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

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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 Media Contact:  Sara Bouffard (c) 713.970.1069 or sara@bouffardgroup.com

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

Meet Joe Dennis: Director of Surface Tech’s Asphalt Division

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Joe DennisSurface Tech recently welcomed Joe Dennis as the Director of Asphalt Division, where he will be charged with leading the asphalt division’s North American footprint with a focus on Surface Tech’s cornerstone product, ACE Fiber.

Additionally, he will oversee its QC Program which includes Surface Tech’s newly automated dosing system, the MicroDoser. With over 30 years of experience in civil engineering and construction, Joe brings a unique perspective on where the industry has been – and more importantly where it is going.

Asphalt has been evolving since its inception and the industry is more receptive to embrace new ideas that make it even better,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President of Surface Tech. “Ninety percent of all roadways in the US are asphalt, but the industry knows that it needs a stronger, cost-effective and longer lasting asphalt so that funds can be utilized more.”

Prior to Surface Tech, Joe worked with BreakThrough Technologies where he was involved in the research and development of ACE for over two years.

“I believe in ACE Fibers and am excited to continue to be involved with its development and introduction to the marketplace,” said Dennis.  “Joining Surface Tech was the perfect next step for me professionally and I am looking forward to the next chapter of ACE Fibers.”

Surface Tech LLC was founded in 2013 and largely concentrated on the asphalt industry by way of its flagship product, ACE Fibers.  For more information visit http://surface-tech.com/asphalt-ace-fiber/ or visit us at www.surface-tech.com.

 

 

ACE XP Paves a Grand Entrance for California’s Marrakesh Country Club

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ace fiberIn the chic Palm Desert region of California, the owners of the historic Marrakesh Country Club faced overwhelming roadway maintenance costs as they grappled with a history of standard mix designs that resulted in rapid weathering and failure.

Experts from California Filtration Specialists (CFS) and Surface Tech immediately realized the many benefits Marrakesh Country Club could realize by using ACE XP.  After analyzing the project pavement design, Surface Tech was able to provide Marrakesh Country Club with a ¼ inch reduction in asphalt thickness, which resulted in significant cost savings.

“ACE XP reinforce the pavement so that it can withstand a harsh environment such as the California desert,” said Joe Dennis, Director, Asphalt Division – Surface Tech.  “The Marrakesh Country Club team was optimistic that ACE XP could provide the exact solution they were in search of – strength, durability, and longer life expectancy.”

The project specified an ACE XP – Fiber Reinforced Asphalt Concrete (FRAC) mix design.  Over 10,000 ton equivalents of ACE XP FRAC were used on the five-week project for the country club’s roadways.
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TRKR-Mobile E-Tool Meets New FMSCA Regulations

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CMPLYNC-1The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issued new safety regulations for all truck drivers in the US, including ready mix drivers, which will be effective December 18, 2017 and will require documentation and reporting of compliance records by all drivers.  The new regulations will monitor the driver’s overall hours of service.

Surface Tech’s TRKR-MOBILE e-tool will not only meet all reporting requirements for the new FMCSA regulations, but also offers enhanced safety functions.

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On Demand Webinar: The Asphalt Revolution

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Nilex Webinar on ACE FiberAs the interest in ACE Fibers and FRAC (Fiber Reinforced Asphalt Concrete) continues to grow, Surface Tech distributor, NILEX, recently hosted a webinar, now available on-demand, entitled The Asphalt Revolution: The Key to Pavement Strength and Extended Service Life, which addresses many FAQs about ACE Fibers.

 During the 45 minute webinar, NILEX provides an overview of the purpose of ACE Fibers, the research and methodology utilized, case study summaries from around the US, and price comparisons with and without ACE Fibers. Read More

Video: ACE XP Selected for Busy Asphalt Road in Colorado

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Blackfeather Trail is a busy asphalt-paved road in Castle Rock, Colorado which faced cracking issues after years of fatigue. The town of Castle Rock sought an innovative and cost-effective solution to repair the road and ensure its durability. Located near a high school and recreation center, high traffic volumes were certain to continue, including a large number of school buses.

Surface Tech distributor Nilex discussed with the town its need for an effective, long-term solution that would reduce costs. The existing road experienced reflective cracking and rutting, and was in poor condition. Castle Rock recognized the value that ACE XP provides to prevent these burdensome and costly issues in the future and chose Nilex and ACE XP for the project. By choosing ACE XP, the town was able to utilize a thinner pavement overlay, resulting in significant cost savings. Read More

Surface Tech to Attend 2017 American Public Works Association’s PWX Convention in Orlando

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PWXSurface Tech, an innovative solutions provider, will engage with professionals from across the country at the 2017 PWX Conference in Orlando and highlight the unique services and suite of products that Surface Tech provides to the Public Works industry.  PWX is hosted by the American Public Works Association and is attended by thousands of public works professionals each year.

