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Transport & Main Roads
Australian Asphalt Pavement Association
AAPA 2010 Study Tour to the USA
AAPA 2011 Study Tour to South Africa
AAPA 2012 Sudy Tour to Europe
South African Pavement Engineering Manual 2013
The manual comprises fourteen chapters covering a range of elements of pavement
engineering. The chapters, interalia, include the history of roads, the development of
pavement engineering with time through the understanding of the behaviour of
materials and their utilization, the influence of the environment and traffic, the
interface between tyre and pavement, references to testing methods guiding the
reader through the numerous tests to be conducted, and laboratory management.

It explains relevant concepts, tells the reader of the do’s and don’ts, and also
contains guidelines on the investigation of the road prism, the pavement and
geology, and suggests the expertise required for carrying out geotechnical

This is a comprehensive guideline manual, not a policy manual. It is to be regarded
as a best practice guideline, providing the sequence of steps for practitioners. Its
benefits will manifest over time with its use, with the harmonization of designs and
standards. It predominantly provides advice and guidance for the design of safe, state
of the art, cost effective – taking into account the carbon footprint – pavements for
motorists, thus reducing the cost of transport.
High Modulus Asphalt (EME2)
PSTS107 High Modulus Asphalt (EME2)
[Project Specific Technical Specification - M
ay 2017
May '17
PSS107 High Modulus Asphalt
Project Specific Specification -
May 2017
May '17
Link to the EME2 Workshop
This May 2017 update on the June 2016 PSTS and PSS107 EME2
specificaton includes:
Removal of the 10,000 tonne limit for mix design testing when using the
Austroads test methods for wheel tracking, flexural stiffness and fatigue

Wheel tracking requirements using the Austroads test methods have been
updated to align with the recommendations contained on the final (yet to be
published) Austroads report.

Inclusion of 10/20 pen bitumen as an alternative binder to 15/25 pen bitumen
for EME2. Inclusion of 10/20 pen bitumen is consistent with Austroads as well
as the AAPA model specification for EME2.

Exclude the use of natural sand in EME2, which aligns with AAPA’s model
specification for EME2