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ACE continues to go academic

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UC Berkeley and University of Alberta put it to the test

ACE XP Polymer FiberSurface Tech’s ACE XP Polymer Fiber (advanced performance product) is currently undergoing rigorous testing by researchers at two stellar universities. The quest:  Fully understand and document the benefits and material advantages of adding ACE XP Polymer Fibers to asphalt mixtures.

Principle investigators (PI’s) at the University of California at Berkeley including Dr. Angel Mateos in the university’s Pavement Research Center (UCPRC), are testing ACE for strength, fatigue and modulus in compliance with CALME standards; all in conjunction with Teichert Materials, ST’s NoCal distribution partner.  UCPRC is using the new Ideal CT test as part of their regiment.

“There has been an explosion of interest in the ACE XP Polymer Fiber product within our industry,” says Phil Blankenship, P.E., a strategic advisor to Surface Tech. “Major universities are taking notice. This type of high-level performance testing will help producers everywhere better understand ACE XP and how it can improve their asphalt mixes.”

When word of ACE XP Polymer Fiber reached the University of Alberta in Canada, Luis Perca (graduate student) and Leila Hashemian (Asst Professor), a faculty member in the Chemical & Materials Engineering Department, contacted Surface Tech to request assistance in analyzing the product. PI’s there are now testing ACE XP with a specific focus on performance in the tough Canadian climate, while also analyzing how the individual fibers contribute to asphalt strength, workability and long life.

“We expect results from the testing and analysis conducted by these universities will be available in six to nine months, and we’re pleased to see the continued interest among academics in our product,” says Blankenship.

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How does Juno Impact the Glue of Concrete?

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Juno ConcreteWhat is the glue of concrete?

Concrete is a mixture of aggregate, Portland cement, and water. But what actually holds concrete together? The answer is the hydrated cement matrix – the glue of concrete. Concrete is formed when Portland cement materials are combined with water to create a paste that binds with sand and rock to harden and form a composite structure. Common materials used to manufacture cement include limestone, shells, and chalk or marl combined with shale, clay, slate, blast furnace slag, silica sand, and iron ore. These ingredients, when heated at high temperatures, form a rock-like substance that is ground into the fine powder we call cement.

The hardened cement matrix of the concrete composite is a porous and hardened sponge that provides the structural strength for civil construction as well as the backbone for durability and a long service-life.

The ultimate object of combining Portland cement with supplementary cementitious material is to increase the efficiency of the cementitious matrix, maintain and enhance the fresh and hardened properties.

Why do we care?

Concrete is one of the oldest and most reliable construction materials in the world. Concrete is at the foundation of our civilizations providing everything from the sidewalks in urban, suburban, and rural areas; to the enormous concrete dams, like the Hoover Dam, spillways, and locks.

In order to achieve the durability of concrete, large amounts of Portland cement are utilized. Although cement provides concrete binding, cement production accounts for 3-5% of the worlds CO2 emission.

Cement is manufactured through a closely controlled chemical combination of calcium, silicon, aluminum, iron and other ingredients. The manufacturing of cement is a long process and at every stage of its production, the environment is affected. Carbon emissions, water pollution, and release of heavy metals in the air are common problems associated with manufacturing.

Cement dust is a pollutant that affects both the health of people and plants. Chronic diseases and respiratory disorders are observed in people who work in a cement industry and are exposed to the cement constituents and cement dust. The setting of cement is a long process and it is alkaline in nature, which may lead to lung and skin disorders because of the excessive heat normally released during setting and curing (Cement Production, Hazards, and Recycling, 2011).

How does Juno affect the glue of concrete?

The proprietary and novel make-up of Juno effectively manipulates the molecular kinetics of cement hydration to increase the toughness and durability of concrete; making concrete stronger and last longer. The science behind Juno is a combination of pozzolanic and mineral materials that increase production of the strength bearing microstructure. The Juno also has a mechanical impact on the fresh concrete the creates an environment that allows for a reduction of cementitious while maintaining the cream needed to allow grey concrete to go down the chute into the formwork.

Juno acts as a binder replacement to allows for a reduced the need for cement. Juno allows for the following:

  • Maintenance of fresh properties
  • Increase in Strength and Toughness of Hardened Concrete
  • Environment for Portland Cement reduction is created

Juno creates performance based concrete that delivers the same properties of traditional concrete with a reduction in both cost and environmental impacts. Juno, saving the world with all the concrete in it.

 

Rugged & Ready: MD3.0+ answers the call for plant integration

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MD3.0 Automated Dosing Machine for ACE FibersNow that asphalt producers have seen and used the new MD3.0 Automated Dosing Machine for ACE Fibers, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. In fact, many now want to integrate the MD3.0 into plant operations. We heard them, and we now offer the improved MD3.0+.

It’s more rugged, with upgraded welded and wiring connections, capable of withstanding tough, everyday use. And we now offer both pilot house control integration and a super sack feeder option for producers that want to integrate the MD3.0+ permanently into their plant operations.

ACE Fiber Mixing Process“From the comments we’ve received, it’s clear that plant integration is a big deal to asphalt producers. Integrating the MD3.0+ with both pilot house controls and a super sack feeder makes the system more automated at the plant, similar to how producers are used to producing asphalt,” says Joe Dennis, Vice President & Chief Technical Officer. “We have the technology to achieve the integration, for those who want it.”

