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This course is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop or increase their knowledge base of asphalt mix to build longer lasting pavements. Participants will work on asphalt mix design suitable for different load and environmental conditions.

Course Outline
Maximizing the performance of high quality materials and sophisticated construction practices is best achieved with a thorough understanding of material properties and asphalt mix design.  Engineers and technical managers are faced with the challenge of maintaining, within shrinking budgets, the investment in highways, airport runways, urban roads, parking areas and access roads in many residential, commercial and industrial developments.  An understanding of the considerations for the design and construction of an asphalt pavement and of the factors that influence its deterioration is essential to make technically and economically feasible decisions regarding the design of asphalt mixes.  Participants will work on asphalt mix design suitable for different load and environmental conditions. Learning Objective

To present methods of design for asphalt mix suitable for various applications.

Who Should Attend

Designers actively involved in asphalt mix design, materials specifications and field management of asphalt mixes, geotechnical and materials engineers in government transport departments, project managers, maintenance engineers, technicians and technologists, contractors, construction inspectors, technical managers, consultants and municipal engineers with responsibility for asphalt pavements.  This course is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop or increase their knowledge base of asphalt mix to build longer lasting pavements.

Special Features
The instructor has been selected for his involvement in asphalt technology.  You will receive comprehensive lecture notes and reference materials.

Program Outline

Instructor: Karim Ismail, Carleton University

Day I

 8:00    Registration and coffee

 8:20    Welcome and introduction

 8:30    Role of Asphalt Mixes in Pavement Life

  • Importance of geotechnical conditions
  • Sub-grade evaluation
  • Frost, drainage and erosion control
  • Causes of distress
  • Design considerations
  • Asphalt binders and their uses
  • Influence of asphalt mix designs on durability of pavement

 9:20    Aggregates and their Characteristics

  • OPSS 1003
  • Quality requirements
  • Aggregate gradations
  • Specific gravities
  • Aggregate batching
  • HMA volumetrics
  • Selecting design aggregate structures
  • Estimating VMA
  • Specimen preparation calculations
  • Specimen compaction
  • Bulk specific gravity testing
  • Theoretical maximum specific gravity testing

10:20   Refreshments and networking

10:40   Aggregates and their Characteristics (Continued)

11:20   Asphalt Mix Design Considerations

  • Asphalt cements, emulsions and cut€'backs
  • Types and applications
  • Asphalt cements for hot mix asphalt
  • Stability, fatigue and durability considerations
  • Volumetric calculations
  • Determination of optimum asphalt content
  • Functional requirements
  • Construction considerations
  • Quality control
  • Mixture performance testing
  • Marshall and SUPERPAVE System
  • Demonstration of lab results

12:30   Lunch

1:10    Asphalt Binder-SHRP Material Selection

  • Test procedures and the meaning of results
  • Effects of binder on quality of the mix
  • LTPP program and selection of appropriate grade
  • MTO€(TM)s modified procedure

2:30   Refreshments and networking

2:50    Asphalt Binder-SHRP System (Continued)

3:30    Other Available Resources

  • Use of the Web in finding out about pavements
  • Pavement preservation-what it means
  • Life cycle costing as it affects design
  • Innovative technologies

4:30    Adjournment

Day II

8:30    Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) Design Requirements

  • Mixture properties
    - selection criteria for various mix types
  • OPSS for Marshall mixes
  • SUPERPAVE requirements for design
  • Mix size and layer thickness range
  • Workshop

10:10   Refreshments and networking

10:30   Designing Mixtures with RAP-Marshall and SUPERPAVE Mixtures

  • Binder selection
  • Calculations
    - SMA mixture design requirements
  • Mixture properties
  • Applications for SMA

12:00   Lunch

12:40   Quality Management In The Field

  • SUPERPAVE  testing requirements
  • Mix problems during production
  • Maintaining VMA in the field

 2:00    Asphalt Mix Design-Resurfacing

  • Asphalt overlays for serviceability and strength
  • Use of fabrics

 2:40    Refreshments and networking

 3:10    Specifications-Mixing, Tests, Spreading and Compaction

 3:50    Open Forum-Questions and Answers

 4:30    Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

 1.2 CEUs/12 PDHs

After Participating in the Course, You will be Able To:
  • Make critical decisions in the lab and on the construction projects using the background knowledge gained from the course
  • Select asphalt and aggregate material knowing their effect on mixture properties
  • Perform proportioning, volumetric analysis, mixture evaluation using the guidelines for the application of different mixture types
  • Increase the useful life of your pavement by efficient asphalt mix design
  • Analyze your specifications to understand how they affect the quality you receive

Karim Ismail
Karim Ismail., Ph.D., P.Eng.is Assistant Professor with Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, at Carleton University. He has over 10 years in experience in Education, Research, and Practice in different fields of Transportation Engineering. He is also a present member of Transportation Research Board Surrogate Safety Measure and Pedestrian Committee.      
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

Registration covers all program materials, refreshments during breaks and lunch but excludes accommodation. Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.

Cancellation Policy
To withdraw from a course, you must send a request, in writing, with the official receipt to our office. Fifteen or more business days in advance: full refund less $50.00 administration charge. Five to fifteen business days in advance: non-refundable credit of equal value for any future EPIC seminar within one year. Credits are transferable within your organization. In case of an unexpected event occurring after this time, you may send someone else to take your place without any additional cost.
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