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AustroadsNews | March 2016 

Welcome to the March edition of AustroadsNews. This newsletter provides a run-down on our latest publications, updates on the NGTSM and World Road Association, links to BITRE's latest road safety reports, information about the release of geocoded Australian addresses, and links to upcoming seminars and conferences.

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Austroads Network Program Manager

Austroads is recruiting a full-time senior manager to lead our Network Program. The position is an opportunity to provide national leadership and collaborate on solutions to optimise Australasian road networks.

The Austroads Network Program is charged with the responsibility for coordinating an annual work program to deliver an effective response to key national road network management priorities including:

  • emerging technology such as ITS, C-ITS and automated vehicles
  • urban congestion
  • harmonising traffic management and the management of roadside worksites
  • safe and connected networks for active travel and optimising road network integration with public transport
  • freight and road productivity, including funding models for network access.

The Network Program Manager will lead the Program and its Task Forces and Working Groups.

The ideal candidate will have proven management and organisational ability at a senior level. You will be experienced in the management of multidisciplinary teams and be able to demonstrate an ability to form consensus. You will need high level communication skills.

Applications close Friday 25 March 2016.


Understanding the Performance of Speed Reduction Treatments in High-speed Environments

Speed management is a key component of the Safe System approach.

In 2013 Austroads established a project to better understand the performance of speed-reducing treatments (or combinations of treatments) in high-speed environments.

The project also considered how desired speed can be aligned with a safe, anticipated operating speed with the goal of making high-speed roads more self-explanatory.

The project was conducted over two years.

In the first year a broad review was conducted of speed reduction treatments applicable to different types of road sections including intersections, transition areas, curves and mid-block sections.

The second year of the project focused more specifically on mid-block road segments and considered treatments and road features that influenced speed in high-speed environments.

The review compiled information on a number of treatments including perceptual countermeasures, transverse rumble strips, vehicle activated signs, gateway treatments, route-based curve treatments, wide median centrelines and sight distance adjustments on intersection approaches.

On mid-block sections of high-speed roads where the speed environment remains consistent, drivers seek to maintain a desired speed in line with the posted speed limit or design speed applicable to a section of road. There are a number of road features from which drivers obtain cues that may influence their speed. The project has identified a number of these features and has compiled existing research into the effect of individual and combined road features on speed in high speed environments. The research and guidance provided in a number of Austroads Guides on this topic merit further consideration for identifying road features that may aid in making high speed roads more self explanatory. 


Distraction and Attitudes Towards Safe Pedestrian Behaviour

Austroads has published research that examines community attitudes towards and factors influencing safe pedestrian behaviour.

Pedestrians account for around 14% of Australian road deaths each year.

International research suggests that pedestrian distraction from smart phones may lead to a greater risk of trauma. Ownership of smart phones in Australia is high, suggesting this may present an emerging road safety challenge.

Austroads commissioned research to identify: community attitudes towards and factors influencing safe pedestrian behaviour; groups most at risk of distracted walking; most likely locations; and effective countermeasures.

The project had three components: a literature review; an intercept survey with pedestrians; and an on-line survey of pedestrians.

The literature review identified that pedestrian distraction from technology is influenced by age, gender, and type of activity.

It found that non-intersection locations are more likely than intersections for pedestrian crashes generally, though there is no research on distraction-specific crashes. Illegal pedestrian behaviours may be both common and riskier.

Many effective countermeasures address general pedestrian crash risk, but few address distraction from mobile phones while crossing, and these have been educational in nature, with unproven effectiveness.

The results of the surveys suggested that use of smart phone while crossing the road was low for the sample overall, but significantly higher among 18-30 year olds, with 30% indicating they used their smart phones for texting or internet access at risky levels while crossing the road.

Risk perception and attitudes towards using a smart phone while crossing were important factors influencing likely behaviour for 18-30 year olds.

The report suggests that countermeasures should integrate education and engineering interventions within a Safe System approaches, target pedestrians under 30 years, and be located at high pedestrian activity locations.


National Guidelines for Transport System Management | Stage 2 released for fedback

The National Guidelines for Transport System Management (NGTSM) provide a comprehensive framework for strategic-level transport planning and analytical approaches to transport assessment.

