A scientific partnership framework agreement was signed on 1 February between Laurent Girou, deputy general manager of the Infrastructure Branch, and Hélène Jacquot-Guimbal, Director of the French Science and Technology, Transport, Development and Networks Institute (Ifsttar). This contract sets the seal on three decades of cooperation and opens up a new era for infrastructure and the future of mobility.
The company and the institute have in fact been testing and developing high modulus asphalt together since the 1980s. Similarly, in the 2000s, both establishments were involved in a number of sustainable projects such as asphalt recycling, warm mix asphalts (EBT®), life cycle assessment (LCA) and alternative materials made from agro-resources. More recently, their joint skills have been put to use on works involving high-performance asphalts (GB5®) and civil engineering projects such as Millau Viaduct, ultra-high performance fibred concrete (Bfup), the Brittany-Pays de la Loire HSL instrumentation system and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Today’s roads are adapting to new types of mobility (carpooling, electric and autonomous vehicles) and are ready for the “fifth generation”. This concept known as R5G was initially created by the Ifsttar and is central to the new I-Street project partnership submitted at the end of 2016 in response to the call for projects named “Roads of the Future” launched by the ADEME / CGI. It involves a considerable amount of research leading to industrial applications which will be just as important.