Construction Materials testing and asphalt Course

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The course is designed for participants interested in the field of construction materials. It emphasizes teamwork and involves collection of information from local state agencies and local industry regarding materials, design and specification requirements. The course objective is to develop technical competence in the following topics: Behavior of materials used construction projects including soil-aggregate mixtures, asphalt binders and mixtures and Portland cement concrete. Role of material properties in design. Testing methods, selection Criteria, and standard specifications.


10 Days

Target audience

This Course was designed for field and laboratory technicians engaged specifically in the testing and inspection of construction materials. Knowledge of engineering properties of construction materials used in buildings, roads, and related civil engineering projects and knowledge of testing specifications, standards, methods, and materials evaluation is required

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Course Objectives

At the end of this IRES training course, you will learn how to:

  • Carry out materials sampling and testing procedures both in the laboratory and in the field
  • Determine properties and quality of different types of construction materials
  • Maintain high standards of safety, health, environment while carrying out tests in the laboratory and in the fields.
  • Apply entrepreneurship skills
  • Use information and communication technology.
  • Communicate effectively both internally and externally

Course Outline

Module 1

  • Introduction: Course Objectives, History of Road Building Pavement Types, Design Methodologies, Function of Pavements, Distress Types.

Module 2

  • Pavement Design Factors: Wheel loads, environment, types of distresses, the serviceability concept.
  • Roadbed (Subgrade) Soils: Soil Classifications, Theories of Compaction, Evaluation of Subgrade Strength, Resilient Modulus, Environmental Effects.

Module 3

  • Soil Stabilization and Improvements: Stabilization Techniques, Mechanical Modification, Selection Criteria and Design.
  • Base and Subbase Materials: Functions, Selection of Aggregates, Compaction, Stabilization, Layer Coefficients, Design of Thickness.

Module 4

  • Asphalt Cements: Source and Production, Grades, Test methods, Effect on Pavement Performance, Modification, Viscoelastic and Failure Properties.
  • Liquid Asphalts: Emulsions, Cutbacks, Grades, Production Methods, Surface Treatments, Cold Mixes, Pavement Maintenance.

Module 5

  • Asphalt Mixture Design and Testing: Gradation and Properties of Aggregates for HMA,Current Gradation Requirements, Physical Properties, Test Methods, Superpave Design Requirements. Mixture Design Methodologies, Marshall, Hveem, Superpave.Visco-elastic and Failure Properties, Thermal properties, Durability.
  • HMA Production & Construction: Types of HMA Plants, Production Rates, Transportation, Laydown, and Compaction. QC/QA procedures.

Module 6

  • Portland Cement Types and Properties: Rigid Pavements Design Overview. Portland cement production, Cement Compounds, Strength, Special requirements.
  • Portland Cement Concrete Mixture Design: Modulus, Strength, and Durability. Water Cement Ratio, Curing, and Volume Changes. Aggregate Requirements and Admixtures.

Module 7

  • Portland Cement Concrete Construction: Slip Form Construction, Reinforcement Placement, Joint Dowels, Curing Practices, Finishing, Spacing and Types of Joints, Sealant Selection, and Maintenance Practices.

Module 8

  • Pavement Maintenance and Rehabilitation: Life Cycle Cost Analysis, Maintenance Strategies, Flexible Pavement Rehabilitation, Rigid Pavement Rehabilitation.

Module 9

  • Performance Evaluation: Type of Pavement Failures, Surface Condition Surveys, Present Serviceability Index (PSI) concept. Prediction of Performance.

Module 10

  • Pavement Management Systems: Introduction to methods and procedures used for pavement management.

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Course Administration Details:


The instructor led trainings are delivered using a blended learning approach and comprise of presentations, guided sessions of practical exercise, web-based tutorials and group work. Our facilitators are seasoned industry experts with years of experience, working as professional and trainers in these fields.

All facilitation and course materials will be offered in English. The participants should be reasonably proficient in English.


Upon successful completion of this training, participants will be issued with an Indepth Research Institute (IRES) certificate certified by the National Industrial Training Authority (NITA).


The training will be held at IRES Training Centre. The course fee covers the course tuition, training materials, two break refreshments and lunch.

All participants will additionally cater for their, travel expenses, visa application, insurance, and other personal expenses.


Accommodation and airport pickup are arranged upon request. For reservations contact the Training Officer.

Email:[email protected]/[email protected]

Mob: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067


This training can also be customized to suit the needs of your institution upon request. You can have it delivered in our IRES Training Centre or at a convenient location.

For further inquiries, please contact us on Tel: +254 715 077 817/+250789621067

Mob: +254 792516000+254 792516010 , +250 789621067 ,or mail [email protected]/[email protected]


Payment should be transferred to IRES account through bank on or before start of the course.

Send proof of payment to [email protected]/[email protected]

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