KEY DISCIPLINES

The research program covers four key discipline areas:

Projects within the Network Operations, Road Safety and Heavy Vehicle Management disciplines have been able to realise significant benefits to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads and assist with capability development and fostering of partnerships across the organisations.

These projects drive transport efficiency, reduce demand for infrastructure upgrading and save lives on our roads.

Further information about the projects delivered to date can be read in the Highlights Report.

PAVEMENTS

The Pavements program represents the largest proportion of the NACOE program, with roughly half the total projects and half the total investment.  This program comprises a number of sub-programs, including asphalt, unbound granular and marginal materials, stabilised / modified pavements, surfacing and a number of technology projects.

The Pavements program has the potential to deliver very significant cost savings compared to current practices, allowing for more road projects to be constructed.  The major findings to date can be found in the 2014-15 Highlights Report. Interim savings are being realised now, based on finding to date, with more to be realised at the completion of further trials.

The Pavements program has a strong focus on collaborating with industry to ensure implementation.

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ASSET MANAGEMENT

The Asset Management sub-program has delivered several significant projects to date with a focus on improving:

  • decision making tools
  • asset condition
  • informing government of asset performance
  • better use of maintenance funding
  • network access and reliability

More information on the expected benefits the program will deliver to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads can be found in the 2014-15 Highlights Report.

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STRUCTURES

The Structures program represents approximately 20% of the research program investment.  The program seeks to deliver benefits to the network in a number of ways including;

  • driving cost savings in design and maintenance
  • improving access through better risk management

Major findings to date can be found in the Highlights Report.

More information on the expected benefits the program will deliver to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads can be found in the 2014-15 Highlights Report.

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OTHER

Projects within the Network Operations, Road Safety and Heavy Vehicle Management disciplines are:

  • reducing the road toll
  • driving freight efficiency
  • improving network efficiency
  • improving access

Further information about the projects delivered to date can be read in the Highlights Report.

More information on the expected benefits the program will deliver to the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads can be found in the 2014-15 Highlights Report.

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