Pavement Courses

Upcoming Pavement Courses

Background

Local governments bear responsibility for over 80% of the roadway pavement lane-miles in California and carry 45% of the vehicle miles traveled. Unfortunately, the condition of California’s pavements has worsened over the past 10 years, as documented in the California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment. The passage of SB1 brings much needed funding to local governments for preserving existing good pavement and restoring structural capacity to bad.

Tech Transfer wants you to get the training you need to achieve maximum value from this new funding by employing the most advanced, cost-effective and sustainable pavement practices possible.  To help with this, pavement classes are now offered in partnership with the City and County Pavement Improvement Center, hosted by the University of California Pavement Research Center, and funded by California Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. This partnership reduces registration fees to California's local public agencies to help you better repair and maintain California’s roadways.

Tell us your pavement training needs

In order to make sure we serve your pavement training needs as best we can, we are asking for 5 minutes of your time to please fill out this Pavement Training Needs Survey for California.

About the CCPIC

Launched in 2017, the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC) is a partnership of the University of California Pavement Research Center at UC Davis and UC Berkeley, the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis and UC Berkeley, California State University at Long Beach, Chico, and San Luis Obispo, the California League of Cities (LOCC), the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), and the County Engineers Association of California (CEAC).

For more information, visit the CCPIC website at www.ucprc.ucdavis.edu/ccpic(link is external).

Pavement Course Catalog

To learn more about a specific course click the title below. To see all the pavement courses currently open for enrollment, click here.

IDM-03 Asphalt Pavement Materials, Design, Construction and Maintenance

Description

This three-day course is aimed at covering the full range of topics related to asphalt concrete pavements from materials and mix design to construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation. Asphalt concrete pavements are a vital part of an agency's assets and constitute about 90% of the local streets in California. The numerous topics in this class will be presented in sufficient detail to assist the local agency engineer when dealing with contractors, consultants, and specifications. It is expected that the information presented will be very useful to those that design, specify, and manage asphalt pavements. 

Topics covered

  • asphalt materials - binder, aggregate, mix design
  • pavement design
  • pavement construction from production and placement to compaction and specifications
  • asphalt concrete distress identification
  • maintenance strategies including surface treatments
  • rehabilitation and recycling strategies (cold, hot, full depth)

What you will learn

By the end of this course, students have a broad understanding of asphalt materials, construction, and proven asphalt pavement maintenance and rehabilitation strategies along with their most appropriate use in an agency's overall pavement management plan.

Who should attend

This course is particularly designed for junior-level engineers in state and local agencies and those new to the pavement field who would benefit from a strong introduction to asphalt pavements. More senior level agency engineers, consultants, contractors, maintenance personnel, and asphalt producers may gain from the class as it covers a wide range of topics in the asphalt pavement field.

IDM-04 Asphalt Pavement Maintenance & Rehabilitation

Description

Asphalt pavement is a major component of our transportation system. Transportation agencies at the city and county level can maximize the value of their huge investment in streets and roads by using proper pavement maintenance strategies. This course provides a solid working knowledge of the most common pavement maintenance and preservation practices. Basic principles, best field practices and safety issues are covered. This course is based on Day 3 of the IDM-03 Asphalt Pavement Materials, Design, Construction & Maintenance and is offered as a low-cost alternative to the three-day course IDM-03. 

Topics covered

  • Pavement Management Systems Overview
  • Pavement Distress Types
  • Asphalt Materials: Brief Review & Update
  • Maintenance vs. Rehabilitation: Concepts & Definitions
  • Maintenance Strategies
    • Crack Sealing
    • Patching
    • Surface Treatments
      • Fog Seals
      • Scrub Seals
      • Chip Seals
      • Slurry Seals
      • Sealcoats For Parking Lots
      • Cape Seals
      • Microsurfacing
  • Rehabilitation Strategies
    • Asphalt Overlays
    • Recycling

What you will learn

By the end of this course, students have a better understanding of the most common pavement maintenance strategies and materials, and their most appropriate uses in an agency's overall pavement management plan.

