Tues.-Thurs. 11:05-12:20, EMS E230, Fall 1999

E. Beimborn, E371D; Office hours Tues./Thurs. 1:00-2:00


Office Phone: 229-4978

Course Description

This course will examine the physical design of transportation facilities including geometric design, pavements, and terminals for highway, rail, air and water transportation. Student project work will be required. Prereq: CE 335, CE 490. 3 cr, U/G.

Course Outline

Week Topic

1 Introduction, Elements of Design Process

Transit Facility Design

2 Computer Aided Design

3 Commands

4 Design Process

5 Highway Design



6 Access Control

Bicycle Facilities

7 Interchanges

8 (Midterm Exam)

9 Pavement Design

Bituminous materials

10 Flexible pavements

Rigid pavements

Pavement rehabilitation

11 Airport Design

Runway, Taxiway Gates

12 Capacity Analysis

13 Landslide -- Demand Forecasts, Terminal Design Elements

14 Railway Design


Final Exam: Saturday, December 18, 10:00-noon



Course notes, available at Clark's on Oakland

Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Facilities Development Manual, Chapters 11 and 15 (partial).

CAiCE User Manuals.

Class E-mail Reflector:

Mail to all class members and the instructor can be sent to Everyone in the class will receive any messages sent to this address. Send e-mail for the instructor to This may be forwarded to the whole class if it is of general interest. There is a course web page ce596.


There will be several design project assignments during the semester involving the development of design plans for various types of transportation facilities. These will be done by hand and with the use of design software. They will b e worth 20 to 50 points each and 60% of the final grade. Late assignments will be reduced one point per school day up to a maximum of 50%. In addition there will be a midterm exam and a final worth 20% each.

Undergraduate/Graduate Differentiation: A graduate student taking this course will be required to do outside reading and to do more advanced versions of the class projects.