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President's Message
Andrew Leedham


In the last week members will have received a link to a discussion paper prepared by Associations Forum on the review of The Institute's Constitution. This review is an important step in the transition for our incorporated body status to a company limited by guarantee. The proposed constitutional changes will also
  • Bring the constitution into line with modern governance practices
  • Enable the Institute to better deliver on its strategic objectives
  • Enable volunteer participation, a highly values attribute, to continue
  • Remove ambiguities and address omissions in the current constitution
I would be the first to admit that reading and analysing Constitutions is not the most exciting activity but the discussion paper is an easy-read document which I urge you to read so as to familiarise yourself with what is being proposed and why. Comments and feedback will be received by Associations Forum by 12 May after which the new constitution will be prepared. Members will have the opportunity to read and comment on the draft constitution in July and to vote on its adoption at the AGM to be held during the national conference in August.

Also planned for presentation at the national conference is the draft Code of Practice currently being developed by the Transport Modelling Network. I have seen the very first draft and am confident that further reviews will deliver a professional document that the transport modelling community will want to reference. The TMN have put in significant time in effort in preparing the Code whilst also providing inputs to the annual national conference each year and contributing to the technical forums in each state.

I look forward to seeing the final draft.

More information on the national conference follows.

Andrew Leedham 

National Conference

The 2017 conference will be held in Melbourne at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.  The conference will start with a welcoming cocktail function on the evening of 15th August; the main conference will follow on 16th August and 17th August and the workshops / forums will be on 18th August.

Conference brochure

Members should have received a conference flyer and a floor plan of the conference area or they can get a copy from our web site

Members are encouraged to pass on a copy of the to the appropriate people in their own company or other organisations or individuals who you think would benefit from participating in our major event. 

Conference Program

Key functions, sessions and speakers at the conference have now been scheduled including:
Tuesday 15 August 2017
  • Welcome and Pre-Conference Cocktail Party
Wednesday 16 August 2017
  • Morning session - PLENARY SESSION 1: THE CHALLENGE – YOUR TRANSPORT FUTURE - Local and International Speakers including Brent Todarian
  • Pre-dinner drinks and Conference Dinner – Melbourne Room, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 
Thursday 17 August 2017 
  • PLENARY SESSION 2: MOVEMENT AND PLACE - Session before lunch - Local and International Speakers
  • PLENARY SESSION 3: WOMEN IN TRANSPORT - Afternoon session - High Profile National Speakers
  • PLENARY SESSION 4: OUR FUTURE – Afternoon session - National and International Speakers
  • Social Evening Networking Event held at the Boat Builders Yard
Friday 18 August 2017
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff offices, Level 15, 28 Freshwater Place Southbank
  • Active Transport Workshop
  • Transport Modelling Interactive Forum
  • Melbourne Transport Projects Tour 
The conference program page on our website is at

Essentially all sponsorships have now been sold but if you have a desire and an interest for your organisation to have a part in the conference you can talk to Paul Smith on the contact details below. 


Conference Enquiries
Karen Hooper
PO Box 1070
Toombul Qld 4012
Ph: 0413 828 721

Conference Convenors
Scott Benjamin
Mob: +61 406 798 196

Reece Humphreys
Mob: +61 411 961 816
Sponsorship Coordinator
Paul Smith
Mob: +61 419 766 990
Reflections from the Editor 

David Brown
  • AITPM Video News – Comment and Feedback
  • New Cities Reference Group brings expertise to the table
  • Statement on Datum Modernisation
  • New M5 Draft Urban Design and Landscape Plan
  • In-ground traffic lights
  • Aerial Photography

AITPM News Videos

The regular AITPM video news features continue to produce above average amounts of comments and feedback from the strategic to the light hearted.

The strategic

We did two stories on the road corridor inquiries in Sydney in the early 80s where Justice David Kirby presided over a process that eventually stopped two major roads being built.
AITPM member Wendy Adam gave a beautiful summary of one of the inquiries:

For the Kyeemagh-Chullora review … it was the inability of Main Roads to make coherent and sufficient planning justification for their mega-highway approach that killed the project.  It was justifiable for future freight movements, and the failure to construct when they could have had a detrimental impact on the environment of the roads in their communities in the subregion for years.  But the state did not make the freight case because they had no data, instead looked very arrogant with little in the plan for environmental protection for the creek valley and affected properties.  The enquiry stopped an outdated highway plan from being built, but stopped it so dead that "good" road planning was delayed too long. 

The practical detail

We also did two stories on the proposed “trackless bus” down the middle of Parramatta Road.
AITPM member Martin Prowse posted the first video on the AITPM forum page on LinkedIn which enhanced it coverage.

