NAPA Publishes History Book Paving the Way: Asphalt in America
The National Asphalt Pavement Association announces the publication of its new book about the history of hot-mix asphalt, Paving the Way: Asphalt in America by Dan McNichol, author of The Big Dig and The Roads That Built America.
As the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Interstate System approaches in 2006, this lavishly illustrated, engagingly written book would make a timely gift for anyone involved in the transportation industry.
The book starts where hard-surfaced roads started with the Romans. After Rome, the narrative moves to 18th century Britain and France, where McAdam and Trésaguet left their marks on the art and science of road building. The reader learns how early experiments in building roads from iron, granite, bricks, cobblestones, and wood pointed up the excellence of asphalt as a surfacing material.
Figures from asphalt history including the Asphalt Tycoon, the Warren family, and Sheldon G. Hayes come to life in the book's pages. The book sings the praises of roads such as Route 66 and the Interstate System, and it celebrates the achievements of heroes such as the Navy Seabees who paved the way to victory in the Pacific Theater in World War II.
Virtual SuperPave Laboratory Interactive CD
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.
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