MAPA’s 6th Annual Black to Basics Spring Training was held on February 20-21, 2019, in Columbia, MO.

LCDR Chip Lutz, USN (Ret.) began Spring Training with his keynote address. LCDR Chip Lutz, USN(Ret), MSEd, CLL, is the President and founder of Unconventional Leader, LLC and has 30 years of solid leadership experience. A retired Navy Officer, he has had two command tours and also served as the Director of Security for Naval District Washington, DC during September 11th 2001. In that capacity, he was responsible for the safety and security of 25,000 people on 6 different Naval Installations in the National Capital Region during one of our Nations most trying times. Check out his website here,

This year’s training topics included:

Track A – Field & Lab Operations
Smooth & Compacted Headers/Bridge Transitions
IC/IR – Rolling Patterns/Truck Consistency/Plant Speed
Proper Tack Coat Application
Screed Operation Training
Effects of Additives
Paving Technology What’s New & Working
Distributor Maintenance
Smart Workzones – Flagerless Work Zones

Track B – Asphalt Plant Operations
Handling Recycled Materials Through the Plant
Adding Additives at the Plant
Chasing Volumetrics
Lab vs Plant Mixes
Seasonal Production Capabilities
Plant Safety
Safe Operations with Lock Out Tag Out in Maintenance
Routine Plant Maintenance/Component Maintenance

Track C – Urban Design & Construction
Mix Selection
Using the Right Specifications
Benefits of Using Recycling
Understanding Pavement Design
The Road Ahead – Fiber and Geogrid Reinforced Pavements
Pavement Management Resources
Superpave Overlay of Concrete City Streets
Maintaining Your Pavement
Life Cycle Cost


Holiday Inn Executive Center Columbia, MO
2200 I-70 Drive S.W. Columbia, MO 65203


February 27-28, 2019