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Transitions Between Steel Beam and Concrete Barriers


A transition in a safety barrier system is a short section between a more flexible system and a less flexible system to decrease the flexibility gradually along its length. At present there are various transition designs being used by road agencies.

This webinar describes the development, testing and evaluation of a proposed Australasian transition from a strong post public domain W-beam to a concrete barrier.

Presented by Rod Troutbeck, Daniel A. Naish and Jade Hogan.

Road Space Allocation for Pedestrians


Austroads’ review of the pedestrian planning and design guidance in the Guide to Traffic Management (AGTM) and Guide to Road Design (AGRD) identified a total of 120 planning and design gaps. Recommended changes to the AGTM were published in April 2020 followed by a series of exceptionally popular webinars.

Recommended changes to the AGRD have been reviewed and approved by the Road Design Task Force and will find their way into the AGRD as part of its update and restructure planned by the Road Safety & Design program in FY20-21.

This is the first session in the series of webinars to step practitioners through the updated pedestrian planning and design information. It presents how to ensure pedestrians are catered for appropriately in road cross sections, and where to find that information in the Austroads guides.

The webinar is presented by Ann-Marie Head and Jeanette Ward on 9 February 2021.

Updated Roadside Design Guidance: Crash Risk Evaluation Procedure Background


Minimising the risk of roadside crashes is important in reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads. The recently updated Part 6 of the Austroads Guide to Road Design includes a new method to determine the risk associated with roadside crashes and to identify where risk mitigation treatments are required on urban and rural road networks. The approach establishes a Network Roadside Risk Threshold (NRRIT) which consistently directs the locations for treatments within projects.

This webinar, presented by Peter Ellis and Rod Troutbeck on 6 October 2020, describes the procedure’s background in detail explaining the concepts and research behind it.

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Updated Roadside Design Guidance: Crash Risk Evaluation


Minimising the risk of roadside crashes is important in reducing the number of fatalities and serious injuries on our roads. The recently updated Part 6 of the Austroads Guide to Road Design includes a new method to determine the risk associated with roadside crashes and to identify where risk mitigation treatments are required on urban and rural road networks. The approach establishes a Network Roadside Risk Threshold (NRRIT) which consistently directs the locations for treatments within projects.

This webinar is focused on user guidance, including the practical application of the new method. The webinar describes the new procedure for evaluating a rural road network, how policies will influence decisions and how the NRRIT can consistently delineate road sections where treatments are required.

The webinar also provides the basis of the procedure by using a simpler example so that participants can appreciate its broader application. The example demonstrates how risk graphs, based on contemporary knowledge, can be used to expedite the assessment procedure.

Presented by Peter Ellis and Rod Troutbeck.

Intersections - Guide to Traffic Management Part 6 and Guide to Road Design Part 4 and 4A (2017 Editions)


This webinar provides an overview of the key changes to: 
• Guide to Traffic Management Part 6: Intersections, Interchanges and Crossings
• Guide to Road Design Part 4: Intersections and Crossings – General
• Guide to Road Design Part 4A: Unsignalised and Signalised Intersections.

The webinar was presented by Peter Aumann and Lisa Steinmetz on 6 November 2017.

Guide to Road Design Part 3: Geometric Design: Webinar Session 2


This two-part webinar provides an overview of the updated Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 3: Geometric Design. This second session covers horizontal and vertical alignment, and superelevation. The webinar was presented by Peter Aumann on 25 October 2016.

Guide to Road Design Part 3: Geometric Design: Webinar Session 1


This two-part webinar provides an overview of the updated Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 3: Geometric Design. This first session covers design objectives, speeds and cross sections.
The webinar was presented by Peter Aumann on 18 October 2016.

An Introduction to the Austroads Design Vehicles and Turning Path Templates


This webinar provides an introduction to the Austroads Design Vehicles and Turning Path Templates. The vehicle turning path templates are primarily used in the design of intersections. The show plots of vehicle wheelpaths and the path traced by other relevant points on the vehicle or load at different speeds. The webinar was presented by Peter Eady in 2013.

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