Nereide workshop Pisa 16-17 luglioThe latest updates on the LIFE Nereide Project and the main topics related to the sustainability of the materials used for the construction of road and train infrastructure will be discussed during the workshop: “Sustainability assessment of transport infrastructure: Recent developments and international projects”, held in Pisa on 16thand 17thJuly. Engineers will be entitled to 6 CFPs (Professional Training Credits).

Among the various topics, great attention will be dedicated to the asphalts modified with recycled rubber and the latest updates of the NEREIDE Project. This project is financed by the European Community through the programme LIFE and it is coordinated by the Department of Civil and Industrial Engineering of the University of Pisa. The other partners of the project are: Ecopneus, the Regional Agency for Environmental Protection of Region Tuscany (ARPAT – it will carry out the acoustic monitoring), the Belgian Road Research Centre (BRCC), Tuscany Region and the Acoustics and Sensoristics Institute “Orso Maria Corbino” of the National Research Centre.

The LIFE Nereide Project

Indeed, the LIFE NEREIDE Project (LIFE15 ENV/IT/000268) aims at obtaining long-lasting road surfaces with low sound emissions thanks to the use of rubber powder from recycled ELTs and asphalt millings. A website was also created to keep the members of the public informed about all the updates and information about the project. 2,400 metres of asphalt with recycled rubber have already been made in Massarosa, Province of Lucca. This stretch of road has been made with a special “warm” technology, that is 30°-40° C lower than normal production standards. This allows to reduce both energy consumption and emissions to the advantage of environment, operators, and citizens.

The workshop “Sustainability assessment of transport infrastructure: Recent developments and international projects”, Pisa 16th-17th july

During the del workshop “Sustainability assessment of transport infrastructure: Recent developments and international projects” the following topics will also be discussed:

  • Evaluation of the environmental impacts of the new materials and technologies for the projects of road and train infrastructure;
  • Latest developments of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology applied to transport infrastructure;
  • Database and measurements of impact indicators;
  • Recent projects and case studies concerning environmental sustainability evaluation;
  • Green building materials and bituminous conglomerates for the realisation of roads and railways;
  • Companies’ and Public Administration’s experience with LCA;
  • The importance of the estimate of material durability in the LCE methodology.
  • Design, realisation, monitoring and maintenance of low noise pavements

Programme of the event

Monday 16th of July

8:45 am – 9.15 am – Registration and Reception
1st session

9:15 – 10:00 am – Welcome speech: Leonardo Tognotti (Director of DICI- University of Pisa); Paolo Mancarella (Rector of the University of Pisa)

Opening speech: Massimo Losa (Full Professor DICI University of Pisa)

10:00 – 10:30 am – Monica Puccini (Assistant Professor of Industrial Chemistry DICI – University of Pisa); Life Cycle Assessment (LCA): fundamentals

10:30 – 11:00 am – Joëlle De Visscher (BRRC – Belgian Road Research Center); Evaluation and Decision Process for Greener Asphalt Roads (EDGAR project)

11:00 – 11:30 am – Coffee break

11.30 – 12:00 am – Véronique Cerezo (IFSTTAR – Institut Français des Sciences et Technologies des Transports, de l’Aménagement et des Réseaux); LCE4ROADS: a new certification system for sustainable roads

12:00 – 12:30 am – Lorenzo Orsenigo (Executive director of ICMQ – Istituto di certificazione e marchio qualità); ENVISION™: the sustainable rating system for infrastructures

12:30 – 1:00 pm – Gloria Dajelli (Coordinator of the environmental study department Italferr); Environmental sustainability in railway infrastructure projects and design. Application opportunities of the EnvisionTM protocol

1:00 – 2:30 pm – Lunch break

2nd session

2:30 –  3:00 pm – Waheed Uddin (Professor and Director of CAIT, Center of Advanced Infrastructure Technology – University of Mississipi); Assessing Sustainability and Disaster Resilience of Infrastructure Systems

3:00 – 3:30 pm – David Lee (Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering – University of Iowa – President of iSMARTI); Green materials and green asphalts for roads

3:30 – 4:00 pm – Rolf André Bohne (Professor at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering NTNU Norway); Life Cycle Assessment applied to infrastructures design and construction: A Scandinavian point of view

4:00 – 4:30 pm – Coffee break

4:30 – 5:00 pm – Davide Lo Presti (Senior Research Fellow at Nottingham Transportation Engineering Centre, University of Nottingham); Maximising asphalt recycling by minimising the impact: a summary of international initiatives at NTEC

5:00 – 5:30 pm – Sara Bressi (Research fellow at DICI, University of Pisa); A comparative Life-Cycle assessment of asphalt mixtures for railway sub-ballast containing alternative materials

6:00 – 6:30 pm – Final questions and Conclusions

Tuesday 17th of July

3st session

9:00 – 9:30 am – Massimo Losa (Full Professor- DICI, University of Pisa); NEREIDE project: Design, construction and monitoring of the first phase trials

9:30 – 10:00 am – Elena Ascari (ARPAT – Agenzia regionale per la protezione ambientale della Toscana); Nereide project: A new method for pass-by measurements in urban areas

10:00 – 10:30 am – Gaetano Licitra (ARPAT – Agenzia regionale per la protezione ambientale della Toscana); Performance evaluation and people response to new low noise pavements

10:30 – 11:00 am – Coffee break

11.00 – 11:30 am – Luc Goubert (BRRC – Belgian Road Research Center); A state-of-the-Art on Poroelastic Road Surfaces (PERS)

11:30 – 12:00 am – David Woodward (University of Ulster – Newtownabbey, Northern Ireland); Noise measurements in Ireland

12:00 – 12:30 am – Riccardo Lamperti (R&D SAPABA); SAFERUP project

12:30 – 12.45 am – Final questions and closure of the workshop

12.45 – 14.00 pm – Break

14.00 – 16.00 pm – Visit to the test sections (Registration required)


Workshop registration fee: 70 euros (VAT 22% included). VAT refund is not allowed because this is a scientific and not an educational event. For the Italian engineers: it is possible to acquire n. 6 Training Credits (CFP) from the Professional Association of Engineers.

Workshop registration:

A) For the Italian professional engineers at the website It is necessary to register on this website to obtain the CFP.

IBAN: IT 34 Y 0856 27091 0000011156569 BIC: BCC FIT 33
Payment description: Name Surname payment to DICI for WS NEREIDE

The receipt of the payment must be sent to Only in this case the registration could be considered accepted.

Organizing, information and contacts:

Sara Bressi; DICI – University of Pisa; E.; P. 050 2217732