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Advances in Hot Mix Asphalt Practice
Advances in Hot Mix Asphalt Practice

Assessments and Analysis of Test Data

INTRODUCTION

 

The purpose of this course is to present procedures and practices to advance rational decisions in the assessment of quality of products in the roads industry be they stockpiled aggregates, bituminous binders in bulk tanks or completed pavement layers. By the very nature of things, conclusions as to

the quality of a product are invariably based on a limited number of samples taken from the entire population.  Consequently there are risks associated with the soundness of decisions.

To come to consistent, fair decisions the integrity and coherence of the data on which decisions are based should be assured. Once confidence has been established regarding the integrity of the data one has to resort to formal techniques, such as statistics and probability theory – rather than intuitive, informal assessment – to ensure that fairness in the assessment of the data prevails. Even so, the risk

of error in judgement of compliance is always present, and an appreciation of the nature and extent of such errors is a valuable attribute of fair judgement schemes.

 

The course is structured to ensure that these issues are dealt with in the following order:

A. Presentation of data sets

B. Statistical methods

C. Management of Data

D. Judgement of compliance

 

Section A will briefly cover some fundamental algebra concepts, notation of data, presentation of data and the assessment of data quality.

 

Section B deals with sampling, probability theory, test of significance, regression analysis and uncertainty of data.

 

In section C procedures to assure the quality and integrity of data are described.

 

Section D covers quality assurance and control procedures, methods for quality judgement schemes including risks of error and process control.

 

The course is aimed at engineers, technicians and technologists that are involved in the generation,

verification and presentation of test data, the assessment of data in terms of compliance with

specifications and the presentation of data and outcomes within the framework of quality management systems.

 




ATC - Sampling Module

Who should attend?
All persons who are involved with the laboratory testing of asphalt and related materials will benefit from this specialist training in the testing of materials.

Why attend?
To train candidates in the correct performance of tests on asphalt and associated materials. In addition, candidates will be given guidance on the interpretation and reporting of results, as well as skills in basic laboratory management.


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ATC Module 3 - Aggregates

Couse Objective
To train candidates in the correct testing methods as per industry standards.
To provide the theory component of the unit standards outcomes: “Execute laboratory testing pertaining to aggregate materials”


Couse Structure

The revised Asphalt Testers Course has been structure into the following 5 modules presented over a 1 year period: 

  • Module 1 – Sampling of Materials
  • Module 2 - Soils and Natural Gravel testing
  • Module 3 - Aggregates testing
  • Module 4 – Bituminous Binder testing.
  • Module 5 - Asphalt testing

Who should attend

All persons involved in aggregate testing of construction materials for laboratory testing, including those wishing to refresh their knowledge of the correct procedures for these test methods.


Bitsafe Train the Trainer

Bituminous Binders for Road Construction and Maintenance: Introductory Course

The course is intended for learners requiring a basic knowledge of the types, use, handling, manufacture and application of bituminous products and addresses specific outcomes in most of the unit standards related to binder manufacturing, hot mix asphalt manufacturing, seal applications and hot mix asphalt applications as part of the NQF level 4 qualification “National Certificate in Construction Supervision”. The course is also registered for CPD points for those professionals wishing to gain a basic knowledge of bituminous products used in road construction.


Bituminous Binders for Roads
Bituminous Binders for Roads

Bituminous Products in Practice: Introductory Course
The course is intended for learners requiring a basic knowledge of the types, use, handling, manufacture and application of bituminous products and addresses specific outcomes in most of the unit standards related to binder manufacturing, hot mix asphalt manufacturing, seal applications and hot mix asphalt applications as part of the NQF level 4 qualification “National Certificate in Construction Supervision”. The course is also registered for CPD points for those professionals wishing to gain a basic knowledge of bituminous products used in road construction.

Bridge & culvert inspector`s visual assessments & intro to bridge management
The course will be based on the CSIR Struman Bridge Management System which is used by national, provincial and municipal authorities.
The course is open to all, but specifically aimed at those who have made bridges and culverts their area of expertise. Each client body sets its own qualification and experience requirements although some rely on SANRAL accreditation. However, attendance of the course is only
ONE of the requirements for those wishing to become an accredited bridge or culvert inspector for SANRAL. The course is also compulsory for previously accredited culvert inspectors who wish to upgrade to bridge inspectors. Attendance of the course will not necessarily lead to SANRAL accreditation. The next round Phase 2, of the SANRAL 2011/2012 bridge and culvert inspection is scheduled to take place in 2012. Phase 1 has already been tendered and awarded to various firms.

The course will cover:

  • Introduction to Bridge Management
  • Introduction to the CSIR Struman BMS
  • The Struman DER rating system
  • Visual Assessment Guide
  • Site visit and bridge calibration inspection exam
A set of notes including the Visual Assessment Guide will be provided to each delegate.




Compaction of Road Building Materials

This course is a comprehensive, state of the art course on the compaction of soils, gravels, crushed stone and hot mix asphalt materials. The course has been specially developed to provide a theoretical background as well as practical guidelines for construction site staff.  The course provides essential knowledge for staff from contractors, consulting engineers and road authorities who control and evaluate the compaction of road and earthworks materials. The course is  designed to provide the students with a thorough understanding of the theory and techniques of compaction and it covers all the following aspects:

 

  • The importance of compaction
  • Soil classification in relation to compactability
  • Principles of soil compaction
  • The influence of moisture
  • Types of compaction plant
  • Practical aspects of compaction
  • Evaluation of compaction testing
  • Factors affecting compaction of hot mix asphalt (HMA)

 

A comprehensive bound set of notes covering the theory, practice and evaluation of the compaction of soils and HMA is provided to each delegate.


Concrete Block Paving Road Course

Course Overview

Insurance claims caused by the failure of pavements constructed with concrete block pavers is one of the highest in the construction industry.

This 1 day course will highlight the major causes of failures in concrete block paving and explain how to prevent such failures

Course Outline

  • Introduction development and applications of concrete block paving.
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  • Materials and standards
  • . 
  • Overall design of pavement using Lockpave software.
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  • Construction of pavement.  Maintenance and management of pavement.
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  • Major causes of pavement failures.  Special applications of concrete block paving.
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    • Steep slopes
    • Intersection
    • Roof Decks
    • Overlays
    • Permeable Paving

Learning Outcomes

Developing and Applications of concrete block paving

Who should attend?

  • Design Engineers
  • Developers
  • Construction Engineer

Delegates are required to make their own arrangements with regard to accommodation and travelling to and from the venue.



Concrete Road Design and Constuction

CPD Points - 1


The course focuses on the technology applied in the design and construction of concrete pavements. It covers the supporting layers,
thickness design using computer program, cncPave, and joint design, detailing and layout. Concrete materials and mix design,
construction, modes of distress and failure and rehabilitation are also included.

Minimum entrance requirements:
A degree or diploma in civil engineering is recommended. A number of years` experience in road design and/or construction is highly recommended.



Construction and Application of Surfacing Seals

The course will provide practitioners with a practical insight into the application and construction of surfacing seals and is generally targeted at NQF level 5 and above. However, the course is also structured to provide embedded knowledge in the outcomes of the unit standard “Organise and Control a Surfacing Seal Operation” as part of the SAQA, NQF4 level qualification, “National Certificate in Construction Supervision”


Construction of G1 Bases

The course will handle all practical aspects of the construction process, from material sourcing (specification) through to completion of a G1 Crushed Stone Layer.  The focus areas of the course will include the following:

 

1.   ORIGIN AND AIM OF G1 CRUSHED STONE

2.   SOME COMPARATIVE HVS TEST RESULTS

3.   QUALITY OF G1 MATERIAL WITH REFERENCE TO COLTO 3602




Contract Documentation

The South African Road Federation has great pleasure in presenting a course on:

THE PREPARATION OF CONTRACT DOCUMENTATION AND ADMINISTRATION OF CIVIL ENGINEERING CONTRACTS

Among the aspects to be covered are:

  • Legal Framework of Contract
  • Alternative Forms of Contract
  • Risk Management
  • General Conditions of Contract (GCC90, GCC 2004)
  • Standard and Project Specifications
  • Schedules of Quantities
  • Pre-qualification and Tendering Procedures
  • Adjudication and Award of Contracts
  • Site Administration
  • Completion of the Contract

THIS IS NOT A HIGH LEVEL COURSE.
It is aimed at engineers with a maximum of 3 to 5 years post-graduate experience as  well as technicians involved with contract supervision. The course will benefit individuals as well as employers in the following groups:

  • Road authorities
  • Municipalities
  • Consultants
  • Contractors

NOTE:

This course has been updated to include:

1. Fundamentals of Construction procurements including CIDB prescripts

2. Standard construction procurement procedures and methods


Design and Construction of Surfaced Low Volume Roads
Unpaved roads make up more than 80% of the 600 000 km of South Africa`s road network. Many of these routes, ranging from streets in towns to provincial main roads urgently require surfacing to protect their riding quality, provide drainage, reduce environmental degradation and to improve the overall quality of life of local communities.

