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President's Message
Andrew Leedham

The national conference in Melbourne proved to be another outstandingly successful event - I admit to having a feeling that this conference was going to be special. The conference provided good networking opportunities, quality technical papers, thought provoking keynotes and plenary sessions, and awards acknowledging excellence in projects and service to the industry. A record number of delegates attended. 

 The conference organisers, led by Reece Humphries and Scott Benjamin, are to be congratulated and I thank all delegates, presenters, exhibitors, sponsors and key note speakers for attending.

For those who were unable to attend and those who wish the relive the event, the technical papers and a vast array of photographs will be available on the AITPM website.

The winners of the Young Professional Award in each state were again impressive and provided some surety that the future of our industry is in very good hands. I was particularly honoured to be able to present Life Membership to Wendy Adam who was my manager for a number of years before her retirement.

National Vice President Paul Smith handed an authentic relay baton from the 2006 Commonwealth Games to Zoe Wilks as a symbolic transfer of responsibility for organising the national conference to be held in Perth next year. 

The Annual General Meeting was held at the end of the first day of the conference and the result of the recent national ballot was revealed. I am glad to report that all three of the proposals were carried with a significant majority which means that National Council can progress the transition to a company limited by guarantee and finalise the constitution and by-laws.  A summary of the voting and the next steps in this process, from our National Secretary Dan Sullivan, appears later in this newsletter.  

The reports from the President, Secretary, Treasurer and each of the State Branch Presidents together with the minutes of the AGM will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. The AGM saw Chris Dunn (SA) and Jacob Martin (WA) step down from National Council as State Presidents to be replaced by Paul Froggatt and Peter Kartsidimas. 

On the Friday following the conference the Transport Modellers Network launched the draft Code of Practice. The Code is located on the website and all members who have direct or indirect interest in modelling are encouraged to visit the site and provide comment on the draft Code before the end of September.

In the week following the conference, visiting international keynote speaker Pilo Willumsen made a whirlwind visit around the country, holding discussions with State Road Authorities and presenting to members and non-members in each state. At his presentation in Adelaide, Pilo commented on the quality of the papers presented at national conference. He said that the Institute and the conference were very professional and on a par with any he had seen internationally. Pilo encouraged non-members to join the Institute and current members to retain their membership in coming years. High praise indeed.     

Andrew Leedham 
Reflections from the Editor 
David Brown

National Conference – A major part of continuing a dialogue 

In his opening address to the National Conference, Andrew Leedham said:

It is my opinion that our conferences should not be just a single event, as successful and enjoyable as they are, but also be the catalyst for a continuum of opportunities to further develop understanding and analyses of issues, development of solutions and measurement of their success.

This is not to diminish the relative importance or the huge amount of work carried out by the organising committee, but in fact quite the opposite.  It recognises that the wealth of information that has been brought together at our National Conference can be the impetuous for on-going dialogue on critical issues.

In part, this will include drip feeding some information leading up to the event.  
In the lead up to this year’s conference we spoke to key note speaker Pilo Willumsen and also some covered material on a few subjects that were being raised in papers.  We also managed to cover an interesting subject from one of our regular companies that hold a trade display at our National Conferences.
We identified subjects, in a short period of time, based on who we could contact and what was specifically known about a few subjects.  It was more short term serendipity than a long-term plan.  If you have any thoughts about subjects that we might cover from the conference, most particularly specific points that you consider are of significant importance, please let me know.

It was encouraging that this initial effort at this method of communication lead led to some constructive dialogue, some contacts were made with colleagues who had not be in touch before, some commitments to attend the conference and some decisions about further actions.

Some social issues

The AITPM is a broad church and while we will not divert from our mission which is focused on transport we accept that this is within the very wide context of our entire community.

On the first day of the conference two social issues were touch on.  While we will not go into them in great detail, nor try and take a particular stance on what can be sensitive issues, but it is interesting to see the sensitive way some of our key speakers embraced the subjects.

Both Councillor Frances Gilley and Minister Luke Donellan started their talk with an acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the land.  But they did a little more than just recite the usual words.  They reflected, positively, on our history and they both saw a constructive way forward particularly with their children’s generation.
Councillor Frances Gilley said:

"Can I start by acknowledging that we're on the land of the Wurundjeri people and the Kulin nation.  

