The International Road Federation (IRF Global) is proud to announce the recipients of the prestigious IRF Global Road Achievement Awards, recognizing exemplary contributions and achievements in the field of transportation infrastructure.
The global transportation industry mourns the loss of an exemplary leader, Brian J. Stearman, who passed away on August 23, 2023. Brian was the IRF Global Chairman from 2001-2004 and a devoted member of the IRF Global Executive Committee for more than two decades.
IRF Global’s revered Global Education Program is making strides in empowering road and transport professionals around the world. The program, known for its comprehensive range of courses, workshops, and webinars, continues to provide essential knowledge and skills for the development of safer, more efficient road and transport systems.
The IRF Global R2T Conference, scheduled for November 14-17, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona, promises to be the epicenter of groundbreaking discussions. One of the pivotal topics at the conference that is set to captivate the attention of industry leaders, experts, and enthusiasts is "Connected & Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs): Readying our Road Infrastructure."
The International Road Federation (IRF Global) recently wrapped up its 11th Caribbean Regional Congress, marking another significant milestone as it continues to establish a roadmap for a safe, inclusive, and resilient transport system in the Caribbean region.
The International Road Federation (IRF Global) and the Serbian Road Traffic Safety Agency (RTSA) concluded a significant regional road safety conference on May 15-16, 2023. The conference emphasized the urgent need for cross-border collaboration, institutional capacity building, and investment in life-saving innovations to address the road traffic injury crisis.
The International Road Federation (IRF Global) concluded its landmark 3rd African Regional Congress in Accra, Ghana, which took place from April 25-28, 2023. The Congress attracted key stakeholders from across the continent, leading discussions on pressing issues and sustainable solutions related to Africa’s transport infrastructure.
IRF is pleased to invite you to a new training program designed to improve safe & sustainable urban transport planning and project preparation for African cities.
IRF has announced the winners of the 2022 IRF Global Road Achievement Awards, a worldwide competition to publicize to the world the innovative, practical, creative, cost-saving and sustainable solutions
After serving 12 years as the Chairman of the International Road Federation, His Excellency Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel has been appointed unanimously to the position of IRF Global Chairman Emeritus for Life, the first such appointment in the history of the IRF.
The Executive Committee of the International Road Federation (IRF Global) has unanimously elected Dr. William (Bill) Sowell, MBA, PhD to the position of Chairman of IRF Global for a two-year term.
Randell H. Iwasaki P.E., M. ASCE, an internationally recognized transportation policy-maker and industry leader, has received IRF's highest individual recognition
The 2022 IRF Global “Roads to Tomorrow” (R2T) Conference & Exhibition, a 4-day global summit and technology showcase held in Washington D.C. brought together the industry’s leading manufacturers and researchers with top decision makers from federal and local governments and multilateral institutions such as the World Bank. to discuss the role of innovation in tackling pressing infrastructure and mobility challenges.
IRF e-Learning Webinars offer an excellent overview of the international state of the art and regulatory environment across a range of road and transportation topics. They also provide an introduction to the discussion topics and coursework covered in the traditional courses.
In this new opinion piece, Jonathan David, CEO of Uberbinder, details why a sustainable worldview of roadbuilding hinges on more resilient and more recyclable materials for our base binders and for use within existing processes.
Brussels’ SmartMove pilot is an ambitious initiative to confront motorized users with smart kilometre charges. Join the architects behind SmartMove on September 22 to explore the implications of this global trend.
Designing and enforcing Low Speed Zones in urban areas presents significant potential road safety benefits. Join speed management experts on September 21, 2022 for a roundtable on successful approaches.
The 10th IRF Caribbean Regional Congress closed on Friday, June 10 with calls for the immediate formation of a permanent cooperation platform for road and mobility professionals led by the International Road Federation (IRF Global).
A landmark regional road safety conference convened by the International Road Federation (IRF) and the Bulgarian Branch Association Road Safety (BBARS) has opened today with a renewed call for cross-border collaboration, institutional capacity strengthening, and investments in life-saving innovations to tackle the road traffic injury crisis that is responsible for 6,500 deaths annually in the region.
The International Road Federation (IRF Global) has concluded a global benchmarking course on preventive management of road assets with a field overview of next-generation road scanning & survey systems.
the Road Zipper System®, provides a smarter, safer and faster way to manage congestion and improve the way people move on the road—today and for the future. This cost-effective, reusable solution uses the Barrier Transfer Machine to lift barriers that can easily reconfigure travel lanes in real time, all while maintaining a secure barrier between lanes.
The opening of the majestic 1915 Canakkale Bridge on March 18, 2022, well ahead of its initial schedule, hat set new records for Turkey and international bridge engineering. After Istanbul's three bridges over the Bosphorus Strait, Turkey now boasts a fourth bridge connecting Europe and Asia, and the first to span the Dardanelles Strait.
Alexander Molano Santiago, IRF Fellow Class of 2021, was one of ten students who either applied or were nominated to participate in the IRF Road Scholar Program which ran January 5-13 in Washington DC. He describes in his own words the profound and lasting impact of the program designed to nurture the next generation of transportation leaders.
According to a new IRF White Paper, an integrated asset management workflow that coordinates maintenance management and structures management functions improves the operational efficiency of all structures-related fieldwork. Asset management systems that successfully integrate these processes provides numerous benefits by meeting the needs of the relevant business units, the agency, and, ultimately, the traveling public.
