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Publisher’s Letter Quality ensures our collective success I am pleased to introduce this special quality-themed issue of California Asphalt magazine, the Journal of the California Asphalt Pavement Association. As you will read elsewhere in this issue, quality is an essential ingredient in our product and also as an integral part of any successful business or organization. During my time on the CalAPA Board of Directors, we have kept the commitment to quality at the forefront of all of our activities and initiatives. This builds on the work of previous boards going back to our association’s founding in 1953. The title of the main story, “What is Quality?” is somewhat intriguing, and it is meant to be. It is a conversation our entire industry must be having, all the time, to ensure our collective success. In my company, quality comes in many forms. It could be going that extra mile for a customer, a co-worker, or even a competitor. It could be the attention to detail to ensure that the quality of our product meets and exceeds the expectations of our customers. In the materials lab it could be the extra attention to detail to ensure that the mix produced is comfortably within the specifications articulated by the specifier. Ensuring this via the Quality Control-Quality Assurance framework requires that processes are uniform, repeatable and predictable, with properly calibrated and maintained equipment operated by highly skilled personnel. Independent verification is a critical component to this system. Quality can also refer to the non-product specific aspects of what we do. I often say quality begins with the first phone call, and must continue all the way through the final closeout and completion of the project. Are we communicating effectively every step of the way? Are we in tune with the needs and expectations of the project owner and their ultimate customers? Are we sensitive to the impacts to the community of our product and operations? Are we effectively responding to other issues, such as aesthetics, that may be of concern? Are we doing everything we can to identify potential disruptions and resolving them before they become problems? Are all of our employees friendly, helpful, professional and knowledgeable in service of the final outcome? As you can see, quality is the whole experience, not just the final quality of the product, or a number on a chart. We are a service industry, and delivering that quality service, every single time, is what earns customer loyalty and trust, and keeps them coming back again and again. Quality is also about staying on top of change. After all, advances in technology, automation and process improvement can bring with them great improvements in efficiency. We just need to make sure those improvements aren’t done at the expense of the overall experience we deliver to the customer. I’m particularly pleased that CalAPA has taken an important step to help define quality as it relates to the paving part of our work. The CalAPA “Quality Paving Certificate,” years in development, establishes the gold standard for what constitutes a quality paving operation, including elements of competence, safety, best practices and a commitment to quality, customer service, problem-solving and continuous improvement. I’m especially proud that our company was the first in California to meet the stringent requirements to earn a Quality Paving Certificate last year. Going above and beyond to deliver a quality product, and project, that exceeds the expectations of the customer is a proven success strategy that has stood the test of time. What is Quality? We have posed the question, and provided a forum for some influential voices to weigh in to stimulate the discussion. However, each of us must answer the question for our own situation, and back it up with our actions. But this much is certain: the customer will always have the final word.

Frank Costa General Manager DeSilva Gates Aggregates


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Contents Volume 27, Issue 5


Publisher’s Letter


What is quality?


Some key quality definitions


Quality quotes


Quality Paving Certificate:


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P.O. Box 981300 • West Sacramento • CA 95798 (Mailing Address) 1550 Harbor Blvd., Suite 120 • West Sacramento • CA 95691 • (916) 791-5044 Russell W. Snyder, CAE, Brandon M. Milar, P.E., Sophie You, Jackie Henry, Frank Costa, General Manager, DeSilva Gates Aggregates Construction Marketing Services, LLC • (909) 772-3121 P.O. Box 892977 • Temecula • CA 92589 Aldo Myftari Brian Hoover, CMS and Russell W. Snyder, CAE, CalAPA Kerry Hoover, CMS, (909) 772-3121

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What is quality? By Russell W. Snyder


n a 1964 Supreme Court decision, Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote about the difficulty in defining obscenity, ultimately landing on a statement that has vexed lawyers ever since, “I know it when I see it.” The same could be said for quality. Sure, there are lots of supposedly objective measures of the quality of asphalt pavements, from the mix design stage, to various tests during production and finally placement, inspection and acceptance. Even appearance factors in, as well as performance. But at every step of the way there are choices to be made that impact the final product. And those decisions ultimately determine not only the long-term performance


and value of the pavement, but also the reputation of the owner, producer and contractor. And you don’t always know it when you see it. The starting point for these discussions is the term “quality” itself. None other than the American Society for Quality, in its on-line glossary, notes the difficulty in defining the word, saying at the outset that it is “a subjective term for which each person or sector has its own definition.” Two phrases that often come up in this discussion, ASQ says, are “fitness for use” and “conformance to requirements.” (See sidebar). While that last phrase starts to sound familiar in the asphalt world – think specifications and test

methods published by the California Department of Transportation, for example – but there is also a larger dimension to quality that crosses over into processes, continuous improvement, corporate culture and the overall customer experience. This dimension most certainly influences the “conformance to requirements” but often in unseen ways. There are enough books and articles written on quality to fill a library, and no shortages of opinions by influential thinkers opining on the subject (see sidebar). But perhaps one of the most enduring quotes on the topic is: “Quality is never an accident; it’s always the result of high intention, sincere effort; intelligent direction and skillful