Who should attend

This class is tailored for those directly involved in asphalt pavement maintenance or rehabilitation as well as maintenance supervisors and managers, engineers with some responsibility for maintenance, pavement management, or rehabilitation. It is appropriate for those who are new to the subject as well as for experienced pavement managers wanting additional technical background or an update on the state-of-the-practice.

IDM-26 In-Place Asphalt Recycling & Stabilization Strategies

Description

This is a completely-updated and revamped course on in-place asphalt recycling, which will explore in more detail the most common recycling methods, while providing an insightful look on selecting the most appropriate method and stabilization strategy based on a project's and site's specific characteristics. The soil stabilization portion of the course will expand on Caltrans Highway Design Manual Chapter 614 by providing guidelines on the selection of an appropriate stabilization method, design of stabilized subgrade, and construction considerations. This is a must-take course for local pavement managers who are looking for a more cost-effective alternative to traditional pavement rehabilitation or reconstruction.

Topics covered

  • Overview of in-place recycling and it's benefits over traditional "remove-and-replace" rehabilitation strategies
  • Project assessment
  • Selecting the most appropriate in-place recycling approach based on the project assessment
  • Selecting a stabilization strategy
  • Mix design
  • Pavement design
  • Key construction issues and project specification considerations
  • Case studies, good and bad

What you will learn

By the end of this course, students will have a broad understanding of pavement rehabilitation using in-place recycling, how to assess a candidate project and select the most appropriate recycling method and stabilization strategy, how to do and evaluate mix and pavement designs, as well as key construction issues that need to be considered to ensure a successful, long-lasting pavement rehabilitation project.

Who should attend

This course is designed for all levels of pavement engineers and managers in state and local agencies who are interested in learning more about using in-place recycling as a cost-effective pavement rehabilitation option.

IDM-27 Superpave Mix Design for Local Agencies (online)

Description

The SUPERPAVE mix design method is designed to replace the Hveem method. California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) started implementing the national SUPERPAVE standard for designing, specifying, and accepting pavement projects for all state jobs. The new mix design accounts for traffic loading and environmental conditions and includes a new method of evaluating the asphalt mixture. This course provides an overview of the SUPERPAVE mix design for local agencies and adjustments needed to start transitioning to the new mix design. 

Topics covered

  • Volumetrics of hot mix asphalt mixtures
  • Superpave mixture requirements
  • Superpave mix design process
  • Superpave performance-related testing requirements

Who should attend

Who should attend: This course is designed for engineers, state local agencies, consultants, contractors, maintenance supervisors, and quality control/assurance supervisors responsible for designing asphalt mixtures, material specifications, and quality control/quality assurance management of asphalt mixtures.

IDM-28 Pavement Management Systems and Preservation Strategies

Description

Pavement networks are often the most valuable asset that an agency owns. This asset is not only expensive to replace, but it is an essential component to the traveling public's safety. Agencies are looking for more cost-effective ways to perform engineering, maintenance, management, and rehabilitation of roadways more than ever before to stretch funding allocations. A pavement management system is an essential tool to assist in cost-effective roadway maintenance planning.

Topics covered

  • Pavement management principles
  • Street inventory development
  • Pavement condition surveys
    • Pavement distresses
    • Structural capacity
    • Roughness
  • Pavement condition indices
  • Quality management
  • Types of maintenance treatments
    • Preservation policies
    • Preventive maintenance
    • Rehabilitation
    • Reconstruction
  • Performance prediction models
  • Funding scenarios
  • Developing a work plan using appropriate prioritization techniques
  • Data to use in communicating with elected officials
  • Types of PMS software

Who should attend

This course is designed for engineers or maintenance superintendents responsible for:

  • Collecting data and updating a pavement management system
  • Determining the types of repairs for streets
  • Preparing cost-effective multi-year work plans e.g. resurfacing, seal programs etc
  • Planning how much funding is required for the future
  • Making presentations on funding street repairs to elected officals
  • Types of PMS software

Requirements

Students should bring a calculator and pencil for in class problems.

