|South African Pavement Engineering Manual 2013
The manual comprises fourteen chapters covering a range of elements of pavement
engineering. The chapters, interalia, include the history of roads, the development of
pavement engineering with time through the understanding of the behaviour of
materials and their utilization, the influence of the environment and traffic, the
interface between tyre and pavement, references to testing methods guiding the
reader through the numerous tests to be conducted, and laboratory management.
It explains relevant concepts, tells the reader of the do’s and don’ts, and also
contains guidelines on the investigation of the road prism, the pavement and
geology, and suggests the expertise required for carrying out geotechnical
This is a comprehensive guideline manual, not a policy manual. It is to be regarded
as a best practice guideline, providing the sequence of steps for practitioners. Its
benefits will manifest over time with its use, with the harmonization of designs and
standards. It predominantly provides advice and guidance for the design of safe, state
of the art, cost effective – taking into account the carbon footprint – pavements for
motorists, thus reducing the cost of transport.