Six highlights of Advantia’s first decade

Posted by on May 16, 2018 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

The day I dragged an old desk into the spare bedroom to start the Advantia business, I had a modest optimism for how things might progress… Ten years on, as a team of six in Bundoora’s Uni Hill business precinct, Advantia now serves some of Australia’s largest transport operators and equipment manufacturers, delivers large government-funded […]

Latest market data on the Australian PBS vehicle fleet

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

The NHVR and ARTSA have jointly released a report on the size and make-up of the Australian PBS vehicle fleet. The report characterises the fleet by configuration, number of axles, age, and truck/trailer manufacturer. A copy of the report can be downloaded here.

Are our road authorities working hard enough for us?

Posted by on Apr 18, 2018 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

One statement that seems to pop up more than any other in my conversations with Australia’s road authorities goes something like this: “Parts of our 26-metre B-double network don’t meet all of the minimum geometric requirements for Level 2A classification under the PBS Network Classification Guidelines.” This is usually followed by commentary about insufficient lane […]

Expert in High Productivity Freight Vehicles joins Advantia

Posted by on Feb 26, 2018 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

Advantia is pleased to announce the appointment of former VicRoads staffer Victor Trumper as Senior Consultant. While some in the industry may not know Victor, many will be familiar with the high-profile outcomes of his work while employed by VicRoads. Of most importance to Advantia’s clients are the Victorian High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) networks […]

Further expansion of the NHVR’s PBS pre-advised system

Posted by on Jan 30, 2018 in Saizo Takeuchi | No Comments

The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) has just announced that as of 29 January 2018, the Performance Based Standards (PBS) pre-advised system of fast-tracking new Design Approval applications has been expanded. Advantia has previously written about why the pre-advised system has been hugely beneficial for reducing turn-around times in processing certain types of PBS Design […]

NHVR releases PBS stats

Posted by on Dec 22, 2017 in Saizo Takeuchi | No Comments

Earlier this month the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) released new figures on growth of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme. The statistics speak volumes on how PBS is fast becoming the preferred framework under which new Australian heavy vehicles operate. In 2017, 20-25 per cent of all new heavy vehicles were PBS approved. In […]

The rebirth of Level 1 meaning General Access

Posted by on Dec 8, 2017 in Saizo Takeuchi | No Comments

Advantia has previously written about how the equivalency of PBS Level 1 and General Access was broken as a result of implementing the Heavy Vehicle National Law. Australian transport ministers recently approved PBS Level 1 combinations up to 42.5 tonnes GCM for automatic General Access, pending Queensland parliamentary approval of the new legislation. This is […]

Benefits of the PBS Scheme quantified by NTC

Posted by on Nov 28, 2017 in Daniel Nolan | No Comments

The National Transport Commission (NTC) recently published a discussion paper titled “Assessing the effectiveness of the PBS marketplace.” The purpose of the discussion paper was to determine if the PBS Scheme was meeting the original policy intent, to evaluate the effectiveness of the approval processes and to suggest any improvements that could help benefit all […]

South African PBS project hailed a success

Posted by on Oct 12, 2017 in Saizo Takeuchi | No Comments

Paul Nordengen, Vice President (Africa) of the International Forum for Road Transport Technology (IFRTT) recently published a statement outlining the success of the Performance Based Standards (PBS) pilot project in South Africa. Paul’s statement is reproduced below: “The Performance-based standards (PBS) pilot project officially started in South Africa in Nov 2007 with the commissioning of […]

Answers to some recent PBS FAQs

Posted by on Sep 12, 2017 in Daniel Nolan | No Comments

Q: Is there such a thing as a PBS-approved tyre? A: It is a common misconception that a tyre may be ‘PBS-approved’, and therefore be allowed to be used on any heavy vehicle combinations that are approved under the PBS Scheme. When specific tyres are listed on a PBS Design Approval, they are applicable to […]