IDM-31 Introduction to Pavement Engineering and Management

Description

This is the introductory course for the ITS Tech Transfer/CCPIC program of professional training in pavement engineering and management. The class provides an introduction to the different functional requirements of pavement for different purposes, including streets, roads, highways, and bicycle/pedestrian paths, and different types of pavement that can meet those functional requirements. The class provides a basic understanding of how pavement materials, structural design, construction, and asset management interact to affect pavement performance for each pavement type. The class covers all of the pavement distresses occurring in California within the context of the different climate regions and traffic conditions in the state. This knowledge framework is important for making well-informed decisions regarding treatment selection and timing, and materials and construction specifications and their enforcement. 

Topics covered

  • Pavement functional requirements: review functional requirements for different contexts, where pavement materials come from and how it affects performance
  • Pavement type definitions: flexible, concrete, semi-rigid, composite, surface treated, gravel, permeable, basics of drainage

  • Distress mechanisms, interactions of materials properties, construction, traffic, environment: basic characteristics of traffic, environment, materials affecting pavement distresses, basic overview of each pavement distress mechanism

  • Maintenance and rehabilitation treatments: Descriptions of maintenance, rehabilitation and end-of-life treatments to address distresses

  • Distress mechanisms of rehabilitation and end-of-life treatments, interactions of materials properties, construction, traffic, environment: Distress mechanisms of maintenance and rehabilitation treatments

  • Overviews of pavement management, life cycle cost analysis, life cycle assessment and an introduction to how they work with knowledge obtained in this class

What you will learn

Trainees will learn the functional requirements of pavements and pavement types intended for different purposes. Trainees will learn the basics of pavement materials, their performance-related properties and source, manufacture, design, and construction impacts on performance. You will have a framework of knowledge regarding how different types of pavement and rehabilitation treatments fail, and how materials, structural design, construction, preservation and maintenance interacting with the different climates and traffic conditions to cause the distresses that determine pavement performance needed to make well-informed decisions. Trainees will get an overview of how pavement asset management, life cycle cost analysis, and life cycle assessment can be used to make better pavement decisions. Pavements considered include streets, roads, highways, and bicycle/pedestrian paths.

Who should attend

This course should be attended by engineers and technical staff involved in the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of pavement, asset managers, and transportation agency managers who have pavement responsibilities. It will provide them with a basic understanding of how decisions and actions regarding materials, structural design, construction, asset management, and financial and environmental considerations interact to affect the functional, cost and environmental performance of pavements, including streets, roads, highways, and bicycle/pedestrian paths.

PD-01 Fundamentals of Inspection Practice

Description

Inspectors are key members of the construction project team. Inspectors ensure that public agencies produce quality projects and help reduce potential liability caused by poor engineering performance. The administrative and technical responsibilities of the inspector continue throughout project delivery and are critical for effectively maintaining a project's compliance with contract requirements. This course provides an introduction to all of the basic skills needed by the field inspector for most traditional highway construction projects.

Topics covered

  • scope of an inspector's authority and responsibilities
  • documentation, reports, and legal requirements
  • how the inspector helps ensure safety on the job site
  • how to minimize disputes and claims between parties and get your point across to the contractor
  • inspection methods and tips for earthworks, pilings, asphalt pavement construction, pipelines, portland cement, protective coatings
  • duties of the inspector at project closeout

What you will learn

Students gain good working knowledge of the sources, scope, and limits of the inspector's authority and responsibilities, including the importance of inspectors for reducing liability risks for the public agency. Students learn how to inspect wood construction, structural steel, earthworks, pavement, pipelines, Portland Cement concrete, and protective coatings; what to do when a problem is found; and how to be an effective member of the construction project team.

Who should Attend

This course is intended for public agency resident engineers and construction inspectors responsible for the physical observation and inspection of construction work on the job site. This course focuses on fundamental concepts and is recommended for new construction inspectors, or those needing a refresher course of basic inspection concepts, or those seeking to get into the construction inspection line of work.