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execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” Implied in that definition is the focus on process, which was embodied by W. Edwards Deming, an engineer, author and management consultant and known as the father of the modern quality movement. He famously advocated for what he called a “System of Profound Knowledge” that included elements of appreciating systems, understanding what contributes to variation, and an acknowledgement of human nature. Among his somewhat revolutionary concepts was to cease the dependence on inspection to achieve quality in favor of building quality in the product in the first place, and continuously improve processes to constantly improve productivity and reduce costs. Two of his more famous quotes have stood the test of time, “quality is everyone’s responsibility” and “If you can’t describe what you’re doing as a process, you don’t know what you’re doing.” Another seminal work on quality and life is Robert M. Pirsig’s 1974 book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values”

in which the author also notes the difficulty in defining quality, places quality at the center of existence, and emphasizes the value in the journey to achieve quality while acknowledging conflicts between Aristotle, Socrates and Plato. More practical advice came in the form of the California Asphalt magazine issue devoted to leadership titled, “Your Leadership Journey.” Among the principles called out in that 2016 article were “Lead by example,” “Be a customer service evangelist” and “Be devoted to continuous improvement.” Those certainly are admirable qualities but perhaps not as easily measured. That concept, keeping the customer at the forefront of all quality processes and thinking, is the true zen state that produces the best possible outcomes. As some of the most successful people in our industry will tell you, quality it is integral to a successful (and profitable) business strategy. Conversely, ignore quality at your peril. In preparing this article, we conducted a wide range of interviews with prominent figures in the asphalt pavement industry in California and elsewhere looking

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for clarity into the quality question and what it means for our industry. This article also draws upon various initiatives undertaken by the California Asphalt Pavement Association to call attention to, and champion, the cause of quality in asphalt pavements. And finally, this article settles in on a few themes that clearly emerge: quality results in satisfied customers, quality drives profits, and quality ensures a strong and sustainable business over the long-term. Before we get started, however, time for a reality check. Everybody says they are committed to quality. It is similar to safety – everyone says they are committed to safety, and that safety is everyone’s job. But behind those poster-worthy pronouncements is the reality of “walking the walk.” What compromises are being made in terms of quality for the sake of expediency, efficiency and profit? Are you riding the edge of the minimum requirements of the specification, or more focused on ensuring that the final product is free from problems, and all the cost and conflict that comes with those problems (disputes, claims, 9

deductions, etc.) Are those acceptable casualties of not doing it right the first time? Or, in the words of longtime consultant and CalAPA instructor Paul Curren, “Do it once, do it right, go home and get paid.” That quote also carries a heavy burden. It assumes that everyone is knowledgeable about the specifications, test methods, construction standards and other complex components of the work. It also assumes that everyone has clearly communicated expectations going in, and then met or (ideally) exceeded those expectations. It also presumes that there exists an efficient and transparent process for the Contractor (and supplier) to have their work accepted by the owner and be paid for it promptly. That last sentence probably accounts for the majority of conflicts on asphalt paving projects. And almost anyone will tell you, it doesn’t have to be that way (or shouldn’t, anyway). One prominent company in our industry, Watsonville-based Graniterock, actually won national recognition for quality in the form of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, presented in 1992 to then-CEO Bruce Woolpert by then-President George H. W. Bush. The award was in recognition not only for best-in-class practices, but also commitment to continuous improvement driving business results at every level of the company. The criteria for the award is exhaustive and is designed to highlight those companies that have embedded quality and continuous improvement throughout the company, and have leveraged that approach to drive impressive results. "Quality is the bedrock on which Graniterock has stood for 123 years, from the materials we produce to the relationships we build with our customers,” says Executive Vice President Rich Sacher. “It's not just about delivering top-notch construction materials; it's about 10

In 1992, President George H. W. Bush, presented a national quality award to then-CEO of Graniterock Bruce Woolpert.

consistently exceeding expectations in every aspect of our service, ensuring we remain the standardbearers for our industry's commitment to excellence. At Graniterock, we've always believed that quality isn't just a benchmark; it's a commitment that runs deep within our culture. From meticulous production and rigorous QC/QA at Graniterock materials laboratories to fostering a culture of continuous improvement and unwavering pride in workmanship, we see quality as the cornerstone of true industry partnership. It's about raising the bar together, setting new standards and collectively achieving shared success and exceptional outcomes.” In other words, the entire experience is the essence of a quality operation. Sam Hassoun, founder of CalAPA member Global Leadership Alliance, a consulting firm that specializes in partnering between private industry and public agencies, is also familiar with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and the importance of a quality culture embedded in companies and agencies. “The low bid environment is what our industry has known for

decades,” he says. “In some instances, that means cutting corners, and also in some instances, that means quality will be compromised. However, certain companies have adopted a ‘culture" of quality. They constantly streamline their internal processes, eliminating waste and optimizing delivery.” And that approach feeds into the contractor-owner relationship, he says. “Another observation is those same companies have also adopted a partnering culture with agencies and owners, which fostered collaboration and innovation, and led to better quality and safety. Quality contractors thrive in an environment of trust. Quality becomes their signature strength and competitive advantage. The reason they win low-bid contracts is because they figured out how to eliminate waste, and optimize their internal processes, without sacrificing quality.” Frank Costa, General Manager with DeSilva Gates Materials, agrees, and describes quality as beginning with the initial phone call. “I want the whole the event, from the moment you pick up the phone, through production and delivery, to be 100% customerdriven.” His company, which also has an asphalt paving division (similar to Graniterock and others interviewed for this story), demonstrated its commitment to quality by becoming the first in California to qualify to receive a Quality Paving Certificate from CalAPA, an independent assessment of competence and commitment to customer service that is the gold standard for excellence for the asphalt industry in the Golden State. “It’s great to get the job, but we want you to come back,” Costa says of his company’s approach to quality and customer service. He says that requires a consistent and [ Continued on page 12 ]

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sustained effort to “going the extra mile” to deliver excellence every single time. He delves more into the topic in the Publisher Letter that introduces this issue. John Thomson, Paving Manager for DeSilva Gates, said part of the motivation for his company to pursue the Quality Paving Certificate is “to ensure that we are continuing to pursue excellence.” “Whatever we are doing, there is always room for improvement,” he added. “There are always new technologies or new techniques. I always walk away from CalAPA classes with one or two things we can put into practice.”


