Martin Snaith qualified from Trinity College, Dublin in 1968 followed by two University research attachments, one in Dublin and one at Nottingham resulting in an MSc and a PhD in the dynamic testing of pavement subgrades for the US Army Corps of Engineers and bituminous paving materials for the TRL(UK), respectively.
Following that he spent time overseas with the Ministry of Works in Kenya and then returned to academia in Dublin as a Post-Doctoral Fellow and thereafter at Queens University as a Lecturer which was followed by the post of Overseas Development Senior Lecturer at the University of Birmingham and later a Chair, deputy Dean and Pro-Vice-Chancellor.
He stepped down from that position in 2002 and has since been an Emeritus Professor assisting the Engineering School and University. He is a founding Director of both Highway Management Services Ltd and the international consortium known as HDMGlobal which is the World Road Association chosen custodian of the HDM suite of economic analysis programs for highways responsible for development, marketing and selling them on behalf of its stakeholders including the World Road Association.
Since 2002 he has, and is, working for a number of clients. He has variously advised, audited, implemented, lectured or researched road systems in Australia, Bangladesh, China, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia and the United Kingdom (UK). In the UK he has worked for many years with the Roads Service of Northern Ireland (RSNI), the National Audit Office (UK), the Northern Ireland Audit Office, the National Audit Commission (UK), Highways England (Independent panel member for six years for the annual Performance Management Review of their innovative M25 DBFO contract) and “British Aid” (DFID) for whom he is currently acting as Chair of the Steering Committee for their major “High Volume Transportation” research programme for Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia.
Whilst researching with the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) he further developed a system, in use there, for the capitalisation of the road asset for use elsewhere using more network-wide “coarse” data. Working with the RSNI he implemented such an enhanced network based process suited to Northern Ireland, which has now been in use for some twelve years. He is currently assisting with a World Bank funded implementation of a similar system for Yunnan province of China with RoadMainT of China.