Pavement Design

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

Pavement Life Cycle Cost Analysis: The Basics

This course introduces the principles and application of life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) for pavements.

LCCA is an important tool for making well-informed decisions regarding pavement treatment selection and timing, and materials and construction specifications and their enforcement. The course will provide a basic understanding of how decisions and actions regarding materials, design, and pavement treatment strategy selections interact to affect the functional, cost, and performance of pavements, including streets, roads, and highways.

Instruction will reference use of a computer program, the Life Cycle Cost Analysis Comparison Spreadsheet, to perform LCCA calculations. Instructors will explain how to select inputs on treatment lives and costs and will show examples comparing the relative effectiveness of pavement preservation versus rehabilitation, illustrating the value of getting good compaction in asphalt mixes, comparing the effectiveness of different pavement preservation treatments, and an evaluation of using hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlays compared to full-depth reclamation (FDR).

This is an introductory-level course offered by the City & County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC) in partnership with TechTransfer. The Life Cycle Cost Analysis Comparison Spreadsheet referenced in this course is available for free download from the CCPIC website.

Additional course detail is provided in the sections below.

  • Course Topics
    • Overview & importance of LCCA
    • Review of an LCCA program that can be used to determine the cost-effectiveness of various pavement treatments or strategies
    • How to select program inputs such as life of various treatments, cost of treatments, interest rates, and the use of present worth analysis
    • Various examples to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of different treatments and strategies
  • Course Outline
    Module 1: Introduction & Overview of LCCA (1 hour)
    • Introductions
    • LCCA overview
      • Background
      • Definition
    • LCCA process
      • Analysis period
      • Strategies & timing of alternatives
      • Agency and user costs
      • Expenditure streams
      • Compute present net worth
      • Sensitivity Analysis
      • Probabilistic vs deterministic
    • Summary & questions
    Module 2: Introduction & Use of LCCA Program (1 hour)
    • Implementation of LCCA
      • Pavement life cycle
      • Uses of LCCA
    • CCPIC LCCA program
    • Treatment lives & costs
    • LCCA Example
    • Summary & Questions
    Module 3: LCCA Implementation (1 hour)
    • Pavement life cycle
    • Uses of LCCA
    • LCCA process
    • Example: preservation vs rehabilitation
      • Is preservation cost effective?
      • Can evaluate this by using sensitivity analysis

    Module 4: Examples, continued (1 hour)

    • HMA quality control using different compaction levels
      • Effect of voids on pavement lives
      • What is the consequence of poor compaction
    • Comparison of various preservation treatments-Cape seals
      • On stable roads
      • On poor roads
    • Comparison of rehabilitation strategies: thick overlay vs FDR
      • When is FDR the best treatment to use?
      • When is HMA the best treatment to use?
      • Sensitivity analysis
    • Summary & questions
  • What you will learn

    Participants will learn how LCCA can be used to make better pavement decisions and how to use the Life Cycle Cost Analysis Comparison Spreadsheet to calculate the cost-effectiveness of various treatments and strategies.

  • Who should attend

    This course is intended for engineers and technical staff involved in the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of pavement, asset managers, and transportation agency managers who have pavement responsibilities.

  • 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. He has been president of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, Founder of the International Society of Asphalt Pavements, and the recipient of numerous awards, and is a registered professional engineer in the States of California, Oregon, and Alaska.

      DingXin Cheng, PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering, CSU Chico

      Dr. 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. Ding has co-managed or managed more than $7 million research projects funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), Metropolitan Transportation Commissions (MTC) of San Francisco Bay Area, and other agencies and industry, and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.

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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:

0.40 CEUs

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