1st Edition

Solved Practical Problems in Transportation Engineering

    1108 Pages 646 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    1108 Pages 646 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    The book presents engineering concepts, techniques, practices, principles, standard procedures, and models that are applied and used to design and evaluate traffic systems, road pavement structures, alternatives of transportation systems, roadway horizontal and vertical alignments to ultimately achieve safety, sustainability, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness. The book provides plentiful number of problems on five major areas of transportation engineering and includes broad range of ideas and practical problems that are included in all topics of the book. Furthermore, the book covers problems dealing with theory, concepts, practice, and applications. The solution of each problem in the book follows a step-by-step procedure that includes the theory and the derivation of the formulas in some cases and the computations. Moreover, almost all problems in the five parts of the book include detailed calculations that are solved using the MS Excel worksheets where mathematical, trigonometric, statistical, and logical formulas are used to obtain a more rapid and efficient solution. In some cases, the MS Excel solver tool is used for solving complex equations in several problems of the book. Additionally, numerical methods, linear algebraic methods, and least squares regression techniques are utilized in some problems to assist in solving the problem and make the solution much easier. The book will help academics and professionals to find practical solutions across the spectrum of transportation engineering. The book is designed to be informative and filled with an abundance of solutions to problems in the engineering science of transportation. It is expected that the book will enrich the knowledge and science in transportation engineering, thereby elevating the civil engineering profession in general and the transportation engineering practice in particular as well as advancing the transportation engineering field to the best levels possible.


      • Presents coverage of five major areas in transportation engineering: traffic engineering, pavement materials, analysis, and design, urban transportation planning, highway surveying, and geometric design of highways.
      • Provides solutions to numerous practical problems in transportation engineering including terminology, theory, practice, computation, and design.
      • Includes downloadable and user-friendly MS Excel spreadsheets as well as numerical methods and optimization tools and techniques.
      • Includes several practical case studies throughout.
      • Implements a unique kind of approach in presenting the different topics.

    Part I Traffic Engineering: Terminology, Characteristics of Driver-Vehicle-Roadway, Traffic Flow Theory and Models, Highway Capacity and Level of Service, Intersection Design, Operation, and Control, Part II Pavement Materials, Analysis, and Design: Terminology, Concepts, and Theory, Important Properties of Subgrade, Subbase, and Base Materials, Superpave Aggregate Properties and Criteria, Superpave Asphalt Binder Properties and Specifications, Superpave Gyratory Compaction, Suprerpave Mixture Design Method, Volumetric Analysis of Asphalt Mixtures (Marshall and Superpave), Design and Analysis of Asphalt Pavements, Design and Analysis of Rigid Pavements Part III Urban Transportation Planning: Terminology, Travel Demand Forecasting, Part IV Highway Survey: Terminology, Errors, Leveling, Angle Measurement and Traverse, Areas, Earthwork Volumes, and Mass-Haul Diagram (MHD), Part V Geometric Design of Highways: Introduction and Standards, Highway Design Criteria, Design of Vertical Curves, Design of Horizontal Curves and Superelevation, Design of Other Facilities, References


    Dr. Ghazi Gaseem Al-Khateeb received the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and the degree of Master of Science (M.S.) in Civil Engineering/Transportation specialty from Jordan University of Science and Technology in 1991 and 1994, respectively, and the doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in Civil Engineering/Transportation specialty from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in 2001.

    Dr. Al-Khateeb is currently a professor at the University of Sharjah (UOS) in the United Arab Emirates (01/09/2015-present). He also served as a visiting professor at the American University of Sharjah, UAE (01/09/2014-31/08/2015). He is on leave from Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST). He has been on the academic staff of JUST since September of 2006. During his work at JUST, Dr. Al-Khateeb held the position of Vice Dean of Engineering for two years (09/2012-09/2014) and the Vice Director for the Consultative Center for Science and Technology (09/2009-09/2010).

    Before that, he worked as a senior research scientist at the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center (TFHRC) of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in Virginia, USA for about 6 years (11/2000-09/2006). Dr. Khateeb’s research is in the area of pavement and transportation engineering. He has published more than 90 papers in international scientific refereed journals and conferences as well as book chapters. Dr. Al-Khateeb teaches undergraduate as well as graduate courses in civil engineering, transportation engineering, and pavement engineering, and supervised many senior design projects for undergraduate students and thesis work for graduate students as well.

    Dr. Al-Khateeb served as a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), the Association of Asphalt Paving Technologies (AAPT), Jordan Engineers Association (JEA), Jordan Society for Scientific Research (JSSR), and Jordan Road Accidents Prevention (JRAP).

    Dr. Al-Khateeb is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering Academia. He is an active reviewer for more than twenty international indexed and refereed scientific journals. In addition, he serves as an editorial / advisory board member for several international journals and publishers such as the Materials Analysis and Characterization at Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Science Progress in the Materials Science and Engineering Section with Sage Publishing, the International Journal of Recent Development in Civil and Environmental Engineering. He also served as a lead guest editor for a special issue on "Innovative Materials, New Design Methods, and Advanced Characterization Techniques for Sustainable Asphalt Pavements," for the International Journal of Advances in Materials Science and Engineering.

    Dr. Al-Khateeb has been the principal investigator and co-investigator for many funded research projects in his field. He has also received several honor awards for his study, teaching, and research accomplishments during his career.

    Dr. Al-Khateeb has served on several technical national and international committees such as
    the Technical Committee for the Road Master Plan of Jordan, the Asphalt and Roads Technical
    Committee and Superpave Technical Committee for the Jordan’s Ministry of Public Works and
    Housing, and the Technical Traffic Committee for Irbid City. As a faculty member, Dr. Al-Khateeb has served on many technical committees at the university, college, and department levels.