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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 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.
12.30 Networking lunch


13.40  Community-based technology for the construction and maintenance of access/feeder roads in Nigeria 
  • Exploring design and construction of roads best suited to Nigerian environment
  • Promoting new technologies for Low Volume Roads (LVR)
  • Which technological advancements are aiding the development and improving the quality of roads?
  • Overview of urban transportation and safety management in Nigeria
 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 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
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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