n California and across the country, the starting point for most discussions about quality in the asphalt industry is QA, shorthand for Quality Assurance. Caltrans’ QA Program includes quality control, acceptance and independent assurance. As the largest single purchaser of Hot Mix Asphalt in California, an estimated 4 million tons last year, Caltrans certainly has something to say


about the quality of the asphalt. The authoritative 2020 “Quality Control Manual for Hot Mix Asphalt Using Statistical Pay Factors” is but one publication of many on the topic, and that doesn’t even include the voluminous Caltrans Standard Specifications, Special Provisions, Test Methods, Construction Manual, Quality Assurance Plan for Local Agencies and on and on. The Caltrans Quality Control Manual provides a brief introduction that helps explain the evolving nature of quality as it relates to the relationship between the contractor (and supplier) and engineer: Caltrans implemented the Quality Control Quality Assurance (QCQA) specifications for hot mix asphalt in 1995. The QCQA specifications provided incentives and disincentives based on a statistical analysis of the contractor’s verified test data. In 2014, Caltrans made the switch from the Hveem mix design process to the Superpave mix design process and temporarily removed the incentive and disincentive specifications. In 2019, after five years of continuous improvement to the Superpave mix design specifications, the incentive and disincentive specifications were re-

implemented as “Hot Mix Asphalt Using Statistical Pay Factors (SPF).” The new specifications are similar to the previous QCQA specifications, except that a pay factor for air voids replaces a pay factor of one of the aggregate gradation sieve sizes. Additionally, the contractor performs qualitycontrol testing using a density gauge (nuclear or non-nuclear), followed by determining actual in-place density using cores. The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) continues to monitor and perform its own verification testing before using the contractor’s test results for acceptance and payment. Caltrans testing is no longer referred to as quality assurance testing, because the specifications define quality assurance as covering both the contractor’s quality control testing and Caltrans’ acceptance and verification testing. A bit later in the manual, Caltrans gets right to the heart of the matter: The contractor is responsible for quality throughout hot mix asphalt (HMA) production and placement. (emphasis added). Therefore, the contractor must verify that the materials provided and work

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work performed by subcontractors, suppliers, and producers comply with project specifications. The contractor provides the necessary quality control so that materials comply with specifications. Following are the major components of the SPF quality control program: • Quality control • Verification • Independent assurance • Dispute resolution • Acceptance and payment While this sounds pretty straightforward, this passage is carrying a lot of weight. First, it speaks to who owns the risk should something go wrong (in fact, there is a shared risk but the proportion of that risk varies, or is fair or unfair, on any given day and in any given circumstance, depending on who you are talking to). Rita Leahy, Ph.D., P.E., former Technical Director for CalAPA, participated in many contentious meetings between the asphalt industry and Caltrans about standards and specifications related to asphalt. She recalls lots of conflicts and competing interests in the discussions. “There is quality of the process, and quality in terms of the product,” Leahy says. “Or it can be a combination of both. Every step of the way there are competing interests. There are incentive clauses in contracts to finish ahead of schedule. Sometimes the agency says, ‘yes, we want it perfect,’ and other times they say, ‘we want you to do it faster than we originally thought’ Those are things that must be readily acknowledged and discussed, the competing interests. It is the very nature of the way we do business to bake in those competing interests.” Like the old saying, Leahy adds, “There’s fast, good or cheap. You only get to pick two.” Longtime asphalt paving company owner Skip Brown, who also conducts training classes for CalAPA on best practices in the field, puts it this way: “Quality is the definition of a result. If you don’t have quality all the way through the process, the result won’t be there.” “Quality is a great big word,” Brown adds, “but to break it down you are looking at the result. I have done a lot of jobs that weren’t up to my standards, and I can see that the performance is not standing up to what I think it should be, which in some cases are decisions made early in the design or specification process. But in the field, it also relies heavily on the attitude of the workers. And attitude is nothing more than a justification of behavior.” Brown says that when there is a strong relationship between the project owner and [ Continued on page 14 ]

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What is Quality? A few definitions The American Society for Quality’s online glossary defines the word “quality” as “a subjective term for which each person or sector has its own definition. In technical usage, quality can have two meanings: 1) the characteristics of a product or service that bear on its ability to satisfy stated or implied needs; 2) a product or service free of deficiencies. According to Joseph Juran, quality means ‘fitness for use;’ according to Phillip Crosby, it means ‘conformance to requirements.’” With regard to “Quality Assurance/Quality Control,” the ASQ glossary states: “Two terms that have many interpretations because of the multiple definitions for the words ‘assurance’ and ‘control.’ For example, ‘assurance’ can mean the act of giving confidence, the state of being certain or the act of making certain; ‘control’ can mean an evaluation to indicate needed corrective responses, the act of guiding or the state of a process in which the variability is attributable to a constant system of chance causes. One definition of quality assurance is: all the planned and systematic activities implemented within the quality system that can be demonstrated to provide confidence that a product or service will fulfill requirements for quality. One definition for quality control is: the operational techniques and activities used to fulfill requirements for quality. Often, however, ‘quality assurance’ and ‘quality control’ are used interchangeably, referring to the actions performed to ensure the quality of a product, service or process.” Many other definitions abound, often embedded in specifications or quality testing protocols. And sometimes those definitions carry with them an element of subjectivity. In the most recent version of the California Department of Transportation Standard Specifications, for example, the section for asphalt acceptance [Section 39-2.01A(4)i)] states that the department will accept asphalt pavements based on the following criteria: An authorized Job Mix Formula (JMF); an Authorized Quality Control Plan; Asphalt binder compliance; asphalt emulsion compliance; visual inspection: and pavement smoothness (emphasis added). CA


