Highway Design and Detailing using the DMRB

Highway Design and Detailing using the DMRB
This one day course provides a practical understanding of the general principles of highway design including alignment geometric design, junctions, roadside features, coordinated link design and the need for road safety audits.

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The training course will equip engineers with the knowledge to achieve the scope and target of a highways project by pre-empting and avoiding typical design issues. It will also provide insight and guidelines for infrastructure designers and consultants, including where to find additional information and design recommendations.

There will be a number of case studies and examples throughout the day, to test the audience knowledge and thinking as well as to teach them where to find the necessary details and specifications in the actual DMRB set of standards.


The Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) is the design standard for trunk roads in the UK and provides comprehensive guidance on the assessment, design and delivery of road schemes. It is also widely used for non trunk roads, small schemes, improvements and development proposals as it provides a rigorous approach to delivering effective highway design.

Sessions begin at 9:00 and finish at 17:00. All timings, except the start time, are approximate and may be adjusted.

  • Session 1 - Introduction and setting course objectives
  • Session 2 - Road layout, geometry and departures
  • Session 3 - Road cross section and designing for walking, cycling and horse-riding
  • Session 4 - Geometric layout of junctions
  • Session 5 - Roadside features: signs and safety barriers
  • Session 6 - Road safety audit

At the end of the course, participants should have:

  • Knowledge of the structure, contents and practical application of the Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB)
  • The ability to design highway links, adopt an adequate cross section and cater for non-motorised users
  • The ability to select and design a junction
  • Knowledge of roadside features including signs and safety barriers
  • Awareness of road safety audits

This training course will benefit all those looking for an introduction to highway design. Delegates will include:

  • Graduate civil or transportation engineers
  • Undergraduates studying civil engineering topics
  • Designers new to the field of highway design
  • Designers looking to refresh knowledge and keep up to date with the latest standards

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