RoadWatch: Roundup

February 2021

Welcome to our monthly Austroads RoadWatch: Roundup for February. Discover our latest news, published reports, Guide updates, webinars and events.

Guide to Road Tunnels Part 2 updated

Austroads has published a new edition of Guide to Road Tunnels Part 2: Planning, Design and Commissioning.

The new edition includes a systems engineering framework for the delivery of new tunnels and also now includes a standardised approach to collect incident and crash data in and around tunnels. This will help to ensure the data is consistent and comparable with other crash data collected and analysed by road agencies.

Furthermore, the new edition contains updated information related to emergency egress signage, designing for vehicles using alternative fuels, designing for security and safety, sustainability, energy efficiency, LED lighting systems, human factors considerations, and ventilation assessment criteria.

Read more | Download the guide

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 1-2 pm AEDT

Les Louis, Dr Richard Yeo and Lauren Thomson will outline the changes made to Part 2 of the Guide to Road Tunnels and the reasons for those changes.

New guideline defines best practice bridge asset management

Austroads has published asset management guidance specific for road bridges.

The guideline promotes an engineering approach (engineering principles, knowledge, experience and modelling tools) as being the only robust method for understanding the current and future, condition and needs of a bridge network.

Ross Guppy, Austroads Transport Infrastructure Program Manager said that the guidelines build on foundational documents, such as ISO 550000 and the International Infrastructure Management Manual, to ensure the specific characteristics and unique needs of bridges are considered over their lifecycle.

Read more | Download the guideline

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 1-2 pm AEDT 

Join Barry Wright, Dr Torill Pape and Peter Shaw for an overview of the key principles and learnings contained in the guide.

New guidelines for the design and construction large cantilever and gantry structures

Austroads has published a new guideline documenting best practice for the design and construction of large cantilever and gantry structures.

Ross Guppy, Austroads Transport Infrastructure Program Manager said that over recent years in Australia and New Zealand there have been a number of incidents of structural failures of sign and high mast lighting structures due to poor design and construction practices.

The new guideline is aligned with national and international best practice and is designed to be read alongside relevant standards by all stakeholders involved in the delivery of cantilever and gantry structures including state and local road agencies, designers, contractors and fabricators.

Read more | Download the guidelines

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 1-2 pm AEDT 

Join the session with Claire Jager and Andrew Wong to examine gaps in current guidance and standards, examples of good practice and lessons learned from past failures.

Traffic Management Training

Austroads has released 22 free, short training modules to support practitioners in their fundamental knowledge of traffic management.

The modules cover traffic theory, traffic data and analysis methods, network operations planning, safe systems and Intelligent Transport Systems. The training is designed to support new entrants into the area and can also be useful for experienced practitioners to touch up their basic skills.

View the modules | Download the project report

Austroads tenders

Closing Tuesday, 2 March 2021 – 05:00 PM AEDT

APT6247 Increasing asphalt recycling with binder rejuvenators

Closing Tuesday, 16 February 2021 – 05:00 PM AEDT

AAM6201 Development of a machine learning based maintenance decision support tool guideline

More information

Upcoming Austroads webinars

There is no charge for our webinars, but registration is essential. It will allow us to send you a link to the recording if you can’t make the live session.

Pedestrian Planning and Design at Intersections | Register

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 11:30 am AEDT
Find out about the types of intersections and how they impact pedestrians, what is included in the selection process and how to design intersections to provide walking outcomes.

Pedestrian Planning and Design for Activity Centres | Register

Monday, 22 February 2021, 11:30 am AEDT
Tune in to hear about the planning and design considerations that contribute to walkable activity centres and make them a vibrant hub where people shop, work and live.

Road Cross-Section Design for Road Stereotypes and a Safe System | Register

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 1 pm AEDT
In this session you will learn about the thirteen midblock road stereotypes that cover rural and urban roads ranging from freeways and motorways to local access roads.

Innovation and Best Practice in Performance Measurement and Transport Outcomes | Register

Thursday, 25 February 2021, 1 pm AEDT
Gain a deeper understanding of current performance reporting practices used nationally and internationally and hear about the recommendations to support consistent and commonly agreed performance indicators (revised NPIs) for urban road-based transport performance measurement.

Pedestrian Planning and Design for Residential Areas | Register

Friday, 26 February 2021, 11:30 am AEDT
Register for the webinar to enhance your understanding of walkable residential areas, including their characteristics, design approaches and best-practice examples.

