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Unit Code: 617

Road and Pavement Maintenance

The Road and Pavement Maintenance unit provides advanced knowledge for professional work with the maintenance of roads and road reserves and as a pathway to further learning. It will further develop the basic skills and knowledge imparted in the core unit Introduction to Pavements.

Maintenance aims to preserve the road structure, particularly the pavement and wearing surface, so that it does not deteriorate below condition targets based on user expectations, safety and economics. The unit examines the different ways in which both flexible and rigid pavements show distress, both structural and non-structural. Defects such as deformation, cracking and many others are described together with problems relating to safety and damage caused by external factors. Shoulder and drainage maintenance treatments and other road maintenance activities are discussed and the unit concludes with coverage of maintenance management issues and finally a discussion on pavement management systems.

The unit will require the development of cognitive skills to think critically about materials employed and the methods used in road maintenance programs. The unit will also seek to develop specialised technical and creative skills relevant to current and future professional practice.

Unit Specifications
Programs Master of Pavement Technology (MPT) (AQF Level 9), Graduate Certificate in Pavement Technology (GCPT) 
Unit Name Road and Pavement Maintenance
Unit Code 617
Duration One semester
Credit Points 1
Delivery Mode Online
  • 600: Fundamentals of Roads and Pavements,
  • 613: Fundamentals of Road Construction
Co requisites


Unit Chair Professor Ron Ayers
Unit Topics

Topic 1 – Introduction to road maintenance
Topic 2 – Routine and periodic maintenance
Topic 3 – Modes and mechanisms of pavement distress
Topic 4 – Flexible pavement maintenance
Topic 5 – Rigid pavement maintenance
Topic 6 – Unsealed pavement maintenance and shoulder maintenance
Topic 7 – Drainage maintenance
Topic 8 – Road Maintenance Activities and Issues
Topic 9 – Road Maintenance management
Topic 10 – Maintenance and pavement management systems

Unit History

This unit was formerly titled: Road Maintenance