“Surface Tech understands the challenges faced by public works professionals and offers solutions that result in significant cost savings, higher quality infrastructure and streamlined processes,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech. “From our groundbreaking digital business platform to our portfolio of specialty concrete and asphalt products, Surface Tech works to provide tangible solutions that are backed by extensive research and solid results.”

Be sure to visit Surface Tech’s booth (#655) and meet Bryan Goerger, Company VP, who along with other Surface Tech representatives and the FL distributor, ACF Environmental/Landsaver, will be on hand to showcase products and demonstrate our digital business solutions platform.

Surface Tech’s platform for products and services encompasses three primary components:  ACETM and AQUTM Fibers for asphalt, Specialty Concrete, and Digital Business Solutions.

Learn more about Surface Tech’s solutions at www.surface-tech.com and read more about the 2017 PWX Conference at //pwx.apwa.net.

Revolutionary Concrete Products offer Strong, Flexible and Cost-Effective Results

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Surface Tech provides effective and practical products that address many common challenges involved with concrete construction today.  Our product portfolio includes solutions such as high-strength, pervious, and temperature-insensitive concretes, as well as other specially-designed reinforcement options.  The benefits of a few of these products are outlined below:

Juno ConcreteJuno – Increased Strength with Fewer Joints

Juno creates slabs that are stronger and more durable with less shrinkage all which help to reduce joints, than those constructed with conventional concrete. Juno is cost effective with the reduction of joint maintenance and no special placing or finishing is required.

 

vesta concreteVesta – Self-Consolidating Concrete with No Vibration Needed

A revolutionary new technology for flooring, Vesta is a self-consolidating concrete that is easily placed and significantly reduces construction time and cost, eliminating the need for vibration due to its fluid and stable properties. Additionally, Vesta is easy to place and accelerates construction schedule by reducing labor and efforts onsite.

 

Waferium ConcreteWaferium – Ultra Flexible and Strong

Waferium provides the opportunity to design sweeping structures with a proven material that has the strength of concrete and the flexibility of potter’s clay. Waferium’s ultra-high strength stems from a unique micro structure consisting of robust fibers and a proprietary low-porosity admixture resulting in a durable, flexible and sustainable concrete for the most challenging of environments.

To learn more about Juno, Vesta, and Waferium or to view our full portfolio of solutions, visit //surface-tech.com/concrete-2017-products/#products.

Video: Example of ACE Fiber Dosing and Application for Kitsap County, Washington

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Recently Kitsap County, Washington chose ACE Fibers for a 12000 TE asphalt pavement project.

“Continuous dosing results in a very thorough blending of the product,” said Joe Dennis, Managing Partner, BreakThrough Technologies. “Because of this, there are no visible fibers in the mix, no change in laydown operations, no bulging edges, and no fibers or asphalt stick to the drum.”

View the dosing operations and application for Kitsap County here:

About 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. Doing so also dramatically improved the treated roads’ life expectancy.

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.

And best of all, no specialty contractors are needed for installation. Contractors handle ACE Fiber reinforced asphalt the same way they handle standard asphalt. This underscores ACE’s technology in being easy to adopt.

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

Getting the Most Mileage from Asphalt Fiber Additives

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Asphalt Fiber AdditivesIt is well-proven that adding asphalt fibers such as ACE Fiber or AQU Fiber™ make asphalt tougher and last longer.  However, the full benefits of these fibers are best realized if incorporated at the design stage.

By introducing fiber additives at the design stage, rather than at the spec stage, the end result is an increased speed of construction and significant reduction of asphalt thickness, in addition to the fiber’s benefits of anti-cracking, strength, and improvement of road quality.

“We have demonstrated through extensive testing in both lab and field, that adding our aramid fibers to asphalt projects, we enhance and strengthen asphalt pavement,” said Joe Dennis, Managing Partner, BreakThrough Technologies. “Coupling our fibers with less asphalt ratio for the entire pavement section creates dramatic cost savings; while still adding performance and life benefits.”

In addition to higher quality roads and cost savings, a project’s carbon footprint can also be greatly reduced as a result of incorporating ACE Fiber or AQU Fiber™  into the design stage.

“The reduction of asphalt thickness coupled with dramatic cost savings is impressive and this can be achieved when introducing fibers at the design stage,” said Dennis.

For more information on ACE or AQU Fibers, please visit www.surface-tech.com.

 

The Right Mix Every Time: Effective Quality Assurance at the Producer Level

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Apshalt MixMany asphalt producers understand the benefit that additives such as ACE and AQU Fibers can provide to both their product and bottom line, but are intimidated by the prospect of accurately dosing a small amount of additive into tons of product.

