Bitumen Engineering provides bitumen and asphalt related technical and economically always feasible, custom designed solutions for all industries, which are utilizing bitumens and asphalt (usually refinery, paving, roofing and construction industries).
Creativity is one of our biggest strength.
Again, Bitumen Engineering always provides tailored technical solutions, because every need and situation is different. We do not believe that one technical solution remedies all problems, and provides maximum benefits while ensures minimum self-cost. Grow up; it happens only in fairy-tales! ...
We understand that depending on who you are, whom you represent and whom you are working for, you have various objectives and different things matter.
Many times websites like this one assume everyone understands all engineering aspects of a given situation. The reality is different and it should be!
… for example: I call an electrician to fix something in my home I can tell him what my problem is, but I probably have no idea on the best way it should be fixed. I just knew the symptom, and might have an idea on the potential solution, which obviously is not necessarily the best one.
We don’t want to question that you’re a professional on the bitumen and asphalt fields, although if you knew everything, you would solve your problems alone; right?
Returning back to our previous example I don’t feel bad that an electrician knows better his profession than I do… This is life!
All in all we believe that we can help you much more efficiently if we present solutions based on your background, motivation and our existing real life experience.
If you prefer to approach from business and feasibility aspects then we suggest to start your browsing experience here.
We decided not only to detail various options based on your background but to help you understand the connection between business objectives (such as increasing profit) and potential technical solutions (what you can do to increase profit?)…
Using a few examples, you find potential solutions how:
It is cliché that no matter how much you generate in sales, the most important key is generating bottom-line profit. Profit is what provides opportunities for future growth and expansion. There are quite a few ways to achieve higher profit. Here we present a few versions. Revise material compositionsUsually material cost represents...Read more
There are many ways to increase market share, and the old-school approach is to gain market share from your competition by providing • better service,• cheaper products etc. Also we suggest browsing within some of our recommendations regarding possible options to increase profit and realize savings on process and material cost. The...Read more
Following the common approach you need to provide extra high quality service and / or new, higher quality / cheap products. Briefly: • In your existing product, try reducing material cost. With binder formulation usually it can be done. At the end of the day you will have the same performance,...Read more
Based on experience and common sense a detailed analysis can be useful to observe what parts of your organization / project operates on the highest cost. Regarding the process and products in general we followings are recommended: • Reduce your material cost with reformulation / new binder design.• Reduce your process...Read more
Have a new product in your product line can help you distinguish yourself from competition and affect very positively on your business. If you plan to do this practically have the followings options: 1. You can adopt an existing formula as it is. This solutions is relatively simple (be careful with...Read more
If you have good technical understanding of bitumens and asphalt and you know exactly what you are looking for then you find the ways we could help you here.
When we talk about savings on material cost it usually means millions of US dollars annually.
We have good practical and theoretical expertise in bitumen / asphalt binder modification in all levels starting from a laboratory, scaling up and ending at a refinery or bitumen terminal. More exactly, the most common categories in bitumen modification are:
• elastomers (e.g. styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer (SBS), crumb rubber from scrap tires (CRM))
• hybrids (e.g. SBS and crumb rubber together)
• plastomers (e.g. ethylene-vinyl-acetate copolymer (EVA))
• various chemicals (e.g. polyphosphoric acid (PPA), malaeic anhydride (MA))
• fillers (e.g. carbon black)
• warm asphalt additives (e.g. wax)
• process related (e.g. air blowing)
It might worth noting that more 100 types of additives are used within the industry to improve performance, reduce cost and because of the high volumes produced we are talking about huge savings and profits in case the job is done right.
