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Introduction to Pavement Construction Inspection

1 Professional Development Hours

After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • understand the basic design principles and critical aspects of transportation pavement infrastructure
  • describe key elements to ensure the cost-effective life-cycle of pavements
  • identify important issues and inspection and testing tasks to maximize pavement life
  • focus on the critical items to maximize pavement life
  • identify the consequences of deviations from construction specifications
  • understand the value of design and constructability reviews
  • document the value of high-quality construction inspection
  • understand key testing requirements
  • become more observant to identify issues that may impact pavement life

This webinar examines the basic design principles of flexible (asphalt-surfaced) and rigid (concrete-surfaced) pavements to give participants a good understanding of "what matters" to ensure the maximum pavement life possible.

Constructing a pavement is less precise than factory manufacturing, where the input materials and processes are strictly controlled to produce the desired final product. While processes and procedures are in place for quality control and quality assurance, changes and variations in the materials, weather conditions, contractor operations, etc., can significantly impact the pavement's life. Case studies of "cause" and "effect" are presented in a sequence of construction commencing at the subgrade and working towards the pavement surface to illustrate the impact of poor quality construction and inspection on pavement performance. 

Frequently, construction inspectors are not fully aware of the consequences of poor construction practices and are reluctant to "get into an argument" with construction personnel. Pavements typically do not fail catastrophically, and construction defects may take years to manifest themselves in distress and deterioration. The cost to "repair" the defects may be much higher than the original cost of construction, and the repairs themselves may contribute to further pavement distress. By understanding and identifying poor practices and ways of improving them, we can contribute to a sustainable infrastructure system.

Course Outline

This course covers:

  • Desirable features of a pavement
  • Basics to ensure pavement life
  • Key design elements
  • Subgrade preparation
  • Key construction features
    • Flexible (asphalt concrete) pavements
    • Rigid (concrete) pavements
  • Achieving smoothness and friction
  • Common maintenance practices

Who Should Attend

  • Architects and engineers and technicians involved in roadway design, construction and maintenance
  • State, provincial and municipal agency personnel involved in the delivery of transportation infrastructure
  • Trainers and educators involved in qualifying or certifying construction inspectors
  • Contractors interested in advancing roadway construction technology
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Almost all of EPIC's courses offer :

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs)

These course credits will help attendees earn training requirements for their associations or provincial governing bodies.

This course can be customized and delivered to a group at your facility saving time and money.
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