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Leszek Rafalski, Prof. D. Sc., C. Eng.


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Born: 19th October 1951 in Warsaw.

Graduated from the Warsaw Technical University, Faculty of Civil Engineering in 1977 being awarded the title of MSc. in the field of construction engineering. In the years 1977-83 he worked in Przedsiębiorstwo Robót Kolejowych nr 7 (Enterprise of Railway Works No. 7). He supervised construction of earth works, strengthening of grounds and foundation works at transport project sites.

After PhD he started in 1983 his work in the Road and Bridge Research Institute. He was dealing with problems in the field of geotechnics and particularly regarding foundations, diaphragm walls, piles, cut-off walls, road subbases, construction of  railway track subgrade and embankments. He carried out site investigations of soil properties, waste materials, soils strengthened with synthetic resins and other binding
agents. He identified properties of thixotropic hardening suspensions that he implemented into engineering practice. He supervised implementation of the results of his research works on many transport projects, among others in Warsaw underground, dam in Dębe, A-4 motorway and roads sections.

During last years he also deals with problems of transport development and particularly the state of road network, financing of transport infrastructure as well as transformations of the road and bridge enterprises.

In the years 1983-90 he managed the Laboratory of Geotechnics and since 1987 till 1990 he was also deputy head of the Department of Geotechnics in the Road and Bridge Research Institute.

In 1996 he obtained the degree of doctor of science and was appointed to the post of associate professor and subsequently professor.

Since 1990 he is General Director of the Road and Bridge Research Institute.

He is author or co-author of tens of research works and expert’s reports as well as over 60 scientific publications. He is co-author of 6 patents in the field of soil stabilisation, hardening suspensions and their application in engineering practice.

He has been appointed or elected to the following domestic scientific and professional organisations as well as scientific councils: 
  • Polish Standardisation Committee
  • Forecasting Committee “Polska 2000 Plus” at the Presidium of Polish Academy of Sciences
  • Committee of Civil and Water Engineering of the Polish Academy of Sciences – sections:
    - geotechnics
    - building materials
    - transport engineering
  • All-Polish Economic Chamber of Road Building
  • Main Council of R&D organisations
  • Scientific-Consulting Council at the Management of Warsaw Underground
He is member of Polish Geotechnics Committee and of the following international organisations:
  • Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories (FEHRL)
  • Russian National Committee of Soil Mechanics and Foundations (RNKMGIF)
  • Permanent International Association of Road Congresses (PIARC) – Committee TC-12 “Earthworks, drainage, subgrade”,
  • International Society for Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE)
He speaks English and Russian.

Major works done during the last years:

 “Studium sektorowe przedsiębiorstw branży drogowo-mostowej i surowców skalnych dla drogownictwa” (Sector study of  enterprises from the road and bridge branch and rocky raw  materials for road construction) Warsaw 1997. Analysis and directions of development of the above-mentioned branch. Manager of the team and co-author of the study
New technics for pavement strengthening and maintenance:
Proceedings of the XXth World Road Congress, Montreal, 1995. Report showing application of new technologies of strengthening and maintenance of pavements in Poland. Co-ordinator and co-author of the work
“Właściwości i zastosowanie zawiesin twardniejących” (Properties and applications of hardening suspensions) Warsaw 1995. Qualifying thesis-showing achievements of the author in the field of research and implementation of hardening suspensions. Author of the work (in Polish)
“Investment of the road sector in a country in transition: Poland”
Proceedings of the Round Table 100, European conference of Ministers of Transport. Paris, 1994. Presentation of changes regarding the road sector in Poland. Co-author of the work
“Road strengthening in Central and Eastern European Countries”
OECD, Paris 1993. OECD report elaborated by international group of experts and presenting problems of strengthening roads in Central and Eastern Europe. Co-author of work
“Modified hardening slurry for installation of steel piles”
Proceedings of Fifth International Conference on Piling and Deep Foundations, Bruges 1994. Paper presenting the results of research of piles settled in hardening slurry. Author of the work
“View point for the Central and Eastern European Countries”
Proceedings of DIVINE Conference, Rotterdam 1997, published by LAND+WATER Magazine for Civil and Environmental Engineers, 9/1997. Article presenting significance of the DIVINE programme for the countries from Central and Eastern Europe. Author of the article
Ordered research project: “Wpływ budowy i eksploatacji autostrad na przemiany systemu zagospodarowania przestrzennego w Polsce” (Influence of construction and exploitation of motorways on changes of  the system of space management in Poland)
Orderer: State Committee for Scientific Research. Manager of work and co-author
Rheological properties of fresh bentonite-cement slurries modified by selected sodium salts.
Archives of Civil Engineering, 1995. Research results of properties of slurries modified by sodium salts. Author of work
“Stan sektora drogowego w Polsce” (State of road branch in Poland) Problemy Ekonomiki Transportu No. 1/1997. Presentation of current state of road sector in Poland. Author of work
Po uzyskaniu stopnia doktora nauk technicznych rozpoczął w 1983 roku pracę w Instytucie Badawczym Dróg i Mostów. Zajmował się zagadnieniami z zakresu geotechniki, a szczególnie dotyczącymi fundamentów, ścian szczelinowych, pali, przesłon przeciwfiltracyjnych, podbudów drogowych, konstrukcji torowiska kolejowego, podtorza i nasypów. Prowadził badania właściwości gruntów, odpadów, gruntów wzmocnionych żywicami syntetycznymi i innymi spoiwami. Rozpoznał właściwości tiksotropowych zawiesin twardniejących, które wdrożył w praktyce inżynierskiej. Nadzorował wdrożenia wyników swoich badań naukowych na wielu obiektach komunikacyjnych, m.in. Warszawskim Metrze, zaporze w Dębem, autostradzie A-4 i innych odcinkach dróg.

W ostatnich latach, oprócz zagadnień dotyczących geotechniki, zajmuje się także problematyką prognozowania i strategii rozwoju transportu, organizacji i finansowania infrastruktury drogowej, rozwoju sieci drogowej a także powiązania infrastruktury transportowej Polski z Unią Europejską. Między innymi, w latach 2004-2007 koordynował prace badawcze, dotyczące zasad kształtowania sieci dróg krajowych i wojewódzkich w regionie warmińsko-mazurskim.

W latach 1983-90 kierował Laboratorium Geotechniki, a od 1987 do 1990 roku był również zastępcą kierownika Zakładu Geotechniki w Instytucie Badawczym Dróg i Mostów.

W 1996 roku uzyskał stopień doktora habilitowanego nauk technicznych i został powołany na stanowisko docenta, a następnie profesora.

Obecnie pełni funkcję Dyrektora Naczelnego w Instytucie Badawczym Dróg i Mostów

Promotor 2 doktorów nauk technicznych. Autor lub współautor około 150 prac badawczych i ekspertyz oraz ponad 100 publikacji krajowych i zagranicznych. Współautor 7 patentów z zakresu stabilizacji gruntów, zawiesin twardniejących i ich zastosowania w praktyce inżynierskiej.

 



 
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