SURF 2008 finishes successfully
Portorož, 20 - 22 October - SURF 2008, the 6th international Symposium
on Pavement Surface Characteristics for Roads and Airfields last week
concluded successfully. The programme included 14 sessions on 8 topics.
170 participants from 39 countries attended the event and were actively
involved in detailed discussions which followed paper presentations
selected by the scientific committee.
The scientific committee under the chairmanship of Mathieu Grondin selected 55 papers from 120 abstracts, using the facilities of PIARC. NK PIARC Slovenia was in charge of the organization of the event, the exhibition, and the accompanying social events.
The experts were invited to participate on the following eight topics:
Joint activities, such as meetings of the PIARC TC D2, TC D2a, TCD2b and TC D2c were organized at the end of the week, as well as a TYROSAFE workshop. TYROSAFE is a project financed by the European Commission. On Wednesday 22nd October, a cultural evening was organized in cooperation with the 9th Slovenian Road and Transportation Congress.
- Vehicle / road interaction
- Assessment of the pavement
- Assessment of the pavement (Friction)
- Assessment of the pavement (Noise)
- Assessment of pavements (cracking)
- Data analysis tools
- Performance criteria
- Pavement Management
All the selected talks and/or presentations from the conference were recorded and will be published on the largest educational video repository in the EU http://videolectures.net/.
Mr Gregor Ficko, the Director of the Slovenian Roads Agency and the first Delegate of PIARC Slovenia, during his opening speech .
Mr Michel Boulet, the Chairman of the PIARC TC D2, reading a letter from the PIARC's Secretary General Jean-Francois Corte.
The Slovenian experience,based on a paper prepared by experts of ZAG and DDC, was presented by Bojan Leben, the Chairman of the NK PIARC Slovenia.
Surface Characteristics takes pride on the 70 years of tradition in PIARC.
Chairmans of SURF 2004 and SURF 2008 have agreed that such events need to to be continued.
Slovenian representatives were actively involved in chairing the SURF 2008 sessions (in the photo: Darko Kokot, ZAG).
The first TYROSAFE workshop was organized in connection with SURF 2008.