18 October 2018 | Lisbon, Portugal
The ERF, in cooperation with the International Road Federation, Laboratório Nacional de Engenharia Civil and the Transport Research Board, organised the 6th European edition of the AFB 20 (2) Roadside Safety Committee on International Research Activities on the 18th October. Co-chaired by Michael Dreznes and Francesca La Torre, the event gathered around 100 participants from industry, certification bodies, academia and road authorities.
The first session of the event was dedicated to European standards linked to roadside safety. EN1317 and EN12767 were presented in detail, including identification, classification and evaluation of vehicle restraint systems.
The second session dealt with in-service performance evaluation & road safety inspection. Case studies from Tuscany and Ireland were presented, followed by interesting debates.
The third and fourth sessions focused on industry developments in roadside safety for both safety barriers and passive safety support structures. The importance of simulations to develop roadside safety solutions and the importance of crashworthiness in Work Zones were highlighted, amongst others.