"I might only have been here 20 years and it seems to me that we have this extraordinary history; 65,000 - 70,000-year history and we seem not to have got great at embracing that oldest culture in the world.
"And certainly, for me, to be happy here and for my children to be proud of the land that they're on, I think we have to get better at saying we honour that past, we honour the elders of the people of the Kulin nation, past, present and future and that we want to embrace them and have them change the way we might be going in the future. They certainly managed to live here more sustainably than we did and that's obviously got to do with lots of reasons but we could certainly learn a thing or two I think."
Minister Luke Donellan said:

I begin I'd also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land of which we stand and pay my respects to their elders past and present.  As we were saying, it is the oldest living civilization of the world and it's something that I don't think, for many years, that we've been proud enough of and I think it's the young ones like my school and my son and my two sons who are incredibly proud of that now. 
It is interesting to note how the Aboriginal forebears developed a community where they did not have any animals that could help with travel or farming; you cannot ride a kangaroo and you cannot hitch up a wombat to plough a field.  Perhaps this could be a subject for us to ponder on for us to consider the real values we seek in a thriving community.

The second issue that Councillor Gilley very briefly mentioned was marriage equality.  It was interesting that he concluded his opening address with a transport metaphor when he said “I don't mind what your opinion is - but let's travel this road together”.

Beware the scam

At least one presenter at the conference received an email offering to publish their paper in another journal.  In part, the email said:

This is Journal of Traffic and Transportation Engineering (ISSN 2328-2142), a professional journal published across the United States by David Publishing Company, Valley Cottage, NY, USA.

We understand this to be a scam.

David Brown

2017 National Conference

The National Conference was an outstanding success. 

In Melbourne, another transport organisation expressed amazement that such an outstanding event can be organised with a predominance of volunteer labour.

When you receive emails from members of the organising committee that are time stamped after mid night, this is just one of the reminders that their commitment is way above the normal call of duty.
Our heartfelt thanks to conveyors Reece and Scott, National Vice President Paul Smith, Victorian President Emmanuel Natalizio and the following committee members:
  • John-Paul Maina
  • Louisa Sorrentino
  • Ian Butterworth
  • Trent Bulmer
  • Chris Bright
  • Mark Rowland
  • Dave Keenan
  • Chris De Gruyter
  • Emily Coldbeck
  • Sachin Prasad
  • Daniel Mustata
  • Louise Baldwin

Conference Sponsors

Conference Photos

This and following newsletters will have a range of photos from the conference.  Here are a few.

Reflections from the opening session

We will be reproducing some of the information in coming months from the presentations in this newsletter and in the AITPM video news.  For now, here are some reflections and quotes from the opening session.

Andrew Leedham – AITPM National President
In his opening speech, our National President Andrew Leedham gave a concise summary of the enormous impact this National Conference would have when he said:

The attendance at this conference over the next two days will surpass anything we have witnessed in 38 prior conferences. This is evidence that there is significant interest in participating in a forum that provides for the sharing of information, ideas and possible solutions to the challenges we face.
Andrew’s opening address began with a comment that become a running quip throughout the conference:
“And if you have travelled here from regional Victoria, interstate or overseas, welcome to Melbourne – the world’s most liveable city.

That is at least until the latest EIU ranking determined this morning has been announced.

Coming from the cross-border rival city of Adelaide however, which is ranked 5th in the world, I may refute Melbourne’s claim if only on principle.

But regardless of the ranking of our cities, their “liveability” is being constantly challenged by growth in urban population and the attendant increase in demands on city services and infrastructure.

But he was also quick to point out that the value of the conference was more than in the two days of presentations and the one day of work shops.  He gave one very clear example:

The AITPM is committed to do more than hold meetings and conferences and past conferences have shown we can take up and run with an issue.

In Adelaide 2014, questions were asked about the usefulness and accuracy of demand forecasting models. AITPM responded through its Transport Modelling Network to develop a Code of Practice aimed at addressing the ethical and professional issues in the use of transport models. The draft Code is being launched at the modelling workshop on Friday and the aim is to get all transport modellers in the industry to sign up to this Code.

Cr Frances Gilley

The AITPM prides itself in being an eclectic group of professionals.  In the past, this mainly meant encouraging land use and transport professionals to work together but more recently we see input from street designers and the medical profession to name but a few.

This diversity is no better exemplified than by the address to open the conference by Melbourne Councillor Frances Gilley.

Our National President gave as concise a summary as possible of Councillor Gilley’s diverse experience, when he introduced him: 

Councillor Gilley first worked in the corporate world of hospitality and stock broking in the United Kingdom. He started the Furniture Resource Centre and built this into the UK’s leading social enterprise organisation, providing assistance and employment opportunities to homeless people. For this, he was awarded the MBE. 

In 1996 he was ordained an Anglican priest and two years later he emigrated to Australia where he was the CEO of the Brotherhood of St Laurence from 1998 to 2004. This work earned him an Australian Centenary Medal. 

In 2004 Cr Frances Gilley founded and led for-profit environmental and social purpose businesses Easy Being Green and Cool nrg International. These businesses have worked with Governments, the World Bank, global financial institutions and some of Europe’s leading companies to develop and deliver ground-breaking climate and antipoverty programs globally. 

