Manage the Road - not just the Pavement 
May 17 - 18, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm

Course Objectives: Managing a road system is far more complex that simply managing by pavement condition; it is only one factor in the final decision. This workshop will cover the identification and management of defects in six functional areas that are financial and legal risks for the municipality. Participants will learn to interpret the ratings in the Inventory Manual for Municipal Roads; to recognize the implications of defects found within the road allowance with respect to liability exposure and performance; to make decisions regarding road rehabilitation treatments; to differentiate between structural and non-structural defects, and how to relate the consequences of road rehabilitation treatments to capital budgets and programming.

Course Content

  • Overview of the Inventory Manual for Municipal Roads
  • Asset identification
  • Existing road condition
  • Traffic volume, type, and projected growth
  • Point ratings of road elements
  • Type and timing of required improvements
  • ... and more!

Who Should Attend?: Road managers and engineers, technologists and technicians responsible for capital planning and road system management.

Municipal Pavement Condition Evaluation 
May 29 - 30, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm

Course Objectives: This intensive 2-day course will teach participants how to assess the condition of the flexible pavements in their roadway network. Through a mix of in-class and field training circuit exercises, participants will learn to identify and classify by type, extent and severity, typical pavement surface distresses that contribute to the reduction in serviceability of the pavement. Through the assessment of pavement condition, participants will gain an understanding of potential maintenance and rehabilitation treatments that could be used to cost-effectively extend the life of the pavement.

Course Content

  • Pavement types and suitability
  • Typical distresses and their cause and significance
  • Determination of ride quality
  • Pavement condition assessment using the Ontario Ministry of Transportation “SP-024 Manual for the Condition Rating of Flexible Pavements”
  • Field evaluation circuit assessment of pavement condition and ride quality
  • Evaluation and comparison of pavement condition assessments

Who Should Attend?: Municipal operations and engineering technical staff as well as consulting engineers responsible for inspecting and assessing pavement condition. Class size is limited to 20 students for optimal benefit from the field circuit component and low student/instructor ratio.

Flexible Pavement Condition 
May 31 - June 1, 2017
8:00am - 5:00pm

Course Objectives: Participants will learn techniques for the effective assessment of the condition of flexible pavements including surface distress,roughness, structural capacity, etc. The assessment methods will be used to develop an understanding of the timing and extent of pavement maintenance and rehabilitation techniques to preserve and cost-effectively extend the service life of the pavement. This course will present case studies of pavement condition and their assessment and applicable techniques to improve pavement serviceability. This course is an excellent companion to the Pavement Condition Evaluation course.

Course Content

  • Flexible pavement design
  • Pavement condition evaluation techniques
  • Network and project level pavement management and rehabilitation
  • Early life effective maintenance techniques
  • Mid-life pavement preservation
  • Late-life pavement rehabilitation
  • End of life pavement reconstruction
  • Selection of cost-effective treatments
  • Case studies of actual projects

Who Should Attend?: Municipal operations and engineering technical staff, consulting engineers responsible for inspecting and assessing pavement condition, and participants from the Municipal Pavement Condition Evaluation course.


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