The new and improved MD3.0+ will also prove to be more rugged for all producers, whether at the plant or transported to the job site.

“We’ve answered customer requests to make the MD3 sturdier, ensuring a longer life and greater dependability,” says Dennis. “The MD3.0+ is the new standard moving forward.”

For more information, contact Joe Dennis.

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Juno Continues Course

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Juno concrete binder replacement productSurface Tech has successfully commercialized its innovative concrete binder replacement product, Juno. Key early adopters are lab and field testing and piloting the product in various mix designs throughout the U.S.  It’s an exciting time for the concrete industry as it looks to adopt new, key technologies that enhance and compliment current long standing processes.

“As an example, the Metro Mix caisson project provides the perfect environment for testing Juno, due to the variety of weather conditions in Colorado, including cold weather freeze/thaw and de-icing salts, as well as summer heat,” says Derek Davis, district manager.

Jon Belkowitz, director of research and development at Intelligent Concrete and Surface Tech’s Concrete CTO, is providing the vital oversight and design required for the rigorous testing processes, including Juno’s own C1709 certification.

“The global concrete industry recognizes that the volumes of matured supplementary cementitious materials, like fly ash, have dropped significantly in the past decade,” says Belkowitz. “Juno serves as a replacement for these diminishing technologies, and we are confident these tests/trials will show that Juno provides a workable new option for the concrete and construction industry.”

Value propositions for Juno:

  1. Dramatically reduces mix design cost
  2. Enhances performance characteristics including strength, toughness, durability, shrinkage control, workability (to highlight a few).
  3. Reduces CO2 emissions (through reduction of cement use) and improves carbon footprint.
  4. Easy to adopt at plant: silos, hoppers, super sack, palpable bags.

For technical details on Juno and the testing process, contact us.

 

Faster. Less Expensive. Easier. Reliable. The IDEAL crack test of the future — here now.

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IDEAL crack test asphaltAsphalt cracking tests provide critical information on the viability of asphalt mixes, but a critical need exists for a more practical cracking test for routine use. To meet this challenge, researchers Fujie Zhou, Soohyok Im, and Lijun Sun at Tongji University in Shanghai, China, and Tom Scullion at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, developed the indirect tensile asphalt cracking test (IDEAL-CT), a method that we predict will achieve widespread adoption.

“The IDEAL-CT provides clarity on what is going on with samples,” says Joe Dennis, Surface Tech Vice President/CTO for Asphalt. “Since cracking is now the primary reason for asphalt remediation, we view the IDEAL-CT as a major advancement in ensuring that asphalt pavement meets standards that minimize cracking and result in a longer life. The test’s reliability and low cost, as well as the time-savings it delivers, has the potential to revolutionize asphalt testing industrywide.”

The test can run at room temperature and requires no instrumentation, cutting, gluing, drilling or notching of specimens, nor in-depth training for testing personnel. Best of all, it produces results in less than one minute.

Moreover, the IDEAL-CT can be performed with ordinary indirect tensile strength test equipment, and it’s sensitive to key asphalt mix components and volumetric properties, including reclaimed asphalt pavement, recycled asphalt shingles, asphalt binder type, binder content, aging conditions and air voids. In other words, IDEAL-CT is a practical solution for testing routine uses in the process of mix design, quality control (QC) and quality assurance (QA).

IDEAL-CT is gaining traction already. It’s currently working its way through ASTM  committee ballot shepherded by ASTM 04.26 sub committee and Phil Blankenship, P.E.  Surface Tech has embarked on several test cases utilizing ACE Fiber mixes. A test case in Texas has recently yielded reliable results. Further testing with and without ACE Fiber will occur in concert with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) in October.

For information on IDEAL-CT research test procedures, technical findings and test case results, contact us.

 

Why are alternative supplementary cementitious materials important to the construction industry?

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alternative supplementary cementitious materialsThe invention of Portland cement 175 years ago heralded a new era in construction worldwide, and today it is the most widely used building material. Architects and general contractors appreciate its versatility, durability and economic value, and for its sourcing of local materials in production. That’s the good news about Portland cement.

The bad news:  Portland cement consumes vast quantities of energy and releases CO2 in the process. And since it’s produced in such gargantuan quantities, the construction industry faces increasing pressure to find alternative supplementary cementitious materials to replace Portland cement in concrete.

Portland cement concrete already incorporates a wide range of supplementary cementitious materials, including fly ash from coal combustion, and silica. However, these materials do not address all of the shortcomings of Portland cement in certain applications and environments. For instance, Portland cement concrete can degrade rapidly in environments with high acidity or high sulfate concentrations.

In addition to replacing Portland cement, alternative supplementary cementitious materials also hold the promise of increasing the strength of concrete, requiring less water in the mix, improving workability and producing a concrete that’s less brittle. So naturally, the search for alternative supplementary cementitious materials to replace Portland cement has picked up speed over the past decade.

Surface Tech has been at the forefront of alternative binder technology since 2016. As Juno enters its final phases of testing and refinement, we are seeing spectacular potential for this product as an alternative supplementary cementitious material that will easily conform to ASTM standards and mitigate many of the problems inherent with traditional alternative supplementary cementitious materials.

