Pothole Repair and Maintenance

Online /
Jan 12 - 13, 2023 /
Course Code: 13-0121-ONL23

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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):

10:00 am to 1:45 pm Eastern (Will include a 15 minute break)

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

  • Learn what causes formation of potholes under different pavements settings from rural roads to urban freeways
  • Get expert-level insights to materials used for pothole repairs
  • Achieve confidence in selecting different pothole repair products and technologies, tailored to different network or project specific needs
  • Enhance your skills in managing pothole repairs proactively and increasing Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) in executing maintenance programs

Asphalt pavements are important infrastructure asset for road agencies in terms of political and financial impacts on annual budget. Potholes are amongst most frequently distresses observed for asphalt pavements, especially those located within urban setting. This type of distress is the bane of both drivers and maintaining agencies across Canada. If not properly fixed, potholes could progressively become worst over short period of time, and allow more water to infiltrate the underlain layers cause more significant damages to the pavement structure. The damage could form irregularities that could quickly become a safety hazard for the traveling public.

This course will examine evolution of pothole formation under different traffic and climate settings. A technical background information will be provided on nature of materials used for pothole patching, and how this understanding can be tailored to different type of potholes and loadings (traffic, and climate) in specifying longer lasting repair materials. Other variables such as production, transportation and placement of pothole materials will be discussed to provide a holistic view on life cycle of pothole repair materials and how variables in each stage could impact the durability and intended life. Finally, this course provide different asset management techniques (manual and automatic) in detecting potholes in timely manner and use proactively in budgeting and managing material procurement on project or network level.

Course Outline

  • Key understanding why potholes form and need for repair using appropriate durable materials
  • Repair Planning from material selection to successful field performance
  • Building on expert-knowledge to execute successful maintenance programs

Who Should Attend:
Road Supervisors • Municipality or County Maintenance Personnel

More Information

Time: 10:00 AM - 1:45 PM Eastern Time

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Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Key Understanding Why Potholes Form and Need for Repair Using Appropriate Durable Materials

  • Overview of pavement types (flexible, rigid, and composite)
  • Overview of pavement management and need for periodic and scheduled maintenance
  • Proactive versus reactive maintenance and pavement management
  • Pothole types and repair needs
  • Material design and tailoring to different pothole types and pavement types

Repair Planning from Material Selection to Placement

  • Material specifications and procurement
  • Concept of Cost-to-benefit ratio in material selection
  • Equipment and technologies for placement
  • Planning for systematic Field performance review and incorporating Continuous Improvement (CI) in material specifications and procurement.

Maintenance Scheduling

  • Reactive pothole locating – manual survey versus app-based or semi-automated surveys
  • Proactive pothole locating – utilizing asset management outcomes in predicting pothole locations and density in network-level
  • Repair scheduling, network-level approach vs project-based and reactive vs proactive


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

Dr. Sina Varamini is the Director of Pavements and Materials group at Engtec Consulting Inc. He has more than 10 years of experience working closely with different stakeholders within the road and airfield construction industry in development and implementation of pavement solutions. Dr. Varamini expertise cover all aspects of pavements, including 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

$525 + taxes

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

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