Geotechnical Aspects of Pavement Engineering

Nishantha Bandara and Gunaratne Manjriker

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Familiarity with geotechnical aspects of pavement engineering is essential for the practicing pavement engineer. When designing pavements, accurate characterization of the existing subgrade condition becomes a crucial task. In the past, traditional geotechnical exploration and testing methods have been used to characterize existing subgrade conditions.

However, with the introduction of the Mechanistic-Empirical (ME) pavement design, there is a need for improved and more appropriate methods of subgrade characterization, for prediction of future pavement conditions with better accuracy. Hence, this handbook will present a useful tool for practicing pavement engineers.

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Nishantha Bandara

Dr Nishantha Bandara is an associate professor at Lawrence Technological University (LTU), Southfield, Michigan. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. He completed his MSCE and PhD in transportation engineering at University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He has over 12 years of industry experience in pavement engineering prior to joining academia. He has authored and published numerous papers, reports, and other publications. Dr. Bandara is a registered professional engineer Michigan.

Manjriker Gunaratne

Manjriker Gunaratne is professor and chairman of civil and environmental engineering at the University of South Florida. He obtained his B.Sc (Engr.) degree from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka and master of applied science and the doctoral degrees in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia and Purdue University, respectively. He has authored over 50 research papers in a number of peer-reviewed journals. In addition, he has made a number of technical presentations at national and international forums.