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NACE Diamond Corporate Member- Indiana Soybean Alliance
The Indiana Soybean Alliance (ISA) is excited to join NACE as a Diamond member. We look forward to attending the annual conference in April and hosting a webinar for you soon.
ISA, recognized by the Secretary of U.S. Department of Agriculture as a Qualified State Soybean Board, is a statewide organization that serves Indiana soybean farmers through checkoff, membership and policy programs. Indiana’s soybean checkoff supports research, promotion and educational programs to increase demand, expand markets and find new uses for soybeans.
In 2009, ISA achieved a breakthrough to increase demand for soybeans. It’s a technology branded PoreShieldTM – a revolutionary concrete durability enhancer technology. Where other technologies just coat the surface, PoreShield is different. It is absorbed deep into concrete pores, protecting concrete from the inside out, preventing premature damage.
PoreShield is ideal for bridge construction, major highway projects, other large-scale roadway and concrete infrastructure applications. In a single application, PoreShield extends the service life of concrete by five-to-nine times, protecting against water, salt and freeze/thaw damage.
Unlike any other existing method, it protects concrete from the inside out with a flexible, hydrophobic barrier that is absorbed deep into the pores. With preventive and self-healing properties, this barrier stops any existing damage and deterioration from getting worse. This barrier makes PoreShield the most durable solution available to protect concrete against water, salt and freeze/thaw damage. In fact, it is proven to significantly reduce diffusion of chloride ions, commonly found in deicers, the number one culprit of concrete damage.
In addition to high performance, PoreShield is a sustainable and cost-effective solution. It is derived from soybeans, a renewable resource. PoreShield is low VOC (43.3 g/L), meeting national standards for EPA VOC, as well as CARB. In addition to being safe for air, it is also non-toxic for land and water. It reduces application time. PoreShield requires no personal protective equipment and eliminates the need for hazardous waste cleanup. With reduced application and maintenance costs, combined with extended service life of the concrete, PoreShield is a cost-effective concrete durability enhancer for every budget.
There’s never been a concrete protection technology that works quite like PoreShield. The unique science behind PoreShield allows it to provide protection well beyond conventional products. PoreShield can be applied topically for both preventive and curative purposes on all densities of new or old concrete. And, it can be applied in admixtures, dramatically reducing fluid absorption. This is just the beginning. Our researchers are still discovering new uses for PoreShield – and revolutionizing concrete durability protection as we know it.
To learn more, visit: www.poreshield.com.
About Indiana Soybean Alliance: The Indiana Soybean Alliance works to enhance the viability of Indiana soybean farmers through the effective and efficient investment of soybean checkoff funds that protect and promote the interest of Indiana soybean farmers. The ISA works to assist soybean farmers through its strategic initiatives of market development; environmental, social and economic sustainability; value creation and producer engagement. ISA is led by an elected, farmer board that directs investments of the soybean checkoff funds on behalf of more than 20,000 Indiana soybean farmers. Learn more at www.indianasoybean.com
This communication was funded with Indiana soybean checkoff dollars.


Asphalt rejuvenation available at half the price

New Bio-Based DIY Application Saves Roads and Money Two Ways

It has been tested and proven that using a sustainable, soy-based asphalt rejuvenator such as BIORESTOR can save your county considerable money by extending pavement life and reducing the amount of patching and repair. But what you may not know is that your city or county can save roughly half the cost of using a contractor to apply BIORESTOR when using BioBased Spray Systems Do-It-Yourself equipment.

With large budget cuts happening and dollars having to be stretched farther, there is no better time to invest in a DIY rejuvenation program.

After a BioBased Spray Systems representative visits your operation to determine specific roadway challenges and your usable equipment, you will take delivery of the specifically designed spray system and BIORESTOR rejuvenator. BioBased Spray Systems will provide online training videos and optional in-person training for crews adopting the rejuvenation process.

The savings will continue; purchase of the spray system can pay for itself in just 4 miles of road way treated. This translates into saving as much as half the cost of a typical contractor applied rejuvenation sealing. Add to this the reason for applying BIORESTOR rejuvenator – extending pavement life by 40%1 – and your county will really see the benefits add up.

Results published in the Spring 2019 issue of Asphalt Technology News placed BIORESTOR-­­ as the highest ranking rejuvenating fog sealant against six other products in their test study2.

In an article originally appearing in the Spring 2020 edition of Crossroads magazine3, Cass County Road Commission (CCRC) in Michigan, began using BIORESTOR in 2015, and has applied the treatment every year since.

“We’d been experimenting and looking at other treatment alternatives,” Joe Bellina, PE, CCRC chief engineer, said. “The standards are thin overlays, asphalt overlays and chip seals. We wanted to see if there were any other marketable items that would suit our purposes and give us additional longevity in our pavement life. At the same time, we wanted it to be cost-effective and friendlier to the motoring public.”

At two-thirds the cost of standard chip seal, the soybean-based rejuvenator, BIORESTOR, was a winning solution. CCRC has already seen a reduction in cracking and raveling on the surface layer of asphalt.

“So far the product has done exactly what we hoped it would do,” Bellina said. CCRC performed a series of water infiltration tests to make sure BIORESTOR was keeping the pavement sealed and blocking water from getting in.

Bellina noted that in the first year of application, CCRC didn’t see the kind of cracking they’d find in a normal surface roadway. “The cracking was far less prevalent and less water was coming back through from the underlying pavement,” he said.

Compared to traditional sealants, the pavement rejuvenator has also performed well in terms of visual appeal.

