About "Research – Development – Innovation"

Innovation through research and development is a core task of BRRC

To promote technological progress in road construction and to meet the challenges for roads in a continuously changing society, the Belgian Road Research Centre (BRRC) carries out both collective applied scientific research and specific research into innovative materials and technologies, (improved) test methods and equipment, software, enz.

To select project topics in close keeping with the needs of the partners and the road network, priorities for research are set in consultation with the technical committees of the Centre. In addition to BRRC researchers these committees gather external professionals (contractors, road managers and experts) having a wide knowledge and experience in the field. The topics covered reflect our seven areas of activity: mobility; traffic and safety; the environment; concrete roads and pavings; asphalt roads and other bituminous applications; geomaterials and base layers; and road asset management.

To allow optimum participation of the Belgian road branch in prominent and often cross-border projects, BRRC actively participates in European and international networks and cooperative organizations such as such as the Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL), the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC), the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), the European Commission (EC), the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR), the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee, the International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD), the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), and the World Road Association (PIARC).

For many of our research projects we receive support from regional, federal and European authorities and bodies that encourage innovation. The knowledge gained through this research directly benefits national and regional projects.

This Section describes the most striking ongoing en completed projects of the Centre.