Engineers therefore have to deal with a wide range of practical problems whose solutions are invariably project specific. This short course, aimed at practitioners working to upgrade or build new roads to appropriate surfaced standard, has been designed to address the fundamentals of surfacing existing and new low volume roads, and the ancillary upgrading that often accompanies these projects, using the latest techniques and thinking on this broad subject

The topics addressed in the course will include:

  • needs analysis,
  • geometric design,
  • drainage,
  • geomorphology,
  • road building materials,
  • pavement design,
  • surfacing design,
  • construction and,
  • maintenance.

Who should attend

The course is aimed at practitioners who are or will be working in this field of endeavour and who have a tertiary education in civil engineering.


Design of Hot Mix Asphalt

The course has been designed to sensitise practitioners to the latest technologies related to the design of hot mix asphalt for road construction and pays particular attention to the Interim guideline for the design of HMA and Sabita manual 24. It is provided as a refresher course to existing practitioners.


Design, construction & application of surfacing seals

The course will provide practitioners with an insight into the design, construction and application of surfacing seals for roads. The course covers all aspects of seal design for conventional and modified binders using the revised TRH 3 and provides practical hints on application and construction of surfacing seals.


Environmental impact Assessment for Roads in South Africa

The South African Road Federation will be presenting a two-day training course on:

ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT FOR ROADS IN SOUTH AFRICA

INTRODUCTION

General objectives for integrated environmental management are promoted by application of Section 24 of the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998, as amended), that requires the potential impact on the environment of listed activities to be considered, investigated, assessed and reported on to a competent authority charged by the Act with granting environmental authorisation. In terms of the Act, the Minister, and every MEC with the concurrence of the Minister, may, amongst others:

  • Identify activities that either may not commence without environmental authorisation from the competent authority, or may be excluded from requiring such authorization.
  • Make regulations for the procedure associated with environmental authorizations and the preparation and evaluation of environmental impact assessments, strategic environmental assessments, environmental management plans and any other relevant environmental management instruments. Government Notices R.385, R.386 and R.387 of 21 April 2006 are such regulations promulgated in terms of the Act. Amendments to both the National Environmental Management Act, 1998 (Act 107 of 1998, as amended), and environmental assessment regulations of Government Notices R.385, R.386 and R.387, will be promulgated during 2009.
    The South African Road Federation wants to:

  • Develop awareness and capacity for integrated environmental management as it is practiced and legislated in South Africa today.
  • Familiarise its members on the provisions of the amended EIA regulations, as well as the amendments to the Act and its implications;

Scope of the course - The deliverables will be:

Training programme:

  • A training materials package will supplement the training sessions.
  • A 2-day training session on integrated environmental management and the new NEMA EIA regulations

Logistical arrangements:

  • Catering requirements will include provision for finger lunches and morning and afternoon refreshments (e.g. tea and coffee etc). The training sessions and the accompanying training material will be provided on CDs, and will include the NEMA EIA regulations and amendments to the Act, and various guidelines published by DEAT and DEA&DP (Western Cape).The course is aimed specifically at technical, engineering and management people involved in project planning, design, management and execution work on roads projects. Government, consulting, planning and construction people will benefit from this course. (Please note, the course is not applicable to road maintenance work)

Environmental management in the asphalt industry

The course aims to equip the participants with a broad overview of environmental management, but specifically as this applies to the establishment and operation of asphalt plants. The course covers the environmental laws that apply to the establishment and operation asphalt plants and illustrates how environmental management aspects are an essential component in the asphalt sector.

Participants to the course will gain a better insight into the environmental management framework for asphalt plants (both mobile and static) and will be coached in the use and / or understanding of environmental management tools such as EIA`s, management plans, codes of practice, audits and environmental method statements. The course will also cover environmental aspects typical to the asphalt sector, including storage and handling of fuels and bitumen, aggregates, end products, all air quality related matters, carbon footprinting, waste management and dealing with authorities, the public and complainants.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 

Attendance to the course will be beneficial to engineers, contractors and sub-contractors in asphalt, all asphalt plant personnel, project managers, HSE personnel and personnel from roads authorities. 

The course is targeted at practitioners operating at NQF level 5 and above and it is expected that 1 CDP credits will be earned by attendance of this course.

 




Environmental management in the construction & maintenance of roads

The course aims to equip the participants with a broad overview of environmental management, but specifically as this applies to the development, construction and maintenance of roads. The course covers the environmental laws that apply to roads projects and illustrates how environmental management aspects are an essential component in projects related to the construction and maintenance of roads.

Participants to the course will gain a better insight into the environmental management framework for roads projects and will be coached in the use and / or understanding of environmental management tools such as EIA’s, management plans, codes of practice, audits and environmental method statements. The course will also cover environmental aspects typical to roads project, including water and soil management, dealing with bitumen and waste, stockpiles and borrow pits, rehabilitation measures and dealing with authorities, the public and complainants.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND 

Attendance to the course will be beneficial to engineers, contractors and sub-contractors, roads planning personnel, construction and maintenance personnel, project managers, contract managers, HSE personnel and personnel from roads authorities. 

The course is targeted at practitioners operating at NQF level 5 and above and it is expected that 1 CDP credits will be earned by attendance of this course.




Fleet Management
The South African Road Federation in association with Akhatech will be presenting a 2½ day training course on:

FLEET MANAGEMENT

A thought provoking course encompassing a variety of elements relating to Fleet Management.

At the end of the course the delegates will have an understanding of

  • The various elements which constitute Fleet Management
  • Determining the most appropriate item for the job
  • Automotive oils and their uses
  • Oil Sampling and its benefits
  • Driver Training
  • Computerised Fleet Administration Systems
  • Satellite Tracking & its benefits
  • Fuel management and its benefits
  • Equipment rebuilding and its benefits
  • Fleet Financing options
  • Preparation of specifications for tender purposes
  • Tyres and tyre technology
  • Battery Technologies
  • Advances in design of modern earthmoving equipment
  • High speed vehicle weighing
  • AARTO demerit points system


Course ideally suitable for Transport Officers, Transport Administrators, Fleet managers, Technicians and Professionals




Flexible Pavement Design Techniques: Material Classification & Pavement Number Method
An intensive course presenting the latest developments in flexible pavement design

FLEXIBLE PAVEMENT DESIGN TECHNIQUES: Materials Classification & Pavement Number Method

ABOUT THE COURSE

The course will provide practitioners with a detailed knowledge of the Material Classification System and Pavement Number Method published in TG2.

The course covers the background and details of the Material Classification of bitumen stabilised materials (BSMs), granular materials and cemented materials and pavement design using the Pavement Number. Worked examples will be presented and delegates will work on assignments during the course.

The course will be intensive and delegates will be required to work hard during the day’s course. The course will start at 07:00 and will close at 17:30.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Attendance of the course would be beneficial to practitioners representing road authorities, consulting engineers, contractors and suppliers involved in the design of flexible pavements.

The Course is targeted at practitioners operating at NQF level 5 and above and it is expected that 1 CPD credit will be available for attendance of this course.

Delegates should bring their own laptop computers and have a working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

NB - Registration will be limited and, will be accepted on a first received basis and only confirmed by payment of the course fees.





Flexible Pavement Engineering (Over 14 month period)

Please note: This course has been postponed until further notice

The Asphalt Academy in association with the University of Pretoria presents this extensive 11-week, 7 -module course

Course Background

In recent years, road authorities, consulting engineers and other practitioners have raised concerns about the lack of pavement engineering knowledge displayed by recently graduated civil engineers, technicians and technologists. As a consequence, employers have to deploy significant resources before these individuals can be effectively and productively utilised in this category of engineering.

In response to the industry needs, The Asphalt Academy (AsAc) has developed an extensive flexible pavement engineering course structured into seven modules involving 11 weeks of classroom study over a 14 month period supplemented by project work in the learner’s home office.

Click here to download the course information brochure


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

The South African Road Federation will be holding a 2 day practical course on:

GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS)

GIS-T, or the application of geographic information systems (GIS) in transportation has grown significantly in South Africa and internationally over the last few years. GIS-T is also one of the leading GIS application fields. Many GIS-T applications have been developed and implemented at various institutions dealing with transport in the past decade. These address a broad range of transportation issues, such as infrastructure planning, design and management, transportation safety analysis, travel demand analysis, traffic monitoring and control, public transit planning and operations, environmental impacts assessment, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). With the rapid growth of the Internet and wireless communications in recent years, we also have seen a growing number of Internet-based and wireless GIS-T applications. The use of GIS in addressing transport and related matters are varied and advanced. GIS provides a tool that combines abilities to describe and map spatial properties in a common environment. Most GIS tools today provide the ability to combine different types of data that are needed to fulfil goals in transport planning. Most GIS systems can also handle road and other networks information and perform basic transport analysis.

In the South African context professionals are increasingly dealing with more challenging transport related issues that often require new or different approaches to solve. In addition, new tools and software are continuously developed that allow users to address these issues. In the area of data capture, technologies such as aerial photography, LIDAR, and the use of location based services (LBS) or handheld devices all have a part to play in addressing transport issues.

