Transport Infrastructures


It is intended that the students obtain the necessary knowledge to the planning, conception and design of transportation infrastructures, especially road infrastructures, with focus on geometric design but also considering the basic concepts of  earthworks, drainage, paving and safety equipment.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Nuno Manuel da Costa Guerra, Simona Fontul


Weekly - 4

Total - 70

Teaching language



Basic knowledge on surveying.


1. Lecture notes; 

2. "Norma de traçado", JAE, 1994; 

3. "Manual Prático de Estradas", Manuel Prates, 2018.; 

4. “Norma de intersecções”, JAE, 1990; 

5. “Norma de nós de ligação”, JAE, 1990; 

6. “Manual de drenagem superficial em vias de comunicação”, IEP, 2001; 

7. “Tipologias de meios e modos de transporte”, IMTT, 2011; 

8. Paul Wright, Karen Dixon – “Highway engineering”, 7th edition, Wiley, 2004.

Teaching method

In parallel to the lectures on transportation infrastructures and the expositions on exercises concerning the geometric design, students work in a group to conceive a road section project, which includes geometric design, earthworks, drainage, paving and safety equipment. The evaluation comprises the elements prepared for the group project, the attendance of lectures and practical sessions and a final exam. 


Evaluation method


The evaluation includes three components: theoretical-practical (50%); project and exercises (50%).

The theoretical-practical component comprises two written tests during the semester.
The project is prepared in a group with a maximum of four students.

In the exercises component, the exercises from the Practical Manual are presented in class and delivered throughout the semester. Their delivery represents 25% of the final mark. The presentations are made by the working groups.

Approval requires attendance to at least 2/3 of classes, a project grade higher than 9.5/20, an average grade in tests higher than 9/20 and a minimum final grade of 9,5/20.

Students who attended classes and did the project, in the school year 2020/2021, are dismissed from attending classes and doing the road project work. They will have equivalence of the component "project and exercises".

Subject matter

1. Transport and transportation infrastructures. Comparison between railway, road and airport transportation.

2. Road planning.

3. Phases for design. Project components.

4. Restrictions for the conception of transportation infrastructures.

5. Driving conditions. Level-of-service and road capacity. Definition of speed and sight distances.

6. Horizontal alignment and vertical alignment. Restrictions to geometric design.

7. Cross-section elements.

8. Crossing. Types and characteristics.

9. Basic elements for earthworks, drainage, pavements and safety equipment.


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