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Lean Construction: Responding to the Productivity Challenge Faced by the Construction Industry

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This webinar provides an overview of the Lean approach to construction project delivery.

It covers

  • lean principles, practices and techniques
  • key differences of traditional and lean construction
  • case studies demonstrating the outcomes that can be achieved
  • the current state of lean construction in Australia.

This webinar was presented on 16 May 2019 by Christina Levinson.

Updated Guidance for the Design of New Pavement for Road Tunnels

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This webinar gives an overview of the key changes to the Guide to Road Tunnels Part 2: Planning, Design and Commissioning.

It covers

  • the design criteria for pavements in tunnels
  • how the pavement may form the tunnel floor structure
  • typical pavement profiles in tunnels
  • the common pavement wearing surfaces
  • allowances to consider for the construction and maintenance of the tunnel and pavement.

The webinar presented on 30 April 2019 by George Vorobieff.

Guide to Pavement Technology Part 4D: Stabilised Materials

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This webinar gives as overview of the key changes to the Guide and the significant advances in the areas of stabilisation or road pavements.

It covers improvements to the Guide including:

  • categories of stabilised materials
  • binder selection
  • mix design of cementitiously stabilised materials 
  • mix design of lime stabilised subgrades
  • mix design of foamed bitumen stabilised materials.

The webinar was presented presented on 11 April 2019 by Geoff Jameson.

A National Approach to Measuring Non-fatal Crash Outcomes

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This webinar gives an overview of an Austroads pilot project to improve the measurement and reporting of serious injury crashes.

It covers

  • background and objectives of the study
  • the data provision, preparation and analysis
  • statistical results such as non-fatal hospitalised roads injury cases
  • conclusions from Stage 1 of the project and recommendations.

The webinar was presented on 4 April 2019 by Professor James Harrison and Dr Angela Watson.

Road Risk Assessment, Case Studies and Engagement Guidance for Speed Management

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This webinar provides an overview of Infrastructure Risk Rating - a simple road assessment methodology designed to assess road safety risk at a network level, primarily as an input to the speed limit setting process.

It covers:

  • case studies demonstrating speed management interventions that were successfully applied in Australia and New Zealand
  • good practice guidance for engagement and consultation to effectively implement speed management interventions
  • the Infrastructure Risk Rating Tool which allows Infrastructure Risk Rating to be calculated for a road segment by selecting key road and roadside attributes
  • recommendations towards the implementation of the findings of the project.

The webinar was presented on 26 March 2019 by Haris Zia and Dale Harris.

Guide to Road Safety Part 6: Managing Road Safety Audits

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This webinar provides an overview of the new Guide to Road Safety Part 6: Managing Road Safety Audits.

It covers

  • the defined roles, requirements and expectations of the Project Sponsor, Project Manager and Audit Team Leader towards an optimal outcome
  • where road safety audits sit within contemporary operating environments and contexts and how we can best embed and integrate the road safety audit process within Safe System thinking
  • how findings (risks) and treatment options can be categorised by the extent of their ‘alignment’ to the Safe System
  • the next steps - the consolidation of the new Part 6 (management) and Part 6A (implementation)

The webinar was presented on 21 March 2019 by Paul Hillier, Kenn Beer and Joseph Le.

Developing the Data to Support Heavy Vehicle Road Reforms

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This webinar provides an update on Austroads’ project to develop the data to support the Heavy Vehicle Road Reforms.

It covers

  • the background of the heavy vehicle road reforms
  • how the Heavy Vehicle Infrastructure Rating is calculated and used
  • online tools that have made the process of gathering data, producing ratings and sharing results easy and practical
  • current efforts to include local government roads in the asset register.

The webinar was presented on 14 March 2019 by Ulysses Ai.

Long-term Pavement Performance Study

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This webinar provides an overview of Austroads’ long-term pavement performance study.

It covers

  • establishment and long-term monitoring of an in-service pavement test section
  • the develop pavement performance road deterioration (RD) and works effects (WE) models
  • methodology, benefits and outcomes of the study.

The webinar was presented on 7 March 2019 by Lith Choummanivong and Dr Tim Martin.

Passing Lanes: Safety and Performance

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This webinar provides an overview of the benefits associated with passing lanes for guidance for practitioners.

It covers:

  • safety impacts of passing lanes, particularly statistics on crash rate reductions, speed and headway, and overtaking behaviour
  • operational impacts of passing lanes on average speed and per cent time spent following (PTSF)
  • road user perception of passing lane impacts and valuation of level-of-service (LOS)
  • findings of the Austroads project.

The webinar was presented on 5 March 2019 by Dr Ian Espada and Dr Chris Stokes. 

Improving Driver Licensing Programs for Indigenous Road Users and Transitioning Learnings to Other User Groups

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This webinar presents an overview of the barriers to driver licensing program access experienced by Indigenous people and ideas on potential common underpinnings for future policy and program design, data collection and reporting.

It covers:

  • why improving access to driver training and licensing programs for Indigenous people is important
  • what the literature and jurisdictional experience say about what works, what doesn't and why and what this suggests about future program and policy priorities and engagement of other harder to engage groups
  • a program logic approach to achieving future program improvement and national coherence
  • a framework for the adoption of national policy principles to underpin program design and implementation 
  • a proposed national minimum data set to support program assessment and improvement.

The webinar was presented on 27 February 2019 by Paul Rajan.