Geometric Design of Roads (300IGC008)

Basic Information

  • Course code number and name: 300IGC008, Geometric Design of Roads
  • Credits and contact hours: 3 credits, 8 hours per week
  • Course coordinator: James Cárdenas
  • Prerequisites: Geology (300FID001)
  • Type of course: Required.

Text book

  • Geometric Design of Roads. J. Cárdenas , 2nd Edition, 2012.

Supplemental materials

  • Geometric Design of Roads. Ministry of Transport, Colombia, 2008.
  • Numerical Methods for Engineers, S.C. Chapra , 2010.
  • User Guide of Autocad Land, A. Garcia, 2007.

Specific course information

The objective of this course is that students correlate the physical components of roads with the operating characteristics of vehicles by use of knowledge of mathematics, physics and geometry. Students will be able to design a road in three projections: horizontal geometric design, vertical profile geometric design and lateral profile (cross section design), and to conceive roads as integrated systems for the benefit, satisfaction and safety of their users.

Specific goals of the course

Learning objectives:
  • To identify the fundamental concepts of highway engineering.
  • To identify the phases of a road project.
  • To design the horizontal axis of a road.
  • To design the vertical axis or profile of a road.
  • To designing the cross section of a road.
Relationship with student outcomes
Student Outcomes
Relevance 2 3 2 3 2 2 2

1: low relevance; 2: medium relevance; 3: high relevance.

Topics of the course

  • Highway classification.
  • Three-dimensional geometric model of a highway.
  • The three projections (horizontal, vertical profile, cross section) of three-dimensional geometric model of a road.
  • Slopeline location. Preliminary transit line.
  • Geometric elements of simple circular curve.
  • Calculation and location of curves by distances and azimuths.
  • Equalities equations. Solving cases.
  • Concepts of design speed, specific speed, minimum radius, maximum superelevation and friction.
  • Superelevation runoff.
  • The vertical tangent. Maximum and minimum slopes.
  • Criteria for the determination of the vertical curve length.
  • Elements of the cross section.
  • Widening on curves.
undergraduate/dptocivileindustrial/geometricdesignofroads.txt · Última modificación: 2014/10/18 10:39 por lsosorio
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