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  • Best Practice Guide to Air Quality in Relation to Road Operations

    Air pollution linked to road transport has received significant political, media and public attention since the mid 2010s. However, despite improvements in vehicle efficiencies over past decades, emissions from vehicles still contribute significantly to concentrations of air pollutants above standards [...]

    • Date : 2019
    • Pages : 182
    • PIARC Ref. : 2019R31EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-566-9
  • Reducing the Life Cycle Carbon Footprint of Pavements

    This report reviews innovations reported to reduce the carbon footprint of pavements and contains a critical review of the assessment of carbon footprint of pavements. There are numerous other environmental indicators for road pavements, but these were outside the scope of this report which focuses [...]

    • Date : 2019
    • Pages : 64
    • PIARC Ref. : 2019R33EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-568-3
  • Traffic Noise – Best Practice Guide

    In recent years, knowledge about the health effects of traffic noise has grown substantially. Many studies have found that long-term exposure to traffic noise is associated with various health impacts such as sleep disturbance, cardiovascular disease and depression. While there remain knowledge gaps [...]

    • Date : 2019
    • Pages : 220
    • PIARC Ref. : 2019R36EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-571-3
  • Refinement of PIARC’s International Climate Change Adaptation Framework for Road Infrastructure

    The key IPCC Climate Change projections are set to have significant impacts on the design, construction, maintenance and operation of global road infrastructure. These projections estimate that the earth will become warmer, some regions will become wetter overall and some will become drier, sea levels [...]

    • Date : 2019
    • Pages : 66
    • PIARC Ref. : 2019R30EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-577-5
  • Adaptation Methodologies and Strategies to Increase the Resilience of Roads to Climate Change – Case Study Approach

    Climate Change is anticipated to have a significant impact on the design, construction, maintenance and operation of global road infrastructure. The IPCC Climate change projections indicate that the earth will become warmer, some regions will become wetter and some will become drier, sea levels will [...]

    • Date : 2019
    • Pages : 104
    • PIARC Ref. : 2019R25EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-558-4
  • 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, providing an overview [...]

    • Date : 2019
    • Pages : 73
    • PIARC Ref. : 2019R14EN
    • ISBN : 978-84060-530-0
  • Appraisal of Sustainability of Transport Infrastructure Plans and Programs

    This report gives a scanning overview of the current state of the art on the topic of the appraisal of sustainability within the development of transport plans and investment programs, respectively the extent to which decisions made in this context have taken account of sustainability. The report is [...]

    • Date : 2016
    • Pages : 52
    • PIARC Ref. : 2016R29EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-431-0
  • Transport Strategies for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

    The transport sector is a major and quickly growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. Since 1970, greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector have more than doubled, increasing at a faster rate than any other end-use sector, and on-road greenhouse gas emissions have more than tripled, [...]

    • Date : 2016
    • Pages : 56
    • PIARC Ref. : 2016R25EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-420-4
  • Expected service life of wearing courses

    As part of its 2012 to 2015 strategic plan the World Road Association (PIARC) determined the need to identify and review approaches taken in assessing the service life of wearing courses. This report reviews the different approaches taken by road authorities to determine the service life of wearing [...]

    • Date : 2016
    • Pages : 20
    • PIARC Ref. : 2016R18EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-403-7
  • State of the art in monitoring road condition and road/vehicle interaction

    This report summarises the current state of the art regarding the collection of road condition and road/vehicle interaction data, providing an overview of current practice and emerging technologies. Technologies in the development and experimental stages are generally not discussed. The document is [...]

    • Date : 2016
    • Pages : 77
    • PIARC Ref. : 2016R17EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-402-0
  • Road transport system and environment preservation - Review of national policies

    Climate change is one of the most serious threats facing the world today. There is compelling scientific evidence that the global climate is changing and the primary cause is the release of greenhouse gases resulting from human activity. Many governments are putting in place legislative and policy frameworks [...]

    • Date : 2015
    • Pages : 64
    • PIARC Ref. : 2014R03EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-353-5
  • Alternative solutions for fossil fuels for the road system

    The report looks at the technologies available to generate energy in the highway context and also qualitatively assesses the opportunity to reduce the energy used by existing highways infrastructure. Case studies related to some potential technologies and techniques are presented: thermal collection, [...]

