The International Slurry Surfacing Association (ISSA) is a nonprofit association dedicated to the interests, education and success of slurry and micro surfacing, chip sealing and crack treatment professionals and corporations around the world.
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 expand 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 towards 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. Registration materials were distributed mid-summer via the AEMA, ARRA, ISSA, and PPRA websites, regular email, Facebook, and Twitter. Members helped promote this meeting by bringing it to the attention of agency customers by forwarding the messages we sent or writing and distributing one of their own. Contacts were encouraged to “like” us on Facebook.
The International Slurry Surfacing Association is an international non-profit trade association comprised of contractors, equipment manufacturers, public officials, research personnel, consulting engineers and other industry interests, working together to promote the concept of pavement preservation with the increased and more efficient use of slurry and micro surfacing, chip seal and crack treatment in roadway pavements.
ISSA Members voted in 2008 to expand the scope of the association to include chip sealing and crack treating. New technical committees have been formed to represent these new disciplines, and to develop specifications, promotional brochures, training materials, just as we have for slurry and micro surfacing.
No matter what goes on with politics, social issues, anti-terrorism policies and procedures, or the economy, one thing is certain – America needs its highways. Everyone acknowledges that sooner or later all roads have to be maintained and preserved, and that the methods represented by the International Slurry Surfacing Association offer the least expensive, longest lasting alternatives for stretching available dollars.
ISSA members are an integral part of the continuing effort for system preservation to provide a safe, cost-efficient, and comprehensive network of roads and highways. The industry remains a strong, healthy component of the highway maintenance and preservation market. Public agencies are stretching their dollars by paying increased attention to the benefits of our preservation techniques. Environmentalists, taxpayers and legislators will be pleased to know that ISSA member contractors are responsible for making their roads last longer, keeping them safer, and requiring the use of fewer raw materials.
ISSA continues to take steps to increase its visibility on federal, state, and local levels. We are actively involved with the FHWA, FP2 and the National Center for Pavement Preservation. We continue to conduct joint Annual Meetings with the Asphalt Emulsion Manufacturers Association (AEMA) and the Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association (ARRA). ISSA officials in the past several years have come to Washington, DC, to meet with key Federal Highway Administration officials and highway industry association executives. Our relationships with other highway-related organizations helps keep us attuned to what is going on at the Federal level and provides us with key contacts. A cornerstone of ISSA’s efforts to increase the market share for slurry and micro surfacing has been our work through local organizations, universities, and technology transfer centers to conduct seminars which benefit those involved in the design, construction and maintenance of streets, roads and highways, not to mention the ever-popular Slurry Systems Workshop, next scheduled for January 20 – 23, 2015, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
To further bolster the dissemination of its message, ISSA contracted in late 2010 with BMG Green to build and conduct an industry-wide awareness campaign, Preserving Roads – Smart Now & Tomorrow.
Throughout the year, ISSA 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 and applications. And, in 2014, ISSA co-hosted the FP2 hospitality suite at the Transportation Research Board‘s Annual Convention in Washington, DC. PPRA also regularly exhibits at the meetings of the National Association of County Engineers and the AASHTO Subcommittee on Maintenance. Our members have been speakers for programs sponsored by various state superintendents’ organizations, county engineers’ associations and other highway-related groups.
The International Slurry Surfacing Association continues to serve as an excellent network for the information exchange and technology transfer among professionals in the highway industry. Although the Association does not maintain a technical staff, we continue to address a surprisingly large volume of inquiries through our website at www.slurry.org, and through e-mails to the headquarters office, which are distributed to ISSA’s Technical Response Team to formulate a timely, non-biased response. ISSA will continue to be able to address concerns of a technical nature by calling upon the tremendous bank of expertise that exists throughout its membership. Time and again, persons calling ISSA Headquarters after receiving little useful assistance from other sources are thrilled to be referred to a member or members who can answer their questions. ISSA gets the job done! As stated many times before, the dissemination of information is one of the most valuable services any trade association can perform.
In a continuing effort to keep abreast of technological advances, ISSA continues to enhance its website at www.slurry.org and plans to make this medium its primary tool for information dissemination. This year, we launched a complete rebuild of the website. We are actively engaged in developing more sophisticated options on our website, meeting registration lists, and more. E-mail and website addresses are provided on both the website and in the directory whenever available.
Among the tools in the ISSA tool box is a DVD that presents marketing information in electronic format and complements the High Performance Slurry Systems brochure, more than 20,000 copies of which have been distributed. The introduction of that brochure, and the matching trade show display, was a proud moment for ISSA and is available only through ISSA members. ISSA’s Marketing Committee and Board of Directors all agree this brochure is written in our words, the terms and practices that ISSA has been promoting for 50 years. We urge you to put them in the hands of every user agency, every specifier, every materials engineer, every street superintendent, every consulting engineer, and every civil engineering professor and student you know!
Last Fall marked the formal launch of a brand new ISSA/FHWA-sponsored web-based training opportunity consisting of three 120-minute modules covering How to Construct High Quality Slurry Seal and Micro Surfacing Treatments (Parts 1 and 2), and How to Construct High Quality Chip Seal Treatments. This training will be available free of charge to all interested parties. Complete log-in information appears in the advertisement on page XX.
A list of ISSA’s Board of Directors appears on page XX. of this directory. All interested members are invited to contact these representatives to communicate their thoughts and concerns for ISSA activities, both current and future. More specific and up-to-date information is always available from the ISSA headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.
ISSA continues to be a forum for the exchange of ideas and solutions to recycling concerns. More importantly, ISSA will continue to develop new programs, strategies and funding not only to improve the technological side of the industry but to increase the market share for slurry and micro surfacing, as compared to other types of maintenance and preservation options.