Some initial response indicated that we should never dare to call something that was not on tracks a “tram” but there were also comments of the more practical nature, including:
  • How do passengers access the centre platforms? (must be close to signalised intersections)
  • How do you find the width (on Parramatta Road) to create a sufficiently wide centre platform and still maintain three lanes in each direction?
  • Stops cannot be close to intersections with turning bays.
  • Stops should be put on the departure side of the intersection 
And the light-hearted reflection

The NSW road authority, the RMS, is doing a good job of compiling historical information including photos and film.

We did a short story using their pictures

They have some uncut footage of their display at the 1969 Royal Easter Show which included toy construction equipment and a demonstration of a car having to take a series of tight corners which looks quaint by today’s standards.  But it reminded me of when our eldest son was young and there was a fascination with construction equipment.  I remember when we were away on holidays and he woke at 3:00 in the morning to stare out of the window and the workman with their equipment.  Now they would look it up on YouTube if they had any interest at all.

There were also pictures of the original DMR Bell 47 helicopter VH-DMR in the same shade of orange as major plant items.

We received several other comments about the clothes at the time including the fact that none of the apparel on the children had company logos.


New Cities Reference Group brings expertise to the table

The Australian Government has announced the establishment of a Cities Reference Group to help advise Government on cities policy.

Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation Angus Taylor said the Cities Reference Group comprised leading thinkers on cities issues in Australia, as well as internationally renowned experts.

Statement on Datum Modernisation

The fully operational and enhanced global and regional satellite navigation constellations including Galileo (Europe), GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), Beidou (China), QZSS (Japan) and IRNSS (India)  will enable affordable consumer grade GNSS positioning to better than 50 cm accuracy and augmented positioning to better than 3 cm accuracy in real–time.


New M5 Draft Urban Design and Landscape Plan

I remember a branch tour of road construction sites in Victoria quite a few years ago where they proudly showed off their noise reduction walls that had fancy patterns and colours to make them more aesthetically appealing.

Now the Westconnex in Sydney has released its Urban Design and Landscape plan.

It cannot be denied that the level of consideration is certainly intense and is presented in a language that is not pure engineering.

In regard to noise walls (page 303 in this 404 page document) they state that:

The requirement for noise walls and headlight screens provides an opportunity to enhance the driver experience and contribute to a considered and choreographed journey along the overall WestConnex project.

As a highly visible element, noise walls and headlight screens play an important role in orientating the driver along the route and connecting them to the surrounding context.

The other problem is that the digital file size for this PDF report is over 78 Mb.  Clearly the government of the day foresaw the future of public documents when it announced the need for the NBN network.

One very real issue though is “Should the sound walls be transparent?”


In-ground traffic lights

Two cities in Australia are trialling in-ground pedestrian traffic lights to reduce crashes involving pedestrians, especially those addicted to their mobile phones.

In Sydney they have been installed as red lights at the intersections of Pitt and Goulburn Streets, and Hay and Dixon Streets for when pedestrians should not cross.

In Melbourne, they are conducting a one-year trial at one of the city’s busiest intersections for pedestrians.
In Melbourne, they are conducting a one-year trial at one of the city’s busiest intersections for pedestrians. Four sets of flashing lights were installed at the corner of Swanston Street and Little Collins Street. Different from Sydney’s scheme, these lights turn red and green to signalise when pedestrians can or cannot cross the road.

I was in Melbourne recently when a pedestrian was crossing the road at the correct time but he was looking at his phone so intently he was dawdling along at a speed that was going to take him minutes to get out of the way.

He may well have claimed that he was in the right but his approach did not enhance the consideration between car drivers and walkers in general.

Then again this is not necessarily a new thing, just one that is more prevalent.

I have just read former quiz champion and MP Barry Jones’s autobiography “A Thinking Reed” where he said that, from an early age, he learnt to walk and read at the same time in his home town and was very surprised to find out that few other people did this sort of thing when he started to live in the big city.

Aerial Photography

We have had a number of trade stands at AITPM conferences from mapping companies and aerial photography companies.

I remember one demonstration at the Brisbane conference where it was shown how aerial photography was being used to survey vegetation on the side of the road and even road and linemarking conditions.

I received an email from Nearmap, an organisation that takes extensive aerial photographs.  They sent in some images on major transport projects such as the Westconnex and the Sydney Light Rail.

They have also took photos of the flooding in Queensland.

Alan Finlay and I are interested in doing a piece on traffic and transport issues in floods so I am contacting Nearmap to see what they have got.

