The paper proposes a method for calculating the ballast tamping cycle of railway lines using the mechanistic design procedure. The tamping cycle determined in this way is a function of rail type, tie spacing, pavement materials and traffic. The applicability of the method was evaluated on the coal line between Paulpietersburg and Piet Retief.
Continuing education throughout their careers is becoming an increasingly important requirement for civil engineers. However, who will provide this 'education' and what will they provide? This paper descriptionbes the author's recent experience at Paisley College of Technology, Scotland, in connection with the development of a college-based training unit called Construction Education-Macdata. One short course in particular is discussed.