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Presentation of Katahira Awards at 15th REAAA Conference

The Katahira Award was established in 1991 in memory of the late Dr Nobutaka Katahira who was the Association’s President for the 5th Council term from 1983 to 1986. Dr Katahira willed a significant sum of money to REAAA to encourage keen participation among young engineers in the promotion and advancement of science and technology in road development and road-related engineering in the region. The Governing Council for the 6th term decided to use the donation to set up the Katahira Fund. Katahira Awards have been regularly made available to eligible authors who submit papers for presentation at REAAA Conferences.
Authors who submit papers for REAAA Conferences are invited to nominate for the Katahira Award if they meet the following conditions:
• The author must be under 40 years of age at the time of the submission of the paper. Where there is more than one author, only the first or second named author must be under 40 years of age.
• The author must be either an Ordinary/Associate member of REAAA or an employee of an Institutional Member of REAAA at the time of the submission of the paper.
• Where there is more than one author, one member of REAAA as co-author is sufficient for eligibility for the award. It is not essential for that author to be under 40 years of age. However, either the first or second author must be under 40 years of age as stated above.
• The paper must not have been published elsewhere in the same form.
Papers are judged according to the following criteria:
• originality: level of academic or theoretical work and/or practical application
• level of innovation: creativity in adaptability/modification of existing practice
• technical excellence: high level of technical accuracy and standard of reporting, including ease of understanding
• relevance to region.
The Katahira Award Judging Panel worked closely with the Conference organizers who screened eligible papers which were then forwarded, through the REAAA Secretariat, to the members of the Katahira Award Judging Panel for their evaluation. The members of the judging panel were:
Mr Kieran Sharp (Australia) – Chair
Dr Tri Tjahjono (Indonesia)
Dr Koji Kuroda (Japan)
Dr Che Hassandi Abdullah (Malaysia)
Dr Kian Keong Chin (Singapore).
The following six papers were deemed to be of a sufficiently high standard to justify receiving a Katahira Award:
• Evaluation of long-term effects for driving safety support service using vehicle-infrastructure cooperative ITS, by Kazuya Tamada, Hiroshi Makino, Shinji Itsubo & Hitoshi Yoshimura
• The effects of the installation of guide lights on driving operations, by Shota Sone, Shin Sasaki, Yoshitaka Motoda, Yasushi Takeyama, Hidekatsu Hamaoka, Kazuya Tokuta & Isao Kanazawa
• An expressway slope monitoring system utilizing WSN and data fusion technology, by Keiji Sakuradani, Keigo Koizumi, Toyokazu Murakami & Satoshi Tayama
• Highway rehabilitation project for sustainable environment development: a case study of National Highway Route No. 1, Tak–Kampangphet, Thailand, by Dr Auckpath Sawangsuriya
• An evaluation on the effectiveness of motorcycle lanes In Malaysia, by Siti Zaharah, P Alvin Wai Hoong & MK Norfaizah
• Application of image processing technology to traffic counting, by Hirotaka Sekiya, Achmad Sidhi Purnawa, Handiyana Ariephin, Disi Mochamad Hanafiah & Naoyuki Kawamoto
The winners were presented with their Katahira Awards at the Closing Ceremony and gala dinner of the 15th REAAA Conference by the President of Katahira & Engineers Inc., Mr Masato Nakamura and the President of Katahira International, Mr Masami Kimishima.
The papers will be published in the next edition of the REAAA Journal.
Koji Kuroda
Chairman, Katahira Fund Committee.

Outstanding papers which are published in the REAAA Journal and REAAA Conferences are qualified to be selected to receive the Katahira Awards.

The Katahira Award was established in 1991 in memory of the late Dr. Nobutaka Katahira who was the Association’s President for the 5th Council term from 1983 to 1986. He willed 3 million Yen to the REAAA towards encouraging keen participation among young engineers in the promotion and advancement of science and technology in road development and road-related engineering. The Governing Council for the 6th term decided to use the donation to set up the Katahira Fund for the award. Dr. Katahira’s followers had in October 2000 donated an additional sum of £19,080.12 to the Fund.


