BA8617 - Operation and Maintainance of Roads in Cold Climates


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Aggregate score
Grade: Passed / Not Passed

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Oral exam 1/3 1 hours D
Assignment 2/3

Course content

This course is designed for students that are enrolled in a PhD program . It provides in-depth knowledge on maintenance and operation of roads in cold climates. The course consists of a guided self-study on road salting, tire-pavement friction, road meteorology and the organisation of winter maintenance. In addition the candidate performs a project on a topic that is connected to maintenance and operation of roads.

Learning outcome

Knowledge The candidate should have detailed knowledge of: - how salt works in anti- and deicing - Friction mechanisms that occur during tire-pavement interaction - How road surface conditions change due to meteorological processes - understand the relation between weather, traffic and winter maintenance Skills The candidate is able to: - Conduct a project in a systematic manner - demonstration analytical skills General competence The candidate can: - Understand and utilize scientific litterature on this topic - Write about this topic in a scientific way

Learning methods and activities

Tutorial study and a project work. The project work counts for 2/3 of the grade. To pass the course a score of at least 70 percent is required.

Specific conditions

Admission to a programme of study is required:
Engineering (PHIV)

Required previous knowledge

TBA4335 Highway Planning and Pavement Technology or similar. Note that if you wish to follow the course the semester it runs, but are not affiliated with the PhD programme in Engineering, please contact

Course materials

Textbooks, research reports and published papers.

More on the course



Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2024

Language of instruction: English

Location: Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Highway Engineering
  • Technological subjects
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Examination arrangement: Aggregate score

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Assignment 2/3





Room Building Number of candidates
Autumn ORD Oral exam 1/3 D





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Assignment 2/3 INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Oral exam 1/3 D
Room Building Number of candidates
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