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CENV6003 Highway Engineering

Module Overview

In this module you will learn about the Highway Engineering process from its inception of planning and route location, through detailed geometric design and on to structural design, construction, condition monitoring, maintenance and eventual rehabilitation. You will also gain practical experience of geometric design through your case study and of structural design through examples. Reference to UK standards is supplemented by lectures on overseas practices, particularly geometric and structural design in the USA.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

Achieve a thorough knowledge and understanding of highway engineering principles and practice, as it refers to geometric design, structural design, construction and maintenance and gain an awareness of practices and issues in a range of overseas situations. A further aim is for students to gain experience of geometric design through a case study.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • The principles and potential of computer aided design, with outline knowledge of a leading software package.
  • The principles and practice of route location and geometric design of highways
  • The principles and practice of structural design for flexible, rigid and composite road pavements
  • Road condition monitoring and rehabilitation options/methods
  • Road construction and maintenance practices.
  • International Highway Engineering, relating particularly to procedures and standards for geometric design, structural design and pavement maintenance (USA and other countries).
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Time management
  • Use creativity and innovation in problem solving
  • Demonstrate self-direction and originality in tackling and solving problems
  • Learn and study/research independently
  • Communicate your proposals succinctly
  • Report your work effectively
  • Collate and synthesise/prioritise information
  • Manipulate and analyse data
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Produce highway engineering drawings
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Defend a scheme design orally and through a written report
  • Deal with complex issues both systematically and creatively
  • Design and draw geometric alignments for road links
  • Design the structure of flexible, rigid and composite road pavements
  • Propose and evaluate alternative designs and options, showing a critical awareness of options

Syllabus

* Road classifications, standards and hierarchies * Route location, design speed and the principles of geometric alignment * Horizontal, vertical and co-ordinated alignment * Structural design of flexible, rigid and composite pavements * Road surfaces, skidding resistances and road safety * Road construction and maintenance methods and operations * Road condition monitoring and rehabilitation options/methods * Highway Engineering surface features: Road markings, signing, furniture, lighting * International Highway Engineering: Highway Capacity Manual (HCM), geometric design (ASSHTO) and road maintenance (HDM) * Case study

Special Features

Some lectures are given by experienced industry professionals.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

Teaching methods include: Lectures, seminars, CAD demonstrations, audio-visual presentations, individual and small group teaching, site visit. Learning activities include: Individual design work, literature review/analysis, directed reading, site visit, student directed learning.

TypeHours
Revision30
Completion of assessment task40
Wider reading or practice16
Preparation for scheduled sessions12
Practical classes and workshops7
Follow-up work12
Lecture33
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges. 

Croney, D and Croney, P (1991). The design and Performance of Road Pavements.. 

Mannering, Fred L. et al (2009). Principles of Highway Engineering and Traffic Analysis. 

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

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Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 50%
Report 50%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Exam  (120 minutes) 50%
Report 50%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

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