OBJECTIVES OF THIS COURSE

This course would provide a chance for persons in government and private sector who are interested in the use of GIS for transportation purposes to get together and share experiences, see state-of-art software, and learn more about developments in this field. It is an introductory course with the following main objectives.

  • To educate and inform participants regarding GIS technologies and techniques used to capture transport related information as well as to analyse such information
  • Improve awareness and knowledge of the latest developments in the GIS and associated digital systems.
  • Provide an opportunity for mutual learning and sharing of information

GEOMETRIC DESIGN

COURSE SYNOPSIS

The course will touch on all practical aspects of the overall process from inception through to completion of the project, including the archiving of records. The focus areas of the geometric design that will be covered in more detail will include:

  • Design Standard
  • Design Information
  • Design Tools
  • Design Vehicles
  • Design Speeds
  • The Driver
  • Sight Distances
  • Horizontal Alignments
  • Vertical Alignments
  • Cross Sections
  • Superelevation Development
  • Intersections
  • Interchanges
  • Drainage
  • Roadside Furniture and Signage 

Who should attend?

The course is aimed at graduate engineers, technologists and technicians with the intention of sensitising and advising designers as to the whole cycle of a roads design project and how other considerations such as drainage, signage, pedestrians and roadside
furniture interact with, and influence final geometric design parameters.


Gravel Road Design

The South African Road Federation has pleasure in presenting a course on:

GRAVEL ROAD DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

Unsealed (gravel, salt & earth) roads comprise 85% of the proclaimed road network in Namibia. Over the past 20 years considerable research has been carried out regarding the design, construction, maintenance, management and upgrading of unsealed roads, which has been incorporated in the revised Draft TRH 20 document. The objective of this course is to systematically work through

the information in this document, with examples and practical exercises.

The course covers:

  • The performance of unsealed roads

  • Design of unsealed roads

  • Construction aspects

  • Maintenance

  • Gravel road management

  • Investigation and maintenance measure selection

  • Safety aspects

  • Rehabilitation, improvement and upgrading


Gravel Road Design, Construction & Maintenance

The South African Road Federation has pleasure in presenting a course on

GRAVEL ROAD DESIGN, CONSTRUCTION & MAINTENANCE

Unsealed (gravel, salt & earth) roads comprise 85% of the proclaimed road network in Namibia. Over the past 20 years considerable research has been carried out regarding the design, construction, maintenance, management and upgrading of unsealed roads, which has been incorporated in the revised Draft TRH 20 document. The objective of this course is to systematically work through the information in this document, with examples and practical exercises.

The course covers:

  • The performance of unsealed roads
  • Design of unsealed roads
  • Construction aspects
  • Maintenance
  • Gravel road management
  • Investigation and maintenance measure selection
  • Safety aspects
  • Rehabilitation, improvement and upgrading

HDM 4

INTRODUCTION

The Highway Development and Management package (HDM-4) is a Windows based updated version of the highly popular and extensively used HDM-III planning model. HDM-4 was released at the end of January 2000, and subsequently improvements were made and version 2.0 was released in 2005, and developments and updates are continuing. It was developed by international groups, particularly the World Bank, under the coordination of the University of Birmingham.

This package forms the evaluation engine of many pavement management systems around the world, and is generally required for analysis of road projects supported by international funders.

Having attended the “Training-the-trainer” course Prof Visser is accredited to run training courses, whereas Mr Kannemeyer was intimately involved in its development.

COURSE OBJECTIVES

The objective of the course is to provide hands-on experience and training with using HDM-4 and analysing the results. Background to the structure and models will also be provided.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Engineers, economists and technologists who would be involved in project analyses or road management functions would benefit from this
course. Prior knowledge of road management is not required, but knowledge of working in the Windows environment would be essential.

AVAILABILITY OF COMPUTER SOFTWARE

The HDM-4 products included on the CD-ROM consist of the HDM-4 software, example case study data sets, and the HDM Series of documents.
This is available on www.hdmglobal.com .
Delegates should bring a PC or desk top computer, which runs on Windows 95 or higher, to the course.
HDM-4 will be installed on the delegates’ computer; delegates who have purchased the package will have the full version, whereas other delegates will receive the limited scope demonstration version at no cost.


 



Hydrological & Hydraulic Assessment + HEC-RAS apprentice course

The Road Drainage Manual first published in 1981, was fully updated in 2007. It has been further expanded with new chapters and more practical examples added by the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) and published as the `Drainage Manual, 6th Edition`. The manual has added sections on Stormwater System Analysis and Design, Assessment of the Hydraulic Capacity of Existing Drainage Structures, Application of Flood Routing, the Value of Maintenance, Modelling of Free Surface Flow, Flood Line Calculations and all other chapters are fully updated. The DM Application Guide has been expanded and is supported by a suite of software packages. Both theoretical and practical issues will allow participants to effectively analyse and design drainage structures.





Interpretation of Test Results

ABOUT THE COURSE

The course will inform those involved in the analysis of test results about the factors that have a bearing on the acceptance or rejection
of a set of test results based on statistical principles.

The aim is to stimulate the reader’s interest to look deeper into a value or a measurement than just the recorded numerical value of a
quantity or measurement rather than starring blindly at the figures.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Attendance of the course will be beneficial to engineers, technicians, technologists and laboratory personnel employed by road authorities, consulting engineers, contractors, laboratories and suppliers of products and services involved in the analysis of materials test results for statistical compliance with the specifications.



Introduction to Road Materials Engineering

This course provides a practical, “hands-on” introduction to road building materials and road construction techniques. It introduces the terms, jargon and buzz-words regularly used in the road building industry and is aimed at enabling candidates to become familiar with what, where, and how materials are used in road construction.

The course includes a visit to a materials testing laboratory and extensive use is made of hand samples so that candidates are able to gain a better practical understanding of road construction materials. Comprehensive PowerPoint presentations are used to make information easier to digest.

The course covers:

  • Road pavement components
  • Most important properties of soils and aggregates
  • Materials aspects of road construction
  • Stabilisation
  • Basic bitumen technology
  • Introduction to surfacing seals
  • Basics of hot-mixed asphalt
  • Overview of materials investigations
  • Overview of pavement rehabilitation design options
  • Basics of pavement design
  • Basics of concrete technology


Latest Developments in Asphalt Technology

The course will provide practitioners with a detailed and practical insight into the latest technologies being developed and investigated, for the sustainability of asphalt practice.

The course covers the latest local and international practice related to High Modulus Asphalt (HiMA); Reclaimed Asphalt (RA) and Recycled Asphalt Pavements (RAP); Warm Mix Asphalt; and Bitumen Rubber Asphalt as well as bitumen Modifiers to improve deformation resistance.

As new information and technologies become available, the course will be modified to accommodate the changes.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

Attendance of the course would be beneficial to practitioners representing road authorities, consulting engineers, contractors and suppliers involved in the design, production, construction and application of hot mix asphalt with a specific interest in the latest technologies developed to ensure sustainability.


The course is targeted at practitioners operating at NQF level 4 and above.


 


- Bitumen rubber asphalt; - Reclaimed asphalt; - Warm mix asphalt; - High modulus asphalt.
- Bitumen rubber asphalt; - Reclaimed asphalt; - Warm mix asphalt; - High modulus asphalt.

Latest Developmet in Asphalt Technology

ABOUT THE COURSE

 

The course will provide practitioners with a detailed and practical insight into the latest technologies being developed and investigated, for the sustainability of asphalt practice.

 

The course covers the latest local and international practice related to High Modulus Asphalt (HiMA); Reclaimed Asphalt (RA) and Recycled Asphalt Pavements (RAP); Warm Mix Asphalt; and Bitumen Rubber Asphalt as well as bitumen Modifiers to improve deformation resistance.

 

As new information and technologies become available, the course will be modified to accommodate the changes.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

 

Attendance of the course would be beneficial to practitioners representing road authorities, consulting engineers, contractors and suppliers involved in the design, production, construction and application of hot mix asphalt with a specific interest in the latest technologies developed to ensure sustainability.

 

 

 


Managing Routine Road Maintenance Projects

Manufacture, Application and Construction of Hot Mix Asphalt

The course will provide practitioners with a practical insight into the construction and application of hot mix asphalt and is generally targeted at NQF level 5 and above. However, the course is also structured to provide embedded knowledge in the outcomes of the unit standard “Organise and Control a Hot Mix Asphalt Paving Operation” as part of the SAQA, NQF4 level qualification, “National Certificate in Construction Supervision”


Mechanics of heavy-duty truck systems

The South African Road Federation is pleased to present a four-day event focused on the dynamics of trucks. The event will include the definitive UMTRI course on heavy truck dynamics as well as hands-on computer exercises. A South African perspective and update on the performance-based standards initiative is included.

Who Should Attend
This event is intended for persons engaged in the technical activities of truck design, operating and design of heavy mining vehicles, truck equipment selection, fleet safety operations, accident reconstruction, development of truck safety standards and highway/truck interactions. Government regulators, fleet owners and manufacturers of truck components will find the focus on the performance-based standards or SMART trucks extremely informative.

