AEMA is a proactive organization dedicated to the advancement of the asphalt emulsion industry, constantly focusing on system preservation and the construction of the world’s infrastructure.
After more than a decade of working together, the Boards of the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association, the Asphalt Recycling & Reclaiming Association, and the International Slurry Surfacing Association, launched the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance (PPRA) in 2011. PPRA is not an organization, or a separate entity, and AEMA, ARRA, & ISSA continue to exist as they have since their inceptions. PPRA is more a formal recognition of an agreement to work together to cooperatively represent and promote the technologies, processes, and applications currently represented and promoted individually by AEMA, ARRA & ISSA.
For several years, AEMA, ARRA & ISSA have conducted a joint annual meeting. They began publishing a joint newsletter in 2010. PPRA is an extension of these types of cooperative programs. It is well understood the three groups participate in many of the same activities, such as workshops, seminars, newsletters, certain trade shows, and more. The alliance concept allows the three to more formally combine forces effectively, efficiently, and economically, and to show a greater return on investment to our members, much as we’ve done with the annual meeting.
PPRA branding was introduced at the 2011 AEMA-ARRA-ISSA Annual Meeting. The joint newsletter continues, and PPRA branding is now evident in the AEMA, ARRA & ISSA exhibits at World of Asphalt, NACE, AASHTO, CONEXPO, APWA, and other industry trade gatherings. The alliance concept offers all three groups more recognition on each other’s programs. AEMA’s ISAET will likely be expanded to include more technical presentations related to micro surfacing or full depth reclamation, for example, and ARRA’s Semi-Annual Meeting could add presentations on chip seals over recycled surfaces.
Guided by three delegates from each of the Association Boards, the Pavement Preservation & Recycling Alliance is funded with existing monies from existing line items in the respective budgets of each group (newsletter, promotion, trade shows, etc.). PPRA is still in its infancy, but shows huge potential for partnering and speaking with a larger, unified voice as AEMA, ARRA & ISSA continue to carry their message to consulting engineers and government at all levels, and to the entire pavement preservation & recycling industries. All members of AEMA, ARRA & ISSA are kept well-apprised of all PPRA initiatives.
The first PPRA Fall Meeting was held November 10 – 13, 2013, in Dallas. This event combined many of the aspects of what has been the AEMA Emulsion Workshop and the ARRA Semi-Annual Meeting, and it was a new event for ISSA. All Boards met on the morning of the first day, followed by AEMA’s ITC meetings, ARRA’s CORE Subcommittee meetings, and ISSA’s Slurry/Micro, Chip Seal, and Crack Treatment Committees; this day was geared toward the internal work of all three associations. The next two days consisted of a Pavement Preservation & Recycling Seminar, geared heavily towards agency personnel and consulting engineers.
The Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA) exists to promote the increased and more efficient use of asphalt emulsions. Since 1973, the Association has served as a forum for discussion, a clearinghouse of information, and a platform of action for the asphalt emulsion industry. Through its meetings, seminars, website, and publications, AEMA has helped to bring state-of-the-art asphalt emulsion technology to all parts of the world. The Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association is an excellent network for information exchange and technology transfer among professionals in the highway industry. Although the Association does not maintain a technical staff, it is able to address concerns of a technical nature by calling upon the tremendous bank of expertise that exists throughout its membership.
A cornerstone of AEMA’s technology transfer program is the International Technical Committee (ITC). Charged with developing technical activities, programs, and publications, in response to and in anticipation of market and production requirements, the ITC functions with four standing committees and several more subcommittees, all with specific areas of technical and program responsibility. The AEMA Technical Committee Guide and the ITC Committee Chairmen listing appear elsewhere in this directory.
AEMA continues to take steps to increase its visibility on federal, state, local, and international levels. We have conducted joint meetings with the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA) and the International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA). AEMA officials in the past year have come to Washington, DC, to meet with key Federal Highway Administration officials and highway industry association executives. AEMA’s membership in the American Highway Users Alliance (AHUA), the Road Information Program (TRIP), FP2 Inc., and the Transportation Construction Coalition, four of the main forces behind the passage of the Highway Bill and leaders in making sure that funds are spent on the highways, helps keep us attuned to what is going on at the Federal level and provides us with key contacts. And our membership in the International Bitumen Emulsion Federation assists our involvement in the international arena. A cornerstone of AEMA’s efforts to increase the market share for asphalt emulsions has been our work through local organizations, universities, and technology transfer centers to conduct seminars to benefit those involved in the design, construction and maintenance of streets, roads and highways. Throughout the year, AEMA members have again participated in a wide range of local, regional and national seminars and conferences to promote the industry and the recent improvements in technology. In early 2014, AEMA was in attendance at the Transportation Research Board’s Annual Convention in Washington, DC, as part of the FP2 Inc. outreach. And AEMA has been a part of the National Center for Pavement Preservation since its inception. Members continue to participate at other more regional professional gatherings, and serve as speakers for programs sponsored by various state superintendents’ organizations, county engineers associations and other highway-related groups. As continuing evidence of AEMA’s commitment to technology transfer, the Association is planning the Sixth International Symposium on Asphalt Emulsion Technology (ISAET ’16) in the Fall of 2016, again in Crystal City, Virginia. Members last met internationally in October 2010 at the SFERB World Emulsions Day and the 5th World Congress on Emulsions in Lyon, France, and will do so again in Paris in 2015 for the joint AEMA-ARRA-ISSA-PPRA with IBEF and ICPP.
AEMA will continue its work in the areas of technical specifications and other educational services. More specifically, the ITC is publishing a new version of the Recommended Performance Guidelines for Asphalt Emulsions, and the Basic Asphalt Emulsion Manual, in partnership with the Asphalt Institute, undergoes constant review. The AEMA marketing brochure, with well over 10,000 copies distributed, is yet another tool for members to use in promoting asphalt emulsions. Furthermore, the Association will continue to enhance its involvement with various governmental agencies and other segments of the highway industry and, in fact, is an active participant with the Federal Highway Administration and FP2 Inc. in producing the Pavement Preservation Short Course with the National Highway Institute, to complement the FHWA/FP2/AEMA video: Preventive Maintenance – Project Selection – Right Road, Right Treatment, Right Time. Members and others can look forward to new enhancements at www.aema.org, AEMA’s website (please check the FAQ’s). In the past year, the PPRA booth was again on display at the National Association of County Engineers annual meeting, and other industry trade shows, to emphasize AEMA’s enduring efforts to showcase asphalt emulsions as the choice when it comes to pavement preservation and rehabilitation technology.
A list of AEMA’s Board of Directors appears at aema.org/about-us/boardofdirectors, with an overview of the committee structures on aema.org/about-us/committees. All interested members are invited to contact these representatives and groups to communicate their thoughts and concerns for AEMA activities, both current and future. More specific and up-to-date information is always available from the AEMA headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland, just outside Washington, DC. AEMA continues to be a forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions to emulsion concerns. More importantly, AEMA will continue to develop new programs, strategies and funding to not only improve the technological side of the industry but to promote the increased and more efficient use of asphalt emulsions. With new programs being planned at the committee and regional levels and coordinated at the national level, the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association is able to more readily respond to the needs of its members and the highway industry.