The course starts with a general overview of road construction in Flanders and the social importance of road infrastructure. Subsequently, the road structure and materials are discussed on the basis of the general principles of vertical road dimensioning (traffic volume, construction class, standard axle load). A road design of a flexible pavement is discussed in more detail so that the student(s) can design a road structure independently in a group context.
In addition to asphalt paving, concrete paving and element paving are also discussed.
The course also deals with the administrative side, construction and use of the Standard Specification 250 for road construction: sewers, foundations, line-shaped elements, signs, damage mechanisms of the road construction and their repair techniques.
Recent technologies and innovations in road construction are discussed throughout the course. The course deals with permits, legal requirements and specification texts. Groundworks also includes legal restrictions (VLAREBO, VLAREM). In addition, various preconditions must be taken into account during infrastructure works: Less nuisance measures, KLIP, communication. Furthermore, the course will focus on soil treatment and improvement (lime, cement, HBW, geotextiles and grids). The effect on soil properties will be mapped out. The code of good practice on the construction and renovation of sewers will be discussed.
A final part of the course is a discussion of important infrastructure projects and/or infrastructure elements as part of site visits, the cost price of materials and techniques. Three excursions to infrastructure works or production plants are organised. The student reports the visit in writing (in group).
The content of the course is rehearsed and put into practice by elaborating a study assignment "Vertical road dimensioning". This assignment is carried out in group after an introductory session of the software and is reported in writing.
In one lecture BIM is further explained and two lectures are assigned to System Engineering.