Cr Gilley also works with and advises a range of startups in IT and the arts.  

He was one of the first 30 social entrepreneurs selected to join the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship at the World Economic Forum. 

Cr Frances Gilley is Council’s Chair of the Transport portfolio and Deputy Chair of the Aboriginal City portfolio.  He is also the Council representative on the Metropolitan Transport Forum 

In his address Cr Gilley set the scene by encouraging diversity and inspiring all of us to make an impact no matter what our back ground.

I'm dyslexic and I got kicked out of school when I haven't got a university degree and I see the world differently. That's my contribution it seems to have been … the things I've done in business is I see it differently.

Like any good communicators he added a reflection of what people are actually doing:

If you go and stand on the corner of Collins Street and Spencer Street right now this morning ten thousand people will cross those traffic lights during the out between 8:00 and 9:00 that will be 15000 people already. They can't stand on the pavement. They overflow on the pavement between the green lights.

He also had a unique vision:

And we want this city to be liveable. So as somebody who knows nothing about anything, right, I think the only way we're going to be a beautiful liveable city is if that city the CBD has no vehicles in it other than trams. 
And those trams, I think we'll be going through trees and over grass or maybe, you know, maybe planted beds of camomile and Thyme.

Thyme Square. We may have at Thyme Square. The tram goes over it and all you can hear is smell is the time as it goes over cyclists walking.

The Hon Luke Donellan – Victorian Minister for Roads and Ports
The Minister’s address was impressive.  He resisted the political approach of just giving a tedious list of transport projects to which his government has allocated funds.  Instead he gave some insight, information, situational analysis and the resultant government strategy for a critical commodity for his home state. 

Several extracts from his speech exemplify his point:

Victorian exports more food and fibre by value than any other state in Australia. 
And how we get those commodities and the farm gate to port is a strong factor in very much our international competitiveness our reliance on agricultural commodities means that a strong dependence on road freight. And that's because you can only connect the farm gate to the freight by one transport mode and that is very much roads.

Last year Victoria exported some $11.9 billion worth of food and fibre that's over a quarter of the nation's exports. How we connect the farmgate with the port means more competitive prices for our exports and better returns for our farmers our reliance on agricultural exports is shaped to be a unique network and one that is resolved in historically heavy investment in roads and bridges.

It's grounded transport network unlike those of other states where wealth is dug out of the ground or one of one or two holes and shipped by rail to the port.

Rail handles about 50 percent of the nation's freight task but in Victoria this pocket proportion is a lot smaller. It's only about 12 percent and it's not just agricultural commodities that feed this road transport bias. It's also at Victoria's status as the manufacturing hub. Strong food processing industry, our high tech manufactures, our work and our world class researchers are all heavily reliant on road transport to get their products to market.

It's a fact that Victoria is very much geographically compact which means we don't get the benefits of rail of long distances that other states do. And there are also what we call institutional barriers take up a role. And one of them is very well known. Victoria Rail network has two separate rail gauges.

The port of Geelong has to operate as an operational advantage because it's serviced by both broad and standard gauge network. Portland is serviced solely by the standard gauge. Ideally farmers and grain marketers would have access to both ports. The Port of Portland has a deep draft …. yet its lack of access to the broad-gauge network has been one of the factors that …. held back its potential to take a larger share of the bulk export grain market. I think currently the Port of Portland exports about 10 percent of Australia's products by value.

The $440 million Murray Basin Freight Rail Project is designed to overcome this challenge. It's a project jointly funded by the state and Commonwealth Governments and it will deliver a number of benefits by standing by standardizing the key freight lines. It will open competition to operators of state or standard gauge rolling stock by increasing allowable axle weights it will boost average train payloads from eighteen hundred tons to two thousand five hundred times and by giving farmers in the Murray Basin access to a deep-sea port in Portland.

However, the fact remains that despite our investment in rail road transport will still continue to dominate the regions of that.

In this year's budget, a $38 million investment will fund improvements in heavy vehicle and productivity and keep freight routes particularly on the HUME freeway and the princes Highway East.

Keynote speaker: Brent Toderian
Brent Toderian is a nationally and internationally respected practitioner thought-leader with 24 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design.

In recent years, he has advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Groningen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Perth, Rotterdam, and Sydney, and in Canada the cities of Abbotsford, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Ottawa, Regina, Surrey, and Vancouver.
Brent’s establishment of TODERIAN UrbanWORKS (TUW) in early 2012 followed 6 years of significant achievement as Vancouver BC’s Chief Planner (2006-2012).

In the light of Andrew’s light-hearted introduction and that Vancouver has previously made the top of one list of the most liveable cities, Brent initially diverted from his prepared speech to make a point about rating of cities.

