Health and Safety
Continual improvement in the health, safety and wellbeing of our people is highest priority to all AfPA members. Abstracts are called for that showcase the latest developments or proposals to do business differently in the health and safety fields, relevant to our industry.
- technology influences on road worker safety – intelligent road work sites and worksite safety, autonomous vehicle technology opportunities, funding research and whole of life benefits
- improved delivery practices – forward moving spreaders, managing people and plant interactions
- emerging challenges, and opportunities for funding and improving worker health and safety
- national reporting on worker safety – encouraging and improving a reporting culture, the value of near miss reporting for incident identification and improvement.
Sustainability & Circular Economy
The title of the conference “Roads going full circle” refers to the need for the infrastructure sector to become circular and incentivise circular economy solutions to respond to the challenges of climate change, carbon emissions and reducing the use of virgin natural resources.
Circularity requires choices from the design stage to construction and asset management: designing for longer life, using durable and renewable materials, ensuring robust quality construction standards to reduce maintenance, waste, emissions of greenhouse gasses and optimise the use of the assets throughout their lifecycles.
In addition, papers are invited on topics that address:
- economic sustainability opportunities in alternative funding models for our essential transport infrastructure and services;
- frameworks that will enhance the sustainability of our people in relation to their skills development and retention across the flexible pavements sector
Engineering and Construction
AfPA has 50+ years of driving continual improvement through the sharing of best practice, in particular as it relates to the technical engineering and construction of road pavements. Within Australia we are seeing a rapid change in the expectations of purchasers seeking:
- longer lasting roads – utilising perpetual pavement design principles and higher quality construction practices to provide innovative solutions for road maintenance and rehabilitation considering circular economy principles
- opportunities to improve the performance of binders and shift towards performance-based specifications to unlock innovation
- the use of renewable materials – from the waste stream into roads without compromising quality
- the potential for energy harvesting from our roads.