To learn more about Juno and how it can reduce cost and increase strength of traditional concrete in your next project, contact us.

Beat the fly ash shortage with JUNO!

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Beat the fly ash shortage with JUNOConcrete producers often rely on ASTM C 618 Class F fly ash, derived from burning coal in power plants, as a partial substitute for Portland cement. Yet despite loosening regulations, the coal industry continues to suffer from America’s dwindling appetite for coal, and the unintended consequence is a shortage of coal combustion residue and fly ash. Many concrete producers now report having to use straight cement mixes, which increases cost.

Globally, significant sources of Class C fly ash exist, but the lower quality makes this product difficult to activate, and transportation adds to the cost. Class C fly ash is not as effective in mitigating chemical attack as Class F fly ash. However, there is one sure way to beat the shortage of high-quality fly ash:  Switch to Juno.

Juno is an advanced mineral admixture developed by Surface Tech that can replace fly ash as a partial substitute for traditional cement. It can be used in standard concretes, as well as in specialty applications without sacrificing performance.

The core technology found in Surface Tech’s Juno is a revolutionary building material using cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy combined with a graduated fiber matrix to reduce material cost. In fact, concretes that incorporate Juno as a binder often have higher performance characteristics than traditional concretes.

For more information on how Juno can lower cost and improve performance in projects like soil stabilization, controlled density fill (CDF) and rip-rap, visit http://surface-tech.com/portfolio/juno/. To find out how you can achieve savings of up to 30 percent on your next project, contact us today.

JUNO passes initial laboratory testing with flying colors

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Juno ConcreteThe results are in, and JUNO has proven it can increase strength and durability as well as decrease shrinkage in the laboratory tests that have been conducted to date. Surface Tech CTO Jon Belkowitz reports the product performs well in all areas that have been evaluated.  He sees JUNO as an easily-adoptable means to improve most types of concrete mix designs. The evaluation of JUNO will continue as it completes ASTM C1709 certification.

“Overall improved performance characteristics are some of the value propositions Juno is creating”, says Dr. Belkowitz, who also serves as the Director of Research and Development at Intelligent Concrete, a materials laboratory that specializes in concrete research, development and education with a focus on innovation.

It’s the fine particle size, in particular, that plays an important role in the material properties of JUNO. The core technology found in JUNO employs a revolutionary building material that utilizes cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy, combined with a graduated matrix.

The result is an alternative supplementary cementitious material that can reduce the amount of traditional cement and fly ash needed in concrete, while increasing fresh and hardened properties, thus saving money on cement/fly ash in the concrete mix. And Juno reduces CO2 emissions resulting from cement usage.

Better yet, and in concert with the performance characteristic improvements, JUNO produces a concrete that maintains fresh properties and improves strength in the final product, which adds up to a longer life for the concrete.

“We’ve run a number of tests for different applications, and JUNO is proving to be a phenomenal product,” says Dr. Belkowitz.

 

 

Jon Belkowitz joins Surface Tech team as Chief Technology Officer

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Jon BelkowitzIn a further indication of the company’s commitment to producing high quality, well researched and tested products, Surface Tech announces the addition of Jon Belkowitz to its team as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Many in the industry know Jon from his work as Director of R&D at Intelligent Concrete, LLC. Intelligent Concrete specializes in concrete research, development and education with a focus on innovation. At Intelligent Concrete, Jon was instrumental in the testing and refining for commercialization of Surface Tech’s revolutionary alternative binder for concrete, JUNO.

Prior to Intelligent Concrete, Jon served in the United States Air Force from 1996 to 2006, specializing in civil engineering. There he was exposed to a wide range of concrete types and applications. Many were dependent upon the engineering practices of different host nation forces, developing nations, and disaster repair initiatives.

Jon has also worked in private testing laboratories on structural engineering proposals and materials development projects, including the application of nanotechnology in concrete. He has consulted on projects in the United States, India, Turkey, Africa, Italy, and Germany.  Jon has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey, with a specialty in Nanotechnology in Concrete.

Contact Jon at jon.belkowitz@surface-tech.com

New and improved! MD3 now designed for specific sizes of ACE Fiber

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MD3 mixing ACE FibersThe latest version of Surface Tech’s Micro Doser system, the MD3, takes the process of mixing ACE Fibers into produced asphalt to a new level. Most notably, an improved onboard computer interface now allows operators to specify either 19mm or 38mm sizes of ACE Fiber to feed through the system. While the MD3 still allows for either bulk or sprinkle feeding, the new size-specific setting yields more exacting data and further improves the system’s efficient and thorough distribution of fibers.

An added feeder tray and improvements in controlled vibration ensure steady material flow and dosing accuracy, both critical to ensuring the long-term performance of ACE Fiber reinforced asphalt.

The MD3 can also be retrofitted to connect directly into existing asphalt plant controls to allow producers to permanently add the MD3 to the plant’s operational capabilities.

MD3 Micro Doser systemWith all the improvements, operators will find the system more user friendly than ever. However, some features needed no improvement. The system can still fit in a cargo trailer, can be set up in minutes, and can still be operated by one person. Moreover, producers can be easily trained and certified to operate the MD3 system if they opt to manage the QA/QC themselves.

