Pavement Design using the DMRB

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   Virtual 15/10/2020  1 Day £305.00 +VAT
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New Standards to replace the existing Standards are scheduled to be issued in March/April 2020. This training has been updated to cover the new Standards.

This one-day course focuses on these Standards and considers their content, impact and implementation in design, providing an effective introduction to pavement design using the DMRB.

This course will enable you to understand the scope and application of Volume 7 of the DMRB for pavement design and have the confidence and knowledge to undertake designs to the latest revisions of the key Standards. It will deliver essential advice, knowledge and capability to those involved in pavement design. A supporting session considers key properties of asphalts commonly used in UK pavements.

The course includes presentations, notes and tutorials from the Standards. Delegate discussion throughout the day is encouraged.

In the future, designs carried out for Highways England and the other Overseeing Organisations will only be acceptable if they have been undertaken by engineers who have achieved Certified Pavement Engineer status. This process is overseen by The Institute of Asphalt Technology. Candidates will need knowledge of the relevant Standards and are required to attend an interview where their knowledge and experience of the applicable Standards will be assessed.

At the end of this course, the tutor will explain the steps necessary in order to register as a Certified Pavement Engineer.


The Design Manual for Roads & Bridges (DMRB) is a suite of documents which dictates how the majority of major highways are designed in the UK. Mandatory for Trunk Road schemes including motorways, it is also utilised by the majority of local authorities and highway design consultants for the design and maintenance of non-Trunk Roads.

Volume 7 is entitled "Pavement Design & Maintenance" and is a particularly significant element of the suite. Within Volume 7, pavement design is driven by four key Standards:

  • CD 224 - Traffic assessment;
  • CD 225 - Design for new pavement foundations;
  • CD 226 - Design for new pavement construction; and
  • CD 236 - Surface course materials for construction.


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Bespoke training programmes. These are delivered by our tutors at a time, in a location and based on a curriculum completely tailored to your needs. Ideal for organisations that have several employees wishing to take training in the same subject area, and/or have organisation-specific ideas for learning and development.

Programme Overview

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. Morning and afternoon coffee breaks and lunch are included in the programme.

  • Session 1 - Introduction
  • Session 2 - Traffic assessment
  • Session 3 - Design guidance for road pavement foundations
  • Session 4 - Fundamental pavement technology
  • Session 5 - Pavement design

Dr Robert Hunter

Robert has extensive experience in the management and maintenance of carriageways including trunk roads and motorways. He is an author and editor of numerous papers, an ICE listed adjudicator and conciliator.

Learning Objectives
At the conclusion of this course the delegates should:
  • Have a broad understanding on the structure and scope of volume 7 of the DMRB
  • Appreciate the principles of pavement design and asphalt technology
  • Be confident in the assessment of traffic loading for design
  • Be familiar with the principles behind the design of pavement foundations
  • Be able to design pavements with reasonable confidence
  • Be aware of available surface courses, their behaviour and characteristics
Who Should Attend?

This training course will benefit all those involved in the design and construction of highway schemes, including:

  • Civil engineers
  • Highways engineers
  • Pavement engineers
  • Transportation engineers

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