Thomas Mattinzioli

Thomas Mattinzioli
University of Granada | UGR · Department of Civil Projects & Construction Engineering

PhD Researcher


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I am researching sustainable infrastructures, covering primarily sustainable rating systems, LCA and LCCA.
Additional affiliations
November 2018 - March 2020
University of Granada
  • PhD Student
  • Research topics: -Life Cycle Assessment of Asphalt Pavements -Life Cycle Cost Analysis of Asphalt Pavements -Rating Systems for Infrastructure, Roadways and Pavements
September 2013 - June 2017
The University of Sheffield
Field of study
  • Masters of Civil Engineering with Spanish (MEng)


Publications (9)
This article focuses on the study and design of rail pads from recycled plastics for their application in railway tracks, aiming to reduce environmental impacts produced from virgin materials. For this purpose, sustainable rail pads were designed and manufactured using two separate locally recycled plastics: high-density polyethylene from plastic b...
For the full abatement of road construction emissions and the enhancement of green public procurement, the embodied environmental and social impacts of asphalt mixture typologies must be better understood. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to explore the environmental impact of five key asphalt mixtures classes (dense-graded, gap-graded, open-gr...
The present paper focuses on an initial assessment into the applicability of sensored sustainable pads, made from recycled polymers and embedded with commonly-accessible piezoelectrics. These sensing devices were used as smart rail pads and inside bituminous sub-ballast to monitor traffic and track state by measuring the stress variations in the co...
In order to achieve current sustainability and circular economy targets, the use of cleaner practices is required. Therefore, for the abatement of emissions in a cost-effective way, the use of waste materials, reduced manufacturing temperatures, and the increased use of bio-based materials should be explored in the asphalt pavement sector. In respo...
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Purpose Current asphalt pavement life cycle assessment implementation limitations are in part linked to data availability. On top of this, there is currently a trend towards the creation of open-source accessible data for pavement LCA. Therefore, the objective of this study is to undertake a comprehensive assessment of open-source data for the “cra...
Over the last two decades, an increase in social awareness has occurred regarding the sustainability of all areas of human activity. Engineering and construction projects are no exceptions to this trend. In order for project developers to make their social corporate responsibility policies visible, many companies have opted for certification method...
Multiple rating systems have been established to enhance the sustainable design and management of roadway projects. These systems are based on current best practices and demonstrate significant potential for assisting project managers in achieving environmentally sustainable and socially resilient smart transportation assets. HFowever, as it stands...
Rising detrimental global environmental statistics and measurable effects have caused the sustainable building concept to gain momentum. As a result, many sustainable building rating systems and assessment tools have been conceived and are being put into practice around the world. However, with different regions producing their own different interp...


Question (1)
Hi all,
Doing my PhD focusing of life cycle assessment, I was wondering whether it would be recommended to pursue a certification to further validate my LCA knowledge? Or if I can show I have published research papers on the subject, is that more than enough?
Many thanks


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Project (1)
The TC WMR is investigating the feasibility of recycling waste material into asphalt mixture. Part of the answer is linked to the environmental impact that these apparently sustainable solutions might have. Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) is nowadays the methodology most used to quantify environmental impact of products and/or process, however LCA exercises are very much dependent on assumptions of each analyst, hence stakeholders are still not that confident to use LCA results for decision-making. On this basis, this TG5 on “Environmental assessment of WMR asphalt” will hence try to carry out an inter-laboratory exercise aiming at the following objectives: • Are WMR environmental-friendly?: Once inter-laboratory benchmarking exercise will be finalised, the TG5 will carry out a comparative analysis of the manufacturing (cradle- to-gate) of WMR asphalt mixtures (to be selected) with more conventional asphalt mixture technologies. • Benchmarking Asphalt mixtures: The inter-laboratory test will allow the coordination to collect primary data to perform a benchmarking exercise that could provide recommendations typical values of CO2 and Energy for different categories of asphalt mixtures. • Training members: Asphalt technologists are still not too familiar when carrying out LCA, the TG5 hence represents a platform to train researchers in performing LCA of pavement materials according to the most recent standard and procedures. Furthermore, via collecting results from different laboratories also the level of uncertainty of results and input values will be assessed.