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Austroads has published updated guidelines and specifications for the use of microsurfacing treatments in Australia. Microsurfacing is presently the only type of bituminous slurry surfacing applied in Australia. The guidelines are based on a previous Austroads working document on microsurfacing that has gradually been updated based on practitioners’ experience gained over the last…
The Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Austroads, have released the draft National Capital Works (NCW4) General Conditions of Contract for feedback. The NCW4 has been developed by government for use by government agencies. With AS2124 outdated and its intended replacement AS11000 not being progressed, APCC and Austroads have initiated…
Austroads has published a report that considers the impact of Building Information Management (BIM) technology on location referencing. It proposes a new theoretical framework as the foundation for the development of a proposed National Location Reference Hub.  The location of an infrastructure asset is key information in asset information systems…
Austroads has published five updated test methods related to the testing of bituminous slurry samples. Bituminous slurry is a processed mixture of bituminous emulsion binder (with or without a polymer modifier), continuously graded aggregate, mineral filler, additives and water, properly proportioned to form a slurry which can be laid evenly on…
Austroads has published a report on the management of safety infrastructure assets such as safety barriers and safety fences. The report considers ways to mitigate risks to road users and maximise the level of service at a minimum life-cycle cost. In recent years the value, operational costs and significance of…
Austroads has released a report that sets out a rationale for modifying the national vehicle registration framework to enable better end-of-life management of vehicles. More than 700,000 vehicles are ‘retired’ from the national vehicle fleet each year having reached the end of their economic or safe operating life. The volume is…
Austroads has published a review of the National Heavy Vehicle Driver Competency Framework. The Framework established minimum competency standards for heavy vehicle drivers. The review of the Framework evaluated the governance of heavy vehicle driver training and assessment as well as the content of training courses and the competencies required for heavy vehicle driver training…
Austroads has published a report that presents the proposed future directions for long-term pavement performance (LTPP) studies in Australasia. Austroads project (AT1064) has monitored the long-term structural and functional performance of a number of sealed granular, asphalt and concrete pavement sections under different climate and traffic loading regimes since 1995. The…
The eligibility criteria for product submissions to the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel has changed, effective 23 April 2018. Stan Robb, Chair of the Austroads Safety Barrier Assessment Panel (ASBAP), has written to industry advising of the change. Since its introduction in 1999, the Australian/New Zealand Standard AS/NZS 3845 has used the…
Austroads has released a report that clarifies the effectiveness of periodic maintenance and rehabilitation activities on pavement condition and distress (roughness, rutting and cracking) deterioration rates. The study estimated trends in pavement deterioration in three jurisdictions (New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria) from a time series of observational data using…

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