Road Planning I


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Summer Semester

Course Language: German

The course "Road Planning I" is relevant for the following study courses:

More detailed information can be found in the respective Examination Regulations in the official announcements of RWTH Aachen University.


Course Description

The goal of road planning in the broader sense is to meet the requirements of a road through a safe and efficient design, with the greatest possible consideration for people and nature, so that harmful effects are kept as low as possible or excluded from the outset. The course "Road Design I" imparts basic knowledge in the areas of dimensioning and routing of non-local roads. In the first part of the course, road layout and elevation plans are drawn up, taking into account aspects of driving dynamics, psychology and traffic safety. In this context, the design and calculation principles for the design of road drainage, the traffic dimensioning of rural roads and highways as well as the dimensioning of highway intersections are taught. The planning and design of roads also includes questions about the necessity of the traffic route, as well as its far-reaching effects of a technical, ecological and economic nature - because road planning is intertwined with general social developments (mobility turnaround, demographic turnaround, etc.).

Learning Objectives

  • Independent design of roads
  • Independent dimensioning of road traffic facilities with consideration of traffic theoretical basics
  • Basic understanding of the interrelationships in road and planning law
  • Solution of planning law issues


Course Scope

  • Credit Points: 4(3)
  • Lecture: 2 SWS
  • Seminar: 1 SWS


Dr.-Ing. Dirk Kemper

Univ. Prof. Dr.-Ing. habil. Markus Oeser (2011-2016)

Research Assistants

Maximilian David, M. Sc. RWTH

Jörg Ehlers, M. Sc. RWTH