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.
- 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.