Highway Engineering is intended as a text for undergraduate students on
degree and diploma courses in civil engineering. It does, however, touch on
topics which may be of interest to surveyors and transport planners. The book
does not see itself as a substitute for courses in these subject areas, rather it
demonstrates their relevance to highway engineering.
The book must be focused on its primary readership – first and foremost it
must provide an essential text for those wishing to work in the area, covering
all the necessary basic foundation material needed for practitioners at the entry
level to industry. In order to maximise its effectiveness, however, it must also
address the requirements of additional categories of student: those wishing to
familiarise themselves with the area but intending to pursue another speciality
after graduation and graduate students requiring necessary theoretical detail in
certain crucial areas.

The aim of the text is to cover the basic theory and practice in sufficient depth
to promote basic understanding while also ensuring as wide a coverage as possible
of all topics deemed essential to students and trainee practitioners. The
text seeks to place the topic in context by introducing the economic, political,
social and administrative dimensions of the subject. In line with its main task,
it covers central topics such as geometric, junction and pavement design while
ensuring an adequate grasp of theoretical concepts such as traffic analysis and
economic appraisal.


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