In the middle of May our vigorous team departed for Prague, the capital of Czech Republic. However, not for the holidays or sightseeing, the main reason was the participation at 8th International Conference on Weigh-In-Motion – ICWIM8.
After Opening session of the first day, our expert Bajko Kulauzović held an in-depth lecture, titled »Portable WIM as a Tool for realistic Traffic Loading Factors on Macedonian National Road Network«.
The primary objective of the project described in this lecture, was to determine traffic loading (ESAL) information on most trafficked road sections in Macedonia for purposes of planning and programming the maintenance treatments in risk assessment management systems (RAMS) with emphasis on defining the overall average equivalency factor per vehicle type.
May sound complicated, however this paper undoutebly shows high usability of WIM data in relation to major planning decisions and future steps in road network maintenance and design with focus on realistic traffic loading factors.
On the penultimate day of the Conference, we also took a part in the workshop on Infrastructue Design and Maintenacne. Our Matija Mavric, with his lecture »An innovative way of using Bridge WIM Data«, wished to address the lack of appropriate attention by the local and state authorities to the installation of proper WIM system. Since significant amount of heavy vehicles is still overloaded, there exists plenty of room for further improvements on the field of road maintenance and safety.
In addition to getting standard WIM data, this also means obtaining accurate information about the bridge itself. As all calculations are based on the real, measured influence line, this is an information of crucial importance for the bridge experts. Furthermore, with their help we can also carry out bridge assessment through usage and application of the Bridge WIM.
Traditional road WIM is a great technology and we are glad it is widely available on the market. We have disposable technology on the market that is complimentary to the traditional WIM or sometimes even the only one.
Undeniably, the combination of different technologies can prove to be the winning combination.
We would like to thank organizers and attendees for lots of new knowledge and useful information. With this in mind we are eagerly looking forward to the next ICWIM conference.