The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
(Science and Technology)

8th Ordinary Meeting and
Annual General Meeting
of the 178th Session of the Society

High Technology Road Surfaces:
The Engineering of 21st Century Streetscapes

Derek Fordyce
Senior Lecturer, Civil and Offshore Engineering Department, Heriot-Watt University

Streets today can be designed to form a sympathetic element of the hard landscape of a city, whilst at the same time playing an active part in the ecosystem of the city environment - reducing noise, absorbing noxious gases, and collecting and filtering run-off water. The future may see surfaces that are intelligent and can adapt to the particular needs of the environment. Over the coming decade Edinburgh's streets will become an open-air laboratory for some of the latest concepts in road engineering.