The National Asphalt Pavement Association has released the Virtual Superpave Laboratory (VSL), a computer-based learning tool for training engineering students, practicing engineers, and technicians in the laboratory procedures and data analysis of hot-mix asphalt (HMA) testing. The interactive CD is designed to educate agency, consultant, and contractor personnel responsible for making decisions concerning HMA mix design, quality control, and acceptance.
The VSL gives a visual introduction to Superpave laboratory tests. Users will learn about the theoretical concepts behind the tests and how to manipulate the data. Material testers can become familiar with lab testing procedures before going into their own lab. Use of the CD also can increase understanding of testing procedures, reduce time lost to misunderstanding, and increase confidence of lab personnel.
To purchase a copy or for more information, visit www.hotmix.org.