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October 2017

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Dear readers,

As you well know, HDM-4 is a software tool used for the strategic planning of road investments, roadwork programming, project analysis as well as research and policy studies. It is distributed by PIARC concessionaire HDMGlobal, it is used on all continents and is available in English, French and Spanish at a reasonable price. HDM-4 is widely recognized by major stakeholders such as multilateral development agencies.

Very recently, the road community demonstrated its commitment to HDM-4. The international conference which the Chilean Cement and Concrete Institute (ICH) organized in September in Santiago (Chile) was truly an international milestone, with more than 150 attendees from 15 countries. Road infrastructure managers and experts had the opportunity to meet in Santiago to analyze and share experiences regarding the management, diverse uses and best practice cases for the successful implementation of HDM-4.

This successful conference confirms PIARC's decision to continue supporting HDM-4, as was recently highlighted with the appointment of Mr Óscar De Buen, Past President of the Association, as strategic representative for HDM-4. Plans are underway with HDMGlobal, with international development agencies and with the support of PIARC Committee D.1 on Asset management, for developments and improvements to HDM-4.

In the meantime, I hope that you will find this Newsletter relevant for your needs!


Patrick Malléjacq

Patrick Malléjacq Secretary General

Patrick Malléjacq

(Secretary General)


PIARC announces its online manual on road asset management 

The new manual by the World Road Association (PIARC) aims to help countries, whatever their stage of development, maintain their infrastructures and implement strategies to manage their road assets...

>> Further information

Great success for the HDM-4 International Conference in Chile 

The Committee on Asset Management (Technical Committee D.1) of PIARC participated in the "International Conference on HDM-4: A meeting point for road infrastructure managers". This event took place in the city of Santiago, Chile, from 26th to 28th September 2017...

>> Further information

Routes/Roads N° 374 in digital version

Get the new issue of the World Road Association's Routes/Roads magazine 

The new issue of Routes/Roads N° 374 focuses on innovative techniques, stemming from very diverse regions across the world and investigating concerns as varied as unconventional footbridges or bridges, earthworks and futuristic materials, through contributions from France, Norway, Morocco and China.

Do not hesitate to comment on articles and share e-Routes/Roads on your favourite social networks!...

 >> Read Routes/Roads online

International Winter Road Congress 2018: Registration is now open! 

The XVth World Road Association-PIARC International Winter Road Congress will take place in Gdansk (Poland) from 20 to 23 February 2018...

>> Further information


PIARC at the CEDR and DIRCAIBEA workshop on road safety

Madrid (Spain), October 4th, 2017

Patrick Malléjacq, Secretary General of PIARC, participated at the workshop entitled "Road safety, a continuous challenge".

Jointly organized by CEDR and DIRCAIBEA (Council of Road Directors of Iberia and Ibero America). The workshop represented an opportunity to share and focus on a common topic of road infrastructure safety measures.

3rd meeting of PIARC Technical Committee E.2 

Munich (Germany), May 22-24, 2017

As part of this meeting, the Committee visited the headquarters of Siemens in Munich to find out more about how the company is using Intelligent Transport Systems to manage the environmental impact of transport-related vehicle emissions. The Committee also undertook a field visit to look at a couple of'road traffic noise hot spots' in Munich.

To know more about PIARC TC E.2 - Environment Considerations in Road Projects and Operations

4th meeting in Copenhagen of PIARC Technical Committee A.1 

Denmark and Sweden, September 25-28, 2017

The Committee invited relevant speakers from South Europe Transport Observation (SEETO), Open Contracting Partnership (OCP) and Construction Sector Transparency Initiative (COST) to share ideas on anti-corruption and integrity.

The TC members visited Malmoe, (Sweden) to know more about the planning process of high speed train in Sweden, and visited a Traffic Management Center in Copenhagen.

To know more about PIARC TC A.1 - Performance of transport administration 

4th meeting in of PIARC Technical Committee B.2 

Trondheim (Norway), October 3-5, 2017

As part of this meeting, the Committee visited the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTUN) to find out more about the university works on winter road service. The Committee also visited a Road Administration, Traffic Management Center.

To know more about PIARC TC B.2 - Winter Service

The General Secretariat of PIARC welcomes Yuya Namiki

Yuya Namiki, young engineer from Japan, began his new position as Technical Advisor at the General Secretariat on October 2017.

His main task is to support the strategic theme B (Access and Mobility). He is also tasked with supporting the Winter Road Congress of PIARC.


Key issues for improving mobility strategies in large urban areas

Key issues for improving mobility strategies in large urban areas 

During the period 2012 - 2015, Technical Committee 2.2 collected and evaluated case studies on urban mobility from numerous large and medium-sized cities from all over the world. Three issues were evaluated in these case studies: a comparison of strategies for sustainable urban mobility, at a mobility plan level [...]

>> Display the technical report

Land use and safety: an introduction to understanding how land use decisions impact safety of the transportation system

Land use and safety: an introduction to understanding how land use decisions impact safety of the transportation system 

Unplanned communities create hazards for road users of all types generating unsafe conditions for motorists on the roadway and significant dangers for pedestrians, bicyclists and residents alongside or adjacent to the road [...]

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Road tunnel operations: First steps towards a sustainable approach

Road tunnel operations: First steps towards a sustainable approach 

In terms of sustainable development, the current situation in the field of infrastructure varies greatly from one country to another. Certain countries have laid down regulations; a few have set objectives to be achieved, while others have no regulations at all. So far, the World Road Association has not issued any [...]

>> Display the technical report


PIARC Events

PIARC Council meeting

Bonn (Germany)

October 25-26, 2017

Meeting Technical Committee D.1 - Asset Management

Tokyo (Japan)

October 30-31, 2017

4th Meeting of the Technical Committee B.1 - Road Network Operations/Intelligent Transportation Systems

Montreal (Canada)

November 03-04, 2017

4th Meeting of Technical Committee A.2 - Road Transport System Economics and Social Development

Rabat (Morocco)

November 8-9, 2017

International Seminar "Climate Change Adaptation, Risk And Disaster Management For Roads And Road Organizations" 

Havana (Cuba)

November 08-10, 2017

4th Meeting of the Technical Committee B.3 - Sustainable Multimodality in Urban Regions

Brussels (Belgium)

November 15-16, 2017

Meeting Technical Committee C.1 - National Road Safety Policies and Programs

Tehran (Iran)

November 23-24, 2017

International Seminar "Current Policies to Enhance Traffic Safety and Future Directions" 

Tehran (Iran)

November 25-27, 2017

PIARC will be there

24th World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems 

Montreal (Canada)

October 29 - November 2, 2017

18th IRF World Meeting 

New Delhi (India)

November 14-17, 2017

>> Find all events in the calendar! 

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