This Course Will Include

  • An overview of vehicle dynamics theory
  • Tyres, suspensions, brakes and steering systems
  • Ride, rollover, handling and braking
  • Hands-on exercises in simulation
  • A braai dinner on the Wednesday evening, and lunch every day.
  • A South African view and update on performance-based standards

Venue

Lectures will be held at the scenic Glenburn Lodge situated within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. Please contact the hotel directly with regard to accommodation: www.glenburn.co.za. Accommodation is limited so please book early.

 

 




MTC Module 1 - Sampling of Materials

The Asphalt Testers Course has been revised and a module added on concrete. This has resulted in the Materials Testers Course

Course Structure
The Materials Testers Course(MTC) has been structure into

the following 6 modules presented over a 1 year period:

  • Module 1 – Sampling of Materials
  • Module 2 - Soils and Natural Gravel testing
  • Module 3 - Aggregates testing
  • Module 4 – Concrete testing.
  • Module 5 – Bituminous Binder testing.
  • Module 6 - Asphalt testing

The six modules have been structured to be used as part of the Construction Materials Testing Learnerships at NQF levels 2 – 4


MTC Module 2 - Soils and Gravels

The Asphalt Testers Course has been revised and a module added on concrete. This has resulted in the Materials Testers Course

Course Structure
The Materials Testers Course(MTC) has been structure into

the following 6 modules presented over a 1 year period:

  • Module 1 – Sampling of Materials
  • Module 2 - Soils and Natural Gravel testing
  • Module 3 - Aggregates testing
  • Module 4 – Concrete testing.
  • Module 5 – Bituminous Binder testing.
  • Module 6 - Asphalt testing

The six modules have been structured to be used as part of the Construction Materials Testing Learnerships at NQF levels 2 – 4


MTC Module 3 - Aggregates testing

The Asphalt Testers Course has been revised and a module added on concrete. This has resulted in the Materials Testers Course

Course Structure
The Materials Testers Course(MTC) has been structure into

the following 6 modules presented over a 1 year period:

  • Module 1 – Sampling of Materials
  • Module 2 - Soils and Natural Gravel testing
  • Module 3 - Aggregates testing
  • Module 4 – Concrete testing.
  • Module 5 – Bituminous Binder testing.
  • Module 6 - Asphalt testing

The six modules have been structured to be used as part of the Construction Materials Testing Learnerships at NQF levels 2 – 4


MTC Module 4 - Concrete Testing

The Asphalt Testers Course has been revised and a module added on concrete. This has resulted in the Materials Testers Course

Course Structure
The Materials Testers Course(MTC) has been structure into

the following 6 modules presented over a 1 year period:

  • Module 1 – Sampling of Materials
  • Module 2 - Soils and Natural Gravel testing
  • Module 3 - Aggregates testing
  • Module 4 – Concrete testing.
  • Module 5 – Bituminous Binder testing.
  • Module 6 - Asphalt testing

The six modules have been structured to be used as part of the Construction Materials Testing Learnerships at NQF levels 2 – 4


MTC Module 5 - Bituminous binder testing

The Asphalt Testers Course has been revised and a module added on concrete. This has resulted in the Materials Testers Course

Course Structure

The Materials Testers Course(MTC) has been structure into

the following 6 modules presented over a 1 year period:

  • Module 1 - Sampling of Materials
  • Module 2 - Soils and Natural Gravel testing
  • Module 3 - Aggregates testing
  • Module 4 - Concrete testing.
  • Module 5 - Bituminous Binder testing.
  • Module 6 - Asphalt testing

The six modules have been structured to be used as part of the Construction Materials Testing Learnerships at NQF levels 2 - 4

Module 5: Bituminous binder testing

5-day course

Course Objectives

  • To train candidates in the correct bituminous test methods as per industry standards.
  • to provide the theory component of the unit standards outcomes:
  • Execute Laboratory Testing Pertaining to Bituminous Materials.

Who should attend?

All persons involved in the laboratory testing of bituminous binders, including those wishing to refresh their knowledge of the correct procedures for these test methods.

The tests to be covered are as follows:

  • Penetration grade bitumen
    • Penetration test
    • Ring and ball softening point test
    • Dynamic viscosity test
    • Spot test
    • Rolling thin fillm oven test.
  • Cutback bitumen
    • Distillation test
    • Kinematic viscosity test
  • Bitumen emulsions.
    • Binder content test
    • Viscosity test
    • Coagulation value test
    • Sedimentation test
    • Residue on sieving test
    • Particle charge test.

Module 5: Bituminous binder testing

5-day course

Course Objectives

  • To train candidates in the correct bituminous test methods as per industry standards.
  • to provide the theory component of the unit standards outcomes:
    Execute Laboratory Testing Pertaining to Bituminous Materials.

Who should attend?

All persons involved in the laboratory testing of bituminous binders, including those wishing to refresh their knowledge of the correct procedures for these test methods.

The tests to be covered are as follows:

  • Penetration grade bitumen
    • Penetration test
    • Ring and ball softening point test
    • Dynamic viscosity test
    • Spot test
    • Rolling thin fillm oven test.
  • Cutback bitumen
    • Distillation test
    • Kinematic viscosity test
  • Bitumen emulsions.
    • Binder content test
    • Viscosity test
    • Coagulation value test
    • Sedimentation test
    • Residue on sieving test
    • Particle charge test.

Module 5: Bituminous binder testing

5-day course

Course Objectives

  • To train candidates in the correct bituminous test methods as per industry standards.
  • to provide the theory component of the unit standards outcomes:
    Execute Laboratory Testing Pertaining to Bituminous Materials.

Who should attend?

All persons involved in the laboratory testing of bituminous binders, including those wishing to refresh their knowledge of the correct procedures for these test methods.

The tests to be covered are as follows:

  • Penetration grade bitumen
    • Penetration test
    • Ring and ball softening point test
    • Dynamic viscosity test
    • Spot test
    • Rolling thin fillm oven test.
  • Cutback bitumen
    • Distillation test
    • Kinematic viscosity test
  • Bitumen emulsions.
    • Binder content test
    • Viscosity test
    • Coagulation value test
    • Sedimentation test
    • Residue on sieving test
    • Particle charge test.

MTC Module 6 - Asphalt Testing

The Asphalt Testers Course has been revised and a module added on concrete. This has resulted in the Materials Testers Course

Course Structure
The Materials Testers Course(MTC) has been structure into

the following 6 modules presented over a 1 year period:

  • Module 1 - Sampling of Materials
  • Module 2 - Soils and Natural Gravel testing
  • Module 3 - Aggregates testing
  • Module 4 - Concrete testing.
  • Module 5 - Bituminous Binder testing.
  • Module 6 - Asphalt testing

The six modules have been structured to be used as part of the Construction Materials Testing Learnerships at NQF levels 2 - 4


Module 6: Alphalt testing

5-day course

Course Objectives

  • To train candidates in the correct bituminous test methods as per industry standards.
  • to provide the theory component of the unit standards outcomes:
  • Execute Laboratory Testing Pertaining to Bituminous Materials.

Who should attend?

All persons involved in the laboratory testing of bituminous binders, including those wishing to refresh their knowledge of the correct procedures for these test methods.

The tests to be covered are as follows:

  • Marshall design process
    • Optimum binder content method
    • Manufacturing a test briquette
    • Stability and flow
    • Bulk relative density (BRD)
    • Maximum theoretical relative density - Rice method
  • Advanced design tests
    • Immersion index
  • Field control tests.
    • Binder extraction

Non Motorised Planning and Design

Non Motorised Transport

The South African Road Federation has great pleasure in presenting a course on :
NON – MOTORISED PLANNING AND DESIGN

Statistics raise the following questions.

  • Is the current road environment in South Africa generally conducive to the safety of non-motorised road users? (there are some pockets of excellence which could serve as blueprint to practitioners)

  • Are the road practitioners adequately equipped to understand the needs on non-motorised road users, especially from a planning and design perspective? The National Department of Transport and some provinces, district municipalities and cities have initiated some interventions to deal with this situation. These best practices and examples from other provinces and municipalities will be used to capacitate practitioners.


They are:

  • The National Department of Transport has initiated a National Non-Motorised Transport Policy (First Draft – December 2008). The need for a safer road environment for non-motorised road users is also emphasised in this policy document. Prior to this initiative, the national Department of Transport has already issued a Pedestrian and Bicycle Facility Guidelines Manual (August 2003) for the planning and design of safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

  • The Western Cape Province and the City of Cape Town have been very active with regard to the promotion of non-motorised transport. In June 2004, the Western Cape Province published its Provincial Strategy on Promotion of Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) Use.

  • The City of Cape Town has developed a Bicycle Master Plan for the City and also a  Non-motorised Transport Policy. Various NMT projects have been implemented (Klipfontein Corridor, Khayalitsha, CBD, and others) and NGO’s such as the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), is active in the Cape Town metropolitan area and elsewhere.

  • The Cape Wine lands District Municipality has also taken the lead among district municipalities to provide for NMT road users

 

The learning objectives of the NMT course are:

  • Attendees will be provided with a balanced overview of the need for non-motorised road user facilities in the road environment in relation to facilities for motorised road uses.

