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"Gender & Leadership Issues"

Marsha Anderson Bomar

Monday, 17 November 2014

GHD, 180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, Level 8 Long Room


President's Dinner

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Kew Golf Club

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09 October, 2014
"A highly interesting and relevant seminar on how we can improve the sustainability of urban travel"

Institute of Public Works Engineering Australia Victoria Women - Leadership Series Breakfast

As part of Marsha Anderson Bomar's ANZ tour, she will be the guest speaker at the IPWEAvic Women Leaning into Leadership Breakfast on 19 November 2014.


Time: 7:30 am - 9:00 am

Venue: Kooyong Tennis Club, 489 Glenferrie Road, Kooyong


Click here for details.

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Volvo Urban Freight Symposium

The Volvo Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Urban Freight Systems is conducting a symposium at The University of Melbourne. Presenters from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), USA, University of Melbourne, HERE Melbourne, ARRB Transport, InPost Australia and Urban Logistics Institute, will cover topics including:

  • Performance Based Standards (PBS) and High Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs)
  • PGS/mass monitoring and route assessment tool for HPFVs
  • Applications of Smart Phone data
  • Parcel lockers in urban areas
  • Urban consolidation centres
  • Urban freight management
  • Behavioural modelling
  • Freight generation modelling


Date: 13 November 2014

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Venue: Alan Gilbert Building, Theatrette 4 (Room 120), University of Melbourne


Click here for details. 

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Intelligent Transport Systems New Zealand Annual General Meeting and 2014 World Congress Feature Presentation

ITS NZ will be holding its Annual General Meeting at the Beca Auditorium, Beca House, 21 Pitt Street, Auckland at 12.00 pm, on 21 November 2014. 


The meeting will be followed by three feature presentations centred on the main highlights of the recent ITS World Congress held in Detroit, Michigan, and their application in New Zealand.


Click here for details.

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National Association of Women in Construction (Auckland) Seminar, 20 November 2014

For our New Zealand members, Marsha Anderson Bomar will be presenting on the 12 Elements of Great Leadership to NAWIC on Thursday, 20 November 2014.


Time: 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Venue: Blum New Zealand (621 Rosebank Road, Avondale, Auckland)

Drinks and nibbles provided


Click here for the flyer and reservation details. 

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Motor Vehicle Safety Act Review Submission

The ITEANZ made a submission on 20 October 2014 to the Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development in relation to a review of the Motor Vehicle Safety Act 1989.


The Options Discussion Paper and the media release are available via the Department’s website at  The review indicates the Australian Government’s commitment to reduce death and injury on our roads while reducing red tape and building a strong and prosperous economy.


Our stance on the options is to support any reform that streamlines the Act, regulations and Australian Design Rules, but to oppose the options that would downgrade vehicle safety just for the sake of reducing the regulatory burden.  Our vehicle safety standards are more stringent than most other countries and we should not accept lower standards for the sake of international harmonisation.


ITEANZ submission.

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November 2014 Seminar - Gender and Leadership in the Transport Profession

Our November seminar will be delivered by Marsha Anderson Bomar, the first female International President of the ITE. She has a broad experience in the transport industry and has chaired various committees and councils.


Marsha is a strong international role model for women in engineering and transport and offers insights and advice based on a strong record of tecnhical expertise and leadership roles within government and the private sector.


Date: Monday, 17th November 2014

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Venue: Long Room, GHD, Level 8, 180 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne


Click here for the flyer and register at Eventbrite  

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Annual President's Dinner

Bookings are now open for the annual President's Dinner.  The special guest speaker is Marsha Anderson Bomar who is a leading transport professional from the USA and an excellent speaker.  Marsha will talk about the current issues facing transport professionals from an international perspective.


Date: Tuesday, 18th November 2014

Time: Drinks at 7 pm with dinner from 7:30 pm

Venue: Kew Golf Club, Melbourne


Booking details are on the flyer.  A special dicounted price of $50 applies to those under 30 years of age when part of a multiple booking.  Discounts also apply for bookings of ten or more.

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Motor Vehicle Window Tinting

Motor vehicle window tinting has been a subject of community discussion in recent years and ITEANZ has developed a position on this issue after a thorough process of peer review. Our position paper can be found here.

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In Victorian Transport News...

