Construction Methods of Transportation Systems

Course Content:

  • Introduction to the course.
  • Presentation of the module parts and of study materials. Presentation of the student evaluation procedure. Definition and components of the transportation systems. Evolution of transport systems.
  • Tunneling Boring Machine (TBM) – General description of the method – Applications.
  • Engineering projects concerned with safety and environmental protection during the operation of transport systems. Highway engineering projects and railway engineering projects. (Open track, tunnels, bridges, embankments).
  • Infrastructure of transportation systems structures. Deep excavations in urban environment. Basics of geotechnical engineering).
  • Tunneling methods: cut and cover and cover and cut.
  • Civil engineering works in railways. Peculiarities in relation to highways.
  • High speed railway networks. Definition of high/conventional speed railway tracks. Problems at high speeds and solutions. Basic guidelines for the design and construction of a high speed railway line.
  • Case studies: Construction of an underground urban railway system (metro). The metro systems of Athens and Thessaloniki.
  • Airports – facilities, runways and parking.
  • Case Study: The undersea road of Thessaloniki.
  • The tramway as a transportation system. Pre-feasibility study of the construction and operation of a tramway network. Techniques and materials for the construction of a tramway superstructure.
  • The construction of highways.
  • Preliminary evaluation of the student projects. Oral presentations and evaluation of the oral presentations.
  • Visit to a construction site (O.S.E and Thessaloniki metro)

Student Assessment:

Any students that choose this module are called to complete a project in teams of two and to present in on the last day of lectures to the module leader and their fellow students. The project has a topic, which is in line with the course subject. The topic is either proposed by the module leader or by the students themselves. The tasks of the project include: A 15-30 pages long report A 20 minute long power point presentation The evaluation of the post graduate students is based on two criteria: A) Mandatory project The grade of the mandatory project ((Report Grade + Presentation Grade)/2) amounts to 70% of the module grade. B) Written exam The exam is one hour long. It is an open book examination that includes theoretical questions and exercises in line with the module lectures. The grade of the exam amounts to 30% of the module grade


Prof. Christos Pyrgidis.

Indicative Bibliography:

Notes (5-30 pages) per lecture.