IRF Global Road Achievement Awards: Showcasing Global Industry Excellence

The International Road Federation’s Global Road Achievement Awards (GRAA) is a one-of-a kind competition to recognize innovative road projects and exemplary people that place the road industry at the forefront of worldwide social and economic development.

Instituted in 2000, the Awards have distinguished more than 120 programs, projects and products from around the world. Today, the Awards are recognized as a prestigious industry accolade in their own right, but they also serve to remind a much wider audience that the mobility everyone takes for granted would not be possible without the talent and commitment of our industry. By showcasing new technologies and creative solutions, they also serve as an accelerator of progress and new ideas.

IRF views the awards as an important way to promote road innovation around the world and will make substantial efforts to see that the awarded achievements receive maximum worldwide publicity, including a presentation of a crystal trophy at the IRF Annual Awards Dinner and recognition in industry publications.

2017 Competition now Open

2017 applications are currently being accepted across the 12 award categories through April 17, 2017. Winners will be recognized at the 5th IRF Middle East Regional Congress & Exhibition, to be held October 29-31 in Dubai, UAE.

Entries are judged by an international panel of expert judges drawn from the IRF’s academic members, as well as independent subject matter specialists. No member of the selection panel may have an interest or bias related to the current applications. If a judge should have such an interest, that judge will be excused from reviewing the applicable entry/entries and an alternate will be appointed.

The selection panel is not obligated to select an award recipient in each of the eleven categories. Rather, the panel will recognize only those submissions that show outstanding merit. The panel also has the discretion to recognize submissions that do not win an award, yet nevertheless show exceptional merit.

Entries are open to projects that may have been recognized in other award programs, provided that they have not been recognized in a previous IRF Global Road Achievement Award competition.

There is no limit to the number of entries an organization may submit.

Note: Winners will produce a 90- to 120-second HD/UHD (16:9) video highlighting their winning project. The video will be displayed on the IRF website and during the GRAA awards dinner.

Key Dates

• April 11: Application due
• June 17: Winners notified
• July 15: Book of Winning Projects materials due
• September 2: Project video due
• October 30: IRF Awards Ceremony

Award Categories

Asset Preservation & Maintenance Management

Innovate asset preservation solutions combined with effective maintenance management programs are essential pillars of economic, fiduciary and environmental stewardship in the road sector. Public and private sector authorities providing these services to the general public are encouraged to compete in this category which is designed to recognize innovation in the planning and delivery of durable pavements, maintenance functions and advances in safety, energy efficiency, and materials recycling.

Construction Methodology

Competitive entries in this category will demonstrate significant achievements in construction that enhance the quality, timeliness, cost effectiveness, safety, and/or efficiency in the construction means, methods and delivery on road development projects. An award will seek to recognize those entrants who demonstrate effective construction strategies that can be replicated or serve as examples to advance the process of road construction generically. Entrants will base their applications on the success of a concept as demonstrated on a specific project.

Design

This category recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding achievements in the broad design arena, including aesthetics, applications in challenging environments, cost efficiency and originality. Qualification for the award will be determined upon the organization's application of a design (or designs) on a specified project.

Environmental Mitigation

This category recognizes public and private organizations that show outstanding progress in protecting and/or enhancing the natural environment in the planning, design and/or construction of road development projects. Entries in this category will be evaluated on successful efforts to incorporate environmental mitigation on a specific project.

Program Management

The growing demand for new and refurbished infrastructure is leading to partnerships between Government and the private sector to manage this work through dedicated program management offices. This category is open to public and private sector organizations that are showing leadership in the provision of integrated services for the management of large transportation infrastructure programs. Of particular interest will be those entries that demonstrate program goals and objectives being met, that show a high degree of complexity and an ability to deal with a variety of issues, and that exemplify the ideals of program and project management.

Project Finance and Economics

This award is open to organizations and/or projects that enable road development to take place from funding sources that are different from traditional government or institutional procurement. Although traditional forms of funding can be part of the mix for entries in this category, priority is given to submissions that demonstrate innovative approaches in this field. An award will be evaluated on demonstrated success in planning, constructing, and/or operating a project or program in a cost effective / profitable manner.

Quality Management

This category will recognize organizations that have developed and implemented a quality management system to maximize stakeholder satisfaction at the lowest overall cost to the organization. Quality management is all activities of the overall management function that determine the quality policy, objectives, and responsibilities, and implement them by means such as quality oversight, quality planning, quality control, quality assurance, and quality improvement within the quality system. This award is targeted at organizations that innovatively apply the principles and practices of quality management, and demonstrate superior results for delivering products or services.

Research

This category will recognize specific research initiatives that significantly advance the road development industry. Possible topics include improved materials, innovative use of existing materials and products, advances in technology or new applications for existing technology, and groundbreaking theories in design, construction, or O&M processes. This award is targeted at researchers in public, educational and private institutions for their achievements in developing a specific product, system, measure, etc. that advances roadway development.

