A Snapshot of Pavement Engineering Papers Presented at the 2013 Annual Transportation Research Board Meeting in Washington DC, USA
Apart from listening to speakers about latest research work in the transportation area, and participating in committee meetings to discuss ongoing work and future session proposals and generate problem statements, most people enjoy the opportunity to meet and network with transportation professionals from other agencies and universities. Everyone who has been to this meeting agrees that it is an enlightening experience, and there are people who have been attending this meeting for decades – they would not miss it for anything!
Probably the best part of the annual TRB meeting is receiving the compendium of research papers - this year there were 2,400 papers available. It is very critical for transportation professionals, and students and researchers to be aware of ongoing work, state-of-the-art and state of the practice in their respective areas, and specifications that are being implemented. A careful review of the relevant papers is a great way to stay abreast in the profession and many professionals and students do travel from other countries to attend the conference. However, in many cases, it may not be able for people to devote the time and/or money to travel to the meeting, specifically from foreign countries. It will be helpful for these people to have a forum for exchanging summaries of the important papers that are presented in this meeting.
The objective of this article is to make a humble attempt to summarize some of the important and relevant pavement engineering (specially asphalt/composite pavements) related papers for researchers and practitioners in India. Hopefully, this will help them, and more importantly, y for students, stimulate their interests in the pavement engineering field.