Road Construction and Compaction Fundamentals
Event Description
IPWEA (NSW) Professional Development Workshop: 14 and 15 May 2019


This Course provides information on the necessary planning and management of Road Construction, together with an overview of the resources and the necessary elements required in planning and managing investigation works prior to commencement of major site works in road construction.

The course looks at Preliminary Site Investigations and at the construction of a road to the alignment, gradient and cross falls selected by the designer that often involve a considerable amount of earthworks. The necessary operations for the setting out, and control of earthworks operations are described and elaborated on together with a brief outline of the elements involved in geometric design. Note that the establishment of control lines and bench marks are specialised survey operations that are not covered in this Course.

The Course provides an understanding of the operations involved in the loosening, removing and depositing of earth, soil and rock and information on the construction of earthworks and the preparation of pavement foundations subsequent to the construction of a pavement structure. The aspect of Roadsides is also covered as they provide an important range of functions, including: access for the construction and maintenance of the road, control of surface water drainage, the provision of underground drainage, the provision of safety barriers, signs and lighting for the safe operation of the road. Worked examples and case studies are used throughout to facilitate practical learning.


  • Opening and Introduction to Road Construction
  • Road Structure & Geometric Attributes
  • Preliminary Investigations & Evaluations
  • Pavement Design Principles
  • Pavement Construction Methods 
  • Achieving Compaction
  • Setting Out
  • Earthworks & Formation Preparation
  • Pavement Materials
  • Environmental Issues & Drainage
  • Testing Protocols
  • Roadsides


PRESENTER DETAILS - Geoff Webb, Principal, GR Consulting Pty Ltd

Geoff is the Principal of an independent Tasmanian based consultancy providing technical services in Pavement Technology, Infrastructure Asset Management and Maintenance Management. The Company also delivers training in Pavement Management Systems, Road Condition Assessment, and Asset Management & Maintenance Management Systems.

DATES: 14/05/2019 to 15/05/2019

LOCATION: Hilltops Council, 189 Boorowa Street, , Young

MAP REFERENCE: Click Here For Location Map

TIMES: Please register at the Workshop by 8.00 am on Day 1. The program will commence promptly at 8.15 am and finish at 4.00pm on Day 1. Day 2 begins at 8.00am and finishes at 4.00pm. Morning and afternoon teas and lunch provided on both days.


ACCOMMODATION: Overnight accommodation is not provided for Delegates. You will need to organize your own accommodation if require.

WHAT TO BRING: Notebook and pens (Course Workbooks provided). 


COURSE FEES: Download fees

We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Please contact us if you have any questions:

Elsie Pathmanathan, Professional Development Coordinator
Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (NSW)
Level 12, 447 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000
t: +61 (0)2 8267 3008 f: +61 (0)2 8267 3078 m: +61 (0)427 001 613