May 18, 2017
The National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association‘s (NSSGA) Engineering and Technical Committee, led by Committee Chair Darin Matson, president and CEO of Rogers Group, Inc., is working to provide workable solutions to the industry’s challenges and to encourage consistent design and product specifications between federal and state agencies.
“Who better than engineers from the aggregates industry to provide advice on the correct use of our products?” said Matson in a press release. “This committee will build on existing relationships with federal and state agencies so the end products — roads, bridges, buildings, runways, and other critical infrastructure components — can be constructed in the most efficient and economical way.”
The committee is working with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to improve runway design, as some aggregate producers have trouble meeting some of the current specifications for runway surface and base layers. The committee says consideration should be given in specifications for differences in the local stone and stone sand and gravel geology without jeopardizing the overall performance of the pavement structures.
“As we work with the FAA to revise its durable runway specs, we encourage any engineers who are passionate about any issue to provide their knowledge and expertise to any government agency involved with the built environment,” Matson said in the press release, adding that engineers with a particular passion for a given issue should get involved and help drive an agenda to strengthen the aggregates industry.
Randy Weingart, former materials director at Luck Stone, will fill the newly-created position of director of engineering and technical policy at NSSGA, where he will coordinate the efforts of the committee and serve as NSSGA’s point-of-contact for any members with technical or engineering questions.
The next E&T Committee meeting will be during the Legislative and Policy Forum/Fall Board Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 25, 2017. The meeting will give engineers a chance to discuss ongoing projects and industry challenges with lawmakers on Capitol Hill and advocate for aggregates as the nation rebuilds its infrastructure.