The engineering services cover a whole range of activities to make life easier. A few examples:
The objective of application of warm mix asphalt (WMA) additives is to save fuel (heat) cost by performing the road construction on a reduced asphalt mixture temperature. With increasing concerns of global warming and increasing emissions, the asphalt industry is making a constant effort to lower its emissions by reducing the mixing and compaction temperatures of the asphalt mixture without affecting...Read more
Beside chemical and process engineering related engineering services (such as binder formulation or plant design) Bitumen Engineering offers various civil engineering services within the area of flexible asphalt pavements, such as:• General civil engineering consulting services, project management, engineering design reviews and peer reviews, preliminary engineering study reviews.• Transportation planning, including highway capacity studies, traffic impact studies, level of service...Read more
The main profile of Bitumen Engineering relates mostly to engineering design, problem solving resulting increased efficiency and reduced cost, development of new materials / bitumen and asphalt formulas, providing complete technology transfer etc however we can offer complete bituminous binder and asphalt mixture laboratory services as well.We can accomplish complete ASTM, AASHTO, EN and other internationally standardized, and various non-standardized...Read more
Many countries/regions have no specificification / standard requirements for modified bitumen. Bitumen Engineering can help determine the right combination of material properties and testing methods in order to minimize testing cost during quality control. Specification development can be done in several ways but the most advanced one, when • existing bitumen standards• climate• traffic conditions (typical loads) are considered together.Bitumen...Read more
Asphalt binder design / modified bitumen formulation is of the most versatile tool to decrease self-cost and maximize profit! The bitumen / asphalt industry uses around 100 different additives and their combinations, so the opportunities are almost endless. Almost because price does matter! The key of reliable and advanced formulas rely mostly on chemistry and process engineering knowledge / experience (to make...Read more
Our complete technology transfer packages contain custom designed technical solutions. Even if the objective is to adopt a new material for your country / region there are unique features which need to be considered.
...and what about new product development? If you are a manufacturer of an additive / additives it has sense to use your own raw materials and develop a new product. For example: a uniquely produced crumb rubber can lead to new type of asphalt rubber material with improved performance.
Help to achieve this objective should not be a problem (unless you plan to pave a road to the Moon with that)! …
We gained significant experience in quite a few product and process developments. The most successful one is a storage stable asphalt rubber, named chemically stabilized asphalt rubber which is world patented (WO/2007/068990) and remedies the settling problem of a high rubber concentrate (>15%) asphalt rubber binders and makes refinery / asphalt terminal production possible. Now the biggest Oil & Gas Company in Middle Europe is manufacturing it.
Does this convince you to believe we know what we are talking about?!
Asphalt rubber, also named crumb rubber modified bitumen (CRMB) have been spread worldwide as solution for different quality problems. They are proven to have excellent performance in hot, moderate and cold climate under various load conditions, cold properties and they also have high resistance against aging. The common advantages of pavements prepared by using asphalt rubber are:• improved durability,• lower...Read more
This article can be interpreted as a mixture of new material development and asphalt rubber technology transfer. Our intent was to present the potentials with a real life example. The problem:It is well known that high crumb rubber content (>15%) asphalt rubbers have stability problems during storage, therefore they should be used shortly after production. Bitumen / asphalt terminals, refineries usually...Read more
Styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer (SBS) is the most widely accepted bitumen / asphalt binder modification agent used by the whole bitumen industry.We know the title of this article is not perfectly accurate but the road construction industry commonly calls the SBS block copolymer just `polymer` and our preference was to serve those needs as well. If you are looking for other...Read more
Objective of new bituminous / asphalt binder product development The main objective of new product development is to maximizes sales and profit, while open new markets for you. Whether you are already on the bitumen / asphalt market or you are a raw material / additive supplier for the industry you might want to consider the following options: 1. Sell your product...Read more
If you are looking for individual equipment, a package (e.g. heating system), or a complete asphalt / bitumen plant, terminal or manufacturing unit we can certainly design one. From scratch. E.g.:
Development of a new plant or process from concept evaluation to profitable reality is often an enormously complex problem. A plant-design project moves to completion through a series of stages such as is shown in the following: 1. Inception2. Preliminary evaluation of economics and market3. Development of data necessary for final design4. Final economic evaluation5. Detailed engineering design6. Procurement7. Erection8. Startup...Read more
If your objective is to reduce the self-cost of your existing process / plant (and finally product), improve your performance, capacity, remedy a problem or start manufacturing a new product process considerations are suggested to be made.Sometimes even with simple changes most of the above mentioned goals can be achieved. No need to say, that every situation is different. If you...Read more
An accurate and realistic operating cost calculator can work very effectively as a “blending services estimator”. Such a calculator allows very accurate estimating of self cost of each projects and/or manufactured amounts. The estimator is completely tailored for your plant and deals with all kind of costs (including raw materials, energy, labor, equipment deprecation etc). This tool allows you to give quick...Read more
We understand that many people feel that creating studies are not that useful, usually it is only a ‘necessary bad’. However at the same time most of us agree that starting a new or expanding an already existing business usually requires careful planning.
