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Building Climate-Resilient Highways & Rural Roads

Oct 19 - Oct 25

| $3000 – $4000


This training course is designed to provide a comprehensive knowledge of the basic concepts and recent advances related to climate change and its impact on resiliency of pavement structures. Participants will learn about recent developments in pavement resilience due to the impacts of climate change stressors. They will be guided through various interactive course modules to develop skills and knowledge to understand the basic knowledge and skills to evaluate different climate change factors and how they impact the performance of pavement systems.

Throughout this course, the extreme weather events such as sea level rise, floods, hurricanes, and extreme heat, and their impacts on pavement structures will be discussed. Advances in pavement resilience evaluation with regards to design and construction of climate resilient pavements, will also be addressed through dedicated modules for each topic. A special focus will be on accessing the vulnerability of pavements, resilient pavement design strategies, monitoring performance parameters, and pavement adaptation strategies.

Course Outcomes

  • Understand the basic concepts of pavement resilience
  • Become familiar with different climate stressors and extreme weather events that can impact the performance of pavements
  • Understand the basic concepts of pavement performance parameters and evaluation methods
  • Understand the process for design of resilient pavement systems
  • Learn about adaptation strategies and vulnerability assessment frameworks
  • Gain practical experience in employing pavement resiliency evaluation tools
  • Learn about the advances and innovations in climate resilient pavements

Target Audience

  • Civil Engineers and Infrastructure Planners: Professionals focused on the design and construction of road networks who need to integrate climate resilience into their projects.
  • Environmental Engineers: Engineers specializing in minimizing the environmental impact of infrastructure projects and ensuring that road constructions are sustainable and resilient to climate change.
  • Transportation Policy Makers: Government officials and policy advisors responsible for developing and implementing transportation policies that address climate change resilience.
  • Urban and Regional Planners: Planners involved in the development of urban and rural areas who need to ensure that infrastructure is resilient to climate impacts.
  • Disaster Risk Management Specialists: Experts focused on assessing and mitigating the risks associated with natural disasters, including those exacerbated by climate change.



Gordon Keller, Genesee Consulting
Mr. Keller is a highly experienced Geotechnical Engineer and Project/Program Manager, with an impressive career spanning several decades. He has made significant contributions to the U.S. Forest Service, where he has worked on numerous projects throughout his professional journey from 1972 until his retirement in late 2011.

Mr. Keller’s educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from UCLA, which he earned in 1968. Following his undergraduate studies, he served as an officer in the U.S. Navy for two years before pursuing further academic achievements. In 1972, he successfully obtained a Master’s degree in Geotechnical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley, solidifying his expertise in the field.

To add to his impressive qualifications, Mr. Keller holds active professional licenses as both a Civil Engineer and Geotechnical Engineer in the State of California. These credentials testify to his professional competence and dedication to maintaining high standards in his field of practice.

Venue & Hotel

IRF Global Training Institute

Address: Madison Place
500 Montgomery Street Fifth Floor, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 USA

Tel: +1 703 535 1001
E-mail: info@IRF.global

Sheraton Suites Old Town Alexandria

Address: 801 North Saint Asaph Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314 USA