Like its predecessor, the MD3 only requires 90psi and 185 CFM of compressed air and 110 volts electric to run, which means it can be easily included in the asphalt mixing process at both batch and drum plant facilities.

The computer interface still tracks cycle weight and time to ensure the accurate dosing of 4.2 ounces of ACE Fiber into each ton of produced asphalt. Data continues to be kept onboard and can be retrieved by USB, or sent via internet if available.

The MD3 continues the excellent tradition of the MD2 — delivering a perfect mix, every time! See video of MD3 in action at http://surface-tech.com/portfolio/ace-fiber-mixing-process/

For more information, contact Joe Dennis at 513-444-5080, or joe.dennis@surface-tech.com.

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Industry veteran Ken May joins Surface Tech

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Ken MayHaving brought other leading-edge technologies to the construction industry, Ken will provide business development and strategic partnership support on a national level.  With more than thirty-five years of experience in leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations, Ken brings a diversified perspective of all functional and business operations. His expertise will provide opportunities for leading General, Specialty Contractors and Construction Management firms across the country to learn more about Surface Tech and the many benefits its products can offer.

 

JUNO – The Revolutionary Alternative Binder That Saves Money, Increases Strength And Reduces C02 Footprint.

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Juno ConcreteUpcoming webinars explain how

JUNO represents the next level in alternative binder technology that delivers three important advances. One, JUNO dramatically reduces the cost of concrete. Two, it performs better, and three, JUNO benefits the environment.

Let’s face it, innovation is essential for the future of repairing the world’s critical infrastructure and money often matters most. So if you’re interested in providing the future to your customers in a better product for less cost, find out how JUNO can make it happen in two upcoming webinars.

Join us for this informative,
engaging and entertaining webinar
“It’s About JUNO” !

Dr. Jon Belkowitz, director of research for Intelligent Concrete, will walk you through the details and the data that backs up the incredible performance capabilities of JUNO. He should know. His firm did the research on this revolutionary new binder material.

Our webinar will cover how JUNO:

  • Decreases mix costs DRASTICALLY
  • Increases compressive strength
  • Increases split tensile strength
  • Decreases shrinkage
  • Requires NO CHANGE in process
  • Benefits the environment
  • Meets requirements for a wide range of applications

Register today for one or both webinars:

July 9th – 8am to 9am PDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5324649331589178627?source=Juno+Webinar+July+9th+Session

July 11th – 1pm to 2pm PDT
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5276657848060111875?source=Juno+Webinar+July+11th+Session

Experience Matters — John Gilveli and Derek Davis provide new depth to Surface Tech Team

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Surface Tech welcomes two seasoned professionals who will provide unparalleled customer service and reliable technical expertise to our team.

John GilveliJohn Gilveli leads business development activities for Surface Tech in the South region. He joins the company with a proven track record of developing, launching and managing strategic initiatives within a multitude of industries. New and existing customers alike will find John brings a unique ability to analyze projects incisively and create solutions that consistently meet or exceed expectations. Throughout his long career, John has witnessed many advancements and has acquired an in depth understanding of the technology changes sweeping the construction industry. He clearly recognizes the value Surface Tech provides with its unique product and services innovation platform.

 

Derek DavisDerek Davis joins Surface Tech as a District Manager. He works to achieve the single goal of providing performance and product perfection for our customers. Derek has worked in the construction field his entire professional career and excels at consulting with construction firms and owners to deploy innovative technologies that enhance performance, drive efficiencies, increase productivity and maximize profitability. His prior experience includes a three-year stint with NoteVault, a leading construction software reporting company, where he rose to the level of Senior Account Manager and was responsible for new account development including large Enterprise. Derek also has contributed to construction articles and topics for numerous publications and recently was interviewed at the 2018 World of Concrete by ForConstructionPros magazine on construction technology enablement.

Learn more about the Surface Tech Leadership Team here.

 

Surface Tech creates alliance with Intelligent Concrete to provide technical expertise on its revolutionary binder-replacement product, Juno™

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concreteSurface Tech has teamed with Intelligent Concrete to act as a third-party technical advisor for its binder-replacement product, Juno. The product provides a variety of benefits as a partial substitute for traditional concrete binders, delivering substantial value in Price, Performance and Environmental Benefits.  Applications include Geo-solutions, Shotcrete, Conventional and UHPC.

Because Juno is a new product, questions can arise.

“Our customers have the ability to connect with Intelligent Concrete as an additional resource when they have questions about our concrete products, particularly Juno,” said Steve Santa Cruz, president, Surface Tech.  “This state-of-the-art, accredited lab provided cutting edge technical assistance throughout the development phase of Juno and has done an excellent job of continued efficacy validation.”

Intelligent Concrete is a nationally-recognized research and product development firm headed by husband and wife team Dr. Jon, PhD, and Whitney Belkowitz. The couple brings unmatched passion, innovation-mindedness and keen discipline to the study of concrete.  Their team of accredited professionals are a high-level combination of expertise, well respected in the concrete industry — both nationally and abroad.

“Intelligent Concrete is recognized globally for excellence in concrete, particularly in innovative technologies, and their team has been solid stewards in the development of Juno,” said Santa Cruz. “Their technical support will provide customers ongoing information and specifics that will enable a better understanding of the backbone that makes Juno a compelling solution for concrete.”

