Introduction to MEPDG Flexible Pavement Design (3 PDHs)

Venue: Webinar/Online

Location: Webinar/Online, Canada

Event Date/Time: Aug 22, 2012 End Date/Time: Aug 22, 2012
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Most of the current pavement design methods including the AASHTO pavement design are empirical-based. This means that they were developed based on an old field experiment with limited local pavement materials, one specific environmental condition, and limited traffic loads. Although these pavement design methods have been used by many highway agencies, they do not design pavements for other pavement materials and environmental conditions accurately. A Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Guide (MEPDG) has been developed in the USA under the NCHRP 1-37A in 2004 to address shortcomings in the current pavement design methods. This Guide incorporates latest pavement knowledge and experiences, which were developed during the last 50 years.
Many highway agencies have plans to implement the MEPDG as their pavement design method. Implementation of the MEPDG requires training, data collection, and local calibration/validation of performance models in MEPDG.

The main objective of this webinar is to provide participants with a basic understanding of shortcomings in the current pavement design methods and to introduce pavement design factors such as traffic, materials, and environmental factors in the MEPDG. The focus of the workshop will be on MEPDG flexible pavement design.

Target Audience
The workshop is intended for pavement owners/users, consulting engineers, contractors and engineering technologists. A basic background of existing pavement design methods and pavement engineering is required. This course is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop their knowledge on the latest technology in the area of pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation.

Program Outline (12 PDH)

Shortcomings in existing pavement design methods
Review of existing pavement design methods (AASHTO)

Scope and design levels in the MEPDG
Design levels 1, 2, and 3

Inputs in the MEPDG
Traffic considerations
Materials considerations
Environmental considerations

Predicted distresses for flexible pavement
IRI, cracks, rutting

An introduction to DARWinTM software

Upon completion of the webinar participant will be able to:
Explain shortcomings of existing pavement design methods
Learn general inputs and concepts behind the MEPDG
A general review of the DARWinTM software

Instructor: Hamid R. Soleymani, PhD, PEng
Hamid R. Soleymani has a BSc and MSc in Civil Engineering and Transportation Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. He obtained his PhD from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. After graduation, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University (USA) for three years.

Hamid Joined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta in 2000 and taught civil engineering materials, transportation, and pavement management systems at the graduate and undergraduate level.

He worked with EBA Consultant Engineering as a senior pavements and materials engineer from 2006 to 2010. During this time, he completed many pavement preservation and materials projects as well as research studies for Alberta Transportation and other highway agencies. Dr. Soleymani rejoined the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering as the Director of Transportation Research Centre in 2010.

Dr. Soleymani has more than 13 years of academic and industrial experience and is a registered engineer in Alberta. He has published more than 30 papers in technical journals and conferences. His expertise and research interest areas are: asphalt and Portland cement concrete, Superpave mix design, pavements design, maintenance, and rehabilitation, materials characterization and modeling, pavement performance evaluation, mechanistic pavement design, and pavement management systems.