Dr. Carlos M. Chang Elected President of iSMARTi in Global Election

In a worldwide voting process, Dr. Carlos M. Chang has been elected as the President of the International Society for Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Transport Infrastructure (iSMARTi) for the next four years. The mission of iSMARTi is to foster international cooperation among engineers, scientists, and professionals across various disciplines. At the core of this mission is the global dissemination, advancement, and effective implementation of knowledge in infrastructure maintenance and rehabilitation.

Voting for President of iSMARTi 2024-2027

Dr. Carlos Chang’s Candidature for iSMARTi President 2024-2027

Dr. Carlos Chang has been nominated to serve as the next President of iSMARTi 2024-2027”. We are sharing Dr. Chang’s Vision Statement with his proposal for iSMARTi and brief resume.

See work proposal and resume: Download here

ICG wishes Dr. Chang success with his proposal that counts on with our support and hopes that iSMARTi continues growing every year.

If you attended the 5-ICTI-2022 (5th International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure) you are considered an iSMARTi member at no additional cost.

You can express your support for Dr. Chang’s nomination and vote following these instructions.

To vote: (Deadline Date: January 27, 2024)
Send an e-mail to: maireinfra2023@gmail.com

Subject: Voting for President of iSMARTi 2024-2027
1. Candidate’s name that you vote for:
2. Your name: …
3. Address of your affiliation: 5-ICTI-2022
4. Explain why you are voting for this candidate: …


10th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements

Guimarães | Portugal | July 24-26, 2024

The University of Minho is very pleased to announce the 10th International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Pavements (MAIREPAV10), which will be held in Guimarães on July 24-26, 2024.

MAIREPAV10 conference aims to promote and discuss the state-of-the-art on design, assessment, observation, maintenance, rehabilitation, and management of pavements.

MAIREPAV10 is focused on sustainable maintenance and rehabilitation of pavements which is becoming a key challenge in most countries. Thus, the primary objective of this conference is to exchange state-of-the-art know-how and innovation among researchers, government and private agencies, consultants and constructors for building and maintaining long-lasting road pavements.

Key Dates

Paper submission 30th November 2023
Notification of paper evaluation 31st December 2023
Final paper submission 31st January 2024
Final paper acceptation 28th February 2024
Early registration, including speakers and authors 24th March 2024
Final programme 30th April 2024
Final registration 21st June 2024
Conference 24th – 26th July 2024

See Flyer Invitation: Download here




The Second International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Constructed Infrastructure Facilities

Honolulu | USA | 16 -19 August 2023

Our congratulations to Prof. Hosin “David” Lee and the entire organizing committee, for the success and achievements in realizing “The Second International Conference on Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Constructed Infrastructure Facilities” (MAIREINFRA 2023)
See comments: https://www.icsc2019.org/news/
See program: Download here
Also, share the following link with your colleagues if they are interested in reading about the presented papers.

Best Paper Award 2022 on Transportation Infrastructure


Best Paper Award 2022 on Transportation Infrastructure

ICG and ISMARTI organize a competition for the best papers 2022 on transport infrastructure. In the first call, the papers presented and approved by the International Scientific Committee 5-ICTI-2022 will be published in the proceedings of the “5th International Conference on Transportation Infrastructure, to be held in Lima, from 10 to 13 August 2022.

First, second and third place will receive an electronic certificate and will have the option to publish their paper in Infrastructures Magazine https://www.mdpi.com/journal/infrastructures (after the normal peer review procedure). Contact: congresos@icg.org.pe

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants: Central is the world’s second best restaurant



Central, a restaurant run by Peruvian chefs Virgilio Martínez and Pía León, was voted the second best restaurant in the world in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The prestigious ranking was announced this afternoon.

The gala, which brought together the best chefs in the world, was held this Monday at Old Billingsgate in London.

Central, located in Lima, has moved up two places in the ranking. Last year it was ranked fourth best in the world. It was also voted Best Restaurant in South America in 2021.

The gala also gave another great news to Peruvian gastronomy. Maido, by chef Mitsuharu Tsumura, ranked 11th in the ranking.

In addition, the Mayta restaurant, by the renowned Jaime Pesaque, ranked 32nd on the list. It had previously been included in the prestigious list of the 50 Best Latam.

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a list compiled by gastronomic experts from all over the planet, celebrates its 20th anniversary in London, its home from 2003 to 2015 before it traveled to New York, Melbourne (Australia), Bilbao (Spain) and Singapore and the pandemic hiatus.

More information in: www.centralrestaurante.com.pe

What is new when traveling to Machu Picchu?

