Pavement design, assessment and materials


SCI, London, UK
Thursday 18 October 2018
Organised by SCI's Construction Materials Group

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Design of new road pavements is well established, using tried and tested standard procedures. It is based largely upon allowable strains due to traffic at the bottom of the asphalt layers and at the top of the subgrade, in order to inhibit fatigue cracking of the asphalt and deformation of the soil. Design for maintenance may be less clear and can be simply an extension of the original design. Other assumptions may be made about, e.g. resistance to deformation of the asphalt and reflection cracking, in which mix design may play a large part. This is a follow up event to the successful symposium on Maintenance for Safety, Durability and Efficiency to investigate further the outcomes of that meeting. It will look at how design is practised in other sectors and in other countries, and will consider what impact the current review of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges may have on the issues surrounding pavement design and materials in the UK.


This event will be of interest to those working in highway authorities, civil and military airport authorities, road and engineering consultants, university civil engineering departments, construction materials testing laboratories as well as asphalt suppliers and contractors, and road and airfield construction contractors.

SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.



09.30 Registration and refreshments
10.00 Welcome and introduction
10.10 Highways England design standards review
Arash Khojinian, Highways England
10.40 Talk title to be confirmed
Paul Edwards, AECOM
11.10 Refreshment break
11.40 Current local authority practice
Steve Betteridge, Lincolnshire County Council
12.10 Reflection cracking
Pete Langdale, TRL
12.40 Discussion
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Pavement design vs materials design
Donna James, WSP
14.30 Design methodologies in France use
Yann Lefeuvre, Colas
15.00 Airfield pavement design
John Cook, Ministry of Defence
15.30 Enabling pavement efficiencies for Highways England
Jon Cole, Highways England
16.00 Discussion
16.15 Close

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Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


14/15 Belgrave Square

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Delegate Fees

Early bird fees before Thursday 6 September 2018

£85   SCI Member
£35   SCI Student Member
£60   SCI Subsidised Member
£110   Non-Member
£95   IAT Member

Standard fees after Thursday 6 September 2018

£135   SCI Member
£55   SCI Student Member
£90   SCI Subsidised Member
£160   Non-Member
£145   IAT Member

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