Pavement Design & Construction of Municipal Roadways in Western Canada

Online /
Dec 9 - 10, 2021 /
Course Code: 12-1205-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


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 6:00 pm Eastern

Examples will be referenced from provinces included in the course.

After attending this course, you will be able to:

  • Use practical knowledge for rehabilitating municipal roadways
  • Understand the basic parameters required to complete pavement designs
  • Select the appropriate pavement type and rehabilitation strategy by considering relevant factors
  • Identify pavement distresses and the appropriate treatments based on current best practices
  • Apply your understanding of specification requirements to field inspections

Pavement design and construction in densely populated urban environments can be complicated, and engineers must consider associated features such as curbs and gutters, utilities, and private and commercial entrances. Effective municipal pavement engineers should have a fundamental understanding of roadway design constraints and be able to select the appropriate pavement rehabilitation treatment that is not only cost effective, but also considerate of future needs.

The course will cover available pavement rehabilitation treatments, as well as new pavement design and construction options, including flexible, rigid, and composite pavement types. This course will also review pavement related construction specifications and highlight key features that are critical during construction inspection.

Course Outline:

  • Assessment of existing roadways
  • Pavement design tools
  • Pavement rehabilitation alternatives
  • Life Cycle Cost Analysis
  • Design details: asphalt and concrete pavements
  • Design specifications
  • Construction preparation
  • Construction inspection: asphalt and concrete
  • Innovative materials and processes

Who Should Attend:
Those involved in the assessment, design and construction of municipal roadways, including:
Pavement Engineers • Civil Technicians and Technologists • Engineering Consultants • Design Engineers • Construction Inspectors • Contractor Super-intendents

Special Features & Requirements

Examples will be referenced from provinces included in the course.

More Information

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

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Pavement Engineering: An Overview

  • Types of municipal pavements
  • Roadway classifications
  • Basic design inputs
  • Challenging municipal environments
  • Interaction with other roadway features

Assessment of Existing Roadways

  • Pavement distresses
  • Functional pavement assessment
  • Structural pavement assessment
  • Non-Destructive Tools (NDT)
  • Considerations of future roadway needs

Pavement Design Tools

  • Municipal Design Charts/ Standard Pavement Designs
  • Asphalt Institute
  • AASHTO Guide for the Design of Pavement Structures
  • CPCA Pavement Design Charts
  • StreetPave 12
  • OptiPave2
  • AASHTOWare Pavement ME Design Software
  • CAC Street Smart Reports

Pavement Preservation Treatments

  • Surface Treatment
  • Cold Recycling Mix
  • Bonded Wearing Course
  • FibreMat

Pavement Rehabilitation Alternatives

  • Asphalt overlay
  • Asphalt resurfacing with base repairs
  • Asphalt overlays (with stress-absorbing membranes)
  • Full depth reclamation with expanded asphalt stabilization
  • Cold-in-place recycling
  • Hot-in-place recycling
  • Concrete pavement repairs
  • Concrete overlays (white-topping)
  • Flexible pavement reconstruction
  • Rigid pavement reconstruction
  • Composite pavement reconstruction
  • Roller compacted concrete pavement reconstruction
  • Life cycle cost analysis

Day II

Pavement Platforms

  • Rural roadways
  • Urban roadways
  • Semi-urban roadways

Drainage Considerations

Design Details: Asphalt

  • Asphalt material selection
  • Joint construction
  • Tack coat
  • Temporary detour pavements

Design Details: Concrete

  • Type of concrete materials
  • Joint reinforcement
  • Surface texturing
  • Concrete curing
  • Joint sealing
  • Joint layout
  • Construction staging

Construction Specifications

  • Subgrade preparation
  • Proof-rolling
  • Granular base/subbase material
  • Hot asphalt paving
  • Concrete paving
  • Roller compacted concrete

Construction Preparation

  • Subgrade preparation
  • Construction on Expansion Soils

Construction Inspection: Concrete Paving

  • Pre-paving site inspection
  • Concrete placement
  • Dowel/ tie-bar
  • Concrete finishing
  • Surface texture
  • Surface curing
  • Joint cutting/ sealing
  • Dowel bar orientation verification

Construction Inspection: Asphalt Paving

  • Pre-paving site inspection
  • Asphalt mix design
  • Asphalt paving
  • Compaction
  • QC/QA material testing

Innovation Materials and Processes

  • Infrared thermography
  • GPR asphalt density measurements
  • Safety edge

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes

Concluding Remarks and Final Adjournment


Mark Popik, P.Eng., M.Eng.

Mark has over twenty years’ experience and is an Associate and Senior Pavement Engineer at Thurber Engineering Ltd. He specializes in pavement engineering for private, municipal, and provincial pavement projects.

Mark is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering, and the University of Florida with a M.Eng. in Civil Engineering. Since graduation, Mark has provided pavement engineering services across Canada, which included pavement investigations/evaluations, development of pavement design for new and existing roadways, life cycle cost analysis, and construction inspections. Mark is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario, Transportation Association of Canada, Canadian Technical Asphalt Association, SAVE International, and has authored several papers on the applications of new technologies for the rehabilitation of pavements, presenting his work at various national and international conferences..


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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

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

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