February 2020

Asphalt Production and Placement

Status: Advanced online registration is now closed. Please contact Jennifer Chan at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Asphalt Production and Placement
Location: Holiday Inn Vancouver-Centre (Cypress Room), 711 West Broadway Vancouver, BC
Presenter: David Hein, P.Eng.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $480.00 + GST = $504.00 until Feb 10, 2020

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $580.00 + GST = $609.00

Non-Member Price: $580.00 + GST = $609.00

Student Member Price: $250.00 + GST = $262.50
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by February 10, 2020 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Contact: Jennifer Chan | Senior Professional Development Coordinator
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This course examines the basic design principles of flexible, asphalt-surfaced pavements to give participants a good understanding of what matters to ensure the maximum pavement life possible. Constructing a pavement is not as precise as factory manufacturing, where the input materials and processes are strictly controlled to result in the desired final product. While processes and procedures are in place for both quality control and quality assurance, changes and variations in the materials, weather conditions, contractor operations, etc., can have a significant impact on the life of the pavement. Case studies of cause and effect are presented in a sequence of construction commencing at the subgrade and working towards the pavement surface to illustrate the impact of poor quality construction and inspection on pavement performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the basic design principles and critical aspects of transportation pavement infrastructure;
  • Be able to describe key elements to ensure the cost-effective life-cycle of pavements;
  • Identify important issues and inspection and testing tasks to maximize pavement life; and
  • Document and understand the impact of poor design and construction activities that will negatively impact pavement performance.

Course Benefits

  • Know the critical design and construction processes;
  • Focus on the critical items to maximize pavement life;
  • Identify the consequences of deviations from construction specifications;
  • Understand the value of design and constructability reviews;
  • Document the value of high quality construction inspection;
  • Understand key testing requirements; and
  • Become more observant to identify issues that may impact pavement life.

Course Outline

  • Desirable features of a pavement;
  • Basics to ensure pavement life;
  • Key design elements;
  • Subgrade preparation;
  • Key construction features;
  • Basics of asphalt cement and aggregate mix designs;
  • Asphalt production, transportation and placement;
  • Achieving smoothness and friction; and
  • Common maintenance practices.


None. Suitable for all levels of interest both technical and non-technical.

Course Description

This course outlines the critical factors to ensure the maximum service life of asphalt concrete pavements. It begins with best practices for construction project management, aggregate production, asphalt binder production and selection, mix design, asphalt production and delivery, asphalt concrete placement, compaction, joint details, quality assurance and lessons learned, and ends with examples of the links between design and construction to pavement performance.

Unique Features of the Course

While the course materials are structured, there is ample opportunity to explore any aspects of asphalt concrete mix design, production, transportation, and placement 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

  • Engineers and technicians involved in roadway design, construction, and maintenance;
  • Provincial, municipal, and private sector personnel involved in the delivery of transportation infrastructure;
  • Trainers and educators involved in qualifying or certifying construction inspectors; and
  • Contractors interested in advancing roadway construction technology.


David Hein, P.Eng., has over 35 years of experience in the design, management, and rehabilitation of pavements 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 Pavement Design and Asset Management Guide, Ontario Good Roads Association, American Society of Civil Engineers (past president of the Transportation and Development Institute, chair of the education and workforce development council and chair of several standards committees including the committee that released a new Permeable Pavements Standard ASCE 68-18 in the fall of 2019), World Road Association (past chair of the pavements committee and Canadian member of the transportation asset management committee), and has completed training courses for over 10,000 participants across North America.

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