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AASHTO re:source Q & A Podcast

Join the conversation as we discuss testing, quality management, and continual improvement topics within the construction materials industry. Learn more about AASHTO re:source at AASHTOresource.org.

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Season 4 Recap
We share some of the highlights from this past season and explain why we take a break in March and April (spoiler, it's because of the AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange).Related information:AASHTO re:source EventsThe Stream by AASHTO: A Conversation with AASHTO President, Craig ThompsonS4 E05: Paving with Recycled Plastic - Hawaii's Pilot Project - Part 4S4 E07: Geotechnical Investigations at Oklahoma DOTS4 E10: Soft Skills: Dealing with StressS4 E15: Talking Balanced Mix Design with Illinois DOTS4 E16: Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and the CO DOTS4 E22: Soft Skills: Goal Setting - Part 2
17:57 2/27/24
Webinar Audio: A Behind-the-scenes Look at Assessment Scheduling
We share the audio from January 2024's webinar "A Behind-the-scenes Look at Assessment Scheduling." Related informaiton: AASHTO re:university Webinar Series: A Behind-the-scenes Look at Assessment Schedulinghttp://aashtoresource.org/lap 
39:10 2/20/24
Umbrella Accreditation
Get a high-level overview of why a laboratory's AASHTO Accreditation is not an "umbrella" accreditation that extends to other locations. Related information:S1 E13: FAQ - Mobile Lab AccreditationS1 E16: Understanding Technician Certification RequirementsS1 E35: FAQ - AASHTO Accreditation Directory S1 E37: FAQ - Multi-Site and Off-Site PersonnelS2 E09:  FAQ - Can I back-date my accreditation to when I received my assessment? S2 E20: Terminology - Accreditation, Certification, and Related TermsS2 E37: FAQ - Field Tests and ASTM E329 (Concrete) AASHTO Accreditation Policy on Mobile LaboratoriesAASHTO Accreditation Policy and Guidance on Temporary LaboratoriesTemporary Facility Accreditation Extension FormWhat's the Difference? Accreditation, Certification, and Related TermsAASHTO Accreditation Policy and Guidance on Multi-Site PersonnelMulti-Site or Off-Site Personnel Form
28:53 2/13/24
Mail Call! (February 2024)
We go through Brian's inbox to answer some of the questions he's been asked recently. Related information:S3 E17: From the Cutting Room Floor - Consensus Standards S2 E19: FAQ - Refusal of ServiceS1 E39: FAQ - Policy for New Lab Internal Audits and Management ReviewsS1 E31: FAQ - How long does it take to get accredited? AASHTO re:university Webinar Series: A Behind the Scenes Look at Assessment SchedulingAASHTO Accreditation Policy and Guidance on Refusal of ServiceSpecifiers
38:28 2/6/24
Common Findings in Aggregate Testing - Part 2
How familiar are you with fine and coarse aggregate specific gravity tests? Does your knowledge surpass Kim's? It's not difficult, but find out as we discuss some of the most common nonconformities for AASHTO T 84/ASTM C128 and AASTHO T 85/ASTM C127.Related information: Common Findings In Aggregate TestingS4 E34: Common Findings in Aggregate Testing - Part 1S2 E31: Top Nonconformities for AASHTO T84 and ASTM C128Top Nonconformities AASHTO T84 and ASTM C128S2 E05: FAQ - Which report findings are required to be resolved?How to Resolve AASHTO re:source and CCRL Report Findings
33:28 1/30/24
Common Findings in Aggregate Testing - Part 1
Have Kim's guesses of common nonconformities improved as we move along in this series? Find out how she does as we discuss some of the most common nonconformities during aggregate testing in regards to general equipment, AASHTO T 11/ASTM C117 and AASHTO T 27/ASTM C136.Related information:S4 E32: Common Findings in Concrete Assessments: ASTM C138, C172, C173, C231, C617, C1231S4 E18: FAQ - What is the difference between an observation and a nonconformity?S3 E34: Sieve Requirements and ASTM E11S2 E05: FAQ - Which report findings are required to be resolved?Behind the Screens: Determining the Sufficiency of Mechanical Sieving DevicesSieves: Making the Grade, Part ISieves: Making the Grade, Part 2Balances 101How to Resolve AASHTO re:source and CCRL Report FindingsAASHTO re:source Policy and Guidance on Go-No-Go Gauges 
27:06 1/23/24
Enforcing the AASHTO Accreditation Policy on Publicizing Accreditation
While the policy on how to publicize your AASHTO Accreditation hasn't really changed, how it is being enforced recently did. We discuss what this means for AASHTO Accredited laboratories. Related informaiton:  AASHTO Accreditation Policy on Publicizing Accreditation S2 E07: FAQ - Publicizing AASHTO Accreditation AASHTO Accreditation DirectoryFalse Claims of Accreditation
33:58 1/16/24
Common Findings in Concrete Assessments: ASTM C138, C172, C173, C231, C617, C1231
