Training on the Use of the DCP Pavement Design Method for Low Volume Sealed Roads in Malawi

Abstract

Malawi is at the forefront in Africa in the adoption of the DCP (dynamic cone penetrometer) Design Method for upgrading of gravel and earth roads to a Low Volume Sealed Roads (LVSR) standard and is one of the first countries in the southern African region to have formally recognized the method as an alternative to the traditional CBR (California bearing ratio) based design method.The Malawi DCP Design Manual was completed in 2013, but the local consulting industry needs to be trained to apply the design method as documented in the manual. To this end a one week course was commissioned through AFCAP to train Roads Authority staff and project staff from a locally based consulting firm, Royal Associates, which has been awarded a design contract for five Low Volume Sealed Roads totaling 40 km under the World Bank-funded ASWap Project.

Citation

Hongve, J.; Pinard, M. Training on the Use of the DCP Pavement Design Method for Low Volume Sealed Roads in Malawi. AFCAP, Wantage, Oxfordshire, UK (2014) 26 pp.

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