  • Attendees will be given an overview of current government policies and initiatives to promote the use of non-motorised transport modes

  • Attendees will be taught how to plan and design for non-motorised transport modes including pedestrians, bicyclists and animal drawn transport

  



Non-Motorised Planning

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

The role of Non-motorised Transport is gaining more recognition and momentum in Transport Policy and Strategy, as well as in Transport Planning and Operations, especially with regard to its role in Sustainable and Accessible Transport, the Greening of Transport, Job Creation and Poverty Relief.  Furthermore, it has important roles to play in urban and rural areas as a feeder system to public transport systems (rail, BRT, bus and minibus taxi), to bridge the gap between transport and land use planning, and also to serve as a safe independent transport mode.   

 

The many problems NMT users are facing in the road environment, including the high number of road crashes and casualties involving pedestrians and cyclists, raise the following questions.

*       Is the current road environment in South Africa generally conducive to the safety of non-motorised road users?

*       Are the road practitioners adequately equipped to understand the needs on non-motorised road users, especially from a planning and design perspective?

*       What are the latest policy issues that impact on NMT planning and design practices that road practitioners should take cognisance of?

 

The National Department of Transport and some provinces, district municipalities and cities have initiated and implemented interventions to deal with this situation. International best practices as well as local examples will be used to capacitate practitioners.  These will include:

 

*       The National Department of Transport has initiated a National Non-Motorised Transport Policy (First Draft – December 2008). The need for a safer road environment for non-motorised road users is also emphasised in this policy document.  Prior to this initiative, the national Department of Transport has already issued a Pedestrian and Bicycle Facidlity Guidelines Manual (August 2003) for the planning and design of safe pedestrian and bicycle facilities.

*       Some provinces and cities, for example Western Cape and Gauteng Province and the cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg, Tshwane, eThekwini and Polokwane have been actively promoting the use of non-motorised transport. There are also other pockets of excellence stimulated by the Soccer World Cup, 2010.

*       The City of Cape Town was the first to develop a Bicycle Master Plan for the City and a Non-motorised Transport Policy. Various NMT projects have been implemented (Klipfontein Corridor, Khayalitsha, CBD, comprehensive cycle lane networks and more).  NGO’s such as the Bicycle Empowerment Network (BEN), is active in the Cape Town metropolitan area and elsewhere in the province. 

*       The Cape Winelands District Municipality has also taken the lead among district municipalities to provide for NMT road users, especially at schools.  

 

The learning objectives of the NMT course are:

 

*       Attendees will be familiarised with the role of NMT within the broader context of sustainable and accessible transport, greening of transport, planning processes (roads, land use, public transport), intelligent transport systems (ITS); and poverty alleviation and job creation.

*       Attendees will be provided with a balanced overview of the need for non-motorised road user facilities in the road environment in relation to facilities for motorised road uses

*       Attendees will be given an overview of current government policies and initiatives to promote the use of non-motorised transport modes

*       Attendees will be taught how to plan and design for non-motorised transport modes including pedestrians, bicyclists and animal drawn transport.

 

Delegates are required to make their own arrangements with regard to accommodation and travelling to and from the venue.


Nuclear Gauge Testing

Course Objectives

 

*      To train candidates in the correct testing methods as per industry standards.

*      to provide the theory component of the  proposed unit standards outcomes: “Execute nuclear gauge testing pertaining to granular and stabilised materials”

 

Course Structure

 

The course has been structured to be used as a unit standard as part of the revised Construction Materials Testing Learnerships at NQF levels 2 – 4 which are in the process of being registered and accredited with SAQA and CETA.

 

This course is seen as a stand alone module but could be considered as a supplementary module to the 6-module Materials Testers Course currently being presented by AsAc in association with the Cement and Concrete Institute.

 

Who should attend?

 

All persons involved in nuclear gauge testing of road construction materials for laboratory testing, including those wishing to refresh or increase their knowledge of the correct procedures for these test methods.



Nuclear Gauge Testing Course

Optimizing Intersections

Course Description

 

Delegates will learn how to select an intersection control, how signal timing is optimized and how to simplify the analysis of traffic impact assessments. The AutoJ intersection optimization program, which provides all the tools and concepts needed to maximize intersection performance, will be introduced.

 

The methods by which AutoJ Automatically optimizes Junctions and provides the user with:

*     Whether an intersection should have a traffic signal, roundabout, stop or other control;

*     The optimal traffic signal staging, cycle time, splits and settings, with signal timing diagrams generated automatically;

*     The ability to select lane numbers, markings and geometry and get instant feedback;

*     A means to prioritize public transport (e.g. BRT), freight or pedestrians;

            will be explained.

AutoJ calculates Delay, Queues, Volume / Capacity ratios and Level of Service for each movement of all 25 intersection control types for up to 3 periods at a time.

 

Delegates will also learn a simple method to undertake traffic impact assessments.


Optomizing Intersections

On Day 1, delegates will learn about the AutoJ intersection optimization program which provides all the tools and concepts needed to maximize intersection performance. AutoJ Automatically optimizes Junctions by assisting the user to determine:

  • Whether an intersection should have a traffic signal, roundabout, stop or other control;
  • Optimal traffic signal staging and settings, with signal timing diagrams provided;
  • Optimal lane numbers, markings and geometry;
  • Priority for public transport (e.g. BRT),freight or pedestrians.

AutoJ calculates AM, PM and off peak Delay, Queues, Volume / Capacity ratios and Level of Service for each movement of 25 intersection control types.

The course will describe a simple method to undertake traffic impact assessments.

Delegates

Delegates require almost no technical knowledge. It will be of value to engineers, technicians, traffic officers and anybody else wanting to know about intersections, how to optimize them and how to design them for traffic impact studies. Delegates will get maximum benefit if they bring their own PC / laptop to the course.


Overview of Hot Mix Asphalt Practice

Pavement Engineering

Course Background

In recent years, road authorities, consulting engineers and other practitioners have raised concerns about the lack of pavement engineering knowledge displayed by recently graduated civil engineers, technicians and technologists. As a consequence, employers have to deploy significant resources before these individuals can be effectively and productively utilised in this category of engineering.

Although various institutions present courses either on demand or as part of a continuing education programs, most of these are offered infrequently and often have insufficient practical content. Various tertiary institutions offer semester block courses on Transportation Engineering or Urban Engineering either as a part of a postgraduate qualification, or simply for individuals to gain further information. However, actual lecture time is relatively small requiring a large amount of the learning to be accomplished through self-study. The consequence is that several years pass before a newly graduated engineer has sufficient knowledge to fully contribute to his/her firm’s workload. Therefore, in response to the industry need to fast track learners in road construction, the Asphalt Academy (AsAc) has developed and extensive pavement engineering course structured in to eight modules involving 12 weeks of classroom study over a 15 month period supplemented by project work in the learner’s home office.

An integral part of the course structure is to provide a holistic approach to pavement engineering through the project assignments that will guide the learner through the inception, design and construction of both a new road and a rehabilitation project. The project assignments will provide a consistent theme through all the modules, with written and oral submissions during each module where the learners will be encouraged to apply the theoretical knowledge gained through lectures to actual projects. At the end of the course, learners will be required to submit a final oral project report supplemented by an extensive project file for assessment.

Other assessment tools will also be developed and applied in line with the unit standards comprising the skills programme.

Capacity Building for Gauteng

In and effort to build human capacity in the roads sector in Gauteng, the Gauteng Department of Public Transport Road and Works (GDPTRW) in association with the Asphalt Academy, will present a course in pavement engineering over a period of 15 months. The presentation of the course will be funded by GPTRW for nominated learners from inside the department and from the private sector within the province involved in departmental projects. The course will be in the form of a bridging course into pavement (road) engineering and will involve the attendance of 12, 1-week classroom-based training modules to be spaced evenly during the 15 month period supplemented by workplace experiential training and mentorship in an assigned office in either the public or private sector.


PAVEMENT REHABILITATION BY RECYCLING / BITUMEN STABILISATION
South African Road Authorities, from municipal to national level, have identified recycling as the most cost-effective means of addressing the deteriorating condition of their road networks. However, they are concerned that industry is not suitably equipped to use bitumen stabilising agents in the process. Bitumen stabilised materials (BSMs) offer many benefits:

  • utilisation of materials traditionally classified as“marginal”, thereby minimising material import
  • improved performance of granular material due to increased cohesion
  • improved durability as a consequence of reduced moisture sensitivity
  • drastically reduced time required for construction
  • ability to accommodate traffic soon after construction, thereby eliminating the need for diversions and improving overall safety standards culminating in:
  • significant budget savings.

Although the publication of TG2 2nd Edition (2009) was accompanied by a series of countrywide seminars, Road Authorities have identified the need for further training of practitioners before they can master this “proudly South African” technology. The objective of this course is to assist practitioners toutilise the TG2 (2009) guidelines in evaluating BSMs as an option for pavement rehabilitation on a wide range of projects. This will be achieved by means of formal lectures, examples, laboratory work and an assignment.


