Syllabus academic year 2011/2012
(Created 2011-09-01.)
Credits: 7,5. Grading scale: TH. Cycle: A (Second Cycle). Main field: Technology. Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish. VVBN05 overlaps following cours/es: VTVF55. Optional for: V5at, V5bf, V5tv. Course coordinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar, Ebrahim and Sven Agardh,, Traffic and Roads. Prerequisites: Road construction, VVBF20 ; Road construction and production planning, VVBF25 or similar knowledge. Recommended prerequisits: Pavement design, VVBN10; 5 Geotechnics, VGTF0 ; Highway and railway design, VTVF10. Assessment: For a passing grade the participant must hand in two projects and a home assignment. Further information: The course is hold in Lund. As part of engineering skills a written and oral presentation of a report is included in the course. Home page:

The aim of the course is to provide the student with national and international knowledge about management and maintenance of the roads and streets. Important areas such as evaluation of bearing capacity, different material control methods to document the deterioration of the pavements are discussed. The subject of Pavement Management Systems is deeply studied in the course

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

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

· Explain the principles for prioritising among different objects for winter road maintenance

· Understand the effects of water on deterioration of the pavements

· Analyse and understand the mechanism behind deterioration of the pavements

· Understand the effects of traffic on different pavement deterioration

· Describe differences between management and maintenance of the roads

Skills and abilities
For a passing grade the student must

· Develop and apply a Pavement Management System on object level in order to choose optimal, cost-effective maintenance strategies based on national economic grounds

· Motivate and discuss different maintenance strategies and their economic consequences

· Carry out visual distress surveying according to the “sink or swim” principle

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Understand importance of systemically management and analyse information that is used in maintenance planning and evaluate the reliability of the results based on accessible information.

National and international knowledge about maintenance of roads with focus on issues such as evaluation and examination of bearing capacity

In-depth studies of different types of material control and measurement methods for the documentation of road deterioration

Intensive survey of pavement deterioration models and Pavement Management Systems (PMS). Comparison of output data from different deterioration models

Collection of basic data for PMS and formulation of a cost-benefit model in which the effects of various maintenance measures are simulated

The mechanism and reasons for different types of surface damage are discussed in theory and practice

Effects of climate factors on surface deterioration

Distress surveying of pavement surfaces

Issues relating to the reuse of asphalt surfaces

Alternative super structure material for roads, and methods and analysis

Management and maintenance in Sweden on objects and road network level

Winter road maintenance and associated environmental problems

Environmental issues on maintenance of pavements

Handbok för val av beläggningsåtgärder, Svenska kommunförbundet, 1994
Handbok i tillståndsbedömning, bära eller brista, Svenska kommunförbundet, 2003
Ullditz, P Pavement analysis. Denmark 1987. ISBN: 0-444-42817-8
Haas, R Modern Pavement Management. Florida 1994. ISBN: 0-89464-588-9
Lecture notes