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Winter Maintenance

Sep 26, 2017 - Sep 27, 2017

Winter Maintenance


The IRF Winter Roads Maintenance Workshop will offer participants information about best practices for winter road maintenance with a focus on managing snow and ice on roadways. These practices will help road agencies save resources, time, and will help preserve the environment. Top international practitioners and technology providers will be on hand to provide instruction and guidance for the delegates.


  • Winter Maintenance Management & Planning
  • Assessing Road Surface & Road Weather Conditions
  • The Application of Innovative Technologies in Decision Support for Winter Operations.
  • Winter Service in Urban Areas
  • Tunnels and bridges
  • Best Practices to Reduce the Environmental Impacts of Winter Maintenance

Target Audience

  • Road agency & municipal managers
  • Local, regional and national planning organizations professionals
  • Traffic engineers
  • Highway operators
  • Road safety professionals
  • Road and highway design and management consultants
  • ITS project managers

From the Chairman

As the road industry’s most trusted brand in continuing education, the IRF provides road professionals with educational opportunities that are recognized worldwide by engineering and transportation societies. IRF’s Global Training Curriculum provides technical expertise in classroom and practical settings where attendees can learn from and have direct access to seasoned professionals. Each course is designed to assist attendees in learning to correctly apply the knowledge gained and provides the most relevant, up-to date information on best practices and technological solutions.

IRF Workshops are specifically developed to meet the needs of road professionals. Whether you are a representative of a highway agency, a member of a financing institution, consultant or contractor, IRF workshops will give you the necessary tools to deliver improvements to your organization.

As the IRF Chairman, I encourage you to make the most of these opportunities and help fulfill IRF’s vision of better roads for a better world.

H.E. Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel IRF Chairman

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Lead Instructor

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Maintenance Director Ville Alatyppö City of Helsinki

Currently the Director of Street and Park Maintenance in City of Helsinki. He has been developing winter maintenance process “snow logistics” more cost-effective and reliable solutions in many ways during his career. He started his career as research scientist in winter maintenance and has been an international speaker at numerous international presentations regarding winter maintenance process development, asphalt technology and road side safety & environment. He is also board member in the International Federation of Municipal Engineering (IFME) and Nordic Road Association (NVF), Secretary General in Finnish Association of Municipal Engineering (FAME) and chairman of the Finnish Asphalt Association (PANK). He has gathered free publication about Best Practices in Winter Road Maintenance for IFME. He has had over 40 oral presentation in international conferences and published over 30 research articles, he has patent for nontoxic de-icing chemical.

CAREER 2013>>> Maintenance Director. Street & Park Maintenance production, City of Helsinki 2014 >>> Secretary General, Finnish Association of Municipal Engineering 2007>>> Own consulting company 2011-2014 CEO, Finnish Association of Municipal Engineering 2012-2013 Office Manager, Asset management office, Public Works Department, City of Helsinki 2008-2012 Senior Project Manager, Maintenance, Public Works Department, City of Helsinki 2008 R&D-manager, Infrastructure Asset Management, WSP Finland Consultant Group 2004–2008 Senior Research Scientist, Helsinki University of Technology 2002–2004 Research Scientist, Helsinki University of Technology [blank h=”30″] [/blank]


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Deputy General Manager Dr. Ibrahim Sonmez ISFALT

Dr. Ibrahim Sonmez works as Deputy General Manager of ISFALT in Turkey. He was born in Duzce, Turkey 1969. He graduated from Karadeniz Technical University, geological engineering in 1990, followed by a master`s degree in Applied Geology from Istanbul Technical University. He obtained his phd degree in Applied Geology from Istanbul University. He has 25 years of experience in various sectors. Sonmez is also professor at Okan University.

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Head of Maintenance Jani Elasmaa Helsinki Airport, Finavia

Mr. Jani Elasmaa works as Head of Airfield Maintenance with Finavia Corporation at Helsinki Airport, which is the largest airport in Finland. Helsinki Airport serves nearly 18 million passengers per year and is becoming largest hub airport in Asia-EU traffic. Mr. Elasmaa and his team are responsible of operational runway safety process, including animal control and naturally all snow logistics during the season. Airfield Maintenance employs nearly 200 people combined with outsourced staff. Before joining Helsinki Airport, Mr. Elasmaa held position of Quality Manager with reputable ground handling company, and was responsible of De-icing operations, quality management, ramp training and various other tasks, in timespan of over 20 years. Jani was also lead project manager in ISAGO process, which enabled his represented company to acquire IATA’s quality standard station-wide.

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Road Safety Projects Manager Celal Tolga Imamoglu World Resources Institute Turkey

Celal Tolga Imamoglu is a Road Safety Projects Manager at World Resources Institute Turkey with a focus on public transportation, bus rapid transit (BRT), cycling infrastructure design, traffic safety projects as well as integrated transport. He is currently involved in supporting efforts related to planning, development and implementation of sustainable transportation projects in Turkish cities and Ghana Accra, Ethiopia Addis Ababa, including road safety inspections, audits. He has conducted more than 50 road safety inspections and more than 20 road safety audits. Tolga is a transportation engineer M.Sc. with a background in civil engineering. He obtained his civil engineering degree from Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, followed by a master›s degree in Transportation Engineering from Istanbul Technical University.

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International Consultant Pekka Pakkala

Pekka Pakkala is an international renowned transportation consultant, with experience and competencies in asset management and maintenance, project delivery methods, Performance Based Maintenance Contracts (PBMC), Public Private Partnerships (PPP), international practices and benchmarking, research projects, and training and education. Pekka has been an IRF instructor for more than 10 years. CAREER 2016>>> International Consultant 2014-2016 Country Manager, Viasys VDC Inc. 2013-2014 Senior Consultant, Ramboll Finland 2009-2012 Researcher & Senior Transportation Engineer, Aalto University 2007-2009 Senior Transportation Engineer, Science Applications, International Corporation (SAIC) 2001-2007 Procurement Development Manager & International, Affairs, Finnish Road Administration (Finnra) 1994-2000 Technology Specialist, Tekes

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Selimiye Mahallesi, Atölyeler Cd. 8/1, 34668 Üsküdar/İstanbul, Turkey


ISFALT, one of the economic enterprises of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality has been established in 1986 to meet the asphalt needs of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and city municipalities. The company adopted as a principle to serve for satisfying continually increasing needs and as per the changing nature of Istanbul, one of the biggest metropolises in the world; ISFALT maintains its works using the up-to-date technology in its field with a target to create the modern aspect of Turkiye. ISFALT is a reputable company not only countrywide but also in Europe thanks to its successful projects and it was counted among the top 500 industrial enterprises in Turkiye in 2000. ISFALT rose its rank to the 10th among the public enterprises and the 255th in the general list in 2006. ISFALT makes production and pavement of asphalt with its facilities in five factories located in Aydinli, Umraniye, Habibler, Ikitelli and Mahmutbey and meets the needs of our country in 20% and of Istanbul in 70% ; the company is proud to be among the best producers of Turkiye and Europe by its 3.500.000 ton asphalt production and 1.900 ton/h capacity. ISFALT is a leading company in its sector with common projects that are conducted together with universities, TUBITAK and the General Directorate of Highways and its innovative and competitive company culture besides the high quality production policy. ISFALT had its concerns on the environment and human health confirmed before the international authorities by receiving the certifications of ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. ISFALT implements high quality production with a state of the art technology and new studies on the asphalt technique through its R&D department for Istanbul, one of the biggest metropolises in the world, to have developed, reliable and modern roads* http://www.isfalt.com >