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Pre-Conference Workshops

Sunday, | 1:00–5:00 pm

Earn PDHs, immerse yourself in a new topic or engage with those in your field to discuss an area of interest!

Workshops are available at an additional cost of $150/workshop. You may register for workshops during the conference registration process.

All events are subject to change.

Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM) Workshop

The fundamental shift associated with performance-engineered mixtures is the transfer of risk and control from the highway agency to the contractor. Instead of telling contractors what to do, agencies will give them the chance to innovate and meet the performance criteria specified by the agency in the most economical and environmentally sustainable manner. The ultimate vision of the PEM program is for highway agencies to have faster and better-quality assurance tests, optimized mixtures that lead to cost savings, and longer-lasting pavements. Topics for presentation and discussion at the workshop are:

  • Performance Engineered Pavements (Asphalt and Concrete), Richard Duval, FHWA
  • Performance Engineered Mixtures (PEM) for Concrete, Michael Praul, FHWA
  • Concrete PEM Tests, Dr. Peter Taylor, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center
  • Concrete PEM Pooled Fund, Cooperative Agreement, and State Implementation, Gordon Smith, National Concrete Pavement Technology Center
  • Strengthening Asphalt Quality Assurance, Tim Aschenbrener, FHWA
  • Navigating the Performance Test Jungle: Recommendations to Implementing Performance Tests, Dr. David Mensching, FHWA
  • MaineDOT Experience with Performance Engineered Mixture Design for Asphalt, Derek Nener-Plante, MaineDOT

This workshop is a cooperative activity of the Federal Highway Administration and the American Concrete Pavement Association.

Airport Pavement Evaluation Software Workshop – PAVEAIR, BAKFAA and ProFAA

Instructor: Jeffrey Gagnon, Federal Aviation Administration

Developed and maintained by the Federal Aviation Administration (U.S.), a suite of free software tools including the PAVEAIR, BAKFAA, and ProFAA computer programs provides publicly-available tools for pavement evaluation and analysis. FAA PAVEAIR 3.2 is a web-based Airport Pavement Management System (APMS) designed to assist organizations in the assessment, management, and maintenance of their airfield pavement networks. BAKFAA performs backcalculation of pavement material properties using Heavy Weight Deflectometer/ Falling Weight Deflectometer (HWD/FWD) data. ProFAA computes pavement elevation profile roughness indices. This FAA software workshop is intended for engineers practicing airport pavement evaluations.

Participants in the workshop will:

  1. Learn the principles of pavement evaluation using these software programs. 
  2. Participate in hands-on demonstrations of the software. 
  3. Discover how recent and scheduled improvements will enhance the functionality of each program. It is highly recommended that workshop participants bring their own laptops so that they can install the software to follow along through the training and pavement evaluation demonstrations.

Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA)

The first Stone Matrix Asphalt (SMA) was produced and placed in 1968, and since that time, numerous agencies across the globe have learned how SMA can improve roadway performance. In November 2018, the asphalt community held the 1st International Conference on SMA. This workshop is designed to highlight some of the findings which were presented at the 1st International Conference on SMA and ensure engineers and practitioners understand the value SMA can provide to roadway owners. The workshop agenda is as follow:

  • Introduction to SMA
  • Mix Design Approaches with SMA and Use of Recycled Materials
  • Construction Best Practices with SMA
  • SMA Case Study 1
  • SMA Case Study 2
  • SMA and Life-Cycle Economic Evaluation 

The workshop is organized and coordinated by National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA).

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