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The volume of freight transport on roads has grown steadily over the years and is expected to increase significantly over the next decade.  From the point of view of a road operator, this will lead to accelerated damage to bridges and pavement fatigue as well as creating major traffic management problems to maintain safety and reduce congestion.  For truck operators, there are the combined challenges of reducing ever increasing fuel costs, maximising efficiency and profitability whilst maintaining safety.  For truck drivers, they have the additional tasks of charting a safe and appropriate route.

THE FP6 project “Heavyroute” is based on the belief that one major support for all three parties could come from the improvement in the generation and usage of maps for trucks in Europe.    The use of mapping systems based in satellite guidance has increased dramatically and is providing major benefits to professional drivers.  However there are many stories of drivers finding themselves on inappropriate routes for their vehicle.

Working with all the major stakeholders, the Heavyroute project worked to provide the tools, the systems and the data collection and interpretation processes that will effectively link Europe’s road infrastructure via electronic mapping systems to the truck operators and drivers.  This will provide a major boost to the efficiency, profitably and safety of the haulage sector whilst contributing to overall road safety and congestion and infrastructure asset management objectives.

Three main applications were developed based on vehicle/infrastructure interaction models together with detailed data on the vehicle itself, the infrastructure and the traffic.

Pre-trip route planning

  • Allowable routes were derived based on “HGV specific data” together with physical and legal restrictions on the infrastructure
  • Recommended routes were then derived based on arguments addressing fuel consumption, emissions, noise, safety, driver comfort and infrastructure maintenance costs.

Driving support

  • Real time driver warning and recommended driving to avoid critical situations (for example recommended speed to avoid roll-over)

Monitoring and management of HGV’s at bridges

  • Advice on speed, minimum vehicle spacing and/or lane change to keep appropriate loading of bridges
Bringing together representatives from the road related industry, road decision makers, owners, and operators - both for urban and interurban area, research institutes, academia and the European Commission, the HEAVYROUTE FINAL SEMINAR aims at presenting the final results of the HEAVYROUTE project.
For this occasion, we would like to invite you to first toast with us the end of the HeavyRoute project in the new “HotelBloom!”, rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels, Metro Botanique, on the 9th of June, followed by a half-day seminar in the same hotel on the 10th.
 *Best venue of the year 2008 Award, 2008 Caïus Award


FINAL Agenda


Date: 9th June 2009

Venue: HotelBloom!, Brussels, Belgium

19:00 – 20:00 Welcome cocktail

  • FEHRL (Steve Phillips, S-G)
  • HeavyRoute Project Coordinator (Anita Ihs)
  • European Commission (William Bird, Project Officer)


Date: 10th June 2009

Venue: HotelBloom!, Brussels, Belgium
8:30 – 09:00 Registration and Coffee

9:00         Welcome and introduction  (Anita Ihs -project coordinator; William Bird -EC project officer; Marc Billiet -IRU; Véronique Corduant -Deutsche Post)

09:30       Presentations of project results


  •  Vehicle/infrastructure interaction models and databases (Leif Sjögren / Anita Ihs -VTI)
  •  Map data 

o        Truck attributes (Kees Wevers - NAVTEQ)

o      Road data (Kees Wevers - NAVTEQ)

o      HR cost database (Gunnar Lindberg - VTI)

Panel discussion on the requirements on the models and data used for the HR applications in order to have a system that can be used European-wide (Leif Sjögren, Kees Wevers, Gunnar Lindberg; Moderator: Bernard Jacob- LCPC)
11:00    Coffee Break

11:15    Presentations continued

o        Pre-trip route planning application (Silke Forkert/ Thomas Benz - PTV)

o      Driver support/warning (roll-over, black spots) application (Hocine Immine -LCPC, Véronique Cérézo -CETE Lyon)

o      Bridge management application (Hocine Immine -LCPC, Stefan Deix / Marian Ralbovsky - arsenal research)

o      Results from field and simulator tests (Leif Sjögren / Anita Ihs -VTI)

o      Traffic simulations and CBA (Gunnar Lindberg - VTI)

Panel discussion on the applications developed by HeavyRoute (Silke Forkert / Thomas Benz, Hocine Immine, Véronique Cérézo, Anita Ihs, Kees Wevers). Moderator: Bernard Jacob (LCPC)

13:00      Conclusions (Anita Ihs - project coordinator, William Bird - EC project officer, Bernard Jacob -LCPC

13:30      Lunch



“HotelBloom!”, rue Royale 250, 1210 Brussels, Metro Botanique - Map
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Event organisers
Technical & project matters
Anita Ihs
Tel: +46-13-20 40 00
Logistic matters
Nicolette Groot - Valerie Henry
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