Pavement Design

Fundamentals, design, construction, and maintenance training for preserving and restoring pavement

Asphalt Concrete Materials & Mix Design

This course presents information regarding asphalt mix components and their relation to performance, and takes participants through the asphalt mix design methodologies used by the state and local agencies in California.

The course covers both Hveem and Superpave mix designs, as well as open-graded mix design.

This is the primary overview course on Asphalt Concrete Materials & Mix Design in the training certificate program offered by the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC) in partnership with TechTransfer.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Functionality of Asphalt Pavement
    • Distress mechanism of pavements
    • Material Components of asphalt mixes
    • Mix Properties for different applications
    • Mix Design - Superpave
    • Mix Design - Asphalt Rubber Mix Design & Open Graded
  • Course Outline

    DAY 1:

    • Functionality of Asphalt Pavement
      • Safety-skid
      • Smooth
      • Life cycle cost
      • Resistance to traffic and climate
      • Constructability
    • Distress mechanism: traffic & climate
      • Rutting
      • Low temp cracking
      • Fatigue Cracking
      • Age-related cracking
      • Moisture Sensitivity
      • Relative influence of mix design and construction, and construction design, appropriate structural design

    DAY 2:

    • Material Components
      • Aggregate Properties
        • Description and test methods: texture, shape, gradation, maximum size (relationship to compactability), chemical durability, mechanical durability, surface chemistry
    • Asphalt Binder Properties
      • Stiffness, Master curve, aging, elastic recovery, modification
    • RAP Properties
    • What is RAP?
    • Properties of asphalt and aggregate in RAP
    • Asphalt blending process
    • Recycling agents
    • Mix Properties for different applications
    • Dense, Gap, Open
    • Asphalt & aggregate proportioning to get mix properties
      • Basics
      • Volumetric
      • Balanced mix design concept and performance related tests
    • RAP inclusion in mix-blended binder and aggregate

    DAY 3:

    • Mix Design – Superpave
      • Basic concepts, where, when it came from
      • Procedure
      • Testing
      • Iterative Process

    DAY 4:

    • Mix Design - Asphalt Rubber Mix Design & Open Graded Mix Design
      • Asphalt Rubber
        • Basic concepts, where, when it came from
        • Testing
        • Iterative Process
      • Open Graded
        • Basic concepts
        • Testing
        • Iterative process
  • What you will learn
    • Describe the key components of an asphalt mix
    • Identify the design philosophy for Superpave mixes
    • Identify the primary distresses of asphalt pavements used in design and how they are affected by mix components and their proportioning in design
    • Identify the different types of mixes used in California
  • 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.

  • Course Prerequisites

      [no prerequisites identified]

  • Course Instructors

      Brandon Milar, PE, Technical Director, California Asphalt Pavement Association

      Mr. Milar is a licensed Civil Engineer in California that currently serves as the Director of Technical Services for the California Asphalt Pavement Association. Mr. Milar received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He works with the asphalt pavement industry and various specifying agencies on the development of asphalt pavement standards, the training of technical personnel, and the research of new pavement technologies.

      For over 25 years, Mr. Milar has provided technical support for the production of aggregates, the design and testing of asphalt mixes, the construction of asphalt pavements and the implementation of innovative pavement technologies.

  • Registration Information

      Registration for this course occurs at the Sacramento State College of Continuing Education training host site. Use the button to the right to directly access the course page and registration portal. You will be asked to complete a registration form and possibly submit a course fee as part of the process.

      A confirmation email will be sent to you within two business days of receiving your paid registration.

      If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the Sacramento State College of Continuing Education registrar at (916) 278-4433, (800) 858-7743, or

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      Cancellation Policy:

      The cancellation fee for this course is $75. At TechTransfer, there are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided they receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin. In lieu of canceling your registration, you may (1) transfer your registration to another TechTransfer class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place.

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LTAP Subsidized

This class is offered at a reduced fee to employees of California's city, county, regional, and tribal public agencies

Course Fee

Standard Rate:

Public Agency Rate:



Course Credit

This course grants:

0.80 CEUs

Upcoming Sessions (1)

4/22/24 - 4/25/24
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM PT


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