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XXVIIth World Road Congress
Proceedings of the Congress

Workshop 11 - Climate Change and Asset Management

Wednesday, October 4 14:30 - 18:00
Chair: Marie COLIN, TC 1.4 member, France, and Rade HAJDIN, TC 3.3 member, Switzerland
Room: Club E, 1st floor

Resilience has been defined as "the ability of a system or systems to survive and thrive in the face of a complex, uncertain and ever-changing future" and this definition serves as the basis for the workshop. 

On the one hand, the workshop addressed the uncertain and ever-changing future that is largely, but not exclusively, influenced by climate change. Aspects of resilience and the possibilities of integrating resilience into asset management were discussed. On the other hand, the workshop presented - on the basis of case studies - both preventive and remedial interventions that can effectively improve resilience. Furthermore, the relationship between risk and resilience approaches was discussed with a focus on the temporal dimension that characterises the resilience approach. TC 1.4 "Climate Change" and TC 3.3 "Asset Management" contributed to this workshop.

This session included a presentation of issues such as risk and resilience, holistic approaches to climate change and other hazards and the importance of network and asset management in enhancing resilient infrastructure. A summary of the results of PIARC's TC 1.4 and TC 3.3 in relation to the areas identified concluded the session.

  1. Welcome and session introduction
  2. Presentations
  3. Presentations
  4. Questions and Answers - Panel discussion
  5. Conclusion
  6. Final Conclusions
  7. Organization

Welcome and session introduction


  • Risk and Resilience – Complement or Replacement
    Rade HAJDIN (IMC, Switzerland) - TC 3.3 member
  • Low Cost Low Risk Resilience Projects
    Jack HANSBY (New Zealand Transport Agency, New Zealand) - TC 3.3 member
  • Dealing with natural hazards in Austria to ensure a resilient high-level road network
    Christian HONEGER (ASFINAG, Austria) - TC 3.3 member
  • World Bank-supported projects on road infrastructure resilience and asset management
    Nicolas PELTIER (Global Director Transport, World Bank)



  • Holistic approaches to climate change and other hazards resilience: key practices and best practice examples
    Marie COLIN (Cerema, France) - TC 1.4 member
  • Approaches to network and asset resilience
    Mark Henry RUBARENZYA (Uganda) - PIARC Vice-President, TC 1.4 member

Questions and Answers - Panel discussion

The panel discussion addressed the following questions:

  • Is resilience only related to natural hazards?
  • Are resilience metrics sufficient for decision making in asset management?
  • How can we improve/better include resilience in asset management practices in general?
  • How can resilience and asset management be effectively incorporated into guidance and decision-making processes?


Final Conclusions


Session Organiser: TC 1.4 and TC 3.3 - Caroline EVANS, Gerardo FLINTSCH, Pascal ROSSIGNY