If anyone knows anything about Nearmap or what was necessary from our profession when dealing with the floods please let us know.

David Brown

Matrix - Conference Diamond Sponsor

Marty Prowse, Managing Director of Matrix Traffic and Transport Data announces the opening the first New Zealand office. “I am excited with the opportunities that the Mt Wellington office offers to Matrix, and these premises will serve as our New Zealand Head Office,” said Marty.
Kevin John, Director of Market Development, is motivated by the swift progression of Matrix survey operations in New Zealand. “We started our journey 18 months ago and are pleased to observe rapid growth in our operations, making the prime location of our Mt Wellington office necessary,” he noted.

Gi Sun Hong, New Zealand General Manager defines the location of the Mt Wellington office as integral to ensuring a smooth and optimal operation “I am delighted with the location of the new Matrix office, mid-way between the airport and Auckland CBD, with fantastic commuter access. It’s important to have the capacity to employ local staff, a central office location, new complex facilities and great space that provides potential to continue to grow and develop over the coming years.” 
Matrix specialises in full service data collection and comprehensive reporting that facilitates Traffic Engineers, Councils and Government agencies to make important planning & infrastructure decisions. Our unique data collection systems and expertise, developed over 20 years, enable us to undertake simple to complex surveys. 
Matrix specialises in full service data collection and comprehensive reporting that facilitates Traffic Engineers, Councils and Government agencies to make important planning & infrastructure decisions. Our unique data collection systems and expertise, developed over 20 years, enable us to undertake simple to complex surveys. Our experienced staff can assist with survey design, data collection methodologies and customised reporting. We have unique software packages for data quality auditing, which is flexible and supports a wide ranging reporting requirements. Our knowledge and implementation of safe work practices across our business operations, ensures the safety of our staff and public spaces at all times.
Our wide range of data collection and reporting services includes: Intersection Counts | Automatic Traffic Counters (ATC) | Bluetooth Surveys | Parking Surveys | Pedestrian and Cyclist Surveys | Travel Time Surveys | Origin Destination Surveys | Queue Length Surveys | GIS Mapping

National Safe Active Streets Workshop

On 23 and 24 of March a National Safe Active Streets Workshop was held in Perth, with around 200 people attending the interactive knowledge-sharing event as an opportunity to help shape the future.  To add to the workshop, AITPM planned the March National Council meeting to tie in with the event, and a National Cycling Strategic Planning Day was also held the day before the event to enable good attendance by the members of the Australian Bicycle Council.  Finally, adding extra appeal was the prominent Dutch blogger Mark Wagenbuur, who flew in for the workshop.

The first day was a series of presentations and interactive discussions on the Perth Safe Active Streets projects followed by an afternoon on bikes or on a bus to tour the three streets that have been transformed (or are in construction).  The Perth approach involves the use of traffic calming at 100–150m intervals, road narrowing to reduce operating speeds, and reducing the regulatory speed limit to 30km/h.  The first street converted, Shakespeare Street in Mt Hawthorn, has achieved many goals; cycling numbers are increasing and the kids are safely out playing in the streets after school and on the weekends. 

Given that there are no Austroads guidelines for 30km/h streets, Perth’s first three projects have faced some challenges, but by taking an engaged and collaborative approach across state and local government, the private sector, community and advocacy groups, ideas have become reality.  These ideas have been progressively improved as each project and each stage has been planned and designed, such that we are now seeing some fundamentals established, such as:
  • Road widths should ideally be in the order of 4.5m; one section has gone down to 4.2m.
  • Parking on surplus pavement should be slightly raised, be a different colour and have plantings between spaces at regular intervals to break up long straight sections of street.
  • Standard sight line requirements should not be followed (except at regulatory controlled intersections) as uncertainty reduces operating speeds without sacrificing safety.
  • Traffic calming in the form of raised plateaus, lateral shifts and one-lane slow points should be placed at 100-120m centres, with a maximum spacing of 150m.
  • Any cross road that is 50km/h or higher should not only be calmed at the intersection with the Safe Active Street with raised plateau, but also on approach with raised, flat-topped speed humps. These are to ensure that all approaches are down to a 30km/h operating speed and drivers are aware that they are approaching a Safe Active Street.
  • Signage is minimised with no signage for traffic calming devices and regulatory speed limit signage being reduced.
  • Collaborative design development and reviews with a mix of state and local government representatives, advocates, and 3–5 private sector representatives creates an innovative environment that breaks down the attachment to past standards and guidelines.
  • Independent Peer Reviews through the various stages of the projects keeps a fresh set of eyes on the designs to find any safety issues or missed opportunities. 
  • A post-opening Road Safety Audit should form part of any project to capture any unintended safety issues with mitigation measures to follow.
  • Behaviour change programs that engage with the community are a fundamental part of any project.
  • Demonstration projects enable new standards to evolve that are fit for purpose and work in practice, which also enables change at a faster rate.
  • Overall, the approach involves Imagineering, Inspiring and Influencing (the three I’s) to Enable outcomes.
Capping off day one was an evening with Mark Wagenbuur.  The evening started with a networking event, which was well-earned after an up-to-43km bike (or bus) ride around the projects.  Mark provided commentary for a great range of blogs from his travels in The Netherlands and also other parts of the world, such as the United States.  Overall, the key point was to create a safe environment for cyclists with great end of trip facilities, while also providing appropriate road, rail, LRT and bus infrastructure to create people-centric cities with outstanding mobility and accessibility.  His range of videos can be viewed at: .

