The Technical Road Days Journées Techniques Route become intermodal

The Technical Road Days are to be held on 7 and 8 February 2018 at the Cité des Congrès in Nantes.

For over 25 years, the Technical Road Days have been the unmissable meeting place for stakeholders in the roads community.  French players involved in surface transport infrastructure from both the public and private sectors, from loacal and regional government, project owners and project supervisers, contractors, firms supplying products and services, engineering consultancies, research centres and engineering schools, make this Nantes event a congress of national importance. The JTR, which are organised by IFSTTAR, CEREMA and IDRRIM are now adopting a multimodal approach, giving equal importance to road and rail infrastructure, airport runways, industrial tracks in both urban and interurban environments.

The JTR provide a forum for discussions about research, innovation, building on experience in the fields of the planning, construction, maintenance, safety and operation of our transport infrastructure and each year’s programme offers a multitude of contributions. This year’s edition will deal with new uses for infrastructure how to optimise its use or how to adapt it to new uses. These two question will provide answers to what is a major issue of local and regional governments.

What design measures should be implemented for the users of active modes such as walking or cycling? How can they be included in infrastructure management policies? What materials should be used for the surfacings used by so-called vulnerable road users? All these questions will be answered by participants, highlighting achievements in their local or regional authority.

These JTR will also cover how pavements can help to reduce noise, and a wide range of stakeholders will be represented (researchers, managers and suppliers). A special session will deal exclusively with pavement mechanics and durability.

A new feature this year will be a prize for the best “doctoral student poster”. This competition, which is being held with the support of Routes de France, targets doctoral students from the public and private sectors who had not defended their thesis by 1st February 2018. A meeting area is also planned on Thursday 8 February  to enable doctoral students and post-doctoral researchers  to talk to congress participants. This is an opportunity for these “future young professionals”  to publicise their work  and converse with representatives of the scientific and technical community in the area of surface transport infrastructure.

Photo : Arnaud Bouissou, Terra