Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering (TGE) Research Projects

Research Projects

ACET Research Programme

The Department of Transportation and Geotechnical Engineering, UDSM, in collaboration with the Institute of Development Studies, University of Nairobi, and the University of Cape Town (the Lead Research Institute) have concluded a 5-years research programme titled Development and Governance of Public and Non-Motorised Transport Provision in African Cities: Research and Capacity Development. The Department was involved in the following projects.


 Financial Source

Research Area

VOLVO through

Cape Town


Transport systems and travel behaviour

Travel behaviour change

School travel planning

City restructuring

Road safety in DSM

Minibus public transport operations and regulation in DSM

Public transport system assessment

Non-motorised travel and infrastructure in DSM


Sida Research Programme - Rural and Urban Infrastructure Development

The development of four projects from the Department were concluded and eventually recommended and approved for funding by Sida a sum of SEK17,000,000 for the period of 4 years starting July 2009 to June 2015. The four projects are as follows.


  Financial Source

   Research Area


   Mobility and Infrastructure Planning and Management

  Continuous In-situ Penetration Test as an alternative to extensive exploratory     boreholes investigation in Tanzania

  Stabilization of Mine Tailings and Utilization for Infrastructure Development in     Tanzania

  Data/GIS for Urban Management


AFCAP Research Programme

The Government of Tanzania, through the Prime Minister’s Office, Regional Administration and Local Governments (PMO-RALG), had entered into a technical partnership with the Africa Community Access Programme (AFCAP) for the purpose of implementing cost effective, reliable and sustainable access solutions for rural communities. Specifically, AFCAP was designed to assist with the implementation of research/demonstration sites in selected districts in Tanzania, namely Bagamoyo district (Coast Region) and Siha district (Kilimanjaro Region) and funded a research project on “Design, Construction and Monitoring of Demonstration Sites for District Road Improvement” in the above-mentioned districts. The TGE Department concluded the AFCAP project where two students were supported to pursue degree of Master of Science in Highway Engineering by Thesis in the research areas as shown below.


  Financial Source

  Research Area


  Environmentally optimized methodology in design and construction of low     volume district roads in Tanzania

 Optimizing the use of local materials in the environmentally optimized design   and construction of low volume district roads in Tanzania


Research Group and Centers

The Department initiated several research groups; Transport Studies, Geotechnical Engineering, Geomatics, and Ocean Engineering. These groups are still informal and should be aligned in accordance with the UDSM guidelines and if possible eventually form a research center.