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RA highlights new technology & best practice in Brisbane

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.

Upcoming Roads Australia events

RA Industry Luncheon with Dennis Cliche (Sydney)

NEWLY RELEASED Roads Australia is delighted to announce that Mr Dennis Cliche, Chief Executive Officer of WestConnex will be the guest speaker at our next Sydney Industry Luncheon. Members and guests will have the opportunity to gain an insight into Australia’s largest integrated transport and urban revitalisation project and hear firsthand how the project is progressing and will bring together a number of significant road projects to form a vital link in Sydney’s Orbital Network. This event is sure to sell out quickly, so book early to avoid disappointment.  Proudly sponsored by Hyder Consulting

Register Now Friday November 7 2014
12:00 till 14:30

POLICY | Geopolymer Forum (Adelaide)

BOOK NOW FORUM AND SITE VISIT - Join government and practitioners of the concrete industry to discuss encouraging the use of geopolymer concrete throughout the building and transportation industries.

Following the forum, registered attendees are invited to register for a complimentary Hope Forrest Facility site visit, sponsored by IMPTEC. Representatives from both building and transportation sectors are invited to attend.

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Register Now Tuesday November 18 2014
08:30 till 13:00

RA Single Table Luncheon with Sarah Renner (Melbourne)

BY INVITATION Roads Australia Members and guests will enjoy an intimate luncheon with Guest Speaker Sarah Renner, Executive Planning and Development - Melbourne Airport.  Proudly sponsored by Coffey.

Register Now Thursday November 20 2014
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon with Minister Koutsantonis (Adelaide)

NEWLY RELEASED Join Adelaide’s road infrastructure and transport industry professionals as we celebrate the festive season with our flagship event, the Roads Australia Adelaide Annual Lunch. Enjoy networking with colleagues in a relaxed, social environment complemented by fine food and wine at historic Ayers House. Our guest speaker is Treasurer, Tom Koutsantonis MP.  Proudly sponsored by AECOM

Register Now Wednesday November 26 2014
12:00 till 14:30

RA AGM and Annual Luncheon with Minister Gay (Sydney)

NEWLY RELEASED Join Sydney’s road infrastructure and transport industry fraternity as we celebrate the festive season with our flagship event, the Roads Australia Sydney Annual Lunch. Enjoy networking with colleagues in a relaxed, social environment complemented by fine food and wine at the stunning harbourside location of Doltone House. Our guest speaker is the Hon. Duncan Gay MLC, Minister for Roads and Freight. Proudly sponsored by Beca

Register Now Friday November 28 2014
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon (Darwin)

NEWLY RELEASED Roads Australia holds Annual Lunches in capital cities across the country and in 2014, we are delighted to add Darwin to that list. This is your opportunity to join the Northern Territory’s key road infrastructure and transport industry professionals as we celebrate the festive season with our flagship event, the inaugural Roads Australia Darwin Annual Lunch. Enjoy networking with colleagues in a relaxed, social environment complemented by fine food and wine at the Char Restaurant, within the beautiful surroundings of heritage listed Admiralty House and its grounds. 

Register Now Tuesday December 2 2014
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon (Brisbane)

NEWLY RELEASED Join Brisbane’s road infrastructure and transport industry fraternity as we celebrate the festive season with our flagship event, the Roads Australia Brisbane Annual Lunch. Enjoy networking with colleagues in a relaxed, social environment complemented by fine food and wine at historic Customs House. This event sells out each year, so we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.  Proudly sponsored by Transurban

Register Now Friday December 5 2014
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon with Janet Holmes à Court (Perth)

NEWLY RELEASED Join Western Australia’s road infrastructure and transport industry fraternity as we celebrate the festive season with our flagship event, the Roads Australia Perth Annual Lunch.

Enjoy networking with colleagues in a relaxed, social environment complemented by fine food and wine at Fraser’s Restaurant. Our guest speaker is the 2014 Roads Australia John Shaw Medallist, Mrs Janet Homes à Court AC. Proudly sponsored by GHD

Register Now Tuesday December 9 2014
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon with Lord Mayor Robert Doyle (Melbourne)

NEWLY RELEASED - Join Melbourne’s road infrastructure and transport industry professionals as we celebrate the festive season with our flagship event, the Roads Australia Melbourne Annual Lunch. Enjoy networking with colleagues in a relaxed, social environment complemented by fine food and wine in the historic Melbourne Town Hall. Our guest speaker will be Lord Mayor, the Right Honourable Robert Doyle. Voted the World’s Most Liveable City for four consecutive years, Lord Mayor Doyle credits Melbourne’s transport and infrastructure as key elements in the City’s smart growth and global recognition.  Proudly sponsored by Leighton Contractors

Register Now Friday December 12 2014
12:00 till 14:30

RA Annual Luncheon with Minister Hidding (Hobart)

NEWLY RELEASED Join Tasmania’s road infrastructure and transport industry fraternity as we celebrate the festive season with our flagship event, the Roads Australia Hobart Annual Lunch. Enjoy networking with colleagues in a relaxed, social environment complemented by fine food and wine at the historic Henry Jones Art Hotel. This year’s guest speaker is Rene Hidding, Minister for Infrastructure. This event sells out each year, so we encourage you to book early to avoid disappointment.  Proudly sponsored by pitt&sherry

Register Now Friday December 19 2014
12:00 till 14:30

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  • Australia's national road network is a $280 billion-plus asset.

  • The Australian road network covers more than 817,000 kilometres.

  • Approximately 657,000 kilometres are controlled by local government - although State-controlled roads account for about three quarters of all vehicle kilometres travelled.

  • There are more than 37,000 road bridges across Australia.

  • More than three quarters of all passenger kilometres travelled in Australia occur on roads.

  • Public transport is a major user of our road network. In Melbourne, for example, more than 80 per cent of all public transport kilometres are travelled on roads.