We have scoured newspapers this month to bring you a selection of transport editorials you may be interested in.

"Bankers and lawyers get rich pushing road over rail", The Age, 2 August 2014

"Are pricey streets a road to ruin?", The Age, 3 August 2014


"Push for consumers to pay more in peak", The Age, 7 August 2014


"Glitter begins to rub off in the outer suburbs", The Age, 21 August 2014

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Sustainable Transport Vs Level of Service

For the last five decades, the singular focus on preserving traffic level of service (LOS) for automobiles has inhibited the implementation of sustainable transportation projects. Read more here.

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Newsletter July 2014


Click here for the July 2014 Newsletter.


Click here for our newsletter archive.

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Toyota Engineer Awarded Patent for Vehicle to Infrastructure System


Toyota Technical Center's general manager of the Integrated Vehicle Systems Department, Hideki Hada, has been awarded a patent for the development of vehicle speed indication using vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) technology. The idea behind vehicle speed indication using V2I is to improve traffic flow by dynamically adjusting posted speed limits on highways using vehicle to vehicle (V2V) communication. The system uses Dedicated Short Range Communication (DSRC) to transmit vehicle speed to the highway infrastructure management system, which collects that data and calculates an optimal speed of vehicles on that highway based on the traffic condition in the area. This optimal speed is sent to vehicles using DSRC wireless communication. Toyota has been contributing a large scale field operational test of this 5.9GHz DSRC technology at its Ann Arbor, MI, USA campus and proven the feasibility of this technology which can contribute to the improvement of vehicle safety and create the foundation for future connected-and-automated driving systems.


For more information, click here.

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Traffic Signals Optional?


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New Zealand Road News

There is further debate and technical work being undertaken regarding the (controversial) creation of a possible new roading link via the Haast - Hollyford route through the rugged and largely remote West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. The alignment through the south Westland region towards the world renowned Milford Sound and the tourism centres of Te Anau and Queenstown, has been considered and debated for many decades. Renewed interest in the route is being given with the prospect of a private sector PPP project.

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Prototype for Solar Roadways

Solar Roadways has announced the development of the first prototype solar road that is designed to replace the United States' deteriorating highway infrastructure and crumbling power grid with an intelligent highway system that pays for itself by generating renewable energy. The road is made from structurally engineered solar panels that are driven upon. The road panels contain LEDs for painting road lines from beneath the surface. Moreover, the system also includes a heating element to prevent snow/ice accumulation in northern climates and a microprocessor board for control and communications. The next phase is the commercialization plan to begin the manufacturing process.


To watch the video, visit



Join the conversation about this technology on ITE Community.

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New Zealand Transport News

  • After a total of five deaths were recorded on NZ roads after the recent Queens Birthday holiday weekend there is a renewed call for a detailed review of the controls and regulations around international tourist drivers on NZ roads.

  • As New Zealand’s largest city Auckland struggle with the combined challenges of growth in development and population, funding of the city’s transport infrastructure and maintaining the effectiveness and efficiency of the transport system overall, the city’s transport agency has released a discussion document outlining proposals for an overhaul of public parking including some fairly controversial ideas.

  • With one of NZ’s largest tunnelling projects for the past decade or more well underway, the progress of the project’s tunnel boring machine “Alice” is tracked …

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ITEANZ Board member awarded MEF Scholarship

ITEANZ Board Member, Daniel Przychodzki, was awarded a Municipal Engineering Foundation (MEF) Scholarship, which involves an overseas study tour in August this year.


He will be visiting the United States (including San Francisco, Miami and New York), Canada (including Toronto, to attend the American Public Works Association Congress), and also the United Kingdom (London).  Daniel's particular topic of interest is on providing infrastructure to encourage Active Transport options in established areas. 


Other Scholarship awardees involved in the study tour will be investigating impacts of climate change on coastal infrastructure, latest project management trends, and evaluation and benchmarking of public works programs, infrastructure condition and capacity. 


We congratulate Daniel on his achievement.

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Truck Safety

Truck operators are divided on safety standards. Interested? Click here.

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The Impact of Parking on Sustainable Cities

One bus equals a lot of cars

Want to read an interesting article on how car parks affect our cities? Try this.

