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Road and railway engineering 7.5 credits

Vägar och järnvägar
First cycle, G0002B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2020 Sp 1 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.

Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Civil Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language and Basic knowledge of Geotechnics recommended

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 1-165 credits.

Course Aim

The aim of the course is to give student basic knowledge in the construction and design of roads and railways, and the performance and distresses during the service time. The course is based on the Swedish framework for road and railway construction but the theory and design approaches are globally applicable.
After the course the student shall be able to:

The role of road and railway infrastructure in the society
How the society plan and realize investments and maintenance in road and railway engineering
Geotechnical survey’s for road and railway projects

Account for:
Laboratory investigation methods for bound and unbound materials
Degradation mechanisms for road and railways
Condition monitoring and rating of roads
Analytical and empirical design methods for roads
General design principles in railways
Operation and maintenance planning

Structural design of flexible and rigid pavements
Structural design of ballasted tracks

Basic frost depth analysis
Evaluate results from ballast testing
Basic design of road superstructures in the Swedish classes DK1 and DK1
The Swedish safety guidelines for work within road traffic environments.

The course covers design, construction and basic operation and maintenance on road and railways. Design and material requirements in this course are based on Swedish guidelines and European standards. The course extensively covers geotechnical requirements, alignment, supportive structures and the realization of construction projects processes. The focus in the course is on superstructure design and material requirements. In the course is the test for accreditation to work within traffic environments in Sweden.

The course contains lectures, individual hand-ins, and group work. A fieldtrip may be included in the course.

The final grading is based on exams, hand-ins and group work assignments.

Hans Mattsson

Transition terms
The course G0002B is equal to ABG101

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2014 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Agardh, S., Parhamifar, E., 2014. Vägbyggnad. Liber AB, Stockholm. ISBN978-97-47-09346-5

Sundqvist, H. 1999. Byggande, drift och underhåll av järnvägsbanor. Rapport
67. Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, Stockholm. ISSN 1103-4289.

Course offered by
Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0004ExamsG U 3 4 53.00MandatoryA15
0005Assignment reportsG U 3 4 54.50MandatoryA15

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
The plan is established by the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 2007-01-31 and is valid from H07.

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2020