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Airfield Pavements - Guidance Notes 1

Concrete joints and joint sealing Explains why joints are required in an un-reinforced rigid concrete pavement and incorporates the results of questionnaires sent to a number of airfield operators. The guidance covers current practice and flags up issues of concern, providing information on the design, specification, construction, maintenance and performance of concrete joints.

Airfield Pavements - Guidance Notes 2

Design and evaluation methods The four major methods of designing airfield pavements are compared and assistance is given in the task of deciding which one to use, based on three criteria that covers construction practice; failure condition, evaluation of strength of existing pavements and their limitations. The UK designs from the PSA and BAA are discussed and their background is explained.

Airfield Pavements - Guidance Notes 3

Principles of design and assessment Provides a background to the basic principles of design and evaluation, including input throughout the whole life-cycle of a rigid airfield pavement. It covers structural behaviour, explains how a design thickness is obtained and includes information on modes of deterioration, pavement and sub-grade characteristics and aircraft loadings.

Airfield Pavements - Guidance Notes 4

Surface finish, regularity and texture Covers the principles governing the requirements and current specification for surface finish, regularity and texture of concrete airfield pavements. Problems with surface finish are illustrated and remedial measures discussed. The importance of texture is covered along with a range of methods of achieving it, both in fresh and hardened concrete.

Airfield pavements - Guidance Notes 5

Rigid airfield pavements This guidance note provides advice to designers and constructors on the use of keys to provide load transfer at longitudinal joints in concrete airfield pavements. The guidance note describes the requirement for load transfer at joints, the potential advantages of using a keyed joint, historical practice and performance, design methods and construction practice.

Airfield Pavements - Guidance Notes 6

Rigid airfield pavements This guidance note provides the background to the materials used in the design and production of Pavement Quality Concrete. The document is aimed at clients, project managers and engineers involved in the design and construction of concrete airfield pavements and require an understanding of Pavement Quality Concrete. This document is not designed to be a detailed document but will identify key characteristics of airfield pavement concrete.

Pavement Quality Concrete for Airfields

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This document is for the use of Top Level Budget Holders (TLBHs) for application by the Project Sponsors and their Project Managers, Property Managers (PROM), Establishment Works Consultants (EWC), Works Service Managers (WSM) and other parties involved with airfield pavement works.


Guided Busway Design Handbook

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This 2017 version of the Guided Busway Design Handbook updates two important chapters. Chapter 3: Geometrical Design of Guideway and Chapter 9: Construction.

Guided Busway - Construction Handbook

Developed as a sequel to the Guided busway  design handbook, this sets out best practice for highway and busway schemes constructed in slip-formed, in-situ concrete. It gives advice on design aspects influenced by the construction techniques, concrete production and supply, surface textures and smoothness and interfaces with the construction process.

The benefits of bus travel

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Accounting for two out of three public transport journeys, the humble bus plays an important, and can play an even greater, role in improving local commuting, reducing congestion and carbon emissions and creating more liveable cities.


Slab Track - Safety

This report identifies that, although it is generally accepted in the rail industry that slab track provides benefits in terms of safety when compared with traditional ballasted track, there was surprisingly little published information. Some important research papers are reviewed and the way forward in promoting the safety case for slab track is proposed.

Slab Track - The Commercial Case

A review of papers worldwide found that it is generally accepted that slab track offers a cost-effective alternative to ballasted track if the two systems are compared in terms of life-cycle costs. The study went on to provide a methodology for estimating the commercial case and the wider economic, social and environmental benefits of adopting slab track technology.

Slab Track - Guidance on relevant standards

The report found that existing European and infrastructure owner standards provided sufficient general guidance on concrete slab track but that these had been prepared within the context of ballasted track and did not address the characteristics of slab track. Aspects specific to slab track, such as design, transition zones, testing and commissioning and decommissioning, are not covered in available standards.

Slab Track - Life Cycle assessment study

Describes an evaluation of the life-cycle energy use impacts of ballasted track bed and two generic concrete slab track beds: cast-in sleeper and embedded track systems. The analysis took into consideration the manufacturing, construction, maintenance, dismantling and recycling of track bed components. It showed that concrete slab track beds are not associated with higher life-cycle energy consumption and carbon dioxide emission when compared with ballasted track bed.

Concrete Slab Track: on track for the future

Describes concrete slab track, its benefits, systems, suitable applications and 5 reasons to choose slab track.

