Prof WJ vd M Steyn


Prof Wynand Steyn is Head of Department (HOD) of the Department of Civil Engineering and full professor (focusing on road pavement related subjects) at the University of Pretoria. He is a professionally registered pavement engineer with a research interest in vehicle-pavement interaction, accelerated pavement testing, pavement engineering, pavement materials and instrumentation. He is a Member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering (FSAAE) and has a B3 National Research Foundation (NRF) rating.


His professional activities include academic and industry research in the areas of pavement engineering, vehicle-pavement interaction and pavement materials. He has completed a synthesis of international accelerated pavement testing activities for the National Academies of Science in the USA, and is involved in projects with the South African National Roads Agency (pavement materials and vehicle loading projects) and the California Department of Transportation (vehicle-pavement interaction analysis of selected corridors).


He is author or co-author of 28 journal papers, 14 book chapters, co-editor of 4 books and proceedings and 97 conference papers. He is involved in various South African (SATC, CAPSA, SARF etc.) as well as international conference committees (GeoChina series, APT series, ICTI series). He was chair of SATC from 2011 to 2015, and is co-chair of the 4th GeoChina conference and the 5th International APT conference. He is active in TRB through membership of the AFD40, AFS20, AFN15T and A0010 committees (various periods since 2007), an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Pavement Engineering (IJPE), member of the Academy for Pavement Science and Engineering (APSE) and serves on the board of the International Society for Asphalt Pavements (ISAP).


A summary of his publications can be found on his Researchgate page:


Teaching duties: 

  • SGM 221 Pavement materials and design
  • SSC 412 Research project
  • SGM 786 Basic Pavement materials and design
  • SGC 793 Pavement design
  • SGC 797 Road rehabilitation technology

Current Research interests 

  • Vehicle-Pavement Interaction
  • Pavement materials
  • Pavement instrumentation
  • Accelerated Pavement Testing
  • Nanomaterials for civil engineering

Publications list  (Google Scholar profile)


Current research students:

M Mshali  


J O’Connell


I Wessels 


PSPL Schutte



Previous students:

J Minja

M.Sc (Applied Science)

Investigation of the effect of CBR moulding moisture content on the strength behaviour of different types of soils encountered in Botswana

J van Heerden

M.Sc (Applied Science)

Revision of the Recommended Safety Factors and Transfer Functions for Granular Materials

C Ackermann

D.Tech 2007

A Vibration-Based Model that Rates Bridge Structural Deterioration in a Bridge Management System/ 2007

JJ Olivier

M.Eng 2012

Evaluation of three new cement types complying with sans 50197-1 on the properties of weathered dolerite material

K de Deus

M.Eng 2012

Quality Control of Road Construction in Mozambique

MJ Kamanga

Masters of Project Management 2012

Causes of Delay in Road Construction Projects in Malawi

J Komba

M.Eng 2013

Analytical and laser scanning techniques to determine shape properties of aggregates used in pavements

E van Aswegen

PhD 2013

Aspects of resilient response influenced by moisture sensitivity of natural material

W Dreyer

M.Eng 2014

Evaluation of the effect of deteriorating riding quality on bus-pavement interaction

H Heathcote

M.Eng 2016

Towards using the light FWD as a construction control device

E Mukandila

PhD 2016

Rheological and adhesion characterisation of bituminous road seal binders for mechanistic design methods

S Naidoo

M.Eng 2016

The Development of a Standard for Thermoplastic Road Marking Material

CJ Pretorius

M.Eng 2017

Evaluation of the effect of road condition on the shelf life of tomatoes


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