Course Title: Produce geometric designs for roads

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: CIVE7796

Course Title: Produce geometric designs for roads

School: 174T School of VE Engineering, Health & Science

Campus: City Campus

Program: C6162 - Advanced Diploma of Engineering Technology (Civil Engineering Design)

Course Contact: Program Manager

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 4468

Course Contact Email: vehs@rmit.edu.au


Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nazneen Aktar
Teacher & Course Coordinator
Phone: +61 3 99251847
Email: nazneen.aktar@rmit.edu.au

 Dr Zhefei (Fifi) Zhao
Teacher
Phone:99254480
E-mail: fifi.zhao@rmit.edu.au

Dr. Amita Iyer
Program Manager
School of Vocational Engineering, Health and Science (SVEHS)
Tel: (03) 9925 8311
Fax: (03) 9925 4189

Email: amita.iyer@rmit.edu.au  

Nominal Hours: 60

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

Pre­requisite – Nil

Course Description

This unit of competency describes the knowledge and skills required to produce geometric designs of both rural and urban roads in accordance with the relevant parts of Austroads - Guide to Road Design. The unit includes the application of the design features of intersection, horizontal and vertical alignment of roadway centerlines, super elevation and sight distance requirements and environmental considerations.


National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

VU22560 Produce geometric designs for roads

Element:

1. Identify roadway requirements to be designed

Performance Criteria:

 1.1 Established Occupational Health and Safety/Workplace Health and Safety (OHS/WHS) requirements and risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation of the work area.
 1.2 Design brief and relevant documentation sought and examined
 1.3 Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the project.
1.4 Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures.

Element:

2. Design and calculate the combined horizontal and vertical alignment of a roadway centerline

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Tabulated data is extracted and typical cross section plan is developed.
 2.2 Data required to detail the combined horizontal and vertical alignment of the road centreline is calculated.
 2.3 Data required to detail the left/right pavement edge levels is calculated.
2.4 Data required to detail the left/right shoulder point levels is calculated.
2.5 Data is recorded in table form and applied to the design.

Element:

3. Develop super elevation requirements

Performance Criteria:

 3.1 Position/s of the superelevations determined.
 3.2 Lengths of superelevations are determined.
 3.3 Maximum, minimum and relative grade of the superelevations are calculated
 3.4 Curve and adverse cross fall requirements are calculated.
3.5 Overland water flows and underground drainage systems are developed and added to the design

Element:

4. Implement sight distance requirements

Performance Criteria:

 4.1 Stopping sight distances requirements are calculated.
 4.2 Approach and overtaking and other related sight distances are calculated.
 4.3 Data is recorded in table form and applied to the design.

Element:

5. Design intersections

Performance Criteria:

 5.1 Traffic volumes and traffic analysis data is utilised to determine intersection type and configuration.
 5.2 Turning templates are applied and functional layout is developed for the intersection.
 5.3 Intersection sight distances criteria are applied.
 5.4 Data required to horizontally and vertically define the intersection is calculated.
 5.5 Pavements are correctly contoured.
 5.6 Design and specifications are detailed on required road design drawings.

Element:

6. Determine environment considerations

Performance Criteria:

 6.1 Nature strip and landscaping requirements are established.
 6.2 Appropriate noise attenuation systems for the environment are determined.
 6.3 Requirements for public transport operations and other road user needs such as cyclist lanes and pedestrians crossings, walkways and special needs are determined.
 6.4 Roadside and pavement drainage requirements are determined.
 6.5 Type and placement of safety barriers is determined.

Element:

7. Complete and present final design drawings, specifications and design report

Performance Criteria:

 7.1 Design drawings and specifications are completed.
 7.2 Design report is prepared highlighting the key features of the design as well as any areas where specific design criteria within the brief could not be achieved
 7.3 Design is reviewed against project brief and in conjunction with appropriate personnel and amendments completed if required.
7.4 Final design drawings, specifications and report are sign off by appropriate person/s and archive according to enterprise procedure.


Learning Outcomes


Refer to Elements


Details of Learning Activities

You will be involved in the following learning activities to meet requirements for the competency and stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates:

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Guest lectures 
  • Assignment


  Elements and Performance Criteria for VU22560 (CIVE7796) Produce geometric designs for roads
 

1.

Identify roadway requirements to be designed

1.1

Stablished Occupational Health and Safety/Workplace Health and Safety (OHS/WHS) requirements and risk control measures and procedures are followed in preparation of the work area.

1.2

Design brief and relevant documentation sought and examined

1.3

Appropriate personnel are consulted to ensure the work is co-ordinated effectively with others involved at the project.

1.4

Resources and equipment needed for the task are obtained in accordance with enterprise procedures.

2.

Design and calculate the combined horizontal and vertical alignment of a roadway centreline

2.1

Tabulated data is extracted and typical cross section plan is developed.

2.2

Data required to detail the combined horizontal and vertical alignment of the road centreline is calculated.

2.3

Data required to detail the left/right pavement edge levels is calculated.

2.4

Data required to detail the left/right shoulder point levels is calculated.

2.5

Data is recorded in table form and applied to the design.

3.

