Syllabus academic year 2007/2008

Higher education credits: 6. Grading scale: TH. Level: A (Second level). Language of instruction: The course might be given in English. VVB081 overlap following cours/es: VVB080, VTVF20, VVB080, VTVF20 och VVB080. Optional for: V4at, V4tp. Course coordinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar,, Vägbyggnad. Prerequisites: VVB055 Infrastructure design. Recommended prerequisits: VVB027 Design of roads and railways. VVB090 Infrastructure systems and VVB071 Pavement design and construction. Assessment: For a passing grade two projects and a home assignment are required. Home page:

The aim is to provide the student with various strategies and methods for the maintenance of roads and evaluation of the consequences.

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Describe how various technical aids for determining the condition of the road (laser measurement vehicle, falling weight deflectometer and georadar) can be used for maintenance planning.

Explain the principles for prioritising among different objectives for winter road maintenance.

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

Develop and use a Pavement Management system on an object level in order to choose optimal, cost-effective maintenance strategies based on national economic grounds.

Conduct a bearing capacity investigation including the evaluation of the results of the falling weight measurements.

Justify the use of the maintenance strategies and their national economic implications for both experts and laymen.

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Understand the importance of systematic maintenance and analyse information used in maintenance planning systems and evaluate the reliability of results based on the available information

Evaluation of bearing capacity and bearing capacity investigations.

Various types of material inspection and measuring methods for the documentation of road deterioration.

Deterioration models and Pavement Management Systems (PMS).

Comparison of output data from various deterioration models.

Collection of basic data for PMS and simulation of the effects of different maintenance methods. The mechanism and underlying causes of surface damages.

Distress surveying of surfaces.

Reuse of asphalt surfaces.

Alternative super structure material for roads.

Winter road maintenance and associated environmental issues

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Lecture notes.Ullidtz, P. Modelling Flexible Pavement Response and Performance. Polyteknisk Forlag, 1998. ISBN 87-502-0805-5