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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


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
 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 Assessing new developments in emulsion technology
  • Looking at the different emulsion technologies and understanding which fits with the right specifications
  • Understanding the new movement in the use of emulsion
  • Utilising cold mix to reduce overall costs
  • Investing in emulsions used to preserve roads
 11.40 Exploring PMB development and demand in a pan-African context
  • Measuring the demand for PMB across the continent
  • Which countries in west Africa are looking for improved performance from PMBs?
  • Understanding the main challenges of PMB
 12.10 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
12.40 Networking lunch


 14.10 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 
Carlos Rif, Business Manager EMEA - Pavement Technologies, Ingevity
 14.40 Innovative technologies for efficient and quality-oriented road construction and road rehabilitation
  • Intelligent soil and asphalt compaction equipment with integrated compaction measuring and documentation systems
  • A short introduction to the system and two case studies from Europe
  • Cold mixes when recycling national roads in Africa
  • A short introduction to the process and equipment and two case studies from Uganda and Ivory Coast
 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: Financing technologies
Roundtable 3: Developments in the emulsions market
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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