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the contractor, a quality result is much more likely to occur. “The attitude of some inspectors is they want to catch you doing something wrong,” he said. “They are not our partner, they are our adversary. Contractors don’t like being treated that way. When you get a partner, you get two people working together to build a successful project.” One company that literally has the word “quality” in its name is G3 Quality, a materials laboratory and inspection firm run by Chris Gerber, who also serves as a CalAPA Board Member. “I’ve always been a big believer that quality is everyone’s job on a project,” he says. “There are aspects that can be measured, and there are other aspects, like the manner in which a project is organized and scheduled. A lot of it is communication.” And how to manage the invariable conflicts that may arise on a project that could jeopardize a quality outcome? “It goes back to the core commitment to quality at the company,” Gerber says. “It starts with top management, and extends to every level of the company. Everyone needs to understand that quality is their friend. A quality project of high quality will save money. Lack of quality could cost a lot of money.” Along with that, Gerber says, he encourages continuous improvement, “the continual drive to keep learning, be the best you can be. We have technical team meetings and technical workshops to make sure everyone is on the same page. We go over what worked and what could be better. Addressing those things is the only way to innovate.” The downside of the lack of quality is also something top-ofmind to Scott Metcalf with Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, another CalAPA Board Member. “Certainly 14

the cost of reworking things is tremendous,” he says. “Quality is what keeps people coming back. It is absolutely consistency. That’s what we strive for in our emulsions. We need our customers to know that when they touch our product, they know how it is going to act and perform. It has to be the same, every load, day after day.” It is that consistency in product quality, and also consistency in utilization, is why Metcalf’s company supports various research and training initiatives in support of best practices, such as the Pavement Preservation Center at California State University, Chico. “Quality is the basic price of admission.” Roger D. Smith is a former senior materials engineer for the California Department of Transportation, as well as a senior engineer for the Asphalt Institute and former executive director of CalAPA. In recent years he has taught a popular technical training class, “Asphalt Pavement 101,” which leans into many aspects of quality processes and best practices in service of a successful asphalt paving project.

“It’s always bugged me that some contractors will depend on an agency inspector rather than their own foreman being the inspector,” he says. “There should be in-house, responsible persons within the company making sure quality work is being done, not relying on agency inspectors.” A lot of quality begins with the pre-job meeting, Smith and others have said. Sometimes it can even include “just-in-time” sessions to focus on unique aspects of the project, and establish what the quality expectations are. “There should be pride in the work,” Smith says. “It should be a philosophy within the company that you are proud of what you do. I see some jobs and say, ‘Gee, I would be very proud if I was the foreman of that job.’ And I see other jobs and I wonder, ‘How could they walk away from it and leave it that way?’” He says the same is true of inhouse agency personnel who may perform asphalt maintenance work. “The same quality culture should prevail. It should look nice. They have to live with it, and answer to their local citizens and neighbors.” [ Continued on page 16 ]

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Quality quotes “Quality is never an accident; it’s always the result of high intention, sincere effort; intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.” – Attributed variously to John Ruskin and William A. Foster “I am easily satisfied with the best.” – Winston Churchill “You cannot inspect quality into a product.” – W. Edwards Deming “Always think in terms of what the other person wants.” – James Van Fleet “There is always a best way of doing everything.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “Superiority is doing things a little bit better than anybody else can do them.” – Orison Swett Marden “It is not enough to do your best; you must know what to do, and then do your best.” – W. Edwards Deming “ know what it is, yet you don’t know what it is. But that’s self-contradictory. But some things are better than others, that is, they have more quality. But when you try to say what the quality is, apart from the things that have it, it all goes poof! There’s nothing to talk about. But if you can’t say what Quality is, how do you know what it is, or how do you know that it even exists? If no one knows what it is, then for all practical purposes it doesn’t exist at all. But for all practical purposes it really does exist.” – Robert M. Pirsig “If a thing’s worth doing, it’s worth doing well.” – Chinese Proverb “Almost all quality improvement comes via simplification of design, manufacturing…layout, processes, and procedures.” – Tom Peters “Quality is not an act. It is a habit.” – Aristotle “Just make up your mind at the very outset that your work is going to stand for quality…that you are going to stamp a superior quality

upon everything that goes out of your hands, that whatever you do shall bear the hallmark of excellence.” – Orison Swett Marden “Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford “A bad system will beat a good person every time.” – W. Edwards Deming

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“Is there a system? Do I know the system? Can the system be improved?” – Motto on all employee badges of a California-based medical device manufacturer. CA


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But sometimes there is a resistance to the quality conversation. Steve Marvin, principal of CalAPA member Labelle Marvin, a full-service engineering firm based in Santa Ana, says lack of quality can be apparent in many different ways, from test results to simple appearance. Helping paving contractors understand the need to be aware of and integrate quality in operations as a riskmanagement strategy. “What we find is, trying to convince someone they need Quality Control is very difficult,” Marvin says. “In some cases, they are 10 years and a couple of bad projects from recognizing there is a need for quality control. When they do, then we can have a conversation.” He says there are plenty of best practices that can minimize problems, and risk. “A Quality Control program continually reacting to issues is not very well thought-out,” he says. It should be operating in the background. If QC does its job properly, it is anticipating issues, and making suggestions for change before something becomes a problem.” Sometimes it’s what doesn’t happen that is proof of success. “At the end of a job, some people will say, ‘Why did we have all this testing and inspection when nothing went wrong?’ It is because we were ahead of the curve, anticipating issues, making sure the correct material was ordered, etc. There are some things we can discuss before a project starts that can take 89% of the problems from the project." Unfortunately, the drive to deliver quality pavements, such as with tighter smoothness specifications, can have unintended consequences, Marvin and other have noted. “Take a look at all the grinding we are doing on new pavements these days,” Marvin says. “The 16