In April 2015, the results of Stage 1 of a two stage NGTSM Revision project were published following public consultation. The Steering Committee has now released the Stage 2 content for stakeholder feedback.

The stage 2 work includes new or updated:

  • guidance for integrated transport and land-use planning
  • guidance for post completion evaluation
  • guidance for passenger transport modelling
  • guidance for benefit management
  • guidance and parameter values for active travel
  • guidance and parameter values for travel behaviour change.

The update has been funded by Australian transport agencies. The project work has been coordinated by a steering committee of expert representatives from each Australian jurisdiction using the Austroads project management system.

Submissions are due by 5:00 pm, Thursday 31 March 2016.


Safe System Assessment Framework for Road Infrastructure Projects Webinar

Tuesday 10 May, 2016 at 11:30 AM AEST.

This ARRB webinar provides an overview of an Austroads project which has developed an assessment framework to help road agencies methodically consider Safe System objectives in road infrastructure projects.

The framework assesses how closely road designs and operations align with the Safe System objectives and clarifies which elements need to be modified.

The session will be presented by Blair Turner and Chris Jurewicz of ARRB, both of whom had key roles in the delivery of this project.


World Road Association: Technical Committee and Working Group Appointments

Austroads has appointed a strong team of local practitioners to participate in the World Road Association (PIARC) technical committees from 2016-2019.

The appointments were made to coincide with the release of PIARC’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan

The Plan has five central strategic themes: 

  1. Management and finance
  2. Access and mobility
  3. Safety
  4. Infrastructure
  5. Climate change, environment and disasters

PIARC has established 18 technical committees and four task forces to conduct joint studies related to the strategic themes. Australian and New Zealand representatives have been appointed to serve on 15 committees and three task forces, with 11 as corresponding members and 14 as full members. Helen Murphy from VicRoads will Chair Technical Committee TC E.2 Environment Considerations in Road Projects and Operations and Rob Hannaby from NZTA will be the Committee's English-Speaking Secretary.

Representatives are expected to report regularly on the work of their  PIARC committees. Russell Hoelzl from DTMR Qld attended the Freight Technical Committee at the end of February and his report is now available. There was considerable international interest at the meeting in the progress of the Australian Performance Based Standards Scheme and Intelligent Access Program within the issue relating to truck-traffic on highways. 

PIARC was established in 1909 as a non-political, non-profit organisation that aims to develop international cooperation and foster progress in the area of roads and road transport. The organisation brings together the road administrations of 121 governments and has members – individuals, companies, authorities and organizations – in more than 140 countries. 


James Loney Recognised in CPEE Annual Student Excellence Awards

Leah Fisher, CEO AustStab and Ray Farrelly CEO CPEE yesterday presented James Loney, Durkin Constructions with the inaugural Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) annual Student Excellence Awards at the Austroads national office.

The award reconises Jame's exceptional achivement in the unit Insitu Stablisation which he completed last year.

The annual CPEE Student Excellence Awards give recognition to students who have demonstrated excellence in their performance during the academic year while undertaking specialist technical postgraduate units offered by the Centre for Pavement Engineering Education and by its partner University, the University of Tasmania.

The specialist post graduate programs, undertaken by distance learning, are unique, not only in Australia but world-wide. Qualification outcomes include a Graduate Certificate and Masters of Pavement Technology, and Bachelor of Engineering (with Professional Honours) in Infrastructure Asset Management and in Road Engineering and Construction.

The CPEE student is typically mature aged and employed in a related field.

The awards aim to encourage and recognise students who have performed academically at an outstanding level in a particular unit of study. Eligibility criteria required students to have achieved distinction grade level and/or have demonstrated excellence in their development with at least credit grade level and have shown compelling commitment and outcome, supported in writing by the relevant unit chair.

AustStab, as the unit sponsor, provided James with $500 to accompany the Excellence Award Certificate.

"Education and collaboration are key pillars to our work. We believe that this award represents a terrific opportunity to support CPEE in achieving these objectives," Leah Fishersaid.

Austroads is a foundation member of CPEE and funds the ongoing development of pavement technology units.


Australia’s Geocoded National Address Data

PSMA Australia has released a database of all the physical addresses in Australia and an associated Administrative Boundaries dataset.

