Orange County Branch Newsletter

December 2014


Transportation Technical Group hosts a Pavement Technologies Seminar

By: Dennis Mak

On November 14, 2014, the ASCE Orange County Branch Continuing Education Committee and the Technical Transportation Group organized a Pavement Technologies Seminar, which was conducted at the City of Irvine Conference Training Center.  The seminar was well attended with about 58 attendees.  We would like to thank our generous sponsors including:  Ergon Asphalt & Emulsions, Inc., Sully-Miller Contracting Co, Dr. Pave, Alliance Geosynthetics, Gallagher Asphalt, and Western Emulsions.  Special thanks to the City of Irvine and their staff for hosting the event.  Here is a list of the presenters and the topics of their presentations.

Greg Kelley, PE – LA County Public Works 

LA County’s Three Pronged Approach

  • Overview and explanation of LACDPW sustainable pavement treatment policy – 3-prong approach of pavement preservation, using recycled materials, and reutilizing existing materials
  • Correlation to reduced asphalt maintenance costs, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced energy usage criteria and best application practices


Kevin Donnelly, APM – Western Emulsions

Pavement Preservation – Getting the most bang for your buck

  • Treatments in the preservation toolbox, review project selection criteria
  • Pavement preservation advantages & best practices
  • Case histories of savings realized by agencies adopting multi-year programs


James Emerson, APM / Marco Estrada – Pavement Recycling Systems

Non-traditional Solutions with an Engineered Approach

  • Cold-In-place Recycling, Cold Central Plant and Cement Stabilization projects
  • Demonstrated cost savings of up to 50% without sacrificing structural value
  • Highlight facts on associated reductions in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, construction time, public inconvenience

Click here to view pdf of the presentation.

Erik Updyke, PE – LA County Public Works

Greenbook and Asphalt Rubber

  • Update on Greenbook specifications for pavement preservation, asphalt concrete, ARAM, and rubberized asphalt concrete.
  • Strategy selection and pavement design considerations
  • PCC pavement replacement and diamond grinding in urban areas
  • Lessons learnt from recent projects


John Harvey, PhD – UC Davis, Long Life Pavement Design

AC Pavement Lifetime Prediction