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December 2018

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Dear readers,

This is a naturally good time of year for reviews, and I would like to look back at our achievements over the past year.

In 2018 we organised the 15th PIARC International Winter Road Congress in Gdansk (Poland), the first PIARC conference on road tunnel operation and safety, the 8th SURF Symposium on pavement surface characteristics, and two webinars. We also published reports on Electric Roads and Road Statistics as well as four issues of our magazine Routes/Roads. Finally, it is with pride that we welcomed three new National Committees, in Bulgaria, Côte d'Ivoire and Tanzania, and a new member country, Botswana.

Let us take a moment to look back at PIARC's 17 international seminars, conferences and workshops. They enabled (...)

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Patrick Malléjacq, Secretary General

Patrick Malléjacq

Secretary General


PIARC will be very active at the 98th Annual Meeting of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 

Washington D.C. (United States), 13 - 17 January 2019

With the presence of more than 13,000 delegates from a variety of backgrounds, including practitioners, researchers, decision-makers and experts, TRB has become an unmissable event.

This year it will host a joint PIARC/TRB session entitled "Road Infrastructure - What does resilience mean and to what extent are we resilient? "chaired by Jürgen Krieger, BASt (Germany), Chairman of PIARC Committee E.1 - Adaptation Strategies / Resilience. Abdelmename Hedhli, Ifsttar (France) will present the work of Task Force B.1 Road Design and Infrastructure for Innovative Transport Solutions, of which he is secretary, during a session chaired by the FHWA.

During the same week, PIARC General Secretariat will also convene the HDM Steering Committee, chaired by Óscar de Buen, Past President of the Association, as well as the second meeting of its Advisory Group, during which the Association's current and future activities and the special sessions of the 26th World Road Congress will be discussed.

Finally, PIARC will participate in the Transforming Transportation conference organised by the World Bank and the SuM4All Consortium meeting.

>> Further information

The 27th World Road Congress will be held in Prague in 2023 

During its annual statutory meetings (Japan, October 2018), the Association's Council selected the candidature of the City of Prague (Czech Republic) to organise the 27th World Road Congress in October 2023.

Before that, we look forward to seeing many of you at the 26th World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) from 6 to 10 October 2019. Registration form available soon!

>> To know more about it

The 27th World Road Congress will be held in Prague in 2023

PIARC welcomes its 122nd Member Government! 

During the Association's statutory meetings, the Council approved the candidacy of a new member government: Botswana.

>> Discover PIARC member governments

Bulgaria, Côte d'Ivoire and Tanzania join PIARC's network of National Committees 

In 2018, the Association welcomed three new countries to its network of National Committees. With the signing of the recognition agreements with TARA for Tanzania, the AGEPAR/PIARC National Committee for Côte d'Ivoire, and finally the Bulgarian Transport Infrastructure Forum for Bulgaria, PIARC now has 45 National Committees.

>> More about National Committees


PIARC experts enter the home stretch 

September - November 2018

Many technical meetings were held during the last quarter. They brought together our 1,200 international experts, who were thus able to advance their reflections.

-TC A1 - Performance of transport administrations, Kyiv (Ukraine)

-TC A2 - Road Transport System Economics and Social Development, Arusha (Tanzania)

-TC A3 - Risk Management, Hanoi (Vietnam)

-TC B1 - Road Network Operations/Intelligent Transport Systems, B3 - Sustainable Multimodality in Urban Areas, B4 -Freight, Cape Town (South Africa)

-TC B2 - Winter Service, Vienna (Austria)

-TC C1 - National road safety policies and programmes, and C2 - Design and operation of safer road infrastructure, Beijing (China)

-TC D1 - Asset Management, Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)

-TC D2 - Pavements, Durban (South Africa)

-TC D3 - Bridges, Portorož (Slovenia)

-TC D4 - Rural Roads and Earthworks, Tunis (Tunisia)

-TC D5 - Road Tunnels Operations, Lyon (France)

-TC E1 - Adaptation Strategies/Resiliency, Beijing (China)

-TC E2 - Environment Considerations in Road Projects and Operations, Madrid (Spain)

-TC E3 - Disaster Management, Hanoi (Vietnam)

These will lead to the publication of new technical reports to be presented at the World Road Congress, to be held from 6 to 10 October in Abu Dhabi.

