The viability of the highway infrastructure relies heavily on optimized pavement design, efficient materials production and economical construction practices. Predicting the pavement life cycle and developing maintenance and rehabilitation strategies are also keys to high-performing pavement structures. Though these are complex topics, they are highly interwoven and developing a simplified understanding is important to the practicing engineer.
This seminar is designed to take both the experienced everyday pavement designer and the newcomer and introduce them to the simplified world of pavement design using modern computational tools such as WESLEA for Windows and PaveXpress. After a brief introductory overview of flexible pavements, attendees will go in-depth with individual teaching sessions on Pavement Mechanics, Material Properties, Traffic, Pavement Distresses, Structural Design, Production & Construction Limitations, Pavement Life Cycle, Overlay Designs, and Porous Asphalt Pavements. Hands-on activities with the computational tools will engage participants in design examples to develop practical experience using the programs and gain deeper understanding of the course topics.