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Tuesday, 22nd July 2014

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2014 ITEANZ Award Criteria

Criteria for the 2014 ITEANZ Awards are now available.

  • GHD Student Award - coming soon
  • SIDRA Solutions Post Graduate Award - available here
  • Emerging Professional of the Year Award - available here
  • Sustainable Transport Award - available here
  • Contribution to the Transport Profession Award - coming soon

For more information regarding the awards, please visit our ITEANZ Awards page.

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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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The ITEANZ is beginning the process of searching for worthy recipients for its annual awards:

  • Sustainable Transport Award

We are now inviting submissions for this award which was hotly contested last year and won by the City of Port Phillip.

  • Emerging Transport Professionals Award

We are inviting nominations for people regarded as 'rising stars' of transport engineering.

  • Contribution to Transport Profession Award

We are also inviting nominations for those regarded as 'mature stars'.


Further details are available here.


If you wish to make a submission or nomination drop a line to

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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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Newsletter May 2014

Click here for the May 2014 Newsletter.


Click here for our newsletter archive.

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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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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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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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