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Technical Reports Road assets management

This page lists technical reports of PIARC in the field of road assets management. These publications are classified chronologically.

  • Disaster Management and Recovery Techniques for Road Administrators - Technical Report

    Road networks are one of the most important infrastructure elements that support all kinds of socio-economic activities. In the case of disasters, the role of a road network is more crucial. The purpose of road disaster management is to increase resilience of road networks, effectively and efficiently. Resilience of road networks include not only resilience of the network itself (e.g., planning and construction of alternative road network or alternative transportation) but resilience of road facilities [...]

  • Measures for Improving Resilience of Road Network - Technical Report

    Transportation infrastructure is vulnerable to threats such are natural and man-made hazards and each agency needs to improve their own ability to adequately and decisively respond to sudden and unforeseen challenges to infrastructure performance. It is pivotal for countries to learn from past experiences to form a shared view on possible future development of transportation networks and how to improve current management approaches to be flexible and adaptive to address future threats, which are [...]

  • Renewal and Rejuvenation of Aging Infrastructure - Technical Report

    For the purpose of this research, “aging infrastructure” is defined as any road related assets that are approaching the end of their expected service life or have prematurely deteriorated in condition and are no longer providing the required level of service. This may be due to shorter service life due to assets not performing as expected, changing usage of the network, changing environment since design and construction of assets, and / or underinvestment in maintenance that has created a backlog [...]

  • Forensic Engineering for Structural Failures - Technical Report

    When a bridge collapse occurs, engineers investigate the cause of collapse to identify how design, materials, workmanship, and/or overloading affected structural performance. In this meaning, forensic engineering plays an important role in improving the safety of bridges. Engineers learn from the results of forensic engineering investigations and make improvements to the requirements of design, construction, and maintenance in order to prevent these tragedies from reoccurring. As a result, there [...]

  • Climate Change, Resilience and Disaster Management for Roads - Seminar

    Climate change and other hazards have a wide range of implications on the performance of road infrastructure and can cause disruptions to road network operations. For example, extreme rainfall influences the intensity beyond the drainage capacity of roadways, resulting in slope collapses and landslides as well as traffic disruption. These traffic disruptions will lead to an increase in traffic accidents and restrictions. On the other hand, disasters cause significant loss of life each year throughout [...]