The first half of Day Two provided a knowledge-sharing experience of approaches and challenges in Adelaide, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane.  Each city provided an expert with great passions for creating safe streets with a focus on cycling.  Common threads were the approach to lower speed streets through demonstration projects and some of the challenges to break down old cultures and thinking.

The key points were:
  • Low-cost demonstration or trial low-speed local road conversion projects are being embraced across Australia, but funding remains a challenge in some states.
  • Most states are either installing or working towards trial 30km/h streets, with NSW retaining 40km/h streets.
  • Quiet, parallel routes adjacent to arterial roads provide a very good option for enhancement for cycling, while also reducing rat running. Route selection in cul-de-sac subdivisions may also be possible (if more challenging).
  • The next frontier is incorporating 30km/h streets from the beginning in new subdivisions.
  • To be effective sharrows should be in the middle of the running lane, with spacing generally every 50–75 m)
  • Some Road Authorities will not accept 30km/h speed limits unless the Austroads guidelines are updated to reflect the option.
  • Crossings at arterial roads require careful exploration and may require changes in access, such as turning restrictions, to safely accommodate cyclist and pedestrian crossing requirements. 
  • Colour treatments at intersections and midblock crossings are being trailed at some locations to highlight crossing points to motorists;
  • The preferred approach for crossing multi-lane arterial roads is via traffic signal control.
  • Roundabouts on cycling routes should be modified to radial approaches  rather than the traditional tangential approach to reduce operating speeds.
  • Crashes involving cyclists have been trending upwards in recent years on 50 and 60km/h roads.
  • No one has all of the solutions, but we must work together and continue to share ideas to develop safe options for the future.
The AITPM National Committee, represented by Emmanuel Natalizio (Victorian Branch President), Jacob Martin (Western Australian Branch President), Kyriakos Ttyrologos (Queensland Branch President), Chris Dunn (South Australian Branch President) and Paul Smith (National Vice President), took the opportunity to be involved, by holding its national committee meeting to coincide with the Safe Active Streets Workshop.  The Workshop provided National Council with direct access to the Western Australian traffic and transport industry and a hands-on opportunity to network with State and Local Government, Consultants, advocacy and community groups.  The format of the workshop, culminating in site visits and tour (bike or bus) to Perth's high quality, extensive and connected bicycle network, provided opportunities for group and intimate discussions in a relaxing and professional atmosphere.

Paul Smith said 'My observations were there has been an amazing amount of work undertaken on Perth's bicycle network over the past 5 - 10 years.  It all looks brand new!  It is obvious that State and Local Government , together with their consultants, respective advocacy and community groups and local neighbourhoods have all been intimately involved in finding, developing and implementing  innovative solutions to benefit cycling environments, but done so in a way which strongly integrates with the local communities.  The connectedness of Perth's cycling network  provides it with a competitive transport alternative, while also meeting recreational  cycling needs.  The National Council congratulates the organisers of Safe Active Streets Workshop, and particularly past National President Craig Wooldridge, for the interactive learning environment and thoroughly enjoyable and engaging experiences enjoyed by all National Council members.  Excellent Effort!’

A summary report along with the presentations will be available on Monday 8 May at
Craig Wooldridge
A/Executive Director Integrated Transport Planning
Department of Transport Western Australia
Past AITPM National President
Some of the attendees test riding the May Street project in Bayswater.

The rainbow zebra crossing from the Leake Street project in Bayswater, which connects the Bayswater Primary School with their oval where the safe active streets bisects.  The crossing did not meet with the usual Zebra crossing warrants, so we went for the non regulatory  approach that ties in with the school nicely.  The on path Give Way signs for cyclists still need to be installed.  The green surface is the treated road that also serves as the school car park.
The panel of national experts from each state.
Riders including AITPM’s National Vice President Paul Smith and Victorian Branch president Emanuel Natalizio.

