Organization profile

Organisation description

The professional experience, teaching experience and participation in research processes of the members of the group Topovial, in the areas of topography, roads and transport, have managed to create expectations and knowledge necessary to solve different problems or situations that arise in the development of projects related to the fields mentioned above.

The TOPOVIAL research group is made up of members of the academic community, mostly from the District University, Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources. Assigned to the curricular projects of Topographic Engineering, Technology in Topography. And the Specialization in Urban Road, Transit and Transportation Design

The name of TOPOVIAL corresponds to the union of the themes of work around Engineering
mainly in the topics of Surveying, Geometric Design of Roads, Pavements and Transit and Transportation, themes or levels that become the object of study and that constitutes the raison d'être of the TOPOVIAL RESEARCH GROUP OF THE DISTRICT UNIVERSITY.

Specific objectives of the group and associated goals.

• Leading the theoretical and applied research of topographic and road knowledge in its different fields and areas in accordance with the lines of research that underpin the group's actions and the strategic fields formulated for its development.

• Develop research and formulate research proposals in accordance with the fields of action of research lines in Topography, roads, pavements and transport.

• Formulate and advance research projects in accordance with the lines of research that support the work of the group.

• Advocate for the dissemination of research results

• Strengthen the academic mobility of the members of the group and achieve their recognition through participation in events and academics and scientists.

• Strengthen research by seeking the qualification of its members and the formation of a community of researchers that guarantee the sustainability of the group and its products,

• Strengthen cooperation strategies through participation in networks of researchers, research groups and the formulation of research projects with scientific peers.

Strategies proposed by the group to achieve its objectives:

Strategic lines


The Line is developed through research projects. The group differentiates three levels of projects: those associated with student grade work; those of internal recognition by the University and those of external call. For the first case, each line must advance at least three projects per year. In the second level one project per year and in the third level at least 3 projects per group in a period of five years.

2. Productivity of the group.

The group's productivity is based on the research projects it advances, which through the publications policy of the university, faculty and project will disseminate their products, as follows:
to. Publishing books. At least one per year for the group
b. Publication of national journals. At least one year article by member of the group
c. International magazines. At least two articles year by group
d. Software development, applications or prototypes. At least one per group year.
and. Research projects. Those indicated in the previous item.

3. Academic events.

The group identifies two categories of academic events. The first in which he participates as an organizer or co-organizer and the second in which he participates as an assistant. In the first, the group organizes at least one event per year, whether national or international. For the second case, the members will participate in one national event per line. During the five years at least one international event per year is taken on the line.

 The categories of events can be congresses, symposia, seminars, regional and international conferences, among others.

4 Strengthening research.

The strategic line seeks to build and strengthen the research community. It develops its actions in two fields. The first is the postgraduate academic training of its members and the second is the programs to strengthen the research capacity through forms of continuing education.

The group intends that in 5 years, all members per line have masters training and at least one have doctoral training.

In the fields of continuing education, their actions include in-depth courses, refresher seminars, forums, discussion boards. training, among others. The lines must participate at least once a year in an event of this nature, either as an organizer or as an assistant.

5. Semilleros and incorporation of young researchers

This strategic line seeks to consolidate a generation of relay in the research of the group, as well as the incorporation of young researchers to guarantee its sustainability. All lines in developing research projects and directing jobs incorporate students in the modality of young researchers (three projects per year).

6. Mobility of researchers.

The line of mobility aims to strengthen and insert in the research community the research group, to consolidate its lines of research in the community and to disseminate and share its achievements and developments.
To achieve these aims, the group develops mobility in national and international fields in the exchange modality of researchers, visiting professors. The group must advance at least one mobility case per year at the national level and one per line at the international level in the next 5 years.

7 Cooperation strategies

This line of strategy of the group is based on the mobility of researchers and seeks to strengthen and consolidate the recognition of the group thanks to the actions of incorporating each line in at least two networks of researchers in their field; to present at least in the 5 years two research projects shared with other groups according to each line of research. Likewise, the group must consolidate its actions by establishing communication and exchange of experiences and products with at least 5 research groups related to its object.

8. Curricular strengthening, teaching development and social projection.

The strategic line seeks to strengthen the university functions of teaching and extension. The actions of the group represented in its lines, seek the development of new curricular initiatives, either within the curricular projects that support the group, but new ones, especially at the postgraduate level. A Masters Curriculum Project should be developed as a basis for the group's research work. But also, curriculum flexibility must find in the investigations advanced by the different lines, modernization options.


The mission of the TOPOVIAL research group is to formulate and develop research processes in the areas of Surveying, Roads and Transport at local, regional and national level according to the country's development needs and processes.

The research group TOPOVIAL advances research on the movement of people and goods on the road, interrelated with the description of the shape of the earth to obtain the best mathematical and physical modeling of the same, which allow to have an ideal medium for this movement that allows it to be carried out safely, comfortably, quickly and economically.


Topovial has as vision to be a leader group in processes and research projects in the areas of Topography, Roads, Pavements and Transportation; for which it is intended that the group be recognized by Colciencias in the short term and that also in the medium and long term have continuity and timeliness in production and results.

The group assumes the challenge that by producing theoretical and applied knowledge contributes to the goals of the economic and social development of the country and makes significant contributions to achieve a society more just, sustainable and in harmony with the environment.

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Asphalt Engineering & Materials Science
asphalt Chemical Compounds
Asphalt mixtures Engineering & Materials Science
Granular materials Engineering & Materials Science
Pavements Engineering & Materials Science
Aging of materials Engineering & Materials Science
Durability Engineering & Materials Science
Binders Engineering & Materials Science

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Projects 2009 2015

Research Output 2010 2016

  • 10 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution
7 Citations (Scopus)

Behavior of gilsonite-modified hot mix asphalt by wet and dry processes

Quintana, H. A. R., Noguera, J. A. H. & Bonells, C. F. U., Feb 1 2016, In : Journal of Materials in Civil Engineering. 28, 2, 04015114.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Characterization of a warm mix asphalt containing reclaimed asphalt pavements

Rondón, H. A., Urazán, C. F. & Chávez, S. B., 2015, Airfield and Highway Pavements 2015: Innovative and Cost-Effective Pavements for a Sustainable Future - Proceedings of the 2015 International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), p. 19-30 12 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Asphalt pavements
Foamed products
Asphalt mixtures
4 Citations (Scopus)

Mezclas asfálticas tibias: Revisión desde el punto de vista técnico, económico y ambiental

Translated title of the contribution: A review of warm mix asphalt technology: Technical, economical and environmental aspectsRondón-Quintana, H. A., Hernández-Noguera, J. A. & Reyes-Lizcano, F. A., Dec 1 2015, In : Ingenieria e Investigacion. 35, 3, p. 5-18 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Asphalt mixtures