Safety

Entries in this category should demonstrate significant contributions to improving road safety by devising concepts, products, processes and/or systems in relation to road infrastructure, road/vehicle interaction or driver behavior. Entries will be evaluated on successful and possibly quantified efforts to reduce road casualty numbers and/or seriousness.

Technology, Equipment & Manufacturing

This category, which recognizes inventors and manufacturers that integrate, develop and market new products and/or equipment that advance the road construction industry, is open to manufacturers of all types of equipment and products. This category seeks products and equipment that enhance quality, improve efficiency, increase safety, enable new design and construction techniques, etc. An acceptable entry will include a specific product or products that demonstrate innovation in at least one of the aforementioned areas.

Traffic Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems

This category recognizes public and private organizations that demonstrate significant achievements in making the most of existing infrastructure to accommodate present and future traffic, by using advanced or original traffic management concepts, organizations and/or systems.

Urban Planning & Mobility

This category recognizes efforts to plan and develop tomorrow’s cities, responding to the twin challenges of enhanced mobility demand and reduced environmental footprint. Winning projects will demonstrate their systemic impact, notably by fostering seamless connections across travel modes and/or through special attention to the needs of non-motorized traffic.

Evaluation Criteria

Awards will be presented to organizations which have submitted applications demonstrating:

  • Complexity
  • Replication capability
  • Cost and efficiency considerations
  • Technical value to road development industry
  • Contributions to social, economic and sustainability concerns
  • Original or innovative use of existing technologies
  • Original or innovative application of new technologies
  • Development of new technologies, products or equipment
  • A successful program, concept, or product on a specific project
  • The surpassing of minimum regulatory requirements or industry standards
  • Degree to which the project, meets the needs of the public, industry, owner or client
The selection panel expects to name winners of the 2017 GRAAs on or before June 16, 2017

2016 Winners

Asset Preservation & Maintenance Management

Roads & Transport Authority – Traffic & Roads Agency; Dubai, UAE

for their Asset Preservation & Maintenance Management program

Innovative asset preservation solutions combined with effective maintenance management programs are essential pillars of economic, fiduciary and environmental stewardship in the road sector. Public and private sector authorities providing these services to the general public are encouraged to compete in this category which is designed to recognize innovation in the planning and delivery of durable pavements, maintenance functions and advances in safety, energy efficiency, and materials recycling.

Construction Methodology

Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd.

for The Second Penang Bridge

Competitive entries in this category will demonstrate significant achievements in construction that enhance the quality, timeliness, cost effectiveness, safety, and/or efficiency in the construction means, methods and delivery on road development projects. An award will seek to recognize those entrants who demonstrate effective construction strategies that can be replicated or serve as examples to advance the process of road construction generically. Entrants will base their applications on the success of a concept as demonstrated on a specific project.

Design

Zhejiang Jiashao Bridge Investment & Development Co., Ltd

for the Jiashao Bridge Project

This category recognizes organizations that demonstrate outstanding achievements in the broad design arena, including aesthetics, applications in challenging environments, cost efficiency and originality. Qualification for the award will be determined upon the organization's application of a design (or designs) on a specified project.

Environmental Mitigation

Bechtel Enka General Partnership

for the Kosovo Route 6 Motorway Project

This category recognizes public and private organizations that show outstanding progress in protecting and/or enhancing the natural environment in the planning, design and/or construction of road development projects. Entries in this category will be evaluated on successful efforts to incorporate environmental mitigation on a specific project.

Program Management

Romanian National Company of Motorways and National Roads | Louis Berger

for the Timisoara-Lugoj Motorway

The growing demand for new and refurbished infrastructure is leading to partnerships between Government and the private sector to manage this work through dedicated program management offices. This category is open to public and private sector organizations that are showing leadership in the provision of integrated services for the management of large transportation infrastructure programs. Of particular interest will be those entries that demonstrate program goals and objectives being met, that show a high degree of complexity and an ability to deal with a variety of issues, and that exemplify the ideals of program and project management.

Project Finance and Economics

Road Infrastructure Development Company of Rajasthan Ltd. (RIDCOR)

for The Rajasthan Mega Highways Project

This award is open to organizations and/or projects that enable road development to take place from funding sources that are different from traditional government or institutional procurement. Although traditional forms of funding can be part of the mix for entries in this category, priority is given to submissions that demonstrate innovative approaches in this field. An award will be evaluated on demonstrated success in planning, constructing, and/or operating a project or program in a cost effective / profitable manner.

