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XXVIIth World Road Congress
Proceedings of the Congress

Workshop 12 - Research and innovation for the benefit of greener and more sustainable airfield pavements

Thursday, October 5 09:30 - 13:00
Chair: Lucy TRAVAILLEUR, STAC, France, and Cyril FABRE, Airbus, ICAO/APEG chairman, France
Room: Club A, 1st floor

Sustainability and Resilience is of major concern for airport community whose new challenge is to reduce carbon footprint and promote environmentally friendly solutions for civil aviation. In the field of airfield pavements, several ways exist for carbon footprint reduction: material optimizations - thanks to advanced design methods and pavement assessment strategies; recycling and reuse (R&R), low embodied carbon materials or processes, and enhanced durability. As embodied carbon is inherent to the process of constructing airport pavement infrastructure, rather than something that can be addressed after a project is completed, there is an urgent need to address embodied carbon now.

This technical session, co-organized by the French Civil Aviation Technical Center (STAC) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Technology R&D Branch, and involving international experts from the STAC, the FAA, Airbus, University Gustave Eiffel (France), US National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and Pavexpert, gave an overview of the state of the art and the major innovations and ongoing research in terms of pavement evaluation, asset management, Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), “green” materials, and technical solutions, for more sustainable airfield pavements. 

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

Welcome and session introduction


  • Advanced measurement device dedicated to interface characterization
    Navneet GARG (Ph.D., FAA, United States)
    Michaël BROUTIN (Ph.D., STAC, France)
  • Low-cost cameras and AI algorithms for distresses automated detection and characterization
    Fabien MENANT (Ph.D., Univ. Gustave Eiffel, France)
  • BIM contribution to standardized and more reliable PCI
    Pascal TROTTIER (Pavexpert, France)
  • Towards a new rational ACN/PCN method: the ACR/PCR concept
    Cyril FABRE (AIRBUS, France)



  • Impact of global warming on airfield pavement life expectancy
    Michaël BROUTIN (Ph.D., STAC, France)
  • Quantifying Environmental Impact of airport pavement projects – LCA Framework and Web based tool
    Navneet GARG (Ph.D., FAA, United States)
  • Environmental Product Declarations (EPD)
    Joseph SHACAT (NAPA, United States)
  • ”Green” material research at FAA’s NAPMRC; French/US Cooperation - material exchange
    Navneet GARG (Ph.D. FAA, United States)
  • A French full-scale test facility dedicated to the study of RAP
    Lucy TRAVAILLEUR (Ph.D., STAC, France)

Questions and answers

• Lucy TRAVAILLEUR, Ph.D., STAC & Cyril FABRE, Airbus, ICAO/APEG chairman


• Lucy TRAVAILLEUR, STAC & Cyril Fabre, Airbus, ICAO/APEG chairman

Final conclusions


Session Organiser: Michaël BROUTIN, STAC & Navneet GARG, FAA
Session Secretary : Lucy TRAVAILLEUR, STAC