I think you invited me here because you just wanted someone from Vancouver to be here when the announcement about the most liveable city came out.  
I didn't realise that at the time but I think I'm smelling a rat.  (laughter from the audience)

I'm going to ad lib for a second and I'm going to say my advice to you is to not take the announcement in a little while too seriously.

If you think I'm just being small and petty; neither is Vancouver.  Even if you believe in rankings, which I don't, and especially rankings for that purpose H.R. rankings for the purposes of figuring out hardship allowances for people that are moving around the world.

Even if you do, there are four such rankings and there is only one city in the world that’s at the top of all four rankings.  Melbourne is only at the top of one.  You guys are kind of cherry picking …. the same way Vancouver did when Vancouver was at the top of that ranking.  The only ranking city that's at the top of all four is Vienna.  So, all hail Vienna!

You can stand no chance of being either the most liveable city in the world or even just a liveable city if you don't get what we're going to talk about. Right. And I can say to you this you're not the most liveable city in the world because you are still predominantly at a city, regional scale a car dependent city and you cannot be the most liveable city in the world if you're in a car dependent city.

As a matter of fact what I've often said is if you're not the most walkable city in the world you're not the most liveable city in the world because those two things are fundamentally different.

The main thing those rankings are for is to get attention to the people that put them out. And for politicians to have bragging rights against their colleagues in other cities around the world.

Brent went back to first principles on what basis we are looking at a city.

So when I think about all the transportation planners and professionals and participants in this room I keep coming back to a sort of a fundamental truth through understand traffic in cities you have to understand cities and people and one of my great observations great in the sense of important observations has been that we've been letting our cities from a transportation perspective be designed by people that I'm convinced don't understand cities they may understand car movement as a geometric exercise but they don't understand cities and they don't understand how people behave when conditions change.

Are you taught on the job about cities and people? And I get varying responses from varying traffic engineers. It comes down to me about a conversation about this word. Have you heard this word plangineer?  I think Vancouver was the one who actually coined that in the exercise to develop the 1997 transportation plan which I call probably the most important plan that Vancouver ever did and it was put together after a fundamental failure of between the engineers and the planners where they were forced together into a room and a process half and half. Planners and engineers to come up with a plan that represented a common definition of success.  Building a great city not moving cars. And out of that they started to call them plangineers and the engineers particularly took pride in using this term.

Brent gave a range of examples on how the range of professionals who have an input into city planning is much wider now than it ever has been.

And I know that I like to note that this is the result of a press conference that was held by four top public health officials around the greater Toronto area and they all they talked about was transit and walkable cities and urban biking and they got a ton of press a ton of media and I commented at the time that if for Chief planners had called a press conference the media wouldn't have come. But the doctors did it. This is powerful in terms of an ally. The new most important ally we have in the city making are the public health care officials.

Brent confessed that maths was not his strongest subject and early in his career he was often overwhelmed with numbers and graphs from engineers.  But now he is getting relevant numbers from many areas and they are supporting the call for more sustainability, including from an economic perspective.

Every city in Canada is doing fundamental new math about the costs of growth versus up relative percentages. Brisbane and the new regional plan that I helped them in the shaping southeast Queensland is one of the first places that started to do this better and it's really important because it's billions of dollars of difference. This is a small municipality in Canada and the difference was billions of dollars in infrastructure costs. That makes it impossible to ignore whether you're a so-called fiscal conservative or progressive.

It's not just what you do, but what you don’t do.

It involves not just doing things better and starting new things like putting in bike infrastructure for example. It requires you stopping doing the wrong things and fixing the mistakes. I see so many cities trying to have their cake and eat too investing relatively small amounts of money in multimodal infrastructure but still doubling down on car infrastructure trying to have your cake and eat it too and wondering why you're not getting mode's shift which is your goal or at least it should be. 

Some other important matters from National Conference

Workshop - Forum and Site Tour with Melbourne Metro Rail Authority

One of the three workshops held on the Friday following the National Conference was a presentation and site visit of the Metro Tunnel project by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority. Following an overview and presentation on various aspects of the project by senior staff from MMRA, a tour of the CBD north station construction site in Swanston Street was conducted. The challenges and complexities of constructing such a major piece of infrastructure in a highly urbanised environment was highlighted to the 60 attendees of the tour.

Expected to be completed in 2026, the $11 billion metro tunnel will free up Melbourne's biggest bottleneck by running three of its busiest train lines through a new tunnel. Twin nine-kilometre tunnels will deliver a new dedicated pathway through the heart of the city for Melbourne's busiest rail lines, creating space for more trains to run more often across Melbourne's rail network. The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east, with high capacity trains. As a result, capacity will be created on the network to enable 39,000 more passengers to use the rail system during each peak period.

The Metro Tunnel is the first step towards a 'metro-style' rail network for Melbourne with the 'turn up and go' train services that are the hallmark of the world's great cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.”

