New website

BRRC has recently launched its new website. The well-known address, www.brrc.be, has conveniently been preserved.

The updated and completed texts have been fully translated into English, as a complement to the traditionally available French and Dutch versions.

The concept of the site is daring, since its content is not presented primarily in the form of a conventional tree structure.

This means that we basically aim to direct Internet users to the pages of their interest via their favourite search engine or the highly performant search engine of our site, rather than inviting them to browse through themes and headings like in a paper document.

The Internet and the advent of the digital era have, indeed, radically changed the way we search information. Intuitive behaviour and the expectation of immediate results have prompted new ICT developments and are transforming present and future users.

To guide them in their search for information, we now offer vast possibilities to filter the contents of the site by personal preference and interest.

Home page

Except for the agenda, where we announce future events, the home page differs from conventional home pages in that it presents newly created or modified articles in chronological order, with the most recent on top and all subthemes taken together.

By accessing the site this way, you will immediately be presented with an overview of any new items entered in all our areas of expertise.

Personalized consultation

The basic principle is that any information presented on the site can be linked to one or more areas of expertise and to one or more core tasks.

These areas of expertise and core tasks are, accordingly, the two main pillars of the structure of the site and enable you to filter contents in keeping with your fields of interest.

With just a few clicks, that is, by ticking one or more boxes in the areas of expertise and/or the core tasks, you can create a personalized BRRC website displaying on the home page and anywhere else on the site the articles meeting the selected filter criterion or criteria, arranged from the most recent to the oldest.

Conventional consultation

Of course, by browsing through the various areas of expertise and the themes and subthemes, you can also consult the site in a more conventional way. The same applies to the core tasks.

In this mode, instead of ticking the box in front of an area of expertise and/or a type of activity you simply have to click on the wording (title) of interest to access the themes and subthemes covered.

For instance, the area of expertise Asset management provides access to the themes and subthemes listed below, which again are clickable links to articles on the topics mentioned.

The only thing to be kept in mind is that the articles shown opposite to the accessed themes and subthemes are displayed in chronological order, with the most recent on top.

Fine filter

It is possible to apply an even finer filter, by combining the two consultation modes presented above.

This can be done by applying a filter to one of the two pillars (areas of expertise or core tasks) and navigating in the conventional way through the other, while clicking on the titles.

For example, you can filter on the area of expertise Concrete roads and pavings and then navigate through the core tasks and select first BRRC publications and then Codes of good practice.

This will give you all the codes of good practice linked to the area of expertise Concrete roads and pavings.

The advantage of this filtering is that it enables you to obtain a finer result, since you can operate at the level of the themes and subthemes - in this case the Codes of good practice, -rather than restricting yourself to the higher level, that is, the core task BRRC publications.

Conversely, you can filter on a core task and navigate through the areas of expertise, where you can refine the search at the theme and subtheme levels.

Full text search

With the search engine installed on the site you can make full text searches through the entire contents, including pdf files.

Since all our publications (at least the major series such as our codes of good practice, methods of measurement, research reports and syntheses) are on the site, this means that you can search through the full texts of these documents.

Downloading of documents

Moreover, all the documents available on the site, including our publications, can be downloaded free of charge. We simply request you to sign on first. This registration is required only once.

Registration

If you wish to register for an event or download documents, you will be invited to register on the site. You will be identified by your e-mail address and will have to choose a password.

This registration will spare you the trouble of re-entering your contact data each time you participate in an event.

If you have forgotten your password, you will be able to ask for an access link by simple e-mail.

Advisors

Knowledge transfer and assistance to the profession in particular, including technical assistance, has been one of our core tasks ever since our Centre was established. To help you to easily identify the most competent contact for your question, you will find on the home page an access to the BRRC contacts in our various areas of expertise.

To be used without moderation!

Are you eager to try our new website? Then quickly surf to www.brrc.be and discover yourself the new functionalities at your disposal.

Please feel free to send us your comments and suggestions, which will enable us to offer an even better service in future.