ARRB, Main Roads Western Australia, WALGA, Curtin University and the University of WA developed the concept for a Western Australian Pavement Asset Research Centre (WAPARC). The purpose of the centre was two-fold.  The first objective was to grow specialist pavement capability (research and practitioners) in Western Australia to combat critical shortages, and the second was to update pavement and asset related knowledge for WA to help the State’s road network be more productive.

WAPARC delivered collaborative research projects from 2011 until WARRIP began in 2016 covering topics such as:

  • Optimal pavement configurations with wearing course – ARRB
  • Design procedure of foamed bituminous stabilised pavements – Curtin
  • Review of pavement condition performance criteria – ARRB
  • Characteristics of WA asphalt mixes – Curtin
  • Characteristics of WA asphalt mixes incorporating RAP – Curtin
  • Validation and specification of warm mix asphalt – ARRB
  • Validation of proposed Austroads finite element design model – ARRB
  • KPI of whole of lifecycle cost – UWA
  • Marginal wear costs of increased axle mass: case studies – ARRB
  • Pavement life in regional WA – UWA
  • Long term pavement performance monitoring: initial data collection and analysis – ARRB
  • Enhanced use of construction and demolition waste as road pavement materials: a scoping study – ARRB
  • Review of Hamburg Wheel Tracking Device – ARRB