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Maintenance of Railway Constructions

VTVF70, 7 credits, G2 (First Cycle)

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

General Information

Compulsory for: IBYI3
Language of instruction: The course will be given in Swedish


The aim of the course is for the students to understand railway planning and design processes and to apply the planning and design methods given by the course. They should also understand the importance of railway maintenance.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding
For a passing grade the student must

For a passing grade the student must:

Give an account of railway planning and design processes

Give an account for track deterioration due to traffic

Competences and skills
For a passing grade the student must

For a passing grade the student must:

From real and assumed prerequisites identify functional requirements and system requirements to the detail level “Feasibility study”.

Account for made analyses and deductions in a “Feasibility study”. The report must show the students ability to use the given planning methods and verification tools.

Be able to define a railway structure to the level of ”Design Basis” by further study of a chosen alternative.

Account for the results of project work in a final report to the level of ”Design Basis”. The report should define the technical solutions required to fulfil the functional requirements and system requirements.

From given economic prerequisites and considering Life Cycle Costs develop a maintenance strategy and specify a maintenance programme for the studied railway line.


Railway and environmental legislation

Requirements engineering

Cost/benefit analysis, effects and consequences

Descriptions of environmental consequences

Technical solutions

Traffic planning tools

The deterioration of railway constructions

Project work

Examination details

Grading scale: TH
Assessment: Approved written assignments.


Required prior knowledge: VTVA35, VTVF35, VTVF45.
The number of participants is limited to: No
The course overlaps following course/s: VTVF25

Reading list

Contact and other information

Examinator: Ebrahim Parhamifar,
Course coordinator: Ragnar Hedström, Järnvägsskolan,
Course coordinator: Anders Wretstrand,
Course homepage:
Further information: The course is given at Järnvägsskolan Ängelholm.