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Pavement Engineering

Sameh Zaghloul

International Transportation Asset Management Specialists


Flexible pavements Empirical-mechanistic procedures AASHTO design procedue Rigid pavements Impact of freeze-thaw Water table Temperature impact Rainfall Construction QC/QA procedures Material properties Field quality control Pavement management systems

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Pavement is one of the essential and key elements of the transportation infrastructure system. Each year billions of dollars are spent on building new pavements, as well as maintaining existing pavements to keep them functional. This great annual investment has urged many transportation agencies to monitor factors that affect a pavement’s performance and to correlate them with a pavement’s behavior throughout its service life. The advantage of tracking such factors is that their effect at early stages of design can be accounted for; and pavement life cycle performance can be accordingly improved. A typical pavement life cycle has three main stages, which are design, construction and operation (service life) stages.
Among the essential factors that influence pavement performance and considered in the design stage are traffic loads, material properties and environmental effects. Pavement designers relay on empirical, mechanistic or empirical-mechanistic design procedures to determine the pavement structure that is required to carry future traffic loads. Although the seasonal variation of pavement material properties has been shown to highly affect pavement performance,many pavement design procedures ignore environmental effects or under-consider them during the design. The fact that the long-term performance of a pavement structure is strongly dependent on the subgrade soil and the pavement layer properties makes changes in these soil and layer properties poses a great concern. This is particularly true in areas experiencing seasonal fluctuation in environmental parameters.
Long-term pavement performance is highly dependent on the quality of construction, materials and workmanship. Pavements built to lower standards always have shorter service lives and higher maintenance cost along their service lives. Assumptions are always made during the design stage that the constructed materials meet the desired specifications. Construction Quality Control/ Quality Assurance (QC/QA) procedures are applied to control the material and construction quality.
Pavement performance during its service life is monitored using a Pavement Management System (PMS). PMS is a program for improving the quality and performance of highway pavements and minimizing their life-cycle cost through the user of good management practices. The basic purpose of a PMS is to achieve the best value possible for the available public funds and to provide safe, comfortable, and economic transportation.
This book intends to provide a comprehensive overview of highway pavements by covering the three stages of the pavement life cycle, design, construction and operation stages. The book will provide information about: Design procedures for flexible and rigid pavements; Impact of environmental factors on pavement performance and how they can be considered in design; Pavement construction QC/QA procedures; and Pavement Management Systems.

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Date completed: September 23rd 2019

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Deadline for chapter proposals: February 21st 2020

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Review results due: July 10th 2020

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Expected publication date: September 8th 2020

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About the editor

Sameh Zaghloul

International Transportation Asset Management Specialists

Dr. Zaghloul obtained his PhD in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, USA, in 1993. He is associated with several important societies such as American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), USA; Transportation Research Board (TRB); American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM). He is a professional engineer (licensed in USA and Canada) with over 30 years of experience in the areas of Transportation Asset Management (TAM), pavement engineering and engineering economics. Behind him, he has several successfully completed research studies in North America and Middle East, among which are: California State-wide Pavement Performance Evaluation Research Project - Phases l&ll – Performed for the Division of Research of California Department of Transportation, USA (2000 – 2008) and Evaluation of the Automated Distress Survey Technologies – Performed for the Bureau of Research of New Jersey Department of Transportation, USA (2008 - 2009). He has over 20 years of operation management (managed operations with more than 100 professionals and annual turnover budget exceeding US$12 m) and over 26 years of project management experience (managed several mega projects in North America and Middle East).

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