Surface Tech’s ACE Fiber used in Sustainable Innovation for Parking Lots

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Ohio parking lot using ACE Fiber is one of six in the world designated as a demonstrator site for best practices in sustainable design and operation.

The Parksmart program through Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) recently recognized a new green surface parking lot at The Mason Business Center (MBC) in Cincinnati as a demonstrator site for sustainable design and operation. The MBC lot, which incorporated Surface Tech’s ACE Fiber into the asphalt, is one of only six in the world to achieve the Parksmart program designation.

The U.S. has an estimated 500 million surface parking spaces which cover more than one third of some cities’ land mass. Parking lots can add to water pollution through runoff, raise urban temperatures, and contribute litter to the landscape. Parksmart and other forward-thinking companies like Surface Tech are exploring ways to reimagine paving materials to be environmentally-friendly, socially responsible, and long-lasting.

“When designed with sustainability in mind, surface parking can help reduce energy consumption, improve air and water quality, and safely connect neighborhoods and people,” said Paul Wessel, director of market transformation and development for Parksmart.

Atlas 10 chose ACE Fiber to achieve optimum performance and extended lifespan benefits

Atlas10, a Pendleton-based pavement management company, managed The Mason Business Center (MBC) parking lot project and procured resources, including Surface Tech’s innovative asphalt additive, ACE Fiber. These high performance engineered fibers were chosen for their ability to produce a stronger pavement, which extends its lifespan and saves money by reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacement. ACE Fiber additive produces a surface of higher strength and superior resistance against cracking and rutting delaying costly maintenance and reducing the CO2 footprint of the pavement over it design life.

“Sustainable surface parking benefits the community, environment and property owners,” said Mark Schmidt, CEO of Atlas10 during his interview with BizJournals.com. “It’s an honor to work with The Mason Business Center (MBC)  and the other construction partners to make sustainable parking a reality, and we are pleased that the project we orchestrated is now a demonstrator site.”

The Cincinnati parking project was recognized by Parksmart during a presentation at Mason campus on February 2, 2018, which included facility manager, Atlas 10 and partners SurfaceTech, and 10 Mile Creek.

To learn more about ACE Fiber, Surface Tech’s innovated asphalt additive, please visit http://surface-tech.com/asphalt-overview-2/

Find photos and more details about this project at
https://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2018/02/28/p-g-s-new-parking-lot-sets-global-standard.html
https://www.gbci.org/sustainable-innovation-surface-parking
https://facilityexecutive.com/2018/03/green-parking-projects-parksmart/
https://www.roadsbridges.com/four-beats-perfection

 

Surface Tech signs Phil Blankenship to steward Asphalt Research Division

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Phil Blankenship, principal of Blankenship Asphalt Tech & Training PLLC of KY, has signed an agreement with Surface Tech to provide top-level guidance, management and business development services for the company’s Asphalt Research Division. The now, formal relationship, grew out of Phil’s early involvement as a leading researcher on the company’s ACE Fiber product.

“Phil conducted an extensive battery of tests on the product during his stint at the Asphalt Institute. As a result, he acquired an in-depth knowledge of ACE Fiber, and combined with his expertise in all things asphalt, we expect his stewardship will prove invaluable,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech.

Phil is widely recognized within the asphalt industry through published research and as prominent speaker and trainer. His experience includes a decade with Koch Industries, where he was a platform technology developer for the company’s research into the effectiveness of high-polymer asphalt interlayers  and polymer hot mix. In a subsequent decade, he was the Senior Research Engineer and mixture lab manager for the Asphalt Institute.

His work will closely align with Joe Dennis, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, to forge collaborative relationships with DOT Departments, industry trade groups and leading academics within the asphalt industry. He will also provide technological assistance to Surface Tech distributors.

Surface Tech Names John Roshala as Executive VP of Sales

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John Roshala(PRESS RELEASE) — Surface Tech, an innovative solutions provider for the building materials industry, is pleased to announce John Roshala’s new role as Executive Vice President of Sales.

Based out of Surface Tech’s headquarters in San Diego, John will now be responsible for leading Surface Tech’s sales strategy and development for their entire suite of services, including the company’s Concrete Division, Asphalt Division, and Software Division.

John joined Surface Tech’s Software Division at the beginning of 2018 as Executive Vice President, bringing over 14 years of software and sales experience. His career began as VP of Sales for Anonymizer, a company that experienced dramatic growth in the Federal sector and was eventually purchased by Abraxas Corp.  Prior to joining Surface Tech, John served as President for NoteVault, a leading daily report software for the construction industry.

“John’s elevation to oversee our sales company-wide was more a fulfillment of original planning,” says Surface Tech’s President, Steve Santa Cruz. “John is an industry-recognized sales expert that will bring needed disciplines and technique to a growing entity like ours. I have first hand experience working with John in the past and am excited and confident of his impact.  New innovation traction into our served industries is no easy task.  However with John’s help, and the special nature of our proven technologies, our sales efforts will be well managed.”

Throughout his career, John has been a growth-oriented leader with a proven ability to select and manage high performance teams, create key internal and external alliances, and drive profitable revenue. He is known for being an action-oriented, high-energy professional with vision and a sound practical management style.

