This course is designed to provide a clear understanding of the factors involved in the planning and construction of roads. It gives participants a combination of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in construction, operability, design, and maintenance of road facilities.
The course covers the construction of a road to the alignment, gradient and cross falls selected by the designer, which often involve a considerable amount of earthworks. The operations necessary for setting out and control of earthworks are described and elaborated on together with a brief outline of the elements involved in a geometric design.
The course also presents the operations involved in the loosening, removing, and depositing of earth, soil, and rock. It provides information on the construction of earthworks and the preparation of pavement foundations subsequent to the construction of a pavement structure.
Furthermore, roadside construction is also covered, 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, and signs and lighting for the safe operation of the road. Worked examples and case studies are used throughout to facilitate practical learning.
This course will provide you knowledge and skills in the disciplines of road construction to facilitate a faster learning curve in relevant industry positions. It covers the fundamental principles and concepts used in management, planning, design, operations, and construction of roads.
Module 1: Introduction & Construction Management
Time & Cost
Preconstruction Planning, Bidding & Programming
Plant & Equipment
Safety & Risk Assessment
Module 2: Preliminary Investigations
Cultural and Indigenous Heritage
Relocation of Services
Module 3: Subgrade Evaluation
Subgrade support measures
Factors to be considered in estimating subgrade support
Field Determination of subgrade CBR
Laboratory determination of subgrade CBR and elastic parameters
Adoption of presumptive CBR values
Limiting subgrade strain criterion
Module 4: Setting Out
Machine Guidance Systems
Module 5: Earthworks I
Clearing & Grubbing
Module 6: Earthworks II
Module 7: Drainage
Module 8: Pavement Materials
Materials characterization and properties
Module 9: Construction
Module 10: Unsealed Roads
Surfacing the pavement
Finishing the project
Module 11: Sealed Roads
Module 12: Roadsides
To obtain a certificate of completion for EIT’s Professional Certificate of Competency course, students must achieve a 65% attendance rate at the live, online fortnightly webinars. Detailed summaries or notes can be submitted in lieu of attendance. In addition, students must obtain a mark of 60% in the set assignments which could take the form of written assignments and practical assignments. Students must also obtain a mark of 100% in quizzes. If a student does not achieve the required score, they will be given an opportunity to resubmit the assignment to obtain the required score.
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Dr. Kym Neaylon’s early civil engineering career was practically based in open-cut mining, local government engineering, state government, road construction, and contract superintending. He has been a specialist in bituminous pavement surfacings for 30 years.
You are expected to spend approximately 5-8 hours per week learning the course content. This includes attending fortnightly webinars that run for about 90 minutes to facilitate class discussion and allow you to ask questions. This professional development program is delivered online and has been designed to fit around full-time work. It will take three months to complete.
Registrations are open for our upcoming intakes. Please ensure you book your place at least one week before the start date of the program.
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