Ian Butterworth

Life member Wendy Adam

AITPM was honour to present life membership to Wendy Adam at the National Conference dinner.  National Secretary Dan Sullivan gave a brief history of many of the things Wendy has done for the Institute including the following:

Wendy has remained an active supporter of AITPM throughout her career, a support that continues today with contribution to the preparation of the course material for AITPM’s Courses and Education activities.  She has provided ongoing volunteer support in the preparation of the 50th anniversary video and in assisting in interviews of prominent members of the transport profession.
Wendy has been an energetic participant in the Traffic and Transport industry throughout her career as a leader and manager in the government and private sectors.  She continues to serve the industry in volunteer and research roles. 

Wendy was on the AITPM Committee in 1980’s before the establishment of the National structure and was heavily involved in the organisation of early Forum’s in Sydney.
She was later instrumental in establishing the new QLD AITPM Branch and became the inaugural Branch President for that branch.  With the committee, they organised a conference on the Gold Coast to address the Traffic & Transport impacts of tourism. 

Wendy later moved to NSW and was subsequently elected the Branch President of that Branch. 
She remains the only person in our 51-year history to hold the office of Branch President in two states. 
AITPM proudly recognises Wendy Adam as the recipient of a Life Member Award from AITPM in 2017. 

Papers available to members on our website

National Conference papers are now available on the AITPM website.  Members will have to enter a password to access the content using the link:  The password is MEL2017

The young, the mature and women are some of the stakeholders we want to encourage

At the National Conference, we quite rightly, honoured the recipients of the Young Achiever awards.
The AITPM, with the support of VicRoads, also gave 20 young women the chance to participate in the conference.

And the Institute, with the support of National Platinum Sponsor, Austraffic, covered the cost of attendance to 10 professionals who have retired from careers in transport, to ensure that we still engage with the “wisdom of the elders”.

You can see some of the feedback from these initiatives in the Letters to the Editor Section of this newsletter.

Now is the time to submit your Paper for the 2018 AITPM Conference in Perth!

The ‘Call for Abstracts’ for the 2018 AITPM National Traffic and Transport Conference has begun.

The 2018 AITPM Conference will be held in Perth at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.  The conference will open with a Welcome Reception on the evening of Tuesday 24 July; the main conference will take place on Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 July, followed by workshops/forums held on Friday 27 July.

Papers should be submitted to one of the three conference streams: Traffic Engineering and Road Safety, Transport Planning, and Transport and Land Use Modelling. Within these streams, papers should identify their key areas of interest, for example:
For instructions on how to submit an abstract and all deadlines, go to

AITPM Constitution Ballot Results

From our National Secretary – Dan Sullivan

As members would be aware, a ballot to vote on three resolutions was held closing on 15 August 2017.  Our returning officer has confirmed that these results of the ballot are as follows.  For a resolution to be successful it must receive a “Yes” vote of at least 75% of the votes received. 
Resolution Votes Result
1.       Transfer of registration to a company limited by guarantee Yes – 121
No - 6
Resolution passed
2.       Change the institute’s name to Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Ltd to reflect change to a Company Limited by Guarantee Yes – 123
No – 3
Resolution passed
3.       Adopt a new constitution to support the transfer to a company limited by guarantee Yes – 122
No – 3
Resolution passed
Why did we make these changes?

These changes were made as the structure of AITPM for many years has been as a National organisation, yet we were incorporated and governed by NSW laws.  We are therefore more appropriately governed under the National Corporations Act.  In fact, the NSW government could have instructed to make this change anyway. 

As we have grown, and our financial affairs have grown larger and more complex, the more rigorous compliance requirements under the National Corporations Act are also more appropriate. 

What happens now?

Your National Council will now be progressing with lodging the necessary documents to make this change.  This is likely to take some months as we also draft the appropriate documents to support the new Constitution.  Your National Council will become a Board of Directors and we are arranging the appropriate training to ensure that your Board members operate effectively and comply with the governance requirements. 

How does this affect your AITPM?

There will not be a lot of visible change for members in the way that AITPM operates. 

Our Branch structure will remain with branch members electing the committees and Branch executive.  We are committed to assisting our Branches as they run our technical forums, Back to Basics seminars, breakfast and dinner events exactly the same as we always have.  We are looking at ways to make this offering even stronger and of more value to AITPM members. 

The National Conference will continue to evolve as it becomes more popular, with this year’s conference in Melbourne attracting nearly 500 registrations. 

We have re-focussed on offering improved services and value for AITPM members and importantly we are not proposing any substantial change to the membership categories or the fees that you pay as a member. 
We are now looking to the future as AITPM Ltd continues to build on the success or our 51 year history. 

