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This course provides detailed information to assist pavement engineers in developing the most reliable & cost-effective maintenance & rehabilitation alternatives for existing flexible pavements. It addresses the problem of maintenance & rehabilitation...

Course Outline
Pavements preservation is a program employing a network level, long-term strategy that enhances pavement performance by using an integrated, cost-effective set of practices that extend pavement life, improves safety and meet motorist expectations (FHWA).

Pavement preservation includes routine maintenance, preventive maintenance, and minor rehabilitation.  The key concept in a successful pavement preservation program is to apply the right treatment, to the right pavement, in a right time. Although this concept looks straightforward, its implementation is a complicated engineering question.

This course provides detailed information to assist pavement engineers in developing the most reliable and cost-effective maintenance and rehabilitation alternatives for existing flexible pavements. It addresses the problem of maintenance and rehabilitation in a logical sequence: existing pavement structure evaluation and condition assessment, distress mechanisms, assignment of feasible strategies and alternatives, selection of preferred alternatives. Example of a typical pavement preservation project including: data collection, field work, developing strategies and alternates, and life cycle cost analysis will be reviewed.   A background in pavement design is recommended.

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

Target Audience: The course has been designed 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 preservation.   Upon completion of the workshop participant will be able to:
  • To recognize the main concept in pavement preservation: right time, right treatment, right time.
  • To learn methodologies in pavement evaluation for preservation; structural and functional evaluation
  • To identify flexible pavement distress types and their extents and severities
  • Become familiar with procedures for project field surveys, including coring, lab testing, and non-destructive deflection testing
  • To understand how to link pavement design considerations with the processes for pavement preservation
  • To learn important factors in the design and selection of various pavement preservation methods, routine maintenance, major maintenance, surface treatments, overlay, various recycling methods,  and reconstruction
  • To learn Life Cycle Cost Analysis for comparing viable treatments
  • Long-term monitoring, research, and future trends in pavement preservation


                      Program Outline (1.2 CEUs) Day I:

Importance of pavement preservation

  • Why pavement preservation is the main concern of highway agencies these days?

The main concept in pavement preservation

  • Right pavement,
  • Right method, and
  • Right time

Structural evaluation; methods and parameters

  • Falling Weight Deflectometer (FWD) testing and applications

Functional Evaluation; methods and parameters

  • Roughness, cracks, rutting, and others

Environmental/construction/traffic related distresses of flexible pavements

  • Flexible pavement distresses; extent and severity
  • Routine maintenance; crack filling and sealing
Day II:

Surface treatment methods

  • Fog seal, chip seal, slurry seal, and micro surfacing

Rehabilitation methods

  • Overlay, Mill/Inlay, asphalt paving recycling, full depth reclamation

Important factors in the selection of M/R methods

  • Technical and non-technical considerations

Life Cycle Cost Analysis

  • Factors and methodologies

Examples of flexile pavement preservation projects

  • Example of pavement preservation projects will be followed step by step to provide the best practices in pavement preservation
  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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