Roads Australia held two informative and interactive policy workshops in Brisbane in October.
The Combined Maintenance and Road Safety Workshop brought together Brisbane's road, transport and infrastructure professionals to review best practice maintenance applications and road safety with senior representatives from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR).
Chris Nagel, Program Manager, Infrastructure Management and Delivery Division, briefed RA members on the growing sophistication of Queensland’s asset performance and investment cycle, and provided an update on the element management framework behind TMR’s strategic asset management program. Technological innovation was highlighted by Brennan Daly, Technical Services Manager at Leighton Contractors as important to achieving a best practice approach to maintenance.
Mike Stapleton, Acting Deputy Director General, Infrastructure Management and Delivery Division presented an overview of the State’s road safety, highlighting that the Qld Road Safety Action Plan is achieving results with a clear reduction in fatal crashes and fatalities, and TMR’s further work with local government intends to continue the trend.
The private sector approach to tunnel safety and maintenance was discussed by Brendan Gough, General Manager Operations and Maintenance – Clem7 Tunnel with Brisbane Motorway Services (BMS). Brendan spoke about the tunnel work environment, safety systems and traffic management options and road user behaviour, showcasing BMS’ approach to staff, work crew and virtual emergency simulation training to improve incident response times and improve road safety outcomes.
As a follow up to the well-attended Evolution of ITS Workshop in Brisbane in July, (together with the Australian Institute of Traffic Planners and Management, Engineers Australia’s Queensland Transport Panel and AECOM) Roads Australia welcomed traffic and transport planners to an introductory workshop on Jellyfish - a new open transport network database holding static and dynamic data with standardised access for industry to efficiently manage transport projects - being developed by the Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, together with QUT.
Marc Miska, Senior Researcher with the Smart Transport Research Centre at QUT described the vision for Jellyfish to host transport planning, traffic operations, traffic control, traveller information, and asset management data in the one place. The idea is being tested as Queensland prepares for the Commonwealth Games in 2018.
The international experience, integrated data architecture and object orientated data modelling was presented by Omid Etjemai, Senior Manager at Transport Simulation Systems (TSS), a Spanish-based organisation with extensive international experience modelling data. Omid referred to Jellyfish as the next generation is transport network planning. The workshop also welcomed Franz Eilert from Queensland’s Cyber Infrastructure Foundation who discussed the tool’s evolution.
Presentations can be viewed or downloaded HERE
Inaugural Road Safety Forum a resounding success
Roads Australia (RA) brought together over 100 industry stakeholders for its first Road Safety Forum, held in Sydney last month.
The event was held in response to a challenge by Secretary of Transport for NSW, Dave Stewart, at an RA Industry luncheon in May this year for our members to help reduce road crash statistics on NSW roads.
The Forum put the spotlight on actions being undertaken by major construction firms to nurture safety; tools and techniques used by NSW Police to influence road user behaviour; and road barrier technology and safety innovation, including the challenges faced by road workers. A presentation on pro-active approaches and a ‘Near Miss’ program was very well received and served to inspire participants to review their own systems.
An interactive session with Dave Stewart and his team from Transport for NSW – Tim Reardon (Deputy Director General – Policy and Regulation) and Marg Prendergast (General Manager of the Centre for Road Safety) – highlighted what industry could do to make a difference.
As a follow-up to the successful Sydney Forum, RA is planning more road safety workshops in other capital cities in coming months.
(From left): Jim Appleby, Downer; Michael Caltabiano, AAPA; and Michael Bushby, Network Reliability Policy Chapter Chair, addressing stakeholders at the Road Safety Forum.