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Pavement Design

Course Outline

This online course provides guidance for design of pavements and supporting materials for roads, streets, walks and open storage areas. The contents include procedures for conducting preliminary site reconnaissance, traffic analyses, and criteria for the design of subgrade, subbase, base courses, flexible and rigid pavements. The course materials are based entirely on the DOD Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-250-01FA) - Pavement Design for Roads, Streets, Walks, and Open Storage Areas. This course includes a multiple-choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding of course materials.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student will:

Course Content

The purpose of this course is to provide guidance for design of pavements and supporting materials for roads, parking areas, and walks. You are required to study the following DOD publication:

Unified Facilities Criteria (UFC 3-250-01FA) - Pavement Design for Roads, Streets, Walks, and Open Storage Areas
(2004 edition, PDF format, 2.2 MB, 121 pages).

Please click on the above underlined hypertext to view, download or print the document for your study. Because of the large file size, we recommend that you first save the file to your computer by right clicking the mouse and choosing "Save Target As ...", and then open the file in Adobe Acrobat Reader.


The following is the table of content of the above publication:

Chapter 1 - Introduction
Chapter 2 - Preliminary Investigations
Chapter 3 - Vehicular Traffic
Chapter 4 - Flexible Pavement Subgrades
Chapter 5 - Flexible Pavement Select Materials and Subbase Courses
Chapter 6 - Flexible Pavement Base Courses
Chapter 7 - Bitminous Pavement
Chapter 8 - Flexible Pavement Design
Chapter 9 - Rigid Pavement Subgrades
Chapter 10 - Rigid Pavement Base Courses
Chapter 11 - Concrete Pavement
Chapter 12 - Plain Concrete Pavement Design
Chapter 13 - Reinforced Concrete Pavements
Chapter 14 - Pavement Overlays
Chapter 15 - Joints for Plain Concrete
Chapter 16 - Joints for Reinforced Concrete
Chapter 17 - Roller-Compacted Concrete Pavements
Chapter 18 - Seasonal Frost Conditions
Appendix A - References
Appendix B - Determination of Flexural Strength and Modulus of Elasticity of Bituminous Concrete
Appendix C - Method of Test for Performed Polychloroprene Elastomeric Joint Seal Jet-Fuel Resistance
Appendix D - Use of Insulation Materials in Pavements
Appendix E - Computer Aided Design for Flexible Road Pavements/Rigid road Pavements

Related Links

For additional technical information related to this subject, please visit the following websites or web pages:

FHWA Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center
Civil Engineering Pavements - NAVFAC DM-5.4 (60 pages, a PDF file, 513 KB)
Rigid Pavement Design
Flexible Pavement Design - Summary of the State of the Art
NYSDOT Comprehensive Pavement Design Manual


Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.

Take a Quiz

DISCLAIMER: The materials contained in the online course are not intended as a representation or warranty on the part of or any other person/organization named herein. The materials are for general information only. They are not a substitute for competent professional advice. Application of this information to a specific project should be reviewed by a registered professional engineer. Anyone making use of the information set forth herein does so at their own risk and assumes any and all resulting liability arising therefrom.