The late Dr. Nobutaka Katahira

The Katahira Fund was established with the main objective of encouraging keen participation among young engineers in the promotion and advancement of science and technology in road development and road-related engineering. It will help the association to obtain quality technical papers for its Journal publications, conferences and seminars. It is also an excellent opportunity for road authorities, academicians, researchers, institutions and consultants to share their research, knowledge and new technologies.

Another category of the award was created in 2007 with the hope to encourage the submission of quality original papers for consideration for publication in the REAAA Journal. It is known as the `Katahira Journal Award` to be presented annually to the best journal paper. The other category is known as the `Katahira Conference Award` which is to be presented in conjunction with REAAA Conference.

  • To be eligible for the Katahira Journal Award, either the first author or the second author (if there are multiple authors) must be under 40 years of age at the time of the submission of the paper and must be an Ordinary/Associate member of REAAA or an employee of an organization which is an Institutional Member of REAAA or associated with the above-stated member/employee as co-author.
  • The paper must not have been published elsewhere in the same form.

The Katahira Awards are presented in conjunction with the 13th REAAA Conference in September 2009 in Incheon City, Korea.

Six technical papers were rated to be recipients for the Katahira Awards for the 13th REAAA Conference.

        Two awards were given for “Best Technical Paper”

        One award was given for “Outstanding Paper”

        Three awards were given for “Highly Commended Paper”

Two awards were given for the ‘Best Technical Paper’ went to Japan’sMasato Matsumoto, Yoshinori Wada and Shuhei Sakai of West Nippon Expressway Co Ltd, Japan ,Nippon Expressway Research Institute, Japan.for their paper entitled ‘Development of Lifetime Bridge Management System for Expressway Bridges in Japan’ and to Australian’s Rob McInerney and Greg Smith of International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP), Australia  with their paper entitled ‘Saving Lives Through Investment in Safer Roads: the iRAP Partnership’. They received USD1,000 and a framed certificate

The runner-up award for the ‘Outstanding Paper’ was presented to Masaki Nishioka, Tetsuo Matsuda and Seiichi Nagaoka from West Nippon Expressway Co Ltd, Japan

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co Ltd, Japan for their paper entitled ‘Reinforcing Method with Overlaid Ultra-High-Early-Strength Concretes’. The winner received USD500 and a framed certificate.

Three others were presented with USD250 and a framed certificate each for winning the ‘Highly Commended Paper’:

·        Gyungja Jung, Jonghong Jung, and Hong-Jong Kim of  Infrastructure Research Division for their paper entitled ‘Long-Term Settlement of Traffic-Opened Expressway on Soft Ground’

·        Seungjun Lee, Yoonhyuk Choi, Taeyoung Kim and Jeonggyu Kang of Transportation Research Division, Expressway & Transportation Research Institute, Korea for their paper entitled ‘A Study of Support System for Traffic Operating Condition Audit on Expressways’

·         Hirotaka Sekiya, Masanori Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Nambu and Katsumi Uesaka of Traffic Engineering Division, National Institute for Land and Infrastructure Management, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan for the paper entitled ‘Factors Influencing Freight Truck Route Selection’

 

Six technical papers were rated to be recipients for the Katahira Conference Awards for the 12th REAAA Conference. The top award for the Best Paper went to Japan’s Yukihiro Tsukada, Waka Matsuda and Kenta Hamaya of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport, Japan. They received USD 1,000 and a framed certificate for their paper entitled `Research on the Effect of Flexible Toll Measure and Optimal Layout of IC for Expressway Network`.

The runner-up award for the Outstanding Paper was presented to Seungjun Lee of Korea Highway Corporation for his paper entitled `Mathematical Modeling of Freeway Ramp Merging Capacity Analysis Based on Revised Headway Distribution Model`. The winner received USD500 and a framed certificate.

Four others were presented with USD250 and a framed certificate each for winning the `Highly Commended Paper`:

The Katahira Award presentation was one of the highlights to mark the closing of the 12th REAAA Conference in Manila.