The Geocoded National Address File (G-NAF) is a complex database consisting of more than 30 tables of data. For each of the 13.5+million principal addresses, the following additional metadata is provided to enhance the usability of G-NAF:

  • Principals and aliases
  • Geocode
  • Mesh block identifier
  • Confidence levels
  • Primary and secondary
  • Unique persistent identifier

Australia is one of only a few countries in the world to make national geocoded address data openly available. Denmark made its geocoded address data open in 2002 and access to this data has been estimated to have added 62 million Euros to the Danish economy in the five years from 2005-2009.

Geocoded address data can be used for many purposes, including personal navigation applications, infrastructure planning, business planning and analysis, logistics and service planning, and government service delivery and policy development. For example, an understanding of the approximate number of dwellings in an area can inform decisions for planning and developing community facilities and services.

The Administrative Boundaries dataset is Australia’s most comprehensive national collection of boundaries including government, statistical and electoral boundaries.
The Administrative Boundaries dataset contains boundaries in seven themes: Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) boundaries, electoral boundaries, state and territory boundaries, local government areas, suburbs/localities, wards and town points. Some of the themes, such as the ABS boundaries, include further layers of data to support a wide range of analysis and segmentation activities.

Neither the G-NAF nor Administrative Boundaries datasets contain any personal information.

The G-NAF and Administrative Boundaries datasets are available for use and reuse at no charge to end users.

PSMA Australia Limited is a company owned by state, territory and Australian governments, established to coordinate the collection of fundamental national geospatial datasets and to facilitate access to this data. 


BITRE Road Safety Bulltetins

Fatal Heavy Vehicle Crashes—Quarterly Bulletins - December Quarter 2015
Released February 2016
This quarterly publication tracks counts of fatal crashes that involve heavy vehicles. During the 12 months to the end of December 2015, 210 people died from 187 fatal crashes involving heavy trucks or buses. 

Road Deaths Australia—Monthly Bulletins
Released mid month - Latest February 2016 
This bulletin contains current counts and summaries of road crash deaths and fatal road crashes in Australia. It is produced monthly and published on BITRE's website on or around the 14th of each month. Data are sourced from the road traffic or police authorities in each jurisdiction.


Applications now open for the 2016 Churchill Fellowships!

A Churchill Fellowship offers ordinary Australians the opportunity to travel to the far edges of the globe to conduct valuable research in their field and bring back knowledge, experience, ideas and innovation for the betterment of their industry, community and Australia. 

Complete and lodge an online application to apply. Download and read the 2016 Online Application Guide before starting your application.

Applications close on Sunday 15 May 2016 11.59 pm AEST. 


Informing the LinkedIn land transport community

ARRB's National Interest Services (NIS) program now has a group presence on
LinkedIn. Members can easily join the group and then invite others to join. The group will provide information on:

  • Australian and international transport research projects
  • Transport topic overviews and online resources
  • Job opportunities in transport agencies.

Upcoming Workshops + Conferences

TMAA National Traffic Management Conference: Building Traffic Management Across Australia | 10 March 2016, Sydney, NSW

World of Asphalt 2016  | 22-25 March 2016, Nashville, Tennessee, United States

NEW ARRB Webinar: Safe System Assessment Framework for Road Infrastructure Projects | 10 May 2016, Online, no charge

2 Walk and Cycle Conference | 6-8 July 2016, Auckland, New Zealand

Sixth International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology | 2-5 August 2016, Brisbane, Queensland

IPWEA Sustainability in Public Works Conference 2016 | 24-26 August 2016, Melbourne, Victoria

International Transportation Geotechnics International Conference 2016 | 4-7 September 2016, Guimarães, Portugal

2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference 2016 (ARSC2016) | 6-8 September 2016, Canberra, ACT

23rd ITS World Congress Melbourne 2016 | 10-14 October 2016, Melbourne, Victoria

Construction Materials Industry Conference 2016 (CMIC16​) | 26-28 October 2016, Melbourne, Victoria

NEW 38th Australasian Transport Research Forum 16-18 November 2016, Melbourne, Victoria

27th ARRB Conference | 16-18 November 2016, Melbourne, Victoria