Roads and transportation

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

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Protecting the asset: investing in the future of Ireland's motorway network

With significant economic development in the 1990s and 2000s came the construction of the motorways in Ireland. In 2000, the network extended to approximately 350km. This increased to 1,224km by 2010, when the last of the inter-urban dual carriageways (mostly motorways) linking Dublin and the other major cities was completed. The National Roads Authority (now incorporated into Transport Infrastructure Ireland [TII]) oversaw the delivery of a massive road-building programme, which now ...

Victoria State 'future proofs' with investment in major transport and infrastructure projects

Engineers Ireland continued its strong focus at maintaining and supporting links with its regional branches as it arranged for a representation earlier in the year at the annual Engineers Ireland Australia/New Zealand Region Saint Patrick’s Day Seminar, held this year at the Crown Palladium in Melbourne, Australia. ICE president Sir John Armitt earlier this year delivered his presidential address, ‘Civil engineers: Shaping ourselves and our world’, to Engineers Ireland members at Clyde ...

Transport Infrastructure Ireland's new high-friction surfacing specification

The March 2015 revision of Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII, formerly the National Roads Authority) ‘Specification for Roadworks Series 900’ is completely new for high-friction surfacing (HFS), commonly termed ‘anti-skid’. This new 'performance’ specification within document CC-SPW-00900-07 supersedes the old Clause 924, and allows more opportunity of choice for highway engineers. This is a very constructive development by TII for due commendation. However, it has also generated ...

Great miscalculations: the importance of validating project management assumptions

Project management applies previous experience to delivering current projects. Traditionally, this meant delivering ‘the agreed scope on-time and within budget’. Today, other parameters such as quality, environmental protection and safety are considered equally important. While the basic methods are mostly simple, it is their careful application which often makes all the difference. This article illustrates the importance of identifying and validating project assumptions. Projects are ...

Gripping stuff – benefits and specification of high-friction surfacing

High-friction surfacing (HFS), commonly termed ‘anti-skid’, refers to a surface treatment approximately 3-5mm thick that provides enhanced surface skid-resistance for drivers to brake under emergency conditions at hazardous locations. HFS is defined by industry as having a minimum skid-resistance value (SRV) of 65, measured using the portable skid-resistance pendulum tester (as defined in TRL Report 176, Appendix E). Typical locations for HFS installation include approaches to ...

Railway electrification in the UK - powering the future of rail

If you were to step onto High Speed 2 (HS2) in the northern reaches of the UK for a trip to London, it may feel like you were stepping out into a different world. Particularly for passengers departing the serene greenery of York for London’s bustling industrialism, you would be witnessing a significant change in a relatively short amount of time. The same can be said for the journey of railway electrification, which, in the space of 133 years, has gone from a quarter mile of track to the ...
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