guys who place it, they no longer have skin in the game. No matter how good a job they do, it’s going to get milled.” By way of example, he said it could cost the same to have a milling machine on a job to grind 10 spots or 100 spots. That can have a detrimental impact on the appearance and durability of the pavement. “The surface quality no longer matters,” he says. “So the paving machine operator no longer has a responsibility, the lute man no longer has the responsibility, for smooth pavements. The people who are placing the asphalt no longer have the same pride in their work.” Marvin is an evangelist of sorts for quality in all aspects of asphalt paving. As he wrote in this magazine in 2021, “It’s time for quality and durability to be brought back into the forefront of the conversation.” Tim Murphy is a consultant who travels the country helping asphalt producers assess their operations to look for ways to optimize operations and increase profits while not compromising quality. He has taught classes in California for CalAPA. He says quality goes far beyond the textbook definition of

“fitness for use” that is outlined in contract documents. “There is absolutely nothing that costs less than doing it right,” he says. “I work with a lot of quality control managers to coach and mentor them. The most successful quality control manager will understand quality and quantity. You cannot be successful if you don’t understand the two.” “Companies are in business to make money, but quality needs to be there from day one,” Murphy says, while acknowledging the baked-in conflicts between quality and production. Fully understanding all parts of the processes goes a long way to solving problems. “Can you identify, quantify and solve a problem? That’s the measure of a good QC manager.” With effective partnering, as mentioned earlier, comes a recognition by public owners that companies are in business to make a profit, and those that don’t make a profit will soon be out of business. Sometimes the issues of quality and profitability seem to be in conflict, but they don’t have to be. That’s the view of Phil Stolarski, a longtime Caltrans employee and

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former state materials engineer who has done consulting for private industry since retiring from the department. “I used to tell my people, they are a for-profit company, 'they (contractors) are a for-profit company, and they need to make a profit,'” Stolarski says of his Caltrans days. “We can’t require something they can’t make. That is the collaborative spirit that results in quality.” Another point of emphasis, Stolarski says, is “You’ve got to inspect what you expect. What are the expectations? There are expectations for quality in the asphalt mix. What are those components? What are the testing requirements? You’ve got to specify what you need and be clear on expectations. You have to have performance. It’s something you cannot do in a vacuum. You’ve got to include your stakeholders. You’ve got to talk to people who actually do the work.” Trust also is part of the equation. “People often say trust is earned. I would say trust is given, but mistrust is earned,” Stolarski says. That comes into play when things are going well and when they aren’t. “What do you do when things go wrong?” Stolarski says. Resolving those issues requires mutual respect, learning and communicating to arrive at a successful outcome. Building trust is equally important with various internal and external stakeholders,

he notes, such as Caltrans regional districts or academia, as well as those impacted by Caltrans decisions. “I had to understand and respect and accept what the technical people were saying, and what is actually doable. You can’t make it so difficult for a contractor that they can’t make the material. That was a hard balance for me at times. Quality is about managing expectations, but it is also about managing reality.” In other words, true quality may be closer to “I know it when I see it” than it seems, and can be different for many different situations and points of view. But, as Steve Marvin said, it’s time to bring quality to the forefront of the conversation. The bottom line, everyone interviewed for this article agreed, is that for quality to thrive, there must be a commitment at all levels of a company or organization, clear communication, a relentless focus on the customer and a successful outcome, a dedication to continuous improvement. Defining and recognizing success also are important. To achieve the true zen of quality, you’ll know it when you see it. CA Russell W. Snyder, CAE, is executive director of the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA). Brandon Milar, PE, Director of Technical Services for CalAPA, also contributed to this article.

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REFERENCES: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Potter Stewart in his concurring opinion in Jacobellis v Ohio, 378 US 184 (1964). (“I know it when I see it.”) Marvin, S. (2021) “Politically correct pavement?” California Asphalt, Journal of the California Asphalt Pavement Association, 2021 Quality Issue, PP 22-24. Snyder, R. (2016) “The Evolving Leader – 34 Leadership Lessons (and counting).” California Asphalt, Journal of the California Asphalt Pavement Association, Special Leadership Issue. P.8. California Department of Transportation “Quality Control Manual for Hot Mix Asphalt Using Statistical Pay Factors” (2020) California Department of Transportation “Construction Manual” (2022).

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES: FHWA-RD-02-095 Optimal Procedures for Quality Assurance Specifications “Quality Control for Hot Mix Asphalt Operations (1997) National Asphalt Pavement Association, Quality Improvement Series 97.


Quality Paving Certificate: The gold standard for excellence in the asphalt paving industry in California The California Asphalt Pavement Association, the voice of the asphalt industry in California since 1953, created and maintains a program to help project owners identify asphalt paving companies with a demonstrated commitment to industry-recognized standards of excellence. The “Quality Paving Certificate” designation is conferred to asphalt paving companies that meet strict standards for excellence recognized by the industry and independently verified by the California Asphalt Pavement Association (CalAPA), a respected statewide organization that has trained thousands of industry and agency asphalt professionals. Companies that achieve the CalAPA "Quality Paving Certificate" must first complete an application of qualifications and rigorous 100-question self-assessment questionnaire, pass a written exam with a passing score of 80% or higher, and provide proof of completion of a series of core-competency classes. Companies must also agree to abide by CalAPA’s “Code of Ethics” in all of their business operations. To ensure that companies stay abreast of the many changes in standards, technology and best practices, there are continuing education requirements and the certificate must be renewed every three years. The program, years in development, builds on CalAPA’s 18

