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  • Road tunnels: operational strategies for emergency ventilation

    During normal operation, ventilation, whether natural or mechanical, is required to provide a clean air environment and to prevent the accumulation of pollutants. During emergency operation, ventilation is needed to influence the flow of smoke. Smoke control plays a key role to increase the chances [...]

    • Date : 2011
    • Pages : 99
    • PIARC Ref. : 2011R02EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-234-2
  • Road safety audit guidelines for safety checks of new road projects

    This guideline is a comprehensive catalogue of design safety problems and countermeasures that outlines the common types of design failures in a definitive guide for road engineers and professionals working in the road transport sector. With the UN Decade of Action soon to be launched by the World Health [...]

    • Date : 2011
    • Pages : 385
    • PIARC Ref. : 2011R01EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-199-0
  • Tools for road tunnel safety management

    This report is dedicated to the basic tools needed for management and decision support on road tunnel safety issues. It defines the general demands on tunnel safety documentation, referring to each of the three different stages of a tunnel project: design-construction, commissioning, operation. An [...]

    • Date : 2009
    • Pages : 125
    • PIARC Ref. : 2009R08EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-228-8
  • PIARC Catalogue of design safety problems and potential countermeasures

    This catalogue presents a set of commonly design errors and suggests a range of measures to overcome them; it also gives an indication of the comparative countermeasure costs to facilitate prioritisation of the work. The catalogue can be used both as a proactive safety tool to ensure the design faults [...]

    • Date : 2009
    • Pages : 169
    • PIARC Ref. : 2009R07EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-227-X
  • Road Safety Manual

    After six years of diligent work led by the PIARC Technical Committee on Road Safety, this reference publication compiles the experience from different countries; it presents state-of-the-art information and guidance for the design and operation of road infrastructure in order to increase road safety. [...]

    • Date : 2004
    • Pages : 603
    • PIARC Ref. : 13.03.B - Manuel de sécurité routièreEN
  • Human factors and road tunnel safety regarding users

    This report aims to improve the understanding of user behaviour in road tunnels in both normal and critical situations and to provide recommendations for tunnel design and operation. After an introduction of the human decision process, the report presents observations of the behaviour of tunnel users [...]

    • Date : 2008
    • Pages : 193
    • PIARC Ref. : 2008R17EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-218-0
  • Human factors guidelines for safer road infrastructure

    It is well known, that human factors have an enormous influence on the safe handling of technical systems. Human factors can be described as people's contributions to damaging events. It is the generic term for those psychological and physiological patterns, which are verified to contribute to operational [...]

    • Date : 2008
    • Pages : 110
    • PIARC Ref. : 2008R18EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-215-6
  • Mitigation of negative impacts of increased movement of freight

    Roads remain the predominant mode of transport for freight in the world. The negative impacts are often stigmatized and the concern for sustainable development requires in particular, promotion of mitigation measures. This report provides an overview of initiatives, research projects and recent technical [...]

    • Date : 2008
    • Pages : 175
    • PIARC Ref. : 2008R13EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-213-X
  • Road tunnels: an assessment of fixed fire fighting systems

    The report reviews: the previous studies on this topic carried out by PIARC and the recent developments since the release of the PIARC report on this subject in 1999; the lessons drawn from the past fires and holistic approach to fixed fire fighting systems (FFFS); consideration of FFFS in the [...]

    • Date : 2008
    • Pages : 79
    • PIARC Ref. : 2008R07EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-208-3

    Minimum Equipment Required CD-ROUTE can be used on PC (386 at least, Windows 3.1, 95 & NT) and Macintosh® (68020 at least), Power Mac®, Mac OS version 7. Minimum equipment required: 16 Mo RAM, a hard disk and a 14'' colour screen (256 colours or more). The program is very easy to install. [...]

    • Date : 2000
  • Integrated approach to road tunnel safety

    This report proposes an integrated approach to road tunnel safety, which has been developed in co-operation with the European research projects SafeT and UPTUN. General principles and current perspectives on road tunnel safety are summarised, including practical tunnel project experience. An international [...]

