The civil engineering objective is to provide the necessary civil engineering expertise of monitoring and inspection during identified sub-phases of the Rural Roads Asset Management in order to satisfy certain provisions of the generic specification that must be outlined by The National Department of Transport. The structural engineering objective is to provide skills development and a transfer of skills to the graduates with relation to structural elements of Bridges and Culverts within the uThungulu District Municipality in order to satisfy these specifications and to monitor deterioration and failures to ensure that the full service life of the structures are met.
Rural Road Asset Management programme was commenced by the National Department of Transport due to following reasons:
Road sector requires knowledge on planning, design, construction, and management of various categories of roads.
The focus of road infrastructure authorities requires a switch from road construction to road network management
Information generated at various stages of planning and implementation is highly useful for road asset management during its lifecycle.
Road assets include physical elements such as surfacing, bridges, culverts, footpaths, bicycle paths, drainage facilities, lighting, road signs, road-markings, traffic control signals, and retaining walls.
Road condition assessment has to become an increasingly important tool for road network managers, the most common method of monitoring the condition of these elements is visual survey, undertaken manually by experienced specialists travelling the road (or watching survey videos) and evaluating each feature condition variable against a set of defined criteria.