Vol 37 No 16
June 30, 2005
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Paving the way in research
By Michelle Osmond
In a province with extreme weather, pavement conditions in Newfoundland and Labrador are often an issue. However, research into improving our pavement just got a boost thanks to researchers at the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science. Dr. Khaled Kandil has just received more than $170,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to establish an advanced laboratory facility for pavement research.
The proposed infrastructure will address a number of the high-priority needs in the paving industry including developing a standard procedure for designing cold-recycled mixes for Canadian pavements; establishing quality indicators to evaluate the construction process and linking these indicators to long-term performance; establishing a simple, rapid and efficient technique for pavement monitoring and evaluation; and reducing the harmful effects of winter maintenance activities on pavement performance.
“Pavement represents a vital component of our highway infrastructure, which affects to a large extent our economic growth, industrial productivity, and trade performance,” explained Dr. Kandil. “With the increasing concerns about the infrastructure and sustainability issues, improving the long-term performance of asphalt concrete pavement is essential.” Increasing pavement life of urban roadways in Canada by one to three years would save $300 to $900 million per year.
Dr. Kandil has a bachelor of science and a master’s of science in Civil Engineering from Ain Shams University and a PhD in Civil Engineering from Carleton University. He has worked as a highway engineer for various consultant firms and participated in several research projects in the field of highway engineering at Ain Shams University, Carleton University, and the National Research Council Canada. His research interests include pavement design and construction, pavement rehabilitation, winter maintenance, geometric design, and traffic safety.