NAPA Publishes Virtual Superpave Laboratory

NAPA Publishes Virtual Superpave LaboratoryInteractive CD(Lanham, Md.) – The National Asphalt Pavement Association announces the publication of the Virtual Superpave Laboratory, a computer-based learning tool for training engineering students, practicing engineers, and technicians in the laboratory procedures and data analysis of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) testing. This interactive CD will increase the expertise of agency, consultant, and contractor personnel responsible for making decisions concerning HMA mix design, quality control, and acceptance. The VSL gives a highly visual introduction to Superpave laboratory tests. Users will learn about the theoretical concepts behind the tests and will be able to conduct hands-on manipulation of the data.Using the VSL provides a basic level of understanding of Superpave for all who specify, design, and build asphalt pavements. Material testers can become familiar with laboratory testing procedures before going into the lab. Use of the CD can also increase understanding of testing procedures, reduce time lost to misunderstanding, and increase confidence of lab personnel.The Virtual Superpave Laboratory (order number ED-001) is available from NAPA at $50 per copy. Quantity discounts are available: $40 per copy for 10-19 copies, $30 each for 20-49 copies, and $20 each for 50 or more. Orders may be placed online at www.hotmix.org, by calling toll-free 888-468-6499, by e-mail to publications@hotmix.org, or by fax to the Publications Department at 301-731-4621. NAPA is located at 5100 Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706-4407. Site licenses are available by contacting Margaret Cervarich, NAPA Vice President for Marketing and Public Affairs, by calling 888-468-6499 or by e-mailing mbc@hotmix.org.The National Asphalt Pavement Association is the only association that exclusively represents the interests of the Hot Mix Asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of HMA pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members, as well as product information to users and specifiers of paving materials. The association, whose members number more than 1000 companies, was founded in 1955.

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