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Austroads has released the final report of a five-year project to improve the Austroads design procedures of foamed bitumen stabilised (FBS) materials and identify distress modes of FBS pavements from in-service trial sites. The report: summarises the development of four improved test methods published in late 2017 investigates the influence…
Asset management is a key business process in any organisation employing infrastructure networks and physical asset systems delivering services to customers. Equally importantly, asset management business processes must be integrated with other business functions, in particular finance, human resources, customer management and information technology. Austroads’ Guide to Asset Management provides…
The PDFs of all Austroads' Guides are now freely available to all. This is in preparation for our new website, due to be launched at the end of August, which will include online versions of the Austroads Guides. When the website is launched, users will need to establish a new…
Austroads has published a report addressing the use of marginal and non‑standard materials in road construction and maintenance.  A major challenge facing road agencies is the increasing shortage of quality quarried materials and natural gravels for road construction and maintenance. These are finite resources, and current sources are being exhausted. Gravel…
Austroads has published the second version of the Data Standard for Road Management and Investment. The Austroads Road Data Standard Project was initiated in response to requests from stakeholders who increasingly need to share data with other road agencies but are frustrated by the lack of common data definitions and formats. It will…
Austroads has published seven updated test methods related to the calibration of bitumen sprayers. The performance of Australia’s extensive network of surfaced roads is heavily dependent on the successful application of sprayed sealing technology, including the selection and design of the treatments, and the identification of the most appropriate applications.…
Austroads has released a set of principles for the presentation of network performance data to best engage users and capitalise on cross-industry best practice. The report is based on an examination of Austroads Network Performance Indicators (NPIs) which were developed to provide a consistent basis for comparison of road network performance…
A new national scheme is under development to ensure the people who design, install, and maintain road safety barriers on Australia’s and New Zealand’s road network are appropriately trained. Poor design, installation and maintenance practices can compromise barrier performance and road user protection. Austroads has partnered with Lantra (UK) to…
Austroads' latest report details the results of a domestic and international review of recently-developed intelligent transport systems technologies and the costs and benefits of introducing them to Australia and New Zealand. Toward the end of the twentieth century it became apparent that building more roads was not an effective solution…
Austroads has published a guideline document and background research report to provide asset management practitioners with an understanding of the factors that contribute to enabling and sustaining continual improvement. National, state and local governments in Australia and New Zealand are collectively responsible for over 900,000 kilometres of road, valued at…

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