Fundamentals of Surface Dressing

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Organisation profile

Irish Tar & Bitumen Suppliers are a leading supplier and manufacturer of bituminous road binders, for over 70 years. Operating from our modern high tech bitumen terminal at Dublin Port, Irish Tar provide high quality products that are widely used in road surfacing projects throughout Ireland. Working closely with Producers, Contractors, Local Authorities & Government Agencies, providing technical advice and support when required.

Training aim

The aim of the course is to provide participants involved in road surfacing projects with the knowledge, skills and competencies that are required in Surface Dressing Operations.

Learning objectives

The course will provide the participant with a greater understanding of Surface Dressing Operations, including:

  • Binder selection
  • Aggregate selection
  • Surface Dressing Design - IAT Guidelines
  • Types of Surface Dressing
  • Testing Methods
  • Failures - Causes & Remedial measures
  • Benefits of Surface Dressing
  • Case Studies

Course outline

Surface Dressing is a long established and proven road maintenance technique that involves the application of a bituminous emulsion onto a prepared road surface prior to the immediate application of an aggregate chipping - it is not a simple process. Irish Tar's "Fundamentals of Surface Dressing" course looks at all elements of the Surface Dressing Process from site selection, binder and chip selection to worked examples and case studies. 

Trainer's profile

Tony Broderick - Chartered Engineer.

Tony has been involved in Surface Dressing operations for more 20 years, having worked as an Area Engineer with a number of Local Authorities before joining Irish Tar. He has a depth of knowledge and experience in Binder Technology, as well as in the surface dressing process and operation. In addition, he has specialised knowledge and experience on the use of geosynthetics in dealing with geotechnical problems and solutions.

David Hogan - BEng Structural Engineer.

David is Irish Tar's Road Materials Technical Manager and has over 12 years experience in road materials engineering. David is a leading member of numerous surface dressing technical committees and has a depth of experience in the process. David is also involved in road materials design and standards development.

Damien McCormack – Chartered Engineer.

Damien is an experienced roads engineer, having worked as a Design Engineer with a multidiscipline consulting engineers, as an area engineer with Cavan Local Authority and more recently as a Regional Road Safety Engineer with TII. He has a vast array of experience in road making and surface dressing operations.

Course duration

2 hours

Assessment & certification

CPD Hours

Who should attend

Road Maintenance Engineers & Operatives involved in Surface Dressing Operations.