Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Second cycle degree programme (LM) in Civil Engineering (cod. 8895)

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will learn topics related to the design of a railway infrastructure from a geometric and structural point of view; topics related to the design of the pavements, the geometry, the signs and the "air side" service for the airport infrastructures will be treated. The theme of the connections between the various mode of transport in urban area will also be developed with particular reference to the multimodality and the accessibility of the nodes.

Course contents

Requirements/Prior knowledge

The knowledge learned in the “Sustainable transport system design” course can support some issues.

Course contents

Planning and design of railways and airports: geometric design consistency, materials and construction techniques for pavements. The Focus will have an orientation to issues concerning Sustainable mobility in urban areas.


  • Air side geometric design;
  • Runway: length evaluation, orientation, declared distances and request distances;
  • Design methods for airport pavements;
  • Obstacle limitation surfaces;
  • Visual aids for navigation
  • Elements of airport management
  • Programmatic tools for the development of an airport infrastructure
  • Basic notions for the design of the terminal system: dimensioning of the infrastructural subsystems
  • Development of the landside system and interconnected facilities


  • Design of the railway track structure: rails, sleepers, fastening system, ballast, sub-ballast, subgrade;
  • Switches and crossings;
  • Railway stations;
  • Railway maintenance and monitoring processes;
  • Railway high-speed tracks and trains.
  • Metropolitan railway systems;
  • Urban transport.


  • Bonnett C. (2005). Pratical railway engineering, Ed. Imperial College Press;
  • Ashford N. & Wright P. (1992). Airport Engineering. John Wiley & Sons;
  • Horonjeff R., McKelvey F., Sproule W. & Young S. (2010). Planning & design of airports. Mc Graw Hill.

Teaching methods

Theoretical lessons and practical exercises. The lessons will be divided into a first part dedicated to airports (Sept-Oct) and a second dedicated to railways (Nov-Dec).

Assessment methods

Written exam comprising a part on railway issues and another on airport ones. The exam is passed by reaching the sufficiency in both parts.

Teaching tools

Lectures will be given with ppt slides.

Office hours

See the website of Claudio Lantieri