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Road Design 101

AUD$285.00 (incl. GST)
AUD$285.00 (incl. GST)

This course introduces the context, concepts and principles underlying the practice of designing roads and how to provide a safe and more efficient road network for all road users in Australia, New Zealand and other developed countries.

The training consists of five topics including videos, reading and quizzes

Who should do the course?
Road design is a fundamental component in the development of the road network; thus having a basic understanding of the road design process, the challenges and constraints experienced during the design process will assist practitioners in the fields of pavements, asset management, maintenance, safety and mining to be a proactive contributor in a design team and enhance their knowledge to apply to their own engineering discipline. This training is beneficial to all graduates working for a road agency or consultant, or any experienced practitioner who wishes to refresh their understanding.

What are the topics?

Topic 1 - Overview of road design
The first topic covers the philosophy, principles and purpose of road design, with their link to the Safe System. Geotechnical issues will also be touched on in this session.

Topic 2 - Geometric Design
The next topic discusses geometric design principles in more detail; with specific focus on sight distance, cross sections, horizontal and vertical alignment, and the design of auxiliary lanes.

Topic 3 - Intersections and Roundabouts
Now it’s time to delve into best practice for designing intersections. Both urban and rural types and layouts will be examined, considering both signalised and unsignalised varieties and roundabouts.

Topic 4 - Drainage Design
Let’s not forget the importance of drainage design considerations in the road design process. Environmental considerations, urban and rural hydrology, pavements drainage, piped systems and culverts will be discussed.

Topic 5 - Roadside Design
The final topic discusses the safe and functional design of the roadside environment including safety mitigation strategies. The location and design requirements for pedestrian paths and cycling paths will also be considered.

This course is recognised by ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA for Continuing Professional Development.

Engineers Australia members can choose to record CPD hours for attendance at this event in their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia’s CPD Policy for details of requirements and conditions.

Start Date: Start any time

Duration: 8 hours



This course introduces the context, concepts and principles underlying the practice of designing roads and how to provide a safe and more efficient road network for all road users in Australia, New Zealand and other developed countries.

The training consists of five topics including videos, reading and quizzes

Who should do the course?
Road design is a fundamental component in the development of the road network; thus having a basic understanding of the road design process, the challenges and constraints experienced during the design process will assist practitioners in the fields of pavements, asset management, maintenance, safety and mining to be a proactive contributor in a design team and enhance their knowledge to apply to their own engineering discipline. This training is beneficial to all graduates working for a road agency or consultant, or any experienced practitioner who wishes to refresh their understanding.

What are the topics?

Topic 1 - Overview of road design
The first topic covers the philosophy, principles and purpose of road design, with their link to the Safe System. Geotechnical issues will also be touched on in this session.

Topic 2 - Geometric Design
The next topic discusses geometric design principles in more detail; with specific focus on sight distance, cross sections, horizontal and vertical alignment, and the design of auxiliary lanes.

Topic 3 - Intersections and Roundabouts
Now it’s time to delve into best practice for designing intersections. Both urban and rural types and layouts will be examined, considering both signalised and unsignalised varieties and roundabouts.

Topic 4 - Drainage Design
Let’s not forget the importance of drainage design considerations in the road design process. Environmental considerations, urban and rural hydrology, pavements drainage, piped systems and culverts will be discussed.

Topic 5 - Roadside Design
The final topic discusses the safe and functional design of the roadside environment including safety mitigation strategies. The location and design requirements for pedestrian paths and cycling paths will also be considered.

This course is recognised by ENGINEERS AUSTRALIA for Continuing Professional Development.

Engineers Australia members can choose to record CPD hours for attendance at this event in their personal CPD logs. Members should refer to Engineers Australia’s CPD Policy for details of requirements and conditions.

Start Date: Start any time

Duration: 8 hours