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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

AsAc Courses

Feedback to RPF

8/9 May 2007

flexible pavement engineering course
Flexible Pavement Engineering Course

Did we get it wrong?

or

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

asac operations
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
csir industry survey dec 2004
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
course outline
Course outline
  • 7 Modules
  • 10 weeks
  • Course project
  • Migrate from modular approach to integrated approach
course project
Course project
  • Integration of concepts from modules
  • Continuous development through course
  • Based on 2 real roads
    • Rehabilitation
    • Upgrading
  • Final presentation, documentation and drawings
module 1 planning
Module 1 - Planning
  • Project assimilation
  • Information gathering
  • Objectives and alternatives
  • Value engineering
  • Preliminary plan
  • Project report
module 2 materials
Module 2 – Materials
  • General attitude (dip and strike)
  • Large scale structures (folds and faults)
  • Cleavage and foliation
  • Rock textures
  • Cementation (interparticle bonding)
module 2 materials what does all this mean
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
current status
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
reasons given for lack of support
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
questions
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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