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This workshop will provide attendees with an overview of current best practices for seal-coat operations in Minnesota, including how to design and implement a seal-coat operation. It will also review micro/slurry, including what micro/slurry surfacing is, the differences between the two products, and how and where to use each one. Project selection, development of specifications, and construction details will also be discussed in detail.

Date and Location

Not currently scheduled.

Topics Covered

  • The updated chip-seal handbook
  • What a chip seal is and why we design chip seals
  • Aggregates: more than just stone
  • Binder: it sticks to your road
  • Construction methods: more than just driving the equipment
  • Fog sealing: not just a shot in the dark
  • Overview of micro/slurry surfacing
  • Why specifications are important
  • Project selection
  • Calibration
  • Construction details

Who Should Attend

County or city engineers or their technical staff who have responsibility for designing and/or managing seal-coat operations or micro/slurry surfacing.

Course Instructor

Thomas Wood has been employed for more than 20 years by the Minnesota Department of Transportation, where he works on pavement preventative maintenance methods with the Office of Materials. He also has worked for Koch Materials Company as a technical representative specializing in surface treatments for hot-mix asphalt pavement.



This workshop is presented by the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) at the Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota. Minnesota LTAP is sponsored by the Minnesota Local Road Research Board (LRRB) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This course is subsidized through funding from LRRB and FHWA.