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Post-graduation Course on
Complex Transport Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)

Professor Responsible for TTOMs Organization: Lus de Picado Santos (FCT-UC;


Provide the students with the knowledge of main types of transport technologies, and with the
competencies to understanding the main problems related to design, construction and
operation of the vehicles and their infrastructures.

a) Description of leading technologies, involving vehicles and infrastructures, covering all
modes: road; railway; maritime; air.
b) Constraints imposed to design and operation by safety concerns.
c) Performance monitoring, management control and service quality.
d) Configuration of urban mobility systems, modal choice, value and challenges of modal
e) Organization and optimization of productive processes and resources. Planning,
programming and service level in transport operations.

Evaluation Methodology:
Individual Written Exam, where students cant use any support elements with exception to
those that will be given by the exam supervisor under orientation of each subject responsible
or, alternatively as in the Airports section, an individual project that demonstrates the
students capability to integrate the elements covered in this section of the course.


It includes all text materials (and other types, if any) that support the teaching.


Short Program, Schedule and Professors:
1) Description of highway infrastructure main constrains related to design, construction and
operation (infrastructure maintenance). 8 hours of to be taught in February 16
and 18
(9h00-13h00). L. Picado-Santos (FCT-UC).

2) Description of vehicles technology and energy efficiency related aspects, covering all
transportation modes. 8 hours of classes to be taught in February 25
(9h00-13h00 and
14h00-18h00) M. C. Gameiro (FCT-UC).
3) Description of railway infrastructure main constrains related to design, construction and
operation. 8 hours of classes to be taught in March 2
(14h00-18h00) and 16
18h00). P. Teixeira (IST-UTL).
4) Description of a port infrastructure main constrains related to design, construction and
operation. 8 hours of classes to be taught in March 2
(9h00-13h00) and 3
T. Gamito (Port Planning Consultant).
5) Description of principal issues in the planning, design and operation of airports and airport
systems. Great emphasis is based on the worldwide experience and trends, and how this is
changing traditional perspectives on airport development. 8 hours of classes to be taught in
March 9th (9h00-13h00) and March 10
(9h00-13h00) at Coimbra. R. de Neufville (MIT).
6) Configuration of urban mobility systems, modal choice, value and challenges of modal
integration, assessment of aggregated performance. 8 hours of classes to be taught in March
16h (9h00-13h00) and 17
(9h00-13h00). A. Seco (FCT-UC).
7) Review and discuss the basic elements of logistic systems, their relationships with freight
networks and operations management. 8 hours. E. Blanco (MIT).

Syllabus of each part:
1) Highway Engineering
Transportation Systems and the Highway Network. Planning the National Network
(Portuguese experience and its relation to European Union goals). Description of all
Road Components. Main Constrains to Design. Characteristics of the Users and the
Road. Capacity and Level of Service of Interurban Highways. Notions of Geometric
Design. Notions of Earthworks, Road Pavements and Highway Drainage. Notions of
Highway Maintenance Management. Issues involved in Highway Safety.
2) Vehicles
Types of Transportation and general concepts about transportation means.
Propulsion of transportation means (internal combustion engines, gas turbines,
electrical engines). Movement Laws, Main physical quantities, Resistances to the
movement of a vehicle (Rolling, aerodynamic and/or hydrodynamic, Inertial forces,
Gravitational forces) for different types of vehicles. Energy framework for
transportation. Sustainability and Environmental Impacts of Transportation Means.
Future solutions for the energy efficiency of transports. Alternative fuels and
3) Railway Engineering
Introduction to Railway Engineering. Fundamentals of the operation and
management of railway infrastructure and services. Fundamental concepts of the
railway track infrastructure and equipments. Criteria for the design of railway lines
and planning of railway operation.
4) Maritime Engineering
Trends in world/EU trade. Seaborn trade. Ports within the supply/logistic chains.
Influence of institutional and legal issues on port developments. Factors that
influence the choice of a port. Design of a terminal: layouts and operation

constraints. Evaluation/definition of port throughput. Layout design. Operations
5) Airport Systems Planning and Design
The issues concerning the provision of facilities to serve aviation traffic: uncertainty in
future demands, the competition between airports and the development of low-cost
carriers. The evolution of air transport recently, specifically regarding the effects of
deregulation and the development of low-cost carriers. The design portion focuses
on the configuration and design of airport passenger buildings.
Note: This section is taught at the Universidade de Coimbra.
6) Urban Mobility
Transport Modes characteristics, potential and applicability. Integrated transport
networks basic design principles: Spatial organization, segregation/sharing of space
channels, interchanges. Presentation of real life benchmarks.
7) Logistics
Overview of Logistics Systems, inventory management, warehousing and storage
systems, transportation planning and risk-pooling in logistics systems. Case study
discussion and presentations.

