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March 2021

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PIARC seminars, conferences, workshops, webinars… are a great way to access and to share knowledge on roads and road transport. Several are presented in this newsletter.

The main one that we are working on currently is the XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress, scheduled for February 2022. It’s a very encouraging sign that we have received a large number of abstracts, on both themes of the Congress, Winter Service and Road Resilience. Many abstracts originate from countries that are traditionally very active in our Association, as expected, and we are very glad that 15% of these abstracts were submitted from low- and middle-income countries. This is really proof that our Congress will be relevant for all countries [...]

>> Read more

Patrick Malléjacq
Secretary General of PIARC


Great success of the call for papers for Calgary 2022! 

With over 350 abstracts received from more than 40 countries, the call for papers for the virtual XVI World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress is now closed. Authors who submitted abstracts will be informed by PIARC by 15 April 2021 if their abstract has been accepted and will be invited to develop it into a full paper. We thank all authors who submitted abstracts for their interest in PIARC's work. Stay tuned for more information about our Congress in the coming weeks and months!

>> Learn more about the upcoming World Winter Service and Road Resilience Congress in Calgary

Save these dates! International experts will soon be addressing exciting technical topics related to roads and road transport. Join us! 

Save these dates! International experts will soon be addressing exciting technical topics related to roads and road transport. Join us!

PIARC organises numerous events throughout the work cycle (the current one: 2020 - 2023) to promote and share knowledge on roads and road transport.

In addition to its congresses held every four years, PIARC brings together international experts on a regular basis in seminars and workshops to help the Association's members achieve their goals and identify best practices.

There are many exciting and interesting events taking place over the next few months, so here is a list to make sure you do not miss out!

>> Learn more about our different international events

Take part in the International Survey for PIARC’s Special Project “Smart Roads Classification” 

Are you a national/regional road administration or a road operator? If yes, you can assist PIARC with its Special Project “Smart Roads Classification”, organised with the support of Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain). This research aims at exploring a new framework for the classification of the road infrastructure based on its physical characteristics as well as on its reception capacity of the automation and connectivity of the vehicles.

The survey is available in English, French and Spanish and should be filled in by 25 April 2021.

>> Learn more and fill in the survey

A new version of the Earthworks manual has been published 

The PIARC Earthworks Manual, launched in 2012, has been produced by the relevant technical committee in two work cycles, 2012-2015 and 2016-2019. An updated and extended version, eagerly awaited by the experts from many countries who participated in its production and by professionals, has been released on PIARC website.

The Manual consists of several separate booklets that can be downloaded separately. In its final version, still under preparation, it will cover the following topics:

Part 1: General considerations

Part 2: Specific technical developments

2A - Materials

  • 2A.I Natural materials - soil and rock.
  • 2A.II Case of marginal materials
  • 2A.III Alternative materials

2B - Treatment of materials

2C - Earthwork design and project

2D - Earthworks execution

2E - Environmental aspects

>> Parts I, 2A.I and 2B are available on the PIARC website via this link

Rediscover the interesting webinar on Electric Road Systems! 

Attended by experts from Japan, Sweden, France and Israel, the first PIARC webinar on Electric Road Systems (ERS), organised by Task Force 2.2 (“Electric Road Systems”), was successful! If you missed it or if you want to re-discover what was said, the full recording and the presentations of the webinar have been published on the website. 

>> Find all the information on the PIARC website


Successful virtual meeting for PIARC Technical Committee 3.3 “Asset Management” 

2 to 4 March 2021

During a three-day meeting which was held from 2 to 4 March via videoconference, Technical Committee 3.3 "Asset Management" continued to advance the work on the issues assigned in the PIARC Strategic Plan 2020-2023. In particular, there was an inspiring exchange between the 57 participants on the findings that the working groups have gained since the last TC meeting. Additionally, an informative presentation on the PIARC Special Project "Road Related Data and how to Use It" and an intense discussion in small groups on the integration of new data streams in asset management processes and systems provided valuable insights to enhance the TC’s work this cycle. The next TC meeting is being planned for autumn, virtually.

>> Learn more about TC 3.3



Preserve Earthworks and Rural Roads from the Impact of Climate Changes 

This report puts together good practices on the various regional approaches to the impacts of climate change on roads and little hydraulic works. The subject has already been addressed during previous PIARC cycles but more on the general geotechnical aspect [...]

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Big Data for Road Network Operations 

Currently, several technological developments are influencing the day-to-day work of road network operators. Automation, internet of things (IoT), smart systems, mobility services, artificial intelligence and big data are aiming to improve traffic operations and enhance mobility. Among these technologies [...]

>> Read more

National Policies for Multi-Modal Freight Transport and Logistics 

In many countries around the world, national policies for logistics and freight transport are neglected or undervalued compared to passenger mobility and transport. Often, only some elements of freight transport policies are implemented. On the other hand, well-functioning logistics [...]

>> Read more


PIARC Events

PIARC & Covid -19 (in Spanish) 

07 April 2021

Issues for sustainable roads and ecoinfrastructures 

18-19 May 2021

Virtual International Seminar "Road Safety in Low to Middle Income Countries: Issues and Countermeasures" 

18-20 May 2021

PIARC National Committees

The new approach to pavement design and construction 

08, 15, 22 and 29 April 2021
Spanish National Committee - ATC

Meeting the challenges of sustainable road tunnel operation 

15 April 2021
French National Committee

Webinar “The contribution of ITS to road mobility in times of crisis” 

8 April 2021 from 17:00 to 18:30 (Paris time)
French National Committee

Find all the events in the calendar! 

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