In-Place Asphalt Recycling and Pavement Preservation Programs

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Reducing Costs by Better Management of Highway Infrastructure Systems
Course Title: In-Place Asphalt Recycling and Pavement Preservation Programs
Course ID: RDW-301
Status: CLOSED
Date(s): July 10, 2013: 8:30am - 4:30pm
July 11, 2013: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Comfort Suites of Helena

Helena, MT
Instructor: Blair Barnhardt
Tuition: $695 / $645*
$645 / $595* (Before May 25, 2013)
Class is Closed



Counties, cities and towns across America are currently struggling with a declining road infrastructure that costs a great deal to maintain and replace. Despite having the technology in place to change our situation for the better, many owner agencies continue to maintain their roadways with conventional roadway rehabilitation techniques. For the forward thinking agencies that want to make the shift to eco-efficient in-place asphalt recycling techniques, and kick start a proactive pavement preservation plan, the backbone of that shift is a well-executed pavement management program.

In-place recycling and pavement preservation programs save money on upkeep, and create opportunities for grant funding in certain areas. Owner agencies that are embracing in-place recycling and pavement recycling technology are saving millions across the nation and extending the service lives of their roads.

Attendees of NWETC’s Expert Pavement Management course will learn the essentials of how to successfully maintain an existing Pavement Management System, or implement a new system from scratch within their agency. By the end of this course, participants will be able to also confidently specify & bid projects with in-place asphalt recycling and eco-efficient pavement preservation techniques. They will also learn how these same projects may also be eligible for special grants and funding options under the climate initiatives in certain locales.

After completing the course, attendees will also be able to make informed decisions to distinguish the differences between the various in-place asphalt recycling choices available (HIR, CIR, FDR) and pavement preservation strategies while learning how to implement an effective cost saving recycling program that stretches their agency’s annual budget further. There is also a hands-on field component of this course that will give participants experience using the latest tools and software.

"Blair really made learning fun. He is an excellent instructor who made the whole experience enjoyable and involved everyone." J. Terry, October 2013

"Good enthusiasm-Blair is to asphalt pavement as Jim Cramer is to money and investment….I here by bestow up upon Blair honor of degree maniacal pavement enthusiast (MPE))." S. McEroy, October 2013

"Really enjoyed your presentation style.  Thanks for keeping it lively and interesting.  Very good content." M, Fellin, October 2013

"BEST presentation I've been to, maybe ever. Blair is all about the audience, nothing fake about him, he cares about what he's teaching." M. Fellin, October 2013


*Reduced tuition is available for Native American tribes, government employees, nonprofits, students and NAEP, NEBC, NWAEP members.

You may register online or by calling the Northwest Environmental Training Center at (425) 270-3274.

Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements.

Intended Audience:

This class is intended for state and local agency roadway maintenance supervisors, construction and design engineers, contractors, consultants, and municipal engineers with responsibility for managing maintenance budgets, determining pavement repair or rehabilitation techniques, or implementing pavement maintenance programs. Manufacturers and suppliers of pavement materials will also find the course beneficial. It is also appropriate for those who are new to the subject as well as for experienced pavement managers wanting additional technical background or an update on the state-of-the-art practices regarding in-place asphalt recycling and soil stabilization techniques.

Past attendees have included consulting engineers, county engineers, city managers, state pavement design engineers, graduate students and academia persons to name a few.

Continuing Education Units: 1.30 CEUs

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Course Topics

 What Participants Will Learn:

