Roads and transportation


The Roads and Transportation society is for engineers with an interest in road and rail design, transport planning and traffic engineering.

The Active Travel Series shares knowledge on the planning, design and delivery of walking and cycling schemes. The free-to-attend webinars are delivered by the National Transport Authority in collaboration with the Engineers Ireland Roads and Transportation Society. Learn more here

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Roads and Transportation in the Engineers Journal

The complex history of the US Interstate Highway System

Begun in 1956, the US Interstate Highway System is responsible for today's trucking industry, suburbs, petrol stations, motels and the 'road trip', writes Marcia Wendorf.

Irish Ferries' WB Yeats: Poetry in motion

A modern cruise ferry is a complex package of engineering, comprising of safety systems, structural design, installed power, command and control systems, each of which are significant engineering projects in their own right, writes Derek Byrne.

Stop that car, and plan cities around bikes to make cycling a real option for more women

Cycling is contentious because campaigners demand physical changes to the roads – often at the expense of cars. And roads are political, writes Katja Leyendecker

How four transport engineers trained their sights on success

Whether describing how the seeds of determination to succeed were sown from having to walk to the local boy’s school to attend honours maths, physics and chemistry classes, or how empathy helps you to be a more effective colleague when collaborating on projects, four female engineers describe their career journey

Bringing human-like reasoning to driverless car navigation

With aims of bringing more human-like reasoning to autonomous vehicles, MIT researchers have created a system that uses only simple maps and visual data to enable driverless cars to navigate routes in new, complex environments. Human drivers are exceptionally good at navigating roads they haven’t driven on before, using observation and simple tools. We simply match what we see around us to what we see on our GPS devices to determine where we are and where we need to go. Driverless ...

'The Chief' Down Under: The life and works of engineering hero CY O'Connor

The aboriginal people of Australia have a story about the demise of Irish engineer Charles Y O’Connor. In the course of his construction of Fremantle harbour he ordered the destruction of a reef which was used by aboriginal men to cross the Swan River for ceremonies with their womenfolk. Angered by this destruction of their ceremonial route, they sang a mystical aboriginal song to drive him mad. Subsequently (the story goes), he rode himself and his horse off a cliff into the ocean and ...


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