Beyond the Basics: Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design

Thursday, October 07, 2021 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM   iCalendar Eastern Standard Time

Beyond the Basics: Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design

Since the dawn of pavements more than 2,000 years ago, roadway owners have been constructing pavements based on experience. It was not until the 1960’s that most owners got more sophisticated and started using purely empirical design methods (built it, test it, observe it and then develop an approach to design it) instead of building what has always worked. In the 1980s and 1990s some states began experimenting with a new process called Mechanistic-Empirical (ME) pavement design. This new design methodology allowed pavement designers to correlate the mechanistic properties of pavement under loaded conditions and predict pavement performance. While there are numerous tools available for ME design, most states still have not adopted it as the preferred design methodology.

- Learn how empirical and ME design differ
- Understand the benefits and challenges with using a ME design methodology
- Evaluate the different tools which are available to complete ME design

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