Letters to the Editor

Background notes: 
  1. Some of the letters were written to the those who organised the attendance of retirees.  Each letter is printed with their permission.
  2. In order to understand the full meaning of some of the letters it is noted that the paper at the National Conference presented by John Reid was tilted “Where are we on the scale of data information, knowledge and wisdom?”.  It challenged our approach to data especially Big Data.  It began with the following:
Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
T.S. Eliot – Choruses from The Rock

The presentation also included a few messages written in binary code.
These comments hit the spot.

One member, who read the paper, sent in the following comments:

In regard to the paper “Where are we on the scale of data information, knowledge and wisdom?” these were a few quotes that I found particularly relevant and thought-provoking:

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom”. Wisdom, however, is much more about a process to deeper understanding which will lead to better solutions rather than just a one-off suggestion.

Good management is important but if it is based on poorly developed conclusions (no matter how much data is behind it) then we have lost the plot.

But it is one thing to compile statistics on what trips are being made, it is quite another to conclude the reasons behind any changes that you might detect, or to understand what it really means for the future. The household surveys, while representing a small sample, gave much more breadth to understanding how and why trip decisions were being made and how they were affected by things such as the interaction within a household.

The point is that with a greater knowledge we can consider a much wider range of solutions that might be more acceptable (and thus more readily adapted) to the user. If we have no time to think and ponder what we are doing and how we are doing it then we will be overpowered by circumstances including new technologies.

I’ve no doubt that I’ll be passing your paper on to a few of my colleagues and make it required reading for all our graduates!
Conference afterthoughts - more TS Eliot

Dear David,

When I told my family where I had been during Conference week, my son offered a few (indelicate) interpretations of the initials AITPM.  I replied that my own summary of some of the “new” concepts and messages we heard at the Conference, especially from some of the non-local speakers, was along the lines of “All In The Past, Mate”.  I’ll put some time into how Link and Place has echoes in our long-past explorations into road function and networks – maybe for next Conference.  But the thing that did irritate me, I must admit, was hearing an Australian audience being lectured on “Street not roads”. 

That was the title of Part 8 of the 1976 ARRB Conference Proceedings!  As no doubt, most AITPM members will know, the streets–roads distinction has been part of our technical toolkit for many years.  It was central to reports coming out of the OECD program on safer urban areas in the 1970s.  A lot of ARRB’s contributions to street design and LATM from the seventies to the nineties were based on it, and it is a central theme in the Austroads Guides to Traffic Management in Activity Centres and LATM.  Ironically, Andrew O’Brien and I mentioned it in our chapter on “Neighbourhood Traffic Management” in the international ITE Traffic Engineering Handbook twenty years ago.

When I assessed overseas papers for the ARRB Journal, one of the requirements was that the author acknowledge, or at least be aware of, what was already known and on the record here.   Maybe the organisers of the Perth and later conferences can make a similar request to future keynote speakers. 
“The end of all our exploring is to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time” (TS Eliot, “Little Gidding”).  I bags that for my next paper.
Ray Brindle
Retired Gentleman.

Talking binary
Dear Paul and John 

Thank you both for your kind invitation and sponsorship of this excellent initiative. 

I really appreciated the opportunity and was pleased that I could participate. 

More importantly, it was most exciting to see and hear from a range of excellent speakers each of whom had a message for the transport planning profession. 

It was delightful to be able to meet and talk with many of the younger transport professionals as well as to catch up with former colleagues. 

John: Your presentation on Thursday reminded me that, in the early 1970s, I used to be able to read 8-bit binary code on computer paper tape!!! 

Computer Science was an acceptable major or, in my case, minor stream for a Bachelor of Arts Degree at Monash.  I majored in urban geography. 

Later, I did a Graduate Diploma in Town Planning at the South Australian Institute of Technology, but that’s a story for another day. 

So, in conclusion: 
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Congratulations and thanks for the opportunity to attend! 
Best wishes 
Marianne Richards 

A retiree shows their appreciation
Dear John

I was one who received a complimentary entry to attend the AITPM conference last week in Melbourne
Whilst I have been retired from VicRoads for a while, I have maintained a passionate interest in advocating for bike infrastructure improvements (e.g. the North East Bicycle Link beside the Eastern Freeway as part of EWL; it was adopted by the previous government but then they lost the election!! … I have since been lobbying Minister Donnellan so still hoping….).

I’m also a member of a community group - the Whitehorse Active Transport Action Group (WATAG) and recently made a submission to a Government appointed C175 Planning Amendment Panel Hearing. This heard submissions over a two-week period from mostly developers and some community members regarding Built Form Guidelines for the proposed development of Box Hill as a designated Metropolitan Activity Centre (with development to 20 to 30 storeys - much that seems to be proceeding with little regard to a 'liveable city’ outcomes).

