- Civil Engineering Training
- Introduction to Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) (1.2 CEUs)
- Course Outline
Most of the current pavement design methods including AASHTO Pavement Design are empirical-based. This means that they were developed based on considering limited local pavement materials, environmental factors, and traffic conditions. Although these pavement design methods have been used successfully by many highway agencies, frequently they are not accurate for specific pavement materials and environmental conditions other than they have been developed. Additionally these methods were developed based on traffic volume and vehicle types in 1950s and are not adequate for the existing and future traffic volume and types.
A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) has been developed in the USA under NCHRP 1-37A in 2004 to address shortcomings in the current pavement design methods. This Guide incorporates pavement knowledge and experiences, which were developed during the last 50 years.
Many highway agencies have plans to implement the MEPDG as their pavement design method. Implementation of the MEPDG requires training, data collection, and local calibration/validation of performance models in MEPDG.
The main objective of this workshop is to provide participants with a through understanding of shortcomings in the current pavement design methods and to introduce important pavement design factors, traffic, materials, and environmental factors for the MEPDG.
Participants will learn how to use the MEPDG software and how to interpret the outputs. The focus of the workshop will be on MEPDG flexible pavement design.
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 the latest technology in the area of pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation.
Upon completion of the workshop participant will be able to:
Shortcomings in the current pavement design methods.
Traffic considerations in MEPDG
Pavement materials considerations in MEPDG
Environmental considerations in MEPDG
Sensitivity of input parameters in MEPDG flexible pavement design
MEPDG for rehabilitation of flexible pavements
Application of MEPDG software for flexible pavement design
Implementation Issues and challenge
Program Outline (12 PDH)
Introduction to MEPDG
Current pavement design methods and their shortcomings
Review of AASHTO pavement design method and its limitations
Why we need a MEPDG?
Key points in MEPDG
Traffic considerations in MEPDG
Traffic considerations and calculations in existing pavement design methods
ESAL and its limitations
Traffic considerations in MEPDG (traffic spectrum)
Traffic data for three MEPDG levels
Flexible pavement material considerations in MEPDG
Inputs for unbound pavement layers
Inputs for asphalt concrete pavement material
Material inputs for three levels of MEPDG
Environmental considerations in MEPDG
Introduction to Integrated Climatic Model
Environmental data for MEPDG
Hands on MEPDG software for flexible pavements
Example of entering data and running MEPDG software
MEPDG Pavement Maintenance and Implementation Issues
Flexible pavement rehabilitation in MEPDG
Asphalt pavement rehabilitation Inputs in MEPDG levels
Sensitivity of input parameters for MEPDG flexible pavement design.
Sensitivity of output parameters to various input parameters for new and rehabilitation flexible pavement design
Performance models for MEPDG flexible pavement design
Introducing performance models in MEPDG for flexible pavements
Implementation of MEPDG; issues and challenges
Advantages of MEPDG
Calibration-validation of MEPDG
Challenges and issues in implementation of MEPDG
Hamid R. Soleymani Ph. D., P. Eng. is a senior pavements and materials engineer with the EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd. in Edmonton. He obtained his Ph.D. from University of Saskatchewan in 1997. After graduation, he worked as a research engineer 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. He Joined to Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta as an assistant professor in 2000.
He 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 in these areas. He joined EBA as a senior pavements and materials Engineer in 2006 and is continuing his academic collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Alberta as an associate adjunct professor.
Dr. Soleymani has published more than 30 papers in technical journals and conferences. His expertise and research interest areas are: asphalt and concrete, superpave, pavements design and maintenance, materials characterization and modeling, pavement performance evaluation, and pavement management systems.
- Prerequisites & Certificates
1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs
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