Quality Management

Roads & Transport Authority – Traffic & Roads Agency; Dubai, UAE

for the Ras Al Khor Crossing (R 800)

This category will recognize organizations that have developed and implemented a quality management system to maximize stakeholder satisfaction at the lowest overall cost to the organization. Quality management is all activities of the overall management function that determine the quality policy, objectives, and responsibilities, and implement them by means such as quality oversight, quality planning, quality control, quality assurance, and quality improvement within the quality system. This award is targeted at organizations that innovatively apply the principles and practices of quality management, and demonstrate superior results for delivering products or services.

Research

Worcester Polytechnic University, RAP Technologies, EMPA, Latvian State Roads

for 100% Recycled Hot-Mix Asphalt

This category will recognize specific research initiatives that significantly advance the road development industry. Possible topics include improved materials, innovative use of existing materials and products, advances in technology or new applications for existing technology, and groundbreaking theories in design, construction, or O&M processes. This award is targeted at researchers in public, educational and private institutions for their achievements in developing a specific product, system, measure, etc. that advances roadway development.

Safety

Volvo Group Latin America - BRAZIL

for the Volvo Traffic Safety Program (VTSP)

Entries in this category should demonstrate significant contributions to improving road safety by devising concepts, products, processes and/or systems in relation to road infrastructure, road/vehicle interaction or driver behavior. Entries will be evaluated on successful and possibly quantified efforts to reduce road casualty numbers and/or seriousness.

Technology, Equipment & Manufacturing

Lindsay Transportation Solutions

for the Golden Gate Bridge Moveable Median Barrier

This category, which recognizes inventors and manufacturers that integrate, develop and market new products and/or equipment that advance the road construction industry, is open to manufacturers of all types of equipment and products. This category seeks products and equipment that enhance quality, improve efficiency, increase safety, enable new design and construction techniques, etc. An acceptable entry will include a specific product or products that demonstrate innovation in at least one of the aforementioned areas.

Traffic Management and Intelligent Transportation Systems

Far Eastern Electronic Toll Collection Co., Ltd.

for FETC Innovation from Highway Toll to ITS Taiwan Smart City

This category recognizes public and private organizations that demonstrate significant achievements in making the most of existing infrastructure to accommodate present and future traffic, by using advanced or original traffic management concepts, organizations and/or systems.

Urban Planning & Mobility

Sunway Construction Sdn. Bhd.

for the Bus Rapid Transit - Sunway Line

This category recognizes efforts to plan and develop tomorrow’s cities, responding to the twin challenges of enhanced mobility demand and reduced environmental footprint. Winning projects will demonstrate their systemic impact, notably by fostering seamless connections across travel modes and/or through special attention to the needs of non-motorized traffic.

Previous Winners

2015 Winners

Design

CECI
for the National Freeway No. 1 Widening Project from Wugu to Yangmei

Environmental Mitigation

MetaMeta, Mekelle University, and Government of Tigray
for Optimizing Road Development for Groundwater Recharge and Retention in Tigray, Ethiopia

Program Management

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Directorate General of Highways, Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Indonesia
for the Eastern Indonesia National Road Improvement Project (EINRIP)

Project Finance & Economics

Indiana Finance Authority, Indiana Department of Transportation, and Parsons
for The LSIORB East End Crossing

Quality Management

Attikes Diadromes S.A.
for the THALES Tollway Quality Management System

Research

Shell Bitumen
for the Development of Shell Bitufresh to Reduce Odour of Asphalt

Safety

City of Bucaramanga and CDM Smith
for Advancing Road Safety in Latin America through the Implementation of Low-Cost, Short-term Measures Safety Program

Technology, Equipment & Manufacturing

Saudi Binladin Group
for the Automated People Mover (APM) for Princess Noura Bint Abdulrahman University for Women, Riyadh, KSA

Traffic Management & ITS

SkyToll, a.s.
for the Extension of the Electronic Toll Collection System in Slovakia

Urban Planning & Mobility

IL&FS Transportation Networks Limited and Kerala Road Fund Board
for the Thiruvananthapuram City Roads Improvement Project

2014 Winners

Construction Methodology

Abu Dhabi Municipality and Parsons
Sheikh Zayed Street Tunnel

Design

T.Y. Lin International/Moffatt & Nichol, Joint Venture
The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge New East Span

Environmental Mitigation

Transcity Joint Venture
Legacy Way

Program Management

Hubei Changjiang Road & Bridge Co., Ltd.
Ma-Wu Highway Construction Project

Project Finance

Washington, D.C. District Department of Transportation
11th Street Bridge Project

Quality Management

Delcan, a Parsons Company
Columbus Crossroads

Safety

Roads and Transport Authority (Dubai)
Children Road Safety is a Shared Responsibility

Technology, Equipment & Manufacturing

Roadroid
Smartphone IRI Data Collection

Traffic Management & ITS

Xerox
Xerox Merge Dynamic Parking Pricing

More Information

Magid Elabyad

Vice President

International Programs & Member Services

+1 703 535 1001

melabyad@IRF.global

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