Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Docente: Andrea Simone
  • Credits: 6
  • SSD: ICAR/04
  • Language: English
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Civil Engineering (cod. 8895)

Learning outcomes

The student of the Road Infrastructure Sustainable and Safe Management Course will address the issues of transport infrastructure in urban and metropolitan areas. Through the evolution of the road infrastructures we will reach the project of today's road with particular reference to the lsafety of Vulnerable road users. The aspects related to the urban road pavement project and its maintenance will be illustrated. Among the modern city solutions the course will handle with the themes of material recycling, infrastructure management and Public Transport Infrastructure.

Course contents

This course includes 26 meetings of 2 hours each:

The objectives of the course are:

- why road safety engineering is important, how we can achieve improvements and who is doing the work;

- the multidisciplinary nature of road safety and why we need to use a combination of engineering, education and enforcement to be successful;

- the behavior of road users and ways in which the road environment can be designed/improved to cater for their needs;

- the complexity of the human/vehicle/road system and how the interrelationships work to influence the level of safety;

- what are the legal responsibilities of road authorities and decision makers (engineers) and how they can fulfil them;

- how to collect accident data and what to look for in quality data;

- how to analyse accident data, turn it into information and develop cost effective, practical counter measures;

- what needs to be done after treating a site and how to do it;

- how to be proactive in preventing accidents before they occur.

-what are the more common procedures for the management of the road pavements in urban networks (Pavement management system);

-which are the more common procedures for road pavement maintenance.

-Evaluation of the most common sustainable materials, technologies and test for subgrade and soil stabilization

-Evaluation of the most common sustainable materials, technologies and test for bituminous mixtures;

-Performance evaluation of new and existing pavement.



1) Highway Design and Traffic Safety Engineering Handbook (1999)

Ruediger Lamm , Basil Psarianos , Theodor Mailaender


ISBN-10: 0070382956

ISBN-13: 978-0070382954

2)  Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of the road in accordance with ISO 14040/14044.

3) European Commission's Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) Recommendation (2013/179/EU):

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons will be integrated with practical exercises.

Assessment methods

The written exam includes 3 open questions on topics of the course and two exercises on the evaluation of the safety parameters of existing road infrastructures

Teaching tools

Students are provided with lecture notes and videos

Office hours

See the website of Andrea Simone


Good health and well-being Sustainable cities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.