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Austroads has released an update to the parameter values used to estimate environmental costs in the economic evaluation of Australian road projects. The methods used to update environmental costs had become outdated and central agencies have increasingly demanded that accurate costs be included in the evaluation of road infrastructure and…
Well designed and managed industrial areas can help drive regional economic growth and provide employment opportunities for local populations. Today Austroads released guidelines designed to help councils plan and assess road freight access to industrial areas, including ensuring that infrastructure provided by developers is adequate to meet access needs for…
Laser profilometers are high precision instruments used by road agencies to assess pavement roughness, one of the main parameters of road condition assessment. Roughness, which can impact traffic flow, fuel consumption and vehicle wear, is characterised by the International Roughness Index (IRI). This is an internationally recognised value of ride…
Austroads has released a report with 15 case studies showcasing low cost interventions that have successfully encouraged cycling in Australia and New Zealand.   The case studies provide practitioners with easy and effective methods to encourage cycling while working within limited budgets.  The “low cost” nature of the case studies…
Austroads has released a report with 29 case studies showcasing innovative Australian and New Zealand urban and regional bicycle infrastructure. The design of the built environment to support active transport is an emerging discipline.  Urban planners, designers as well as traffic and transport engineers are implementing a range of innovative…
Congratulations to Austroads Safety Program Manager, Iain Cameron, who was presented with the prestigious 2014 ACRS Fellowship by the ACRS Patron, the Governor-General of Australia Sir Peter Cosgrove, at Thursday evening's award ceremony at the Grand Hyatt Melbourne. The award was presented by the Governor-General in front of more than…
French Enrobés à Module Élevé Class 2 (EME2) technology offers the prospect of reduced asphalt thickness for heavy duty pavements, and lower construction and maintenance costs. Today Austroads released a report detailing the first year of a three-year project to transfer EME2 technology to Australia. EME2 mixes are produced using…
Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Austroads Strong Governance Continues

At its November 2014 meeting the Austroads Board determined new appointments to important leadership positions on the Board and Executive Committee. Peter Duncan, Chief Executive, Roads and Maritime Services New South Wales, has been appointed Chair of the Austroads Board for a two year term. Clare Gardiner-Barnes, Chief Executive, Department of…
The development of a national Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Architecture is a priority action in the Policy Framework for ITS in Australia 2012 endorsed by Australia’s Transport and Infrastructure Council. Austroads has completed Stage 1 of this initiative by recommending a reference ITS architecture. ITS have the potential to help address a number…
Wednesday, 05 November 2014

New Prequalification Categories Proposed

Austroads is seeking feedback on a proposal to add two new specialist categories to Australia’s National Prequalification System. The National Prequalification System classifies contractors who wish to tender for road and bridge construction contracts. The classification is based on the contractor's technical and managerial expertise, financial capacity and previous performance. The scheme is locally administered by…
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