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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Not so fast. Should cars be fully driverless? No, says MIT engineer and historian

  If you follow technology news — or even if you don’t — you have probably heard that numerous companies have been trying to develop driverless cars for a decade or more. These fully automated vehicles could potentially be safer than regular cars, and might add various efficiencies to our roads, like smoother-flowing traffic. Or so it is often claimed. But the promise of artificial intelligence, advanced sensors, and self-driving cars could be achieved without full autonomy, argue ...

The past, present and future of passenger transport on the Thames (Part 1)

Author: Maurice Kerr BEng (Hons), MSc MIEI marine civil engineer The Thames has hosted a variety of passenger vessels for millennia, from early timber wherries and skiffs crossing the gentle currents of the then wider river, to the Victorian wrought-iron paddle steamers and the modern-day aluminium-hulled catamarans that carry tourists and commuters the length and breadth of the tidal Thames. The popularity and importance of passenger transport within the city has ebbed and flowed ...

Traffic monitoring in the National Roads Authority - the why and how

  Author: Aidan Smyth, electronics engineering technician, has worked with the NRA for the past 20 years and has primary responsibility for the installation, maintenance and repair of the NRA’s Automatic Traffic Counter systems The concept of monitoring road traffic is nothing new. In Ireland, significant traffic surveys were carried out by local authorities as far back as 1925 when the bulk of traffic would have been horse-drawn vehicles. Times have moved on and vehicle traffic on our ...

50 years in the life of a bridge: maintenance works on the Forth Road 1,006m-span

  Author: Barry Colford, chief engineer and bridgemaster, South Queensferry, Scotland The Forth Road Bridge is a long-span suspension bridge and was opened in September 1964. At that time, the bridge had the fourth-longest main span in the world (1,006 metres). The bridge crosses the Firth of Forth, some 15km west of Edinburgh, and is a vital link in Scotland’s strategic road network. Its deck supports a dual two-lane carriageway without hard shoulders or strips. There is a separate ...

GKN takes hybrid technology from the race track to the bus stop

  Author: Jules Carter, chartered engineer, director of advanced engineering, GKN Land Systems Fans of motorsport no doubt have heard the question, ‘What has motorsport ever done for the real world?’ Those fans will be pleased to hear that there is now a very positive answer: it has developed a technology that can save fuel on buses, trucks and trains. The principle behind the energy storage flywheel, which sits at the heart of GKN Hybrid Power’s Gyrodrive system, is very simple. ...

Coindrum - the Irish startup that makes every penny count

  Coindrum is a Dublin-based startup that can make life a little easier for harried airport travellers, as they struggle with baggage weight restrictions, currency exchange and departure gates that seem almost as far away as their destination. “In a sentence, we provide machines in airports that passengers can use to convert their unwanted coins into duty-free retail vouchers, especially before they depart to different currency jurisdictions,” explained Coindrum CEO, Lukas Decker. The ...

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