Life-Cycle Assessment for Concrete Pavements
Times Listed are Central Time Zone
This two-part webinar will cover the fundamentals of life-cycle analysis, a technique to assess environmental impacts associated with all the stages of a product’s life. In the context of a concrete pavement’s life, this involves deriving the raw materials, processing/manufacturing, placement, use, repair and maintenance, and disposal or recycling/reuse.
Basics of LCA for Concrete Pavements
Eric Ferrebee, P.E., Technical Services Engineer, American Concrete Pavement Association
Creating sustainable infrastructure requires evaluation and balancing of economic, environmental, and societal impacts. Evaluating economic impacts is fairly well understood and accepted through the process of Life-Cycle Cost Analysis. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) tools allow users to quantify the environmental impacts. A number of Pavement LCA tools have been recently developed, which can be used to evaluate environmental impacts of a roadway from the creation of the raw materials all the way to the end of the pavement’s life, i.e., cradle to grave. The first part of the webinar will introduce what a Pavement LCA includes and look at some of the tools that are available to evaluate the benefits and tradeoffs of constructing concrete pavement.
Concrete Pavement LCA Examples
Tim Smith, P.Eng., Senior Director, Built Environment, Transportation and Public Works for Cement Association of Canada & Director-ISCP
This presentation will review the use of the Athena Pavement LCA tool for a roadway over a user-selected analysis period. The presentation will review how the user is able to enter their own pavement structures to determine the environmental impact over nine life cycle impact assessment measures. In addition, the presentation will show how the user can look at various types of pavements to determine the LCA for each product.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CREDIT
The American Concrete Pavement Association will award a certificate of completion that may be used for company credit and/or 1.5 professional development hours (PDHs).
Participants interested in earning PDH’s are responsible for determining the applicability of any training programs toward licensing requirements in their respective state/province. This program is oriented toward jurisdictions that allow self-reporting for licensure purposes. Participants are strongly advised to check the applicability of this training along with other reporting requirements in advance of taking this course.
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