Evaluation Methodology:
Each part (except for Airports and Logistic sections) contributes one question (no more than
two items for each one and with the valorization of 2.85/20) for the Individual Written Exam,
which will have duration of 1h30 (15 minutes for each of the 5 questions and more 15
minutes as over-time period). The airports and Logistics sections will valorize the projects
also with the mark 2.85/20.

The classes will be taught in English and all written support elements (including PowerPoint
slides) will be in English.

1) Highway Engineering
Text Book:
Garber, N. J. and Hoel, L. A. (2002). Traffic & Highway Engineering.
Brooks/Cole, 3th edition. Pacific Grove-CA, USA. ISBN 0-534-38743-8
Other Elements:
PowerPoint slides and informal readings.
No Mandatory Readings:
Fwa, T. F. (2006). The Handbook of Highway Engineering. Taylor &
Francis. Boca Raton-FL, USA. ISBN 0-8493-1986-2

2) Vehicles
Text Book:
Managing Transport Energy. Power for a Sustainable Future, ed. James
Warren, Oxford Press, 2007
Other Elements:

PowerPoint slides and informal readings.
No Mandatory Readings:
Impact of Aerodynamics on Road Vehicles, Special Publication SP3, 1983,
Proceedings of the International Association for Vehicle Design, ed. M. A.
Aerodynamics of Road Vehicles: from Fluid Mechanics to Vehicle
engineering / edited by Wolf-Heinrich Hucho: authors Syed R. Ahmed [et
al.], 4th edition, SAE International, 1998
Transporte Interurbano em Portugal, Jos Maria C. S. Andr, IST Press,

3) Railway Engineering
Text Book:
Lpez Pita, A. (2006) Infraestructura ferroviaria. Edicones UPC-CENIT
Profilidis, V.A. (2000) Railway Engineering 2nd Edition, Ashgate
Publishing Limited
Other Elements:
PowerPoint slides and informal readings.
No Mandatory Readings:
Esveld, C. (2001), Modern Railway Track - 2nd Edition, MRT-Productions
Pachl J. (2002) Railway Operation and Control, VTD Rail Publishing, ISBN

4) Maritime Engineering
Text Book:
Report by the UNCTAD secretariat: Assessment of a seaport land interface:
an analytical framework, United Nations Conference on Trade and
Development. United Nations, New York and Geneva, 2004
Mandatory Readings:
Power Point slides
Other Elements:
Informal readings.
No Mandatory Readings:
Report by the UNCTAD secretariat. Review of Maritime Transport 2007.
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. United Nations,
New York and Geneva, 2007
ESPO Annual Report 2006-2007, European Sea Ports Organisation
Notteboom, Prof. Dr. Theo & Winkelmans, Prof. Dr. Willy (2004). Factual report on the
European port sector 2004-2005. Work Package 1: Overall market dynamics and their
influence on the port sector. ITMMA University of Antwerp (Belgium) European Sea Ports


5) Airport Engineering
Text Book:
de Neufville, R. and Odoni, A. (2003). Airport Systems Planning, Design,
and Management. McGraw-Hill Professional. USA. ISBN 13: 978-0-07-
Other Elements:
- Lectures notes for each day will be posted on course web site on Stellar
- Projects completed by students in 2008, provided as examples for student
assignment due by end of course.

6) Urban Mobility
Text Books:
Dep. of Transport-UK (1987). Roads and Traffic in Urban Areas Chapter
5. Ed HMSO.
PORTAL, Seco, A.J.M. and Ribeiro, A. (2003) Urban Traffic Management
and Restriction. Ed PORTAL EU-Project.
Vuchic, V.R. (2007). Urban Transit Systems and Technology. Ed :Wiley.
ISBN 978-0-471-75823-5
Other Elements:
PowerPoint slides
No Mandatory Readings:
ADONIS (1998) Best practice to promote cycling and walking European
project Analysis and Development Of New Insight into Substitution of short
car trips by cycling and walking ADONIS, Danish Road Directorate,
DIFU (2007) Sustainable Urban Transport and deprived urban areas
Good practice Examples in Europe German Institute of Urban Affairs,
Berlin, March
PORTAL (2007) Urban Traffic Management and Restriction - UPDATE.
Ed PORTAL EU-Project.
Seco, AJ.M., Antunes, A.J.P., Costa, A.H.P. and Bastos-Silva, A.M. (2006).
Princpios Bsicos de Organizao de Redes Virias. ED:

7) Logistics
Text Books:
Ballou R.H. 2003. Business Logistics/ Supply Chain Management. Fifth
Edition. Prentice Hall.
Cachon G. And Terwiesch C. 2006. Matching Supply With Demand.