Surface Tech is the global leader in asphalt and concrete innovation and has expanded its services to include MAINFRAME, a software platform built from the ground up specifically for the concrete industry.

 

 

Surface Tech Names Joe Dennis as VP – Asphalt Division

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Joe Dennis(PRESS RELEASE) — Surface Tech, an innovative solutions provider for the building materials industry, is pleased to announce that Joe Dennis has been named VP/CTO of its Asphalt division.

Joe joined Surface Tech in 2017 as a Director.  In his new role, he will transition more to the technical oversight of product R&D, training, and support.  He will also oversee Surface Tech’s Quality Control (QC) program and the refinement of its automated dosing equipment line, which differentiates Surface Tech’s products from others in the industry.  Joe will also champion Surface Tech’s role in spec provision throughout the current and intended footprint.

“Joe continues to be a valued member of our executive team and I am confident that through his expertise, Surface Tech will continue to see dramatic growth in our asphalt products throughout our geography,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech.

Surface Tech LLC was founded in 2013 and largely concentrated on the asphalt industry by way of its flagship product, ACE Fibers. ACE Fibers, a Surface Tech asphalt additive, uses aramid fibers to address the two major distresses affecting asphalt performance today; cracking and rutting.

When ACE Fiber is mixed into asphalt, it disperses over 19 million Aramid fibers throughout each ton of mix to provide 3-dimensional reinforcement that increases the asphalt’s resistance to reflective cracking, rutting, fatigue and increased life expectancy. For more information visit http://surface-tech.com/asphalt-ace-fiber/.

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TRKR: Surface Tech Digital Platform Interconnects and Simplifies Back-end Functions

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e-business solution for concrete industryTRKR is a practical e-business solution that eliminates many of the common jobsite and administrative challenges faced in the concrete industry today including ordering, delivery, measuring job site performance, billing/collection and more.  TRKR Mobile is a mobile app that improves job site and transportation safety through an active compliance management system.

“Our digital platform is an innovative and efficient solution specifically designed for the concrete industry,” said John Roshala, Executive Vice President of Surface Tech’s Software Division, MAINFRAME.  “With TRKR and TRKR mobile, common administrative tasks can be simplified and onsite job safety and compliance can be improved.”

TRKR and TRKR Mobile offer assistance throughout several areas including:

Orders

With TRKR, a contractor can go online and order concrete products through specific product catalogs unique to the RMX companies listed. This is a first for the industry.

Back Room

TRKR for Concrete orderingTRKR eliminates the need to mail out billing statements and invoices. When the product has been delivered to the job site, the delivery notice is provided electronically. The program also helps satisfy legal compliances and allows all parties to more accurately identify any cost overruns.

Payments

Customers can now pay with credit/debit cards up front through the platform. Customers who prefer paying with cash can use services like MoneyGram or Western Union through TRKR to pay instead of having to carry cash. Of course, for those with established credit, traditional invoicing is still an option.

Safety

With TRKR Mobile, a driver must complete a safety checklist before completing a delivery. The driver also has the ability to record video, photos and notes to further document the job site experience. TRKR Mobile ensures that the driver records are up to date. If a contractor, all licensing is also kept up to date.

To learn more about TRKR and TRKR mobile, view our explainer video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=g2adxzDKCQY.  You can also schedule a demo at http://surface-tech.com/demo-trkr-schedule/ to see TRKR in action.  Visit us at www.surface-tech.com to learn more.

 

Surface Tech Representatives to Attend World of Asphalt in Houston

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World of AsphaltRepresentatives from Surface Tech will join thousands of industry professionals at the World of Asphalt convention in Houston from March 6-8.  The World of Asphalt is the leading trade show for the aggregate, asphalt, pavement maintenance, and traffic safety industry sectors.

“We are looking forward to reconnecting personally with many industry colleagues at World of Asphalt and sharing exciting developments from Surface Tech,” said Joe Dennis, VP/CTO of Surface Tech’s Asphalt Division.  “Our ACE Fiber technology continues to deliver impressive results alongside our innovative Quality Control (QC) program’s automated dosing equipment line.”

When ACE Fiber is mixed into asphalt, it disperses over 19 million Aramid fibers throughout each ton of mix to provide 3-dimensional reinforcement that increases the asphalt’s resistance to reflective cracking, rutting, fatigue and increased life expectancy.

For more information visit http://surface-tech.com/asphalt-ace-fiber/

Juno: A revolutionary alternative binder technology

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JUNO ConcreteSurface Tech’s pioneering product, JUNO, is an advanced admixture that reduces the cost of concrete without sacrificing performance.  Juno can be used to partially substitute traditional binders in standard concretes, thereby reducing cost, reducing shrinkage and mitigating CO2 emission.  These value propositions are compelling, particularly for those who consume large quantities of concrete.

“JUNO is a revolutionary concrete product that incorporates leading edge technologies that allows for partial binder replacement used in concrete mix designs,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech. “This results in an improved performance at a microscopic level as well as a significant reduction in material costs.”

JUNO can be utilized in a wide range of conventional concrete building applications, but also as a geo-solution including:

Soil Stabilization

JUNO has been engineered to allow for more efficient and cost effective stabilization of the road base and subgrade. It is often custom blended for a given project based upon a site and soil conditions.

