ECONOMIC ANALYSIS AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN THE SELECTION OF ROAD DESIGN PARAMETERS

One purpose of design standards is to serve as a substitute for the need for repeated selection of optimal design parameters. For many situations, this is a legitimate use of standards in road design and construction as in other fields of engineering. However, it is suggested that for certain major projects and in extreme conditions of terrain or climate it is highly desirable that the selection of important design parameters is assisted by economic analysis together with relevant operations research techniques. Several classes of design standards are considered and an optimisation methodology is set out for each class, noting the constraints and the decision context, the decision criterion and the decision rule. Some examples are given to illustrate the procedures, and their advantages and limitations are discussed (a). (TRRL)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Workshop on the Economics of Road Design Standards, Canberra 18-20 May 1980 Papers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Bureau of Transport Economics, Australia

    Allara Street
    Canberra City, A.C.T. 2601,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Gooneratne, S
    • Linard, K T
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 49 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00329644
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB Group Ltd.
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM