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October 2020

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Dear colleagues and friends,

The term resilience is one that PIARC often uses. One of our Committees deals with "Climate Change and Resilience of Road Networks", one of our four strategic themes is entitled "Resilient infrastructure", and it is one of our cross-cutting priority topics: almost all of our 21 Technical Committees or Task Forces work on one of the components of road and transport resilience.

What I would like to mention here is the resilience of our Association in the face of the COVID-19 crisis, which unfortunately is still raging. We were able to set up, very quickly, a response team masterfully led by our Secretary General Patrick Malléjacq, who in four months organised more than 20 webinars devoted to the impact of the crisis on the road world [...]

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Claude Van Rooten


The final proceedings of the XXVIth World Road Congress have just been published on PIARC’s website! 

Under the theme "Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies", the XXVIth World Road Congress, held from 6 to 10 October 2019 in Abu Dhabi (UAE), confirmed its role as a major event for the road sector worldwide. More than 5,000 delegates from 145 countries and 42 Ministers of Transport took part in the event.

On the website you will find the general report of the Congress, the Congress programme, the introductory reports and conclusions of the sessions, individual papers selected by the Technical Committees and Task Forces, national reports produced by PIARC member countries, and PIARC's activity report for each of the years since the last World Road Congress in Seoul in 2015.

>> Visit the dedicated website

One month left to contribute to PIARC’s next World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress! 

Are you a road or transport expert? Join PIARC in Calgary in February 2022 by submitting your abstract before November 30th! The XVIth World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress will focus on "Adapting to a Changing World" and will be structured around two Themes: Winter Service and Resilience. PIARC has launched a call for papers on 15 topics in order to contribute to the Congress.

>> Learn more here

Meet the Chairs of the 22 Technical Committees and Task Forces for the 2020 - 2023 Work Cycle 

During the kick-off meetings of the new PIARC work cycle that took place in Paris from 22 January to 14 February 2020, the Chairs of the 22 Technical Committees and Task Forces presented the themes on which they will work for the 2020 - 2023 cycle. Watch their introduction videos and learn more about them!

>> Discover the work topics here

PIARC Executive Committee meeting 

19 – 21 October 2020, online

From October 19th till 21st, PIARC's Executive Committee met online for their very first meeting of the 2020-2023 work cycle. Great engagement with PIARC stakeholders in road and transport administrations from different countries around the world, making PIARC resourceful and valuable.

>> Learn more about their role

A milestone on Twitter!

In October, the official PIARC Twitter account passed the milestone of 3,000 followers! If like those 3,000 individuals you want to stay updated on the latest PIARC news, you can follow the official accounts on TwitterLinkedIn and YouTube!


PIARC experts share their knowledge around the world: events in October and November! 

October and November 2020, online

With its broad membership base and geographic diversity, PIARC's vision is to "take a leading role in sharing knowledge on policies and practices in an integrated and sustainable transportation context". Therefore, in the coming weeks, PIARC will be present at many international events to share its knowledge about roads and road transport on an international level. Save the dates!

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PIARC’s Technical Committee 2.3 at the virtual ITS International Freight Discussion 

8th October 2020, online

Last October 8th, PIARC’s Technical Committee 2.3 “Freight” members (Tiffany Julien, Transportation Specialist, USDOT - Federal Highway Administration, Jens Dierke, Research Associate, Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), and Olivier Quoy, Chief Executive Officer, ATLANDES) participated in the ITS International Freight discussion, focused on ITS solutions for road freight traffic, operations, and monitoring. They provided presentations on innovative solutions that included truck management initiatives and truck parking projects.

>> Rewatch it here (registration needed)

What is new at the Italian PIARC National Committee? 

On October 6th, PIARC Italia held a webinar on Autonomous Driving and Smart Mobility, attended by PIARC President Claude Van Rooten. If you want to stay updated on all their activities, then you can subscribe to their brand-new newsletter!

>> Subscribe here (in Italian)


The #WorldRoadDay speeches with @PIARC_Roads continue

- @PMallejacq highlights the economic and social value of roads
- @Miguelcasof focuses more on the human side and speaks of inclusive, affordable and sustainable roads

Follow them in the virtual world!

Within the framework of the RECAM 2020 Road Experts' Meeting organised by @Amivtac_Nal and @AMIVTAC_Chiapas I congratulate @PIARC_Roads for their participation with 6 international exhibitors who, despite the time difference, shared their experiences with us. Happy Road Experts Day!


Focus on bridges in the new issue of Routes/Roads! 

The magazine Routes/Roads 386 was prepared in cooperation with Technical Committee 4.2 Road Bridges. It mainly includes nine articles dealing with preventive maintenance and bridge inspection, most of them coming from papers noticed at the XXVIth World Road Congress in October 2019 in Abu Dhabi [...]

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Refinement of PIARC’s International Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Road Infrastructure 

Climate change will have significant impacts on the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of global road infrastructure. IPCC projections estimate that the Earth will become warmer, some regions will become wetter overall and some will become drier [...]

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State of the Art in Monitoring Road Condition and Road / Vehicle Interaction 

This report is a follow-up on the report "State of the art in monitoring road condition" which was finalised in 2015 (PIARC reference 2016R17EN). The 2015 report summarises the then current state of the art regarding the collection of road condition and road/vehicle interaction data [...]

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PIARC Events

Meeting of Technical Committee 3.4 Environmental Sustainability in Road Infrastructure and Transport

November 02-06, 2020

Meeting of the Technical Committee 4.3 Earthworks

November 09-13, 2020

Meeting of the Technical Committee 4.1 Pavements

November 16-20, 2020

Meeting of the Technical Committee 4.2 Bridges

November 16-20, 2020

PIARC Council meeting

November 16-20, 2020
Online voting

PIARC will be there

RESIST, FORESEE, SAFEWAY & PANOPTIS : Increasing the Resilience of European Transport Infrastructure 

November 10, 2020

Innovacarretera 2020 

November 11-12, 2020

IRF Conference - Roads to Recovery: a Sustainable Mobility for a Sustainable Future 

November 12, 2020

Virtual Regional Workshop on "Urban Mobility and Impacts of COVID-19 on Mobility" 

November 25-26, 2020

Online Conference: "Beyond a Tunnel Vision" 

November 27, 2020

PIARC National Committees

Webinar "Mirror Bridges Committee: the stakes of maintenance" 

November 02, 2020 
French National Committee

55th AQTr Congress: “Transport at the heart of ecosystems” 

November 02-06, 2020
Quebec National Committee

Pre-XVIII Argentinean Congress on Road and Road Transport 

November 11-12, 2020
Argentinian National Committee

Virtual event on Diversity and Inclusion 

November 25, 2020
UK National Committee

10th International Conference on Safety and Ventilation in Tunnels 

December 01-03, 2020
Graz (Austria)

Find all the events in the calendar! 

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