decades of experience in delivering high-quality technical and practical training via veteran instructors recognized as authorities by their peers statewide and nationally. CalAPA classes consistently earn high marks from public agencies and private industry participants, and are recognized nationally by the Registered Continuing Education Program for engineering instruction. Requirements to achieve the Quality Paving Certificate include submitting a completed application and $750 application fee (waived for CalAPA members) as well as self-assessment questionnaire and successful passage of an on-line exam. A designated representative from the company must also complete three core training classes plus one elective from CalAPA's menu of technical

training classes. The core training classes, which are four-hours each, are: “Asphalt Pavement 101,” “Quality Asphalt Paving” and “Asphalt Forensics.” A fourth class, chosen from the CalAPA course catalog, must also be completed. Among the choices are classes such as “Essentials of Asphalt Pavement Smoothness & Best Practices” and “Troubleshooting HMA Plant Production.” The fourth class requirement can be waived for companies employing technicians who hold a current certification by Caltrans via the Caltrans-industry Joint Training & Certification Program. For more information on this program, contact CalAPA Member Service Coordinator Jackie Henry at (562) 233-7585, or send us an inquiry at: CA

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utler Justice, Inc. (ButlerJustice) has built a remarkable reputation for knowledge, experience and innovation within the asphalt, aggregate, mining and industrial production industry. Since 1998, Butler-Justice has dedicated itself to providing simple and effective solutions to complex environmental challenges. Additionally, the company continues to serve customers in the aggregate, asphalt, concrete, quarry and mining fields with a full line card of crushing, screening and material handling equipment, parts and components.

The Early Years – Two Mikes Share a Strong Work Ethic and Desire to Succeed Business partnerships often come down to timing, chemistry and even a bit of luck. Mike Butler (Butler) and Mike Justice (Justice) first met one another while working for a high chrome foundry in South Gate. The company was Pacific Alloy Castings Co., Inc. and they manufactured wear parts for the aggregate industry. Justice was serving as Vice President of the company and he and Butler hit it off almost immediately. “Mike and I were a lot alike and also very different. We both had an easygoing temperament, and shared many of the same values and work ethic. After all, we were both Boy Scouts and of course lived by the Boy Scout Law of being trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent,” Butler 20

Above: Todd Fields (left), Sales Engineer, Mike Butler, President and Brian Campbell, Project Manager.

says with a smile. “Honestly, Mike Justice is one of the best men I have ever met in my life, besides my father and my son. We had a good Yin and Yang relationship. Where one was weak, the other was strong and this made for a great partnership. It was a sad and devastating loss for myself and so many others when Mike passed away in 2006 from ALS.” Butler and Justice worked together at the South Gate foundry for around five years before both men started to feel like it was time to move on to the next chapter. “I felt like I had learned just about everything I wanted to about castings and so I signed on with Rock Systems, an aggregate equipment supplier out of Sacramento,” says Butler. “I made a lot of good friends in the

aggregate industry and eventually decided to start my own company, Production Parts and Equipment, in 1992. Mike Justice also moved on to go to work at Darco Engineering in Placentia where he spent a lot of his time securing air quality permits for companies like JPL, Delta Airlines, and CalMat (now Vulcan Materials).” Justice called Butler while at Darco Engineering and explained that if Butler would go to work with Darco, Pioneer Crushers (now part of Astec) would agree to Darco becoming a licensed distributor for their crushing line. “I put my company (Production Parts & Equipment) on hold and went to work for Darco, and I had a lot of success at that job,” says Butler. “I was still working within [ Continued on page 22 ]

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the aggregate industry, selling crushers, replacement parts and even entire plants if called upon. The good thing was that I was working with Justice again and our relationship and bond continued to grow stronger.” Butler-Justice, Inc. Is Founded After a few years, Justice and Butler, both, once again, moved on to other opportunities. Butler went back to operating his company, Production Parts & Equipment and Justice started Justice & Associates where he continued providing air quality permitting and engineering services to various industries. “I was selling Telsmith and Pioneer equipment and found a ton of success with portable recycling plants, specifically for crushing concrete and asphalt. They were looking for a larger company with more infrastructure and brick and mortar, so I called Justice for some advice. He immediately suggested that we put something together and create the infrastructure that these manufacturers were looking for in a distributor,” says Butler. “We were both mechanical engineers and Justice had many years of experience overseeing administration and office procedures, where my talent was better focused on sales. This was 1998 and the beginning of ButlerJustice, Inc., a name order that

Todd Fields, Sales Engineer, Butler-Justice, Inc.


Mike Butler, President, Butler-Justice, Inc.

was decided simply by how it rolled off the tongue. We continued selling crushing and screening equipment with parts and service, representing lines like Cedarapids (now a Terex brand), Simplicity Engineering, Telsmith, Pioneer and other products for the aggregate recycling market.” Butler-Justice Inc.’s Insertable Portable Dust Collector Solution According to Butler, his friend and partner, Justice, was very good at recognizing opportunities and engineering simple solutions to solve just about any mechanical engineering challenge. A good example of this would be when

Butler-Justice visited Nevada Ready Mix in 2001 to install insertable dust collectors on every transfer point at the Nevada company’s plant. “Dust collection is a big deal in our industry and an even bigger deal right here in California. Justice took notice of the insertable dust collector (bin vent) that sits atop silos, and asked himself, ‘why can’t we put this on a portable plant.' We represented Donaldson and took their dust collector and applied the technology to portable plants so they could meet and pass all South Coast Air Quality Management District permit requirements. Up until then, there were only standalone dust collector systems

Brian Campbell, Project Manager Butler-Justice, Inc.

Joanne Myers, Office Manager, Butler-Justice, Inc.

