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AsAc Courses Feedback to RPF 8/9 May 2007 Flexible Pavement Engineering Course Did we get it wrong? or Is the industry truly committed to building capacity for future sustainability? AsAc Operations Non-profit organisation Course costed at a breakeven number to cover: Venue costs

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AsAc Courses

Feedback to RPF

8/9 May 2007


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Flexible Pavement Engineering Course

Did we get it wrong?

or

Is the industry truly committed to building capacity for future sustainability?


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AsAc Operations

  • Non-profit organisation

  • Course costed at a breakeven number to cover:

    • Venue costs

    • Lecturers fees

    • Travel, accommodation and subsistence

    • Administration costs

  • Any surplus funds reinvested in to upgrading existing course and developing new courses in line with industry needs


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CSIR Industry Survey – Dec 2004

  • There is a definite need for a comprehensive course in Flexible Pavement Engineering

  • Newly qualified civil engineers and technicians have very limited knowledge of pavement engineering and are of limited use for the first 2 to 3 years of employment

  • Current courses are fragmented and sporadic on specific topics and do not present the whole picture

  • Course would be supported provided the course duration and cost was appropriate

  • CSIR commissioned to develop the course in March 2006


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CSIR presentation of course detail


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Course outline

  • 7 Modules

  • 10 weeks

  • Course project

  • Migrate from modular approach to integrated approach


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Course project

  • Integration of concepts from modules

  • Continuous development through course

  • Based on 2 real roads

    • Rehabilitation

    • Upgrading

  • Final presentation, documentation and drawings


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Module 1 - Planning

  • Project assimilation

  • Information gathering

  • Objectives and alternatives

  • Value engineering

  • Preliminary plan

  • Project report


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Module 2 – Materials

  • General attitude (dip and strike)

  • Large scale structures (folds and faults)

  • Cleavage and foliation

  • Rock textures

  • Cementation (interparticle bonding)


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Module 2 – MaterialsWhat does all this mean ??

  • Presence of good gravels depends on:

    • Material type

    • Structure

    • Climate

    • Geomorphology

  • Different materials for different purposes

    • Unsealed roads – cohesion, appropriate strength

    • Sealed roads – strength, durability

  • Function of geology, climate and time


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Current Status

  • Course developed for presentation in March 2007

  • 11 modules over 14 months for completion in May 2008

  • Run in association with [email protected]

  • Credits for post-graduate qualifications

  • Cost

    • R40 000 Sabita members and CSIR

    • R50 000 others

  • Course postponed due to lack of support


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Reasons given for lack of support

  • Individuals identified to go on the course had left the organisation

  • Not prepared to invest in promising individuals over a 14 moth period when they are likely to leave for a higher salary before the end of the course

  • Don’t have anyone suitable to send

  • The course is too advanced for the new people we have appointed

  • My boss won’t approve my attendance – too expensive

  • Several individuals asked to be reserved a place to attend but never finally registered


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Questions

  • Is there still a need for a course of this nature?

  • If yes, how should it be presented?

    • Current format?

    • Modularised without the Project Assignments?

    • Distant learning/web based modules?

  • How long should the course be?

  • Do we have the people to send on the course?

  • Should it be presented regionally?

  • Is the cost the main obstacle?


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