PBS Review Panel fast-tracks truck and dog Design Approvals

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Saizo Takeuchi | No Comments

A recent trial of the new Performance Based Standards (PBS) ‘pre-advised’ Design Approval process is now reaching its sixth month of implementation. Under a new National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) procedure, 3- and 4-axle dog trailers towed by 3-axle trucks can enjoy a quicker, streamlined process that bypasses the PBS Review Panel. Instead, these specific […]

New Cubic Freight (HPFV) network announced in Victoria

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Saizo Takeuchi | No Comments

Some great news has recently been announced for operators of Higher Productivity Freight Vehicles (HPFVs) in Victoria. VicRoads announced this month that 30-metre PBS-approved combinations will now be able to access a significant portion of the arterial road network provided the gross combination mass does not exceed 68.5 tonnes. “Operators with combinations up to 30.0 […]

Meet Saizo Takeuchi

Posted by on Jul 21, 2017 in Saizo Takeuchi | No Comments

The Advantia team recently welcomed Saizo Takeuchi, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Melbourne University. Saizo’s primary responsibilities are based around technical work using Advantia’s TruckSim heavy vehicle dynamics simulation package and other heavy vehicle engineering analysis tools. Saizo is in training to provide greater capacity for Advantia’s PBS Assessment services, in response to increased […]

Australia’s Chief Scientist lauds PBS scheme

Posted by on May 24, 2017 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

Australia’s Chief Scientist Dr Alan Finkel AO touted the industry’s ‘Performance-Based Standards’ approach as an example for other sectors to follow. Published in CRT News, 10 Nov 2016 [Read article]

Victoria’s new HPFV networks for 30-metre A-doubles

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

VicRoads has introduced new High Productivity Freight Vehicle (HPFV) networks to accommodate 30-metre A-double combinations that have been approved under the Performance Based Standards (PBS) scheme. Increased demand for these combinations led to VicRoads developing the networks with the aim of providing a smoother path to road access, without the need for individual route assessments. […]

Daniel Nolan meets the world’s best heavy vehicle dynamics engineers

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Daniel Nolan | No Comments

In May 2016 Advantia sent PBS Engineer Daniel Nolan to the United States to undertake the world’s most renowned course on heavy vehicle dynamics and we asked Daniel a couple of questions about his experiences. What is the Dynamics of Heavy Duty Trucks course? Dynamics of Heavy Duty Trucks is a 4-day course about the […]

Truck and dog policy developments

Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Adam Ritzinger | No Comments

Two recent heavy vehicle policy developments offer productivity improvements and other benefits for truck and dog operators, but there are numerous conditions that operators need to understand. The new policies are described below. Please contact Advantia if you would like to take advantage of these opportunities. ‘SPECTS’ policy for the construction industry in urban New […]

VicRoads policy offers greater access certainty for quad axle combinations

Posted by on Apr 14, 2016 in Adam Ritzinger | No Comments

Quad axle semi-traliers and longer B-doubles with quad axles offer significant productivity benefits over standard combinations, and are an economically attractive high-productivity vehicle. Under the PBS scheme, they can be demonstrated to offer better levels of safety than conventional heavy vehicles. Recognising their potential, the industry has for many years sought access approval for these […]

Meet Jed Kenwright

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

The Advantia team recently welcomed Jed Kenwright, a graduate of Mechanical Engineering from Monash University. Jed’s primary responsibilities are based around technical work using Advantia’s TruckSim heavy vehicle dynamics simulation package and other heavy vehicle engineering analysis tools. Jed is in training to provide greater capacity for Advantia’s PBS Assessment services, in response to increased […]

New professional appointments

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

Advantia’s Managing Director, Rob Di Cristoforo, is proud to announce three new professional appointments. Rob is now recognised by the Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland as a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) in the area of Mechanical Engineering. RPEQ status is required by the Queensland government when consulting to them on matters that […]