Pavement Life Cycle Cost Analysis: The Basics (online)

Meets: Tues, 8am-5pm

Location: Online

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This class is offered in partnership with the City and County Pavement Improvement Center, hosted by the University of California Pavement Research Center, and funded by California Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017. Reduced registration fees are available to employees of California's city, county, regional, and other public agencies so they can better repair and maintain California roadways.


This course introduces the principles and application of life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) for pavements. LCCA is an important tool for making well-informed decisions regarding pavement treatment selection and timing, and materials and construction specifications and their enforcement. The course will provide a basic understanding of how decisions and actions regarding materials, design, and pavement treatment strategy selections interact to affect the functional, cost, and performance of pavements, including streets, roads, and highways. Instruction references use of a computer program, the Life Cycle Cost Analysis Comparison Spreadsheet, to perform LCCA calculations. Instructors will explain how to select inputs on treatment lives and costs and will show examples comparing the relative effectiveness of pavement preservation versus rehabilitation, illustrating the value of getting good compaction in asphalt mixes, comparing the effectiveness of different pavement preservation treatments, and an evaluation of using hot mix asphalt (HMA) overlays compared to full-depth reclamation (FDR). This is an introductory-level course offered by the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC) in partnership with TechTransfer. The Life Cycle Cost Analysis Comparison Spreadsheet referenced in this course is available for free download from the CCPIC website.

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Topics Include

  • Overview and importance of LCCA
  • Review of an LCCA program that can be used to determine the cost-effectiveness of various pavement treatments or strategies
  • How to select program inputs such as life of various treatments, cost of treatments, interest rates, and the use of present worth analysis?
  • Various examples to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of different treatments and strategies

What You Will Learn

Participants will learn how LCCA can be used to make better pavement decisions and how to use the Life Cycle Cost Analysis Comparison Spreadsheet to calculate the cost-effectiveness of various treatments and strategies.

Who Should Attend

This course is intended for engineers and technical staff involved in the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of pavement, asset managers, and transportation agency managers who have pavement responsibilities.

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Gary Hicks

PhD, PE, Program Manager, CP2 Center, CSU Chico

Dr. Hicks is the Program Manager for the CP2 Center at CSU Chico and started the Center in 2006 as the First Director and serves on the governing board of the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC). He has worked in the pavement field for over 50 years having taught at Georgia Tech and Oregon State University for 30 years. He has been Principal Investigator for numerous projects for research, development, and implementation for pavement materials and structural design, pavement preservation, construction including quality assurance for Oregon ODT, Caltrans, CalRecycle, Alaska DOT, Federal Highway Administration, other state and local agencies, and industry. He has been president of the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologists, Founder of the International Society of Asphalt Pavements, and the recipient of numerous awards. He is a registered professional engineer in the States of California, Oregon, and Alaska.

DingXin Cheng

PhD, Professor of Civil Engineering, CSU Chico

Dr. DingXin (Ding) Cheng is a professor of the department of civil engineering at the California State University, Chico, director of the California Pavement Preservation (CP2) Center, and the director of the Tire Derived Aggregate Technology Center. He has worked actively with the CP2 Center since he joined CSU Chico in 2006. He worked in private industry for Parsons Brinckerhoff in Houston, TX before joining the Chico State University. He has extensive experience in Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) materials and pavement preservation on both asphalt and concrete pavements. He has more than 55 peer-reviewed publications related to pavement materials and preservation in Transportation Research Board, AAPT, ASCE, and other conferences. Ding has co-managed or managed more than $7 million research projects funded by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle), Metropolitan Transportation Commissions (MTC) of San Francisco Bay Area, and other agencies and industry. He is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.


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