March 2023

Asphalt Production and Placement

Status: Advanced online registration is now closed. Please contact Jennifer Chan at [email protected] for inquiries.
Date: Friday, March 10, 2023
Time: Registration & Login: 8:00 AM–8:30 AM Pacific Time
Course: 8:30 AM–4:30 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: David Hein, P.Eng. (Professional Engineers Ontario)
Credit: Eligible for 7.0 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $350.00 + GST = $367.50 until Feb 24, 2023

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Regular Price: $450.00 + GST = $472.50

Non-Registrant Price: $450.00 + GST = $472.50

Student Price: $200.00 + GST = $210.00
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This course examines the basic design principles of flexible municipal pavements and their associated infrastructure 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 ultimate 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 both best practices and poor quality construction and inspection on pavement performance.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand common design and construction features important to performance
  • To design and recognize specification and construction activities that can improve the performance of pavements
  • Understand the primary components of hot mix asphalt concrete, aggregates, subgrade and other construction materials and how they contribute to performance
  • Recognize appropriate contractor and supplier quality control and agency quality assurance procedures and their applicability/adequacy
  • Communicate and promote good road design, specification, inspection and construction practices.

Course Outline and Full Description

This course begins with an overview of flexible pavement design and construction and the key factors for effective construction inspection for roadways and highways. The asphalt concrete material is then “deconstructed” to describe the source, function and key properties of asphalt cement and aggregates. Asphalt mix design has gone through some significant changes recently with a brief history of asphalt mix design presented and the current methods and future direction. Once the asphalt mix design has been established, it must be produced in an asphalt plant. The different types and components of asphalt plants are described. Best practices for asphalt transfer from the plant to conveyance vehicles are provided. Key components of asphalt spreaders are presented along with common issues that may impact the life of the asphalt concrete pavement. Asphalt compaction techniques and jointing best practices are described. Finally, examples are provided of both good and poor practices highlight the need for proper asphalt production, transportation, and placement, and its potential impact on the life of the pavement.

Unique Features of the Course

While the course materials are structured, there is ample opportunity to explore any aspects of 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.

Intended Audience

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


David Hein, P.Eng. (Professional Engineers Ontario)

David is a civil engineer with extensive experience in the design, construction and maintenance of roadway infrastructure. He has 38 years of experience in the design, evaluation and management of transportation infrastructure. He recently retired from Applied Research Associates, Inc. of Toronto, Canada, where he managed the 90-person Transportation Infrastructure Division in the US and Canada. He is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute (ASCE T&DI), and chair of 5 engineering standards committees. He is a long-time member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), Past-Chair of the pavements committee, and past member of the Transportation Research Board pavement management, pavement maintenance, and pavement preservation committees. He has represented Canada on the World Road Association (WRA) pavements and asset management committees since 2002. He also recently stepped down after 10 years as Executive Director of the Falling Weight Deflectometer User Group. He has been involved in numerous national and international research, technical training, evaluation, and asset management projects for Federal, State, Provincial, and Municipal agencies and many of the public, private, partnership highway construction projects across Canada and the United States.

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