Pavement Design

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

Pavement Management Systems & Preservation Strategies

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.

This is the primary overview course on pavement management systems and preservation strategies 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
    • Pavement management principles
    • Street inventory development
    • Pavement condition surveys (pavement distresses)
    • Pavement condition indices
    • Quality management
    • Types of PMS software
    • Types of maintenance treatments
    • Performance prediction models
    • Funding scenarios
    • Developing a work plan using appropriate prioritization techniques
    • Data to use in communicating with elected officials
  • Course Outline
    DAY 1

    Pavement Management Principles/Overview

    • Basic components
    • Methods of analysis
    • Prioritization & optimization
    • Data collection & state of practice

    Inventory Data

    • Inventory plan & data elements
    • Data collection methods

    Pavement Condition Surveys

    • Pavement deterioration
    • Condition survey methods
    • AC pavement distresses & causes
    • PCC pavement distresses & causes
    • Distress identification

    Classroom Exercise: Pavement Condition Indices

    • Pavement condition index (PCI) concepts
    • PCI Calculation exercises - AC & PCC

    Quality Management

    • Survey options - full, sampled
    • Survey QA

    Prediction Models

    • Importance & development
    • Types of models
    • How an agency can look at models, make improvements

    Types of Software Available

    • StreetSaver
    • MicroPAVER
    • Other software
    • Selecting PMS software

    DAY 2

    Types of Maintenance & Rehabilitation Treatments

    • AC Maintenance
      • Crack sealing
      • Surface sealing - fog, slurry, chip, micro, Cape,
      • Bonded wearing course
    • PCC Maintenance
      • Joint sealing
      • Spall repair
      • Diamond grinding
    • AC Rehabilitation
      • Cold In-Place Recycling
      • Full Depth Recycling
      • Hot In-Place Recycling
      • Overlays
      • Long Life Pavements
    • PCC Rehabilitation
      • Slab repair & replacement
      • Slab stabilization & jacking
      • PCC & AC overlays

    Integrating Maintenance Treatments Into a PMS

    • Decision trees & unit costs
    • Examples

    Prioritization Concepts & Funding Scenarios

    • Analysis methods and ranking concepts
    • Multi-year prioritization
    • Optimization
    • Funding scenarios - needed data
    • Restoring/maintaining conditions

    Developing a Multi-Year Work Plan

    • Optimal versus practical
    • Utility coordination
    • Packaging projects
    • Examples

    Communications & Presentations

    • Know your audience and organization
    • Budget and funding sources
    • Removing PMS obstacle and maintaining support
    • Successful examples

    Questions & wrap up

  • What you will learn

    This class covers the fundamentals of pavement management systems (PMS).

    The student will learn the types of distresses included in a typical PMS, how pavements are surveyed for condition, and how condition and classification is used within a PMS.

    In addition, the inner workings of a PMS are described, covering prediction models and the use of varying funding scenarios and prioritization techniques to maximize your pavement network condition.

    The important topic of communicating with elected officials to sell your program will be covered, along with preservation and maintenance techniques commonly used by local agencies.

  • 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 officials
    • Managing or maintenance of PMS software
  • Course Prerequisites

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

  • Course Instructors

      James Signore, PhD, PE, Associate, NCE

      Dr. Signore has over 20 years of experience in the pavement field. He specializes in pavement design and evaluation, rehabilitation and maintenance, materials assessment, and training. At NCE, he provides pavement engineering consulting to numerous clients including California local agencies and San Francisco Internal Airport. He currently manages NCE's On-Call pavement engineering contract with Caltrans. His former Caltrans work, while at the UCPRC, UC Berkeley included involvement with the development of Superpave mix designs, next generation mechanistic pavement design, and long life AC performance projects. 

      Margot Yapp, PE, Vice President, NCE

      Ms. Yapp has over 25 years of experience in the area of transportation engineering specializing in pavement design, asset/pavement management and research for roads, highways and airfields. She has also implemented many Pavement Management Systems for cities, counties and airports in California, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. She has taught workshops on pavement management systems for the National Highway Institute. She has been the Project Manager for the California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment since 2008 and recently completed the 2014 update. 

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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:

1.00 CEUs

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