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XXVIIth World Road Congress
Pre-proceedings of the Congress

Workshop 08 - Building a climate-responsive road sector

Wednesday, October 4 09:30 - 11:00
Chair: Susanna Zammataro (IRF Director General)
Room: Club E, 1st floor

The use of digital solutions based on data science and artificial intelligence, shows promising results in being able to anticipate, adapt and mitigate the impact of road construction on climate. Road construction is a materials intensive sector which participates in global carbon emissions. Measuring and optimising the carbon impact of road networks at pavement design stage is essential for the sector to participate in the low-carbon transition.
Climate change and its extreme weather events - floods, heat waves, etc. - are exposing our road networks to greater risks. Anticipating those risks will be essential to build climate-ready roads.
This session will explore how new approaches - in particular digital solutions - support the road sector to both mitigate its carbon footprint and anticipate climate change impact to avoid early repairs.
Discussions will focus on digitalization and its contribution to building a climate-responsive sector and on the role of digital twins in reducing carbon footprint and anticipating resilient road networks.

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

Welcome and session introduction

• Susanna Zammataro, IRF, Director General


  • Implementing digitised tools as a key element of success to build a climate-responsive road sector
    Philipp KAMARYT - IBM Associate Partner
  • Using construction materials knowledge to measure road carbon footprint, to visualise climate risks, anticipate climate impact and provide pavement design recommendations to build low carbon and resilient infrastructure
    Nicolas MIRAVALLS - CEO of ORIS
  • Approach of a designer with a focus on circular economy and low carbon solutions
    Jessica TUCK - Technical Director, Construction Materials, AECOM Europe and India
  • Anticipating the climate impact for road pavements: a case study from Uzbekistan (focus on mitigation and adapting to climate change)
    Pawan KARKI - Senior Engineer and Principal Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Questions and Answers

• How can digitalization accelerate the transformation of our sector towards low carbon construction?
• How to measure and optimise the accurate carbon footprint of a road project using data knowledge?
• How do we link scientific data on the effects of climate change with road projects to anticipate resilience?



Session Organiser: Elodie Woillez (ORIS Head of Communication / PA)