Effectiveness and Implementation of Raised Safety Platforms | Register

Thursday, 4 March 2021, 1 pm AEDT
The session will provide clarity around the design and operation of raised safety platforms and will deepen participants’ understanding of leading international practice across a range of applications and performance dimensions.

Freeway Capacity Analysis | Register

Tuesday, 16 March 2021, 1 pm AEDT
Hear about the latest research and practices in freeway capacity analysis and recommendations for updating relevant Austroads guidance.

On-Road Public Transport Priority Tool | Register

Tuesday, 23 March 2021, 1 pm AEDT
Join this webinar to learn about the Austroads On-Road Public Transport Priority Tool and how it can be used to select appropriate ORPT priority treatments for any road scenario.

Engineering Guideline to Bridge Asset Management | Register

Wednesday, 24 March 2021, 1 pm AEDT
This webinar will take you through a detailed asset management framework for bridges providing examples underpinned by risk management protocols in keeping with ISO 31000.

Revision of Austroads Guide to Road Tunnels Part 2 | Register

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 1 pm AEDT
Register for this session to find out about the changes made to Part 2 of the Guide to Road Tunnels in relation to planning, design and commissioning. You will also learn about new material added to the guide, particularly, in the section of Systems Engineering.

Network Operations Planning – Case Studies and Capability Building | Register

Thursday, 22 April 2021, 1 pm AEDT
Austroads has led a review to understand current practices around the use of Network Operations Plans (NOP) and produced an online Reference Material Toolkit. Join the session to learn about the findings of the review and how to use the toolkit to develop your NOP processes.

Paving Our Ways | Register

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 1 pm AEDT
This webinar will present a book “Paving Our Ways”, which references Austroads’ research and provides a comprehensive international history of the world’s pavements, running from the earliest human settlements to the present day.

Design and Construction Guidelines for the Delivery of Large Cantilever and Gantry Structures | Register

Tuesday, 8 June 2021, 1 pm AEDT
There have been a number of incidents of structural failures of sign and high mast lighting structures across Australia and New Zealand. This session will equip you with the knowledge of best practice for design and construction of these structures.

View Austroads past webinars.

World Road Association (PIARC) committee meetings

Asset Management Technical Committee 3.3 develops, implements and integrates an asset management framework based on ISO 55001 so that road organisations manage their performance, risks and costs more effectively and efficiently. Read the report from the meeting held in October 2020.

Road Network Operation/Intelligent Transportation Systems Technical Committee 2.4 focuses on how new mobility, new technologies and digitalisation are incorporated to Road Network Operation. The committee also investigates the concept Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Read the report from the conference held in November-December 2020.

Australian Transport Assessment and Planning guidelines public consultations

The Australian Transport Assessment and Planning (ATAP) has released a number of draft updates for public comment. Comments due 19 February 2021.

T2 Cost Benefit Analysis

T9 Urban Freight Modelling

O9 Bus Rapid Transit – Light Rail Transit Options Cost Benefit Analysis

Appendix A to T7 Risk and Uncertainty Assessment – Probabilistic Cost Benefit Analysis

Find out more.

BITRE research

The Impact of COVID-19 on petrol prices in Australia paper analyses the impact of COVID-19 on world oil prices and the flow through to domestic retail petrol prices.

The Australian Infrastructure Statistics Yearbook provides a single, comprehensive annual source of infrastructure statistics for use by policymakers, industry leaders, transport analysts and the wider Australian community.

This monthly bulletin contains current counts and summaries of road crash deaths and fatal road crashes in Australia. Data are sourced from the road traffic or police authorities in each jurisdiction.

You can also view monthly updated road safety statistics and an Australian Road Deaths Database.

Upcoming industry events

Event organisers are carefully reviewing their arrangements to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Please be aware that details may change at short notice.

17th ITS Asia Pacific Forum, Brisbane, 12-15 April 2021

Australasian Tunnelling Conference, Melbourne, 10-13 May 2021

2021 Roads Australia Transport Summit, Sydney, 17-18 June 2021

AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference, Brisbane,  27-30 July 2021

AAPA 2021 International Flexible Pavements Symposium “Roads going full circle” (online), 3-6 August 2021

IPWEA International Public Works Conference, Adelaide, 15-19 August 2021

MEGATRANS: Reimagining the supply chain, Melbourne, 8-10 September 2021

2021 Australasian Road Safety Conference, Melbourne, 28-30 September 2021