Road safety reflections on a road trip through NSW and Victoria

I recently had a driving holiday centred on the Victorian Great Alpine Road, which connects Wangaratta to Bairnsdale, via the alpine area of Mt Hotham. The route was from Sydney via the Hume Highway to Milawa, then via Bright, Harrietville, Hotham Heights, Omeo, Lakes Entrance, Mallacoota, Cann River, Nimmitabel, Cooma, and Canberra.

I was reminded of some key differences between NSW and Victoria road treatments as related to road safety and traffic management, despite our ‘national’ standards and guidelines.

Speed Management

Victoria uses ‘buffer zones’ (e.g. 80 km/h) on the outskirts of towns as the speed limit reduces from 100 km/h to 60 or 50 km/h.  NSW uses advisory signs, for example ‘60 Ahead’ rather than an actual speed zone.

At roadworks, I preferred the Victorian practice which includes red flags adjacent to the roadworks speed limit signs.  These appear to grab the driver’s attention more effectively.

Curve Warning Signs

On challenging, winding roads with non-constant radius curves, Victoria sometimes uses a supplementary sign plate ‘Curve Tightens’ to warn drivers of a curve with a reducing radius.  This can be especially helpful for motorcyclists, for whom the Great Alpine Road is very popular.

In NSW, curve advisory sign practice is to use speed plates that always end in 5 km/h, e.g. 45, 55, 65, etc. This is claimed to help distinguish advisory speeds from speed limits (that always end in zero in NSW). Victoria uses any multiple of 5 km/h (e.g. 40, 45, 50, 55, etc).

Guardrail on Curves

In Victoria, I saw many examples of an extra panel of smooth steel underneath the traditional W beam guardrail.  This practice is more motorcyclist-friendly because it minimises the chance of rider entrapment in the vertical supports for the guardrail. In NSW, however, I did not see even one example of this practice, even on the same road (Monaro Highway) as it crossed the state border.  The images below show the Victorian practice (near Chandlers Creek) and the NSW practice (near Rockton).
NSW – no underneath rail protection 
Victoria – underneath rail protection

I sought comment on the apparent different considerations of motorcyclist safety from Scott Benjamin, a keen motorcyclist and road safety auditor, and Technical Director – ITS at WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff.  Scott’s partial explanation was as follows:

“Those signs came from early audit programs.  I can remember the concept of decreasing radius, reverse camber and unexpected access / drive ways as well as unusually rough surface (recognising this is more transient) being key issues back in the late 1990s. Rob Smith was part of the Victorian Motorcycle Council and drove the concept of motorcycle-based audit – i.e. motorcyclists working with road safety practitioners to audit routes.”

It would be interesting to hear from other members about such differences and the reasons behind them.
Alan Finlay
14 April 2017

Designing for Pedestrians and Bicycle Riders training course

AITPM member Dick D van den Dool is one of the people who is running a training course on designing for pedestrian and Cyclists.

Sustainable Transport Consultants is conducting the RMS training course "Designing for Pedestrians and Bicycle Riders" on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th May 2017 at the Rydges Sydney Central Hotel, 22-44 Albion Street, Surry Hills, Sydney. This two-day training course will provide road designers, planners, engineers, and consultants with the latest information, resources and techniques in pedestrian and cycling facilities design. It will also assist you to comprehensively include walking and cycling in your ongoing work in the road transport field.

Full details including course program and a registration form in MSWord format is available at:

Feedback sought on 'hands off the wheel' automated vehicle proposal

Interested parties have been asked to make submissions about how the concepts of “control” and “proper control” in the Australian Road Rules should apply to automated vehicles.

The National Transport Commission (NTC) has released a discussion paper, Clarifying control of automated vehicles, calling for input on the development of national enforcement guidelines to clarify if the human driver or the automated driving system is in control at certain levels of driving automation.
Submissions for this discussion paper are open until 4pm Friday, 2 June 2017 via the NTC website.

More information on the NTC’s automated vehicle projects is available on the NTC website.

2017 AITPM NZ Study Tour Award – by Alexandra Kelly 

Earlier this year I was awarded the AITPM NZ Study Tour Award, allowing me to attend the Institute of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ) Transport Group Conference. What a huge privilege!

Prior to the conference I visited some friends in Wellington, before travelling up to Auckland for a brief stopover and then finally heading down to Hamilton for the conference.  From Hamilton we also explored the Waitomo glow-worm caves and Rotorua.