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Above: Blue Smoke Control from Butler-Justice, Inc. captures blue smoke from key emission points in the asphalt production process

that did not travel well due to the need to use ducting to collect dust from the required transfer points. I still have Justice’s original sketches of the concept in my desk drawer. We massaged the design and made it acceptable and even desirable to our clients. To date, we have sold around 2,070 systems for various applications, including for use on jaw crushers, cone crushers, vertical and horizontal shaft impactors and portable aggregate plants.” Butler-Justice Blue Smoke Control Once again necessity became the mother of invention for ButlerJustice when Don Daley Jr. from California Commercial Asphalt called upon them to solve a smoke issue at their plant in San Diego in 2003. As homes and businesses began to encroach upon the San Diego asphalt plant, they began to be impacted by the distinct odor of asphalt production, and the San Diego County Air Quality

District mandated that something be done about it. “In the past, companies have used electrostatic precipitators to mitigate oily smoke from businesses like fast food operations. This involves a prefilter and electronic wires that collect the oil into a pan. However, electricity and oil droplets are not a very good combination at an asphalt plant as they present an obvious fire risk,” says Butler. “Mike and I put our heads together once again, and thought of a company by the name of Air Cleaning Technology that had a filter system we thought would work for our industry. Donaldson also made a filter for the automotive machining industry that was used in collecting smoke. So, Justice and I designed and engineered a seven-stage filter solution where the final filter is equal to a HEPA filter (DOP filter that is 0.3 microns and very efficient). However, you also need several coalescing filters prior to that expensive final (gate keeper)

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filter, including the initial filter which is a Chevron style filter. This is all sized on cubic feet per minute (cfm) of air and each filter can process 2,000 cfm. Capture and filter efficiencies had to be studied, in addition to air to cloth ratio and how much air one filter can process.” Butler explains that Blue Smoke is made up of tiny droplets of hot oil that are inevitably created during asphalt production. These sub-micron droplets need to be coalesced into larger droplets so they can be filtered out. An asphalt plant drum dryer processes aggregate, sand and rock dust at very high temperatures, and at the end of the dryer, hot asphaltic oil is added which creates hot oily mist that is referred to as "blue smoke." The hot oily smoke rises and makes its way to the top of the incline drag or bucket elevator and that is the first point of collection. "We capture blue smoke at various points as the asphalt is distributed to the storage silos. Below the 23

Left: X-VOCS asphalt plant volatile organic compound and odor control system from Butler-Justice, Inc.

silos are the gates that open and close while filling the trucks. We vent that area with a pneumatically controlled collection system,” explains Butler. “Smoke wants to coalesce into a much larger droplet at around 120 degrees Fahrenheit. More coalescing happens as we blend the hot air stream from the top of the silo filling operation with the much cooler air stream created during the truck loading process. Our design includes several systems within a system, which is driven by temperature reduction, air velocities and highly efficient filters. From the incline drag to the traverses, silo vents and batchers, each have different size ducts from 8 inches to 24 inches. It is all about controlling the air velocities and capture efficiencies. We are installing seven Blue Smoke Control systems right now and have more than 100 in operation throughout the United States, Mexico, Australia, Canada and all over Europe.” X-VOCS – Tackling Odors and VOCs The quest for environmental solutions didn’t stop at dust control and the Blue Smoke Control system. Butler-Justice 24

continued to address ways to attack odors and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in various industrial settings. Another one of their remarkable innovations is their X-VOCS, technology designed to control emissions from hot oil tanks. “When a hot oil tank is filled, The internal smoke laden air is displaced and escapes from the vents on the tank. This odor is very strong and even more egregious than that within a plant operation,” says Butler. “We engineered and built the X-VOCS initially as an odor control device and have updated its design to now also serve as a VOC capture system. As a truck fills an oil tank, smoke is displaced and escapes into the environment. A solution was needed to mitigate both the VOCs and the odor.” It all started when a customer approached Butler-Justice with the problem of having an adult education center adjacent to their asphalt manufacturing facility. The Air Quality District received daily phone calls about the odors and something needed to be done. “You can burn off VOCs with very expensive control devices like you have seen at oil refineries. However, an asphalt plant cannot have that flame or

afford an expensive device like a regenerative thermal oxidizer (which burns VOCs as fuel). This left us with the solution of absorbing the VOCs and their characteristic odors by utilizing carbon. The initial filter is an Amistco coalescing filter, followed by same highly efficient DOP filter used in our Blue Smoke vessels. The VOC laden air stream then passes at low velocity to stages of carbon media developed specifically to treat VOCs of sulphur dioxide," says Butler. “The system works extremely well and our sales engineer, Todd Fields, was key in all of the research and development of this product solution. We are just getting started, but now have 11 units throughout California (R.J. Noble, Teichert) and Arizona (Vulcan Materials), in Connecticut and in Boston (Brox Industries). We also have three nearly completed units in our shop with one unit being placed on a trailer for travel demonstrations. We test the VOCs before and after use of the X-VOCS to prove out our technology for the numerous air districts." Butler-Justice is a testament to the power of innovation and [ Continued on page 26 ]

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commitment to environmental responsibility. Founded on the principles of hard work, trustworthiness, and collaboration, this company has consistently delivered simple yet effective solutions to complex environmental challenges. Butler-Justice is a small, boutique company where service means everything, a tradition that was embeded into the company culture by the two co-founders, Mike Butler and Mike Justice, and has continued to this day even though one of the founders has passed on. “We have long-term employees and every one of them has their own unique set of skills that contributes to the current and future success of our company. I don’t write paychecks, our customers do. They are the boss and when they are happy, we are as well. We want to develop these environmental 26

Above Left: Todd Fields, Butler-Justice, Inc., points to the gates below the silos that are vented with a damper control collection system from Butler-Justice, Inc. Above Right: Butler-Justice Team visits with JR Gillespie, Plant Manager at R.J. Noble Company in Corona.