Develop superelevation requirements

3.1

Position/s of the superelevations determined.

3.2

Lengths of superelevations are determined.

3.3

Maximum, minimum and relative grade of the superelevations are calculated

3.4

Curve and adverse cross fall requirements are calculated.

3.5

Overland water flows and underground drainage systems are developed and added to the design

4.

Implement sight distance requirements

4.1

Stopping sight distances requirements are calculated.

4.2

Approach and overtaking and other related sight distances are calculated.

4.3

Data is recorded in table form and applied to the design.

5.

Design intersections

5.1

Traffic volumes and traffic analysis data is utilised to determine intersection type and configuration.

5.2

Turning templates are applied and functional layout is developed for the intersection.

5.3

Intersection sight distances criteria are applied.

5.4

Data required to horizontally and vertically define the intersection is calculated.

5.5

Pavements are correctly contoured.

5.6

Design and specifications are detailed on required road design drawings.

6.

Determine environment considerations

6.1

Nature strip and landscaping requirements are established.

6.2

Appropriate noise attenuation systems for the environment are determined.

6.3

Requirements for public transport operations and other road user needs such as cyclist lanes and pedestrians crossings, walkways and special needs are determined.

6.4

Roadside and pavement drainage requirements are determined.

6.5

Type and placement of safety barriers is determined.

7.

Complete and present final design drawings, specifications and design report

7.1

Design drawings and specifications are completed.

7.2

Design report is prepared highlighting the key features of the design as well as any areas where specific design criteria within the brief could not be achieved

7.3

Design is reviewed against project brief and in conjunction with appropriate personnel and amendments completed if required.

7.4

Final design drawings, specifications and report are sign off by appropriate person/s and archive according to enterprise procedure.


 

Engineers Australia Mapping Information:

This course is mapped against stage 1 competencies for Engineering Associates developed by Engineers Australia as detailed below:

EA 1. Knowledge and Skill Base

EA1.1. Descriptive, formula-based understanding of the underpinning natural and physical sciences and the engineering fundamentals applicable to the practice area.
EA 1.2. Procedural-level understanding of the mathematics, numerical analysis, statistics, and computer and information sciences which underpin the practice area.
EA 1.3. In depth practical knowledge and skills within specialist sub-disciplines of the practice area.
EA 1.4. Discernment of engineering developments within the practice area.
EA 1.5. Knowledge of contextual factors impacting the practice area.
EA 1.6. Understanding of the scope, principles, norms, accountabilities and bounds of contemporary engineering practice in the area of practice.

EA 2. Engineering Application Ability

EA 2.1. Application of established technical and practical methods to the solution of well-defined engineering problems.
EA 2.2. Application of technical and practical techniques, tools and resources to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.3. Application of systematic synthesis and design processes to well defined engineering problems.
EA 2.4. Application of systematic project management processes.

EA 3. Professional and Personal Attributes

EA 3.1. Ethical conduct and professional accountability.
EA 3.2. Effective oral and written communication in professional and lay domains.
EA 3.3. Creative, innovative and pro-active demeanour.
EA 3.4. Professional use and management of information.
EA 3.5. Orderly management of self, and professional conduct.
EA 3.6. Effective team membership and team leadership. 

Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies are mapped with cluster of competencies  VU22560 and VU22493 in the Assessment Matrix.


Teaching Schedule

The proposed teaching schedule is detailed below: 

Weeks

Topics Delivered

Element/performance criteria covered

1

Lecture: Course Introduction

· Introduction

. OH&S requirements

. Objectives of Geometric Design

· Road safety principles

· Factors influencing design

· Alignment controls

· Normal Design Domain (NDD) / Extended Design Domain (EDD)

Tutorial:  Interpreting and evaluating relevant documentation

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1,, 4.2, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4

2-3

Lecture: Horizontal alignment design

· Road classifications

· Fundamental considerations

· Relevant terminology

· Speed parameters

· Sight distance and relevant calculations

Tutorial:

· Tutorial activities

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3,  2.1, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3,   5.1, 5.3, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5

4-5

Lecture: Horizontal alignment design

· Horizontal alignment design procedure

· Tangents

· Circular curves and equations

· Types of horizontal curves

· Superelevation and design procedure

Tutorial

·  Tutorial activities

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3

6-7

Lecture: Horizontal alignment design and drawing

· Review of week 1-5

· Identify roadway requirements to be designed

· Data required to detail the drawing

· Lane widths design

· Environmental considerations

· Requirements of design report writing

Tutorial

· Test 1

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4

8-9

Lecture: Vertical alignment design

· Design controls

· Design procedure

· Vertical design controls

· Maximum and minimum grades

Tutorial

· Tutorial activities

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 5.1, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6

10-11

Lecture: Vertical alignment design

· Crest curves

· Sag curves

· Sight distance criteria

· Minimum length of curves

· Maximum grade change without vertical curves

Tutorial

· Tutorial activities

PC 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 3.3, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 4.3, 6.3, 6.5

12-13

Lecture: Vertical alignment design and drawing

· Coordination of horizontal and vertical alignments

· Grading Procedure

· Grades

· Vertical Curves

Tutorial:

