Proceedings of the Congress

Poster Session 2: Topics 1, 2, 9 and 15

Monday, February 7 19:45 - 20:45 (Calgary) | Room 2

GMT : 02/08| 02:45 - 03:45 Paris : 02/08| 03:45 - 04:45 New Delhi : 02/08| 08:15 - 09:15 Tokyo : 02/08| 11:45 - 12:45 Sydney : 02/08| 13:45 - 14:45

In this poster session, authors will present their papers on the topic 1 (also presented during poster session 3), topic 2 (also presented during poster session 1), topic 9 (also presented during poster session 1) and topic 15 related to asset management (also presented during poster session 1).

Topic 1: Extreme winter situations in cold climate areas

During extreme winter events, standard response plans may no longer be valid. These events can have significant consequences for society. In many countries there are roads in areas with extreme conditions such as mountain passes requiring convoys, roads in open areas exposed to snow drift and roads vulnerable to avalanches. But extreme weather conditions can also happen anywhere; examples include heavy snowfall, freezing rain, extreme cold, fast changing weather conditions, fast increasing temperature and melting snow which can cause landslides or flooding.

How can road agencies cope with these challenges and plan to act accordingly emergency situations regarding:

  • Organization
  • Management
  • Equipment
  • Contracts
  • Information
  • Transportation of dangerous goods

Topic 2: Effect of climate change on winter service

Winter service is dominated by climate and local weather events. How will climate change affect winter conditions and how will it affect winter services? How can winter service organizations respond considering a benefit/cost analysis? What are appropriate planning periods and opportunities for technology development, new or updated strategies, and quality control of performance necessary to respond to climate change? Papers might include:

  • Methodological approach to climate change and how to simulate its evolution
  • Taking into account the increased variability in weather events; their occurrence and strength
  • Impact of climate change on “winter road climatology”
  • Operations’ solutions to meet climate change
  • Changes required in organization, workforce, equipment and materials (to meet the needs from more extreme event)

Topic 9: Disaster and Risk Management

Countries that experience disastrous situations acquire unique management knowledge and develop tailored countermeasure technologies based on their experiences. As societies diversify, disaster damage changes as society changes. Therefore, the type of technology necessary to manage disastrous situations needs to continually adapt as the needs of road users and of the society change. Current trend in the management of disastrous event pay more attention to the quality of the management. Various available data/information can be easily collected and provided between road administrators and road users. The interaction with the public and other organization is also a key word for producing better results. This compares to the traditional disaster management approach of prioritizing making infrastructure safe. New or updated managing approach and techniques therefore welcome for the discussion.

Papers shall deal with the following topics:

  • Application of advanced information and communication technology
  • Application of user or third-party based data/information such as big data
  • Communication with road users using social network technology
  • Technology for reducing disruption time in disastrous event such as emergency measures or emergency procurement system
  • Disaster, risk, and resilient management approach considering social impact and financial resilience
  • Promotion of coordination and cooperation with road related organizations on disaster management
  • Case studies of good practice of the management of disastrous event

Topic 15: Resilience of Roads and Roads transport

PIARC’s Strategic Plan recognizes resilience as one of the global issues that it should address. This topic relates to PIARC’s works on Asset management and resilience. This topic will gather best practices and approaches of Road Asset Management measures to improve the resilience of the road infrastructure. Resilience of road network is of high importance to ensure that road user costs and socio-economic costs are reduced in case of hazards.

  • Asset management and resilience
  • Security aspects of road resilience