Understanding Quality Pavement Construction

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The current trend towards performance based specifications for roading and civil construction projects increases the need for contracting firms to understand the issues involved with pavement construction, especially material compaction.

This course provides an overview of theory and practice to assist team leaders and supervisors/forepersons to manage construction in the field.


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2 day course.

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Ian Anderson

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$850 per person + GST

(Minimum numbers apply before a course is confirmed)

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Topics include

  • On-site preparation
  • Excavation
  • Identification of problem areas in subgrade
  • Treatment of poor subgrade areas to achieve strength requirements
  • Interpretation of material specifications
  • Soil properties influencing compaction
  • The relationship between maximum dry density (MDD) and optimum water content (OWC)
  • Compaction behaviour of cohesive (clay) soils and non-cohesive (granular) materials
  • Compaction assessment (in the field)
  • Compaction equipment - types and application
  • Spreading and placement of aggregate materials
  • Grading, trimming, shaping and compaction of final surface
  • Surface preparation
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On completion of this course participants will

  • Prepare roads up to sealing standard
  • Carry out on site preparation
  • Excavate and prepare subgrade
  • Grade, trim, shape and compact soil and aggregate layers
  • Understand the significance of compaction measurement criteria in specifications
  • Interpret compaction specifications and criteria
  • Achieve consistent compaction when preparing basecourse surfaces
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Who should attend

Supervisors, plant operators and field staff who are involved in earthwork and pavement construction projects.

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Presenter information

Ian Anderson is a Civil Engineer with over 40 years involvement in various aspects of roading. After starting work with Ministry of Works experience was gained in both laboratory and construction areas. This was followed by time in country Councils and a consulting practice. An extended time was spent in Polytechnics teaching at all levels from construction site personnel, Technicians and most recently degree programs. In recent years Ian has taken part in development work in both Asia and South Africa.

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