Bios of Prof. Alex T. Visser

photo-visserProf. Alex T Visser, PhD, PrEng, Steering Committee Member of IICTG

Emeritus Professor of Transportation Engineering

Address: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Pretoria. Pretoria, 0002, South Africa

Phone: +27-12-420 3168


Alex Visser retired as the SA Roads Board Professor in Transportation Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 2009.  He participated in the original World Bank initiated Brazil study as the expatriate specialist in pavement studies between 1975 and 1979 to perform research that led to the models being used in Highway Development and Management package (HDM-4).  His career involved research and teaching.

The focus of his research has been all aspects of pavements, namely materials, design, maintenance, rehabilitation and management.  Specifically his fields of research interest are low volume road design and maintenance, roads for ultra-heavy applications (mine haul roads and container terminals), interlocking block paving, and road management systems.  He has published extensively and lectures internationally on these topics.  Since retiring from the full-time employment at the University he has also provided advice on projects around the world.

He is a Fellow and Past-President of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and a Fellow of the South African Academy of Engineering.  He has been active in the Transportation Research Board and was elected Emeritus Member of the Low-volume Roads committee for more than 20 years of service in 2006. He is also a Fellow of the Society for Asphalt Technology.  He has been listed annually in Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World since the 14th Edition, 1997.

His research work has been featured in over 200 peer reviewed journal and conference publications.  His publications may be found on Google Scholar https

He has received more than 20 awards for his research and publications.