October 27, 2017

Future Demand For and On Pavement and Urban Hardscape

Time

1:40 p.m. – 3:00 p.m

Location

1605 Tilia, Room 1103, West Village

Speaker(s)

John Harvey, Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering; Principal Investigator, UC Pavement Research Center, UC Davis

Abstract

There are many changes happening in transportation, with California on the front edge of many of those changes. Many of these changes will affect how we conceptualize the purpose of pavement and design, construct and manage pavement projects and networks. Thinking about pavement for the past 100 years has focused primarily on responding to the needs of heavy freight vehicles on highways, which has influenced all pavements and urban hardscape. This presentation will review some of the potential future changes in the demand for pavement such as shared vehicles, internet buying home delivery effects on freight patterns, and changes in demands on pavement and availability of pavement materials including changes in trucks and cars (NGV, electrification, automated driving), active transportation, heat island and storm water management, and the need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Thoughts about how to prepare for and respond to these expected changes will be discussed for different pavement owners (state, local, private).

Biographical Sketch

John Harvey is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the UC Pavement Research Center (UCPRC) at the University of California, Davis. He is former chair of the Transportation Technology and Policy graduate group. He is Principal Investigator for projects for research, development and implementation for a wide range of pavement technology, management, cost and environmental topics for Caltrans, FHWA, FAA, CalRecycle, the California Air Resources Board and industry. He previously worked at UC Berkeley and as a government officer/consultant in Nigeria and Texas. He is a registered civil engineer in California.