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Analysis and Design of Surface Structures

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Saturdays 9 am - 5 pm (17 February, 3 and 17 March and 28 April)

This course engages you with the principles, analysis and design aspects of surface structure systems such as roads, airfields, ports, concrete hard standing and industrial ground floors.

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Course Dates

17th February 2018 – 28th April 2018

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Course Description

The course covers the fundamental scientific and engineering principles of surface structure engineering. You'll appraise the conflicting theories that underpin the application of design techniques, and make judgements about how to apply design codes.

You'll also evaluate alternative design strategies, and learn how to select an appropriate strategy in accordance with requirements. Case studies will feature prominently in this course.

This course will include:

  • the fundamentals of surface structures analysis and design
  • the prediction and analysis of loading
  • the analysis of surface structure and material properties
  • pavement foundation design
  • highways, port and airfield pavement design
  • industrial ground floor design.

By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • integrate mathematics, science, IT, design and engineering practice in the analysis and design of surface structures
  • assess the capabilities and limitation of computer-based methods
  • evaluate new and emerging technologies.

A CPD certificate will be issued upon successful completion of the course.

Successful completion can also contribute 15 credits towards a PGDip or MSc award.

How to apply

Please read the guidance notes and complete the application form.

You should then email your form to be considered by the academic team.

Any questions? Contact the short course team:


Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 2813