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Publication Number:      Date:  July/August 1999
Issue No: Vol. 63 No. 1
Date: July/August 1999


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Earthquake Engineering Course Available

NHI course #13239, Geotechnical and Foundation Engineering: Module 9 - Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering, is now available. This course, developed in cooperation with Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade & Douglas, Inc., is tailored to the needs of both geotechnical and structural engineers who are involved in the analysis, design, and construction of surface transportation facilities in seismic areas. It emphasizes the design procedures employed in geotechnical earthquake engineering and is presented in a detailed step-by-step manner.

This module, currently offered as a stand-alone course, is part of a set of 11 modules that constitute a comprehensive training course in geotechnical and foundation engineering. Other modules already available are: Module 1 - Subsurface Investigations (NHI course #13231); Module 5 - Rock Slopes (#13235); Module 6 - Earth Retaining Structures (#13236); and Module 11 - Geotechnical Engineering (#13241). The entire cluster of classes will be available by the end of 1999 under the comprehensive NHI course #13216.

New Pavement Courses Available

The course, Hot-Mix Asphalt Production Facilities (#13144), is the result of a partnership among the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the hot-mix asphalt (HMA) industry. It combines lectures and workshop sessions to provide participants with a working knowledge of HMA production facilities. It covers the entire HMA production facilities process and addresses the following topics: types of plants, drying and heating systems, emission control systems, feeders and conveyor systems, storage systems, plant operation and maintenance, quality control, and quality assurance.

Pavement Subsurface Drainage Design (#13126) provides detailed instruction on pavement subsurface drainage design for new or reconstructed portland cement concrete or asphalt concrete pavements. It teaches cost-effective design methods to prevent or minimize moisture-related distress to pavements and includes guidelines for developing plans and specifications for subsurface drainage systems.

AASHTO Pavement Overlay Design (#13129) describes the significance of various items in the development of overlay strategies, including overlay materials, pre-overlay repair, subdrainage, milling and recycling, causes of existing pavement deterioration, and others. It also outlines the procedures for determining overlay design input parameters. The course also outlines the procedures for determining overlay design input parameters, including design serviceability loss, overlay design reliability, effective design subgrade resilient modulus, pavement condition adjustment factors, and others.

Hot-Mix Asphalt Materials, Characteristics, and Control (#13145) combines lectures and problem-solving workshop sessions to provide participants with a working knowledge of HMA materials, their characteristics, and controls. It provides technical information on the material properties of HMA, the processes used to measure these properties, and the effect that these properties have on the final compacted pavement, as well as discussions on field performance and quality management.

Please consult the NHI Web site for a course location nearest you or call course coordinator Lynn Cadarr at (703) 235-0528.



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