ACPA Roadway Concrete Pavement Thickness Design Workshop

May 14, 2014 09:00am -
May 15, 2014 02:20pm

Event Description

Workshop Description
The American Concrete Pavement Association’s (ACPA’s) Roadway Concrete Pavement Design Workshop is a hands-on two-day workshop that will cover general background details on the variables considered in concrete pavement design, which design method is appropriate for a given set of conditions, and showcase new construction and overlay design methodologies common in the U.S. The workshop also will detail digital resources and web-based tools that aid in the design process. The focus of this workshop is concrete pavement design methods and details but construction means and methods and the interdependence between these means and methods and design also is a key theme. Upon completing this workshop you’ll know which design software and tools to turn to for a given project and be able to design better performing and more cost-efficient concrete pavements because of the knowledge and appreciation you will have for the construction side of the equation.

This comprehensive training event will be held at ACPA’s Rosemont, Illinois-headquarters, located approximately 1 mile east of O'Hare International Airport at 9450 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Rosemont, Illinois. (Look for signs to the third floor conference room, or stop by ACPA’s suite #150 for assistance.) The event begins on the morning of Wednesday, May 14, and continues through 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.

If you are local and driving to the workshop, please use the embedded Google map for driving directions:

For out-of-towners, the nearest airport is Chicago O'Hare International Airport (Code: ORD). For nearby lodging options, please visit Google Maps:

Professional Development Hours
ACPA will award up to thirteen (13) professional development hours (PDH’s) to participants who complete the Roadway Concrete Pavement Thickness Design Workshop. The award of these PDH’s requires participation and documentation of attendance for both days. The award of PDH’s is intended for states/provinces that allow self-reporting, but in all cases, participants interested in the award of PDH's should check with local licensing organizations for specific requirements prior to registering and participating in these workshops.

Compliance with licensure requirements is the sole responsibility of participants, and ACPA assumes no responsibility for the compliance with professional licensure requirements of local jurisdictions.

Registration Includes Design Software
Participants of the workshop will receive complimentary copies of ACPA’s StreetPave 12 and WinPAS 12 software (up to a $600 value). The registration rate is $775 for ACPA members and $925 for non-members. A rate of $550 is available for government employees (see registration section for details).

Workshop Trainer

  • Robert Rodden, P.E., Director of Technical Service and Product Development, ACPA
  • Kelly Steeves, Paving Account Manager - North America, Leica Geosystems
  • Juan Pablo Covarrubias V., General Manager, TCPavements
  • Nigel Parkes, Executive Vice President, PNA Construction Technologies, Inc.
WEDNESDAY 5/14/2014
9:00 AM 9:30 AM Registration
9:30 AM 9:45 AM Welcome & Introductions
9:45 AM 11:00 AM Designing concrete pavements: linking theory to the field
11:00 AM Noon Which design method to consider for different concrete pavement types and different applied loadings
Noon 1:00 PM Lunch (provided), with a demo of the EverFE software used to model an alternate dowel bar configuration
1:00 PM 2:30 PM Common jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) thickness design methods for over-the-road traffic, and discussions about how these methods compare
2:30 PM 3:15PM Other useful online resources from ACPA and other industry partners
3:15 PM 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM 4:30 PM Concrete overlay types, design and construction trends, and case studies
4:30 PM 5:00 PM Hands-on demo of the ACPA bonded concrete overlay on asphalt (BCOA) and FHWA Pooled Fund Study TPF 5-165 BCOA-ME web applications
THURSDAY 5/15/14
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Concrete pavement construction and how design and constructability/costs are interdependent
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Construction equipment innovations
10:00 AM 10:15 AM Break
10:15 AM 11:15 AM The short-slab design approach using OptiPaveTM: Background and a software demo
11:15 AM Noon Hands-on demo of ACPA’s WinPAS and StreetPave software programs, including real-world design examples and exercises aimed at resolving common design challenges and mistakes
Noon 1:00 PM Lunch (provided), with a demo of the ACPA App Library
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Hands-on demo of ACPA’s WinPAS and StreetPave software programs (cont.)
2:00 PM 2:30 PM What the future holds for concrete pavement design, construction, and preservation

Featured Design Software and How to Obtain Them
Participants of the workshop will receive complimentary copies of ACPA’s StreetPave 12 and WinPAS 12 software (up to a $600 value) at the workshop. The BCOA-ME and EverFE software are available free of charge. Pavement ME and OptiPave can be obtained by workshop participants using instructions provided at the workshop. Please use the links below to install EverFE, StreetPave 12, and WinPAS 12 prior to the workshop.

ACPA encourages all workshop participants to bring a Windows OS (XP SP2 or later) laptop computer. Prior to installing software, ensure your computer has at least 512 megabyte (MB) RAM, a 500 megahertz (MHz) processor or higher, and a display resolution 1024x768 or higher.

  • BCOA-ME ( is a mechanistic-empirical design procedure for bonded concrete overlay of asphalt (BCOA) that was developed at the University of Pittsburgh under the FHWA Pooled Fund Study TPF 5-165. ACPA gratefully acknowledges Dr. Julie Vandenbossche, the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, and the various project sponsors for their work in developing this tool.
  • EverFE ( is a user-friendly 3D finite-element analysis tool for simulating the response of jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) systems to axle loads and environmental effects. ACPA recognizes the Universities of Maine and Washington, which jointly developed EverFE, along the Washington and California State Departments of Transportation, which funded the software development.
  • OptiPaveTM ( is a mechanistic-based software specifically developed to design concrete pavements with slabs with optimized geometry, for any set of climate, traffic, subgrade/subbase layers and material inputs.
  • AASHTOWare Pavement-ME Design ( is the next generation of highway pavement design software, which builds upon the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) mechanistic-empirical pavement design guide (MEPDG).
  • StreetPave 12 ( is used in jointed plain concrete pavement (JPCP) thickness design for a wide range of roadways found in municipal and county settings. The latest version of StreetPave includes jointed plain overlay design for all six types of concrete overlay and a life-cycle cost module, among other new features.
  • WinPAS 12 ( allows roadway pavement thickness design and evaluation following the 1993 AASHTO Design Guide for Pavement Structures, including traffic and overlay thickness methods. A life-cycle cost module allows you to compare alternative designs, too.

Event Type:Training
Early registration ends on Dec 31, 2013.
Regular registration starts on Jan 01, 2014 and ends on May 13, 2014.
Late registration starts on May 14, 2014.
(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)

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