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Module Title Road Asset Management
SchoolSchool of Engineering
Department Civil Engineering
Module Code 04 17835
Module Lead Dr H Evdorides
Level Masters Level
Credits 20
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions MSc / PG Diploma / PG Certificate in Road Management and Engineering
MSc / PG Diploma / PG Certificate in Roads and Public Policy
MSc / PG Diploma / PG Certificate in Construction Management
MEng Civil Engineering
MEng Civil Engineering (International Study)
Description The module addresses the principles and methodologies used for maintenance management or road network and institutional issues of road asset management. It covers current engineering-driven issues associated with the management of the maintenance of the road assets. It considers the different types of management systems available today and the components of such systems. Distinction is made between the Network, Works Programming, Project and Operations levels of management. In connection with this it considers the types of data that are required for the efficient management of road maintenance and the issues associated with the collection, integrity, storage and analysis of such data. The module also examines the issues of setting and assessing standards and strategies for road maintenance management, monitoring the performance of pavements as well as the performance of the management systems employed. Furthermore it covers the principles followed for the appropriate treatment selection and prioritisation of pavement maintenance programmes. Other aspects related to road asset management include demand management, predicting demand, assessing financial cash-flows, failure mode analysis, risk assessment and management, optimised decision-making (including life-cycle costing) and asset valuation. Institutional issues deal with the structures for road administration including the development of a road policy framework, finance, institutional development and management, ownership and responsibility, systems implementation and development.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module students should be able to:
  • Assess the importance of, and the principles governing, the current concept of maintenance management of road assets.
  • Identify and assess the different types of management systems and their components and assess the suitability of a system for a given situation
  • Evaluate and use the principles associated with planning, programming, and design of maintenance, treatment selection and prioritisation of maintenance schemes
  • Assess and identify the levels of data required for the efficient management of a road network and select the appropriate method for their collection and analysis
  • Devise and implement a methodology for the selection of the appropriate maintenance standards in connection with sustainable methods for monitoring the performance or road networks
  • Evaluate the institutional issues associated with the road sector.
Assessment 17835-05 : Coursework : Coursework (100%)
Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessments:
Coursework (100%)

Revise and resubmit coursework (100%)
Other None
Reading List Restructuring Road Institutions Finance and Management, Vol 1 and 2, R Robinson and H Evdorides
Road Engineering for Development, R Robinson, B Thagesen
Road Maintenance Management, R Robinson, U Danielson, M Snaith
Highways: Volume 2 Highway Engineering, C.A. O'Flaherty