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Interdisciplinary Professional Programs

Course Overview

To improve your pavement design techniques, you’ll learn about all aspects of pavement system design, including the testing of soil/base substructure, pavement material mix design, and pavement thickness design. You will also learn improvement methods for existing solids, Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA) design methods and modification, as well as Portland cement concrete (PCC) material selection. Through detailed examples, you’ll understand how certain materials can optimize the thickness selected for pavement layers based on the most commonly used analysis and design procedures, ultimately giving you the ability to predict their performance. 

Who Should Attend?

This course will benefit engineers, technicians, public works professionals, and contractors who investigate, design, and construct roads and pavements.

  • Engineers who manage consultants, design pavements and conduct pavement condition ratings
  • Contractors and estimators who design and supply paving materials and equipment
  • Paving contractors and their technical staff members
  • Facility managers for campuses, developments, and business parks
  • Geotechnical and materials engineers
  • Project and laboratory managers
  • Inspectors and QC/QA personnel
  • Engineering managers who decide if and when to implement Mechanistic-Empirical (M-E) design and calibrate M-E models to local conditions

Course Outline

Day 1

Part 1 – Soils and Roads

Introduction to Roads and Pavements

  • Course introduction and objectives
  • Damage mechanisms
    • traffic loads
    • freeze-thaw cycling
    • wet-dry cycling
  • Structural numbers

James M. Tinjum, PE, PhD
Program Director
University of Wisconsin–Madison

Soil and Geotechnical Inputs for Roads and Pavement Design

  • AASHTO soil classification
  • Strength parameters
    • California bearing ratio
    • unconfined compressive strength
    • resilient modulus
    • r-value
  • AASHTO and MEPDG Geotechnical inputs

James M. Tinjum, PE, PhD

Field Investigation Scope, Laboratory Testing Program, and Construction QA/QC

  • Soils Field Investigation
    • number and depth of investigation points
    • exploration techniques
    • boring logs
  • Geotechnical reporting
  • Correlations for soil properties
  • Field QA/QC
    • falling weight deflectometer
    • dynamic cone
    • proctor compaction curves, density testing

James M. Tinjum, PE, PhD

Unpaved Roads, Working Platforms, and Haul Roads

  • Army Corps of Engineers method
  • Giroud-Noiray and Giroud-Han methods
  • Working platforms

James M. Tinjum, PE, PhD

Soil and Subbase Improvement

  • Chemical stabilization
    • lime, fly ash, Portland cement
  • Geosynthetics
    • geotextiles, geogrids, geosynthetic drains
  • Recycled Material as subbase and base
    • recycled concrete aggregate (RCA)
    • recycled pavement material (RPM)
    • recycled asphalt pavement (RAP)
    • foundry slag/sand
    • bottom ash

James M. Tinjum, PE, PhD

Unpaved Roads, Haul Roads, and Construction Access

  • Army Corps of Engineers method
  • Giroud-Noiray and Giroud-Han methods

James M. Tinjum, PE, PhD


Part 2 – Materials for Pavements

Hot-Mix Asphalt (HMA)

  • Asphalt cement
    • source, production, and grades
    • test methods
    • effect on pavement performance
    • visco-elastic and failure properties
  • Liquid asphalts
    • emulsions, cutbacks, and grades
    • production methods
    • surface treatments
  • Gradation and properties of aggregates
    • gradation requirements
    • physical properties
    • test methods
    • superpave design requirements
  • Portland cement (PC) types and properties
    • PC production and cement properties
    • modulus, strength, and durability
    • water cement ratio, curing, and volume changes
    • aggregate requirements and admixtures

Hussain U. Bahia, PhD
University of Wisconsin–Madison


Day 2

Asphalt Mixture Design and Testing

  • Stresses/Strains in flexible pavements
  • Visco-elastic systems and moving loads
  • Mixture design methodologies
  • Marshall, Hveem, superpave
  • Thermal properties and durability

Hussain U. Bahia, PhD


Part 3 – Pavement Design

Flexible Pavement Design

  • Design charts
  • Asphalt institute method
  • AASHTO method

Rigid Pavement Design

  • Design charts
  • Portland Cement Association (PCA) Method
  • AASHTO Method

Hussain U. Bahia, PhD

Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design

Guide (MEPDG) – Introduction and Geotechnical Inputs

  • Empirical methods
  • Introduction to MEPDG
  • Geotechnical inputs

James M. Tinjum, PE, PhD

Pavement Design with MEPDG

  • Flexible pavement design
  • Rigid pavement design

Hussain U. Bahia, PhD

Portland Cement Concrete Construction

  • Slip from construction and reinforcement placement
  • Joint dowels
  • Curling practices and finishing

Hussain U. Bahia, PhD

Pavement Performance

  • Distress mechanisms
  • Serviceability concept
  • Design of overlays

Hussain U. Bahia, PhD


"We rate this course overall…excellent! All topics were great for our jobs, the speakers were masters of their topics, and the presentations were very helpful."
—Kenneth Miner, Chief Engineering Inspector, City of Edmond, Edmond, Oklahoma
—Pete Reining, Engineering Inspector, City of Edmond, Edmond, Oklahoma

"The content and presentations were excellent, and the speakers knowledgeable and kept you interested."
—Kevin Haddix, Project Manager, H2M Railroad Consulting, Talking Rock, Georgia


Hussain Bahia

Hussain U. Bahia, PhD is a professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Wisconsin—Madison where he directs the Modified Asphalt Research Center. His current research and teaching focuses on pavement material and design, particularly on modified asphalts and asphalt mixes. Bahia has been the Technical Director of the Wisconsin Highway Research Program.

James Tinjum

Dr. James M. Tinjum, PE, is responsible for outreach, research, and continuing engineering education in the areas of geotechnical, geoenvironmental, and energy geotechnics with an emphasis on transmitting practical research applications directly to the engineering community. Over the past 15 years, he has specialized (consulting, expert support, and research) in foundation investigation, monitoring, and research into foundations for wind turbine generators. 

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