controls and be on the cutting edge of responsible engineering and manufacturing practices,” says Butler. “You know, Mike Justice had a talent for looking at complicated challenges and coming up with simple, effective solutions. He would say, ‘it takes an engineer to design a system but it takes a really good engineer to design a simple system that works.’ He was such a talent and I cannot thank him enough for being in my life.” From their pioneering work in portable dust collectors, to their game changing Blue Smoke Control system, and the ongoing development of X-VOCS, ButlerJustice has established itself as a leader in environmental solutions. They continue to push the boundaries of responsible engineering and manufacturing practices, striving to address the ever-evolving challenges of

air quality and emission control. With a strong team of dedicated professionals and a focus on customer satisfaction, ButlerJustice remains at the forefront of environmental innovation, ensuring a cleaner and healthier future for industries and communities alike. Butler-Justice also represents a long list of manufacturers including Terex/Simplicity, Terex/Cedarapids, Terex/Canica, American Eagle, Beltway, Conveyor Accessories, Weg, Donaldson Torit, Monarch Industries, Amcast, Worldwide Electric Corp., Rockshield Rubber Co., Kenco Engineering, Luff, and other ancillary products. For more information on Butler-Justice, please visit or call their Anaheim headquarters at (714) 696-7599. CA Brian Hoover is co-owner of Construction Marketing Services, LLC, and editor of CalContractor Magazine.

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Above: Sophie You, CalAPA Member Services Manager (right) checks in golfers Chris Barry, Beach Paving and Steve Cota, Patriot Risk & Insurance Services at the CalAPA Golf Tournament held on September 21 at Journey at Pechanga in Temecula. Top Right: Thank you to the 2023 CalAPA Golf Tournament sponsors! Right: Lunch sponsor was Valero Marketing & Supply.


ever let it be said that the asphalt industry doesn't know how to have a good time. Glorious weather, great prizes, not-so-great golf and lots of friendly networking marked the 44th annual asphalt industry golf tournament held Sept. 21 at The Journey, a spectacular golf course that is part of the Pechanga Resort Casino complex in Temecula. CalAPA is proud to organize the annual tournament, which in years past has raised funds for student


scholarships and other good works, and this year also included raising money for the newly minted Women of Asphalt California Branch. As if that wasn't enough fun, the event spilled over into an impromptu tailgate event the night before the tournament at the Pechanga RV park, spearheaded by the always affable Steve Marvin with LaBelle Marvin. Special thanks go out to this year's golf tournament sponsors: Albina Asphalt, American Asphalt,

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John Strom (left), Eddie VanZyl, Astec, Ryan Merritt, Martin Marietta, Ken Ghahremani, Westpac Wealth Partners, Steve Smith, Astec, Jonathon Arthur, Vulcan, Richard Champion, Astec at the CalAPA Golf Tournament held on September 21 at Journey Butler Justice’s foursome Brian at Pechanga in Temecula. Campbell (left), Mike Butler, Todd Fields and Brian Campbell.

Zach Hoffmann, Constellation Energy (left), Kevin Jeffers, Albina Asphalt, Phil Marsalese, Constellation Energy and Kyle Arntson, Albina Asphalt

Steve Cota, Patriot Risk & Insurance Services (left), Danny Stinson, Retired – All American Asphalt, Aaron Terry, Terra Pave and Chris Barry, Beach Paving.

Quinn Cat’s group: Jeff Link, Blake Norman, Matt Mendenhall, and Flint Norman.

Steve Chavez (left), John Todorovich, All American Asphalt, Kerry Hoover, CMS, Jeff Benedict, Valero and Gary Houston, Valero.

Ergon Asphalt & Emulsion’s foursome; Tim Griffin, Tom Hicks, John Wiggins and Darren Cook, All American Asphalt.

Jeff Petty, American Asphalt South (left), Scott Metcalf, Ergon Asphalt & Supply, Candice and Ed Carlson, All American Asphalt.

Pavement Recycling Systems’ foursome: Woody Marx (left), Stacy Shoemaker, Jim Miles and Marco Estrada.

Shawn Smith, Kelterite (left), Dan Olivera, CEMEX, Steve Hollis, San Joaquin Refinery and Frank Costa, DeSilva Gates.

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Brandon Milar, Technical Director, CalAPA, Steve Marvin, LaBelle Marvin and Lou Moreno, LM Asphalt Consulting.


Rob Piceno, Vulcan Materials (left), Pascal Mascarenhas, CRM, Tim Reed, Vulcan Materials and Cameron Richardson, Ingevity

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Mike Lewis with Nobest (left), Francis Martin Marietta foursome: Jairo Garcia, Braden Porter and Jacob Mijares, Alex Shaw, Albert Garcia Breedlove, RJ Noble Company. and Jim Little.

Sully-Miller Contracting’s foursome; Eddie Carillo, Angelo Cruz, Robert Contreras and Allan Macz.

Robert Sylvester, American Asphalt South (left), David Darr, American Asphalt South, Alex Kotrotsios, Pacific GeoSource and Tyler Skender, American Asphalt South.

RMA Companies’ foursome: Brian Kirwan, Tim Saenz, Lucas White and Al Arteaga.

Quinn Cat’s group: Luis Perez (left), Troy Lunde, Steve Usary and Justin Usary.

Blue Diamond’s group Dylan Mendez Great day of golf, networking, and a really good time had by everyone who (left), Shon Esparza and John Rogers. attended the 44th Annual CalAPA Golf Tournament at Pechanga Resort.


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Second place winners; Reed Nordberg, Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., Robert Erault, Vance Corp., Derek Ritarita, Vance Corp., (with Russ Snyder, CalAPA presenting award) and Mike Doucette, 4D Surface Management.

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