CVEN 456/766 Course Material


This webpage is intended for the students enrolled in the course. However, you are welcomed to use the material if you feel it may be useful in anyway.


Last updated: March 21, 2018


Course Syllabus 456 (Undergraduate)

Course Syllabus 766 (Graduate version)





Assignment 1


Assignment 2



Assignment 3





Laboratory 1



Laboratory 2


Laboratory 3 *New


Relevant files for using Civil 3D:


Creating an alignment


Civil 3D contour lines


Jeff’s Otey’s Seminar Notes and Input files: Seminar *New


Capstone Project


The links below include the description of the project for each team (in PDF) and the attached DWG and image files.


Team 1



Team 2



Team 3



Team 4



Each team needs to include this matrix/table in their report: Matrix *New





Textbook for this course:


CoursePack Title: CVEN 456: Highway Design - Spring 2018

Instructor: Dr. Dominique Lord

CoursePackID: 562093

OrderID: 587522

CoursePack ISBN: 9781506605852

CoursePack Format: Print


        Available at the A&M bookstore and possibly at Barnes & Noble.


Texas Roadway Design Manual (needed for the project):




Slides and other Material


Course Outline


Topic 1 – Trends & Highway Classification


Topics 2 & 3 Highway Design Process & Route Selection

        Additional Material: Bearing & Azimuth


TxDOT Project Development Process

DESFlow Chart


Review – Earth Work

(Please note that I won’t teach this material. Since all of you have already seen it, I uploaded it for your information)


Topic 4 – Highway Costs


        Mark Poage’s Seminar


        Bob Appleton’s Seminar


Topic 5 – Design Controls


Topic 6 – Sight Distance


        Computing Sight Distance on Crest Curves (kindly provided with permission from Dr. Ezra Hauer)


Topic 7 – Horizontal Alignment  


        Additional Information about Spirals


Topic 8 – Vertical Alignment


        Additional Information about Critical Length of Grade


Topic 9 – Cross Section Design


Topic 10 – Intersections *Link corrected


Additional information for sight distance *Link corrected


        Additional information for taper design  


        Three-centered Curves


Topic 11 – Environmental Issues in Highway Design