Advanced Transportation Engineering covers the up-to-date knowledge in planning, design and operation analysis of transportation infrastructures such as airports and road systems. Included therein is two major components, being advanced traffic engineering and advanced pavement design. Current Australian/international guidelines and techniques will be applied for the design and the analysis of the performance of transportation infrastructures.

The traffic engineering component focuses on demand for transport and the significance of transport to the economy; transport planning techniques including trip generation, trip distribution, mode split and trip assignment models; traffic engineering aspects including flow theory, road capacity, headways, gaps and speed analysis; intersection analysis and the use of SIDRA program to aid design and analysis of signalised intersections; local area traffic management studies; traffic analysis by determination of the level of service of highways and freeways; and sustainable transportation. The pavement engineering components of the unit include, pavement materials and structural layers; determination of number of equivalent standard axles; airport pavement design; highway pavement design for both flexible and rigid pavement systems; interpretation of pavement related laboratory test results such as Repeated Load Triaxial and California Bearing Ratio tests; road drainage systems; and pavement distresses and maintenance programs.

You will also have the opportunity to use transportation engineering knowledge for designing and analysing real-world complex transport networks and vehicle trips using SIDRA INTERSECTION software package and pavement design and analysis using CIRCLY and APSDS software packages at an advanced level.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Determine and implement relevant transport planning techniques, determination of the level of service of highways, and modelling of complex signalized intersections;  
  2. Carry out a professional design of the pavement profile based on traffic loadings and ground conditions for transport infrastructures such as highways and airport runways;  
  3. Demonstrate professional capabilities to collaborate effectively in a small team with responsibilities and accountability for your own learning and development of appropriate technical reports;  
  4. Use a systematic approach to design and evaluate engineering solutions taking into account all relevant technical, environmental, economic and social considerations; and  
  5. Critically apply knowledge and skills relevant to both their chosen specialisation and the broader discipline of Engineering to new and uncertain professional practice scenarios, exhibiting a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Project Individual Project 25%
Assignment Group Assignment 25%
Test Individual Tests (2) 50%
The tests focus upon the individual students' ability to demonstrate their in-depth understanding of specialist bodies of knowledge within the engineering discipline, apply established engineering methods to complex engineering problems, and the fluent application of engineering techniques, tools and resources. In addition, the tests assess the student on the individual components of Learning Outcomes (LO) (1 to 5) which are not assessed within the assignments and project.

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