Practical Road Pavement

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

This course provides a practical overview of pavement engineering giving useful advice on a wide range of related topics.  Time does not permit detailed designs such as Rubicon or asphalt.

 

The course looks at the practical aspects involved in road pavement engineering, and includes rehabilitation as well as new road pavements. The course uses a mixture of theory, fieldwork and workshops to transfer the information to the delegates.

 

THIS IS NOT A HIGH LEVEL COURSE.  It is aimed at young engineers and technicians, as well as those seeking a `refresher` in this field.  The seminar will benefit individuals as well as employers in the following groups:

Roads authorities

Municipalities

Consultants

20-Contractors

Funding agencies

Attendance will be limited to ensure that the delegates receive the maximum benefit from the course.  In view of the popularity of the course at other

Practical Road Pavement Engineering

Quality Management of Bitumen

The primary objective of the course is to inform users and specifiers on processes carried out routinely at refineries to ensure that quality requirements are consistently met to ensure the supply of fit-for-purpose binders.


Revised Asphalt Testers Course

Riding Quality

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

Riding quality of road pavements provides essential information regarding the condition and performance of the road. It is often prescribed as one of the performance measures of roads in a pavement management system. Riding quality is relatively simple to measure, and with appropriate analysis, the data can be used to develop a detailed understanding of the road performance.

 

Riding quality also affects the experience of vehicles, passengers and freight using a specific road directly. Issues such as freight damage, occupant comfort and vehicle operating costs are influenced by the level of riding quality on a road.

 

OBJECTIVES OF THIS COURSE

 

The objective of the course is to sensitize engineers, technologists, technicians and managers involved in road design, construction, maintenance and management to the concepts, measurement, analysis and effects of road riding quality.

 

COURSE CONTENT

 

·         Introduction to road riding quality

·         Definitions and concepts involved in riding quality

·         Measuring riding quality

·         Analysing riding quality data

·         Interpreting riding quality data

·         Riding quality and Vehicle-Pavement Interaction

·         Effects of riding quality on road users and costs



Road Marking

Course Content

Road Markings constitute possibly the single most important device to ensure safe and traffic-efficient roadways. They are certainly the most neglected form of Road Traffic Signs both in terms of correct application and maintenance.

This course sets out a comprehensive explanation of the requirements of the SADC-RTSM In-depth discussion on all the Road Marking types, as well as a guide to the use of the various Volumes and Chapters contained in SARTSM.

Exercises in problem solving, good practice guides and recommendations will be presented. Rural and Urban applications will be investigated. Emphasis will also be placed on the correct method of preparing drawings and problems encountered at the pre-marking stage.


WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Any person whose function is to “display” road traffic signs will benefit from attending this course. With the increasing volume of traffic on the SA road network, combined with increasingly more complex road layouts, awareness of the implications of incorrect signage applications (be it signs or road markings) is essential.

All roads authorities, from national to provincial, but especially at local government level will gain immensely from the content of this course. In addition consulting traffic engineers and technicians will benefit. Persons involved with Geometric Design, Traffic Engineering will also
benefit.



Road Marking - Durban

Road Markings constitute possibly the single most important device to ensure safe and traffic-efficient roadways. They are certainly the most neglected form of Road Traffic Signs both in terms of correct application and maintenance. This course sets out a comprehensive explanation of the requirements of the SADC-RTSM In-depth discussion on all the Road Marking types, as well as a guide to the use of the various Volumes and Chapters contained in SARTSM. Exercises in problem solving, good practice guides and recommendations will be presented. Rural and Urban applications will be investigated. Emphasis will also be placed on the correct method of preparing drawings and problems encountered at the pre-marking stage.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Any person whose function is to “display” road traffic signs will benefit from attending this course. With the increasing volume of traffic on the SA road network, combined with increasingly more complex road layouts, awareness of the implications of incorrect signage applications (be it signs or road markings) is essential. All roads authorities, from national to provincial, but especially at local government level will gain immensely from the content of this course. In addition consulting traffic engineers and technicians will benefit. Persons involved with Geometric Design, Traffic Engineering will also benefit.




Road Marking in Gauteng

WHO SHOULD ATTEND


This course is aimed at all Engineers, Technologists, Technicians Project Managers, Site Supervisors and
Safety Officers responsible for road safety and traffic management at roadworks construction sites, in
compliance with the Road Traffic Act 1996 (Act 93 of 1996) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act85 of 1993)

OBJECTIVES OF ROADWORKS SIGNING

In order to achieve the safest possible environment the following objectives should be sought with disciplined
attention to detail:

  • To establish, as far as possible, a standard pattern of traffic control devices for typical road
    construction and maintenance operations which is simple and clear to understand.
  • To develop in drivers, by means of exclusive signs which are visible and have a simple and
    easily understood message, a high level of awareness that a reduced standard of roadway
    exists ahead of them. And the knowledge that this requires their increased vigilance.
  • To generate a high level of driver respect and familiarity for the efficiency and adequacy of the
    traffic management used at roadworks
  • To maintain roadway capacity and traffic flow at the highest possible levels, particularly on the
    higher class routes, where large traffic volumes would otherwise result in congestion, delay and
    accident potential
  • To keep roadway related accident levels at a minimum
  • To provide adequate information to redirect drivers via alternative routes when detours are
    implemented
  • To provide designers of traffic management systems, and the site staff who implement them,
    with adequate tools with which to accomplish the above objectives

  • To make designers and staff aware of the need for very high degree of discipline in the management
    of their sites on a day to day basis

Aspects to be covered in the course are:

  • Legislation and specification
  • Road Traffic Signs manual
  • Accommodation of traffic on sites
  • Traffic Management at Roadworks
  • Construction Sites
  • Signing applications for short term urban roadworks conditions
  • Signing applications for rural roadworks conditions
  • Signing applications for Freeways


(Refer to preliminary programme attached for details)



Road Pavement Rehabilitation

This course is intended and will provide practical guidelines for those involved in the pavement rehabilitation of surfaced roads. It is not intended as a manual on routine road maintenance but for larger rehabilitation projects requiring more sophisticated inputs and design considerations. Construction would also be on a larger scale, most often requiring the use of specialist contractors. Un-surfaced or gravel roads are not covered in these notes as they require special but more routine maintenance work than surfaced roads.

Background

As the road infrastructure of South Africa is becoming older more surfaced roads are approaching the end of their design life and need to be rehabilitated to, at least, preserve part of the investment made in the infrastructure and to provide the road user with an acceptable road network free from hazards. It is accepted that routine road maintenance would be regularly carried out to protect the road and associated road elements from premature deterioration and failure. Even with the best routine maintenance the road pavement and other elements would deteriorate or be damaged in time due to a variety of factors of which the following are the most important:

  • Traffic loading associated deterioration:
  • Routine maintenance strategy.
  • Environmental factors
  • Geometric upgrading for higher traffic volumes

Course objectives

This course only gives an overview of strategies and procedures to be followed in road pavement rehabilitation. It is not the intention to be a comprehensive pavement design manual as this is a rather complicated and extensive subject on its own. It will, however, endeavour to point the participant in the right direction. References are given for the participant to make use of existing more sophisticated procedures currently in use in South Africa. The participant is encouraged to make use of these references and expertise currently specialising in certain aspects of pavement engineering.

The main course objectives are:

Pavement condition assessment and an introduction to Pavement Management Systems

Initial pavement assessment

Detailed pavement assessment

Selection of maintenance or rehabilitation options

Practical considerations.

Materials designs

Construction tips.

Operational Health and Safety and Environmental issues.



Road Safety Audits

Road Safety Engineering
The SARF Road Safety Engineering course is aimed at young engineers, technologists and technicians involved in design of new and improved roads, maintenance and construction. Road Safety is introduced as a complex and multifacetted problem. The road engineer will be made aware of the roles that other disciplines play in order to focus on the contribution of Road Safety Engineering. The course uses and refers to resources that are widely accessible and frequently updated. Internationally developed procedures will be interpreted in local context. Road Safety Engineering is discussed in  settings such as maintenance and construction. The issue of Legal Duty towards road safety will be highlighted.