    • Date : 2007
    • Pages : 170
    • PIARC Ref. : 2007R07EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-195-8
  • Systems and equipment for fire and smoke control in road tunnels

    This report complements the PIARC report published in 1999 "Fire and Smoke Control in Road Tunnels". After a presentation of the basic principles of smoke and heat progress at the beginning of a fire, the report presents the safety concepts for tunnel fires. It draws the lessons from the fires which [...]

    • Date : 2007
    • Pages : 344
    • PIARC Ref. : 05.16.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-189-3
  • CD-1303 - Road Safety Manual

    This manual, written by experts of the World Road Association (PIARC), is a basic reference for all transportation engineers concerned about road safety problems. In more than 500 pages, the work presents, in an easy-to-read, easy-to-consult format, an up-to-date summary of the accumulated knowledge [...]

    • Date : 2003
    • Pages : 500
    • PIARC Ref. : 13.03.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-158-3
  • Containment Devices on Road Bridges

    Drafted by the PIARC Technical Committee on Road Bridges, this report deals with the study of equipment on the outer side of road bridges, i.e. located between the carriageway and the free edge, whose function is to ensure safety of users and frontagers. The report has used the replies to a survey [...]

    • Date : 1991
    • Pages : 100
    • PIARC Ref. : 11.01.BEN
  • Fire and Smoke Control in Road Tunnels

    Among the possible risks, vehicle fires give rise to particular concern because they are not very rare events and their consequences might be far larger underground than in the open if no appropriate measures were taken. Also the important and continuous decrease in vehicle pollutant emissions has led [...]

    • Date : 1999
    • Pages : 290
    • PIARC Ref. : 05.05.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-064-1
  • Road Accidents: A Worldwide Problem that can be tackled with successfully!

    The anticipated growth of (motorized) mobility on a global scale will, without effective road safety management, lead to an increase in the number of fatal accidents and injured persons. An overview of prominent examples of effective measures is given. Also activities and measures which could lead to [...]

    • Date : 1996
    • Pages : 94
    • PIARC Ref. : 13.01.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-041-2
  • Road Design and Traffic Operation Guidelines to aid the Older Motorists

    Studies show that the number and percentage of older people in general, and older drivers in particular, are growing rapidly. By the year 2025 people aged 60 and over are expected to account for about 24 percent of the European population, 22 percent of the Northern American population, and almost 14 [...]

    • Date : 1991
    • Pages : 68
    • PIARC Ref. : 10.03.BEN
  • Road Safety Audits

    A Road Safety Audit is a formal systematic road safety assessment of the road or road scheme carried out by an independent, qualified auditor or team of auditors who report on the project's accident potential for all kinds of road users. Although the initial cost of the design will be a little higher, [...]

    • Date : 2001
    • Pages : 92
    • PIARC Ref. : 13.02.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-135-4
  • Road Safety in Tunnels

    Since 1992 the PIARC Technical Committee on Road Tunnel Operation (C5) (Working Group on Traffic and Geometry) has started a world-wide survey in order to update the data on road safety. In addition to the global information on road safety, the various members of the Group have been requested to [...]

    • Date : 1996
    • Pages : 64
    • PIARC Ref. : 05.04.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-036-6
  • Safety at Roadworks

    Safety at all engineering works is improved through continuous training of supervisory and labour forces in the safe and proper use of power equipment and materials. In addition to these requirements, safety in roadworks requires the proper communication with and cooperation of the user. This report [...]

    • Date : 1996
    • Pages : 172
    • PIARC Ref. : 06.01.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-038-2
  • Safety Improvement on Interurban Roads

    Part one of the report is intended for political decision makers, to persuade them that implementing specific safety programmes is useful, getting them to understand that safety operations are not necessarily complicated and expensive. When road improvement schemes are programmed on the basis of multiple [...]

    • Date : 1991
    • Pages : 108
    • PIARC Ref. : 04.01.BEN
  • Traffic Incident Management Systems used in Road Tunnels

    This report mainly identifies incident detection and verification devices being used in tunnels to provide operators with the information required to implement response scenarios, devices and systems being used by operating agencies to respond to incidents, and communicate with motorists within the [...]

    • Date : 2005
    • Pages : 64
    • PIARC Ref. : 05.15.BEN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-159-1

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