REAAA Newsletter 2022-01

Message from the President

On behalf of the Council members, I want to say thank you, the members, for the honour of representing your interests for this term. I also thank all Council members for stepping forward to meet the challenges to ensure that the Association continues to meet its collective needs, today and in the future.

Currently, we have 1,119 members in 22 countries. Many of you have been engaged in efforts on behalf of the Association for the continued advancement of our collective interests through your participation in various working committees. Thank you to the members who have taken the time to contribute to these various initiatives.


China Road Federation (CRF) 60th Anniversary

The history of China Road Federation (CRF) can be traced back to 1960. At the invitation of the International Road Federation (IRF), organizational work was commenced in Taiwan’s transportation community by Mr. Tse-Pin Lin, who was the Director of the Directorate General of Highways and later became CRF’s first President upon its formal establishment over 60 years ago on 20 March 1961.

Development of Pavement Manuals for Community Roads in Myanmar

The following two manuals and a handbook were produced in the project:

  • a Manual on community-inclusive type pavement works for low-traffic-volume roads, which was produced during Phase 1 of the project in 2014
  • a Manual on pavement works using hot mix asphalt and ready-mixed concrete, which was compiled during Phase 2 of the project in 2018
  • a Handbook on pavement works, which was completed in 2019.

Early-warning Mechanism and Risk Mitigation for Bridges and Mountain Highways under Extreme Heavy Rainfall

This paper is the summary of the lecture presented by the author in PIARC International Workshop “Road Disaster Management Using Latest Information Technologies” in Kyoto on June 30, 2022.

REAAA Meetings

117th REAAA Governing Council Meeting

The REAAA Governing Council held its 117th meeting on 25th March 2022 via the Zoom platform. The meeting was successful, with 35 out of the 38 Council Members attending.

REAAA Technical Committee

The first project being conducted by Working Committee C4WC1 is, Sharing experiences and knowledge on pavement maintenance and repair practices in Asia. The rehabilitation of damaged pavements in urban or rural areas is an important issue for each member country. The purpose of the project is to investigate the practices or challenges used in member countries to improve the life of damaged pavements, by focusing on factors such as structure, mix design, materials, repair techniques, etc. It is proposed that case studies of practices that have been used, or tried, to rehabilitate damaged pavements in urban or rural areas be collated.

Pavement Technology Committee

Road Safety Committee

The goals of the REAAA Road Safety Committee reflect issues of major concern in REAAA member countries. Initially, there are four strategies and outputs that cover the issues of vulnerable road users (VRUs) which are the main tasks and deliverables of the committee: human factors and design, catalogues of design safety problems, potential countermeasures for LMIC, and road safety audit guidelines.

Climate Change, Resilience and Emergency Management Committee

The aims of this committee are to:

  • address issues of relevance to REAAA member countries in the area of infrastructure resilience to climate change
  • where relevant, mirror the topics addressed by PIARC TC.1.4 (Climate Change and Resilience of Road Networks) and TC.1.5 (Disaster Management)
  • act as a liaison between the REAAA member countries and PIARC Committees TC.1.4 and TC.1.5.

9th REAAA Business Forum

The 9th REAAA Business Forum was held as a hybrid event on March 24th in Seoul, Korea. It was organized by the REAAA Korean Chapter and the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (MOLIT), with support from the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA) and the Korea Expressway Corporation (KEC).

21st REAAA YEP Meeting

The 21st REAAA Young Engineers And Professionals (YEP) meeting was held virtually on 23rd March 2022 in conjunction with the 117th REAAA Governing Council Meeting and the 9th REAAA Business Forum. This was the first YEP meeting in the 17th Council term. It also marked the fifth time a YEP meeting was held through an online platform since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced in 2020.

The meeting was attended by YEP representatives from Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia, Taiwan, Australia, Japan, and Singapore. A total of 28 members, including the REAAA President and Honorary Secretary-General, Ir Mohd Shahrom bin Ahmad Saman, were present during the meeting. Governing Council members Mr Kieran Sharp from Australia and Mr Sugiyartanto from Indonesia also attended, along with Madam Zalilahwati, who represented the REAAA Secretariat.

In Memory of Tan Sri Dato Ir. (Dr.) Wan Abdul Rahman Bin Wan Yaacob

REAAA regrets to announce the passing of Tan Sri Dato’ Ir (Dr) Wan Abdul Rahman Wan Yaacob in July 2022 at the age of 81.

He was a member of the REAAA Governing Council from 1994 to 2013. He was awarded the Gold Medallion at the 10th Malaysian Road Conference & Exhibition 2018 and PIARC International Seminar for his contribution to REAAA. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Road Engineering Association of Malaysia. In 2021, he was the recipient of the inaugural REAAA Hwang Award for his ongoing commitment and dedication to REAAA.

What’s New?

118th REAAA Governing Council Meeting

The New Zealand Chapter of the Road Engineering Association of Asia & Australasia is pleased to announce that the 118th REAAA Governing Council Meeting and REAAA NZ Chapter roadshow seminar will be held in Christchurch from 17- 19 October 2022.

Calendar of Events

New Members

The membership of REAAA as of 25th March 2022 was 1199. The REAAA Council and Chapters have approved the following new members for the period between 1st August 2021 to 28th February 2022.

New Structure of Working Committees

The Governing Council for the 17th Council Term : 2021-2025