In a new report released today, the IRF has identified the smart mobility tools and services with the great potential to reduce the road sector’s carbon footprint.
OUR SUCCESS IS YOUR SUCCESS… As the world emerges from a period of unprecedented turmoil, IRF remains committed to increasing road and transport investments to meet the demands for safe and efficient travel and flow of goods and services to help improve the lives of people worldwide.
The 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition, a 4-day global summit and technology showcase in Dubai, UAE, came to a close on November 10, 2021 with a renewed call for consensus-building and knowledge partnerships in our industry to address key sustainability and mobility challenges.
The volunteer leadership of the IRF, PIARC (World Roads Association) and REAAA (the Road Engineering Association of Asia & Australasia) met during the 18th IRF World Meeting to explore and avenues for possible cooperation with a view towards leveraging their respective strengths in areas of shared interest and avoiding duplications where activities can be mutualized.
“Road safety is at a crossroads” according to the United Nations’ Global Plan of Action released in October as part of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030.
A new IRF report titled “ITS for Climate Impact Mitigation” was launched on November 8, 2021 during the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition.
Working with industry leaders, IRF has convened a new taskforce to explore how AI and computational advances can assist road agencies diagnose functional distresses to their pavements, structures and traffic assets.
Recognizing the need to improve the management of transport assets and to plan for growing risks, in the face of a changing climate, the World Bank partnered with IRF to develop a freely accessible, self-paced online training program which provides strategic, experiential, and practical knowledge on how to integrate climate and disaster risk considerations in the management of transport assets specially adapted to the needs of Small Island Developing States.
The International Road Federation (IRF) has announced the winners of the 2021 IRF Global Road Achievement Awards, a global competition to recognize outstanding achievement by road professionals.
Eng. Khalid Al-Hogail, the President of the International Association Public Transport (UITP) and CEO of the Saudi Public Transport Company (SAPTCO), has been nominated to receive the International Road Federation's highest individual recognition.
The International Road Federation (IRF Global) today presented its prestigious road safety accolade - known as the 'Find a Way' award - to Hrvatske autoceste d.o.o. a government-owned company charged with operating, maintaining and improving Croatia’s highway network.
The infrastructure industry is a continually evolving business technology environment. Each of these innovations has brought it closer to the final frontier of the infrastructure technology revolution - the complete digitalization of infrastructure.
There is great power in an ecosystem of diverse players and parties all working towards a shared goal. And when the goal is safer roads, we need that power now more than ever before. The duty that industry and private sector companies have to be a part of the solution is also an opportunity.
On the backdrop of declining fuel consumption due to the introduction of e-vehicles and cleaner, more fuel-efficient vehicles, the sustainability of traditional sources of road user charges revenue, specifically the fuel levy, necessitates the need to adopt strategies to seek alternative and long-term funding solutions for road maintenance.
Over the next decade, LMICs are projected to invest more than US$140 bn per annum on road infrastructure construction and maintenance. The economic viability, technical, financing and maintenance options for many of these investments will be appraised and optimised using HDM-4, a highway development and management software tool.
While activists and world leaders are preoccupied with the challenges of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the carbon intensity of road infrastructure remains under reported, if at all. The fact that the average service life of roads is 10-15 years provides us all with a clear event horizon directly connected to the Paris Agreement in 2035 and 2050.
In most developing countries, expenditure on road maintenance is often below the required optimum maintenance needs, resulting in a maintenance backlog and loss of road assets due to deferred maintenance. Road users bear the cost of poor maintenance directly and should therefore be ready to pay extra for maintenance
As people journey to work post-COVID, road congestion is easing its way back into people's everyday lives, hindering travel with slower speeds and longer trip times. The vision of progress within public, private, and shared transportation modes lie in Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions.
The Waze navigation application already has a functionality to report road hazards and warn other users of the application. However resolving these road hazards required manual reports to road agencies through existing communication channels. Latvia’s agency in charge of road maintenance has gained access to the Waze report feed, as a result of which up to 70 % from total reports processed by the agency are generated by Waze.
When ETI Founder and Chairman Sun-Ho Choi first started his business in Korea, he was inspired by an epiphany that he had while visiting a Buddhist Monastery in Tibet.
The use of Reclaimed Asphalt reduces the required amount of virgin aggregates and binder, leading to cost reduction, energy conservation as well as increased sustainable pavement practices even in hot climate conditions
The International Road Federation (IRF) has presented its annual "Find a Way" Global Road Safety Award to the Puerto Rico Department of Transportation and Public Works on the closing day of the IRF "Vision Zero for Latin America" Road Safety Conference.
The International Road Federation (IRF) and the Dubai Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) are convening global surface transportation specialists to the 18th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition on November 7-10, 2021.
Faced with a climate emergency where transport is one of the biggest contributors, the ITS industry and public policy have a major role to play in the fight against global warming. The new IRF Taskforce is established to build knowledge among road transport stakeholders from public and private sectors and identify appropriate, feasible and effective decarbonization measures.
The International Road Federation has presented its annual “Find a Way” Global Road Safety Award to the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) on the closing day of the IRF “Vision Zero for Africa” Road Safety Conference.
IRF is establishing a new Taskforce is established to fill this void by producing non-binding, globally applicable recommendations on adapting road infrastructure design, construction and operations to the new needs of AVs.