ENCN415-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Pavement Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020


Effect of traffic and environment on pavement. Analysis of stress from axle loads. Characterisation of pavement materials. Empirical and mechanistic-empirical design methods.

Learning Outcomes

This course is aimed at providing the Civil Engineering students with basic understanding of the Highway Engineering materials and the basic and fundamental design concept of highway pavements structures. Students will be able to design and analyse flexible pavements in addition, they will be able to undersatnd the basic elements of rigid pavement design. Students will be able to conduct a thorough analysis of stresses, strains and deflections developed by different axle configurations and loads in multilayer flexible pavement stuructures. Students will study the effect of of both traffic and environment on pavement damage. The pavement course provide sufficient coverage of highway materials using SUPERPAVE characterisation methods, hot mix asphalt design by using APRG18 design methods. Students will learn how to design new pavement structure using Mechanistic-Empirical Pavement Design (Austroads Method) and by using empirical design methods such as AASHTO method. Students will also learn how to evaluate the structural capacity of an existing pavement structure by utilising the usrface deflection measurements and backanalysis (backcalculation) methods. Overlay design will also be covered.




Timetable Note

Three lectures per week each 50 minutes.
There will be tutorials every other week.

Afternoon laboratories:
There will be two major laboratory exercises. These two exercises will be carried out
over 5 sessions each session will be about an hour and half long. Usually the class is
streamed into 2 streams with a maximum 25 students per stream. Each stream will
carry out certain testing on specific part of the exercise. At the end of testing, all data
will be compiled together into one file to be sent to all individual students or it will be
posted on the Learn system. All students are required to submit their own individual
lab report. Students need to read the related standard of each test and refer to these
standard when write their own reports. All students must attend the laboratory
sessions and sign attendance sheet. Those students who fail to attend the laboratory
sessions are not allowed to submit their laboratory report

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Mofreh Saleh


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
4 Assignments 22%
Mid Semester Test 30%
Laboratory Report 8%
Final Exam 40%

There will be four assignments over the two terms of the semester, each assignment
worth 5.5%. Students will be required to submit one complete lab report worth 8.0%.

Student will be required to take midterm test and final exam. The midterm test worth
30% of the total grade and will be held in the second week of term 2 (date to be
announced) and the final exam worth 40 % and will be held at the end of the fourth
term (Date to be announced). The final exam will cover the entire course materials
and will be around 2 hours. Any “CIVIL” approved calculator is allowed.

Late assignments will have 20% deducted for each day late, unless prior
arrangement has been made. Please contact me (preferably well in advance) if you
have genuine difficulties meeting submission dates.

To achieve a pass in the course, students should achieve at least 50% of the course
work (assignments and lab report) and at least 50% in the midterm test and final exam
and the total mark is expected to be at least 50% (out of 100%).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,102.00

International fee $5,500.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering .

All ENCN415 Occurrences

  • ENCN415-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020