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The course provides details on common preventive maintenance techniques that upgrade your road inspection and maintenance skills.

Course Outline

After participating in the seminar, you will be able to:
Prepare preventive maintenance program for your roads
Fix priority for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation within your budget
Take action on the ruts at intersections
Preserve bituminous pavement using thin surface protection techniques
Select appropriate bituminous mixtures, tack manhole materials, sealants, concrete repair materials, collars, etc.
Specify construction procedures, contracting strategy and warranties

The condition of our roads and highways greatly contributes to the overall vitality of the Canadian economy.  By improving ride quality, extending pavement life and ensuring safety, effective pavement preventive maintenance programs will help to allow people and goods to move safely and insure that our road network remains in good condition. 

Many pavement owner/agencies are now focusing on maintaining the overall value of their roadway assets and are striving to make better-informed decisions on how they allocate funding to minimize the deterioration of their assets.  This new form of management referred to as Asset Management has clearly identified the benefits of strong pavement preventive maintenance programs compared to the commonly used “worst-first” repair approach.

An effective pavement preventive maintenance program encompasses a full range of techniques with the goal of enhancing pavement performance in a cost-effective and efficient manner.  A framework of mix-of-fix strategies, which includes a balance between pavement preventive maintenance work along with pavement rehabilitation and reconstruction, can assist a road agency to maintain an overall acceptable pavement condition while meeting the needs of the traveling public.  This concept, as simple as it seems, has not been fully accepted by roadway agencies, who continue to react to problems after they occur rather than to prevent them from occurring in the first place. 

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities in coordination with the National Research Council of Canada has embarked on a program to create the National Guide for Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure (NGSMI).  Part of this effort included the development of Best Practices related to infrastructure management.  Several best practices were developed that are relevant to pavement maintenance management.  These include:

   1. Timely preventive maintenance for municipal roads
   2. Priority planning and budgeting for pavement maintenance and rehabilitation
   3. Rut mitigation techniques at intersections
   4. Preservation of bituminous pavement using thin surface restoration techniques

This workshop outlines the concept of a coordinated preventive maintenance and mix-of-fixes approach and how it may be integrated into a framework of pavement and asset management for municipal agencies.  The course provides details on common preventive maintenance techniques that upgrade your road inspection and maintenance skills.  Guidelines are provided for activities such as the sealing of cracks, patching and pothole repairs, spray patching, repairs to utility cuts and trenches, repairs associated with utility access openings, load transfer restoration, partial and full-depth repairs, etc.  Emphasis is placed on recommending practical techniques and products that are effective and improve pavement life.  The following topics are addressed for each maintenance treatment:

   • Recommended repair methods, techniques and construction details
   • Recommended materials (bituminous mixtures, tack materials, sealants, concrete repair materials, manhole collars, etc.)
   • Recommended construction specifications, contracting procedures, and warranties
   • Experience of different agencies
   • Dos and don’ts to avoid treatment failures


The workshop provides a focus on practical aspects of road inspection to identify the need for the cost-effective implementation of routine maintenance for flexible and rigid pavements. 

Who Should Attend

The workshop will provide the greatest benefit to municipal and consulting engineers, technologists, and supervisory construction personnel involved in the maintenance of pavements.  It is designed to address specific needs of those who manage pavement maintenance activities, select maintenance treatments, specify maintenance techniques and materials, supervise field maintenance operations, and provide quality assurance.

The Participants Will Receive

• A copy of the presentation material used during the course
• A resource list of specifications and key publications

Program Outline

Day I

Registration and Coffee

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

Defining Levels of Service for Pavement Maintenance Management
• NGSMI priority planning and programming

Timely Preventive Maintenance

Identifying Maintenance Needs
• Pavement condition inspection techniques – surface treated pavements

Pavement Distress Inspection Techniques
• Manual, semi-automated and automated

Maintenance Needs Programming
• The right treatment for the right pavement at the right time


Day II

Repair Methods, Techniques and Construction Details for Surface Treated and Gravel Surface Pavements
• Area patching using hot or cold mix
• Spray patching
• Surface treatment
• Dust mitigation
• Drainage improvements

Repair Methods, Techniques And Construction Details For Asphalt Concrete Pavements
• Crack sealing
• Patching
• Thin hot-mix overlay (<40 mm)
• Hot in-place recycling
• Micro-surfacing
• Slurry seal
• Surface treatment (seal coat)
• Restorative seal
• Texturization

Repair Methods, Techniques and Construction Details for Exposed Concrete Pavements
• Partial-depth repairs
• Full-depth repairs
• Slab stitching
• Load transfer restoration
• Diamond grinding
• Under slab sealing (grouting and foam)

Warranties and Specifications

Construction Inspection and Testing

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

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment

Daily Schedule:
Registration and Coffee (Day I only)
8:30 Session begins
12:00 Lunch
4:30 Adjournment

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


David Hein, P. Eng., is a principal engineer with ARA Transportation. Mr. Hein is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Civil Engineering and has over 28 years or experience in the design, evaluation and management of pavements throughout North America and overseas. Mr. Hein has developed and completed numerous pavement design and management courses for government and private sector agencies. Mr. Hein is a regular technical contributor to technical conferences worldwide and is the past chair of the World Roads Association flexible and semi-rigid pavement committee, the past chair of the Pavement Standing Committee of the Transportation Association of Canada and chair of the American Society of Civil Engineers interlocking concrete pavement structural design and permeable pavement committees.

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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