Gilbert Baladi Keynote Speaker at 7th ICPT

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October 3, 2011

Gilbert Baladi, professor of civil engineering, was a keynote speaker at the 7th International Conference on Road and Airfield Pavement Technology (ICPT). The conference was held in August in Bangkok, Thailand.

His topic was “Theoretical and Actual Trends of the Pavement Remaining Service Life and Their Impacts on the Cost-Effectiveness of Pavement Management Decisions.”

Baladi’s interests are in the areas of building foundations, geotechnical and pavement engineering, engineering management of transportation infrastructure, the development of pavement performance prediction models, characterization of composite engineering materials used in transportation networks, and backcalculation of the engineering properties of layered systems. His current research focuses on the optimization of and maximizing the benefits of pavement management data collection; behavior of roadbed soils, unbound materials, and asphalt pavements under heavy vehicular loads; and recycling of asphalt pavements.

The aim of ICPT, which was hosted by the Ministry of Transportation and Roads Association of Thailand, in conjunction with the Faculty of Engineering at Chulalongkorn University, was to promote technological advancement in pavement development worldwide. Special emphasis was placed on pavement development in developing countries, including encouraging exchanges and transfers of local and international pavement technology.