Louw du Plessis has over 23 years' experience conducting research with the Heavy Vehicle Simulator (HVS) nationally and internationally. Louw is a member of the committee on Full-Scale Accelerated Pavement Testing (AFD 40) of The Transportation Research Board (TRB) in the USA, co-chair of a subcommittee on Accelerated Pavement Testing at TRB and is a member of the Executive Committee of the HVS International Alliance (HVSIA).
Louw du Plessis has served on numerous technical committees at international conferences and has over 85 published conference papers, project reports and journal articles. He regularly acts as technical reviewer for international conferences and journals.
Du Plessis is a registered professional engineer and has completed four degrees: BSc (Mathematics and Applied Mathematics), BEng (Civil Engineering), BEng (Hons) (Transportation Engineering), MEng (Transportation Engineering) and is currently busy with his PhD (Transportation Engineering).
Du Plessis has been involved in the development and refinement of ultra-thin concrete technology at the CSIR since 2002 and is currently developing the first structural design guideline of Ultra-Thin Reinforced Concrete Pavements (UTRCP).