Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement - Part 1

Course Number: G-15001
Credit: 15 PDH
Subject Matter Expert: Vincent D. Reynolds, P.E., M.B.A.
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Overview

In Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement - Part 1, you'll learn ...

  • The influence of climate and environmental factors on pavement performance
  • How to evaluate and select appropriate pavement subgrade systems
  • The geotechnical parameters of interest in pavement design, construction, and performance of different types of pavements
  • The determination of geotechnical inputs needed for the design, construction, and performance of pavements

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Credit: 15 PDH

Length: 182 pages

Both flexible and rigid pavements require a rigid subgrade in order to function safely and efficiently. The structural system would fail if either section of the structural element is deficient. This course covers the latest methods and procedures to address the geotechnical issues in pavement design, construction, and performance for new construction, reconstruction, and rehabilitation projects. The course includes details on geotechnical exploration and characterization of base and subbase materials.

Engineers will gain valuable information from this course that can be used to effectively design and evaluate pavement subgrade systems. In particular, the course reviews the influence and sensitivity of geotechnical inputs with respect to the requirements in past and current design guidelines published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the mechanistic-empirical design approach developed under the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP 1-37A), including the three levels of design input quality. It also covers design details for drainage features and base/subbase material requirements, along with the evaluation and selection of appropriate remediation measures for unsuitable subgrades.

This course is Part I of a two-part series on the geotechnical aspects of pavements. Part I focuses on the geotechnical factors influencing pavement design and performance.

Specific Knowledge or Skill Obtained

This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • The historical perspective of pavement design
  • The pavement system and typical pavement types
  • Pavement performance and geotechnical issues
  • Geotechnical exploration and testing
  • Levels of geotechnical exploration for different types of pavement projects
  • Planning and performing the subsurface exploration program
  • Subgrade characterization
  • Geotechnical inputs for pavement design
  • Required geotechnical inputs for the design of flexible and rigid pavements
  • Physical properties of unbound pavement materials
  • Mechanical properties of unbound pavement materials
  • Thermo-hydraulic properties of unbound pavement materials
  • Environmental/climate inputs
  • How freeze/thaw can affect pavement surfaces
  • How excess water infiltrates through the pavement
  • How the depth of groundwater and bedrock can affect the pavement
  • How to classify various soil types

Certificate of Completion

You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 75 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.

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