Design and Construction of Interlocking Concrete Pavements for Municipal Streets and Roadways

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May 17, 2024 /
Course Code: 0205-WEB24

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Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to recognize and use current common pavement design procedures.
  • Understand common design and construction features important to the performance of both asphalt and concrete pavements.
  • To design and recognize specification and construction activities that can improve the performance of pavements.
  • Communicate and promote good road design and construction practices. 

Purpose and Background           
Our pavements are one of the most valuable and used physical assets in North America.  Roads, highways, airports and parking facilities serve to support the movement of goods and people for both business and recreational purposes.  These assets impact the daily life of almost everyone.  The peak of road building in North America was during the 1960s and 70s.  The focus was to provide safe, durable and accessible vehicular transportation for everyone.  Since then, our focus has been mostly on the maintenance and rehabilitation of this valuable infrastructure.  Unfortunately, demand has exceeded our capability to maintain our roadway infrastructure.

Semi-rigid pavements are an alternative to the traditional flexible and rigid pavements we commonly use in North America.  The most common semi-rigid pavements include natural stone, interlocking concrete and clay brick pavements.  The use of these types of pavement was common through the 1800s and 1900s in North America but fell out of favor with the sub-urbanization of our major cities.  Stone and brick pavements were overlaid with asphalt concrete in the downtown areas of older cities.

Semi-rigid pavements have many advantages over asphalt and concrete pavements.  They are very commonly used for ports and intermodal terminals as they offer the ability to accommodate vertical and horizontal shear movements without serious damage, can be removed and replaced to access underground utilities at minimal cost, provide a long-term sustainable pavement and offer overall life-cycle cost advantages.  Semi-rigid pavements are very durable and have very few maintenance needs if installed correctly.  European cities and towns use more than 10 times as much semi-rigid pavements compared to conventional pavements in their urban areas compared to agencies in North America.  Their appearance is also aesthetically pleasing compared to conventional pavements.

This webinar aims to develop an understanding of the key features of design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation to assist agencies and other owners in ensuring that they are getting what they paid for and cost-effectively extending the service life of our pavement infrastructure.

The primary discussion topics of this webinar include:

  • Basics of semi-rigid pavement design
  • Design of semi-rigid pavement using ASCE Standard Guideline 58-17.
  • Key design features to ensure pavement longevity
  • Construction techniques improve performance
  • Maintenance and rehabilitation planning and execution

Webinar Benefits          

  • Understand methods to cost-effectively design, construct and maintain semi-rigid pavements
  • Understand the importance of key design features
  • Specify semi-rigid pavements
  • Recognize construction deficiencies and their impact
  • Plan effective maintenance and rehabilitation treatments
  • Optimize pavement investments

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers involved in the design, evaluation and management of pavements
  • Roadway agencies
  • Personnel involved in the design or management of transportation assets
Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

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System Requirements

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows 7, 8, 10 or newer

IE 11 or later, Edge 12 or later, Firefox 27 or later, Chrome 30 or later

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X with MacOS 10.7 or later

Safari 7+, Firefox 27+, Chrome 30+

OS: iOS 8 or newer

OS: Android 4.0 or higher


David Hein, P.Eng

David is a consulting Civil Engineer with over 38 years of experience in designing, evaluating and managing transportation infrastructure. He is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute (ASCE T&DI), chair of the Workforce Development and Codes and Standards Councils and chair of 5 engineering standards committees. He is a long-term member of the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC), Past-Chair of the pavements committee and member of the Soils and Materials and Asset Management Committees.

He is also a member of the Workforce Development Council and Chair of the Professional Development Committee. He is also a past member of the Transportation Research Board pavement management, pavement maintenance and pavement preservation committees. He has represented Canada on the World Road Association (WRA) pavements and asset management committees since 2002 and is currently the Chair of the Canadian National Committee to the WRA. He recently stepped down after 10 years as Executive Director of the Falling Weight Deflectometer User Group.

He has been involved in numerous national and international research, evaluation and asset management projects for Federal, State, Provincial and Municipal agencies and many of the public/private/ partnership highway construction projects across Canada and the United States.

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Fee & Credits

$115 + taxes

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

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