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July 2019

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Dear readers,

The Association would like to welcome the incoming Strategic Theme Coordinators as well as the Chairs and Secretaries of its future Technical Committees and Task Forces. The latter will only start their work at the beginning of next year, and you may wonder: why we are making such anticipated appointments?

The reason is to be found in the strategic directions that our Members expect the Association to take. Indeed:

• PIARC members have confirmed that ensuring good quality of the Association's outputs is essential. Those are values for which PIARC is recognized and respected. This also refers to our intentions to reflect a wide range of international experiences in its outputs and to avoid working in silos...

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Patrick Malléjacq

Secretary General


Register for the World Road Congress! 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, 6-10 October 2019

Take a look at the final program!

You can also register for the technical visits to gain insight into a series of road transport infrastructure & technology achievements in Abu Dhabi.

Do not miss the largest Road Transport event happening every 4 years and for the 1st time in the Middle East.

>> Further information

Hazardous goods in tunnels: Two successful and lively training sessions organized in Paris 

Paris, France, 24-26 June 2019

The updated version of Quantitative Risk Assessment Model (QRAM) software is now available. PIARC organised two lively and interactive training sessions for QRAM users in Paris on 24th, 25th and 26th of June.

Those who would like to attend additional training sessions are invited to contact the PIARC General Secretariat:

>> Further information

Russian transport stakeholders will participate in the World Road Congress

Moscow (Russia), 24-25 June 2019

At the invitation of the Russian Presidential administration, Claude Van Rooten, PIARC President, participated in a seminar on road network development in the Russian Federation. Before an audience of some 100 senior ministerial officials and regional governors, he discussed the main themes of common interest with Russia: road maintenance management, safety and infrastructure financing. Warm meetings with officials from the Ministry of Transport completed this visit. As a result, a large Russian delegation is now expected to attend the Abu Dhabi Congress.

Annual Summit of the International Forum of Transport (ITF): PIARC at the forefront

Leipzig (Germany), 21-24 May 2019

With a focus on "Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration", the Summit was an opportunity for PIARC Secretary General, Patrick Malléjacq, to present the work done by the Association on connected vehicles and infrastructure.

HE DR Abdullah Belhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development of the UAE visited our stand to support the World Road Congress that will take place in Abu Dhabi (6 - 10 October 2019).

PIARC participated in the XXXVIII DIRCAIBEA meeting

Madrid (Spain), 21-24 May 2019

PIARC President, Claude Van Rooten, and Technical Director, Miguel Caso Flórez, participated in the XXXVIII Meeting of the Board of DIRCAIBEA. It was hosted by Spanish Ministry of Public Works to coordinate and continue cooperating with the Ibero-American region: addressing the challenges of the region, identifying and disseminating best practices, international seminars...


Italian National Committee of PIARC held its 28th National Conference on "Roads of the future" 

Rome, Italy, 14-16 May 2019

The conference was attended by 350 experts and sponsored by the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Anas SpA, OICE and the Order of Engineers.

On the occasion of the Conference a competition was held on "The Roads of the Future" to identify the best technical work on management innovations.

The third day of the conference was held at the Anas Experimental Centre in Cesano with a seminar on testing laboratories, an exhibition of technologies and machinery as well as a visit to the testing laboratories of the Centre.

>> More information (in Italian)

Technical Committee E.2 Meeting in Auckland: all set for Abu Dhabi 2019 

Auckland, New Zealand, 6-8 May 2019

Hosted by NZ Transport Agency, this meeting focused on the finalisation of the second report from the committee, on Best Practice Guide on Traffic Noise, as well as finalising preparation for the World Road Congress later this year. TCE2 presented PIARC research on electric roads and valuing health and economic impacts of road related noise and air pollution from a Danish and Swedish perspective. NZ Transport Agency presented New Zealand's approach to investment and inclusion of environmental externalities.

>> Further information

PIARC participated in the Senior Road Executive Seminar organised by the Asian Development Bank 

Manila, Philippines, 11-15 February 2019

Chair of PIARC Technical Committee D.1 on Asset management, Thomas Linder, participated in the conference. He presented the work conducted by the Association on Asset Management, Risk Management and Traffic Safety, as well as the German experience on traffic safety work.

>> Further information


New: Available in French! The @PIARC_Roads Road Safety #Manual presents the ambitions of the Safe System and offers treatment methods, based on numerous case studies in particular. It is available online, free of charge, at


Routes/Roads N° 381 

This issue of Routes/Roads, dedicated to road asset management, presents the current level of interest in the topic by road agencies. Everywhere they must meet the dual objective of optimizing infrastructure use while allocating adequate financial resources to facility maintenance.

>> Read Roads/Roads N° 381

Earthworks Manual 

The Manual takes into account the different PIARC technical reports produced in previous cycles by integrating them into the extended data collected in the present cycle.

The earthworks construction process produces earth-structures: cuts, fills or embankments, pavement support structures that have to meet specifications for stability, deformation...

>> Consult the manual

Disaster Information Management for Road Administrators 

This report presents "Disaster Information Management" and "Disaster Management with the Public" as current important technologies to manage disasters with adapting to the society changes. The report highlights some case studies and best practices for improving management techniques in disaster situations.

>> Consult the technical report


PIARC Events

Iberian-American Seminar on Road Asset Management

14-16 August 2019
San Fandila (Mexico)

26th World Road Congress 

06-10 October 2019
Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates)

PIARC National Committees

VI Warmian-Masurian Forum Road "Safe Roads of the Future"

Mikolajki (Poland)
September 22-24th, 2019

XIIth Winter Service Uruguayan Congress

Montevideo (Uruguay)
September 25-27, 2019

>> Find all the events in the calendar! 

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