Road and Railway Engineering, Advanced Course 7.5 credits

Vägar och järnvägar, fortsättningskurs
Second cycle, G7011B
Course syllabus valid: Autumn 2019 Sp 1 - Present
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Syllabus established
by Eva Gunneriusson 04 Feb 2014

Last revised
by Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies Eva Gunneriusson, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering 14 Feb 2019

Education level
Second cycle
Grade scale
G U 3 4 5
Civil Engineering
Subject group (SCB)
Civil Engineering
Main field of study
Civil Engineering, Maintenance Engineering

Entry requirements

G0003B Soil Mechanics and B0002B Structural Engineering

More information about English language requirements


The selection is based on 20-285 credits

Course Aim
The aim of the course is to prepare the student to work within the road- and railway industry from an engineering perspective.

Specific goals:

After the course the student should be able to:

• The road and railway planning process
• The road transportation system
• The railway transportation system

Account for:
• Routine maintenance operation
• General safety procedures for earthworks and on roads and railways
• Pavement, railway and unbound materials
• Pavement evaluation and rehabilitation
• Frost action mitigation
• Life-cycle costing

• Structural principles of road and railway design
• Theoretical background on mechanistic-empirical design methods
• Stress-strain modeling from static and dynamic loading
• Frost action effects on road and railway
• Railway embankment design

• Flexible and rigid pavement design procedures
• Evaluation of FWD, DCP and static plate load test.


• Frost action effects and prediction on road and railway

• Stress-strain modeling from static and dynamic loading

A historical review of the road and railway development.
Overview of the road and railway system and the working processes connected to the different stages of the construction life-cycle.
The subgrade influence of the superstructure design.
Frost action effect and prediction on road and railway structures.
Structural design of road and railway’s focusing on the embankment.
Superstructure materials, e.g. unbound aggregates, pavement materials and rails.
Design procedures in superstructure design and international examples on stress-strain approaches on design.
Maintenance and rehabilitation of infrastructure.
Road and railway specific field test methods such as FWD, DCP and static plate load test.
National perspective on Best Practice
Life-cycle costing aspects

The course consists of lectures, assignments and project works.


Jan Laue

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2019 Sp 1 (May change until 10 weeks before course start)
Brockenbrough, R. L., and Boedecker, K., J., Jr. 2003. Highway Engineering Handbook. McGear-Hill, New York. eISBN-13: 9780071428880

Bonnett, C. F. 2005. Practical Railway Engineering. Imperial College Press. ISBN 9781860946851.

Andersland O. B., and Ladanyi B., 2004. Frozen Ground Engineering. John Wiley and Sons Inc., New Jersey ISBN 0412982013

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

CodeDescriptionGrade scaleHPStatusFrom periodTitle
0001Assignment report, theoryU G#1.50MandatoryA14
0002Assignment reports, applicationsG U 3 4 56.00MandatoryA14

Study guidance
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