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Presenter: Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Lombard, IL

Hyatt Place Chicago - Lombard/Oak Brook
2340 South Fountain Square Drive
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone: 630-932-6501

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Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:30 - 1:30 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:30 - 5:15 pm

Concrete Pavement Types and Design Overview

   Course objectives and introductions
   Jointed plain concrete pavements (JPCP)
   Continuously reinforced concrete pavements (CRCP)
   Concrete overlays

Subgrades and Bases

   Subgrade characterization
   Base types and applications

 Concrete Materials and Mix Design Basics

   Concrete materials
   Mix design and proportioning basics

AASHTO 1993 Pavement Design Procedure

   Basic design assumptions
   Rigid pavement design inputs
   Flexible pavement inputs

AASHTO Pavement Design Example Using WinPAS Software

   Rigid pavement design example
   Flexible pavement design example

StreetPave Pavement Design Procedure

   Basic Streetpave design assumptions
   Development of design inputs

StreetPave Example Using StreetPave Software

   Rigid pavement design example
   Comparison with flexible pavement design

Introduction to the Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement
Design Guide (M-E PDG)

   Introduction to M-E design concepts
   Development of PavementME design inputs
   Evaluation of M-E design calculations

Value Engineering Pavement Designs

   Introduction to design optimization
   Basic methodology of value engineering of concrete pavements

Questions and Discussion Session

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers
  • Contractors

Professional Engineers
     7.0 PDHs

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 PDHs to professional engineers in all states. Educators and courses are not subject to preapproval in Illinois.

HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida, Indiana, Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700), New York (NYSED Sponsor No. 35), North Carolina, and North Dakota.

This course offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D.

Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D., is the President of Global Pavement Consultants, Inc. (GPC). GPC conducts businesses worldwide and concentrates primarily on pavement design, construction, evaluation and rehabilitation. GPC also specializes in pavement analysis using the AASHTO mechanistic-empirical pavement design procedure, value engineering, forensic analysis, just-in-time-training prior to project start-up, and troubleshooting both during and after construction.

Dr. Ayers recently developed pavement design guides for the City of Honolulu and North and South Carolina and is currently working in Belarus, Uganda and Ukraine developing pavement designs, specifications and concrete mix designs. He has extensive experience in the design and construction of unbound and stabilized base courses including cement-treated bases, lean concrete bases and full depth reclamation utilizing existing asphalt materials. Dr. Ayers recently completed development of the aggregates and Portland cement concrete training modules for the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Materials Engineering course. He also serves as an expert witness on a variety of design and materials-related issues. Recently, under the direction of Dr. Ayers, GPC conducted the largest study to date using the MIT SCAN2 device to determine dowel bar locations on over 43 miles of interstate highway.

Prior to founding GPC in January 2011, Dr. Ayers was the director of education for design and construction for the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) in Rosemont, Illinois. He managed the contractor-based education and training program for ACPA and worked on a variety of projects for both the public and private sectors. He has also served as a university professor, a division manager at ERES Consultants and a group leader at Applied Research Associates, Inc.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $279.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $279.00
Group Prices
3 or more People: $259.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.