• How the eco-efficiency of in-place recycling and pavement preservation techniques has allowed owner agencies to obtain millions in grant funding with case studies from local agencies
• How to extend the remaining service life (RSL) of your entire network of roadways with pavement preservation like slurry and micro surfacing
• How to purchase and maintain the various essential pavement distress evaluation equipment required for your agency implementation
• How to use StreetSaver® Pavement Management Systems overview and how to collect and enter the seven different asphalt pavement distresses
• To better understand StreetSaver® Pavement Management Systems overview and how to collect and enter the seven different Portland cement concrete pavement distresses
• How to go high tech with StreetSaver® Pavement Management Systems field data collection with the MobileRater™ and the Apple iPad tablet
• What the advantage to manual field notes versus digital only
• How to use MicroPAVER™ 6.51 and the new 7.0 and Field Inspector if available and out of the Beta version Pavement Management Software (PMS) overview and how to collect the 20 different pavement distresses
• To better understand MicroPAVER™ 6.51 and the new 7.0 and Field Inspector if available and out of the Beta version Pavement Management Software overview and how to collect the 19 different Portland concrete pavement distresses at your agency
• How to build your StreetSaver® Decision Tree – how to populate your unit prices into the functional class codes with in-place asphalt recycling and pavement preservation options that are discussed in detail in other courses in this series
• Why the Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual (BARM) that is produced by Federal Highways Administration and Asphalt Recycling and Reclaiming Association is about to become your favorite book
• What makes cold planing equipment indispensible on your projects by learning of the importance of pre milling in conjunction with in-place asphalt recycling on your next project
• How to specify and bid hot-in-place asphalt recycling and distinguish between the three sub disciplines in the BARM and their variations
• What all the rave is about cold-in-place recycling and why Napa and Sonoma Valley are so pleased that they used this technology
• How to bid out full depth reclamation (FDR) and how to use FDR in lieu of conventional rehabilitation techniques and why this is a “no-brainer”
• What is Soil Stabilization; adding value to your insitu roadways without hauling the contents of them back to the landfill site

About the Instructor

Blair Barnhardt

Blair Barnhardt

Blair Barnhardt is an award winning National Highway Institute (NHI) Certified Instructor for FHWA, a National Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Trainer, and an America Public Works Association (APWA) Carl Vinson Institute Instructor for their Certificate of Public Works Management Program. He is one of the few rare individuals in this nation with direct experience orchestrating the work for all three sub-disciplines of in-place asphalt recycling covered in the FHWA/ARRA Basic Asphalt Recycling Manual (BARM) textbook.
In addition to teaching the NHI curriculum, he is also a subject matter expert for revisions to the FHWA/NHI In-Place Asphalt Recycling Technologies workshop and a contributing editor for the BARM, the textbook used in the NHI program.
Blair is a published author in every major industry trade publication including FHWA Public Roads, Asphalt Contractor and World Highways.
Most recently Blair designed and delivered two comprehensive online certificate programs for Auburn University and University of Kansas, and a webinar series for UC Berkeley ITS Tech Transfer Program. He covers every single technical detail of pavement management, in-place asphalt recycling and pavement preservation in a very easy to understand but often passionate delivery.
His consulting firm The Barnhardt Group (TBG) has a Pacific Division Office in San Bruno, CA and an Atlantic Division Office in Kennesaw, GA. Blair has flown from every corner in North America to train agencies just like you how to save millions by implementing his “Three Legged Stool” approach.

What to Bring

Please bring a pen or pencil, and notepad if you would like to take notes (you may also choose to take notes in your book). Lunch will be on your own, but drinks and snacks will be provided throughout the day.

Billing Information

In order to guarantee a space in a course, the tuition must be paid in full TWO WEEKS before the first day of the course by either check or credit card. State and government agencies paying with a purchase order are allowed payment under the two-week time frame if a copy of the purchase order is received by NWETC.

If You Need to Cancel


  • With 31 or more days notice, we will offer a 100% refund or credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With 30-8 days notice, we will offer a course credit towards a future course. The credit is good for one year and may be applied to any course.
  • With fewer than 8 days notice, there is no course credit available

*Please note that attendee replacement is welcome at any time

Disability Accommodations

Disability Accommodations:

To request disability accommodations, please contact us at or 425-270-3274 at least 30 days prior to the event.


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*Reduced tuition available to employees of Native American tribes, nonprofits, and government agencies; students; and NAEP members.

If you have any trouble registering please call (425) 270-3274 ext 103
Please wait to receive a course confirmation email, roughly one month prior to the class, before making any travel arrangements. Please review what to bring!


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