    • Date : 2014
    • Pages : 32
    • PIARC Ref. : 2014R01EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-342-9
  • Monitoring of innovation in road pavements

    This report examines road administrations and agencies policies for fostering, assessing and implementing innovation in road design and construction. From an international survey, eight types of innovation policies were identified: adaptation of existing specifications; agency led innovation, special [...]

    • Date : 2013
    • Pages : 81
    • PIARC Ref. : 2013R09EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-325-2
  • Maintenance methods and strategies

    This report presents the results of the answers from 16 countries to a survey regarding improved maintenance methods for flexible and semi-rigid pavements and the maintenance strategies. Regarding improved maintenance methods, the variations in the answers were found to be large. It also became clear [...]

    • Date : 2013
    • Pages : 61
    • PIARC Ref. : 2013R08EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-323-8
  • Guide for maintenance of concrete roads

    The report firstly examines the different types of degradations of concrete pavements distinguishing those which are specific to jointed plain concrete pavements and those which relate to continuously reinforced concrete pavements. For each type of degradation, status indicator, status assessment, causes [...]

    • Date : 2013
    • Pages : 76
    • PIARC Ref. : 2013R06EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-317-7
  • Innovative approaches towards the use of locally available natural marginal materials

    The utilization of materials locally available on the site of a road project is a major concern in the context of sustainable development and perfectly meets the socioeconomic and environmental criteria involved in it. The report is based on the answers received from twenty-two countries. Five different [...]

    • Date : 2013
    • Pages : 176
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R37EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-307-8
  • Reduction of construction time and cost of road pavements

    Road authorities who want to build, rehabilitate or repair pavements wish, for many reasons, to do this in the shortest possible time and at the lowest cost. However construction time and costs are often conflicting parameters. Hence the issue of reducing construction time and costs, without affecting [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 100
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R09EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-253-9
  • Dealing with the effects of climate change on road pavements

    Climate change can have a direct impact on the performance of our transportation infrastructure. The purpose of the report is to sensitize the road sector to the likely impacts of climate change on road pavements and to provide guidance on how to go about: -Assessing the vulnerability of road pavements [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 146
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R06EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-247-4
  • Evaluating the performance of automated pavement cracking measurement equipment

    Crack type, severity and extent are among the most important data of a pavement management system. This report prepared by Technical Committee 4.2 Road/Vehicle Interactions of the World Road Association presents: A series of objective rules to measure and classify cracks in order to improve the [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 28
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R10EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-251-2
  • Road tunnels: vehicle emissions and air demand for ventilation

    This report presents the data necessary for the design of the ventilation system for road tunnels in normal operation. It aims at defining the minimum quantity of fresh-air that is required to ensure adequate in-tunnel air quality and visibility thresholds. This report is a reference document for the [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 87
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R05EN
    • ISBN : 978-2-84060-269-5
  • Monitoring of environmental impacts of roads

    The construction, operation and maintenance of road infrastructures impact the environment in many ways. Monitoring road impacts is essential for the identification of new issues, tracking trends and implementing appropriate mitigation actions. This report clarifies what is encompassed in the concept [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 94
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R03EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-245-8
  • The connected vehicle

    The advent of Intelligent Transport Systems has provided new opportunities for improving the safety and efficiency of the road network. The development of intelligent vehicles, connected by wireless networks to the roadside infrastructure, brings opportunities and issues which are being discussed in [...]

    • Date : 2012
    • Pages : 59
    • PIARC Ref. : 2012R02EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-246-6
  • Adaptation to climate change for bridges

    Climate change has now become a global issue of concern and it is for this reason that the World Road Association has incorporated it into the strategic themes for the term 2008-2011. Higher levels of carbon-dioxide as part of greenhouse gas emissions are being released resulting in heat being trapped [...]

    • Date : 2011
    • Pages : 68
    • PIARC Ref. : 2011R08EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-241-5
  • Long life pavements and success stories

    • Date : 2009
    • Pages : 117
    • PIARC Ref. : 2009R06EN
    • ISBN : 2-84060-226-1

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