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BRRC Presentation Brochure 2014
Ever since it was established, BRRC has been assigned to promote technological progress in road construction through research and development. Over the years, the Centre has built a solid practice in serving professionals through technical and documentary assistance. The Centre develops its activities for and in close collaboration with road contracting firms, road-managing authorities and other partners in the sector. Our activities cut across a great many disciplines and extend over the entire Belgian territory and beyond our national borders. The widely varying specialties of our staff enable us to set up multidisciplinary teams for an integrated approach to projects.
However, in a thoroughly changing environment there still remains a tremendous need for research to face the challenges for the future: mobility, the environment, safety, sustainable development, etc.
Both at the European and the global level, international projects, standards, regulations, etc. are increasingly developed.
To meet these challenges as a research institute in a small country, and to maintain the quality of both research and assistance and allow the Belgian road branch to participate in prominent projects, BRRC puts a great effort in European and international cooperation. In this respect BRRC is represented, or active as a leader or partner, in organizations such as the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL), the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Commission (EC), the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee, the International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD), the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), and the World Road Association (PIARC). Additionally, the Centre makes its own know-how, experience and developments (test methods, techniques, and software) available to its clients and partners.
Specialization and sharing information is a way to ensure optimum use of, and maximum return on, available resources.
In this way, the Centre intends to constantly raise its performance and is well-prepared to handle the multidisciplinary projects that increasingly present themselves in the context of sustainable construction.
In the linked document we will present you with an anthology of our activities, our current concerns, and the challenges for tomorrow.
Enjoy reading and looking!
Prof. Claude VAN ROOTEN
Dr Jean-Claude MOUREAU