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Fundamentals of Road Construction - Materials & Practices

This two day short course by CPEE, focusing on road construction materials & practices, suitable for those seeking background for their asset management development, and for engineers and engineering technologists, project managers and senior supervisors working for federal, state, or local government, consultants and contractors.



This Course provides information on the necessary planning and management of Road Construction, together with an overview of the resources and the necessary elements required in planning and managing investigation works prior to commencement of major site works in road construction.

The course looks at Preliminary Site Investigations and at the construction of a road to the alignment, gradient and cross falls selected by the designer that often involve a considerable amount of earthworks. The necessary operations for the setting out, and control of earthworks operations are described and elaborated on together with a brief outline of the elements involved in geometric design. Note that the establishment of control lines and bench marks are specialised survey operations that are not covered in this Course.

The Course provides an understanding of the operations involved in the loosening, removing and depositing of earth, soil and rock and information on the construction of earthworks and the preparation of pavement foundations subsequent to the construction of a pavement structure. The aspect of Roadsides is also covered as they provide an important range of functions, including: access for the construction and maintenance of the road, control of surface water drainage, the provision of underground drainage, the provision of safety barriers, signs and lighting for the safe operation of the road. Worked examples and case studies are used throughout to facilitate practical learning.

Topics Covered

  • Opening and Introduction to Road Construction
  • Construction Management Overview
  • Preliminary Investigations & Subgrade Evaluation
  • Setting Out
  • Earthworks & Formation Preparation
  • Pavement Materials & Construction Methods
  • Roadsides

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