I particularly enjoyed talking to many of the young men and women of our profession noting their interest and enthusiasm for active transport, and their abilities to confidently present on a range of different topics
The keynote addresses were particularly stimulating - in particular those of Brent Toderian, and Prof Billie Giles - Corti; both very relevant to my current involvement with Active Transport advocacy in the development of the Box Hill MAC.

This conference has provided me with a greater network of support in Active Transport field.
Many thanks for your support of me; it was truly a very invigorating conference for me, and will greatly assist myself and WATAG colleagues in advocating further improvements for BH MAC.

Kind regards
Peter Carter

Queensland Branch


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South Australian Branch
13 September – Technical Forum – Getting Around in a Smart City

New South Wales Branch

Traffic Engineering Panel Discussion

AITPM’s traffic Panel discusses issues that are raised in research and practical applications.
Rail Height Effects on Safety Performance of Midwest Guardrail System

An abstract at noted the following:
A research investigation was performed to evaluate the safety performance of increased mounting heights for the standard 787-mm (31-in.) tall, Midwest Guardrail System (MGS) through crash testing and computer simulation. Two full-scale crash tests with small passenger cars were performed on the MGS with top-rail mounting heights of 864 mm and 914 mm (34 in. and 36 in.). Test results were then used to calibrate computer simulation models.

Conclusions: A mounting height of 914 mm (36 in.) was determined to be the maximum guardrail height that would safety contain and redirect 1100C vehicles and not allow underride or excessive vehicle snag on support posts. Recommendations were also provided regarding the safety performance of the increased-height MGS.
Reflections on the research from AITPM members

Peter Greenland
Increasing guardrail heights to accommodate occurrences such as soil erosion, frost heave and future pavement overlays, is not usually done in NSW.

Guardrail heights are strictly adhered to when constructed in NSW because of the need to provide the barrier, which has been crash tested and approved for use, to the manufacturers specification.

Soil erosion does not often happen where guardrails are installed- but may occur where installation is on a road over a creek, with flood waters at high velocity causing erosion. Generally the road level is set above the high flood level (100 year ARI) to protect the roadway and minimise any erosion.

Frost heave occurs when freezing conditions cause ice in the ground to grow towards the surface. This does not occur in the southern hemisphere and so is not a problem to cater for.

Pavement overlays these days are carried out so that the pavement level remains the same. This is achieved by rotomilling and resheeting the pavement – no height is added to the pavement.
Otherwise the test method and assumptions seem acceptable. 
Comments by Brett McClurg
I have only read the abstract as I was unable to access the full paper.  Therefore, please consider my comments in that regard.

By my reading of the abstract, the research appears to be focused on one group of vehicles (small cars) and it is quite common knowledge that barrier installations (type, size, height) that are “successful” for one vehicle type, may be “unsuccessful” for other vehicle types (eg. trucks, motorcycles, larger vehicles/SUVs). 

Therefore, I question whether the findings of this paper might only draw a conclusion for that single vehicle group and when applying this in the field, it may not provide any realistic value, as it may ignore the other vehicle types.

Does the paper tell us anything new?

Whilst I have not done any comparative research (eg. literature review) I suspect that we would find a number of previous research studies (many probably from years and years ago) that tell us the same finding.
Comments by Wes Coller
Firstly, it’s an interesting thought – I don’t work for a road authority and I wonder how much of an issue this is – it would be good to get stats on barrier adjustment costs to understand what costs and time savings could be made.

I would like to know how this affects other road users – more specifically motorcycles and if changing the height affects possible recovery. Certainly underride may show an increase in injury severity.

Is there an opportunity for barrier manufacturers to devise a barrier system with a series of fixing holes at different heights so that the height can be increased when works are carried out and the barrier maintains its structural integrity at each setting?

Temporary line marking in Victoria – Panel discussion

In previous newsletters we have discussed some situations of temporary line marking around road works with particular reference to the yellow lane marking that has been implemented on the freeways near the Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne.  Here is a further comment.
Comments by Peter Greenland

I recently travelled on the Tullamarine Freeway from the airport to the city.

It was my first experience of temporary yellow lines in a work zone.

I noticed the L1 lane lines were replaced with temporary lane lines much longer and with a smaller gap between. This visually defined the new lanes very well. Together with the static and electronic signs advising to ‘stay within yellow lines’, and variable speed limit signs.

I was impressed with the effectiveness of the scheme.

I did not experience travelling on a wet night but it has been reported as ‘working really well’- RIAA.

Maybe NSW will adopt this method of traffic management one day.

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AITPM Qld Branch Half-Day Transport Modelling Seminar 2017

On May 24th, AITPM Qld Branch held our annual Half-Day Transport Modelling Seminar. This event is the premier transport modelling event of the year, and always attracts a good crowd. This year was no exception, with over 80 attendees from government, academia and the private sector. This event was sponsored by PwC, and held in an excellent event space at their Brisbane office.

