Developing countries in the tropics have different natural conditions and different institutional and financial situations to industrialized countries. However, most textbooks on highway engineering are based on experience from industrialized countries with temperate climates, and deal only with specific problems.
Road Engineering for Development (published as Highway and Traffic Engineering in Developing Countries in its first edition) provides a comprehensive description of the planning, design, construction and maintenance of roads in developing countries. It covers a wide range of technical and non-technical problems that may confront road engineers working in this area. The technical content of the book has been fully updated and current development issues are focused on.
Designed as a fundamental text for civil engineering students this book also offers a broad, practical view of the subject for practising engineers. It has been written with the assistance of a number of world-renowned specialist professional engineers with many years experience in Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Central America.
Table of Contents
Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Roads and Development. 2. Policy. 3. Traffic. 4. Traffic Safety. 5. Roads and Environment. 6. Planning Methods. 7. Economic Appraisal. 8. Soil Investigation 9. Tropical Soils and Rocks. 10. Hydrology and Drainage. 11. Geometric Design Controls. 12. Geometric Alignment Design. 13. Earthworks, Unbound and Stabilized Pavements. 14. Asphalt Pavement Materials. 15. Structural Design of Asphalt Pavements. 16. Contracts and Work Procurement. 17. Contract Supervision. 18. Appropriate Technology. 19. Maintenance Management. 20. Maintenance Operations. 21. The HDM-4 Road Investment Model. 22. Institutional Development. 23. Training of Staff. 24. Development Aid.
Dr Richard Robinson is an independent consultant and has an honorary appointment at the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom. He spent over 20 years at the Transport Research Laboratory, and recently held the Senior Roads Specialist position at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. He has worked in 40 countries and has published over 100 papers and articles.
Professor Bent Thagesen is the former Professor of Highway Engineering at the Technical University of Denmark. He has worked as a highway engineer in Africa and in Asia, and has carried out research at the Danish Road Research Laboratory. He has been a consultant to the World Bank, the United Nations and various development organizations and firms concerned with roads in the developing world. He edited the first edition of this book, Highway and Traffic Engineering in Developing Countries.
'As a whole it is very inspiring and well written. The book is highly recommended both as a textbook for university students specialising in road engineering and as a reference for all professionals involved in the road sector in developing countries.' -Dansk Vejtidsskrift (Danish Road Journal) October 2004