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Transportation Engineering

Masters in Civil Engineering

Transportation Engineering


The main objectibve of masters program is to meet the need of the industry and transfer the adequate knowledge to the graduates about the transportation and its sub domains.

The students that graduated from this program are working in national and international organizations


Graduates of this program will be able to perform effectively and accurately in areas of Transportation Engineering Specifically, the graduates of this program will;

i. Understand knowledge of relevant legal aspects in Transportation Engineering.

ii. Analyze practical and theoretical problems in order to provide structured solutions in Transportation Engineering.

iii. Communicate, write, and document clearly regarding the Transportation project issues.



Compulsory Courses

Coordination of City Planning and Transportation Planning. Trip generation, trip distribution, modal split, trip assignment models. Preparing landuse cum transport plans. Economic evaluation. Urban travel Characteristics and trends in travel demand. Basic urban transportation studies i/c origin destination surveys, Inventory use studies, Parking studies and transit surveys. Pedestrian facilities. Light rail and Mass Rapid Transit.

Design philosophy and present trends, Design controls and criteria. Design Speed, Safe Stopping & Passing Sight Distances, Road gradients, Superelevation. Capacity as Design control. Horizontal & Vertical alignments. Types of cross section, Speed Change Lanes, Medians, Design of at grade & grade separated intersections. Road‑rail crossings, Road planning. Highway drainage, Roadside development. Design automation concepts and introduction to highway design software.

Probability: Concepts of Probability and their relevance to statistical analysis, Probability distributions relevant to transportation data analysis. Data Collection: Survey planning and design, traffic survey practice, inventory surveys, transport usage surveys, travel time and congestion surveys, matrix surveys, questionnaires and interviews, sources and use of secondary data, Statistics: Summary measures. Statistical distributions, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, contingency tables, correlation and linear regression, ANOVA; Multivariate analysis

Pavement type, stress distribution in pavements; theoretical and actual subgrade conditions & traffic loading, design principles, methods & criteria for flexible pavements, rigid & semi-rigid pavements. Design of special duty & temporary pavements. Environmental influences & effects, pavement overlays, Mechanistic Design of Pavements. Pavement Subdrainage.

Elective Courses

(Prerequisite: CE 564 Advanced Probability & Statistics)


            Traffic variables & parameters, ranges of traffic intensity, capacity of a roadway, bottle necks. Approaches to traffic flow theory, Traffic flow relationships, time‑sequence diagram, Distribution of traffic variables, Head‑way, speed distributions, traffic flow & different Queuing theory as applied to traffic flow, Traffic dynamics, Microscopic & Macroscopic models.

Properties & Usage of soil, sand & rock as highway materials. Modification & evaluation of their properties, Criteria for use & acceptance, testing, variability & Quality Control, requirements of crushed rock for surfacing, use of non standard material, material resources, in‑service conditions & their effect on material performance. 

            Properties & use of bitumens, asphalts, tars & concrete as pavement materials, Rheology of bitumens, bituminous coating of aggregates, optimization of bituminous mixtures, Asphalt concrete mix design. Quality Control & performance of bituminous & concrete pavement materials.

The development of public transportation, Urban passenger modes, Comparative analysis and  selection  of  transport modes,  perspective  of  transport & highway planning,

managing and operating public transportation system, policy considerations, Unconventional systems. Mass and Rapid Transit Systems.

Air Transportation, classification & size of airports, Air craft characteristics, Airport Planning i/c necessary surveys, Ground transportation facilities, Airport capacity & delays, Air traffic control, layout & design of runways, taxiways & aprons, layout & design of terminals & service facilities, Passenger, Baggage & Cargo handling systems, lighting, visual aids, Maintenance equipment & operations, Airport drainage.

Economic function of Transportation; Economic Significance of Improved Transportation; Freight Rates and Locations of Industries and Markets; Technical and economic characteristics of different modes of transport; Development of transportation system in Pakistan including pricing, and regulation, railroads, highways, pipeline, water and air transportation; and the roles that these modes of transportation play in economic development; Economic efficiency of various modes of Transport; Explanation of travel or shipping behaviour within the paradigm of microeconomic demand and supply theory. Transport project appraisal.

Ocean transportation: Planning, ship characteristics, Location & design of Ports & harbours, environmental factors, general layout, effect of wind, wave and tides. General & bulk cargo berths & their installations, Transit sheds, Warehouses & cold storage. Design & construction of Breakwaters and docks. Channel Regulation and demarcation of harbour.

Concepts and principles of transportation economic analysis, transportation costs and benefits, user and nonuser consequences, needs studies, finance and taxation, methods of evaluation of plans and projects, cost‑effectiveness, environmental impact assessment.

Introduction to Road Maintenance management System; Need for adoption of Road, Maintenance Management System, Types of Road Maintenance-Routine, Periodic Preventive/Proactive, Road Referencing System, Road Database and its Management, Road Data Collection in the form of Road Inventory, Feature Condition Survey, Accident Data Collection, etc and introduction to state-of the art equipments, Works Programming i.e. Prioritization of Roads for Maintenance, Type of Distress and their treatment, Road Asset Management System (RAMS), Preparation of Road Business Plans, Procurement of funding for maintenance, Road Fund, Toll collection, Bridge Management System, Organization for Maintenance Management, Road Disaster Prevention System.

Evolution and Structure of the Railway Track, Coning of Wheels and Canting of Rails, Functions and Types of Rails; Rails Joints, Design of Fish-plated Joints, Modern Development in Insulated Rail Joints; Historic Development and Requirements of Sleepers, Types and Design of Sleepers; Classification of Railway Curves, Degree and Radius of Curves, Realignment of Curves; Ballast and Formation, Formation Treatment Methods; Track Maintenance Practices: Manual and Mechanised, Track Management System; Track Construction and Track Rehabilitation; Derailment Investigation Methods.

Introduction to Forensic Engineering; Competencies and Qualifications of Forensic Engineers: qualifications, attributes competencies, technical skills, legal knowledge, detective skills, communication skills, personality characteristics etc. The Standard of Care: expert testimony, methods, validity, reliability, Delphi process of expert consensus; Civil Engineering Investigations: activities in investigation, site investigation, sampling and collection of evidence, preliminary findings, equipment and its selection, recording observations, photography, sample removal, eyewitness account, field tests, document collection and review, theoretical analysis, laboratory tests and investigation, office investigations determination of procedural responsibilities, reports; Ethics of Forensic Engineering: code of ethics, solicitation of work, contract process, testimony ethics, damage caused by unethical conduct, ethical standards for publication, interaction with media; The Legal Forum: role of forensic engineer as a witness in mediation and litigation, admissibility of testimony by forensic engineers, rules of evidence and testimony, testimony in courts and at deposition (preparation, demeanor, speech, direct examination, cross examination etc.), codes and guidelines (local and international) for professionals engaged as experts; The Business of Forensic Engineering: readiness, marketing, decisions, liability, insurance individual and group practice; National and International Case Studies.