The Portland Cement Association (PCA), American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) and the RMC Research & Education Foundation have teamed to create PavementDesigner.org, an online tool that offers features and benefits never before available to the pavement design community.
“This comprehensive but easy-to-use pavement design tool not only covers full-depth concrete, but also provides design solutions for concrete overlays and composite pavements,” said Wayne Adaska, P.E., director of pavements, PCA. “Further, the tool includes other cement-based materials like roller-compacted concrete, cement-treated base and full-depth reclamation with cement.”
PavementDesigner improves upon traditional pavement design software programs, and provides the following value-added features:
- No cost. The platform is offered completely free of charge, eliminating the expense and burden of ordering software and updates, licenses.
- Immediate access. Brings the industry’s best pavement design programs together into a single website that allows professionals to design pavements immediately.
- Cloud storage/retrieval. Users have the option of creating a user ID and password to save their design work as well as to retrieve projects using any digital device.
- Automatic updates and improvements. The online system is automatically updated when new content or details are added. Users will not have to download updated software or “patches.”
The program guides users through three basic stages: Project type (parking, street, or intermodal facility), followed by project level details and pavement structure design. Each module has help screens and conversions to assist pavement structure detail entry. After that data is entered and calculated, the user moves to a summary screen where slab design can be reviewed, analyzed, printed and/or saved.