This itinerary set me up marvellously for conference talks. I explored Wellington city, travelled the cable car, cycled the harbourfront, enjoyed walking through a weekend street festival, drove the steep and narrow residential streets, chatted to locals about the port being on reclaimed land that was once water, learnt about some of New Zealand’s volcanic history and saw first-hand the earthquake damage to the port and buildings. I could see for myself the importance of the significant rail and road connections into Wellington’s port and how badly they were damaged due to their location along a major fault line. A brief stint in Auckland was also eye-opening: the sprawl of the city, the local traffic congestion, the scramble for waterfront land in the CBD area, the busy port activities and scarcity of water crossings all stood out to me from the top of the Auckland’s Sky Tower. In just a few days before the conference, I had experienced for myself a sample of the sustainability and safety challenges New Zealand’s transport system tackles daily.

The conference speakers were insightful and very thought provoking. While all made valuable contributions, I’d like to share some of the exceptional presentations that left me with some exciting ideas to reflect upon. 
View overlooking the Port of Wellington, with earthquake damage visible from across the bay
Electric vehicle charging station in action at the Wellington waterfront
One of the plenary speakers who spoke on the conference theme of transport sustainability was Dr. Susan Krumdieck. The interactive presentation had us all thinking about our engineering activities but within a much longer-term 100-year perspective. It had us all thinking more about new vehicle technologies like electric vehicles and AVs, and how these technologies will likely not alleviate the problems of congestion or oil scarcity.

The session made me think deeply about what a future prosperous city in New Zealand or Australia might be like by considering other prosperous cities around the world. There are currently cities under 2 million people in size with less than a 30% personal vehicle mode share! Susan challenged us to imagine the types of “change projects” that could enable future prosperous cities. She invited us to imagine a new reality TV show where teams compete to build the best 1km sections of ‘transition street’ for walking, cycling, trams or other public transport; where the public votes on different elements, like how well the urban area is actively accessible, and how well essential services are co-located.

As we explored the city by foot in the rain I recall feeling grateful for the pedestrian refuge island shelters at busy Wellington intersections like this.
I love the concept of a “change project”. If we are to bring about our desired future state, then we will likely need solutions that are different to the traditional engineering approach.  I reflected on Susan’s presentation that to have sustainable engineering practice now, more than ever before, our industry will need to maintain diverse teams, a mix of viewpoints, longer-term thinkers and fearless imagination.

Another presentation that struck a chord with me given my recent work at SMEC was ‘Enabling the new network – using the business case approach to addressing Auckland’s transportation challenges’. The presenters told of their effective use of visualisations to tell the story of their corridor options assessment work. The corridor planning work was undertaken against strategic outcomes and evaluation criteria that the team established upfront. They thought broadly about their solutions, focussing not on a single mode but rather holistically looking at opportunities to improve all modes under a ‘best for the project’ mindset. I thought their work was a wonderful example of both sustainability in engineering practice and sustainability in a solution.

The Friday sessions were focussed on the topic of transport safety. I recall seeing many statistics that simply surprised me – for instance, cycling is 500 times safer than playing rugby. Many speakers on this day of the conference reiterated the idea that drivers or operators are not infallible, people are vulnerable and that elements of the transport system ought to be designed to minimise harm caused by accidents. For example, intersections and other transport infrastructure could be designed with more forgiving angles of collisions, challenging the traditional 90-degree right angle intersection street approaches.  
The delegates at the conference were a very friendly bunch too and I had a great time chatting to different people in the conference breaks. The conference dinner was a highlight – held at Hobbiton, we enjoyed a Lord of the Rings movie set tour with most of us dressing up as elves or hobbits, making it a most fun and memorable experience. It was a privilege to attend the conference and wonderful for my professional development.

Since returning I have even emailed one of the presenters to discuss how their work might influence a planning study being undertaken here in Australia. The conference has already, and no doubt will continue, to influence my day-to-day activities. Most of the conference abstracts, papers, presentations and research posters are available at the conference website

Congratulations to the organisers and volunteers who made it all happen, and a huge thank you to AITPM for allowing me to participate. 
The conference brought an element of disruption to the previous thinking in our industry. It was great that the traditional understanding of traffic and transport engineering is being challenged again and again – because if we don’t do anything different to the method or the solution, we’ll just keep on seeing more of the same problems.  It has us all thinking – what does the future of transport look like to us? What project will we work on now to make the future happen? 

Sign and photos

Some signs Graeme Pattison has seen in his travels 
And you think we have trouble with removing properties for transport and development

The on-line news service had an interesting story (with photos) about China’s “nail houses”.  These properties, standing alone amid the ruins of other buildings, belong to owners who have stood their ground and resisted demolition.

