The Australian Road Research Board’s (ARRB) Smart Pavements Now Masterclass saw over 60 delegates guided through emerging issues in the pavement industry, and cost-effective solutions to existing problems.
ARRB Senior Professional Leader Guy Hand said the event featured more than 46 presentations over three days, on all aspects of pavements from recycled and reclaimed material use in asphalt, to road safety and asset management.
“Smart Pavements Now also featured a hands-on exhibition of measurement devices used in the pavement and data collection space, as well as a field trip to ARRB’s Accelerated Loading Facility in outer Melbourne and evening networking functions,” Mr. Hand said.
“All of the presenters were from ARRB, so it was a total showcase of ARRB’s knowledge and abilities and what we can do, plus our facilities like the research labs. We really believe in closing the gap between research and application through hands on knowledge transfer.”
Presentations included a plenary session with ARRB’s Future Transport Infrastructure Leader Matt Bereni, guided tours of ARRB’s research labs, a discussion on increasing the use of reclaimed asphalt pavement by Elsabe van Aswegen and a workshop on the FTIR characterisation of bitumen with with ARRB labs manager Shannon Malone.
Delegates were also guided through ARRB’s data collection and surveying equipment, including the Intelligent Pavement Assessment Vehicle (iPave).
Delegates included representatives from local government, consultants, road agencies and universities.
According to Mr. Hand, all states and territories in Australia were represented, with some delegates travelling in from overseas.
“It’s the first medium-sized paying delegate event that ARRB has held within its new headquarters in Port Melbourne,” Mr. Hand said.
“Initial delegate feedback has been really positive, and there have also been queries around whether ARRB can hold similar events in other areas around Australia, or in-house events for selected groups within the pavement industry.”
For those that didn’t attend, ARRB has recorded selected masterclass sessions for purchase via a video-on-demand page.
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