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XXVIIth World Road Congress
Proceedings of the Congress

Workshop 09 - Optimised and sustainable concrete pavement concepts for the future

Wednesday, October 4 14:30 - 16:00
Chair: Luc RENS, Managing Director, EUPAVE, Brussels, Belgium
Room: Club A, 1st floor

Major global trends and challenges, in particular climate change, energy issues and demographic trends, have also an effect on the mobility of goods and people. The way transport infrastructure is designed, built and operated will also adapt accordingly.

This workshop showed examples of innovative concepts in concrete road construction related to these changes.

In a first presentation, a new type of concrete containing recycled magnetic particles, was presented by “Magment”. It is a magnetizable concrete, which is amongst others used for inductive charging of electric vehicles.

A second case was about the “Optipave” system, a special concept of thin concrete slabs, providing a cost-effective and sustainable design, reducing construction and maintenance costs while maximizing performance and service life. This design boasts 20+ years of proven performance in the South American market where it was first developed. The success story of the development in Ecuador was presented.

Finally, the contribution of pervious pavements to a sustainable water management system was highlighted. They can be a solution for flooding but also prevent water shortage in long periods of drought. Various solutions are available for pervious concrete pavements, both with in-situ cast concrete and with precast concrete products.

  1. Welcome and session introduction
  2. Presentations
  3. Questions and Answers
  4. Conclusion
  5. Final conclusions
  6. Organization

Welcome and session introduction


  • Inductive charging – Adding new functions to concrete pavements
    Mauricio ESGUERRA (Germany) - Co-founder and CEO, Magment
    Tim ALTE-TEIGLER (Germany) - Head of Research and Development, OAT
  • Optipave System, the optimized rigid pavement - a successful story of Holcim Ecuador
    Eugen FLORESCU (France) - Global Head of Road Markets, Holcim
  • The contribution of water pervious pavements to a sustainable water management
    Elia BOONEN (Belgium) - Researcher, Techological Advisor and Deputy Head of Division, Belgian Road Research Centre, Sterrebeek

Questions and Answers

• Moderator: Luc RENS, Managing Director, EUPAVE, Brussels, Belgium


• Anne-Séverine POUPELEER, Head of Division of Roads and Traffic of Flemish-Brabant, Belgium - PIARC Executive Committee member and member of PIARC TC 1.1

Final conclusions


Session Organiser: EUPAVE
Session Secretary: Luc RENS