Civil, Environmental, and Biomedical Engineering Professor Ted Sussmann presented papers at the 11th International Heavy Haul Conference in Cape Town, South Africa, during the week of September 2-6, 2017. The papers presented were titled “Track Structural Design for Maintenance and Rehabilitation with Automated Track Inspection Data” and “Influence of Tie-Ballast Interface on Transition Zone Performance.
In addition to the presentation, Sussmann chaired a session titled “Ballast and Geotechnical” issues in Heavy Haul and served as a Technical Program Reviewer. The International Heavy Haul Association is a group that fosters technical developments that support the efficient transport of heavy haul freight traffic often associated with bulk natural resource commodities like iron ore.
Twenty years ago, Sussmann gave his first international presentation at this conference in Cape Town, so this conference served as a reunion of sorts. South Africa is a country rich in natural resources making the heavy haul railway a vital economic link. This served as the main reason for selecting one of their main ports, Cape Town, as the host city for this quadrennial conference.