Juno ConcreteControlled Density Fill

JUNO can be used to reduce the cost of Controlled Density Fill (CDF).  CDF is a low-strength concrete used for backfilling holes and trenches when high compaction is needed.  With JUNO, a contractor can reduce the need for cement and replace it with a lower-cost option.

Rip-Rap

JUNO can be used in Rip-Rap as a low-cost alternative to Portland Cement-based binders. Rip-Rap is essentially large stones or pieces of concrete (recycled or virgin) used to protect underlying soil from runoff due to rain or tidal erosion.

See more about JUNO at http://surface-tech.com/juno_video/.

To learn more about JUNO and Surface Tech, visit http://surface-tech.com/portfolio/juno/.

Get to Know John Roshala – EVP of Surface Tech’s Software Division

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John Roshala recently joined Surface Tech as the Executive Vice President of the Software Division. Based out of Surface Tech’s San Diego headquarters, he will be responsible for leading the strategy and development for Surface Tech’s digital solutions platform, MAINFRAME.

John brings over 14 years of software experience to Surface Tech.  He began his career in software as VP of Sales for Anonymizer, a company that experienced dramatic growth in the Federal sector and was eventually purchased by Abraxas Corp.  Most recently John served as President for NoteVault, a leading daily report software for the construction industry.

“The asphalt, and particularly, the concrete industry is the bedrock of the dramatic growth we have seen in our society and is literally the foundation of its advancement,” said Roshala. “The camaraderie within the industry is as strong – we stick together and help each other all while advancing global growth.”

Surface Tech’s President, Steve Santa Cruz, actively recruited Roshala and when the opportunity turned timely – he knew it would be a great fit.

“Surface Tech is a proven innovations leader and action-oriented company and we continue to learn from each other with a common vision,” said Roshala. “It is a unique time in the construction technology sector and I see great things ahead for Surface Tech.”

Roshala continues to pass along his appreciation for technology and engineering to the next generation. Roshala lives in San Diego with his wife of 22 years, Jennifer, and in his free time you may see him at a car show or enjoying a variety of motorsports. Their three children attend UCLA where their son, Justice, is studying Law, and their twin daughters, Jaycie and Julie, are studying STEM.

Surface Tech continues to expand its products and services across the US and Canada through its portfolio of specialty concrete products and digital business solutions.  MAINFRAME is a software platform built from the ground up specifically for the concrete industry and designed from real-world applications from experienced concrete contractors, commercial and residential builders, ready mix suppliers, engineers, and architects. 

 

Surface Tech Showcases Digital Business Solutions and Innovative Products at World of Concrete

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(PRESS RELEASE) – Surface Tech, an innovative solutions provider, will engage with concrete industry professionals from across the country at the 2018 World of Concrete convention in Las Vegas. and highlight the unique services and suite of products that Surface Tech provides to the concrete industry.

“From our groundbreaking digital business platform, MAINFRAME, to our portfolio of specialty concrete and asphalt products, Surface Tech provides tangible solutions that are backed by extensive research and solid results,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech.

E-Business Solutions for Concrete Industry- MAINFRAME E-Business Solutions – MAINFRAME

 MAINFRAME is a software platform built from the ground up specifically for the concrete industry. This business management software is designed from real-world applications from experienced concrete contractors, commercial and residential builders, ready mix suppliers, engineers, and architects.

Current offerings within MAINFRAME improve business efficiencies – including apps known as TRKR, TRKR MOBILE and CMPLYNC. These apps focus on common jobsite and administrative challenges faced in the concrete industry today including ordering, delivery, measuring job site performance, billing/collection and more. This greatly simplifies back-end functions and increases profitability.

TRKR: Digital Platform Interconnects and Simplifies Back-end Functions
TRKR is a practical e-business solution which eliminates many of the common jobsite and administrative challenges faced in the concrete industry today including ordering, delivery, measuring job site performance, billing/collection and more. Contractor orders              through the supplier are kept up to date in real time.

TRKR Mobile: Mobile Application Actively Manages Concrete Project Compliance
TRKR Mobile is a mobile App that is an active compliance management system which improves jobsite and transportation safety, and reduces the risk of construction defect claims.

CMPLYNC: (Coming Soon) A First in the Concrete Industry
CMPLYNC is an app tailored to the concrete industry to provide better collaboration between concrete contractors, RMX companies, architects, and engineers.

“Our e-business solutions help improve margins and customer relations and is designed to fit the unique needs of the concrete industry,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech.  “This is in addition to the numerous other benefits such as documentation and safety compliance, logistics improvements and overall increased efficiency.”

Specialty Concrete – JUNO

Juno ConcreteSurface Tech provides solutions that address many common challenges involved with concrete construction today.  Our product portfolio includes branded-product solutions that mitigate cement use and basalt reinforcement, and improve the durability of infrastructure.

JUNO is a revolutionary alternative binder technology developed by Surface Tech engineers and certified technical specialists. Using cutting-edge advancements in mineralogy and nanotechnology, JUNO improves the performance of concrete at a microscopic level.

JUNO can be used to partially substitute traditional cement binders in standard concretes, as well as in specialty applications such as Soil Stabilization, Mass Concrete and Shotcrete.

