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Geometric Road Design - Pilot Programme SOLD OUT

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 3 - Thursday, 5 September 2019
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    This course is sold out. If you would be interested in attending this course in the future please contact CPD Training at or 01 665 1305

  • CPD Credit
    21 hours   C1, C2

Course Overview

Road design is the assembly of the three-dimensional features of a road that are related to its operational quality and safety.

This course focuses on the full design process to produce safe, efficient roads for Ireland. It concentrates on the key objectives of a sustainable design operating at its optimum safety and efficiency under Irish conditions. The course provides a background to the current design methods generally employed in Ireland utilising the relevant TII Publications.

Each of the geometric design elements are considered in detail, emphasising the importance of selecting the most appropriate geometric characteristics and road properties.

The operational requirements for Ireland are discussed and outlined. Traffic analysis and its influence for selecting geometric properties is presented as well as the environmental influences on road performance and efficiency.

Subjects covered include:

  • Cross-section elements (lane widths, carriageway widths, shoulders, roadside design, crossfall, medians and carriageway drainage)
  • Road Alignment (Horizontal and Vertical)
  • Junction Strategy (Type, Consistency and Integration with the route and network) for local roads; collector roads; rural and urban arterial routes.

The course presents how appropriate congregation of all of these geometric elements combine to feedback to the road user with clear, easily understood and consistent information, allowing the road user to make the most appropriate decisions at the correct time for a safe and efficient journey.  How geometric design will influence behaviour and enhance the efficiency of the network and the road user will be explained.

The course will also teach the fundamentals in sustainable road design and detail the process to combine these fundamentals into a three-dimensional road design including an introduction to established systems and software currently available.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify the constraints and opportunities for new road link design
  • Understand the concept of Good Road Design as the assembly of a number of interconnected and interdependent three-dimensional features for links, junctions and accesses
  • Assess the optimum route for new road link design
  • Identification of the most appropriate type of road to meet the route objectives
  • Recognize all components that make up a roadway and their function and purpose
  • Integrate all components of the roadway to produce a safe, operationally efficient, environmentally cognizant, durable and maintainable roadway
  • Understand how to balance earthworks with landscape design and mass haul objectives
  • Understand the Engineering Theory behind the development of TII Publications
  • Understand the principles of roadside design (including drainage and forgiving roadsides
  • Identify and select which junction type is appropriate for each road intersection


  • Alastair De Beer, Transport Infrastructure Ireland
  • Jonas Robineau, Arup
  • Mike Evans, Arup
  • Sheila Nolan, Arup
  • Peter Adams, Arup
  • Zita Langenbach, Arup
  • Martin Allen, Arup
  • Greg Zabichi, Arup



For more information or to be added to a waiting list for future courses, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-665-1305 or email