March 2016

Concrete Pavement Design and Construction

Status: This course has been postponed. A new date will be announced shortly.
Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Concrete Pavement Design and Construction
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: ​David Hein, P.Eng., Principal Pavement Engineer, Applied Research Associates (ARA)
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $419.00 + GST = $439.95 until Mar 3, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Non-Member Price: $499.00 + GST = $523.95

Student Member Price: $249.50 + GST = $261.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by March 03, 2016 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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This course provides an overview of the most popular design methods for concrete pavements ranging from municipal roadways to highways and airport facilities and focuses on methods and procedures to evaluate pavement condition to determine how we can cost-effectively extend their service life. Case studies show examples of pavement condition, why it is in the condition and how best to cost-effectively treat defects to maximize the life of the asset. Pavement preservation and life-cycle cost procedures are discussed to assist asset managers in conveying the importance of timely maintenance and rehabilitation actions.

Course Benefits               

  • Understand key components and factors necessary for the cost effective design of rigid pavements.
  • Be able to identify design and construction features that may negatively impact the performance of pavements.
  • Assist in developing specifications to ensure the performance of pavements. 
  • Understanding maintenance and rehabilitation needs and techniques

Course Content

Both rigid and flexible pavements are commonly used in Canada for both provincial highways and municipal streets.  Each pavement type is designed and constructed based on local traffic and site conditions.  Rigid pavements typically consist of a Jointed Plain Concrete Pavement (JPCP) over a granular base which provides uniform support for the concrete slabs.  The structural strength of a concrete pavement is largely within the concrete itself due to its rigid nature.  Concrete’s rigidness spreads the load over a large area and keeps the pressure on the subgrade low, which is why less base material is required. 

The Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO) uses an alternative bid process for major highways to ensure that the pavement selected is the most appropriate for the particular location and site conditions.  This process uses an established Life-Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA) procedure to help evaluate the ongoing maintenance and rehabilitation (M&R) costs against any differences in initial construction costs.  While the MTO procedure focuses on the high volume highways across the province, a similar procedure can be used for pavement type selection of municipal roadways. 

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) 1993 pavement design procedure is covered along with an introduction to the new AASHTO Pavement Design ME mechanistic-empirical method.  Design procedures and processes for low volume parking area and roadways are discussed.  The design portion of this course focuses on features that may impact the performance of asphalt and concrete pavement infrastructure.  Some of the key design elements for concrete pavement design, construction and maintenance include:
  • Subgrade preparation
  • Dowel bar: alignment; insertion; quality
  • Dowel and tie bar placement
  • Joint detailing
  • Proper detailing around utility covers
  • Finishing
  • Joint and crack sealing
  • Deleterious materials
  • General construction site cleanliness
  • Dowel bar retrofit
  • Slab stitching
  • Surface texturization
  • Partial depth repair materials
  • Expansion and construction joints
Pavement evaluation and management procedures and sustainability solutions specific to the Canadian environment as outlined in the recently released Transportation Association of Canada Pavement Design and Asset Management Guide are highlighted.  The design, evaluation and management of concrete pavements, maintenance and rehabilitation needs and key aspects to ensure the longevity of the pavements are discussed.  Finally, examples of world-wide innovations in pavement construction and maintenance are presented. 

Unique Features of the Course

While the course materials are structured, there is ample opportunity to explore any aspects of concrete pavement design, evaluation and maintenance of interest to the participants.  The instructor effectively uses discussion, case studies and real-world examples to highlight key aspects and interests of the group. 

Target Audience

  • Pavement network owners and administrators
  • Engineers and technicians involved in the design, evaluation and management of pavements
  • Provincial, municipal and local agencies
  • Airport owners and maintenance staff


David Hein is a principal pavement engineer with Applied Research Associates (ARA).  Mr. Hein has over 30 years of experience throughout North America ranging from parking areas and walkways to major highway facilities and airports.  He is actively involved with many organizations including the Transportation Association of Canada (past chair of the pavements committee) and co-author of the recently released Pavement Design and Asset Management Guide, Ontario Good Roads Association, American Society of Civil Engineers (chair of the interlocking concrete block pavement and the permeable pavements committees), World Road Association (past chair of the pavements committee), and has completed training courses for over 10,000 participants across North America.  Mr. Hein has extensive experience in the design, construction and maintenance of concrete pavements including life-cycle costing.

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