Here are three of the 21 pictures.
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AITPM Excellence and AITPM Young Professional Awards

Applications for both the AITPM Excellence Awards and Young Professional Awards 2017 are open now until 19 May.

AITPM Excellence Awards
Reward and recognition for innovations in Traffic Engineering/Management, Transport Planning, and Transport and Land Use Modelling and are our premier awards. A brochure and nomination form are available on our website.

Young Professional Awards
For a Final Year Student (Tertiary or Vocational Education) or a First Year Graduate from each state to attend the 2017 AITPM National Conference in Melbourne from 15 to 18 August 2017.  A brochure and nomination form are available on our website.

Excerpts from retirement speech of Bill Lawson, Prinicpal Manager for Major Events at Sydney Transport Management Centre

What a fantastic journey with wonderful people, which makes it even harder to say “good bye”.

My early interests in traffic and transport management were more that satisfied when I joined the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management from the early 1970s and became Honorary Treasurer and Member of the Executive Committee from 1977 to 1982.  With Chris Stapleton, I was a co-author and presenter at AITPM’s 1993 Annual Conference at the Gold Coast on “Traffic Safety Aspects of Subdivision Design – Are We Going Far Enough?”.

I’ve had way over 48 years in various levels of State Government service covering my objective to work for all the road management authorities and the land and water public transport agencies – my first major event management responsibility was the 1988 Bicentennial Celebrations as Convenor of the Public Transport Task Force including Australia Day with the Harrier Jump-jet bowing to Royal dignitaries at Sydney Opera House, which created a huge spectator interest, and public transport demand at The Bicentennial Air Show at Richmond RAAF Base later that year.

For those long-standing members of the Major Events Group over the last 18 years we have done 1,000s of events together.  Some outstanding ones were:
  • Olympic Test Events
  • the Y2K Bug, with NYE Millennium Celebrations set to disable event computer systems
  • Corroboree March 2000, over 250,000 walkers across the Sydney Harbour Bridge
  • The 2000 Sydney Olympics and Paralympics – still regarded as “the best ever”
  • Mark Webber and his F1 on Sydney Harbour Bridge (SHB) at questionable speeds, the Dali Lama and the US Secretary of State in 2005, as well as the very cultural Deniliquin Ute Muster.  Also in 2005, some of us went to Singapore for an event symposium and shared our knowledge and experience on many related and unrelated topics
  • APEC and V8s at Homebush in 2007 and of course the SHB 75th with those hats that after dark gave us 10s of 1,000s of “head lights” on the “road deck”.  This year also brought us the first of Harold Scruby’s 7 Bridges Walk, and what a great success it is today
  • World Youth Day, which was actually a week, and the Rugby League World Cup in 2008
  • we stretched our imagination in 2009 with GRASS and Breakfast on the SHB also the World Masters Games
  • 2010 saw the scuttling of the HMAS Adelaide and Oprah Winfrey at SOH, as well as Houdini on the SHB in a glass box!  This year also saw the beginnings of our 23-night VIVID with a simple display called Macquarie Visions - look at the economic and social benefits it brings to Sydney today
  • Wallabies Ticker Tape Parade 2011.  This year also had the Sydney Marathon and the Davis Cup competing with bush fire hazard reduction needs, as well as the Winged Parachutists over SHB
  • 2012 Bledisloe Cup and the Olympic Welcome Home Parade
  • International Naval Review 2013 as well as Operation Rushmore (drinking law reform) with Police, and NOT allowing an attempt by the Australian Army to fly helicopters under the SHB
  • 2014 was the start of the World Rally Championships in New South Wales
  • then in 2015 from Feb to March we had 28 major events in 6 weeks including Chinese New Year Twilight Festival, Foo Fighters Concert at Sydney Olympic Park, Inter Dominion Harness Racing, Mardi Gras, Cricket World Cup, Operation Slipper a Tri-Military Services Parade and the Easter Show – a most demanding time for all of us.
Then there were the game changers - in May 2015: we saw “Mad Max on the Cahill Expressway” and on to the Sydney Opera House Forecourt (what could go wrong?); and September saw “100 years of Women in Policing” on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

We should not forget the New Year’s Eve Concert at White Bay with the promoter Andrew McManus who was also dealing with the National Cage Fighters as creditors along with Government – a tough gig!

Through my working life and the Event Industry and Transport Management Centre families I have forged some great friendships.

So, it’s been an honour and privilege working with wonderful, professional people - so thanks for the fantastic journey, and whilst I will miss the satisfaction of intense planning and the operational buzz of events and the enormous economic and social benefits we bring to the city and the State, I can now go to VIVID and The Premier’s Gala Concerts for Seniors.

