Pavement Design

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

Asphalt Pavement Preservation Treatments, Materials, Construction, QA

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 preservation strategies.

This course provides a solid working knowledge of the most common asphalt pavement maintenance and preservation practices. Common preservation treatments, basic principles, best field practices and quality assurance issues are covered.

This is a core course in the pavement engineering and management training program offered by the City a& County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC) in partnership with TechTransfer.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Pavement preservation overview: concepts & definitions
    • Construction of asphalt preservation treatments
    • Quality assurance and troubleshooting
  • Course Outline
    Day 1: Overview (2 hours)
    • Announcements & introductions
    • Introduction to Pavement Preservation Concept
    • Flexible pavement distress types
    • Types of treatments
    • When and where to use the treatments

    Day 2: Materials & Mix Design (2 hours)

    •  Review
    •  Chip seals
      •  Emulsion
      •  Hot applied
      •  Scrub seals
      •  Other-Interlayers
    •  Slurry seals
    •  Microsurfacing
    •  Cape Seals
    •  Fog seals

    Day 3: Construction (2 hours)

    •  Construction sequence for the various treatments
      •  Surface preparation
        •  Crack sealing
        •  Patching
        •  Milling
        •  Others
      •  Production
      •  Placement
      •  Agency inspection
      •  Cleanup
    •  Chip seals
    •  Slurry seals
    •  Microsurfacing
    •  Fog seals
    Day 4: Quality Assurance & Troubleshooting (2 hours)
    •  Topics to be covered in Day 4
    •  Quality control
    •  Agency inspection, documentation, and reporting
    •  Troubleshooting problems
    •  Check lists
    •  Summary of Day 4
    •  Course evaluations
  • What you will learn

    By the end of this course, training participants will have a better understanding of the most common pavement preservation strategies and materials used to preserve asphalt pavements.

    In addition, they will have a better understanding of how to build successful pavement preservation treatments 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 and preservation, 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.

  • Course Prerequisites

      [no prerequisites identified]

  • Course Instructors

      Gary Hicks, PhD, PE, Program Manager, CP2 Center, CSU Chico

      Dr. Hicks is the Program Manager for the CP2 Center at CSU Chico and started the Center in 2006 as the First Director and serves on the governing board of the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC). He has worked in the pavement field for over 50 years having taught at Georgia Tech and Oregon State University for 30 years. He has been Principal Investigator for numerous projects for research, development, and implementation for pavement materials and structural design, pavement preservation, construction including quality assurance for Oregon ODT, Caltrans, CalRecycle, Alaska DOT, Federal Highway Administration, other state and local agencies, and industry. 

      DingXin Cheng, PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering, CSU ChicoDr.

      DingXin (Ding) Cheng is a professor of the department of civil engineering at the California State University, Chico, director of the California Pavement Preservation (CP2) Center, and the director of the Tire Derived Aggregate Technology Center. He has worked actively with the CP2 Center since he joined CSU Chico in 2006. He worked in private industry for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Houston, TX before joining Chico State University. He has extensive experience in Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) materials and pavement preservation on both asphalt and concrete pavements. He has more than 55 peer-reviewed publications related to pavement materials and preservation in Transportation Research Board, AAPT, ASCE, and other conferences. 

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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

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Course Credit

This course grants:

0.80 CEUs

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