Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA): From Mix Design to Production (1.2 CEUs)

Course Description

Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) is the main road paving material. More than 90% of roads and highways in North America are paved with HMA; therefore, many civil engineers work in the design, production, quality control/assurance, and construction of HMA. A successful design, production, and construction of HMA need significant knowledge, experience, and engineering judgement.

During the last decade, several developments in the asphalt industry have occurred. The most important developments in the design and testing of HMA include a new grading system for asphalt cement (Performance Grade- PG) and a new mix design method (Superpave). Although many agencies use these new methods, other agencies use the traditional design and testing methods (Marshall method) or a combination of new and old systems. Several stages after a mix design are critical in production of high quality and consistent of this paving material. In many cases, mix design must be modified and monitored during the production. It is critical that contractors and pavement engineers and technologists to learn best practices and recent development in HMA material selection, testing, mix design, and production.

Course Contents and Objectives

This course focuses on HMA mix design and plant production for paving projects. This course will explain the fundamentals, mix design methods and procedures, quality control and assurance, job mix formula, and plant production of HMA.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for all engineers and technologists who work in the design, production, and quality control/assurance of HMA. This course is an excellent opportunity for those wishing to develop their knowledge on the latest technologies in the area of HMA.

Upon completion of this course participants will learn about

· Components of HMA (asphalt cement and aggregates)

· Nature and types of asphalt cement

· Traditional testing of asphalt cement

· PG asphalt cement system

· Volumetric properties of HMA

· Marshall and Superpave mix design testing and methods

· Job mix formula and HMA plant production

Hamid R. Soleymani

Hamid R. Soleymani has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Civil Engineering and Transportation Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology and a Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada. After graduating, he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at the North Central Superpave Center at Purdue University (USA) for three years. Dr. Soleymani was a faculty member at the Department of Civil Environmental Engineering at the University of Alberta from 2000 to 2006 and was the Director of Transportation Research Centre since 2010-2013. He taught civil engineering materials, transportation, and pavement management systems at the graduate and undergraduate levels for several years and conducted several research studies in highways and transportation areas.

He worked with EBA Engineering Consultants as a senior pavements and materials engineer from 2006 to 2010. During this time, he completed many pavement preservation and materials projects and also conducted numerous research studies for Alberta Transportation and other highway agencies. Recently he joined the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure as a senior Pavements and Materials Engineer.

Dr. Soleymani has over 15 years of academic and industrial experience in the areas of pavement management, design and materials and is a registered professional engineer. He has published more than 30 papers in technical journals and conferences. His expertise and research interest areas include: asphalt and Portland cement concrete; Superpave mix design; pavement design, maintenance and rehabilitation; materials characterization and modeling; pavement performance evaluation; mechanistic pavement design; and pavement management systems.

Course Outline

Day I

Welcome and Introduction

Introduction to HMA

· HMA industry and its importance

· Components of HMA (asphalt cement and aggregate)

· Asphalt cement and types (modified, emulsions, cut back)

· Traditional characterization of asphalt cement: penetration and viscosity grading systems

· Shortcomings in traditional asphalt grading systems

· Performance Graded (PG) asphalt grading system and testing, challenges and issues

· Aggregates for HMA: important properties: gradation, soundness, testing of aggregate for HMA


Day II

Volumetric Properties of HMA

· Volumetric and mass relationships of HMA

· Definition of volumetric properties and their significances: air voids, VMA, VFA

· Marshall Mix design method and its shortcomings

· Superpave Mix design method

HMA Production

· Job mix formula

· HMA production, plant issues

· HMA troubleshooting


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Hilton Garden Inn Saskatoon Downtown
90 - 22nd St. E.
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3X6
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Course Materials

Each participant will receive a complete set of course notes and handouts that will serve as informative references.


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