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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How Ireland's first motorway revolutionised the country's roads

  Author: Paul MacDonald MIEI, CEng, executive engineer/training officer, Kildare National Roads Office The M7 Naas Bypass Motorway opened on 4 October 1983. It was the first motorway road in the state. The scheme consisted of 12km of dual carriageway and five major bridges, including key structures at the Rathangan Road, Maudlins Interchange and the Grand Canal. The 30th anniversary of the opening of the M7 Naas Bypass was commemorated by a recent lecture in Kildare County Council ...

Apps could revolutionise Ireland's transport network, says Academy

  The Irish Academy of Engineering has issued its latest Energy Policy Advisory to Government. It contains 15 recommendations which, it estimates, could reduce both 2020 transport energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by over 15% below current predictions – and at relatively modest overall cost to the Exchequer. The challenge, according to the Academy, is to work towards Ireland’s ‘20-20-20’ climate-change commitments in the context of economic recovery and to enhance personal ...

GGBS improves rut resistance and water sensitivity in asphalt mixes

  Authors: Alan Kavanagh, technical manager, Atlantic Bitumen Ltd; Gearóid Lohan, general manager, Atlantic Bitumen Ltd; and Ali Salih, technical manager, Casey Enterprises Ltd Ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS) is a by-product slag material from the iron and steel industry. For many years now, GGBS has been used as a partial replacement of conventional Portland cement in concrete to enhance the performance of concrete. This replacement brings advantages including increased ...

Collision data helps engineers to prevent road-traffic accidents

  Authors: Desmond O'Connor, National Roads Authority; Clodagh Staunton, PMCE Consulting Engineers; and Louise Doherty, Roadplan Consulting A report was commissioned by the National Roads Authority (NRA) in 2012 to examine how collision data is collected in Ireland. This report, entitled ‘Contributory factors analysis for road traffic collisions’, aimed to identify gaps in the data collected about contributory factors for road traffic collisions. Since formal collision records began in ...

Construction innovation for the Dublin Airport Terminal 2 car park

  Author: Stephen Byrne CENG MIStructE, head of design and contracts, Asset Management & Development, Dublin Airport Authority Late 2010 saw the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) complete a major infrastructural development programme at Dublin Airport that included the construction of a new terminal. The opening of the new Terminal 2 (T2) in November of that year, with its 11.5 million annual passenger capacity, meant that the airport could now handle over 30 million passengers a ...

Can council engineers make workplace travel plans work?

Speakers: Finola O'Driscoll,  project manager for the national Real Time Passenger Information Project, National Transport Authority and Arlene Finn, co-ordinator of the Smarter Travel Workplaces and Smarter Travel Campus, National Transport Authority The National Transport Authority (NTA) has published detailed guides providing direction to local authorities and private companies on the adoption of best practice for encouraging smarter workplace travel. The details of these guides ...

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