International Seminar "Road Infrastructure Management - Current Practice and Development Prospective"

31 March - 02 April 2014, Cancun (Mexico)

This international seminar was organized by the Technical Committee 4.1 "Management of Road Assets" of the World Road Association bringing together road professionals from the 31 states of Mexico and from 19 countries around the world.

As Thomas Linder, Chair of the World Road Association's TC 4.1, pointed out at the beginning of this event, it has been the first seminar of its class held in Latin America that has been devoted entirely to Road Infrastructure Management.

Proceedings of International Seminar

Road asset management has become increasingly relevant given the challenge of ensuring the comfort, reliability, accessibility and safety of the road system in a context marked by restrictive budgets, high expectations of the stakeholders and a strong evidence of climate change.

A total of 16 presentations were made in this seminar, 6 by members of TC 4.1 and the other by speakers from Latin-American countries. The speakers represented Argentina, Austria, Chile, Germany, Mexico, Poland, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom as well as the Inter-American Development Bank.

Participants of the International Seminar Road Infrastructure Management in Cancun Mexico April 2014 - World Road Association

During this international seminar, various topics of road asset management were dealt with, including conceptual issues, level of service definition and measurement, resource allocation among asset classes, management of contracts granted to private operators and good practice in implementing asset management by regional or private bodies. Presentations were supplemented by valuable participations, in which both conceptual aspects and specific practical concerns were addressed.

In terms of figures, the seminar can be summarised as follows:

  • Number of participants: 256, including delegates from Austria, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, France, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Namibia, Nicaragua, Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. Approximately 30 delegates came from countries other than Mexico;
  • 16 speakers and 4 session chairs whose participation accounted for the scientific foundation of the seminar;
  • 20 sponsors, including 6 exhibitors. Contribution of these was essential for ensuring the economic viability of the seminar.

The above facts and figures confirm that this seminar has been a successful event, which undoubtedly will contribute to open new opportunities for the development of road infrastructure management in Mexico and in the Latin-American region.

Last but not least, a big "Muchas gracias" has to be given to the Mexican organizers of the seminar for the excellent preparation and for sure to all session chairs, speakers and participants in the discussion as well as to the exhibitors and all other contributors in the fore- and background.

International Seminar Program - 31 March - 02 April 2014
"Road Infrastructure Management - Current Practice and Development Prospective"

First day of the seminar (Monday 31 March)

Hour

Conferences

08:00
09:00

Registration

09:00
09:30

Opening ceremony

09:30
13:00

Session I - Conceptual issues and state of the practice of the Road Asset Management framework

Chair: Gerardo Flintsch (US)

Introduction. Session Chair (Spanish)

The importance of strategic management for the preparation of future road infrastructure portfolio
Hamid Zarghampour (Sweden)

Current Practice in Road Infrastructure Management for the federal toll free network in Mexico (Spanish)
Salvador Pou (Mexico)

Coffee break

A master's degree on Road Asset Management (Spanish)
Paul Garnica (Mexico)

IADB Strategy for the Transport Sector in Latin-America and the Caribbean (Spanish)
Alfonso Salazar (IADB)

Roundtable

13:00
14:30

Lunch

14:30
18:00

Session II - Level of service definition and measurement

Chair: Francisco Criado (Spain)

Introduction. Session Chair

Benchmarking of Asset Management Methods. Case Study: Mexico (Spanish)
Ricardo Solorio (Mexico)

Road management systems of the Argentine Republic (Spanish)
Fernando Abrate (Argentina)

Coffee break

Strategic road asset management
Thomas Linder (Germany)

Experiences from the management contract by service levels for the Atlacomulco‑Maravatío motorway (Spanish)
Fernando Chong (Mexico)

Roundtable

19:00
20:00

Welcome cocktail

Second day of the seminar (Tuesday 01 April)

Hour

Conferences

09:30
13:00

Session III - Resource distribution across the various asset classes

Chair: Alfred Weninger‑Vycudil (Austria)

Introduction. Session Chair

Optimisation of maintenance strategies for multiple assets of the road network - UK experience
Sam Beamish (UK)

Road Asset Management for road concessions in Chile (Spanish)
Marcela Allué (Chile)

Coffee break

Maintenance management in restrictive times: actions taken in Spain (Spanish)
Vicente Vilanova (Spain)

Condition related distribution key for asset maintenance funds - Experiences from Germany and Poland
Slawomir Heller (Poland)

Roundtable

13:00
14:30

Lunch

14:30
18:00

Session IV - Examples of good practice in the implementation of Asset Management by local/regional agencies and private operators

Chair: Carlos Ruiz-Trevizán (Chile)

Introduction. Session Chair

Lessons learned from the implementation of road management systems in the state of Michoacán (Spanish)
Luis Enrique Mendoza Puga (Mexico)

Current approach in managing the UK road asset
Alan Taggart (UK)

Coffee break

Asset management in maintenance contracts for road networks in Chile (Spanish)
Oscar Garrido (Chile)

An Austrian approach for motorways Asset Management
Gerhard Eberl
(Austria)

Roundtable

18:00
18:30

Closing ceremony

Third day of the seminar (Wednesday 02 April)

Hour

Technical visit / Visit to the Xcaret park and dinner

09:00
13:00

Technical visit to road Works in the Cancun International Airport

16:00
22:00

Visit to the Xcaret park and official dinner

The seminar

International Seminar Road Infrastructure Management in Cancun Mexico April 2014 - World Road Association