(1832 - 1886)
Abogado y profesor. Notable escritor sobre temas de Jurisprudencia, Literatura y Filosofía. Publicó importantes artículos sobre Derecho, Literatura y Filosofía a partir de 1850 en las más importantes publicaciones periódicas de la época.
Technical Sciences
1999 | “Equipment and sustainable procedures for the technical inspection of highways in accordance with safety criteria and comfort of the traffic".
Main author: Eduardo Eutiquio Díaz García.

Pavement quality in rural and urban roads is one of the most critical and expensive aspects in road conservation. The optimization of asphalt layers’ conservation has economic and social effects, for its incidence in minimizing maintenance and vehicular circulation costs, as well as in traffic safety.

The following results have been reached with this work:

  • Creating, adjusting, developing and applying equipment to measure pavement's superficial characteristics and road signposting;
  • Recommending a minimum tire-pavement friction coefficient value to achieve safe circulation operations in highways;
  • Creating the Friction Pattern to determine the tire-pavement friction coefficient value to any speed and to know the drivers' Minimum Braking Distance;
  • Creating the state index of traffic signs to evaluate their conservation state;
  • Creating the Safety - Comfort index for the diagnosis of these characteristics in tracts of highways stretchs;
  • Integrating all the teams and procedures created in a system for the Evaluation and Diagnosis of Highways, SEDC and applying the System in 547 km-rail of highways.

This work is important not only for the weight that highways’ economy has on national economy and on pavement, its more expensive component for its constant renovation; but also for the incidence that a defective highway has on operation costs and on the security of half million of vehicles that operate in the country nowadays, with strong growth tendency. It can be made a similar valuation regarding signposting maintenance.

Conjugating expenses and exploitation conservation, with risks criteria, will allow saving one of the most important values in our heritage as a country, 17 000 Kms of paved highways and 15 000 Kms of asphalted streets, only comparable with developed countries for their extension, density, accessibility and basic infrastructural quality, being tourism one of the main supports of our development potentialities.