Proceedings of the Congress

SP 1 Road related data and how to use it

Thursday, February 10 09:45 - 11:15 (Calgary)

GMT : 02/10| 16:45 - 18:15 Paris : 02/10| 17:45 - 19:15 New Delhi : 02/10| 22:15 - 23:45 Tokyo : 02/11| 01:45 - 03:15 Sydney : 02/11| 03:45 - 05:15

Chair: Brian Brotsos, FHWA, USA 

This session will address the findings of the PIARC Special Project “Road Related Data and how to use it”. 

The relevant report is available here

The management of road infrastructure has been experiencing major changes over the past decade, mostly due to the increased demand from road users, the increased deterioration of road infrastructure and from the evolution of user expectations. In addition, new challenges such as climate change and emerging (and potentially disruptive) technologies and service models are changing supply and demand dimensions as well as offering data collection and analytics capability in their own right. This has led to a need for the use of emerging state-of-the-art technologies to collect and process relevant data in order to facilitate the maintenance and management of the road network while providing smooth and stress-free journeys to road users.

This PIARC Special Project has confirmed that the pressures on road administrations in terms of increasing demand and expectations continue to grow, and current international disruption following the emergence of Covid-19 means that there are likely to be more challenges to deal with in the short-to-medium term. It was clear from the findings that there is great interest and appetite in the potential for data to help with this, and there are already excellent examples of global good practice.

The session will provide recommendations with a clear framework for road administrations to systematically compare their current practices and develop tailored action plans. They will be completed with some national case studies about how to deliver better services through smarter use of data.

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

Welcome and session introduction

• Session Chair: Brian Brotsos, FHWA, USA


Introduction to PIARC Special Project "Road Related Data and how to use it?"
• Miguel Caso Flórez, PIARC Technical Director 

Major findings of the PIARC Special Project "Road Related Data and how to use it?"
• John Paterson, Atkins, UK 

Case study from FHWA, USA
• Brian Brotsos, FHWA, USA 

Case study from Netherlands
• Miguel Caso Flórez, PIARC Technical Director 

Case study from UK Winter Service
• John Paterson, Atkins, UK


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Questions and Answers

• Moderator: Brian Brotsos, FHWA, USA



• Session Chair: Brian Brotsos, FHWA, USA 

Session Organiser: Miguel Caso Flórez
Session Secretaries: Brian Brotsos, FHWA, USA & John Paterson, Atkins, UK