Transportation Engineering

B.Sc. in Civil Engineering – Transportation Engineering5

Are you interested In ?

• Understanding and handling transportation facilities and systems
• Combining knowledge and technology to the benefit of all
• Solving large scale complex transportation problems
• Promoting engineering advancements while preserving the environment
• Improving road safety and protecting of human life
• Joining a dynamic field which combines multidisciplinary specialties

If the answer is yes, then transportation engineering studies fit perfectly for you.
The Civil and Environmental Engineering Faculty at the Technion offers you a new Bachelor’s degree in Transportation Engineering, which was certified by the Council of Higher Education as well as several exciting graduate programs in Transportation Engineering.

Course of Studies

The Transportation Engineering program is a four-year program. Graduates receive the degree “Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering – Transportation Engineering”. The program is intended to train engineers with specialization in the various transportation subjects, such as road design and operation, design of transportation facilities, transportation planning, public transportation, traffic engineering and control and road safety.

The program comprises study of core scientific and engineering courses, followed by basic civil engineering subjects and more advanced courses in transportation, operations research and town planning.

In the basic civil engineering portion of the program the student will learn courses in the fields of structural engineering, construction management, construction materials, environmental and water resources engineering. A large variety of transportation courses is offered, which is meant to provide the multidisciplinary knowledge required for a practicing transportation engineer in the changing world of technology.

A short description of the main transportation fields of specialization (and courses) is given below:

Highway Design and Operations

In this course you will learn how to design freeways, two-lane highways and various types of intersections and other road facilities, such as acceleration/declaration lanes, weaving sections and ramps. The course also covers topics related to optimal and proper operation of highways. Subjects covered include calculation of road capacity and level of service, determination of consistency for road planning and analysis of flow characteristics including flow breakdown phenomenon and the means to prevent it.

Pavement Design

The proficiency in this field includes design, construction and maintenance of asphalt flexible pavements, rigid concrete pavements, railways, embankments and supporting structures. Investigation and engineering characterization of pavement materials are taught both theoretically and practically in the Faculty’s materials laboratory.

Traffic Engineering and Road Safety

This specialization deals in the understanding of the interaction between human users, vehicles and infrastructure and their affect on traffic flow. This field provides knowledge and skills in the study of traffic flow characteristics such as, flows, speeds and densities. The transportation engineer can affect traffic characteristics through traffic control measures, such as traffic signals and signs, ramp meters and so on.

Transportation Planning

Transportation planning deals with the reciprocations between traffic systems and activity systems and land use patterns. This field focuses on the implementation of tools that aid in decision making with respect to transportation related projects. Relevant courses include discussions on the role of transportation systems and their importance in urban growth, basic prediction models for demand and functionality of the transportation system, required data for developing traffic prediction models and the relevant mathematical methods.

Public Transportation

Knowledge in public transportation systems includes design of systems – network and route design, determination of frequencies, timetable planning, crane and vehicles scheduling and public transportation reliability. Related classes also provide knowledge in railway systems, air traffic and design of public transportation terminals.

Intelligent Transportation Systems

This emerging field is focused on the application of innovative information technologies in transportation systems and infrastructure. Examples can be found in intelligent control systems (such as the one in Ayalon Highways), automatic tolling systems (such as in the Cross Israel Highway), use of GPS and mobile phone technologies for travel time mapping, smart cards for public transportation and more.

Professional career

Investments in transportation systems and infrastructure is growing rapidly in recent years. Examples of large-scale on-going and planned investments include:
• Israel railroad development plan
• Roads development plan of the National Road Company (MAATZ)
• Construction of light rail system in Jerusalem
• Construction of light rail in the Tel-Aviv metropolis
• Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) for the Haifa metropolis
• Privatization of public transportation bus routes
• Traffic control centers in major cities and freeways
• Toll roads and toll tunnels

A large variety of career opportunities and challenges, which fit diverse areas of interest and professional goals await graduates of transportation engineering programs. Professionals are in high demand both for office and fieldwork. The profession enables rapid promotion for management and leadership positions and is characterized by work on a wide range of problems in diverse interdisciplinary teams.

Laboratories and means of instructions

Highway Laboratory

The labs are used for research and teaching in the fields of rigid and flexible pavements and testing pavements materials and structures. Several instruments exist in the lab for conducting materials characterization tests. In addition, with a hydraulic instrument, INSTRON, was installed in the lab for advanced tension, pressure, and period loading tests. Several specialized software systems, which are used by students in advanced courses, are available in the computer laboratory:
• FLEX-DESIGN – flexible pavements design program.
• YULEA – a program for calculations of exertions and deformations in multi-layered mediums.
• MODULUS – a program for backward calculation of the stiffness of pavement layers.

Transportation Laboratory

The lab includes several specialized software used for instruction and research in the fields of traffic engineering and transportation planning:
• INBAR – A software for traffic control design. The software was developed in the Technion’s Transportation Research Institute.
• HCS (Highway Capacity Software) – software to calculate capacities and levels of service for various traffic facilities such as, intersections, freeway sections, interchanges etc.
• TRANSCAD – Transportation planning software. Used as a tool to develop traffic predictions and analyze the effect of transportation projects.
• TRANSMODELER, VISSIM – Detailed traffic simulation software. Used in operational evaluation of transportation systems. • STISIM – Driving simulator. Used in instruction and research of drivers behavior in complex road environments.

Additional information

Tzipi Ben-Simon
Phone: 04-8292366 Fax: 04-8295706 E-mail: