Federal Highway Research Institute

Aerial view of duraBASt

duraBASt – the BASt Demonstration, Investigation and Reference Area

The roads in Germany need to be prepared for the challenges posed by the increase in freight traffic, climate change, energy revolution and scarcity of raw materials. BASt's task is to create the conditions for this. The aim is to build and operate a road infrastructure that is safe, reliable, low-emission and sustainable.

BASt is pursuing these goals with its Demonstration, Investigation and Reference Area – duraBASt for short. Investigation fields and demonstrators enable realistic tests on a scale of 1:1. Construction material mixtures, building methods or building processes are loaded time-intensively and thus tested for their durability. The time required from the idea of an innovation to its standard application can thus be significantly shortened. BASt is the point of contact for the construction industry and the building authorities in Germany, Europe and the world.

The quality assurance the quality of the measurement vehicles engaged in monitoring and assessing (ZEB) road surfaces is carried out on various reference sections of the duraBASt. They set new standards for the approval of these measuring vehicles. The reference sections make a significant contribution to improving the recording of road damage and maintenance planning.

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