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- ANDERS - Automated Nondestructive Evaluation and Rehabilitation System
- BEAST - Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing
- CAES - Center for Advanced Energy Systems
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- ICMP - Infrastructure Condition Monitoring Program
- IMG - Information Management Group
- LESS - Laboratory for Energy Smart Systems
- LPS - Laboratory for Port Security
- LTBP - Long-Term Bridge Performance Program
- NJ LTAP - NJ Local Technical Assistance Program
- PRP - Pavement Resource Program
- PSSP - Pipeline Safety and Security Program
- SAM - Structures and Advanced Materials
- SSML - Soil and Sediment Management Laboratory
- TSRC - Transportation Safety Resource Center
- TTG - Technology Transfer Group
Seasoned pavement pros spread asphalt know-how
Year-round training, workshops, and conferences on current pavement technology and methods
CAIT’s Pavement Resource Program (PRP) is a robust research operation that also boasts long-standing AASHTO-accredited testing services. It also is deeply committed to spreading the word—and skills—on pavement management, customized systems for condition modeling and budget planning, and finding the exact right materials and mixes for every application.
Throughout the year, PRP, in conjunction with NJLTAP, offers a multitude of courses, seminars, and workshops on various pavement technologies and strategies to state, federal, and local agency personnel, public works professionals, planners and developers, civil engineers, consultants, and material producers.
One example is last fall’s full-day seminar sharing the most up-to-date information on permeable pavements.
Municipal, county, and state agencies are increasingly focused on sustainable approaches and low-impact development of communities and the networks and systems that connect them.
Top: Rt. 95 with two left lanes paved with an open-graded friction course (permeable) and two right lanes paved with conventional asphalt. Photo courtesy Wayne Bayrd, Traprock Industries.
Bottom: Another side-by-side comparison of permeable pavement versus traditional asphalt paving. Photo courtesy Virginia Asphalt Association.
As a way to “green” our transportation infrastructure, permeable pavements are being used for their ability to reduce stormwater runoff, increase groundwater recharge, and lessen the risk of sewer system overflows. Permeable pavements are best suited for parking lots and low traffic-volume streets, especially in spots where storm sewers are already at or over capacity.
Although some porous pavements are nearly indistinguishable from nonporous materials to the average citizen, their environmental effects are qualitatively different. In addition to letting water flow through, many of these pavements also effectively trap solids and filter pollutants from the water.
Sounds good, right? But a key barrier to wider use of permeable materials and techniques is the need for reliable design guidelines and specifications, as well as established construction and maintenance practices. The CAIT Permeable Pavement seminar filled that gap. Evaluations forms returned statements like, “very thorough and knowledgeable speakers” and “much more presentation data than I expected.”
The event attracted professionals from 15 private companies, plus the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, NJ DEP, NJDOT, New Jersey Asphalt Pavement Association (NJAPA), and engineers from Middlesex, Monmouth, Passaic, and Somerset counties, plus seven townships and municipalities.
Co-editor of the 2015 ASCE book, Permeable Pavements, David R. Smith (Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute) organized the program. Other speakers were: Ken Justice (National Ready Mixed Concrete Assn.), Mike Borst (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency), James Purcell (NJAPA); and David Hein (Applied Research Associates).
Presentations from the seminar are available on the event archive page.
Pavement Courses in March & April 2017
Registration for these classes is required, but many of them are offered for free. In addition, DLGS CPWM contact hours and PDHs are awarded for many CAIT seminars and classes. Click on the course title for more information.
Asphalt Roads: Common Maintenance Problems
Information for people responsible for maintaining asphalt pavements, including the importance of preventive maintenance, identifying common asphalt issues, causes of distress, and appropriate treatments.
Class for local government personnel covers basics on developing a road-surface management program and understanding importance of road inventories and condition surveys.
Principles of Paving
Course for local officials who manage roadways that stresses importance of surface inventories and condition surveys.
Pavement Maintenance: Crack Treatment Seminar
Course on hot-mix asphalt crack treatments that details "why, when, where, and how" they should be used.
More pavement courses
Can’t make it on the dates in March and April? Check the CAIT training page often for future sessions and a full list of courses offered through PRP, NJLTAP, and other CAIT programs, including the following pavement-related classes.
Asphalt Pavement Rehabilitation
Concrete Pavement Maintenance and Repair
Hot In-Place Recycling
Local Aid Superpave
Pavement Management Systems for Municipal and County Road Departments
Pothole Repair and Tack Coat
CAIT Update March 2017