In this "Common Findings" episode, we continue with the concrete series and discuss ASTM C138, C172, C173, C231, C617, and C1231.  As a refresher, in this series, Kim blindly tries to guess some of the most common nonconformities in concrete assessment reports, and then Brian shares the actual findings and some possible ways to resolve them. Related information: Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C138, C172, C173, C231, C617, C1231 companion documentS4 E29: Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C31, C39, C78, C511 S4 E26: Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C1077S4 E18: FAQ - What is the difference between an observation and a nonconformity?S3 E10: Common Concrete Nonconformities S2 E05: FAQ - Which report findings are required to be resolved?How to Resolve AASHTO re:source and CCRL Report Findings
18:41 1/9/24
December PSP Insights - Performance Graded Asphalt Binder, Viscosity Graded Asphalt Cement, and Slurry & Micro Systems
John, Ryan, and Joe join us once again, this time to discuss the recent Performance Graded Asphalt Binder, Viscosity Graded Asphalt Cement, and  Slurry and Micro Systems samples. Related information: S4 E27:  November PSP Insights - Unmodified Emulsified Asphalt and PaintS4 E20:  October PSP Insights - Aggregate Gradation and GravityS4 E14:  August PSP Insights - Polymer-Modified Emulsified AsphaltS4 E13: August PSP Insights - Gyratory S4 E12: August PSP Insights - Marshall and HveemS4 E06: June PSP Insights (PGB and BAC)S4 E03: May PSP InsightsS3 E30: November PSP InsightsS3 E23: September PSP InsightsS3 E15: July PSP InsightsS2 E29: The Proficiency Sample Program Participation Guide and Prerequisites for Accreditation 
38:07 1/2/24
AASHTO re:source Confidentiality Policy Explained
Learn who, what, where, why, and when we can share specific customer information.Related information:AASHTO re:source Policy on ConfidentialityS2 E28: FAQ - Mail Call!S2 E15: What is the ATG?S1 E35: FAQ - AASHTO Accreditation Directory
34:09 12/19/23
Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C31, C39, C78, C511
Continuing the "Common Findings" series, with no context, Kim guesses the most common nonconformity in concrete assessment reports for ASTM C31, C39, C78, and C511. Then Brian shares a few of the real common findings for those standards and some general tips on how to resolve them.Related information: Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C31, C39, C78, C511 companion documentHow to Resolve AASHTO re:source and CCRL Report FindingsThe Cure for the Cure: A Guide to ASTM C511 and Your Curing FacilitiesS4 E26: Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C1077 S4 E18: FAQ - What is the difference between an observation and a nonconformity?S2 E13: FAQ - License PE Requirements S2 E05: FAQ - Which report findings are required to be resolved?S1 E12: Curing Facilities - ASTM C511 and AASHTO M 201
15:00 12/12/23
Sneak Peek into TechEx 2024
We are giving listeners a sneak peek into the planning of the 2024 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange and sharing details about what they can expect from this unique industry event. Related information: aashtoresource.org/events 
31:20 12/5/23
November PSP Insights - Unmodified Emulsified Asphalt and Paint
John and Joe join us to discuss the most recent Unmodified Emulsified Asphalt and Paint sample rounds. Related Information: S3 E30 November PSP Insights (2022)http://aashtoresource.org/psp/schedulehttp://aashtoresource.org/psp/reportshttp://aashtoresource.org/psp/sample-round-analysis
22:25 11/28/23
Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C1077
In this "Family Feud" type episode, Kim tries to guess the most common nonconformity in concrete assessment reports for ASTM C1077. Then Brian shares a few of the real common findings for that standard and some general tips on how to resolve them.Related information: Common Findings in Concrete Assessments - ASTM C1077 companion documentHow to Resolve AASHTO re:source and CCRL Report FindingsAssessment Corrective Action Report FormProficiency Sample Corrective Action Report FormS1 E15: FAQ - How and when do I respond to low ratings?S1 E16: Understanding Technician Certification RequirementsS1 E19: FAQ - Does my Laboratory Manager have to be a Professional Engineer?S2 E04: FAQ - How many times can I try to resolve the same nonconformity?S2 E05: FAQ - Which report findings are required to be resolvedS2 E13: FAQ - License PE RequirementsS2 E19: FAQ - Refusal of ServiceS2 E30: Top Nonconformities of AASHTO T209 and ASTM D2041S2 E31: Top Nonconformities for AASHTO T84 and ASTM C128S2 E35: Top Nonconformities for AASHTO T 315 and ASTM D7175S2 E37: FAQ - Field Tests and ASTM E329 (Concrete)S2 E42: Top Nonconformities for AASHTO T 59S3 E02: Reports and RecordsS3 E10: Common Concrete Nonconformities S4 E18: FAQ - What is the difference between an observation and a nonconformity?
