Loading Events


To ensure long-term success of an HMA pavement, it is important to optimize the HMA mix design for local conditions while best utilizing available resources. Selecting a proper mixture design is only one of the many components of building a high-quality pavement. Improvements to methods and materials are on-going and require understanding of the impact they can have to existing practices.
Specifiers play a critical role in ensuring the overall success of an HMA pavement. Their understanding of the mix design process and selection is important. Just as importance is their understanding of the Quality Management Process of the materials used to create these mixes. This practical knowledge allows them the unique ability to control the process and increase the success rate of these mixes.
This course will take an in depth look at the raw materials used for HMA mixture design. There will be a focus on production, processing, and evaluation of these materials. Additionally, the course will allow the attendee exposure to plant production and field laydown of mixtures.
This detailed course will take the attendee on an in-depth look into the overall production processes and testing evaluations. They will become familiarized with best practices and new technologies in the industry and discuss troubleshooting in a interactive format.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain a working knowledge of material processing including aggregates, recycled asphalt materials, hot mix asphalt, and liquid asphalt cement
  • Learn about best practices, technologies, and concepts for materials related to HMA pavements and HMA mixture design
  • Recognize the need for specifying agents to develop and maintain a Quality Management Program and discuss the impact of these programs to pavement performance
  • Follow a material through the complete process from specification, quality testing, production, and quality control
  • Understand the various types of mixture design and performance-based specifications
  • Attain a detailed understanding of laboratory testing and evaluations of materials

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, delegates will be able to realize the positive impact of true Quality Management Program can have on the pavements in their jurisdictions. They will have a firm grasp of processes, test methods, and technologies used to help implement such a program.

From the Chairman

As the road industry’s most trusted brand in continuing education, the IRF provides road professionals with educational opportunities that are recognized worldwide by engineering and transportation societies. IRF’s Global Training Curriculum provides technical expertise in classroom and practical settings where attendees can learn from and have direct access to seasoned professionals. Each course is designed to assist attendees in learning to correctly apply the knowledge gained and provides the most relevant, up-to date information on best practices and technological solutions.

IRF Workshops are specifically developed to meet the needs of road professionals. Whether you are a representative of a highway agency, a member of a financing institution, consultant or contractor, IRF Workshops will give you the necessary tools to deliver improvements to your organization.

As the IRF Chairman, I encourage you to make the most of these opportunities and help fulfill IRF’s vision of better roads for a better world.

H.E. Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel
IRF Chairman

Lead Instructor
Paul Yerkes

Since 1912, Chicago Testing Laboratory (CTL) has been a premier resource for the testing, design, and inspection of construction materials.
Paul Yerkes has been with CTL for 19 years and has experience with the production, control, design, and testing of aggregates, soils, liquid asphalt, concrete, and HMA for use in road construction. He’s been involved in various projects and roles such as QC Manager, QA Manager, Field Inspector, Field Engineer, Quality Systems Manager, Laboratory Manager and trainer. He is the lead laboratory instructor for Lakeland College for the annual IDOT QMP training classes. He has trained over 7,000 students ranging in experience from entry level technicians to leaders of specifying agencies.

Ahmad El Khatib

Ahmad leads research and technical service development at Chicago Testing Laboratory, conducting product evaluations, improving industry state of practice, developing new markets, and contributing to the advancing field of performance-based specifications. He has been heavily involved in material specification development for state agencies as well as knowledge transfer between academia and industry in the form of delivering several workshops, training sessions, and presenting at various conferences across the nation. He serves on several research councils including the National Asphalt Pavement Association’s CART (Committee for Asphalt Research and Technology) and the Transportation Consortium of South-Central States CAB (Center Advisory Board). Ahmad is a co-instructor for the Lakeland College IDOT QMP training classes.

IRF has negotiated special IRF Global Training Program attendee hotel rates with the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria-Old Town. Please contact the Holiday Inn & Suites Alexandria-Old Town to make your own room reservations:

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Alexandria - Old Town

Address: 625 First St, Alexandria, VA 22314
Phone: (703) 548-6300

Book Now

A special room rate of US $169/night, Junior Suite rate of US $199 has been negotiated at the Holiday Inn and Suite, located just one block from the Training Institute.


October 28
November 1
IRF Global Training Institute
500 Montgomery St # 525, Alexandria, VA 22314
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States

+1 703 535 1001
Event Type:
$3000 (no hotel included)
$3500 (no hotel included)
Download Program
Magid Elabyad
+1 703 535 1001

Related Topics


Upcoming Events

6to Congreso Regional Latinoamericano de la IRF

Mexico City, Mexico
Sep 11 – 13, 2019

PPPs in the Road Sector (APMG Certified)

Alexandria, USA
Sep 16 – 20, 2019

The Use of Recycled Materials in Roadways

Alexandria, USA
Sep 23 – 27, 2019

Transport Connectivity Forum

Podgorica, Montenegro
Oct 1 – 2, 2019

International Symposium on Traffic Signs & Pavement Markings

Zagreb, Croatia (Local Name: Hrvatska)
Oct 3 – 4, 2019