Proceedings of the Congress

WS 4.4 Snow removal

Tuesday, February 8 17:15 - 18:45 (Calgary)

GMT : 02/09| 00:15 - 01:45 Paris : 02/09| 01:15 - 02:45 New Delhi : 02/09| 05:45 - 07:15 Tokyo : 02/09| 09:15 - 10:45 Sydney : 02/09| 11:15 - 12:45

Chair: Frank RIZZARDO, member of PIARC TC 3.2, Canada

Winter service evolves over the years with ongoing development and research. This topic covers all subjects concerning innovation in techniques and technologies in winter service. New techniques such as application of de-icers and anti-icers, improvement in the use of abrasives, snow and ice clearance procedures and methodologies and sustainable and adaptive maintenance procedures are one part. But also new technologies like new snow and ice clearing equipment, automation of snow and ice control, new or alternative chemicals or materials and sustainable products or equipment are developed. Snow removal is a challenging task for drivers of winter maintenance trucks. The plough usually is wider than the vehicle and the tip of it far away from the driver. Keeping in mind the reduced visibility during snowfall it is clear that systems supporting the driver are helpful. In this session such systems are presented as well as an alternative to snow ploughs.

  1. Welcome and session introduction
  2. Presentations
  3. Video
  4. Questions and Answers
  5. Conclusion

Welcome and session introduction



Development of autonomous snow blower using quasi-zenith satellite system on the expressway in Japan
• Mr Atsushi Ichikawa, East Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Japan 

Snow removal truck operation support system using Quasi-Zenith Satellite System
• Mr Yuzo Suga, Hiroshima Institute of Technology, Japan 

A Lane-Keeping Support System for Snow Removal Vehicles in Poor Visibility from a Snowstorm
• Mr Makoto Funahashi, Civil Engineering Research Institute for Cold Region Public Works Research Institute, Japan 

Feasibility Examination for a Sidewalk Snow-Melting System in Hokkaido That Uses Renewable Energy
• Mr Takahiro Okawado, Hokkaido Development Engineering Center, Japan


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Questions and Answers




Session Organiser: Frank RIZZARDO
Session Secretary: Ryo NAKATANI, member of PIARC TC 3.2, Japan