Advanced Methods of Asphalt Mix Design

Online /
Mar 3, 2025 /
Course Code: 15-0112-ONL25

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 1 day on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

10 am to 6 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Understand the principles of asphalt mix design and the factors that affect mix performance
  • Understand the difference between Superpave, Marshall, Balanced, and Performance-Based mix design methods and their applications for roadways and airfields
  • Identify the key components of an asphalt mix design and their functions
  • Understand the role of asphalt binders (modified and unmodified), aggregates, and recycled materials and the impact on mix performance
  • Identify and evaluate the use of different additives and modifiers in asphalt mix design
  • Understand how to scale up a performance-based and/or balanced mix design to batch or drum-type of asphalt plants
  • Develop an effective asphalt mix design process that meets production limits, project specifications and performance requirements

The Advanced Methods of Asphalt Mix Design course is designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the principles and practices of asphalt mix design.

This course is suitable for individuals who have experience in volumetric asphalt mix design methods (i.e. Marshall and Superpave) and are seeking to expand their knowledge and skills in using advanced mechanistic testing in designing performance-based mixes using mechanistic and index-type test methods.

Who Should Attend
This course is delivered through a combination of lectures, case studies, and group discussions. The course duration is one day but can be customized to meet the specific needs of participants and organizations.

Participants can be:

  • contractors
  • pavement engineers
  • lab technicians
  • ministry, municipality or county engineers responsible for specifications
  • College and University students willing to join the asphalt industry.
More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


The course content is divided into six modules, each covering a specific topic related to asphalt mix design:

Module 1: Introduction to Asphalt Mix Design

  • Overview of asphalt mix design history in North America and its importance
  • Principles of asphalt mix design
  • Factors that affect mix performance
  • Historical test methods used in evaluating asphalt binders (modified and unmodified), aggregates, and recycled materials

Module 2: Brief Overview of Superpave and Marshall Mix Design Methods

  • Introduction to Superpave and Marshall mix design method
  • Shortcomings of each Mix Design method with case studies

Module 3: The Need for Performance Testing

  • Introduction to the concept of mix performance testing;
  • Introduction to
  • Expert-level understanding of techniques used in mix performance testing for the following distresses:
    • Rutting;
    • Fatigue and thermal cracking;
    • Overall stiffness; and
    • Creep evaluations.
  • Practical testing thresholds and specifications

Module 4: Balanced Mix Design (BMD) Method

  • Introduction to AASHTO PP105 Approaches
  • Mix design steps and planning
  • Testing and evaluation
  • Interpretation of results
  • Plant scale-up steps and efforts; and
  • Troubleshooting during production

Module 5: Performance-Based Mix Design

  • Mix design steps and planning
  • Testing and evaluation required for Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG)
  • Interpretation of results
  • Plant scale-up steps and efforts; and
  • Troubleshooting during production

Module 6: Effect of Additives, Modifiers, and Recycled Contents

  • Types and functions of additives and modifiers
  • Evaluation of the impact of additives and modifiers on mix performance
  • Use of additives and modifiers in asphalt mix design

Module 7: Implementation

  • Development of an effective practical asphalt mix design considering asphalt plant operations and limits
  • Integration of mix design with project specifications and performance requirements
  • Quality control and quality assurance in the asphalt mix design


Sina Varamini, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Dr. Sina Varamini has more than 10 years of experience working closely with different stakeholders within the road and airfield construction industry in the development and implementation of pavement solutions.

Dr. Varamini's expertise covers all aspects of pavements, including the design of new and rehabilitated pavement structures (highways, airfields, and seaports), construction, instrumentation, condition assessments, structural evaluation, subsurface investigations, and forensic evaluation, as well as the development of asset management programs.

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Fee & Credits

$695 + taxes

  • 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 7 Continuing Professional Development Hours (PDHs/CPDs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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