AASHTO re:source Q & A Podcast

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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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We discuss common nonconformities for the Standard Method of Test for Specific Gravity and Absorption of Fine Aggregate and how to resolve them.

Nov 30

31 min 46 sec

We discuss common nonconformities for the Standard Method of Test for Theoretical Maximum Specific Gravity and Density of Asphalt Mixtures and how to resolve them.View the companion document of this episode: http://aashtoresource.org/docs/default-source/publicdocuments/top-nonconformities-aashto-t209-and-astm-d2041.pdf

Nov 23

20 min 34 sec

Joe Williams, Senior Quality Analyst,  joins us to discuss some of the policy and guidance documents used by the AASHTO Accreditation Program. 

Nov 16

40 min 21 sec

Brian answers some of the emails he's received this week about suspension notices, specifier alerts, the deadline for receiving on-site assessments, and mobile laboratories.

Nov 9

24 min 3 sec

In this Taken from TechEx episode, we share the Q & A from after the 2021 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange session, Developing a World-Class Training Program. Ben Sade and Maria Knake answer attendee questions.

Nov 2

15 min 39 sec

In this Taken from TechEx episode, we share the Q & A from after the 2021 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange session, AASHTO R 18 Explained.  Brian Johnson, AASHTO Accreditation Program Manager answers attendee questions.

Oct 26

14 min 2 sec

In this Taken from TechEx episode, we share the Q & A from after the 2021 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange session, Finding an Accredited Calibration Laboratory for Reference Equipment.  Maria Knake, Laboratory Assessment Program Manager answers attendee questions.

Oct 19

14 min 18 sec

In this Taken from TechEx episode, we share the Q & A from after the 2021 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange session, Internal Audits: The Focus on Improvement.  Tracy Barnhart, re:source Quality Manager answers attendee questions.

Oct 12

15 min 12 sec

In this "Taken from TechEx"  episode, we share the Q & A from after the 2021 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange session, Low Proficiency Sample Program Ratings and Corrective Actions.  John Malusky,  Proficiency Sample Program Manager answers attendee questions.

Oct 5

15 min 24 sec

The first in the "Taken from TechEx" series, we share the Q & A from after the 2021 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange session, Hydrometer Analysis of Fine-Grained Soils.  John Dean, Laboratory Assessor, and Pete Holter, Senior Quality Analyst answer attendee questions.

Sep 28

22 min 11 sec

We answer your FAQ about getting accredited for tests that require mercury thermometers, even if they are banned in your state.

Sep 21

6 min 30 sec

We define some commonly misused terms from the CMT industry, including accreditation, certification, assessment, and inspection.

Sep 14

25 min 21 sec

Sep 7

20 min 19 sec

Gary Irvine, from the Asphalt Institute, joins us to discuss the benefits of moving from a paper QMS to a digital system. 

Aug 31

38 min 55 sec

Brian answers some of the emails he's received this week about the directory, ISO/IEC 17025, and withdrawing tests and scopes from your accreditation.

Aug 24

19 min 22 sec

We discuss the importance of maintaining an engaged workforce and share some simple ideas you can use at your organization.   

Aug 17

24 min 12 sec

Learn more about the AASHTO re:source Administrative Task Group and get a look into the accreditation appeals process.

Aug 10

17 min 24 sec

Dr. Gary Pasquarell joins us to talk about fireproofing and special inspections. 

Aug 3

49 min 36 sec

In preparation for Licensed PE day, we discuss standard and program requirements and why they are important.  

Jul 27

12 min 36 sec

Gain insights on how to conduct effective internal audits at your laboratory, no matter its size. 

Jul 20

47 min 4 sec

Learn what you can do if you want to be AASHTO Accredited for a test that's not current offered.

Jul 13

14 min 3 sec

Delmar Salomon joins the podcast to talk about emulsified asphalt residue recovery and testing.

Jul 6

44 min 54 sec

The short answer is "no" but find out more about this FAQ.

Jun 29

13 min 13 sec

Digital thermometer buying can be confusing.  Dr. Mary Stroup-Gardiner helps us figure it out by explaining the considerations for the selection of non-mercury thermometers both in practice and in standards.

