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.
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 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.
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.|