· Assignment

PC 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 2.2, 2.3, 3.4, 5.4, 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, 7.4

14-15

Lecture: Intersection design

· Overview of intersection types

· Intersection safety and safe system approach

· Approach Sight Distance (ASD)

· Safe Intersection Sight Distance (SISD)

· Minimum Gap Sight Distance (MGSD)

· Auxiliary lanes

· Medians and median openings

· Rural and urban intersection treatments

Tutorial:

· Industry talk

· Tutorial activities

PC 1.2, 1.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6

16

Lecture: Environmental considerations

 

Tutorial:

· Tutorial activities

PC 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.5,

17/18

 

Final Test

PC  1.1-1.4, 2.1-2.5, 3.1-3.2, 3.4, 4.1, 4.2, 5.1-5.4, 6.1-6.5, 7.1-7.4

 
Student directed hours involve completing activities such as reading online resources, assignments, individual student-teacher course-related consultation. Students are required to self-study the learning materials and complete the assigned out of class activities for the scheduled non-teaching hours. The estimated time is minimum 16 hours outside the class time.


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


References


Other Resources

  • Students can obtain the latest, free educational version of Autocad from the Autodesk website for out of class work.
  • Web links
  • In class videos
  • Multimedia Resource
  • Recommended Videos and DVDs
  • RMIT online learning resources are located on RMIT Online Learning Hub. Follow the link to log in http://www.rmit.edu.au
  • The Learning Hub ( Canvas) is the central point of access to the online courses in which students are registered
  • AS3600

Students will be able to access information and learning materials through myRMIT and may be provided with additional materials in class. List of relevant reference books, resources in the library and accessible Internet sites will be provided where possible. During the course, you will be directed to websites to enhance your knowledge and understanding of difficult concepts.


Overview of Assessment

The assessment is conducted in both theoretical and practical aspects of the course according to the performance criteria set in the National Training Package. Assessment may incorporate a variety of methods including written/oral activities and demonstration of practical skills to the relevant industry standards. Participants are advised that they are likely to be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment activities to their teacher/assessor. Feedback will be provided throughout the course. To successfully complete this course, you will be required to demonstrate competency in each assessment task detailed under Assessment Tasks:

Assessment 1: Test 1

Assessment 2: Assignment

Assessment 3: Final Test

These tasks assess the following Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs):

Assessment Mapping Matrix

Element/Performance Criteria Covered

Assessment 1Test 1

Assessment 2: Assignment

Assessment 3:  Final Test

1.1

 x

 

 x

1.2

 x

x

 

1.3

 x

 

 x

1.4

 x

 X

 x

2.1

 x

 X

 

2.2

 

 X

 x

2.3

 

 X

 x

2.4

 

 X

 x

2.5

 

 X

 x

3.1

 x

 X

 

3.2

 x

 X

 

3.3

 x

 

 

3.4

 x

 X

 

3.5

 x

 

 

4.1

 x

 X

 

4.2

 x

 X

 

4.3

 

 X

 

5.1

 

 X

 

5.2

 

 X

 

5.3

 

 X

 

5.4

 

 X

 

5.5

 

 X

 X

5.6

 

 X

 X

6,1

 X

 

 X

6.2

 X

 

 X

6.3

 X

 

 X

6.4

 X

 

 X

6.5

 X

 

 X

7.1

 

 X

 X

7.2

 

 X

 X

7.3

 

 X

 X

7.4

 

 X

 X

 


Assessment Tasks

 

Assessment 1: Test 1

Assessment 2: Assignment 

Assessment 3: Final Test


Students must apply relevant road design principles, skills and knowledge in road design calculations in accordance with specifications and current standards.

This course will be assessed as Competent or Not Yet Competent

 


Assessment Matrix

Assessment vs VU22560 Elements & Performance Criteria (CIVE7796)

 VU22560 Elements & Performance Criteria
 Assessments1.11.21.31.42.12.22.32.42.53.13.23.33.4 3.54.14.2 4.35.1  5.25.3  5.45.5 5.6 6.1 6.2 6.3  6.46.5 7.1  7.27.3 7.4
Assessment 1- Test 1 X X X X X     X X X X X        X  X  X  X  X      
Assessment 2- Assignment X XXX X X XXX X XX X X X X X X X      X X XX
Final Test X   X X  X X X X    X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X

Assessment vs Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies (CIVE7796)

 Engineers Australia Stage 1 Competencies
Assessments EA1.1EA1.2EA1.3EA1.4EA1.5EA1.6EA2.1EA2.2EA2.3EA2.4EA3.1EA3.2EA3.3EA3.4EA3.5EA3.6
Assessment 1- Test 1 X XX X X X    X X X  
Assessment 2-Assignment X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
Final Test X X X X X X X X X X X  X X  
ALL ASSESSMENTS VU22560 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 2 32 2 3 1 1
 0 (Blank)Graduate attribute is not assessed.
1Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one, but less than one-third, of the Element.
2Graduate attribute is assessed in at least one third, but less than two-thirds, of the Element.
3Graduate attribute is assessed in more than two-thirds of the Element.

 

 

 

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