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2014 Annual Breakfast Meeting

A very successful breakfast meeting was held on 12th February.  The guest speaker was Luke Donnellan, Victorian Shadow Minister for Roads, Road Safety and the TAC.  The event was proudly sponsored by RACV.


2014 Breakfast    Luke Donnellan


More photos can be found on our facebook page.

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Vale David Freeman

Many of you will have known David Freeman, who was a Project Manager at Standards Australia for over 25 years and previously worked at VicRoads and the Country Roads Board.

It is with great sadness that we inform you that David passed away on Wednesday 22nd January 2014.

David only retired from Standards Australia in July 2011, when he was in his late 70s. However, he never stopped working. After leaving Standards Australia, he was contracted by AUSTROADS to continue his work on Standards and industry guidelines.

David had many years of road management experience and was well respected as the project manager for the committees MS-012 Road Signs and Traffic Signals and MS-049 Retroreflective Devices.

David was the signs and markings guru of Australia over his long professional career. His knowledge, judgement and dedication will be sorely missed in the profession. But, most of all, we will miss his friendship and jovial manner.

I fondly remember his theatrical voice booming from his office at the Country Roads Board, Kew, in the early 1980s. In those days, he smoked a pipe and the lunchtime bridge or solo game was a regular event.

The funeral was held in Sydney on Wednesday 29th January.

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Vale Howard McDonald

It is with very great sadness that we report that Howard McDonald passed away on Friday 17th January 2014, aged 53.

Howard was an important part of our ITEANZ community.  He spent one year as Vice President, two years as President and has been a member of the Board as Immediate Past President for the last two years.

He has been editor of the newsletter for five years and, unfortunately, didn’t get to see his last edition finished, even though he was working on it in early January.

Howard's funeral was held on 31st January with a strong representation from the many colleagues and friends he met over the years.  Phil Ridgeway from SMEC gave a heartfelt speech.

We are all very saddened by the loss of this very good friend and colleague. We offer our sincere condolences to Howard’s family.

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Driver Training

The International Road Federation, in Washington DC, has published this important research paper, from its Driver Behaviour, Education and Training sub-committee, giving the reasons why drivers should NOT be taught 'how to get out of a skid' or how to do a last-minute 'evasive swerve'.

The typical result of such training is not only more crashes rather than fewer, but also those crashes tend to be at higher speeds (due, it is believed, to increased over-confidence).

View the paper (pdf) at:

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2013 President's Dinner

The ITEANZ President's Dinner was held on Tuesday 19th November at the Kew Golf Club.


The keynote speaker was Mr Greg Barber, Parliamentary Leader of the Victorian Greens.


The evening was sponsored by SIDRA Solutions and the MC for the event was the ITEANZ Vice-President, Mr Tim Absalom, due to the inability of the President to attend.


2013 President's dinner


More photos can be found on the ITE ANZ facebook page.

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1958 Road Safety Advert

If you would like to see how road safety was being advertised in 1958 click here

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Signalised Intersection Transformed

If you want to see a video (15 min) of how a very busy fully signalised intersection in the UK was transformed and traffic signals removed click here .

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News from around Australia and the World


CASR report outlines benefits from lower suburban speed limits: click here


New design revealed for Flinders St station, but timeframe and budget not yet clear: click here


WA state budget provides funding to commence two major public transport projects - MAX light rail and an airport rail line: click here


Innovative tolling proposed for Tullamarine Fwy to meet Melbourne Airport needs. Click here.


Engineers are among top 10 most trustworthy professions. Click here.


Underground parking for bicycles? Could only happen in Japan.

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Cycling Forum

A forum on cycling was held on 24 April 2013 at Richmond Town Hall.  Over 100 people attended this very informative session with 12 speakers from a wide range of organisations - government and non-government. Each of the speakers' presentations is on the Seminars and Conferences page.


Cycling Forum -  Richmond Town Hall

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ITE Transport Resources

If you are looking for reliable articles, papers and other resources in relation to on-road transport that have been verified and checked, have a look at this site:

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Counting Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Research Brief: Active Living Research, University of California, San Diego
The research brief describes types of technologies available for counting bicyclists and pedestrians and the benefits and challenges associated with different approaches. The brief also explains how bicyclist and pedestrian count data can be used to inform transportation planning and present trends in levels of bicycle and pedestrian activity.

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