Austroads: Transport Research and Trends

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Opportunities to Build Capacity in Traffic Management

An Austroads study of Australian and New Zealand roads capability (AP-R574-18) identified capability/learning gaps amongst graduates and novice practitioners in traffic management. The 2018 study also confirmed that road agencies are experiencing skill shortages and the existing roads workforce will be under threat from rising activity in other sectors.

To address this recognised lack of traffic management knowledge and skills, a series of ‘short and sharp’ learning modules were developed on a range of fundamental traffic management topics.

The learning modules were developed in collaboration with Austroads member agencies and informed by user testing with young practitioners.

Designed for practitioners entering the field and anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge and improve their capabilities in traffic management, the learning modules cover 21 topics and contain supporting quizzes and tutorials. The units include an Introduction to Traffic Management, Traffic Theory, Studies and Analysis, Network Operations Planning and Management, the Safe System Approach and Intelligent Transport Systems.

This webinar discusses the selection of traffic management topics covered in the learning modules and the processes involved in their development and testing. It demonstrates the learning modules and shows how to access them from the Austroads website.

Presented by Paul Bennett and Graham McCabe.

Classifying, Measuring and Valuing the Benefits of Place on the Transport System

This webinar, held on 13 August 2020, presents the findings of Austroads’ recent research project that explores the many different ways in which place is being measured both locally and internationally, and how transport practitioners can practically and effectively classify, measure and value the place function of our streets.

Presenters Will Fooks and Ed Zhao talk about the experiences and challenges shared by more than 130 participants across Australia and New Zealand, navigate the subjectivities and complexities and establish a framework by which the benefits of place can be captured, communicated and, ultimately, inform transport planning, design and investment decision-making.

Transport Modelling for Project Managers

This webinar, presented by Bryan Li on 9 July 2020, provides an overview of a resource designed to equip practitioners who may not have specific technical experience in transport modelling with clear and practical guidance to help make informed decisions when procuring modelling services or communicating the associated processes.

Measuring Pedestrians: Survey and Audit Methods

This webinar presented by Ann-Marie Head and Jeanette Ward on 3 June 2020 focused on why and how to measure walking activities. The webinar highlighted the Guide to Traffic Management series which was recently updated to incorporate international good practice pedestrian planning and design guidance.

Integrating Safe System with Movement and Place with for Vulnerable Road Users

This webinar, presented by Dr Bruce Corben on 26 March 2020, demonstrates ways to integrate Safe System design and operation with Movement and Place for vulnerable road users, in particular pedestrians and cyclists.

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

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

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.

Opportunities in Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

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.


Passing Lanes: Safety and Performance

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. 

Embedding Safe System in the Guide to Traffic Management

This webinar provides an overview of a Safe System review of the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management (AGTM).

It covers:

  • where there is an opportunity to further embed Safe System into the AGTM series based on recent research
  • the new and revised content to address many of the safe system gaps in the AGTM to strengthen the guidance relating to treatments and their likely effectiveness in aligning with Safe System philosophy
  • recommendations towards the implementation of the findings.

The webinar was presented on 7 February 2019 by Paul Durdin and Dave Smith.

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