Volvo CE offers Road Institute courses

October 8, 2012 toMarch 28, 2013

Volvo Construction Equipment is offering courses during the 2012-2013 Road Institute. The course curriculum offers two- to five-day sessions beginning in October and continuing through May 2013, with classes held at two training facilities in North America. These facilities are located in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Road Institute focuses on the hot-mix asphalt (HMA) and warm-mix asphalt (WMA) paving industry. The curriculum is designed for operators, crew and industry personnel, including state DOT administrators and asphalt production professionals.

Volvo CE offers courses in paver and compactor operation and maintenance, applications, automatic grade and slope control systems, screed operation and soil compaction application.

Courses are structured to provide classroom and hands-on practical training. Topics in each session range from daily and weekly maintenance to the operation and application of asphalt paving. As part of each course curriculum, a safety focus is included.

Class sizes are limited. Tuition is $750 per student per three- to five-day course or $500 per student per two-day seminar. For more information or to register, visit

2012-2013 Road Institute course schedule is as follows:

Automatic Grade and Slope Systems: March 19-21 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Large Asphalt Compactor Mechanics (Step 1): January 29-31 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Large Asphalt Compactor Mechanics (Step 2): March 12-14 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

MT2000 Hydraulic and Electrical Systems (Step 1): October 8-12, January 7-11 and February 18-22 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

MT2000 Hydraulic and Electrical Systems (Step 2): April 9 -11 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

MW500 Hydraulic and Electrical Systems (Step 1): December 11-14 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Paver and Compactor Operation and Maintenance: October 30 through November 2 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; November 13-16, December 4-7, January 15-18, February 12-15, March 5-8, April 9-12 and April 23-26 in Phoenix, Arizona; May 14-17 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Paver and Compactor Operation and Maintenance, warm-mix asphalt (WMA): January 8-11, January 29 through February 1, February 26 through March 1 and March 26-29 in Phoenix, Arizona

Paver Hydraulic and Electrical Systems – PF6000–Series pavers (Step 1): January 21-25, February 4-8, February 25 through March 1 and March 18-22 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Paver Hydraulic and Electrical Systems – PF6000-Series pavers (Step 2): March 5-7 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Paver Hydraulic and Electrical Systems – Blaw-Knoxpavers (Step 1): April 2-5 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Paver Screed Operation and Adjustment: November 27-29, February 5-7, February 19-21 and April 2-4 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Paving and Compaction Application Seminar: December 11-12 and March 12 – 13, 2013, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Small Asphalt Compactor Mechanics (Steps 1 and 2): February 12-15 and April 16 – 19 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Soil Compaction Application Seminar: October 16-17 and May 7-8 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Soil Compactor Mechanics (Step 1): January 15-17 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

Soil Compactor Mechanics (Step 2): March 26-28 in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) 58th Annual Meeting: 'The New Now: Your Solutions. Your Decisions. Your Future'

February 10, 2013 toFebruary 13, 2013

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is focusing on “The New Now” at its 2013 Annual Meeting, with a power-packed lineup of speakers starting with business guru Jim Collins and leadership expert Alison Levine.

The meeting is being held Feb. 10–13, 2013, at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.

On Tuesday, Feb. 11, business guru Jim Collins, author of Good to Great and the recently released Great by Choice, will bring to bear on the asphalt pavement industry his research-based perspective on how companies can choose to thrive in times of economic turmoil. Following his keynote address, Collins will lead a roundtable discussion with industry CEOs to explore success and survival in the current economic climate.

“Greatness is not primarily a function of circumstance or luck, but of choice and discipline. The factors that determine whether a company becomes truly great lie largely in the hands of its people and in its leadership,” said Collins. In the roundtable, “We will explore a primary question: How do the fundamental principles of building a great company come to life specifically in the asphalt industry?”

Participating in the roundtable will be Randy Lake, CEO of Oldcastle Materials, Georgia; Tim Lee, CEO of Lakeside Industries, Washington; Pat Nelson, president of Lehman-Roberts Co., Tennessee; and Jim Roberts, president and CEO of Granite Construction Co., Calif., Bill Ensor, President of Maryland Paving Inc., will moderate.

On Monday, Feb. 10, attendees will hear from leadership expert Alison Levine, a mountain climber, West Point instructor, and Wall Street veteran who teaches businesses how to prepare for the unexpected and how to make positive changes in chaotic times.

The theme for NAPA’s 58th Annual Meeting is “The New Now: Your Solutions. Your Decisions. Your Future,” reflecting the dynamic nature of the current economy and the need for leaders to develop new approaches and new ways of thinking.

Registration for the Annual Meeting is now open. Early bird pricing is available through Dec. 14. A special room rate at The Phoenician is available through Jan. 11. For event details, or to register, visit

The NAPA Annual Meeting is a must-attend event for all industry senior and middle management personnel from asphalt pavement companies. Consultants, academics, and others allied to the industry will also benefit. The meeting features educational sessions, networking opportunities, and general sessions designed to help asphalt pavement companies find the solutions that will help grow their business and improve their operations and decision making.


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