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Visual assessment of defects in surface dressings (according to NBN EN 12272-2)

This test method describes how the defects in a surface dressing can be visually assessed. These defects include fatting up, tracking, bleeding, scabbing, tearing, fretting, and streaking (more information on these various forms of distress can be found in BRRC’s code of good practice R71/01 “Code de bonne pratique pour les enduits superficiels”).

Damage can be assessed in two ways: qualitatively and quantitatively.

A qualitative method will assess the rate of damage by simple rules. The quantitative method will measure the defects in much more detail.

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About "Standardization – Certification – Regulation"

For many years the Belgian Road Research Centre (BRRC) has initiated, or been a major participant in, Belgian mirror groups, European working groups and international pre-normative comparative research with a view to developing or steering new technical specifications and certification by the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the International Institute for Standardization (ISO).

Geometric inspection of raised traffic calming devices on public highways: road humps

Raised traffic calming devices (road humps) which are meant to reduce the speed of traffic on public highways to a maximum of 30 km/h have to meet the siting conditions and technical specifications laid down in the royal decree of 3rd May 2002, which has amended a previous royal decree of 9th October 1998. The changes introduced by the new decree consist mainly of tolerances in dimensions.

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Standards support office (“NAN”)

With support from the Belgian Federal Public Service Economy, SMEs, Middle Classes and Energy, BRRC operates a standards support office that goes by the acronym “NAN”. The object is to inform SMEs in the road branch and make them aware of developments in the field of standardization and, where necessary, to offer them additional support in implementing new standards (which are often mandatory).

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Safety diagnosis and audit

BRRC has been monitoring the growing interest in road safety audits and inspections for a number of years. As early as in 2002, the Centre participated in the activities of the European Road Federation (ERF).

On 29th November 2008, directive 2008/96/EG of the European Parliament and the Council of 19th November 2008 on road infrastructure safety management was published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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