Road Traffic Signs - Design & Implementation

ROADWORKS TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

This course is aimed at all Engineers, Technologists, Technicians Project Managers, Site Supervisors and Safety Officers responsible for road safety and traffic management at roadworks construction sites, in compliance with the Road Traffic Act 1996 (Act 93 of 1996) and the Occupational Health and Safety Act (Act 85 of 1993)

OBJECTIVES OF ROADWORKS SIGNING
In order to achieve the safest possible environment the following objectives should be sought with disciplined attention to detail:

  • To establish, as far as possible, a standard pattern of traffic control devices for typical road construction and maintenance operations which is simple and clear to understand.
  • To develop in drivers, by means of exclusive signs which are visible and have a simple and easily understood message, a high level of awareness that a reduced standard of roadway exists ahead of them. And the knowledge that this requires their increased vigilance.
  • To generate a high level of driver respect and familiarity for the efficiency and adequacy of the traffic management used at roadworks
  • To maintain roadway capacity and traffic flow at the highest possible levels, particularly on the higher class routes, where large traffic volumes would otherwise result in congestion, delay and accident potential
  • To keep roadway related accident levels at a minimum
  • To provide adequate information to redirect drivers via alternative routes when detours are implemented
  • To provide designers of traffic management systems, and the site staff who implement them, with adequate tools with which to accomplish the above objectives
  • To make designers and staff aware of the need for very high degree of discipline in the management of their sites on a day to day basis

Routine Road Maintenance

South African Road Federation will presenting a

3 day course on

ROUTINE ROAD MAINTENANCE

This course will be two days of lectures and the last day will be a whole day site visit on routes currently under construction and where routine maintenance activities of the SANRAL contracts are running. Roads are taken for granted without acknowledging their vital contribution to various aspects of society's wellbeing. How effectively we manage our national highways is key to the quality of the environment we live in. The importance of Routine Road Maintenance (RRM) is generally underestimated in the preservation of the road infrastructure asset.
At SANRAL, RRM is used, inter alia, both for the longevity of the national highway system and for the development of small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs). The RRM programme was established on the national road network in 1998 which at the time had a length of 6748km, and has since expanded to well over 16000km.  Every meter of the road network is covered by a routine road maintenance project, which has as its primary objective the provision of a safe road environment to all road users. Daily inspections by route patrols allow for the identification of possible hazards and the implementation of appropriate action, within the shortest possible time. This manual combines the skills and knowledge that SANRAL and its partners have developed over the years.It is a tool to assist those involved in RRM to identify remedial actions to be taken to preserve and render the road safe.
 The SANRAL RRM Programme by its very nature offers opportunities for the development of SMMEs.
It is a Condition of Tender that a major portion of the works is set aside for SMMEs.
The proportion of works (either 80% or 60%) to be set aside for SMMEs is dependent on the size of the Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment participation of the main contractor. Subcontractors with minimal capital cost, technical and entry requirements, provide an ideal incubator for the economic empowerment, development and training for the "larger" contractors of tomorrow.
 Furthermore, RRM plays an important role in implementing the Incident Management System to clear the roadways of any obstruction and to restore traffic flow to normality as quickly as possible. The Manual is a guide to take the corrective action not only to provide a safe, efficient road network but also to protect the environment. Environmental Management is integrated in all the chapters of the Manual. This second edition of the Manual includes for the first time a chapter on quality control systems for RRM contracts. I trust the information in the Manual will assist the Site Management Team in their tasks to maintain the functional integrity of the road network.





SADC road traffic signs manual & road marking

The intention is that the first day will be a theory and basic principles information exercise, whilst the second day will be a hands-on interaction between the presenter and the delegates

  • Introduction, SADC Road Traffic Signs Manuals

  • Basic Road Traffic Signage Principles

  • In-depth Review of all road Marking Types, together with combinations and compatible Regulatory and Warning signage.

  • Fundamental design philophosies for Road Markings

  • Urban and Rural Road markings with reference to SARTSM Vol 2.

Recommended good practice for the preparation of drawings; checking of pre-marking in the field; Road Markings as part of Traffic Signal designs; documentation; overview of specifications.

Road Markings constitute possibly the single most important device to ensure safe and traffic-efficient roadways. They are certainly the most neglected form of Road Traffic Signs both in terms of correct application and maintenance. 

This course sets out a comprehensive explanation of the requirements of the SADC-RTSM In-depth discussion on all the Road Marking types, as well as a guide to the use of the various Volumes and Chapters contained in SARTSM.

Exercises in problem solving, good practice guides and recommendations will be presented. Rural and Urban applications will be investigated. Emphasis will also be placed on the correct method of preparing drawings and problems encountered at the pre-marking stage.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

Any person whose function is to “display” road traffic signs will benefit from attending this course.  With the increasing volume of traffic on the SA road network, combined with increasingly more complex road layouts, awareness of the implications of  incorrect signage applications (be it signs or road markings) is essential.

All roads authorities, from national to provincial, but especially at local government level will gain immensely from the content of this course. In addition consulting traffic engineers and technicians will benefit. Persons involved with Geometric Design, Traffic Engineering will also benefit.

 


SARF Compaction

Soil Stabilisation

test

test 2

The Causes, Identification and Repair of Potholes
Statement by Chairperson of the Infrastructure Development Cluster and Minister of Transport Mr. Sibusiso Ndebele (MP) at the media briefing held in Parliament, Cape Town on 15 February 2011.


(is quoted)

5.1 ROAD MAINTENANCE PROGRAMME

In this regard we are rolling out the S’HAMBA SONKE (Walking together) PROGRAMME, a new and innovative nation-wide drive to focus on the maintenance of our secondary road infrastructure using labour intensive methods of construction and maintenance. We have set aside R6.4 billion in 2011/12, R7.5bn in 2012/13 and R8.2bn for 2013/14, amounting to total of R22.3bn in the medium term. At least 70 000 jobs will be created in 2011 through this programme.


S’HAMBA SONKE includes a massive pothole programme that will be rolled out nationally with immediate effect. Potholes will be patched nationally. We will launch a Pothole Hotline for road users to report potholes. S’HAMBA SONKE will no doubt arrest the decline of our infrastructure and create thousands of jobs.


Roads Engineers and Superintendents will be deployed all over our network with the responsibility to address potholes. They will be charged with driving up and down stretches of road every morning in order to determine the daily condition of our road network. In this way, potholes will be identified and repaired early.

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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION

The workshop will be based on the document recently published by the CSIR: Technical guide to the causes, identification and repair of potholes. The repair of potholes in South Africa is currently done on an ad hoc basis, usually without paying attention to the underlying cause. This generally leads to rapid failure of the patches and the need for repeated repairs.The workshop is open to all, but is specifically aimed at engineers, contractors and road inspectors who hope to be involved with the routine maintenance of sealed roads. This is currently the only guideline of its kind in South Africa. It includes an innovative pothole classification system developed by the CSIR, which classifies potholes into one of seven categories depending on the causes and nature of the pothole. Each of these categories requires a different repair technique, which is described such that the fundamental cause of the pothole is addressed during the repair.



 




The Preparation of Contract Documentation and Administration of Civil Engineering Contracts

Among the aspects to be covered are :

  • Legal Framework of Contract

  • Alternative Forms of Contract

  • Risk Management

  • General Conditions of Contract (GCC90,GCC 2004)

  • Standard and Project Specifications

  • Schedules of Quantities

  • Prequalification and Tendering Procedures

  • Adjudication and Award of Contracts

  • Site Administration

  • Completion of the Contract

Who should attend

THIS IS NOT A HIGH LEVEL COURSE. It is aimed at engineers with a maximum of 3 to 5 years post-graduate experience as well as technicians involved with contract supervision. The course will benefit individuals as well as employers in the following groups:

  • Road authorities
  • Municipalities
  • Consultants
  • Contractors

NOTE:
This course has been updated to include:

1. Fundamentals of Construction procurements including CIDB prescripts
2. Standard construction procurement procedures and methods



THE PROCUREMENT FOR CONSTRUCTION AND ENGINEERING PROJECTS

Among the aspects to be covered are:

  • Legislative Requirements

Understanding of the primary and the secondary pieces of legislation governing and impacting on public sector procurement.
CIDB Compliance requirements, especially with regard to the CIDB Construction Registers, the registration criteria and the benefits of the CIDB Procurement regime.

SCM Powers and Functions

Understanding of the roles and responsibilities of all parties involved in construction procurement

Procurement Documents for construction and engineering projects (in accordance with the CIDB Standard for Uniformity)

Compilation and formatting of construction procurement documents for RFQs, Expression of Interest and Open Tenders for goods, general services and professional services

Solicitation of Construction and Engineering tender offers

Various procedures for soliciting construction and engineering tender offers from the market

Evaluation of Construction and Engineering Tender Offers

Evaluation of construction and engineering tender offers in accordance with the CIDB best practices

Implementation and management of infrastructure projects

Activation of the CIDB Construction Registers (both the Register of Contractors and the Register of Projects) through procurement

WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE COURSE?

This is aimed at all public and private sector professionals involved in any of the following capacities:

  • Members of Bid Specifications Committees;
  • Members of Bid Evaluation Committees;
  • Members of the Bid Adjudication Committees;
  • Officials involved in Supply Chain Management Business Units of public sector client bodies; and
  • Supply Chain Management Practitioners and decision makers.

The course will benefit individuals as well as employers in the following groups:

  • Infrastructure Delivery Departments (e.g. Roads, Public Works, and Roads Authorities, amongst others);
  • Municipalities;
  • State Owned Entities (SOEs);
  • Consultants and Contractors.

Traffic Calming and Road Safety

The South African Road Federation will be presenting a two day course on:

TRAFFIC CALMING AND ROAD SAFETY

The Traffic Calming course is structured to benefit first time as well as more experienced practioners. The content will include a policy and legislation issues as well as warrants for traffic calming. Detail design aspects in terms of geometry, road signs and road markings will be discussed. Practical construction techniques and lessons learned will be shared.

