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Scoping Study for a Location Referencing Model to Support the BIM Environment

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This webinar, outlines the impact of BIM technology on location referencing and the proposed new theoretical framework to develop a National Location Reference Hub. 

It covers:
• importance of critical business models for Austroads asset management harmonisation
• interpretations of location, location reference methods (LRM) and location reference systems (LRS)
• roles of the LRM families
• significance of routable networks and the implications of dynamic location reference standards from intelligent transportation systems (ITS) on static asset management
• potential for development using open systems and principals-IFC, Semantic Web, OpenLR
• role that a National Hub could play in future management of road asset network infrastructure.

The webinar was presented on 25 July 2018 by Dr Russell Kenley and Dr Richard Yeo.

Appropriate Use of Marginal and Non-standard Materials in Road Construction and Maintenance

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This webinar outlines ways to optimise the use of marginal and non-standard materials and gain best value from the successful performance of standard materials.

It covers:
• applying a proposed assessment process to a wider suite of material types for use in sealed roads
• future directions in this research
• an evaluation framework for materials, including improvements through different forms of stabilisation
• case studies that better assess the optimum use of non-standard road-building materials evaluated on a life-cycle cost basis.

The webinar was presented on 17 July 2018 by Mick Savage, Tyrone Toole and Zia Rice.

Network Performance Indicators

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This webinar outlines a set of principles for the presentation of Austroads' Network Performance Indicators which could underpin increased use and application across road agencies in Australasia for both current and future iterations.

It covers:
• how performance is measured in other areas and sectors
• eight key principles for presentation of road performance data
• insights from an industry practice review
• implications of the principles for the Network Performance Indicators.

The webinar was presented on 12 July 2018 by Ben Mason, Paul Carter and Callum Hooper.

Connected and Automated Vehicles Trials

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This webinar provides an overview of progress and key lessons learnt from three major Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) trials in Australia.

It covers: 
• ARRB/ConnectEast/VicRoads development of road certification criteria for partially automated vehicles on motorways through testing of a range of vehicles equipped with traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control.
• Queensland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative’s C-ITS Pilot which is testing eight C-ITS use-cases on 500 vehicles on arterial and motorway roads in Ipswich.
• NSW Centre for Road Safety Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative’s (CITI) project which is the first large scale evaluation of C-ITS applications in heavy vehicles.

The webinar was presented on 3 July 2018 by Chris Jones, Niko Limans, Samantha Taylor, Dr Miranda Blogg and John Wall.

Guideline for Continual Improvement Processes for Asset Management

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This webinar provides an overview of a guideline that aims to provide asset management practitioners with an understanding of the factors that contribute to enabling and sustaining continual improvement.

It covers:
• the factors that contribute to achieving and sustaining continual improvement.
• how to create an environment conducive to continual improvement
• approaches to identify, evaluation and prioritise continual improvement initiatives
• how to implement and monitor initiative to sustain and build on success.

The webinar was presented on 28 June 2018 by Aneurin Hughes and Stephen Walker.

Benefits of Safety and Traffic Management Technologies

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This webinar summarises the results of a domestic and international review of recently-developed ITS technologies.

It covers:
• technologies that were evaluated, including a qualitative indication of their costs and benefits 
• evaluation methodology that was developed to evaluate the quality of published ITS performance studies.

The webinar was presented on 19 June 2018 by Dr Glenn Geers.

Guidelines and Specifications for Microsurfacing

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This webinar provides an overview of the updated Austroads microsurfacing guidelines and model specification.

It covers:
• major changes to the microsurfacing guidelines and specifications 
• related test methods
• materials and emerging technologies.

The webinar was presented on 14 June 2018 by Steve Patrick.

Updated Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool (2018)

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This webinar provides an introduction to the Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool and a demonstration on how to use it with a fully worked example. The tool is designed to help Australian and New Zealand practitioners select the most appropriate type of pedestrian crossing based on walkability, safety and economic outcomes.

It covers:
• the research and analytical models used to inform the tool
• recent improvements to the functionality
• how to access and use the tool in an applied context.

The webinar was presented on 29 May 2018 by Dave Smith and Dr Stacy Rendall.

Best Practice in Road Safety Infrastructure Programs

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This webinar provides best practice recommendations for the development of Road Safety Infrastructure Programs (RSIPs) that align with the safe system approach.

It covers:
• a best practice structure for the development and implementation of RSIPs
• guidance to demonstrate how program development and implementation can be improved to make greater fatal and serious casualty savings from road safety infrastructure investment
• case studies of current best and good practice
• recommendations towards the implementation of findings including benchmarking industry progress.

The webinar was presented on 15 May 2018 by Paul Durdin and Dave Smith.

Towards Safe System Infrastructure

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This webinar, provides an overview of the new Austroads compendium of knowledge on Safe System treatments and real world experience in the practical application of solutions that can mitigate crash severity. It outlines information covered in a series of workshops on the translation of the Safe System approach, enabling attendees to consider the application of the theories onto their own road networks.

It covers the:
• new Austroads compendium on Safe System infrastructure relating to planning, designing and managing roads and roadsides
• origins of the Safe System and current implementation
• Safe System solutions that can be used to address key crash types
• tools that have been developed to help align infrastructure projects with Safe System outcomes.

The webinar was presented on 10 May 2018 by Associate Professor Jeremy Woolley and Dr Blair Turner.