17:59 11/21/23
The Value of Internal Audits - Part 2
We look into the AASHTO Accreditation Program's recent internal audit to share insights as to how the process has added value to the program and organization. Related InformationS4 E24: The Value of Internal Audits - Part 1February 2023 Webinar - Internal Audits: What's the Point?S3 E7: Internal Audits - Back to BasicsS3 E3: Internal Audit Awareness Month - Who Can Perform Internal Audits?S2 E24: Taken from TechEx: Internal Audits: The Focus on ImprovementS2 E12: Conducting Effective Internal AuditsS1 E39: FAQ - Policy for New Lab Internal Audits and Management ReviewsS1 E28: Management Review Extended Q & AInternal Auditing: Just the Facts, Ma’am!S2 E15: What is the ATG?
30:11 11/14/23
The Value of Internal Audits - Part 1
We are joined by AASHTO re:source Quality Manager, Tracy Barnhart to cover some of the basics of conducting an internal audit and how the process is valuable to individuals and organizations. Related InformationFebruary 2023 Webinar - Internal Audits: What's the Point?S3 E7: Internal Audits - Back to BasicsS3 E3: Internal Audit Awareness Month - Who Can Perform Internal Audits?S2 E24: Taken from TechEx: Internal Audits: The Focus on ImprovementS2 E12: Conducting Effective Internal AuditsS1 E39: FAQ - Policy for New Lab Internal Audits and Management ReviewsS1 E28: Management Review Extended Q & AInternal Auditing: Just the Facts, Ma’am!AASHTO re:source ISO/IEC 17025 Assessment: What to Expect and Tips to Prepare
21:39 11/7/23
Webinar Audio: Benefits of a Corporate Quality Management System (QMS) Review
We share audio from the October 19, 2023 webinar Benefits of a Corporate Quality Management System (QMS) Review.   Senior Quality Analyst, Trudy Eckstine covers the basics of if an AASHTO re:source corporate QMS review is right for your laboratory. Related information: Complete Webinar Recording: https://youtu.be/odHZLzSJhSI?si=K7Wo4R65mvxajldWPolicy and Guidance on Corporate Quality Management System (QMS) Reviews Corporate QMS Review Request Form
33:23 10/31/23
Soft Skills: Goal Setting - Part 2
We share 8 brainstorming questions to help you set more effective goals and discuss how these questions would be tweaked based on if you are setting personal or professional/organizational goals.Related information:S4 E21: Soft Skills: Goal Setting Part 1S4 E10: Soft Skills: Dealing with StressS3 E18: Soft Skills: Authentic Networking
18:27 10/24/23
Soft Skills: Goal Setting - Part 1
We discuss the basics of personal and professional goal setting (including SMART, HARD, and DUMB goals), as well as the role personal and organizational values play in creating effective goals.Related information:S4 E10: Soft Skills: Dealing with StressS3 E18: Soft Skills: Authentic Networking
27:57 10/17/23
October PSP Insights - Aggregate Gradation and Gravity
John Malusky and Ryan LaQuay from the Proficiency Sample Program (PSP) join us to discuss the results of the recent Aggregate Gradation and Gravity samples 3 and 4. Plus, share in our excitement as we discover the benefits of using slide lock bags in the PSP packaging process. Related information:S4 E14: S4 E14: August PSP Insights - Polymer-Modified Emulsified AsphaltS4 E13: August PSP Insights - GyratoryS4 E 12: August PSP Insights - Marshall and HveemI Received A Low PSP Score, What Next?S3 E23: September PSP Insights
31:43 10/10/23
Poll the Listeners! What Do You Want to Hear Next?
We want your feedback! Head over to the  AASHTO re:source LinkedIn page and answer the current poll.  We want to know what types of podcast episodes you want to hear more of in the future.  
09:53 10/3/23
FAQ - What is the difference between an observation and a nonconformity?