This course will be of interest to:

  • Traffic engineers (rural & municipal)
  • Traffic managers (rural & municipal)
  • Law enforcement officers

Delegate numbers will be limited to enable each delegate to gain the maximum benefit from the course.



Traffic Safety Officer Training Proramme

COURSE DESCRIPTION

The Traffic Safety Officer training programme aims to provide the

delegate with the necessary skills to enable them within their role as

TSO to operate safely and demonstrate competency across a full range of

general duties that they would be expected to carry out during a road

works contract.

The course will focus on Traffic Accommodation during construction

and Road Traffic Signs and the practical implementation of these on the

site.

The three presenters have a combined Road Safety related experience of

close to 100 years.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

This course is aimed at all Engineers, Technologists, Technicians Project

Managers, Site Supervisors and Safety Officers responsible for road

safety and traffic management at road works construction sites.

Course Programme Starting time: 07:30

Day 1 (10th June) Introduction and practical demonstrations-

Francois du Plessis. John Falkner on the Road Traffic Signs Manual.

The correct display of (temporary) road traffic signs constitutes the

single most important component of Accommodation of Traffic at a

Road Construction site. This course gives a background to the subject

“Road Traffic Signs” based on the requirements as set out in the S A

Road Traffic Signs Manual. It is essential that all TSO’s have a

comprehensive understanding of the principles of Road Traffic Signs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 






Traffic Safety OfficerTraining

COURSE DESCRIPTION

 

The Traffic Safety Officer training programme aims to provide the delegate with the necessary skills to enable them within their role as TSO to operate safely and demonstrate competency across a full range of general duties that they would be expected to carry out during a road works contract.

 

The course will focus on Traffic Accommodation during construction and Road Traffic Signs and the practical implementation of these on the site.

 

The three presenters have a combined Road Safety related experience of close to 100 years.

 

WHO SHOULD ATTEND:

 

This course is aimed at all Engineers, Technologists, Technicians Project Managers, Site Supervisors and Safety Officers responsible for road safety and traffic management at road works construction sites.



Traffic Signal Design and Optimization, with special emphasis on BRT


Traffic Signal Designs

This course on

TRAFFIC SIGNAL DESIGN

will address the design of traffic signals and signal controlled intersections with specific reference to the New Volume 3 of the South African Road Traffic Signs Manual (SARTSM). Important information on the background to the development of the manual will be provided while most important aspects of the manual will be covered during the course.

The course will address aspects such as the following:

  • Legal aspects of traffic signals – Road Traffic Act and Regulations.

  • Management of risks involved with signals.

  • Installation and removal of traffic signals. Queue length warrants for the installation of traffic signals. Measurement of queue lengths.

  • Design and layout of traffic signal faces including pedestrian signals. Important requirements. Traffic signal layouts at intersections.

  • Phasing and timing of traffic signals.

  • Vehicle actuated control.

  • Area traffic control.

  • Maintenance and management of traffic signals. The course will provide a good overview of all aspects of traffic signals and will be a good introduction for the novice as well as a refresher for the more experienced engineer. A practical hands-on approach will be followed in all presentations and the course will benefit engineers at all levels of government, consultants, traffic officers and other people dealing regularly with traffic signals. The course will be presented by Dr John Sampson and Dr Christo van As , two of the authors of Volume 3 of SARTSM.



Urban Stormwater Drainage

The South African Road Federation will be holding a 4 ½ day practical course on:

URBAN ROAD STORM WATER DRAINAGE

The course content is applicable to the design of road stormwater drainage systems and appurtenant structures. The course caters for Engineers and Technicians with up to 3/5 years experience involved in the design of roads and streets in the urban environment.


Acceptance Control & Quality Assurance of HMA

South Africa uses a significant amount of Hot Mix Asphalt (HMA) in road construction which is generally constructed in relatively thin layers over moisture-sensitive bases. Hence, the design and quality control of the asphalt is of primary importance.


Achieving Volumetrics & Compactability using the Bailey Method

About the Workshop

Are you having difficulty in meeting volumetric and density specifications for HMA? This 3-day course is designed to teach the Bailey method of Gradation Selection by providing a practical tool to mix designers and contractors for developing and analyzing blend gradations in the lab and field to better understand aggregate packing and its influence on volumetrics and compactability.

The Bailey method was originally developed by Robert D Bailey of the Illinois Dept of Transport in the early 1980s. The method provides a good starting point for mix design and an invaluable aid when making adjustments at the plant to improve air voids, VMA and the overall workability of the mix, whether using Marshall or Superpave.

The method also includes guidelines for evaluating aggregates and aggregate blends by volume, as well as weight, and makes provision for the use of Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement (RAP).

The focus of the Bailey method is aggregate packing. In order to better understand aggregate packing, it is necessary to determine which particles form the coarse aggregate structure and which fit into the voids created by that structure.

The method applies to coarse-graded, fine-graded and SMA mixes and can help in explaining why some mixes are difficult to compact. It also provides an insight into why small gradation changes (which often occur during production and are within allowable tolerances) can cause significant changes to the volumetric properties and/or field compactability.


Bitumen performance and classification in the South African context

The seminar forms part of the international lecture series presented by AsAc in providing international and local experts to present current international practice and debate its relevance and implications to the South African road’s industry.


Bitumen Stabilisation Manual Launch
Bitumen Stabilisation Manual Launch - new TG2

Bituminous Products in Practice

About the Seminar
The seminars are intended to sensitise practitioners to the latest developments in bituminous product technology and will provide feedback in the following areas:


Concrete Road Design

COURSE CONTENT

 

The course focuses on the technology applied in the design and construction of concrete pavements.     It covers the supporting layers, thickness design using computer program, cncPave, and joint design, detailing and layout.   Concrete materials and mix design, construction, modes of distress and failure and rehabilitation are also included.

 

Minimum entrance requirements

A degree or diploma in civil engineering is recommended.   A number of years’ experience in road design and/or construction is highly recommended.

 

Syllabus

*       Pavement types and behaviour

-       Rigid pavement types and behaviour

-       Distress and modes of failure

-       Design objectives

*       Concrete pavement support

-       Subgrades

-       Subbases

-       Drainage

*         Pavement design

-       Introduction to mechanistic design

-       Mechanistic design – cncPave and other methods

-       Use of cncPave

*         Concrete mix design

-       Materials and specifications

-       Mix design

-       Durability

*         Joints

-       Load transfer

-       Joint design

 

 

-       Joint layout

-       Sealants

*         Reinforcement

-       Use and detailing of reinforcement

*         Construction

-       Mechanised

-       Labour intensive

-       Inlays

-       Overlays

-       Low volume roads

 


GAUTRANS Technology Development Symposium

The GDPTRW technology development symposium is being held to provide timeous feedback to practitioners on the latest outcomes of the research projects related to their technology development programme with specific attention being given to the results from tests carried out using the Department’s Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS).

The technology development programme is being implemented in line with the Department’s strategy for 2006/09 through a series of prioritized projects in specific focus areas as agreed with the Accelerated Pavement Testing (APT) committee.


HVS research programme feedback

The symposium will provide feedback on the latest outcomes from the Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) research programme sponsored by the Gauteng Department of Public Transport Roads and Works (GDPTRW). 


Launch of the second edition of TG1: The Use of Modified Binders in Road Construction
Launch of the second edition of TG1

Manual 24 HMA Design

The Interim Guidelines for the Design of Hot-Mix Asphalt in South Africa (IGHMA) was launched in 2001 by the Asphalt Academy as an outcome of the Hot-Mix Asphalt Design Project carried out under the auspices of SANRAL (South African National Road Agency Ltd), CSIR and Sabita (Southern Africa Bitumen Association) with the aim of developing a new HMA design method for South Africa.

Sabita manual 24 has now been developed to provide a practical user guideline for designers of hot mix asphalt in an attempt to simplify and smooth the use of the IGHMA document which is currently being validated through a series of projects scheduled for completion in 2010. As such, extensive reference is made to the IGHMA rather than repeating its information and manual 24 should be considered as a support document and read in conjunction with the IGHMA.

The intention of this manual is to underline important issues and content given in the IGHMA, caution readers on gaps, give guidance on supplementary procedures to achieve desirable outcomes and to update the reader on topics that have arisen since the publication of the IGHMA in 2001.

The seminars are organized to launch this latest Sabita manual which provides users with a practical guide for the design of hot mix asphalt.


PIARC
PIARC Seminar on Rural Roads Maintenance

TRH 21 - Hot Mix Recycled Asphalt
A seminar to launch the revision of TRH 21 - Hot Mix Recycled Asphalt.

4th SARF/IRF Regional Conference for Africa

1st International Sprayed Sealing Conference

9th International Conference on Low-Volume Roads

African Road Safety Conference

CAPSA 07

The Ninth Conference on Asphalt Pavements for Southern Africa (CAPSA 07) to be held at The Gaborone International Convention Centre, at the Grand Palm Hotel Casino Convention Resort in Botswana from 2 to 5 September 2007.


SARF Road Safety Conference
The South African Road Federation will be holding an international Road Safety Conference in Support of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety


Transport: the next 50 years


RPF - Road Pavement Forum