Workshop Spotlight: Plans Reading
September 7 | Charlottesville, VA
8:15 AM – 4:00 PM

Roadway plans are developed to provide a pictorial view of the existing facilities and proposed improvements on a particular section of undeveloped land or existing roadway. They convey information relevant to the construction of the roadway, ranging from the quantities of construction materials required to the horizontal layout of the roadway.  Reading a set of plans can seem overwhelming but at the conclusion of this class every student will possess the knowledge to read a set of plans, calculate quantities, measure distances as well as many other issues related to roadway plan interpretation.

This lively class will change the way you think about reading and understanding roadway construction plans.  You will learn the primary elements of a set of roadway plans and what each element contains.  We will touch on the title sheet, schematic plan, utility plan, typical sections, general notes, maintenance of traffic plans, plan/profile sheets, cross sections, and miscellaneous details.   By the end of the training, you will possess the knowledge to communicate key details about any set of roadway plans to those interested.

Who Should Attend: If you want to learn how to read a set of plans, this class is for you.  It was developed for personnel who are required to read and understand roadway plans.  Whether the student is involved in the construction and maintenance of roadways, is required to answer questions about specific items on a set of roadway plans or is just interested in reading roadway plans, then this class is for you.  This could include construction workers, inspectors, design engineers or department liaisons.   Previous experience with roadway plan development is not required.

Class Modules:
Module 1 – Title Sheet / Schematic Plan / Typical Sections
Module 2 – Utility Plan / Maintenance of Traffic Plan / Drainage
Module 3 – Plan and Profile Sheets
Module 4 – Cross Sections / Miscellaneous Details

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Workshop Spotlight: Basics of Pavement Design
September 13 | Charlottesville, VA
8:15 AM – 4:00 PM

The design of a new pavement or an overlay of an existing pavement must account for the subgrade conditions, traffic volume, traffic loading, and environmental conditions. With asphalt overlays, the condition of the existing pavement must be known. To learn the processes and techniques of pavement design, this class will cover the input parameters for design and considerations for overlaying an existing pavement.

To aid in the facilitating of pavement designs, the PaveXpress application ( will be utilized in class. PaveXpress integrates all the considerations for pavement design in an easy-to-use stepwise process following AASHTO and other nationally recognized design procedures. Laptops are required for this course.

The outcomes of this class should allow the attendee to:

  • Learn the key factors that must be evaluated for a proper new or overlay pavement design.
  • Learn to use PaveXpress for designing pavements.
  • Perform basic pavement designs and understand the economic consequences of over- or under-designing a pavement.

Who Should Attend: This workshop will be of interest to engineers and public works staff responsible for designing or reviewing pavement designs.

Learning Modules:
MODULE 1: Overview of Pavement Design Methods Used in Virginia (Primary and Secondary Routes, Local and Subdivisions, Parking Lots)
MODULE 2: Discussion of Pavement Design Considerations (Traffic, Subgrade, Local Materials, Available Contractors, Costs)
MODULE 3: New Pavement Designs and Class Exercise (New Asphalt Pavements, New Concrete Pavements, Structural Porous Pavements, Parking Lots)
MODULE 4: Overlay Design and Class Exercise (Existing Pavement Evaluation, Maintenance vs. Rehabilitation)

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