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Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) is the main civil engineering material in paving construction. More than 90% of roads & highways in North America are paved with HMA; therefore, many civil engineers work in the design, production & construction of HMA.

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Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) is the main civil engineering material in paving construction. More than 90% of roads and highways in North America are paved with HMA; therefore, many civil engineers work in the design, production, and construction of HMA. A successful design, production, and construction of HMA need significant knowledge, experience, and engineering judgement.

During the last decade, several developments in the asphalt mix industry have occurred.  The most important developments in the design and testing of HMA include a new grading system for asphalt cement (Performance Grade- PG) as well a new mix design method (Superpave). Although many agencies use these new methods, other agencies use the traditional design and testing methods or a combination of new and old systems. It is critical that HMA users, producers, and pavement engineers and technologists to learn and understand the traditional characterization methods as well as the recent development in this area.   Objective

The main objective of this workshop is to provide participants with a fundamental understanding of HMA as well as of the traditional and new developments in HMA design and testing.

Target Audience

The workshop is intended for all engineers and technologists who work in the design, production, and quality control/assurance of HMA. This course is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop their knowledge on the latest technology in the area of HMA.

  Program Outline (1.2 CEUs / 12 PDHs) Day I:

Introduction to HMA
  • HMA industry and its importance
  • Components of HMA (asphalt cement and aggregate)
  • Asphalt cement and types (emulsions, cut back)
  • Traditional characterization of asphalt cement
    • Penetration test and grading
    • Viscosity test and grading
  • Shortcomings in traditional asphalt testing and grading systems
  • Performance Graded (PG) asphalt grading system
  • Aggregates for HMA
    • Important properties: gradation, soundness, testing of aggregate for HMA

Day II:   Fundamentals of HMA
  • Why characterization of HMA is a complicated engineering task?
  • Volumetric  and mass relationships of HMA
  • Definition of volumetric properties and their significances
    • Air voids, VMA, VFA
  • Mix design of HMA using Marshall method
  • Shortcomings in Marshall methods
  • Superpave Mix design method

Special Asphalt Mixtures and their applications

  • Stone Mastic Asphalt
  • Asphalt rubber mixes
  • Polymer modified asphalt
  • Asphalt recycled mixes
    Upon completion of the workshop participant will learn:
  • Components of HMA (asphalt cement and aggregates)
  • Nature and types of asphalt cement
  • Traditional testing of asphalt cement
  • PG asphalt cement system
  • Volumetric properties of HMA
  • Marshall mix design testing and methods
  • Superpave mix design method
  • Special asphalt mixtures and their applications
  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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