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May 2020

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Dear colleagues and friends,

PIARC was born with the first road congress and since then we organize Congresses very regularly. One of our essential missions is indeed to provide a forum for analysis and discussion to the road community, and our Congresses are privileged opportunities for meetings and exchanges, allowing everyone to keep abreast of new developments and to bring out new ideas. They are a very effective complement to our many seminars and to the reports we make available on our website.

In less than two years, PIARC will organize the "World Congress on Winter Road Service and Road Resilience" from February 8 to 11, 2022 in Calgary (Canada). It will follow the XVth International Winter Road Congress, which we organised in Gdansk (Poland) in February 2018 and the XXVIth World Road Congress, which we organised in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) in October 2019. I am pleased to announce this today for several reasons [...]

>> Read more

Patrick Malléjacq
Secretary General


COVID-19 - PIARC’s response 

May 2020

In an effort to share time-sensitive information on actions taken by road and transport administrations during this crisis, the PIARC COVID-19 Response Team rapidly organizes a series of webinars for practitioners and experts to share their experience, knowledge, and some of the most effective responses that are emerging regarding COVID-19. It is recognized that while current practices are not yet fully validated, and what works in some parts of the world may not be relevant globally, these shared experiences can be valuable tools during crisis management, where a good idea now could save lives, improve business resilience and minimize service disruption both now and in the future.

Ten webinars have been organized so far. A total of 475 participants from 57 different countries attended the ten webinars, which featured 50 presenters from 30 different countries, thus showcasing PIARC’s global outreach and relevance.

>> For more information: please check the dedicated PIARC webpage

PIARC participated in the 1st Digital Conference of ASEFMA 

11th May 2020

PIARC Technical Director, Miguel Caso Flórez, participated in the 1st Digital Conference of ASEFMA (Spanish Association of Asphalt Manufacturers), on May 11th, to present the work of PIARC in the field of pavements. Miguel presented the Technical Reports produced by PIARC on pavements carbon footprint, on green materials and technics for pavements and on pavement monitoring and vehicle-road interaction, as well as some findings of the World Road Congress 2019 about pavements. PIARC Technical Director also highlighted the current PIARC works on pavements on pavement recycling, innovative maintenance and repair strategies, monitoring based on Big Data, improving resilience of pavements and carbon footprint.

>> Consult his presentation here (in Spanish)


The updated version of DG QRAM software (4.04) is available 

The DG QRAM tool is frequently used to carry out risk analyses related to the transit of dangerous goods transport through tunnels. The updated version of this software (4.04) is available since 2019 and a next version is expected in 2022. All interested organizations wishing to obtain this updated version can order it via the PIARC website. Those wishing to participate in additional training sessions are invited to contact the PIARC General Secretariat:

PIARC Polish National Committee organised a webinar on “Asphalt pavements in the perspective of carbon neutrality and circular economy - use of reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP)” 

7th May 2020

The aim of the seminar was to review the knowledge on technical and legal possibilities of using the reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) and to work out conclusions aimed at changing unfavourable interpretations of regulations, mainly environmental ones.

Main conclusions will be prepared by Polish Road Congress and presented to PIARC Technical Committee on Pavements.

>> Watch the webinar again (in Polish)

AAC-PIARC Webinar Series 

May 2020

The Argentine Road Association (AAC), in its capacity as the Argentine National Committee of PIARC (World Road Association), is carrying out a cycle of conferences related to the activities of the International Technical Committees in the 2016-2019 cycle and the developments for the current 2020-2023 cycle. AAC members participating in the Committees present reports from the World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi in 2019 and the objectives for the current cycle.

In addition, a specific online conference on road safety will take place on 10 June (more information soon).

>> Further information (in Spanish)

PIARC Italia now on Telegram! 

Do not miss any news from the Italian National Committee of PIARC. Subscribe to their channel on Telegram!

>> Further information


Ada Lía González

Ada Lía González (Buenos Aires,1933), passed away on April 2020. She was a road engineer and teacher, founded the CENATTEV foundation in 1995, of which she was president throughout her life. President of the National Committee of PIARC in Argentina (CENATTEV) from 2004 to 2011, she also dedicated herself with tenacity to train and help economically in their formation to many civil engineering students, to encourage their vocation to be good engineers and to promote very actively, the integration of women in the field of engineering. Ada Lía spent a great part of her active life constantly organizing conferences, meetings and different events, even at her own home, with the permanent aim of improving Argentine road engineering and helping to train good engineers.

She was also:

Member of the PIARC Council from 2004 to 2015

Member of PIARC Tunnel Technical Committee 2008-2016.

Member of the PIARC Terminology Committee 2008-2019


#WeeklyRemembrancePhrase "Innovation begins with people, not things" @miguelcasof, technical director of @PIARC_Roads in #JornadaCV19


Good Governance and Anti-Corruption and Response Measures Including the Development of a Culture of Transparency and Accountability 

As early as 2003, PIARC Executive Committee considered that fight against corruption was an important topic that deserved to be analyzed by an ad hoc Technical Committee. Since then, this topic has been studied on a regular basis in the different cycles; in particular, a conceptual model (“cycle of integrity”) and associated Integrity Toolkit were produced during the cycle 2008-2011.

In the cycle 2016-2019, in consideration of its terms [...]

>> Read the technical report

Implementation of National Safe System Policies: A Challenge 

This report provides a contribution to global road safety through a summary of National Safe System Policies and Implementation in relation to the Safe System approach. The report also highlights the steps that low, middle and high-income countries alike can take to accelerate progress towards Safe System outcomes. The report includes a number of key findings from a review and survey of international practice related to national Safe System policies and implementation, which are listed below and expanded further in the body of the report.

>> Read the technical report

International Development of Application Methods of De-icing Chemicals - State of the Art and Best Practice 

The PIARC technical committee Winter Service conducted a survey of winter maintenance in the countries represented in PIARC. Scopes were winter maintenance standards, type of de-icing chemicals and application methods. Besides current development also research projects and guidelines have been compiled.

The paper sums up the most important findings and analyses, the different winter maintenance standards and techniques. The paper discusses [...]

>> Read the technical report


PIARC Events

PIARC and COVID-19 "Urban transport" (in English) 

June 3, 2020

PIARC and COVID-19 (in Spanish) 

June 10, 2020

PIARC will be there

III Ibero-American Congress ITS 

June 1-3, 2020

PIARC National Committees

13th National Transport Infrastructure Conference 

October 1-3, 2020
Nessebar (Bulgaria)

Find all the events in the calendar! 

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