Some people call them gigs, docks, dings, notes, or deficiencies. CCRL calls them footnotes. AASHTO re:source calls them findings and classifies findings into 2 categories: observations and nonconformities. We learn the differences and discuss some best practices on how to resolve them. Related Information: How to Resolve AASHTO re:source and CCRL Report FindingsAssessment Corrective Action Report FormS1 E25: FAQ - Policy on Resolving Findings During the AssessmentS2 E05: FAQ - Which report findings are required to be resolved?http://aashtoresource.org/contact-ushttp://aashtoresource.org/aap/faqs
24:22 9/26/23
From the Cutting Room Floor - Potential Changes to the Proficiency Sample Program
We learn how, and why changes are made to the AASHTO re:source Proficiency Sample Program. Plus get a sneak peek at some potential changes coming soon. Related information:S4 E13:  August PSP Insights - Gyratoryaashtoresource.org/psp
09:13 9/19/23
Environmental Product Declarations at Colorado DOT
Craig Wieden, from Colorado DOT, joins us to discuss Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) and shares insights into implementing EPD requirements for material used in projects throughout the state.Related information: https://www.codot.gov/business/designsupport/materials-and-geotechnical/epdhttps://www.asphaltpavement.org/programs/napa-programs/emerald-eco-label
26:15 9/12/23
Talking Balanced Mix Design with Illinois DOT
Brian Pfeifer and Brian Hill from the Illinois DOT, join us to talk about developing a balanced mix design program in their state. Related information:Testing Protocols to Ensure Performance of High Asphalt Binder Replacement Mixes Using RAP and RASDevelopment of Long-Term Aging Protocol for Implementation of the Illinois Flexibility Index Test (I-FIT) Utilizing Lab Tests To Predict Asphalt Concrete Overlay Performance Positive Practices, Lessons Learned, and Challenges When Implementing Balanced Design of Asphalt Mixtures: Site Visits Tech Brief: Balanced Asphalt Mix Design: Eight Tasks for Implementation Case Studies on the Implementation of Balanced Mix Design and Performance Tests for Asphalt Mixtures: Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) North Central Peer Exchange on Balanced Mix Design (BMD): Outcomes Summary:  Seven States from the North Central U.S. gathered for a peer exchange and discussion on implementation activities to support Balanced Mix Design (BMD)
36:25 9/5/23
August PSP Insights - Polymer-Modified Emulsified Asphalt
Yes. Another PSP Insights episode this month. We dive into the Polymer-Modified Emulsified Asphalt sample round results and the lessons learned after this first round. Related information: S4 E13: August PSP Insights - GyratoryS4 E 12: August PSP Insights - Marshall and HveemI Received A Low PSP Score, What Next?
27:54 8/29/23
August PSP Insights - Gyratory
We get insights into the Asphalt Mixture Gyratory 55/56 sample rounds and share some tips to avoid common issues labs may encounter when running these tests.Related information: S4 E12:  August PSP Insights - Marshall and HveemUnboxing AASHTO re:source Proficiency Sample: Asphalt Mixtures Gyratory Design - HMG 55-56I Received A Low PSP Score, What Next?
20:47 8/22/23
August PSP Insights - Marshall and Hveem
John, Ryan, and Joe are back to discuss the most recent Asphalt Mixture Marshall and Hveem proficiency samples. This was the first year the Hveem sample was separated by compaction method - what does that mean for your lab, and what did we learn?Related information: Changes to the Asphalt Mixture Hveem Design Samples Francis Hveem Testing the Limits of His AbilitiesUnboxing AASHTO re:source Proficiency Sample: Asphalt Mixtures Marshall & Hveem Designs
33:57 8/15/23
Mail Call - Scheduling Assessments
Sonya Puterbaugh, Laboratory Assessment Program Director, gives us a behind-the-scenes look at how her team schedules assessments for over 2,000 laboratories. Plus, she answers the question "Can we always have our assessment in the off-season?"Related information:S1 E07: FAQ - What happens after an assessment? S1 E21: FAQ - Who needs to be present during the assessment?S1 E23: FAQ - What if I need to postpone my assessment? S1 E27: FAQ - How can I prepare for an assessment?S1 E29: FAQ - What occurs during an assessment?
27:03 8/8/23
Soft Skills: Dealing with Stress
We get up close and personal in the episode, sharing some of our recent experiences with stress and our go-to coping strategies.  While we're no experts, hopefully, we can give you some tips on how you can deal with stress (or at least you can learn from our mistakes).
32:15 8/1/23

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