Call for Abstracts

18th AAPA International Flexible Pavements Conference & Exhibition 2019

Our Everlasting Roads – Enabling Future Mobility

International Convention Centre Sydney

18 – 21 August 2019

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Final deadline for abstract submission (early submission encouraged) 31 October 2018
Deadline for full papers 31 January 2019
Deadline for presentations (without paper) 31 January 2019
Final papers due 31 May 2019
Final presentations (without paper) due 30 June 2019

Abstract submission for the 18th AAPA International Flexible Pavements Conference is now open. The title of the conference Our Everlasting Roads – Enabling Future Mobility refers to the changing demands that society and transportation technology place on the long‑term investment that is road infrastructure. It also refers to our increasing technical ability to build perpetual pavements, roads that will last for an indefinite amount of time, while only requiring regular surface maintenance. Abstracts are invited on following themes:

Circular Economy

Society is increasingly shifting from a linear economy (take, use, dispose) to a circular economy (make, use, reuse, remake, recycle). Asphalt is 100% reusable and our industry is well advanced to achieving the goal of a truly circular economy. This theme is about the ongoing effort to closing the loop of the circular economy further advancing our everlasting roads. Suggested topics include:

  • Reuse of asphalt
  • Use of recycled materials in roads
  • Environmental product declaration and sustainability calculators
  • Low temperature asphalt and spray seals
  • Improved pavement design procedures
  • Rejuvenator technology
  • Public campaigns
  • Flexible pavement technology for (air)ports
  • Access to raw materials into the future
Preservation and Rehabilitation

Once built, most roads will stay in place forever providing an everlasting path for mobility. The road network in Australia is increasingly maturing and focus has been shifting from building new roads to maintaining existing infrastructure. At the same time, parts of the road network are subject to a significant backlog in maintenance funding, which is a challenge faced by many jurisdictions around the world. There is a need to better communicate the cost effectiveness of early intervention to avoid costly repairs later. This theme focusses on preserving the functionality of existing pavements and the rehabilitation of pavements that require repair or strengthening.  Suggested topics include:

  • Perpetual pavement technology
  • Asset management strategies
  • Innovative road maintenance approaches
  • Surface enrichment
  • Stabilisation
  • Whole-of-life costing
  • Rehabilitation design methods
  • Improved pavement design procedures
  • Pavement preservation treatments
  • In situ remediation of end-of-life concrete pavements
  • Alternatives to reconstruction
Roads as a Service

The introduction of electric and autonomous vehicles, will change demands placed on road infrastructure. Vehicle to infrastructure communication will put new requirements on road marking, surfacing reliability and change worksite safety controls. Autonomous vehicles are likely to change loading patterns and traffic density used in pavement design. Vehicle ownership patterns may also change. The income from fuel levies and vehicle registration may decrease. Parts of the road network already face a significant backlog in maintenance. At the same time, society’s mobility expectations in terms of comfort, ride quality, safety and travel times are increasing. This theme is about the service expected from our flexible pavements, now and in the future.  Suggested topics include:

  • Impact of autonomous vehicles
  • Intelligent transport systems
  • Innovative pavement surfacing technology
  • Future road marking
  • Improving ride quality
  • Worksite safety
  • Local government roads
  • Alternative road funding models
  • Intelligent pavements
  • Rural/metro network interfaces
  • Community expectations for level of service
  • Early engagement with the public
  • Road funding linked to service levels
Continual improvement

The flexible pavements industry is committed to continually improving safety, sustainability, quality and consistency in all aspects of service delivery.  This continual improvement can be delivered in multiple ways including the creation and adoption of new technology, improved engineering and construction practice, changed behaviour and adopting frameworks that promote innovation (removing barriers).  This theme captures, recognises and expands the role that Continual Improvement plays in enabling and improving future mobility. Suggested topics include:

  • Improved construction techniques
  • Advanced manufacturing processes
  • Measurement and verification
  • Performance related mix design
  • Spray seal technology
  • Advanced binders
  • Performance contracts and specifications
  • Enhancing durability
  • Proficiency testing
  • Worksite safety
  • Safer road construction systems/approaches
  • Professional development and training
  • Attracting the next generation pavement professionals

Abstract Submissions

Authors are invited to submit abstracts/papers which address the conference themes, covering their concepts, views and findings. The intention is to encourage submissions with a wide range of styles, from the science and engineering spheres through to experience based on road management, maintenance or construction.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 31 October. However, the Scientific Committee encourages authors to submit abstracts early. We aim to notify authors of the acceptance of their abstract within two weeks of the date of submission.

Abstracts are invited for two types of submissions:

  1. Full peer reviewed paper – There is a robust peer review process in place, the Scientific Committee will nominate multiple expert reviewers for each paper.
  2. Presentation only – this is intended for authors who would like to share practical examples, e.g. case studies with the audience at the conference.

All accepted papers and presentations will be provided with a timeslot for presentation at the conference.