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Program and presentations

Monday May 4, 2015

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9.00 Conference Opening

David Stuart Watt - President, Roads Australia

9.10 Celebrating UN Global Road Safety Week

Peter Frazer - President, Safer Australian Roads and Highways (SARAH)

Kiran Kapila - Chairman, IRF Geneva

Rob McInerney - CEO, International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)

10.00 Keynote address

David Saxelby - Retiring CEO, Construction & Infrastructure Australia, Lend Lease

10.30 Morning tea

11.00 Road usage charging: from concept to reality

Chair: Rod James - Infrastructure Director – New Zealand, Cardno

Jack Opiola - Managing Partner / President, D’Artagnan Consulting

Norma Ortega - Deputy Director Finance/ Chief Financial Officer, California Department of Transportation

Peter Carr - Manager - Funding & Infrastructure, NZ Ministry of Transport

Scott Charlton - CEO, Transurban

12.30 Lunch

13.30 Concurrent Stream One



Project planning, design & delivery: best practice, best outcomes


Chair: Dan Reeve, Deputy Chair, RA Capacity Chapter

Beyond The Pavement: urban design policy process and design principles as applied to the Sydney and NSW road program Gareth Collins, NSW Roads and Maritime Services

Delivering Australia's biggest integrated transport & urban revitalisation project

Dennis Cliche, WestConnex Delivery Authority


Best practice in preparing the business case

Diana Loges - Cardno


A fresh approach – integration of environmental permitting & design & construct contract procurement for NorthConnex

Scott Jeffries, AECOM /

Tony Adams, Transurban


BIM for infrastructure planning and integration testing

Ben Guy, Urban Circus


Connected vehicles:  challenges for road builders/regulators


Chair: Adnan Rahman, Vice President, IRF


The Future of Highways

Tony Marshall, Arup


Overview of connected and automated vehicles, and relevant regulatory and operational frameworks

Stuart Ballingall, Austroads


Transport as a service, the potential new paradigm for urban mobility underpinned by self-driving vehicles

Andrew Somers, Transoptim


Automated vehicles: are we ready?

Kamal Weeratunga, Main Roads WA


Safer roads: raising the bar on road funding and management


Chair: Peter Duncan, CEO, NSW Roads and Maritime Services


Leadership for cultural change to achieve safe systems in Main Roads WA

Steve Troughton, Main Roads WA


Victorian safer road infrastructure program

John Merritt, VicRoads


Queensland’s road safety management

Mike Stapleton, QTMR


Road safety: a private operator’s perspective

Charles Griplas, ConnectEast






Managing the asset: new tools, old tricks to get more for less


Chair: Michael Bushby, Chair, RA Network Reliability Policy Chapter


Benchmarking, programing & challenging govt agencies & industry to do more for less - QTMR case study

Andrew Cramp, Hyder


Measuring the benefits from BIM across whole-of-life asset management - Adriana Sanchez, SBENRC


Integrating non–engineering data with engineering data to facilitate asset management decisions

Simon Topp,Yotta


Measuring congestion using the STREAMS data warehouse and business intelligence

 Frans Dekker, Mr David Johnston, QTMR


Funding and financing: where to next for road pricing and PPPs?


Chair: Greg Steele, Chair, Transport Reform Network


Road pricing perspectives

Andrew McKindlay, Advisian

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Developments in road PPP risk

Owen Hayford / Marko Misko, Clayton Utz

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A paradigm for transport reform

John Gardiner, SMART Infrastructure Facility, Wollongong University



Acceptance of road usage charge policy: the difference between winning and losing public and political opinion

Jack Opiola, D’Artagnan Consulting

















































15.00 Afternoon Tea

15.30 Plenary Session

Chair: Neil McLean - GM, OneSteel Reinforcing


The China National Expressway Optical Fibre Communication Network: planning, construction and operation

Cen Yanqing - Deputy Director, China Transport Telecommunications & Information Centre


Who's behind the wheel? Implications of the ITS revolution

Shaun Hardcastle,Global HUB-id Leader - Digital Engineering, Aurecon

16.30  Day One Close


Tuesday May 5, 2015

9.00 Plenary session

Chair: Russell Clayton - Service Line Leader, Road Systems and Pavement Engineering, GHD



Whole-of-life asset optimisation - delivering  infrastructure in the 21st century

Neil Evans, Director - Strategy and New Business, SMEC Group

10.30 Morning tea

11.00 Concurrent Stream Two



Embedding sustainability: best practice case studies


Chair: Mr Dimitris Mandalozis, Chair, IRF Environment & Climate Change Committee


From Disaster to Resilience: managing the reconstruction of Queensland’s Regional Road Network

Mark Olive, Jacobs


Assessing infrastructure sustainability performance of road projects

Rick Walters, Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia


Embedding sustainability in a complex engineering road project - South Road Superway

