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Road engineering and structures


Programme (detailed contents):
Road technics:
Mechanical behaviour and design of all types of pavements – Basic components, requirements and quality control (gravels, binding and fines) – Laboratory study (composition, mechanical performances, durability) – Production and processing (roles, tender spots and normalization request) – Quality tests of pavements – Work compliance and control processes - Maintenance of pavements: inspection, design, specific techniques.
Different types of works - Main technics of boring and types of tunnel boring machines – Microtunnels – End works – Retaining structures and underground hydraulics – Safety in underground works – Case studies.
Management of infrastructures:
Inventory and classification of bridges – Condition state estimation (inspection, diagnosis) – IQOA method – Ranking and planning of maintenance works – Global approach to identification and estimation od risks – Principles of risk-based maintenance.
Lectures, projects, conferences


At the end of this module, the student will have understood and be able to explain (main concepts):

  •  Main road techniques.
  •  Methods for boring tunnels
  • Practice and stakes of bridge management


The student will be able to:

  • Design of a structural pavement.
  • Elaborate methods for boring tunnels.
  • Participate to bridge management process

Needed prerequisite

Cours de matériaux de génie civil.

Form of assessment

The evaluation of outcome prior learning is made as a continuous training during the semester. According ot the teaching, the assessment will be different: as a written exam, an oral exam, a record, a written report, peers review...