Surface Tech heard this common concern among asphalt producers and developed an effective approach to quality assurance.  This QA program is championed at the plant level, does not require new equipment or changes in the mix design or any plant processes, and can provide project certification (PE stamp) for each mix.

“Asphalt producers have been searching for a dosing QA program that is easily adopted at the producer level and is managed by engineers and other technical experts,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech. “Through our QA program, producers can reap the proven benefits of additives without assuming unnecessary risk with regards to proper dosing.”

Surface Tech offers options for its QA program.  One option offers onsite assistance at the plant during the mix from technical and engineering staff who will coordinate directly with the plant manager to ensure a quality mix.  Another option is a one-day training to certify the producer’s staff on how to dose themselves with remote assistance.

Aspahlt Mix“When you are looking at mixing 4.2 ounces of fibers into a ton of product, it’s vital that an expert is on hand to ensure success,” said Joe Dennis, Managing Partner, BreakThrough Technologies. “With Surface Tech’s QA program, you can be assured that the technical aspects of dosing will be executed accurately and backed by engineers.”

Surface Tech is able to certify asphalt mixes for ACE and AQU Fibers across all 50 states and throughout all Canadian provinces.  For more information Surface Tech’s QA program, please visit //surface-tech.com/portfolio/ace-fiber-mixing-process/.

 

 

 

 

 

Building a Better (And Proven) Mousetrap

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Asphalt FreewayBigger. Better. Faster. Stronger.  These words commonly describe a newly upgraded version of a product with which we’ve grown comfortably familiar.  Sometimes, the ‘better’ version doesn’t truly back up its claims…other than offering something slightly different than the original did.  Sometimes the newer “improved” version is just plain difficult to learn and use.

Building Materials is no stranger to this phenomenon.  However, technology is rapidly improving for materials, even asphalt, and many are missing out on these incredible advances.  Why? Because of a reluctance to adopt new technology, which is usually rooted in uncertainty that the claims will truly meet expectations.  We can all relate.

Surface Tech understands these concerns, and has implemented an ongoing commitment to research/testing through several channels (lab, field, and academic), thus ensuring the benefits of Surface Tech’s portfolio of asphalt technologies and easing their adoption.

“The industry has found that new asphalt technologies are difficult to adopt because of a lack of intensity to the commitment and investment by the developers to ensure benefits can be easily realized,” said Steve Santa Cruz, President, Surface Tech. “It’s Surface Tech’s marriage of lab-to-field engagement that helps provide peace of mind for those seeking new technology solutions that work.”

Surface Tech has selected and engaged with some of the country’s most accredited asphalt research laboratories; both private and academia.  Its results for the myriad of accepted tests are sound, as are the refined testing applications for a product line-up that doses in such low increments.  In addition, Surface Tech has engaged in state-of-the-art field testing for validation and predictability regimens as well as GIS/GPS site surveying analysis.

The results are outstanding.  To learn more about our product capabilities and proven test results, visit //surface-tech.com/asphalt-overview/

 

ASMBL: Nothing Like Anything the Concrete Industry Has Seen Before

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concrete contractorGame-Changing.  Innovative.  Disruptive.  These are a few of the common reactions describing ASMBL.   ASMBL, a brand new concept for the concrete industry, bridges the gap between concrete contractors and engineers/designers by providing e-content to use for specifications for concrete mix designs offering unique performance characteristics and allow for the interface of contractor 3D software. BIM (Building Information Modeling) would be an example of where this e-content can reside and integrate.

Up until the Surface Tech platform, the concrete elements for a tool like BIM have been very basic. ASMBL allows users access to a database of concrete products, letting them understand a concrete’s performance characteristics, how to manipulate the product and how it will influence design. Users can also more accurately estimate cost of materials and labor.

“ASMBL is a win-win solution for both concrete contractors and the design community,” said Bryan Goerger, Vice President/GM of Surface Tech, Concrete Division.  “Through ASMBL, concrete contractors are able to provide specs on a variety of products and the customer can then easily implement the product choice through their own software.  It makes for a seamless transition that offers a customized approach.”

ASMBL offers many solutions including:

  • Concrete design families which bridge structural designs and construction documents
  • Concrete models which simplify and complement Takeoff, Layout and Asbuilting activities
  • Value-engineered design families which leverage the benefits of high performance concretes
  • Establishes a common platform for quantity take-offs, specifications and assumptions
  • Simplifies bidding and estimating process
  • Unmatched product and service offerings
  • Access to state-of-the-art e-content library of concrete product information, service offerings and best practices
  • Integrates with existing production & back-office software

Take a test drive of ASMBL today and see for yourself the innovative platform that is changing the concrete industry.  Contact us for a demo.