Luigi Rossi, DPTI




ITS: next-gen solutions in the real world



Chair: Susan Harris, CEO, ITS Australia


Intelligent mobility for smart cities

Hussein Dia, Swinburne University of Technology

oneTransport – OneM2M-based Open Ecosystem for Transport Modal Shift

Tim Gammons, Arup


The application of systems engineering methodology to 3 ITS projects in Australia and California & the benefits achieved

Tim Fehon, Jacobs


Qatar Expressway Upgrade Project – Intelligent Transport Systems, engineering and design, project case study

Lachlan Gray & Shivaani Polley, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff


Road safety:

Towards safer roads in the Decade of Action


Chair:  Hilton Vorster, Chair, IRF Group of Experts on Road Safety


Boosting Australia's productivity and international standing through road trauma reductions

Lauchlan McIntosh, ACRS


Issues & challenges in road safety management - a case study of State of Odisha

Tony Mathew, ICT


Implementation & evaluation of an innovative wide centre line to reduce cross-over-centre-line crashes

Simon Harrison, QTMR

Australian National Risk Assessment Model - Route Safety Review

Melvin Eveleigh, NSW Centre for Road Safety


Procurement:            unlocking value through innovative models


Chair: Scott Olsen, Chair, RA Capacity Policy Chapter


Value of business development and client relationship – a consultant’s perspective

Shalendra Ram, AECOM


The economic benefits of better procurement practices

Robin Schuck, Consult Australia

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Pacific Highway Upgrade: The use of a new industry partner model to drive better public value

Bob Higgins, Roads and Maritime Services


Debundling; a contractor’s perspective

Tony Baulderstone, CCF


Pavements and materials: new thinking, new solutionspart 1 


Chair: Jay Stricker, Deputy Chair, RA Sustainability Policy Chapter


Geotechnical testing and road design in halloysitic residual soils in the Alstonville Plateaux, NSW

Greg Saenger,GHD   


Polymeric soil stabilisers:  present state of science and future developments Babak Abtahi, GRT


A case study in getting new technology to market

Vincent Conserva, Kraton Performance Polymers


Sustainable community benefits from innovations in asphalt pavement design

Bevan Sullivan, AAPA/Fulton Hogan









































12.30 Lunch

 13.30 Concurrent Stream Three 


Road safety: safer worksites, safer drivers


Chair: Tarun Amla, Chief Scientist

Head – Information, Liaison and Training,

Central Road Research Institute


Optimising safety, journey reliability & productivity by eliminating before minimising the hazards of traffic near road worksites

Craig Moran, Roads and Maritime Services


Technology solutions to improve safety and operations at roadwork sites

Kim Thomas, Tom Harrison, Aurecon; Coryn Hedges, Qld Transport & Main Roads


Reducing road trauma in Fiji using iRAP and other road safety programs

Jeremy Byfield, MWH Global


Road worksite safety

Troy Stahlhut, TMAA / Evolution



Embedding sustainability:          collaborating for better outcomes


Chair: John Pitt, Chair, RA Sustainability Policy Chapter


International R&D collaboration in construction: achieving enhanced impact

Keith Hampson, SBENRC


The Urban Traffic Management and Air Quality project (UTRAQ), a European Space Agency supported demonstration project

Dave Keenan, TSS


Embedding sustainability: collaborating for better outcomes

Michele Huey, Transurban


Current design experience – NSW roads

Syd Gamble, Hyder Consulting


Pavements & materials: new thinking, new solutions – part 2   


Chair: Emeritus Professor John Metcalfe


The benefit of lime stabilisation of subgrade & foam bitumen stabilisation of base

Jothi Ramanujam, Qld Transport & Main Roads       


Innovative strategies for improving the environmental impact of road construction

Tom Wilmot, Stabilised Pavements of Australia


Innovative technology produces environmental, low-cost pavement materials

Simon Bruce, StabilCo NSW

Implementing new road building technologies: TIPES cert process

Paul Hillier, ARRB


Managing the asset:        extracting asset info for informed decision-making


Chair: Richard Boggon, Leighton Contractors


Whole-of-life treatment philosophy

Rod Ellis, Tonkin Consulting


Decision support in the 21st Century

Peter Kadar, ARRB


Managing the construction & maintenance of projects using real-time interactive models

Andrew Lewis, Arup


Case study – Oxley Highway slip stabilisation

Sudar Aryal, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff



International perspectives & opportunities


Chair: Ken Waller, Director, Australian APEC Study Centre, RMIT


A regional outlook on infrastructure opportunities

Leigh Berwick, Austrade


Infrastructure investment and Canadian pensions funds

Marie-Louise Hannan, Consul and Senior Trade Commissioner, Canada


Transforming the City of Tshwane through sustainable transport

Hilton Vorster, SARF


Challenges and opportunities of the global infrastructure marketplace: an international contractor's perspective

Maria Jose Rodriguez, Acciona













































15.00 Conference close and communique

David Stuart-Watt and Kiran Kapila

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