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Presenter: Michael E. Ayers, Ph.D.

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Merrillville, IN

Hilton Garden Inn Merrillville
Merrillville, IN 46410
Phone: 219-769-7100

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 5:15 pm

Opening Remarks and Introductions

Concrete Pavement Types and Performance Overview

   The evolution of concrete pavements
   50-year concrete pavements
   Jointed plain concrete pavements (JPCP)
   Continuously-reinforced concrete pavements (CRCP)

Concrete Pavement Design Methodologies

   Empirical design
   Mechanistic design
   Mechanistic-empirical design
   Basic design inputs

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

StreetPave Pavement Design Procedure

   StreetPave design assumptions
   Development of design inputs

Pavement Designer Software Overview and Demonstration

   Rigid pavement design examples
      - Streets
      - Highways
      - Roller compacted concrete, industrial applications

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

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

Concrete Overlays

   Overlay types
   Bonded concrete on existing asphalt pavements
   Unbonded concrete on existing concrete pavements

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Engineers

This seminar offers 7.0 Continuing Education
Hours/PDHs to professional engineers

HalfMoon Education is approved by the
Indiana State Board of Registration for
Professional Engineers as a continuing
education provider.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers 7.0 continuing education hours/PDHs to professional engineers in all states. HalfMoon Education has been approved by the Indiana State Board of Registration for Professional Engineers as a continuing education provider (License No. CE21700059).

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

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.

President of Global Pavement Consultants, Inc. (GPC)

Dr. Ayers is the president of Global Pavement Consultants, Inc. (GPC). GPC conducts business worldwide and concentrates primarily on pavement design, construction, evaluation, full-depth reclamation with cement, rehabilitation and concrete overlays. Dr. Ayers specializes in pavement analysis using the AASHTO Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design Procedure, forensic analysis, just-in-time-training prior to project start-up, troubleshooting both during and after construction and development and delivery of pavement and materials-related seminars and short courses.

Dr. Ayers has extensive experience in the design and construction of concrete overlays, concrete roadways, unbound and stabilized base courses including cement-treated bases, lean concrete bases, full-depth reclamation (FDR) utilizing existing asphalt materials and roller-compacted concrete (RCC). He recently completed development of the Aggregates and Portland Cement Concrete training modules for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Highway Materials Engineering course, the design chapter for the new FDR Guidelines and several chapters in the new FHWA Guide for Concrete Pavement Distress Assessments and Solutions. He also serves as an expert witness on a variety of design and materials-related issues focusing on concrete and RCC pavements. He has substantial experience in field investigations and forensic studies and has conducted numerous large-scale investigations using the MIT SCAN B2 for determining embedded steel location and alignment in concrete pavements.

Dr. Ayers has been very active in the industry serving on a variety of National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) expert tasks groups, FHWA projects and university-based research programs. He instructs design and construction courses for the University of Wisconsin,

Halfmoon Education, FHWA and others. He is currently working on overseas projects in Belarus, Ukraine, and in Moldova, as well as numerous projects across the U.S.

Prior to founding GPC in January 2011, Dr. Ayers served as a director for the American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA), in Rosement, Illinois. He managed the contractor-based education and training program and provided technical services for ACPA as well as contributing to a variety of projects for both the public and private sectors. He has also served as a university professor at Oklahoma State University, 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.