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Shell Bitumen Handbook 6th edition

New and updated version of key reference guide to asphalt paving technology now available

SHELL have once again demonstrated their commitment and leadership in bitumen technology by publishing a sixth edition of the Shell Bitumen Handbook.

Authored by Shell’s team of bitumen experts and considered by many in the industry to be the definitive guide to asphalt paving technology, the handbook is used as a key reference by contractors and civil engineers around the world.

John Read, Shell’s general manager of bitumen technology, who lead the team of authors, said: ‘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 was first published in the UK in 1949 as the Mexphalte Handbook and has since sold more than 20,000 copies across 40 countries around the world.

During this time Shell have spearheaded 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 applications.

Mr Read continued: ‘We’ve 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 helping readers stay informed.’

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