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Improving the Reliability of Heavy Vehicle Parameters to Support More Accurate Traffic Modelling in Australia and New Zealand

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This webinar provides an overview of ways to more accurately model heavy vehicle movements during interrupted traffic flows in Australia and New Zealand.

It covers:

  • background and results of the Austroads project
  • heavy vehicle characteristics relevant to intersection capacity such as length and width, clearance space, acceleration and deceleration
  • heavy vehicle parameter development for traffic modelling software - SIDRA, LINSIG, VISSIM and AIMSUN, based on video survey and calibration.

The webinar presented on 9 December 2019 by Dr Young Li and TK Kim.

Standardisation of ITS Technology Asset Management Datasets

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This webinar provides an overview of the first version of the standardised condition and performance datasets for intelligent transport systems (ITS) assets.

ITS assets are technologies placed in vehicles and infrastructure to improve the safety and efficiency of transport systems.

You will learn about:

  • how to define ITS asset criticality
  • the gaps in the ITS asset data that currently exist
  • case studies on jurisdictional data collection and standardised KPIs for performance reporting
  • benefit-cost-analysis for the implementation of the data standard
  • how Auckland Motorways adopted the data standard and the insights and benefits gained.

The webinar was presented on 5 December 2019, by Dr Clarissa Han and Dean Parker.

Australasian Road Asset Data Standard – Opportunities for Local Government

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This webinar outlines how local road managers can use the data standard and engage with collaboration activities, to provide access to new asset management and maintenance insights with minimal impact on workload. 

It covers:

  • the Austroads Data Standard’s design, and definitions, and the multiple ways it can be used
  • how harmonised data sets are being used to promote benefits at local and national levels
  • how this supports national transport and infrastructure reform actions
  • how the collaboration process works, and the insights gained from local government currently participating
  • how harmonised data sets provide new asset management insights.

The webinar was presented on 29 November 2019 by Angus Draheim, Georgia O’Cianain, Ashish Shah and Muhammad Khatree.

Infrastructure Changes to Support Automated Vehicles on Rural and Metropolitan Highways and Freeways

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This webinar provides an overview of the gaps in current physical and digital road infrastructure to support connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) on Australian and New Zealand highways and freeways. 

It covers:

  • what infrastructure readiness is required for CAVs
  • results of the extensive field audit
  • how current infrastructure standards compare to the requirements for CAV readiness
  • what actions are appropriate to take now given the uncertainty that remains
  • how this project complements other Austroads projects to build a more complete picture of progress readiness for CAVs.

The webinar was presented on 7 November 2019 by John Wall, Andrew Somers and Anthony Germanchev.

Properties of General-purpose Cement with Increased Percentages of Limestone

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This webinar provides an overview of an Austroads project that investigated whether cements with elevated limestone content would perform satisfactorily in ambient-cured and precast concretes subjected to aggressive exposure conditions.

The webinar was presented on 15 October 2019 by Dr Ahmad Shayan and Fred Andrews-Phaedonos. 

Vehicles as a Workplace

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This webinar provides an overview of the ‘Vehicles as a Workplace: Work Health & Safety Guide' from a safety, regulatory and industry perspective.

The Vehicles as a Workplace Guide provides practical risk management guidance for individuals and organisations who use vehicles on public roads for work.

The guide describes a process for dealing with road traffic hazards in line with work health and safety (WHS) legislation and road traffic safety principles. It covers all vehicle use in road traffic and complements other legislative requirements that apply to businesses whose primary purpose is transport, such as bus, truck or taxi operators.

The webinar was presented on 9 October 2019 by Martin Small, Grant Phillips, Mace Hartley and Peter Daly.

Key Freight Routes – Heavy Vehicle Usage Data Project

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This webinar provides an overview of an Austroads project that analysed telematics data to explore how heavy vehicles use Key Freight Routes.

It covers:

  • the methodology used in preparing the research
  • outcomes of discussions with industry and other stakeholders
  • key recommendations from the report
  • recent updates to the National Telematics Framework which support the recommendations including: new telematics applications at different levels of assurance, release of the Telematics Data Exchange, and accessibility of data to road managers and other stakeholders.

The webinar was presented on 3 October 2019 by Tim Renowden and Gavin Hill.

National View on Regional and Remote Road Safety

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This webinar provides an overview of the causes and contributing factors behind road crashes in regional and remote areas, and strategic guidance to identify the best approaches to eliminate harm.

It covers:

  • key current road safety issues in regional and remote areas based on crash data and the research literature
  • stakeholder perspectives on current issues
  • evidence-based measures and new initiatives for improving road safety in regional and remote areas
  • recommendations, aligned with the Safe System approach, that provide strategic directions for future actions
  • future opportunities for regional and remote road safety.

The webinar was presented on 1 October 2019 by Melissa Watts and Dr Lisa Wundersitz.

Dangerous Goods in Tunnels

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This webinar provides an overview of an Austroads project that examined the passage of dangerous good through Australasian road tunnels, and continuing studies on this topic.

It covers:

  • the background of the project
  • a standardised methodology to guide the assessment of risk and the variations between existing tunnels and tunnels entering the design phase
  • current national and international practice
  • the next stage of the study.

The webinar was presented on 12 September 2019 by Nigel Casey and Bruce Dandie.

Opportunities in Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

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This webinar provides an overview of the concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and the opportunities it presents for transport agencies in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ).

Mobility as a Service refers to the shift from personally-owned transport modes to mobility solutions that are consumed as a service. This project explored industry definitions, service characteristics, global best practice, and ways ANZ transport agencies are harnessing the risks and opportunities associated with MaaS.  

It covers:

  • why there is no single definition of MaaS
  • international and local transport agency experience in MaaS initiatives
  • common features of the mobility and service environments that support MaaS
  • potential roles for the public sector in supporting MaaS outcomes.

The webinar was presented by Mary Haverland and Pete Davis.