JUNO can be utilized in the following applications:

Soil Stabilization
JUNO has been engineered to allow for more efficient and cost effective stabilization of the road base and subgrade. It is often custom blended for a given project based upon a site and soil conditions.

Controlled Density Fill (CDF)
CDF is a low-strength concrete used for backfilling holes and trenches when high compaction is needed.  By utilizing JUNO, Surface Tech’s proprietary alternative binder, a contractor can reduce the need for cement and replace it with a lower-cost option.

Rip-Rap
JUNO can be used in Rip-Rap as a low-cost alternative to Portland Cement-based binders.

“Surface Tech understands the evolution of concrete projects which enables us to develop solutions to address the acute needs of contractors,” said Bryan Goerger, VP/GM, Surface Tech. “JUNO delivers value to the bottom line by reducing the cost of concrete without sacrificing physical performance.”

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Surface Tech LLC was founded in 2013 and largely concentrated on the asphalt industry by way of its flagship product, ACE Fibers. The company was reshaped in 2015; bringing a more disciplined and experienced team to the forefront. Surface Tech continues to expand its products and services across the US and Canada through its portfolio of specialty concrete products and digital business solutions.  Visit us at www.surface-tech.com.

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Estimate Your Next Project’s Needs with ACE/AQU Fiber Calculators

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ACE/AQU Fiber CalculatorsEstimating the amount of ACE and AQU Fibers into your next paving project just became much simpler with Surface Tech’s online calculators.

To obtain a quick estimate on the quantity of fibers you will need, simply enter the thickness (in inches), density and project area (square yards).  The online calculator will provide an immediate estimate based on those values.

“This online tool allows customers to estimate the amount of product needed for their next project –  at anytime – 24/7,” said Joe Dennis, Director of Asphalt Division, Surface Tech.  “These helpful calculators eliminate the guesswork of estimating the amount of ACE or AQU needed for an upcoming project.”

Calculators for ACE and AQU are located at http://surface-tech.com/calculator-both-ace-aqu/. Customers looking for an exact and more detailed estimate can always contact the Surface Tech team through the RFQ form.

Surface Tech is committed to developing the most advanced additives for asphalt, not only adding strength and durability, but improving the sustainability of roads and other surfaces for a positive environmental impact.

To learn more about Surface Tech’s innovative ACE and AQU Fibers, visit http://surface-tech.com/asphalt-overview-2/.

 

 

Surface Tech Names John Roshala Executive Vice President of Software Division

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John Roshala Executive Vice President of Software Division(PRESS RELEASE) – Surface Tech, an innovative solutions provider for the building materials industry, is pleased to announce that John Roshala recently joined the company as Executive Vice President of the Software Division. Based in San Diego, he will be responsible for leading the strategy and development for Surface Tech’s digital solutions platform, MAINFRAME.

“Surface Tech continues to experience tremendous growth and we continually tailor our business approach to best serve the needs of our customers within our served industries,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech. “I am confident through John’s extensive expertise and leadership that Surface Tech will continue its software refinement and expansion.”

John will lead the commercialization and adoption of MAINFRAME, working closely with the applicable communities served. Having first hand experience evolving within and leading a successful construction software company, John continues with his passion for the industry and capabilities of building and introducing award winning products to the construction industry within this role.

With a history of transformational leadership, John has spearheaded growth in enterprise, startup, turnaround, rapid change, and high-paced organizations. Specializing in business development with robust operational excellence, he has led numerous software companies to successful acquisitions.

Surface Tech LLC was founded in 2013 and largely concentrated on the asphalt industry by way of its flagship product, ACE Fibers.  Surface Tech continues to expand its products and services across the US and Canada through its portfolio of specialty concrete products and digital business solutions.  MAINFRAME is a software platform built from the ground up specifically for the concrete industry and designed from real-world applications from experienced concrete contractors, commercial and residential builders, ready mix suppliers, engineers, and architects. Visit us at www.surface-tech.com.

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Elevate Your Game: Surface Tech Sets the Stage for 2018 at Annual Sales & Distribution Partner Meeting

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Representatives from across the US and Canada convened in San Diego in November for Surface Tech’s Annual Sales and Distribution Partner meeting.  The slogan “Elevate Your Game” served as the key message and motivator throughout the event.

“Our leadership and partners across the organization continue to work diligently preparing for 2018, which we anticipate as another very successful campaign,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech LLC.

“Surface Tech has matured since its inception through the development of our product lines as well as through the development of our distribution network. We have transitioned to a full platform solutions company in both the asphalt and concrete industries – it’s time to elevate our game by building upon this success.”

Surface Tech’s Joe Dennis marshaled the technical and QC program, while Ian Wilson and Bryan Goerger led sessions on best practices for Disruptive Technologies in Asphalt and Concrete.

Guest speakers included Erdem Coleri, PhD, Oklahoma State University who spoke on the topic of, “Quantifying the Effects of Aramid Fibers on Rutting/Cracking.”  Pavana Ingios with Geotechnics spoke on “ACE Field Performance Testing (AFPT)”, and Mark Schmidt of Atlas 10 gave an overview of “ACE Fiber Performance: One Year Later”.

Sales + Distribution Partner Meeting