So, the only “Equipping” my wife Dianne and I will do will be to pack for our trips away and the only “dashboard” we will see will be in the car we are driving.

AITPM Queensland Branch event pictures from two events

International Women's Day Breakfast Event

In our April newsletter, we reported on the Queensland branch event which was held on International Women’s day, and had Sally Noonan the Deputy Director General, Department of Transport and Main Roads in Queensland who presented on transport futures. Opening the event on behalf of Austraffic who sponsored the occasion, was Breeanna Brock, CEO of Brisbane Lions AFLW. Breeanna runs the Lion's Women's Team and has worked with AFL Queensland for many years to build and drive their Female Football Programs.

We did not manage to get some photos from this sold-out event so we have them now.
Tech seminar - traffic impact assessments.

South Australian Branch meeting – Traffic Management Centre

Our April forum on 12 April was presented by Michael Southern of DPTI’s Traffic Management Centre.   Michael discussed the ‘day to day’ operations of traffic management within the Norwood Traffic Management Centre with CCTV footage and recent case studies of how traffic was coordinated for the Adele Concert, Clipsal 500, sell out football matches in March and the September 2016 ‘black out’.  Michael showed why SA is in fact the leader in this industry in Australia and internationally, particularly enhanced with the development of the blue-tooth enabled ‘Addinsight’ smart phone app.

Michael is the Team Leader, Operations Room at the Traffic Management Centre at Norwood leading a group of 15 staff and has been with DPTI since 1998

South Australian Branch meeting – Traffic Management Centre

Our April forum on 12 April was presented by Michael Southern of DPTI’s Traffic Management Centre.   Michael discussed the ‘day to day’ operations of traffic management within the Norwood Traffic Management Centre with CCTV footage and recent case studies of how traffic was coordinated for the Adele Concert, Clipsal 500, sell out football matches in March and the September 2016 ‘black out’.  Michael showed why SA is in fact the leader in this industry in Australia and internationally, particularly enhanced with the development of the blue-tooth enabled ‘Addinsight’ smart phone app.
Quirky News

The following are extracts from the radio program Overdrive which is syndicated to stations around Australia on the Community Radio Network and is presented by AITPM members David Brown and Brian Smith and technical expert Errol Smith. Episodes and more stories from the program can be heard at You can also hear about news, features and quirky news via twitter @db_drivenmedia.

Innovative line marking – pros & cons

When the new $30 million Stockland Kensington retail development in Bundaberg in Queensland opened for the first time in early April this year, some parking spaces were marked in an unusual way.

Rather than having a single line between each parking space, two lines creating a small island divided each space.

The actual room taken for each parking location is the same but cars have a narrower area to park between the two inner lines.  In fact, it is envisioned that cars park with their wheels on the inner lines.
The intention is to make cars park in the middle of the space and allow a consistent distance between adjacent vehicles.

The company turning soot from vehicle exhausts into art

Soot from vehicle exhausts is being captured by a retrofit device and recycled into ink by a company in Bangalore.

The ink is not currently of sufficient quality to be used in printers but it is used by artists for painting and screen printing for use on bags and clothes.

The World's Most Elegant Public Transit Campaign

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) has a new fleet of subway and streetcars, so why not show them off in style?

In its latest ad campaign launched late last year, called We Move You, dancers from the National Ballet of Canada run, twirl, and twist their way through empty stations.

Portland Anarchists Want to Fix Your Street's Potholes

In Portland, where locals recently peered out their windows to see random street-improvement workers, one dressed in a black mask wielding what looked like a post-apocalyptic cudgel. The men weren’t there for another Trump protest; rather, they were packing asphalt into deep crevices that developed after the Pacific Northwest’s brutal winter.
A small circle of friends created Portland Anarchist Road Care in February as a response to deteriorating road conditions, which they believe make driving and cycling less safe (as well as a financial burden to owners of damaged vehicles).
National Platinum Sponsors
National Sponsors
Major Branch Sponsors
  • Main Roads Western Australia - WA
  • RAC of WA - WA
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - SA
  • RAA - SA
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Matrix Traffic and Transport Data  - NSW
  • Traffic Engineering Centre - NSW
  • VicRoads - VIC 
Branch Sponsors
  • Bitzios- QLD
  • Point8 - QLD
  • PTT - QLD
  • Donald Veal Consultants - WA
  • GTA - WA 
  • GHD - SA
  • Tonkin Consulting - SA
  • O’BrienTraffic - VIC
  • Matrix Traffic and Transport Data - VIC
  • Trafficworks Pty Ltd – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC

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