Effective Management of Pavement Assets

Online /
Aug 21 - 22, 2024 /
Course Code: 15-0602-ONL24

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:30 am to 5:30 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

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

  • Establish databases to store pavement network and condition information
  • Develop models to predict future pavement performance
  • Identify maintenance and rehabilitation needs
  • Establish cost-effective investment budgets
  • Use tools to determine the impact of increases or decreases in funding
  • Apply cost-effective pavement preservation and rehabilitation techniques
  • Apply pavement management principles to a roadway, parking area, sidewalk and recreational trails

The need to preserve our roadway pavement infrastructure is paramount to ensuring the viability of the transportation of people and goods. This requires ever-increasing investments because of the roadway network's increasing size and commercial vehicle loading. In addition, budget pressures from other infrastructure and social needs have resulted in a substantial infrastructure deficit. New approaches are needed to support our ability to maintain and improve the infrastructure effectively. 

The pressure to preserve pavement infrastructure in the face of ever-increasing needs and to utilize new technologies and improved management procedures is most significant at the municipal level. Municipal and local governments typically have limited taxation powers and require more in-house specialized technical expertise. 

With the gradual 20th-century shift from an agrarian to an industrial economy, there has been a shift in population to urban areas. This has resulted in a change of responsibility for the construction and maintenance of roadway infrastructure. Cities, counties and other municipal-level governments are now typically responsible for the maintenance of the largest percentage of roadways in the country.

The roots of modern pavement management only go back to the late 1970s, with the first international pavement management conference in Toronto, Ontario, in 1985. Pavement management philosophy and procedures have undergone numerous changes since that time. Still, the goal has always been to actively manage our roadway, parking lot and trail pavements to provide a suitable level of service for a reasonable investment. This is primarily achieved by accurately measuring pavement condition, predicting further performance and needs and applying the proper maintenance and rehabilitation treatments to the right pavement at the right time. 

Course Benefits

  • Understanding of basic pavement management systems, data collection, performance prediction and investment needs
  • It provides procedures on how to determine, document and justify funding needs for pavement preservation and rehabilitation
  • It provides directions on how to prepare prioritized, needs-based budgets
  • Promotes the use of best practices and provides a benchmark for pavement preservation decision making
  • It will provide objective pavement preservation needs and have a long-term impact on budget decisions

Who Should Attend
Pavement Network Owners and Administrators • Engineers and Technicians Involved in the Design, Evaluation and Management of Pavements • Consultants Involved in the Evaluation of Pavement Condition • Provincial, Municipal and Local Agencies • Airport Owners and Maintenance Staff • Specifiers and Purchases or Pavement Testing and Condition Evaluation Equipment

None. Suitable for all levels of interest, both technical and non-technical.

Unique features of the course
While the course materials are structured, there is ample opportunity to explore any aspects of pavement design, evaluation and management of interest to the participants. The instructor effectively uses discussion, case studies and real-world examples to highlight key aspects and interests of the group. 

This course includes a “homework” assignment that includes the identification of common types, extends, and severity of pavement surface distresses from a series of photographs. The assignment will be marked and reviewed as a group at the start of the second day of the lecture.

More Information

Time: 9:30 AM - 5:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Course Outline

This course covers:

  • History of road design and construction in Canada
  • Introduction to pavement management system components
  • Field data collection technology/methods
    • Methods and equipment to measure pavement surface condition (manual, semi-automated, automated)
    • Pavement surface distress identification
    • Assessment of pavement surface roughness
    • Structural capacity evaluation (deflection testing, ground penetrating radar)
  • Pavement condition evaluation self-assessment test (homework)
  • Development of pavement performance models
  • Levels of service
  • Pavement condition analysis and forecasting
  • Priority planning and programming
  • Maintenance and preservation optimization
  • Integration of pavement management into overall transportation asset management
  • Highlights of pavement management best practices and keys to success


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

$1295 + taxes

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

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