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The main objective of this workshop is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of important factors in pavement design, maintenance & rehabilitation. The focus will be on practices of pavement design & maintenance used by Canadian highway

Course Outline

Pavements are one of the main components of our transportation and infrastructure systems.  By daily expansion of our ground transportation systems and higher costs of construction, maintenance and rehabilitations of pavements, highway agencies are facing challenges to keep serviceability of their pavements to an acceptable level. During the last two decades, the issue of proper design, high quality construction as well as optimum maintenance and rehabilitation of pavements have been the focus of highway agencies, contractors, consulting engineers, and researchers.  With the relatively large investment involved in pavements, even marginal improvement in managing this investment, and in the technology involved, may effect very large absolute dollar saving.  In addition to direct saving in capital costs and maintenance, the indirect benefits to the road users can be equally significant.



The main objective of this workshop is to provide participants with a thorough understanding of important factors in pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation. The focus will be on practices of pavement design and maintenance used by Canadian highway agencies.

  Target Audience: The workshop is intended for pavement owners/users, consulting engineers, contractors and engineering technologists. A basic background of pavement engineering is required.  This course is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop their knowledge on pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation.
Upon completion of the workshop participant will be able to: Explain the importance of pavement and various pavement types. Identify important factors in pavement performance. Calculate traffic loads, consider environmental factors, and characterize materials for pavement design. Design a typical new construction pavement design based on AASHTO 1993 method. Learn important factors in selection of various pavement maintenance and rehabilitation methods. Design an overlay pavement design.
Program Outline (12 PDH)

Day I:

Introduction to Pavement Design

Importance of pavements

Types of pavements (flexible, rigid, and composite)

Important factors in pavement design


-Traffic calculation for pavement design


-Material characterization for pavement design


-Environmental considerations for pavement design

AASHTO pavement design method

Asphalt Institute pavement design procedure

Stage construction

Computer programs for pavement design and analysis

Day II:

Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation

Importance of pavement maintenance and rehabilitation

Differences between pavement maintenance and rehabilitation

Pavement maintenance and rehabilitation methods

Surface treatments


-Crack filling and sealing


-Different pavement sealing methods (fog seal, chip seal, slurry seal, and micro surfacing)

Rehabilitation methods






-Asphalt paving recycling

Important factors in selection of M/R methods

Life Cycle Cost Analysis

  Instructor: Hamid R. Soleymani, Ph.D., P.Eng. Dr. Hamid R. Soleymani has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and Transportation Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology, Tehran, Iran. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Saskatchewan in 1997. After graduation, he worked as a post-doc. at the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University, USA for three years. He was the main research engineer for the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) 9-12 titled “Incorporation of Reclaimed Asphalt pavement with Superpave”.
Hamid Joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2000 and taught civil engineering materials, transportation engineering, and pavement management systems at graduate and undergraduate levels. He was involved in several research studies for Alberta Transportation and City of Edmonton.

He worked for EBA Consultant Engineering, as a senior pavements and materials Engineer, from 2006 to 2010. During this time he worked on many pavement preservation projects as well as several pavement and materials research studies for Alberta Transportation.

He joined SAGA Engineering in 2010 and is continuing his teaching and research collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta as an adjunct/research faculty member.

Dr. Soleymani has more than 13 years academic and industrial experience and is a registered engineer in Alberta since 2004. He has published more than 30 papers in technical journals and conferences. His expertise and research interest areas are: asphalt and Portland cement concrete, Superpave mix design, pavements design and maintenance, materials characterization and modeling, pavement performance evaluation, mechanistic pavement design, and pavement management systems.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

A certificate of completed Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be granted at the end of this course. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
If you wish to withdraw from a course, you must advise us, in writing, including the official receipt. Our policies regarding refund are:

More than fifteen business days in advance: a full refund minus $50.00 administration charge.

Fifteen or less business days in advance: a transfer to another course or a credit, valid for one year, to another GIC course can be considered. Credits are transferable within your organization.

If the course has been running for more than 2 weeks, or after the course has started, an 80% credit towards another GIC course may be considered, if notice is received before the start date of the second session. After this time, no refunds or credits will be issued. If a speaker is not available due to unforeseen circumstances, another speaker of equal ability will be substituted.

GIC reserves the right to cancel or change the date or location of its events. GIC's responsibility will, under no circumstances, exceed the amount of the fee collected. GIC is not responsible for the purchase of non-refundable travel arrangements or accommodations or the cancellation/change fees associated with cancelling them. Please call to confirm that the course is running before confirming travel arrangements and accommodations.

Refund Policy: Allow up to 30 days for refunds to be processed.

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