Welcome to BRRC

New Director General for BRRC

For the past eighteen years, Claude Van Rooten has led the Belgian Road Research Centre (BRRC) with conviction, drive and personal commitment. As from 1st May 2018, Annick De Swaef will succeed him officially as Director General.

However, Claude Van Rooten does not yet bid farewell to the road branch. As director International Relations he will focus on international contacts, which is fully in line with his position of President of the World Road Association (PIARC).

In the coming years, Annick De Swaef will lead BRRC enthusiastically and resolutely towards the future so that more than ever the Centre may contribute to tomorrow’s roads. A civil engineer by training, she also relies on twenty years of experience in various fields such as strategic partnerships and general management.

We wish them a lot of success in their new mission.

Methodologies for the Use of Ground-Penetrating Radar in Road Condition Surveys - ME 91/16

This publication is aimed at the users of Ground-Penetrating Radar (GPR) in pavement condition surveys. It makes recommendations for the choice of GPR equipment as well as for the collecting, processing and interpreting of data.

CEDR Event on Energy Efficient Materials and Technologies for Durable and Sustainable Roads - November 10, 2016

The transition towards more sustainable road materials with lower energy demand introduces many challenges and difficulties in procurement, product specification and characterization of delivered pavements. The projects of this CEDR Call 2013 focus on tools and methods to solve these issues.

Documentation Centre

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BRRCat, the catalogue of BRRC’s library, is accessible online to all!

The new Online Public Access Catalog (OPAC) of BRRCat is henceforth accessible online to all.

It currently contains over 32,000 records of documents on areas of expertise of BRRC.

Final PERSUADE seminar at BRRC, Sterrebeek

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On 24th August 2015, about seventy delegates from fifteen countries gathered in BRRC’s auditorium at Sterrebeek to attend the final PERSUADE seminar (acronym of PoroElastic Road SUrface: an innovation to Avoid Damages to the Environment).

The objective of this six-year European research project (September 1, 2009 – August 31, 2015) led by BRRC was to develop a safe and durable poroelastic road surface, as a means to control road traffic noise.

A poroelastic road surface is composed of rubber granules (from recycled car tyres), small-sized stone aggregate and a number of additives, which are bound with an elastic synthetic resin (polyurethane). It contains no bitumen and must, therefore, not be confused with rubberized asphalt.

Earlier experiments had demonstrated that such a road surface can reduce road traffic noise by 7 to 12 dB. For comparison, a 4 m high noise screen has a noise-abating effect of about 8 dB.

However, durability was inadequate, especially for fretting and adhesion to the underlying layer. Further extensive research was necessary to improve those aspects and to find the answers to a number of pending questions.

Climate change – Stakes for road construction – PIARC’s declaration of intent for a common approach

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The environment and the attendant stakes for road construction have been a topic of major interest to BRRC for many years.

About "Water and roads"

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Road infrastructure should enable rainwater to be evacuated as soon as possible, so as to minimize disruption to traffic. This can be done in several ways: local infiltration, water-permeable road structure, or drainage by channels and gullies.

Today we are faced with climate change, resulting in irregular occurrence of extreme local peaks of precipitation.

BRRC Presentation Brochure 2014

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Ever since it was established, BRRC has been assigned to promote technological progress in road construction through research and development. Over the years, the Centre has built a solid practice in serving professionals through technical and documentary assistance.

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