Course syllabus

Väg- och järnvägsteknik
Road and Railway Engineering

VTVA45, 7 credits, G1 (First Cycle)

Valid for: 2012/13
Decided by: Education Board 4
Date of Decision: 2012-02-14

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYI1, IBYV1
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The course is intended to give the student fundamental knowledge of roads and railways with related technical systems and their functions over their whole existence, i.e. the connected phases of planning, construction, operation and maintenance.
GIS as a supporting feature in the planning process.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

Describe the function and construction of flexible and rigid super structures on roads.

Analyze the interplay between horisontal and vertical alignement and its effects.

Have comprehensive understanding of the prerequisites for the Swedish transport system.

Describe the functions of the technical systems of the railway’s infrastructure.

Have fundamental knowledge of the possibilities for physical planning offered by GIS-analyses. Fundamental concepts of cartography and GIS.

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

Compile and evaluate relevant information, in a sustainable way, from different disciplins, with different perspectives while designing road alignment.

Carry out a design, according to Swedish standards, of both a flexible super structure and a railway structure.

Report the results of a simpler design problem for the rail infrastructure

Judgement and approach
For a passing grade the student must

Understand the conflicts of interests that arise in connection with the road and railway project.


Orientation of planning and design of roads and railroads

Geometric design of roads and railways

Environmental issues

Orientation of planning and design of roads and railroads

Geometric design of roads and railways

Environmental issues

Dimensioning of road construction

Material tests. Bound and unbound material, ballast

Operation and maintenance of roads and railways

Structure and function of track substructure and superstructure and information about track track technology, electrical technology, signalling technology and tele communication technology within the railway

How information in the database can be connected to the cartographic information, illustrated and analysed with the help of maps and geographic information systems. A GIS exercise with a practical application to the project is included.

Examination details

Grading scale: UG
Assessment: Exam is in the form of oral and written accounts of the exercises.

Code: 0112. Name: Road and Railway Engineering.
Credits: 7. Grading scale: UG.
Code: 0212. Name: Work RelatedTraining.
Credits: 0. Grading scale: UG.


The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: AAK630, VTVA20, VVB620

Reading list

Contact and other information

Course coordinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar,
Course coordinator: Andreas Persson,
Course homepage:
Further information: Four exercises are performed at Järnvägsskolan, Ängelholm.