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Road Construction , Maintenance , Rehabilitation and Stormwater Drainages

3 Day Training

Dates: 05 – 07 June | 21 – 23 August | 01 – 03 October 2024
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on request

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Course Introduction

Roads and highways are the primary means of travel and trade among communities, and they play a vital role in integrating economic activities into local life. Civil infrastructure systems represent huge public investments and are expected to provide services for very long periods of time. The road sector faces huge challenges. To minimise downtime of roads for maintenance activities, the overall quality of road construction has to be upgraded.


The time slots available for repair and rehabilitation works are becoming tighter and tighter, which means that maintenance techniques have to speed up. Proper road construction and maintenance contributes to reliable transport at reduced cost, as there is a direct link between road condition and vehicle operating costs.

Course Objectives

  • Understand terms and words used in road construction

  • Gain knowledge on various aspects of road construction with practical aspects highlighted

  • Understand compaction techniques and bulking of materials

  • Learn relevant and current application methods

  • Gain knowledge on asphalt materials and properties

  • Requirements of asphalt used in road construction and general guidelines of asphalt construction

  • Gain knowledge on the premix asphalt surfacing process

  • Describe the role of road maintenance in the broad context of provision, classification and cost-effective applications

  • Understand the importance of adequate drainage and the effects on road maintenance

  • Gain knowledge of safe working practices, identification and use of protective clothing and equipment

  • Practical applications and preparations to paint road symbols using a spray gun

  • Understand the criteria where guardrails are erected and their contribution to safety

Who should attend?

This Road Construction, Maintenance, Rehabilitation and Stormwater Drainages course is a must for any Personnel or Municipal Worker who works in the construction and maintenance of roads including:

  • Persons who wish to broaden their knowledge and understanding of aspects of road construction and maintenance

  • Municipal workers out of various sections who must start to understand road construction and maintenance

  • Civil Consulting Engineers/Technicians

  • Contractors

  • Construction Inspectors and Supervisors

  • Road Maintenance Supervisors

  • Relevant Government Departments

  • Foremen and Artisans

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Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

Session 1:  Introduction to Road Construction

  • Defining terms and words used in road construction

  • Requirements of a good road

  • Preconditions for Road Building and Maintenance

  • Resources and basic components of road construction

  • Lists of TRH, TMH, UTG Documents

  • Road reserve explained

  • Roadbed explained with visuals

Session 2: Road Construction Process

  • Construction management overview

  • Technical Planning and management of road construction process

  • Duties and Job description of road workers

  • Traffic loads design and volumes

  • Design for maintenance

  • Required materials for road construction

  • Clearing the pathway for the road

  • Preparation of gravel roads

  • Grubbing and stripping of topsoil

  • Boulder removal

Session 3: Technical Aspects of Road

  • Types of Materials for Construction and Maintenance

  • Safety Aspects of Materials

  • Quality Assurance and Testing

  • Effect of Weather on Roads The Construction Process- Execution:

  • ▪ Reading from plans and Drawing

    ▪ Visual Assessment

    ▪ Layer works

    ▪ Confined and Restricted Areas

    ▪ Water handling

    ▪ Subsoil Drains

Session 4: Road Drainage

  • Definitions of drain systems

  • Importance of good drainage roadway systems

  • Types of drainage structures and their uses

  • Subsurface drains

  • Catch-water drains

  • Mitre drains

  • Scour checks

  • Culverts and their gradient and angles

  • Installation of culvert pipes and other structures

  • Problems caused by improper drainage

  • Ways to solve these problems

  • Drainage system maintenance


Session 5: Completing final layers of gravel road

  • Off-loading of gravel

  • Compaction of gravel

  • Pave only when ready

Session 6: Asphalt Roads

  • Principles and properties of Asphalt

  • Paving asphalt is water repellent

  • Asphalt used in road construction

  • General guidelines for asphalt construction

  • Preparation of paving asphalt mixtures

  • Asphalt transport and safe handling

  • Paver tractor and screed units

Session 7: Safe working Practices

  • Road construction and Maintenance hazards

  • Physical hazards

  • Chemical hazards

  • Reducing the risk during the road construction

  • Use of road signs in road construction and maintenance

  • Flagging guidelines

Session 8: Road Maintenance

  • Road conditions and Road Safety

  • Road maintenance activities

  • Classification of maintenance

    ▪ Routine maintenance

    ▪ Recurrent maintenance

    ▪ Periodic maintenance

    ▪ Urgent Maintenance

  • Maintaining gravel roads

  • Characteristics of well-maintained gravel road

  • Gravel Road Maintenance problems

    ▪ Riding surface

  • Crown

    ▪ Washboard

    ▪ Potholes

    ▪ Drainage problems

  • Methods to repair gravel roads

  1. Repairing problem areas

  2.   patching

  3. Grading the surface

  4. Secondary ditches

  5. Grading ditches and drains

  • Optimum Timing/conditions for maintenance

Session 9: Principles of Asphalt Pavement Distress

  • General repairs

  • Types of asphalt road maintenance

▪ Rutting and transverse cracks
▪ Edge damage
▪ Patches and potholes

  • Patches and pothole repair technique

  • Asphalt surface patching

  • Steps for surface patch repair for potholes

  • Pothole repair failures

Session 10: Road Furnishing and Ancillary Works

  • Road signs

  • Minor Concrete Structures

  • Drainage

  • Erosion Protection

  • Guard Rails and Finishing

  • Drainage Maintenance

  • Structure Maintenance

  • Traffic Facilities Maintenance

  • Road Reserve Maintenance

Session 11 Road Safety

  • Safety Issues

  • Policies and procedures

  • Traffic management

Session 12 :New Technology and Sustainability

  • New Technology

  • Sustainability

  • Rehabilitation and Recycling

Session 13: Painting Road Symbols

  • Types of Road markings

  • Instructions for applying road markings

  • Pavement making removal

  • Safety guidelines when painting roads

  • Conclusion and group work

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