In a departure from tradition, the event was held in the morning, concluding with a stand-up lunch, rather than as an afternoon session. Feedback on this change has been sparse, but positive.

Our special guest speaker, Steve Kanowski (Chief Economist and General Manager of Strategic Policy at TMR) gave an interesting overview of the Department's current interests in our industry, and a clear indication of the exciting role transport modellers are playing in understanding the impacts of autonomous and demand-responsive transport technologies.

The technical presentations were varied and interesting, with Pedro CamargoYun BuMark PlattzRachael Amies, and Peter Davidson presenting on topics including modelling departure time choice, better approaches to time period choice and destination choice, and impacts of autonomous vehicles. The final presentation was a new concept, and well received, providing a 'highlights reel' from the Transportation Research Board's Planning Applications Conference (held in the USA in mid-May).

The modelling industry in Queensland is now eagerly looking forward to meeting Luis Willumsen and sharing ideas at a national level at the AITPM National Conference in August.

Qld Branch Speed Networking Event 2017

On the 7th May the AITPM Queensland Branch organised a new type of event, being a SPEED NETWORKING EVENT, in Brisbane. A recent survey of Queensland members had revealed a very strong desire to capitalise on the opportunities the AITPM provides in terms of professional networking, renewing old acquaintances and making new friends. The purpose of this SPEED NETWORKING EVENT was to put theory into practice and realise the benefits that we all seek.

The event startedat 5.00pm for a 5.30pm kick off where 33 AITPM members, including representatives from our Platinum, National and Branch Sponsor organisations and a number of special guests, such as Dennis Walsh, the General Manager of Land Transport Safety from the Department of Transport and Main Roads. What followed was a very intense one on one chat for 5 minutes each with 16 individuals over the 90 minutes.

The event was a huge success, with all participants actively participating and sharing their knowledge and experiences with their colleagues. The AITPM Queensland Branch is looking forward to hosting this event again next year.

Victorian Branch technical forum on the Safe System approach

The Safe System approach has been the central theme guiding road safety in Australia since 2004 after being adapted from the Swedish Vision Zero Strategy.  The approach is built on the principles that death and serious injury are an unacceptable trade-off, that humans make mistakes and that humans can only tolerate certain forces. There are five key elements: Safe Roads; Safe Speeds; Safe Vehicles; Safe People and Post-Crash Response.

About 30 people braved a cold Melbourne night to attend a technical forum on the Safe System held on Wednesday 21st June at the offices of WSP in Southbank. With a focus on best practice road safety for the future, the three speakers provided an interesting and engaging presentation on various aspects of where road safety is heading.

Daniel Mustata from VicRoads presented on sustainable safety learnings from Europe following his Kerry Burke Memorial Scholarship tour of Europe to study leaders in road safety. Daniel described examples from Germany, Denmark and the Netherlands and outlined  the Dutch practice of sustainable safety  i.e.  sustainable safe road infrastructure adapted to the limitations of human capacity through road design. Principles have been developed to achieve safe roads based on scientific theories and research arising from disciplines of psychology, biomechanics and traffic engineering. One action from this is that lower speed limits of around 30 km/h are becoming common practice in high pedestrian/cycling  areas. Daniel is using the information gathered to help embed the safe system approach into the VicRoads Movement and Place focus.

Paul Mihailidis from Trafficworks Pty Ltd presented on large scale practical implementation measures undertaken in Victoria to help achieve the safe system, particularly the development and implementation of continuous barrier projects in rural Victoria. Hundreds of kilometres of wire rope safety barrier are being installed across the states freeways, highways and major rural arterial roads to prevent the crashes into roadside obstacles and oncoming cars, significantly reducing the chances of serious injury or fatality crashes.

David Young, Senior Planner at Arup advised us that the introduction of automated vehicles (AVs) to the global market is leading to a seismic shift in the way our transport systems perform and operate and road safety will not be immune from the effects.

David discussed the opportunities and challenges that the Safe System will face with the transition to an AV world.  The presentation focused on key questions including “Will all the effects of AVs be beneficial?”, “Do the Safe System principles apply in an AV world?”, “Will AV and non-AV vehicles create a greater road safety issue in the short term?” and “Who needs to act to implement improved safety outcomes in the future?”  David achieved maximum audience participation by asking all present to use their phones to log into an online interactive application to answer questions he posed on hypothetical safety scenarios involving AVs and the audience responses were immediately displayed on screen. The results indicated a wide range of views on some of the questions presented.
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  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Matrix Traffic and Transport Data  - NSW
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  • O’BrienTraffic - VIC
  • Matrix Traffic and Transport Data - VIC
  • Trafficworks Pty Ltd – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC

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