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AI: The Road to Efficiency

AI: The Road to Efficiency

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At the recent World of Asphalt Show & Conference in Nashville, thousands of attendees took advantage of the show’s education conference, aptly named the People, Plants and Paving Conference by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA).

In the People track, AI: The Road to Efficiency, Insight, and Innovation in Asphalt, was led by XBE CEO & Founder Sean Devine. XBE, an operations management software company for the horizontal construction industry, developed “Hey NAPA”, an artificial intelligence search engine. The platform has been trained on hundreds of NAPA publications and can provide answers and resources to a variety of asphalt pavement questions.

“It’s good at technical things, business related things, and at giving management advice,” said Devine during his presentation. “It’s good at a lot of things and it’s totally free.”

Devine walked attendees through examples of how to engage with “Hey NAPA” to solve issues rising up on the job including:

  • Creating a public information plan to soothe residents upset about the cost and disruption caused by a project.
  • Explain to an asphalt foreman the impact to cost and quality of mixing asphalt at too hot a temperature.

Devine also encouraged attendees to consider implementing AI platforms outside of “Hey NAPA” into their companies. He explained these tools can help managers and staff on a variety of topics, including:

  • safety plans
  • advertising
  • and even streamlining payroll systems.

Devine shared AI platforms are constantly evolving and improving.

“I anticipate by summer of 2024, we’ll see an entirely new generation of (AI) models released, enabling even more amazing things,” said Devine.

Devine also urged company owners and leaders to consider developing AI policies and strategies to set clear expectations with employees.

“When running an organization, model behavior from the top,” said Devine. “People are looking to you for permission and encouragement. If you show you’re not afraid, they won’t be afraid.”

Education at World of Asphalt’s People, Plants & Paving Conference and the AGG1 Academy totaled more than 120 sessions. Some of the most popular sessions included Best Practices for Milling & Profiling, Best Practices for Residential & Commercial Paving, and Relational Leadership.

Held every year except during CONEXPO-CON/AGG years, World of Asphalt is the leading trade show and conference focused on the asphalt and paving industries. The show features the best education, and latest equipment, products, services and technologies for the asphalt and paving industries.

Mark Your Calendar

The next World of Asphalt, co-located with the AGG1 Academy & Expo, will be held March 25-27, 2025, in St. Louis, Missouri. World of Asphalt is majority owned by NAPA and partially owned by AEM, who produces the show. For more information on World of Asphalt, visit www.WorldOfAsphalt.com.

 

About World of Asphalt

Held every year except during CONEXPO-CON/AGG years, World of Asphalt is the leading trade show and conference focused on the asphalt and paving industries, whose most recent edition was recognized by Trade Show Executive as one of the “Fastest 50” growing trade shows. The show features the best education, and latest equipment, products, services and technologies for the asphalt and paving industries. The next World of Asphalt, co-located with the AGG1 Academy & Expo, will be held March 25-27, 2025, in St. Louis, Missouri. World of Asphalt is majority owned by NAPA and partially owned by AEM, who produces the show. For more information on World of Asphalt, visit www.WorldOfAsphalt.com.

 

About AGG1 Academy & Expo (AGG1)

Held two out of every three-year cycle, except during CONEXPO-CON/AGG years, AGG1 is the aggregates industry’s leading exposition and education resource. AGG1 features in-depth industry-focused educational programming and comprehensive exhibits that showcase the latest technologies and innovations in aggregates-related equipment, products and services. Co-located with World of Asphalt, the next AGG1 will be held March 25-27, 2025, in St. Louis, Missouri. For more information visit www.agg1.org.

 

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $316 billion to the economy every year.

 

About the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,200 companies as members, was founded in 1955.

 

About the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA)

NSSGA is the leading advocate for the aggregates industry. Its members – stone, sand and gravel producers and the equipment manufacturers and service providers who support them – produce the essential raw materials found in homes, buildings, roads, bridges and public works projects, NSSGA represents more than 90 percent of the crushed stone and 70 percent of the sand and gravel produced annually in the United States. Learn more at https://www.nssga.org.