Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course

Asphalt Materials and Pavements

  • Sunday 2 - Friday 7 September 2018

A Landmark in Training

Now in its 45th consecutive year, the MPA/Newcastle University Course clearly demonstrates that it remains at the forefront of training and education in the sector. The course provides you with an extensive overview of the subject. You'll find out about:

  • constituent materials
  • mix composition and design
  • quality assurance

You'll also learn about:

  • elements of pavement design
  • recent changes in design procedures from empirical to analytical methods
  • how we use these techniques to meet more specialised criteria
  • the assessment of and design for maintenance of pavements, including reinstatement work

The course deals with pavement materials as they exist within the framework of Harmonised European Specifications, including those covering bitumen and aggregates.

In addition to 'traditional' UK materials, you'll also find out about innovative asphalt materials, such as EME2 bases, SMA and thin surfacings. We'll explain the procedures for evaluation of performance and quality control of all these asphalts. The implementation of the Construction Products Regulation in 2013 and the knock-on impacts in the sector make such knowledge more relevant than ever.

Other aspects that we cover include:

  • health and safety in asphalt production and laying
  • broader sustainability issues including recycling techniques
  • methods for laboratory and site testing of asphalt and asphalt surfacings

Who is the course aimed at?

Highway engineers and others in associated disciplines have a fundamental need to understand

  • the properties and performance of asphalt
  • the design, construction, and maintenance of asphalt road pavements

But undergraduate courses are generally unable to cover these subjects in detail.

The course serves personnel at all levels in the highways sector (both public and private), including:

  • highways-related operatives, technicians, engineers, and managers
  • anyone wanting to extend their knowledge of asphalt materials, pavement design, construction, and maintenance
  • more senior professional engineers who would like to update their knowledge

In association with:
In association with Institute of Asphalt Technology Asphalt Materials and Pavements delivered in association with Institute of Asphalt Technology
In association with Mineral Products Association Asphalt Materials and Pavements delivered in association with Mineral Products Association
Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Asphalt Materials and Pavements endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation

Objectives and Outline

Asphalt Materials and Pavements

Course Outline

We review the content and speakers every year, based on delegate feedback. By doing this, we can meet the changing needs of the sector and so keep the course fresh and relevant.

We combine lectures with:

  • time for discussion
  • practical demonstrations
  • technical videos
  • site visits

Specialists from appropriate backgrounds provide the lectures with an appropriate blend of principles, research and practical application.

The comprehensive lecture notes provide an up to date introduction and include references leading to more detailed study.

  • Sunday: Registration and dinner
    • 17.00-19.00: Registration
    • 19.00: Dinner
  • Properties and characteristics of binders and aggregates
  • Types, properties and design of asphalt mixes
  • Assessment of traffic loading
  • Structural design of asphalt pavements
  • Manufacture, laying and compaction of asphalt
  • Pavement performance
  • Sustainability and recycling procedures
  • Skid resistance and surface texture
  • Thin surfacings and other surface treatments
  • Quality management and certification for asphalt
  • Road maintenance, assessment, design and practice
  • Health and safety aspects of asphalt operations
  • Latest developments in asphalt pavement technology
  • European developments
  • Site visits to include:
    • quarry
    • asphalt plant
    • laboratory
    • paving demonstration
    • pavement inspection and management

Course ends 1200-1230 Friday.

In association with:
In association with Institute of Asphalt Technology Asphalt Materials and Pavements delivered in association with Institute of Asphalt Technology
In association with Mineral Products Association Asphalt Materials and Pavements delivered in association with Mineral Products Association
Endorsed by:
Endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation Asphalt Materials and Pavements endorsed by Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation
  • Sunday 2 - Friday 7 September 2018

Further Information

Asphalt Materials and Pavements

Catering and Accommodation

Full board will be provided at a city centre Holiday Inn Express with ensuite rooms throughout the course beginning with dinner on Sunday evening, and ending with lunch on Friday. On some evenings, meals will be taken during visits to local places of interest. On Thursday, there will be a Course Dinner at a well-known local venue. Refreshments will be available each morning and afternoon (except during site visits).

Contact

Miss Colette Brodrick
Professional Development Unit
Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering

Phone: +44 (0)191 208 5456

MPA Asphalt is part of the Mineral Products Association (MPA) - the trade association for the aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete (plant mix and precast), dimension stone, lime, mortar, and silica sand industries. It continues to have a growing membership since its formation and is the sectoral voice for mineral products. The Course has been organised, since its inception, by Newcastle University in conjunction with MPA and its predecessor Associations.

Update to Course Content

Please note that our courses are reviewed regularly, both in response to feedback and so that information about recent research and developments can be included. Thus, content may be subject to change.

Presenters

Asphalt Materials and Pavements

Presenters

Newcastle University
  • Mr Roger Bird (Course Leader)
Industry Professionals

Presenters in previous years have included:

Fees

Asphalt Materials and Pavements

Fees

  • Asphalt Materials and Pavements
    • £1175 (duration 6 days)

Fees include all course materials, accommodation (full board), and transport to and from site visits during the course. The majority of delegates choose to attend the course on a residential basis even if living locally. However, if you do not require accommodation, the fee for the course is £945.

Discounts are available for groups of five or more people. Please contact the Professional Development Unit for further information.

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