Shell publishes sixth edition of bitumen handbook
Feb 16, 2015
Shell has once again demonstrated its commitment and leadership in bitumen technology by publishing a sixth edition of the Shell Bitumen Handbook. The handbook is considered by many in the industry as the definitive guide to asphalt paving technology. Today, it is used as a key reference by contractors and civil engineers around the world.
The handbook is authored by Shell’s team of bitumen experts, led by John Read, General Manager of Bitumen Technology. “This sixth edition is the biggest update we’ve ever done; with new concepts, practices and case studies, which we are sure our readers will benefit from. Along with new information and innovations, we hope that this reference guide will encourage all practitioners to adapt these technologies and practices in a safe and sustainable manner.”
The Shell Bitumen Handbook, first published in the UK in 1949 as the Mexphalte Handbook, has since, sold over 20,000 copies across 40 countries around the world.
“We invested time in keeping the handbook updated to help the industry we are proud to be a part of. It is our way of sharing best practice and to help readers stay informed,” said John.
Shell has made a significant impact in spearheading numerous developments in bitumen technology including: clear bitumen, which allows for coloured asphalt surfaces; odourless bitumen; and also special grades of bitumen specially designed for heavy duty use, like in airport runways, ports, mining sites and racetracks.
Shell Bitumen Global:
Notes to Editors
- Shell Bitumen is the world’s largest bitumen marketing business with over 1,600 customers in over 30 countries. Shell supplies over 11,000 tonnes of bitumen daily, enough to pave a one lane kilometre road every four minutes.
- Over the past decade, Shell Bitumen has provided solutions for over 100 of the world’s busiest airports, including Heathrow (UK), Dubai (UAE), Charles de Gaulle (France). Schiphol (Netherlands), HKIA (Hong Kong), Changi (Singapore), KLIA (Malaysia), Frankfurt (Germany) and Suvarnabhumi (Thailand).
- Shell Bitumen operates a dedicated bitumen research and development centre in Bangalore, India and regional solution centres in China, France and Thailand.
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