Course detail

Highways I

FAST-BM01Acad. year: 2020/2021

Introduction to the road transportation. History, evolution and future of roads and road transportation. Basic design work, design documentation on the level of study. Highway routing, design elements of route. Choice of technical category, design elements for horizontal and vertical alignment, width configuration of a road in a cross section. Derivation of the minimal design parameters. Transitive curves, clothoid and its computation. Computation of curves. Computation of vertical alignment. Optimization of route, relation of horizontal and vertical alignment, aesthetics of road. Vehicles, motion resistance, dynamic factor, interaction of wheel and road surface. Assessment and evaluation of route design, alternatives, environmental assessment.


Institute of Road Structures (PKO)

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Students are able to find routing of highway under uncomplicated conditions and draw and print a lay-out of plans. Students finalize basic project documentation according to czech standards. They are able to assess alternative solutions and find optimum.


Linear algebra, function derivation, basic knowledge about the descriptive geometry - curve projection and space geometry, mechanics of mass point, kinetic energy, work and power.


Not applicable.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Recommended or required reading

Krajčovič Marián a kol.: Dopravní stavby I.. VUT Brno, FAST, 1998.
Transportation Research Board: Highway Capacity Manual 2000; Metric Version. Transportation Research Board; ISBN 0-309-06681-6, 2000.
A.S. Narasimha Murthy, R. Henry Mohle: Transportation Engineering Basics. American Society of Civil Engineers; ISBN: 0-7844-0464-X, 2001.
Krajčovič Marián, Jůza Petr, Holcner Petr, Řezáč Miloslav: Silnice a dálnice I - Návody na vypracování cvičení. VUT v Brně, 2001.
Roger Brockenbrough: Highway Engineering Handbook 2ND Edition. McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing; ISBN: 007140080x, 2003.
Petr Holcner: BM01 Pozemní komunikace I. modul 01. FAST VUT v Brně, 2005.
Petr Holcner: BM01 Pozemní komunikace I. modul 02. FAST VUT v Brně, 2005.
Chochol Štefan, Lehovec František, Pošvář Jiří, Rondoš Ľudovít: Cesty a diaľnice I - projektovanie. Alfa Bratislava, 1989.
AASHTO: A Policy on Geometric design of Highways and Streets. American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, 1990.
Robert Genat: Road Construction. Motorbooks International, 1995.
Krajčovič Marián, Jůza Petr: Dopravní stavby I. - návody na cvičení. VUTIUM, 1998.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Not applicable.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

Not applicable.

Language of instruction


Work placements

Not applicable.

Course curriculum

1. Highway network and its development.
2. Origin and evolution of the traffic demand. Traffic flow.
3. Intensity of the traffic flow, highway capacity, highway categories.
4. Highway routing, principles for design and surveying of roads.
5. Horizontal curves, minimal radius, transition curves.
6. Calculation and surveying of clothoidical transition curves.
7. Symmetrical curves.
8. Unsymmetrical curves and combined curves.
9. Vertical alignment, principles, design and calculation.
10. Design of horizontal alignment for the feasibility study.
11. Width configuration and the template cross section.
12. The assessment of design alternatives.
13. Vehicles for road transportation, the interaction between tyre and carriageway.


Complete highway route design, computation of highway geometry.
Highway history and development, Traffic flow and road capacity.
Physical conditions of vehicle motion, vehicle characteristics.
Economy, safety, external traffic impact.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Extent and forms are specified by guarantor’s regulation updated for every academic year.

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer