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This course covers the latest methods and procedures to address the geotechnical issues in pavement design, construction and performance for new construction, reconstruction and pavement rehabilitation projects.

Course Outline

After participating in this course, you will be able to:
discover issues and challenges associated with the design and construction of modern pavement system
explain the geotechnical parameters of interest in pavement design and their effect on the performance of
   different types of pavements
appreciate the influence of climate, moisture, and drainage on pavement performance
recognize and take into consideration the impact of unsuitable subgrades on pavement performance
determine the geotechnical inputs needed for design of pavements
evaluate and select appropriate remediation measures for pavement subgrades
specify geotechnical aspects of construction and inspection requirements
identify subgrade problems during construction and develop suitable solutions
conduct adequate subsurface exploration and laboratory characterization of subgrade soils, the requisite
   design parameters for unbound base layers and the drainage in relation to pavement design
perform the necessary steps to develop and complete the design procedures of asphalt system including the
   utilization of geosynthetics within the pavement structure

This course covers the latest methods and procedures to address the geotechnical issues in pavement design, construction and performance for new construction, reconstruction and pavement rehabilitation projects. The course content includes geotechnical exploration and characterization of in-place and constructed subgrades; designing and constructing pavement subgrades and unbounded materials for paved and unpaved roads. The course also presents the HMA design methods including SuperPave and Hveem in addition it emphasizes the structural design methods of pavement structures based on the current AASHTO 1993 design guidelines. The course is designed to give in-depth knowledge on the mechanistic-empirical design approach, including the three levels of design inputs; the overall geotechnical and drainage aspects of bases, subbases and subgrades (for a safe, cost-effective, and durable pavement); and construction and inspection of pavement projects. This is an interactive course in which participants will gain an understanding of the impact of geotechnical features on the long-term performance of pavement systems.

The main objectives of this course are to provide participants with an understanding of the essential importance of the geotechnical aspects
relevant to the design, construction, and performance of a pavement system and to appreciate the significance of the recent advances in the field. 

Who Should Attend
Civil engineers, managers, owners of highways , Ministry of Transportation personnel , pavement design engineers, transit system engineers, infrastructure project managers, geotechnical engineers, consulting engineers, specification writers, quality assurance managers, construction engineers and technicians and technologists involved in the design, evaluation, construction, reconstruction or rehabilitation of pavements.

Special features
You will receive free copy of the following software: SpectraPave 4™ Software, incorporates AASHTO ‘93, Tensar® and Giroud-Han technology - the state-of-practice design methodologies for both flexible pavements and unpaved roads. This interactive software can be used for the analysis of both reinforced and unreinforced structures. A workshop for design examples will be conducted under instructor guidance.

Participants should bring their laptops to the class.

Faculty:  Dr. A.O. Abd El Halim

Program Outline

Welcome, Introduction, Workshop Preview, Learning Outcomes and the Assessment Method

Part I: Geotechnical Engineering for Pavement Engineers

Soil types, mass-volume relationships, grain size distribution, index properties, USCS/AASHTO classification, total/effective stresses, earth pressure calculations, load distribution

Water and Soils 
Capillarity, shrinkage/swelling, frost heave; seepage flow, permeability, constant, falling head test; one and two dimensional flow: flow nets, seepage forces

Components of settlement, time rate, oedometer tests, compressibility, pre-consolidation pressure, over-consolidation, secondary consolidation, field consolidation curves

Cohesive/frictional components of shear strength, drainage conditions, pore pressure, field/ laboratory tests, repeated loading effects, modulus and damping, wave velocity measurements

Soil Improvement
Compaction, stabilization, proctor, modified proctor tests, cohesive/
cohesionless soils, gradation, moisture content, equipment and procedures

Embankments, excavations, retaining walls, lateral earth pressure calculations, dewatering

Part II: Pavement Engineering

Fields of application, basic properties of materials, general considerations bituminous materials advantages and disadvantages, definitions

Basic Concepts of Equivalent Single Axle Loads (ESAL)
Estimate of ESALs considering daily, monthly and seasonal truck flows, use in PMS and pavement design

Hot Mix Asphalt 
HMA materials, characteristics of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA), volumetric terms, HMA mix design, marshall, hveem, superpave, quality assurance and control 
Bitumen and Binder-Aggregate Adhesion
Bituminous binders, characterization of binder properties, test methods, test methods for performance grading, binder aggregate adhesion, binder-aggregate coating characterization, bitumen-aggregate stripping

Introduction, project organization and communication, surface preparation,   HMA delivery, HMA replacement, joint construction, compaction, quality control/quality assurance, troubleshooting

Design Process Overview 
Inputs, traffic, climate, foundation, analysis, 2002 design guide

Performance Prediction 
Permanent deformation, top-down cracking, bottom-up cracking, thermal cracking

Prediction Models 
Traffic, materials and climatic models, thermal cracking model, pavement response model, damage prediction, distress prediction models

Geosynthetics Use in Asphalt Pavements 
Types of geosynthetics, use in pavement system, reinforced asphalt layers

Workshop - Pavement Design Examples for Flexible and Reinforced Pavement Designs
Participants in small groups, work under instructor guidance on pavement design using alternative design methods and make presentations to the whole group that is followed by discussion on design analysis and encountered problems.

Questions and Answers and Feedback to Participants on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

   Registration and Coffee
8:30   Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30   Adjournment

There will be a one-hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshments and networking break during each morning and afternoon session.


A. O. Abd El Halim
Dr. A.O. Abd El Halim, Chair of the Department was just awarded the 2005 Sandford Fleming Award by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) for his remarkable contributions to the development and practice of transportation engineering in Canada. The award was presented on June 3 at the 2005 Awards Banquet hosted by the CSCE at the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel in Toronto. He is a well known keynote speaker, reviewer, and the member of several important committees having been named the 1999 Top Newsmaker by the USA magazine, Engineering News Record. He also won the NOVA award by the Construction Innovation Forum, the Nobel prize for construction innovation, making him the first civil engineer to receive both awards in the same year. In recognition of his achievements, Professor El Halim was elected a Fellow to the CSCE in 1998.
Prerequisites & Certificates

Certificates offered

1.2 CEU / 12 PDH

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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The course was very well presented and the course instructor was absolutely amazing.
Reviewed by 2013
Our instructor, Stephen Lamming, was outstanding and a true expert in his field. He was able to complement the technical air monitoring information with practical real life examples which was highly beneficial. He is an excellent communicator and was highly interactive with the course attendees. This course was recommended to me because Stephen Lamming does an outstanding job. I was very impressed with this course and have subsequently recommended it to my colleagues.
Reviewed by 2012
Would have liked more interactive problem solving.
Reviewed by 2011

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