“This road treatment is a clear substance, so it doesn’t affect the appearance of the roadway,” Bellina said. “It keeps the pavement a little darker than the normal oxidation process as viewed by the traveling public, but unlike seal coat or chip seal, there isn’t a visible difference. I think so far it’s a little more friendly to the traveling public than some of the standard procedures.”

The Jackson County Department of Transportation (JCDOT) is also testing out the product; after extensive research, they began their first project in fall 2019. Like CCRC, JCDOT was looking for alternatives to the traditional chip seal. JCDOT’s goal is to treat 35-40 miles of road; in 2019, they completed 18.6 miles. The department has plans to continue the process this year.

“Any product we can use that can cut down the cracking and prevent water infiltration into the pavement at a reasonable cost is helpful to our roads and the public as a whole,” Bellina said. “If we can reduce water infiltration and lengthen the lifespan of the treatments we apply, that’s all for the better.”


BIORESTOR® Asphalt Rejunvenator is a product of BioBased Spray Systems LLC in Sidney, Ohio. These products are cost-effective, environmentally safe, biobased and a certified product in the USDA BioPreferred program. Contact Michael Freisthler at 888.743.7319 for a free consultation so you can save time, money and the environment. Biorestor.com.

1 Savings reported by Darke County Ohio Road engineer James Surber
2   http://www.eng.auburn.edu/research/centers/ncat/info-pubs/newsletters/newsspring19.pdf
3  This article originally appeared in the Spring 2020 edition of Crossroads magazine, the quarterly publication of the County Road Association (CRA) of Michigan. Reprinted with permission of CRA. © 2020 County Road Association of Michigan.


Tensar helps engineers, contractors and owners build better by using geogrid technology. With clear advantages in performance, design, and installation, Tensar's proven geogrid technology can solve challenges across a wide range of applications such as enhancing pavement designs, stabilizing soft soils, and reinforcing retaining walls and slopes. With decades of research and real-world experience under our belts, Tensar's world-renowned geogrid products set the industry standard.

So, what are geogrids? Geogrids are a geosynthetic material used to improve the performance of soil and granular materials. Tensar developed TriAx Geogrid specifically to enhance the performance of trafficked surfaces, like roads and other pavement structures, offsetting increasing material costs while withstanding growing traffic loads.

Tensar offers a system approach to construction. That means we'll partner with you throughout your project's lifespan - from planning and design to installation and on-site consulting - to help cut labor and material costs and get the job done faster. You will experience the convenience of having a supplier, design support, and site assistance all through one team of qualified sales managers and engineers.

Ready to build better pavements? Visit our online resource center where you can watch informative webinars, download free tools, and read examples of how TriAx Geogrid saved money and extended pavement life from low volume roads to the busiest interstate highways.

July 2020

ExeVision, Inc.--Proud 2020 Gold Member of NACE

As a new NACE sponsor, we thought it might be helpful to provide a quick overview of ExeVision. This is ExeVision's first year as a NACE sponsor following a great experience as an exhibitor at the Annual Conference in Wichita. ExeVision is the provider of affordable, web-based Project Development software solutions for county transportation agencies.

Founded in 1994 as a custom software development company, ExeVision has focused exclusively on providing road construction software solutions to state departments of transportation since 2008. In recent years, ExeVision has answered the needs of county transportation agencies to eliminate paper construction processes and take advantage of the same efficient electronic solutions used by state DOTs, but at a fraction of the cost, making it available and cost-effective for just about any county.

ExeVision provides a web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Construction Project Development solution that efficiently manages construction projects including daily diaries, change orders, pay estimates, placements, field data collection, reporting, etc. As a subscription service, the software application is completely hosted and managed by ExeVision, so no additional overhead is required by the county.

Over the years, ExeVision has helped many agencies upgrade from paper-based, manual construction processes to efficient web-based solutions. For agencies needing electronic bidding, materials management/LIMS, project estimating or civil rights reporting, these too are available as part of the integrated Project Development (iPDWeb) solution.

See more about us at: https://www.ipdsoftware.com/saas


June 2020

Hartman Products, LP is excited to be a new corporate member of the National Association of County Engineers, and to prove it, we are offering a 10% discount on all of our products to all NACE members thru August 2020.  

Hartman Products, LP was founded in 2001 with an idea that would make installing endwalls/headwalls at the end of your culvert pipe easy for everybody. The stormwater industry was moving more towards HDPE plastic pipe because it was lightweight and easy to install. Bruce Hartman, the founder of Hartman Products, LP, had done a lot of drainage work over the years and with the move towards plastic in the industry, thought why not use the same concept for a stay-in-place form for the headwalls/endwalls at the end of the drainage pipe? After securing some investment thru local angel investors, the local Small Business Development Center helped him develop some stay-in-place forms made of LLDPE plastic, that look like a hand laid stone wall. Hartman Products, LP contracted with a major U.S. rotational molder to make the product for them and they continue to manufacture the product only in the U.S.A. today. The next steps were to get the industry to accept this new concept and approve our product's use throughout the country. The HartmanEW System for headwalls/endwalls has been installed on thousands of projects across the US as well as in Canada since 2001 and the product has been approved by 8 State DOT Agencies for use as well as multiple counties, cities, and townships. It is exceptionally durable and has survived thru major disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. The installer can simply lift the plastic stay-in-place form in to place at the end of the culvert pipe by their self (it only weighs 42lbs.), then the form is filled with any material to give it weight, including concrete, sand, stone, or just plain dirt, and then put the lid on and secure it down with stainless steel or galvanized screws. It is that easy and that quick, so try it, and you will never do it any other way!

Go to: www.hartmanendwalls.com for more information.   

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