Do you agree with us?
Let’ have an example:
It is worthwhile to make tables or figures that show the effect of variations in costs and prices on profitability. The objective is to determine, which factors the profitability of a project is most sensitive to. This procedure is called sensitivity analysis.
One of our informal study was created for a Secretary of Infrastructure of a European Country.
Would you care about identifying these factors before investing or would not care?!
We all know the answer!
Depending on the potential amount of investment it might be worth investigating how much risk is involved with the whole project or business. Risk can be dramatically reduced by detailed investigation and realistic planning.
Again, would you care?! ..
Obviously there are more tools for various analyses to make the good decision indeed.
Bitumen Engineering believes that in a knowledge economy, companies that have the great talents can provide the best service. That is the reason Bitumen Engineering employs mostly Ph.D. level chemical, civil and environmental engineers specialized in bitumen (asphalt binder in the USA) related technologies and materials. We are a group of engineers with 15+ years of experience in hydrocarbon processing, petrochemistry, paving, roofing, process design and refinery production.
We have never done and will state 'we are the leading engineering company', 'we are the best' etc… there are many talented companies and the whole thing does not really matter at all. What really matters are good and feasible solutions for you, and everyone knows from experience that tailor-made solutions are the best ones (obviously we can deliver common ones too, but those are simply not efficient enough).
When you are looking for a solution for an existing problem, want to increase your profitability or simply invest your money in a certain business what are you looking for?
Let us have an analog example:
Which solution would you prefer when you are sick (=the problem) and want to be healthy again? You go to see a doctor (=a company who can provide the solution) then:
1without examination the doctor gives you an average medication, which probably more or less cures you, just did with anyone else (or it might generates allergic symptoms, you never know, but let’s be optimistic); or
2 first your condition is evaluated and understood correctly, a diagnosis is established then you get the right medication, which cures you for sure.
Which do you think works better?
If your preferred way is the second one then you are in the right place! This is how we do!
And this is how you will be 100% satisfied, we guarantee!
That is also the reason why many questions are addressed first in order to evaluate your situation, determine the objectives and measures.
If you are just looking for a quote because you need to compare prices, do not even waste your time by contacting us. We do not provide anything before assessing the situation, getting answered to our questions. If quality, your maximized profit matters then keep browsing…
CEO of Bitumen Engineering
Asphalt rubber and rubberized asphalt samples were produced using various available, public recipes and their properties were compared to different laboratory and bitumen terminal / refinery produced linear and radial type of styrene-butadiene-styrene block copolymer (SBS), SBS-polyphosphoric acid (PPA), ethylene-vinyl-acetate (EVA) and Elvaloy modified bitumen...
Bitumen Engineering was at Asphalt Rubber 2012 Conference.
An investment in a manufacturing process must earn more than the cost of capital for it to be worthwhile. The larger the additional earnings, the more profitable the venture and the greater the justification for putting the capital at risk. A profitability estimate is an attempt to quantify the desirability of taking this risk. The ways of assessing profitability are usually:
• discounted-cash-flow rate of return (DCFRR),
• net present value (NPV) based on a particular discount rate,
• equivalent maximum investment period (EMIP),
• interest-recovery period (IRP), and
• discounted breakeven point (DBEP).
Depending on who you are, whom you represent; your objectives are different. We try to distinguish various groups here and explain what the common options are and how the goals can be achieved...
I am on the behalf of a bitumen additive manufacturer (eg. SBS, EVA etc.).