria should be considered when assessing bitumen quality?
  • Exploring the question of cost vs quality
  • How is the industry promoting investment to increase the use of new technology in Africa?
  • How does the use of SBS create better quality bitumen?

Djibril Kanazoe
, President and Director General, Groupe Kanazoe
Giacomo Gellini, Partner and Managing Director, Gelcon Ltd.


 11.50 Community-based technology for the construction and maintenance of access/feeder roads in Nigeria 
  • Exploring the demand for road construction and maintenance in Nigeria
  • Promoting new technologies for Low Volume Roads (LVR)
  • Which technological advancements are aiding the development and improving the quality of roads?
George Ngozi Omange, Former Consultant, Nigerian Building & Road Research Institute (NBRRI) 
 12.20  Networking lunch
13.50  Utilising emulsions for cost-effective maintenance techniques 
  • Assessing the changing dynamics towards cold mix  and increasing demand in west Africa
  • Exploring the cost benefits of emulsions vs hot-mix asphalt
  • Understanding the safety benefits of using emulsions over cutbacks
  • Surface stressing with emulsions and aggregates in small villages
  • Case study: the success story of adapting the approach to specific climates 
Loic Fraboulet, Senior Technical Sales Manager EMEA, Ingevity 
 14.20 State-of-the-art of bitumen emulsions manufacturing and cost effective applications for road maintenance
  • Bitumen emulsion manufacturing process and equipment
  • Looking at examples of complete installations
  • Investigating the use of bitumen emulsions for potholes repairing (blow patching technology)
  • Surface dressing with combined machines 
Diego Massenza, General Manager, Massenza
 15.10 Afternoon coffee and networking
 15.40 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: Adopting PMB in west Africa

Roundtable 2: Improving bitumen quality with PMB
Led by: Ben Torkornoo, Head of Operations, Ghana Oil Company Ltd (GOIL)

Roundtable 3: New generation additives for the production of high performance modified asphalt mixtures
Led by: Alessandro Giannattasio, Entrepreneur, Iterchimica

Roundtable 4: Exploring the need for maintenance and reviewing recycling techniques

16.50  Roundtable conclusions
17.00 Close of Technical Focus Day
17.00 Icebreaker networking drinks reception and conference registration

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