This thesis was submitted as partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Engineering Science, University of Melbourne. Regardless of the finite fossil fuel resources of the world and the vested interests related to them, rural highways will continue to be used for many decades, if not centuries, to come. Therefore any contribution to rural highway evaluation, however small, serves a useful purpose. This project encompasses the development of a computer program as an aid to rural highway evaluation. The program can be used to interpret how the location and geometry of the highway influence construction, vehicle operating and road maintenance costs. Use has been made of existing programs for computing earthwork volumes and costs, the effects of route length on construction, and fall over a route on road user costs. The thesis sets out to incorporate these into a route evaluation program and then to broaden its scope by including consideration of additional factors. These factors are the effects of route curvature on road user costs; bridge construction costs and tunnel construction costs. The system is not a route selection system but is used to evaluate a particular road centre-line. It lends itself to more comprehensive evaluation of rural highway location by the addition of further sub-programs. (TRRL)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Melbourne University, Australia

    Department of Civil Engineering, Grattan Street
    Parkville, Victoria 3053,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Dunne, J R
  • Publication Date: 1977

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  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 131 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00309128
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Thesis
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 9 1980 12:00AM