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.

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

Revision of the drainage standards for major national road projects

Author: Christian Nea, senior engineer, environmental policy and compliance section, Transport Infrastructure Ireland.[1] In March 2015, the National Roads Authority1 (NRA) finished significantly revising its road drainage standards for major projects (refer to http://nrastandards.nra.ie/). The revision of the NRA drainage standards was precipitated by post-doctoral research, carried out under the NRA Research Fellowship Programme and mentored by the NRA Environment Unit. This research ...

Putting cycling in the fast lane

Author: Gerald Fogarty, assistant engineer, Road Design Office, Clare County Council “Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike” - John F Kennedy, 35th US president "Cycling is not a single homogeneous activity but a number of different activities that have in common the use of a two-wheeled unpowered vehicle. "The bicycle is distinct from all other modes of transportation by being the smallest and lightest vehicle. These characteristics have a direct bearing on the ...

Friction after polishing – initial experiences of new test method to predict skid resistance of Irish road surface materials

Authors: Dr Shaun Friel, business development manager, Hillstreet Quarries Ltd, Arigna, Co Roscommon, Ireland; Dr David Woodward, reader in infrastructure engineering and director for the Centre of Subjects Allied to Built Environment Research (SABER) at Ulster University, School of the Built Environment, Jordanstown, Shore Road, Newtownabbey, Co Antrim, BT37 0QB The friction after polishing (FAP) test has recently been included as a requirement in the new NRA Specification for Road Works ...

Comparing Ireland and Denmark on transport: who is on the right track?

  Author: Hugh McCarthy, MIEI CIHT, chartered engineer, is vice-chair of the Engineers Ireland GB Region The Danes have given us many things – Lego, lager and some compelling TV drama series. However, it is their transport system that also receives plenty of attention from many other countries. Denmark is remarkably similar to Ireland yet it has a seemingly better transport system. Both countries joined the EU at the same time in 1973 and a quick search on the Eurostat website ...

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 ...
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