Pavement Management Systems and Preservation Strategies

Meets: Tues, 8am-5pm

Online registration is not available at this time. Please contact our office for more information.

Support Person: Tech Transfer Registrar  Phone: 510-643-4393  Email:

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.


Pavement networks are often the most valuable asset that an agency owns. This asset is not only expensive to replace, but it is an essential component to the traveling public's safety. Agencies are looking for more cost-effective ways to perform engineering, maintenance, management, and rehabilitation of roadways more than ever before to stretch funding allocations. A pavement management system is an essential tool to assist in cost-effective roadway maintenance planning. This is the primary overview course on pavement management systems and preservation strategies in the training certificate program offered by the City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC) in partnership with TechTransfer.

Click here for a detailed outline.

Topics Include

  • Pavement management principles
  • Street inventory development
  • Pavement condition surveys (pavement distresses, structural capacity, roughness)
  • Pavement condition indices
  • Quality management
  • Types of PMS software
  • Types of maintenance treatments (preservation policies, preventive maintenance, rehabilitation, reconstruction)
  • Performance prediction models
  • Funding scenarios
  • Developing a work plan using appropriate prioritization techniques
  • Data to use in communicating with elected officials
  • What You Will Learn

    This class will cover the fundamentals of pavement management systems (PMS). The student will learn the types of distresses included in a typical PMS, how pavements are surveyed for condition, and how condition and classification is used within a PMS. In addition, the inner workings of a PMS are described, covering prediction models and the use of varying funding scenarios and prioritization techniques to maximize your pavement network condition. The important topic of communicating with elected officials to sell your program will be covered. And preservation and maintenance techniques, commonly used by local agencies will be presented.

    Who Should Attend

    This course is designed for engineers or maintenance superintendents responsible for:
    • Collecting data and updating a pavement management system
    • Determining the types of repairs for streets
    • Preparing cost-effective multi-year work plans e.g. resurfacing, seal programs, etc.
    • Planning how much funding is required for the future
    • Making presentations on funding street repairs to elected officials
    • Managing or maintenance of PMS software


    Students should bring a calculator and pencil for in-class problems

    For More Information

    About our courses and credits, see our FAQ

    About cancellations, refunds, and substitutions, see How to Enroll

    Note: Cancellation fee is $75. There are no refunds for classes with registration fees of $75 or less. For all other classes, you may cancel your enrollment and receive a refund of your registration fee less $75, provided we receive your written request to cancel at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin.

    In lieu of canceling your registration, you have three additional options, you may (1) transfer your registration to another class, (2) receive a tuition credit for the full amount, useable toward a future class, or (3) send a substitute in your place. Please contact us at least 5 full working days before the class is scheduled to begin so we may process your request.

    Or email us with your questions at

    Or call us at 510-643-4393


James Signore

PhD, PE, Associate, NCE

Dr. Signore has over 20 years of experience in the pavement field. He specializes in pavement design and evaluation, rehabilitation and maintenance, materials assessment, and training. At NCE, he provides pavement engineering consulting to numerous clients including California local agencies and San Francisco Internal Airport. He currently manages NCE's On-Call pavement engineering contract with Caltrans. His former Caltrans work, while at the UCPRC, UC Berkeley included involvement with the development of Superpave mix designs, next generation mechanistic pavement design, and long life AC performance projects. He has published and presented at the Transportation Research Board Meeting and at many professional conferences. He has taught at San Jose State University and for the National Highway Institute and continues to teach for ASCE.

Margot Yapp

PE, Vice President, NCE

Ms. Yapp has over 25 years of experience in the area of transportation engineering specializing in pavement design, asset/pavement management and research for roads, highways and airfields. She has also implemented many Pavement Management Systems for cities, counties and airports in California, Oregon, Idaho and Nevada. She has taught workshops on pavement management systems for the National Highway Institute. She has been the Project Manager for the California Statewide Local Streets and Roads Needs Assessment since 2008 and recently completed the 2014 update. On this project, she directed the development of a website, online database and data collection from all 540 cities and counties, the development of the needs and scenario methodologies for both pavement and non-pavement assets, and the funding analysis. She was also responsible for communicating the results to a wide variety of audiences, including state legislators.


Email Information to Friend Print

powered by ACEweb from ACEware Systems, Inc.