Honorable Secretary Hermogenes E. Ebdane, Jr. (3rd from left) of the Philippine Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) presenting the award for the Best Paper.Chairman of the Katahira Fund Committee, Mr. Yasumasa Torii (2nd from left) presenting the Highly Commended Paper Award to Mr. Kieran Sharp and 4 other recipients.


A group photograph taken after the award presentation ceremony at the 12th REAAA Conference in Manila in November 2006. (From left) Prof. Ian Johnston (Chairman of Judging Pane)l, Mr. Yasumasa Torii (Katahira Fund Committee Chairman), Dr. Kyong-Soo Yoo (REAAA President), Secretary Ebdan of the Philippines and Mr. Salvador Pleyto (Immediate Past President of REAAA) with the six award winners

YearRecipientsTitle of Technical Papers
2006Yukihiro Tsukada, Waka Matsuda and Kenta Hamaya of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport (Japan)Research on the Effect of Flexible Toll Measure and Optimal Layout of IC for Expressway Network
 Seungjun Lee of Korea Highway Corporation (Korea)Mathematical Modeling of Freeway Ramp Merging Capacity Analysis Based on Revised Headway Distribution Model
 Richard Yeo and Kieran Sharp of ARRB Group (Australia)An Investigation of Axle Load Equivalencies and the Relative Damaging Effect of Wide Single and Dual Tyres on Granular Pavements
 Yuji Mishima, Ruichi Minada,Takao Yamamoto of Japan Bridge Association (Japan)Development of Rapid Construction Methods for Overbridge Crossing System
 Prapatpong Upala of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology  (Thailand)Understanding User’s Preferences Towards Illegal Passenger Van Services In Bangkok
 Kazuhiko Kumada, Masakazu Sato, and Keizo Kamiya of Research Institute of Central Nippon Expressway Co. Ltd. (Japan)Life Cycle Analysis for Pavements in the Japanese Expressway
2003Chomg Teik Lim, Lim Ee Lee, Yap Boon Leong & Yap Cheng Chwee (Singapore)Evolution of Bridge, Flyover and Viaduct Construction Methodologies in Urbanised Singapore
 Md Shukor Mohamed & Yeoh Hin Kok of Malaysian Highway Authority)(Malaysia)The Challenges of Managing Traffic During Construction for the One-Way System Maarof-Semantan Interchange of Western Kuala Lumpur Dispersal Scheme Project
 Karen Oakley of Queensland Department of Main Roads (Australia)Road Maintenance Code of Pacific for the Wet Tropics World Heritage Area
2000Nobumasa Suzuki (Japan)Seismic Performance of Prestressed Concrete Piers
 Prof. Radin Umar RS (Malaysia)A Study on the Use of Oil Palm Fibre in Rubberised Stone Mastic Asphalt
1998BD Pidwerbesky & BD Steven
(New Zealand)
Accelerated Dynamic Loading of Flexible Pavements at CAPTIF
 Shabri Shaharom & Mutalib Abd. Hameed of Public Works Department (Malaysia)Selection Between Slip-Form & Fixed Form Paving Method for Better Quality of Pavement Quality Concrete(PQC) Malaysian Experience
1995Prof. Chang Shyue-Koong & Chen Hsin-Hsiung (Taiwan)An Assessment of the Effect of Contraflow Bus Lane on Ridership
 Low Boon-Hwee, Prof. Fwa Tien-Fang & Tan Siew-Ann (Singapore)Simultaneous Measurement of Thermal Conductivity and Thermal Diffusive of Pavement Materials
 Dr. Lam Wa-Kwai (Hong Kong)Electronic Toll Collection in Hong Kong
1992H. Tsurukubo, T.Nakanishi & Y.Takayanagi (Japan)Study on Factors Causing Rutting of Pavement and Design of Surface Course
 James Y.K. Luk (Australia)Queue Management and Monitoring in Urban Traffic Control Systems
 Tan Choon Yong, Dr. Fwa Tien Fang & Dr. Chang Weng Tat (Singapore)Highways maintenance Planning & Budgeting at Network Level Using A Genetic Algorithm
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