Designing Roads and Asphalt Thickness

Grading design project

While most people don’t give it a second thought, there are a variety of factors that go into designing a road.   The civil engineer’s role is ensure adequate structural design (asphalt thickness) for the soil type/drainage (soil subgrade strength), expected loads and speeds, pavement material characteristics and climate conditions.  In Alberta, asphalt thickness on roads ranges from 3 inches (light duty parking lots) to 10 inches (heavy duty highways) thick.

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Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson

Katie Thompson is the Business Development Officer for Bolson Engineering and Environmental Services. Katie has worked in the Oil and Gas industry for over 12 years with all levels of management and employees prior to working at Bolson. She oversees the marketing and business development of Bolson Engineering and Environmental Services. Katie holds a B.A. degree in Sociology and Psychology from the University of Alberta and her HR Certification and has her C.P.H.R. designation.

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