Prevention protocol before Covid-19 for the attention of tourist visits in the llaqta or Inca city of Machu Picchu

  • Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is fully open.
  • To board the trains they no longer request face shields. Temperature checks are also not necessary. You must be fully vaccinated to board the trains.
  • To board the buses to Machu Picchu, you need to be fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID test.
  • Use of a double surgical mask or a KN95.
  • Social distancing of 1 meter.
  • Hand disinfection with the supplies provided at the time of entry.
  • Forbidden to consume food during the visit.

In addition to this, remember that a total of 3,000 visitors can enter daily at up to nine different times that go from 06:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
In addition, the archaeological center has recently been adapted so that the groups cross each other as few times as possible through the 4 defined unidirectional circuits. Added to this is the disinfection of homes and commercial premises carried out in the district of Machu Picchu Pueblo in the previous months.
These safety and health protocols that both the citadel of Machu Picchu and the PeruRail train service operator have implemented seek that travelers from all over the world can enjoy this world wonder, requiring the active participation and commitment of visitors.
Prohibitions during your visit to the citadel of Machu Picchu
During your visit to the Historic Sanctuary of Machu Picchu, the following is prohibited, among other things:

  • Carry backpacks, bags or handbags larger than 40x35x20 cm (16x14x8 inches).
  • Enter with food and household items.
  • Carry canes, umbrellas, parasols, portable seats, tripods, supports or extensions for cameras, cell phones or any other stabilization or extension element for filming and/or photography.
  • Enter with animals, with the exception of guide dogs.
  • Make loud or annoying noises such as clapping, shouting, whistling or singing, among others.
  • Causing a riot, jumping, lying down, running, undressing or creating disorder.
  • Climb or lean on walls and/or structures. Touch, move or extract lithic elements.
  • Disturb, collect or extract flora or fauna.
  • Smoking, vaping or carrying out any type of fire.
  • Throw waste of any kind.

Peru Travel Restrictions Updates – COVID

Updated on May 10, 2022. The use of masks in open spaces is optional in some regions such as Lima.

New Restrictions to Enter Peru

  • Peruvians, resident foreigners and non-resident foreigners over 12 years of age, regardless of their country of origin, must prove that they have completed the vaccination against Coronavirus.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
  • Children under the age of 12 can board the plane without a PCR test as long as they are asymptomatic.
  • People who show symptoms when entering the country’s territory will be monitored and will be subject to mandatory 14-day isolation.
  • Everyone entering Peru must complete the “Electronic Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization” within 72 hours prior to travel.

Restrictions within Peru:

  • Those over 12 years of age will be able to board interprovincial flights and buses only if they are fully vaccinated.
  • Unvaccinated individuals must present a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
  • Those over 18 years of age must have a booster shot to board domestic flights and ground transportation.
  • Otherwise, they must submit a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours.
  • Everyone must complete the “Electronic Affidavit of Health and Geolocation Authorization.”

Border Restrictions:
All land borders are open, travelers must be vaccinated to board.
Wearing a mask is mandatory in all public areas:

  • In Áncash, Ica, Lima, the use of masks in open spaces is optional.
  • The other regions, the use of masks is mandatory in all public places; 1 KN95 mask or 1 3-ply disposable mask + 1 reusable cloth mask is required.

Central de Peru is the fourth best restaurant in the world and the first in South America in 2021.

Chef Virgilio Martínez and Pía León, recognized for their gastronomic exploration of Peru’s biodiversity, Central de Peru is the fourth best restaurant in the world and the first in South America in 2021. “The Central team, with the research center Mater Initiative, make up a group of expeditioners full of curiosity about Peru”, defines himself, where he signs a singular commitment to rediscover products, which go from the Coast to the Amazon, with the Andes as the axis, and to translate them into creative dishes. It is the gastronomic verticality of a chef, who prefers to take risks and move away from the most orthodox avant-garde to observe “the world from a different level” and create recipes that are accompanied by height measured in meters according to the origin of their ingredients (sometimes undocumented and cataloged by the chef and his team). Central is a restaurant with two floors, capacity for around 70 diners and a glazed kitchen overlooking the dining room, from where you can see Virgilio Martínez and Pía León finishing and checking dishes on the show.

As beverage options, the menus can be harmonized with a pairing of wines or juices (non-alcoholic), also made with Andean ingredients and under a format designed by the sommelier, coordinated with the kitchen and pastry team. “It’s about using ingredients from the same heights to complement the food.” In addition, at the entrance of the restaurant, there is a cocktail bar, an area with a bar, high stools and an informal menu of dishes, various non-alcoholic drinks and interesting cocktails, many based on a ‘made in Central’ philosophy.

More information in: www.centralrestaurante.com.pe