Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering

Short Courses (CPD)

Short Courses (CPD)

About the Course


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A landmark in training, this course remains at the leading edge of education in the highways sector. The course is relevant to all, from experienced professionals to trainees, providing up-to-date knowledge of all aspects of the industry.

Now in its 47th 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

Objectives and Outline


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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.

Further Information


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Catering and Accommodation

Full board will be provided, 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, and 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.

Course Materials

We provide a comprehensive set of printed supplementary notes for all of the sessions.

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


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Fees


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