Sidewalk Design, Evaluation and Management: Maintaining Infrastructure and Reducing Liability Risk
May 12, 2021 /
Course Code: 0501-WEB21
After Participating in this course, you will be able to:
- Understand key sidewalk and recreational trail performance features and how to build them to last
- Identify best construction practices to ensure high quality construction
- Use methods and means to complete condition assessments of sidewalk and recreational trails to effectively manage the infrastructure
- Identify and use effective techniques to preserve the condition of the assets
- Minimize liability due to trip and slip hazards
Sidewalks and recreational trails are intended to provide a safe and durable surface for the public. The primary surface material for urban sidewalks has traditionally been concrete with recreational trails traditionally surfaced with hot mix asphalt. However, there is significant pressure in urban areas to provide “enhanced” treatments including interlocking, bricks, granite setts, stamped and coloured concrete and recycled products.
Municipalities are faced with challenges on how to evaluate, approve and maintain these products. How can each be constructed and maintained in a cost-effective manner? How do I determine when to “fix” something? What is involved? What are the long-term costs to maintain this infrastructure? How to do I build and maintain sidewalks and trails to be compliant with codes such as the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act?
This course covers:
- Functions of sidewalks and recreational trails
- All surface types and their function
- Key design features to ensure long life
- Proper construction and maintenance techniques
- Design, construction and life-cycle costs
- Methods of maintenance and preservation
- What to concentrate on to ensure maximum life
- Methods to evaluate the effectiveness of new products
- Condition inspection and monitoring procedures
- Sidewalk management
Who Should Attend
- Engineering and technical staff involved in construction and maintenance
- Consultants and contractors designing and constructing infrastructure
- Asset management and operations staff
- Personnel involved in the maintenance of sidewalks and recreational trails
- Inspection and testing staff
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David Hein, P.Eng. is a consulting Civil Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the design, evaluation and management of transportation infrastructure. He recently retired from Applied Research Associates, Inc. of Toronto, Ontario. He is the past president of the American Society of Civil Engineers Transportation and Development Institute (ASCE T&DI), chair of the Workforce Development Council 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 Workforce Development Council and past members 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 Vice-Chair of the Canadian National Committee to the WRA. He also 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 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
- ECAA Annual Professional Development Points
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