Special Issue "Innovative Practices into Road Pavement Maintenance Management"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Francesca Russo
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Associate Professor, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125, Naples, Italy
Interests: road asphalt pavement construction materials; reusing waste; life cycle assessment; road maintenance
Dr. Goran Mladenovic
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Associate Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Belgrade, Bul. kralja Aleksandra 73, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia
Interests: pavement engineering; asphalt materials; alternative and recycled pavement materials; life cycle assessment; road asset management
Dr. Emiliano Pasquini
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Assistant Professor, Department of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering (ICEA), University of Padova, Via Marzolo 9, 35131, Padova, Italy
Interests: pavement engineering; asphalt materials; pavement reinforcement; recycling and reusing; low noise pavements
Dr. Loretta Venturini
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Scientific & Strategic Development Director at Iterchimica S.r.l., Via G. Marconi 21, 24040, Suisio (BG), Italy
Interests: enhancing asphalt pavements performances; RA rejuvenation and reuse; sustainable technologies; road maintenance; modified asphalt mixtures; environmental impact reduction; waste recycling
Dr. Salvatore Antonio Biancardo
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Assistant Professor, University of Naples Federico II, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Via Claudio 21, 80125, Naples, Italy
Interests: BIM for infrastructures; construction and design of roads; railway and airport infrastructure; pavement design
Dr. Rosa Veropalumbo
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Ph.D Candidate, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125, Naples, Italy
Interests: pavement analysis and design; bituminous mixtures; rheological investigation; recycling and reusing; life cycle assessment
Dr. Nunzio Viscione
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Ph.D Candidate, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125, Naples, Italy
Interests: road asphalt pavement; ecofriendly asphalt solutions; pavement maintenance and rehabilitation; binders’ and asphalt modification; raw materials
Dr. Cristina Oreto
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Ph.D Candidate, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125, Naples, Italy
Interests: pavement management systems; I-BIM; pavement maintenance; life cycle assessment; waste recycling
Dr. Shahin Eskandarsefat

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Ph.D. Senior Researcher, Iterchimica S.r.l., Via Guglielmo Marconi, 21, 24040 Suisio (BG), Italy
Interests: bituminous binders’ modification; recycling agents; rejuvenators; asphalt additives; asphalt mechanical and performance properties

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The commitment to achieving total efficiency and effectiveness for road pavement networks throughout their service life has encouraged scholars around the world to continuously take on challenges linked to the development of new technologies and innovative materials to devise solutions which are more environmentally friendly and sustainable.

Common road maintenance practice involves milling the existing old pavement layers; thus, cold and hot asphalt recycling has become one of the most widespread technologies for road pavement maintenance, as it minimizes the financial and environmental impacts while guaranteeing high performance.

In addition, reusing wastes deriving from industrial manufacturing processes and construction activities into the replacement of virgin aggregates, as well as the production of specific polymeric compounds to be used as modifiers of the neat bitumen and/or bituminous mixtures, can play a central role in attaining a reduction of natural resource use and meeting other fundamental targets focused on climate change minimization without compromising the mechanical performance and durability of road pavements.

Several methodologies have been investigated in recent years to test the effectiveness of the solutions, ranging from sophisticated–advanced laboratory tests to complex numerical data analysis.

It is well known that the volumetric and mechanical properties of asphalt mixes for road pavements’ upper layers should be integrated throughproper life cycle assessment from cradle to grave to decide whether a) a limited exploitation of natural resources has been properly taken into account, b) a greater productivity of the entire process can be reached, c) the durability of the layers would be negatively affected by innovative construction solutions, d) energy efficiency has been properly pursued, and e) reductions in fuel fume, dust, and gas emissions into the atmosphere from heating and transportation activities have been achieved.

For this purpose, innovative tools are currently used in road pavement design and maintenance to improve decision support systems operating on know-how and stimulate collaborative work to maximize the effectiveness of the solutions.

I-BIM (infrastructure-building information modeling) is one of the most powerful interoperability tools that currently involves users, the environment, advanced technologies for making decisions over management, and design of alternatives. I-BIM is a robust, massive problem-solving tool also operating through virtual investigations of the working sites and favoring real-time exchange of information among all users (operational, manufacturing cost, and inventory data).

This Special Issue welcomes both original research and review articles and aims to bring researchers from academia and industry together to report and explore some advanced practices into road pavement maintenance and management to present the latest advances in this field. A specific focus is put on the methodologies aimed at improving the design/maintenance of road pavements based on an integrated laboratory–methodological approach towards the introduction of innovative–marginal materials into the mix design of asphalt mixtures and the promotion of “end-of-waste” vision.

Potential topics are listed below:

  • Reusing wastes as alternative materials into asphalt mixtures;
  • New trends and challenges in asphalt recycling;
  • Innovative laboratory and field investigation practices;
  • Case studies in pavement maintenance and rehabilitation;
  • Sustainable solutions for maintenance of road pavements;
  • Energy harvesting and urban heat island mitigation;
  • Life cycle assessment;
  • Benefit–cost analysis for defying best design/maintenance alternatives;
  • I-BIM for designing and maintaining road infrastructures;
  • Pavement management systems (PMSs) and indices;

Integration of LCA in road asset management.



Dr. Francesca Russo
Dr. Goran Mladenovic
Dr. Emiliano Pasquini
Dr. Loretta Venturini
Dr. Salvatore Antonio Biancardo
Dr. Rosa Veropalumbo
Dr. Nunzio Viscione
Dr. Cristina Oreto
Dr. Shahin Eskandarsefat
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • circular management of the resources
  • asphalt materials
  • reusing and recycling
  • advanced laboratory test characterization
  • sustainable road pavements
  • LCA
  • I-BIM

Published Papers

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