ICPI Civil Engineering Curriculum

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute offers a curriculum package consisting of nine instructional modules that cover a wide variety of topics on interlocking concrete pavement (ICP) technology. Contents can be easily tailored to your needs, and the modules are intended for an undergraduate level course.

The modules include learning objectives and prerequisites, teaching strategies, PowerPoint presentations, supporting technical bulletins, design manuals, publications and software, as well as suggested assignments for students.  Please contact Robert Bowers, ICPI's Director of Engineering, at rbowers@icpi.org  for more information or to request a resource kit. 


Learning Modules

Module 1:
Introduction to Interlocking Concrete Pavement

Give students a brief introduction to interlocking concrete pavement technology. Materials included in this lecture are historical development, typical components, and various applications of this pavement technology. The Introduction.mpg video clip can be shown to the class at the beginning or end of this lecture.

Module 2:
Materials and Standards for ICP (US and Canadian)

Familiarize students with construction materials and standards used in the interlocking concrete pavement industry. The presentations cover the advantages of manufactured concrete pavers over field-prepared paving materials. They also touch on the test methods and criteria used to verify the strength and durability of the pavers. Also included are the material specifications for bedding sand, joint sand, and edge restraints.

Module 3:
Structural Design of ICP for Municipal Streets and Roadways 

Provide students with an overview of structural design for roads and parking lots with concrete pavers.  In addition, it helps students understand how AASHTO flexible pavement design process is applied to the ICP design method. The material in this lecture assumes that students have been exposed to the AASHTO design method for flexible pavement from previous courses. Implementation of this design process is implemented in the ASCE Standard 58-10. Tech Spec 4 also explains the same design process.

Module 4:
Construction Methods for ICP

Help students understand typical construction methods for ICP, as well as some failure mechanisms from inadequate design or construction. The presentation also introduces mechanical installation. A video clip enables students to see how mechanical installation is used in paving.

Module 5:
Maintenance and Management of ICP

Provide students with an understanding of the maintenance actions required for ICP and the greater repair advantages of interlocking concrete pavements relative to flexible and rigid pavements. It also teaches students how to conduct a condition survey on ICPs using the ICPI Distress Manual. The manual documents the development of an interlocking concrete block pavement distress guide based on the Pavement Condition Index (PCI) methodology. The PCI procedure for pavement evaluation has been widely accepted as it offers a method to objectively rate pavement condition.

Module 6:

Life Cycle Cost Analysis of ICP

Help students understand how to conduct a life-cycle cost analysis on interlocking concrete pavement using two different size projects. Although ICPI Lockpave software has a life-cycle cost calculator, students should learn how use the stand alone ICPI life-cycle cost analysis software and also compare this to calculations by hand to understand the relationships of the variables first before using ICPI Life-cycle software. The software can be used to run a series of life-cycle cost scenarios on ICP designs and compare them to asphalt and concrete alternatives. A sensitivity analysis of variables such as initial costs, maintenance costs, and discount rates can be conducted by iterating the software program.

Module 7:

Design of Airport Pavement with ICP

Give students an understanding of the approved FAA design methods for airport pavement with concrete pavers. Modification to the FAA flexible pavement design method for light aircraft and normal aircraft pavements are discussed.

Module 8:

Port and Industrial ICP Design

Introduce the ICPI manual, Port and Industrial Pavement Design with Concrete Pavers. This design method comes from a similar publication by the British Ports Association that has been used to design all types of port pavements around the world including ICPs. The method is based on a finite element model and presented in a simplified design format.

Module 9:
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements


Teach students the differences between typical pavers and permeable interlocking concrete pavers, as well as an overview of the design process. The ICPI manual, Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements, should be distributed to students exposed to this module. This manual provides detailed design information as well as information on construction and maintenance. Students are also introduced to ICPI Permeable Design Pro Software which integrates hydrological and structural solutions for PICP into one application. The program calculates inflow and outflow from PICP under a variety of design options and base thickness required for supporting traffic.