Jun 22

44 min 19 sec

Learn more about why it is important to publicize your accreditation and how to do it correctly. Tip: Your laboratory is NOT "certified by AASHTO re:source or CCRL." 

Jun 15

18 min 53 sec

In recognition of World Accreditation Day (June 9), we are sharing the audio from our February 2021 webinar, Staying on Track: How to Maintain Your AASHTO Accreditation. 

Jun 8

47 min 12 sec

Report findings are classified as nonconformities, observations, or informational. In this episode, learn more about which (and when) report findings need to be resolved.

Jun 1

15 min 32 sec

Whether you mean in the same report, or over multiple assessments, we've got your answers to this FAQ.

May 25

22 min 15 sec

In celebration of World Metrology Day, metrologist Heather Wade joins us to share her passion for measurement science. 

May 18

49 min 3 sec

Get a behind-the-scenes look from Joung Lee, Director of Policy & Government Relations at AASHTO.

May 11

38 min 52 sec

Join us as we discuss the ins and outs of moving your testing laboratory.

May 4

21 min 57 sec

In this mini-episode, we share some insights into making season one and take a peek at what's planned for season two.

Apr 29

12 min 3 sec

Barry Paye from the Wisconsin DOT discusses the impact of winter weather on road and paving materials and the tests that can help improve the performance of pavements under harsh conditions.

Apr 27

43 min 37 sec

Learn about the policy for new labs conducting their first internal audit and management review.

Apr 20

23 min 34 sec

We sit down with Jim Bibler from Gilson Company to talk about sieves and sieving sufficiency.

Apr 13

31 min 9 sec

We go beyond the policy in this episode and explain what you really need to know if your laboratory uses multi-site or off-site personnel.

Apr 6

22 min 11 sec

Mike Morrison with ACI joins us to talk about how chapters operate to serve the needs of the industry and the opening of ACI regional resource centers. 

Mar 30

34 min 55 sec

In this episode, we answer a few of the most common questions about the AASHTO Accreditation Directory. 

Mar 23

19 min

Quality Analysts join us to answer some of the common and challenging questions they receive. 

Mar 9

36 min 53 sec

Our very own Bob Lutz and Tracy Barnhart join us to discuss details of the upcoming 2021 AASHTO re:source Technical Exchange, March 15-19.

Mar 2

24 min 23 sec

Jeromy Castro, Quality Control Manager with Grace Pacific LLC., joins us to discuss some of the challenges of working on airport projects in Hawaii. 

Feb 23

40 min 13 sec

Senior Quality Analyst, Trudy Eckstine, joins us to answer this FAQ.

Feb 16

13 min 49 sec

Guest host, Oak Metcalfe from the Montana Department of Transportation sits down with Proficiency Sample Program Manager, John Malusky to discuss the ins and out of the program.

Feb 9

47 min 51 sec

Laboratory Assessor, Michael Waryoba, joins us to explain the assessment process and helps answer this FAQ.

Feb 2

22 min 55 sec

Take a listen at the extended Q &A from September 2020's live webinar on management reviews. 

Jan 26

28 min

Senior Laboratory Assessor, Michele Bronk, gives us some insights on how to prepare for an AASHTO re:source assessment. 

Jan 19

16 min 12 sec

Laboratory Assessors, Imani Love and Michael Pratt, join us to discuss the different approaches on how laboratories can track and stay up to date with testing standards and specifications.

Jan 12

18 min 32 sec

Maria Knake, Laboratory Assessment Program Manager, joins us to give more details on the new policy on resolving findings during the assessment. 

Jan 5

8 min 47 sec

Kendra Adams from Blue Rock Labs and our own Pete Holter join Brian to talk about ASTM standards development regarding particle size analysis testing for soils with a focus on transitioning from D422 to D6913 and D7928.

Dec 2020

50 min

 Guest Mike Wagner, Laboratory Assessment Program Assistant Manager, joins us to answer this FAQ.

Dec 2020

13 min 41 sec