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BMD Testing Simplified webinar huge success

As Virginia marches toward implementing Balanced Mix Design (BMD), training is critical for future success. On December 11, VAA hosted a BMD testing webinar...

The Power of the Carrot: Using incentives to improve quality

Psychologists have studied ways to motivate people for years. What methods work and do not work? The value of using reward versus punishment to change...

Round Robin Phase 1: Evaluating indirect tensile test data (IDT) for...

As part of the Virginia Department of Transportation's efforts to implement Balanced Mix Design, the indirect tensile (IDT) cracking test at intermediate temperature (formerly...

Pushing the right buttons: BMD testing simplified

Balanced mix design (BMD) is the next level to asphalt mix design. Lab performance testing must be conducted properly to complete the design process...

Knowing How to Push the Buttons: BMD testing equipment webinar planned

Recently, VAA members and others participated in a Balanced Mix Design Round Robin project. The project's purpose was to assess the differences in test...

Balanced mix design research and implementation update

Virginia's road trip to performance-based asphalt specifications continues. As outlined in previous updates, two pilot projects were constructed during 2019. Testing and analysis by...

BMD round robin phase I testing complete

Like a summer vacation, the BMD Round Robin Phase I testing took a while to arrive, and once it did, it was over. With...

BMD Round Robin Phase II delayed

Did you sign up to be part of the VTRC Round Robin? If so, you should have your Phase I samples and hopefully have...

IDEAL-CT round robin under way

Step 1 in the VTRC IDEAL-CT Round Robin project has taken place, and Step 2 is well underway. What was Step 1? Simple- gathering...

Plan your BMD pilot project

Virginia is at the tip of the spear for Balanced Mix Design (BMD). 2019 saw the development of initial specifications based on work completed...
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