Concrete Slab Track

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A free publication outlining the Whole Life (and other) Benefits of Concrete Slab Track

General Guidance for low noise and low vibration slab track

Provides general design guidance on solutions for low noise and low vibration slab track


Concreting pavements in winter

Covers the practicalities of concreting road pavements in ambient temperatures around and below the freezing point of water. It gives information on planning, concrete temperatures at mixing and placing, pre-concreting preparations, protection after laying and admixtures.

Immediate trafficking of cement bound materials

Reviews the results of a joint Highways Agency/Britpave project to examine the immediate trafficking of a range of cement bound materials. The report identifies those mixtures that can be trafficked early and those that require a curing period.

Concrete Hardstanding - Design Handbook (2nd Edition)

Prepared for all those concerned with hardstandings trafficked by heavy goods vehicles and forklift trucks, it explains the simple steps that can be taken to ensure their long-term performance. The design methodology incorporates the latest foundation classes developed by the HA. Covers design, site appraisal, sub-grade, sub-base, concrete mix and construction, thickness design, joints, surface characteristics and integrated design.

Truck Lanes - The Permanent Solution

The publication provides information on the truck lane solution and its benefits to the environment, reduced maintenance, buildability and application.

Britpave Guide to Roller Compacted Concrete Pavements

Roller Compacted Concrete. This guide describes the benefits, properties and application of RCC, provides recommendations on mix design and materials selection, and discusses applicable design methods, construction methodology and techniques.

Hydraulically Bound Mixtures for Pavements in Winter

Addresses the practicalities of mix-in plant production and laying hydraulically bound mixtures (HBM) in ambient temperatures around and below the freezing point of water. Provides guidance and recommendations for the successful laying of HBM in low winter temperatures.

Smart Motorway Construction with Concrete

The benefits of concrete motorway pavements have been known for some time and many stretches of concrete motorway have been maintenance free for decades, frequently exceeding their design lives. These technical guidelines explain the benefits of using concrete as part of an integrated design approach, with particular emphasis on the pavement layers, where new design guidance creates the opportunity for maximising whole-life value and minimising ongoing maintenance requirements.

Soil Stabilisation

Stabilised soils as a subbase or base for road and other pavements

Gives guidance on the two-stage stabilisation of cohesive soils, such as clay, using lime followed by cement, pfa and/or ggbs to produce a strengthened sub-base or base. Covers specification, site investigation, mix design, construction and testing.

Cement and other hydraulically bound mixtures

Describes the European standard BS EN 14227 issued in November 2004 that covers hydraulically bound mixtures for road and other pavements. Explains how the new mixtures compare with those specified for use before that date and gives guidance on their selection and specification.

HBM and Stabilisation 1 - Parking Areas and Hardstandings

Provides design and specification guidelines for clients, designers and contractors wishing to use hydraulically bound mixtures for parking areas and hardstandings. Also covers mixture design, construction and control testing and includes a useful glossary of terms.

HBM and Stabilisation 2 - Residential and Commercial Road Pavements

Provides design and specification guidelines for clients, designers and contractors wishing to use hydraulically bound mixtures for residential and commercial road pavements. Also covers mixture design, construction and control testing and includes a useful glossary of terms.

HBM and Stabilisation 3 - Heavy-Duty Paving

Provides design and specification guidelines for clients, designers and contractors wishing to use hydraulically bound mixtures for heavy-duty paving in areas subject to wheel/axle loading in excess of that permitted on public roads. Also covers mixture design, construction and control testing and includes a useful glossary of terms.

Guidelines for stabilisation of sulfate-bearing soils  New Edition

These guidelines for the stabilisation of sulfate bearing clays are based on current knowledge and experience. They aim to explain the mechanisms that cause sulfate heave, recommend methods for sampling and testing for sulfates and sulphides and describe measures to minimise the risk of sulfate-related disruption. This publication is an update of the original version, which was published in 2005.

Soil Improvement and Soil Stabilisation - Definitive Industry Guidance

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This document is an introductory and technical guide to mix-in-place soil improvement and stabilisation. It outlines industry best practice and provides technical information plus signposts to industry standards and further reading.

Comparison of 3 Swell/Stability Tests on Clay Soils Treated with Lime, Cement and GGBS - released December 2013

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This report reviews the test methods used to assess the potential for treated/stabilised soils to swell or disintegrate because of the presence of sulfates or sulphides in the soil.

THE In-Service Properties of Hydraulically Treated Soils After 10 to 40 Years Service

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Cores were taken as part of a UK Highways Agency project that assessed the performance of treated soft rocks and cohesive soils for road pavement foundations. This paper compares the properties of these cores with the original & current specifications, and the construction results for the treated layers.

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