About the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology

Our ​mission

  • A focus on emerging and innovative technologies
  • State-of-the-art research infrastructure in areas of design, materials, construction, preservation, automation, safety, and management for:
    • Tackling specific problems
    • Developing new technologies
    • Training skilled people
  • An increase in the talent pool of skilled people
  • Technology transfer
  • Sustained partnerships

The Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology (CPATT) is a partnership between universities, the public sector, and the private sector, involving a board of advisors and a research team responsible for the planning, management, and conduct of the research program. This is possible with the use of the central lab facility at the University of Waterloo, the main field lab facility, a test site at Waterloo Region's Waste Management Facility, as well as a number of satellite test sites and liaisons with other labs.

In studying the preservation and replacement of Canada's $3 trillion worth of public infrastructure, CPATT's work embraces structural design, construction and maintenance technology, materials and geotechnical engineering, field evaluation methods, equipment and data processing, intelligent transportation systems and safety, as well as risk and reliability methods. Over the past four decades, the program has garnered an extensive track record of educational, research and professional achievements.

The formation of CPATT has been made possible by a $6 million research infrastructure funding package from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Innovation Trust (OIT), McAsphalt Industries Limited, the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, and the Ministry of Transportation Ontario (MTO), as well as a $3 million operational support package from the Ontario Research and Development Foundation (ORDCF), Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association (OHMPA), Stantec Consulting Limited, and several other partners.