>> More about PIARC Technical Committees

Meeting of the Committee on Terminology 

Marne-la-Vallée (France), 27-28 September 2018

The 6th meeting of the PIARC Committee on Terminology in the current cycle was hosted by IFSTTAR. Members and terminology correspondents from ten countries discussed possibilities and work in progress to update and upgrade the PIARC Online Road Dictionary.

The group was very pleased to welcome a new member from the United States, who will work on his native Japanese language in the Dictionary, as well as two new members from the Czech Republic, who will work on their native language. Other important issues were the efforts under way to develop Spanish as the third reference language in the Dictionary and preparations for the PIARC World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi.

>> Discover the PIARC road dictionary

Meeting of the Committee on Terminology
"Cutting the Gas: Positive steps towards low carbon transport"

"Cutting the Gas: Positive steps towards low carbon transport" 

Cardiff (United Kingdom), 14 - 15 October 2018

The United Kingdom National Committee organised a congress entitled "Cutting the Gas: Positive steps towards low carbon transport".

Miguel Caso Flórez, PIARC Technical Director, presented the Association's latest special project: "Electric Road Systems: a solution for the future?", which is available in the PIARC Virtual Library.

>> Read the report

3rd National Road Congress in Paraguay

Ciudad del Este (Paraguay), 11 - 12 October 2018

The PIARC National Committee in Paraguay, Asociación Paraguaya de Carreteras, organised its 3rd National Road Congress, which takes place every two years in a different city. This year, the Congress was held in Ciudad del Este, on the border between Paraguay, Argentina and Brazil.

APC was recognized as a PIARC National Committee in 2017, and for this first Congress since PIARC's recognition, the programme focused on road asset management, pavements, bridges and earthworks among other topics.

Register for the 7th Road Tunnels Symposium "Tunnels: Reducing distances, uniting people". Current overview and good practices"! 

Barcelona (Spain), 12 - 14 February 2019

The PIARC National Committee in Spain, ATC, is organising this symposium to promote the latest knowledge on current issues in road tunnel operation and to facilitate technical discussions and debates between industry stakeholders.

>> Learn more and register (in Spanish)



Electric Road Systems: a solution for the future? 

Electric Road Systems: a solution for the future?

It is increasingly likely that electric vehicles will play a major role in the future of road transport. Although commercial electric vehicles are available, their use has been limited due to high purchase costs, limited battery life and lack of charging convenience. In addition, while developments are ongoing, electric and hybrid powertrains still need to be effectively integrated into heavy trucks [...]

>>See the technical report

Good Practices on Multi-Modal Freight Transport Policies and Truck Management on Highways 

Good Practices on Multi-Modal Freight Transport Policies and Truck Management on Highways

Well-functioning logistics and freight transport systems are crucial for a prosperous economy and a thriving society. The World Road Association/PIARC B4 Freight Technical Committee examines issues surrounding multi-modal and road cargo transport and reviews practices related to truck management and energy-efficient movement of freight.

>>See the technical report

Inspections and Damage Assessment Techniques - Case Studies 

Inspections and Damage Assessment Techniques - Case Studies

The PIARC TC D.3 Bridges Technical Committee is publishing a worldwide compilation of case studies as examples for bridge owners in making critical decisions to ensure the safety of the traveling public during a bridge incident caused by damage and deterioration. This case study compilation has 28 worldwide case studies received from 15 unique countries.

>>See the technical report


PIARC Events

International Seminar "Towards Advanced Technology and Materials in Bridge Engineering"

April 01-04, 2019

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

International Seminar "Safer Roads by Infrastructure Design and Operation" 

April 23-27, 2019

Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Workshop "Connected and autonomous vehicles and their potential impact on the performance of transport administrations"

May 2019

Rome (Italy)

Workshop on Disaster Management

May 2019

San Diego (United States)

26th World Road Congress 

06-10 October 2019

Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

PIARC will be there

98th TRB Annual meeting

98th TRB Annual meeting 

January 13-17, 2019

Washington (USA)

ITF Summit 2019: Transport Safety and Security

ITF Summit 2019: Transport Safety and Security 

22-24 May, 2019

Leipzig (Germany)

>> Find all the events in the calendar! 

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