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Seal-Coat Operations: A Workshop for Practitioners

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.

Date and Location

Not currently scheduled. 

Topics Covered

  • The updated chip-seal handbook
  • What a chip seal is
  • Project selection
  • 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

Who Should Attend

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

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.

Minnesota LTAP | University of Minnesota | Minneapolis, MN 55455 | Location & Contact Information