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 […]

Handle with care

Posted by on Apr 1, 2015 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

The PBS Scheme is finally breaking out of the truck and dog niche and finding acceptance in the wider transport community. But specifying the right solution is an expert’s job, as Trailer Magazine found. Published in Trailer magazine, Mar 2015 edition [Download PDF]

Heavy vehicle productivity: Being smart about getting heavy – PBS vehicles and bridge loading

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Adam Ritzinger | No Comments

High gross masses can mean potentially high bridge impacts, which naturally worries road owners and managers……but some heavy vehicles can be unfairly restricted. Pushing the boundaries of heavy vehicle productivity means more than just designing a vehicle to meet the bridge formula, and Advantia can show you smart methods of achieving real productivity gains. Bridge […]

Whatever happened to the charging reforms?

Posted by on Sep 27, 2014 in Adam Ritzinger | No Comments

Mass. Distance. Location. Three little words, fairly inoffensive in their own right, but when brought together capable of causing fierce debate and divide within the road transport industry. In the name of charging reforms, the notion of the state charging operators for every heavy vehicle trip on the basis of the weight of the vehicle, […]

Bringing proven PBS designs to the masses

Posted by on Sep 21, 2014 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

When the Performance Based Standards (PBS) Scheme was first conceived about 15 years ago, it was thought that one day some PBS trucks would become so abundantly popular that they would be written into the regulations to become as-of-right configurations. In effect, the PBS Scheme would have been the petri dish that spawned them, road-tested […]

Braking bad?

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Adam Ritzinger | No Comments

Brakes are arguably the single most critical safety item on a heavy vehicle, but often too little thought is given to braking performance, and brakes can be overlooked during routine maintenance. This is becoming a concern now more than ever to heavy vehicle safety as productivity increases and higher payloads place increased demands on braking […]

Truck exclusion lanes: What does the evidence say?

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

For the past four years, heavy vehicles have been prohibited from using the right-hand lane of two sections of Melbourne’s freeway network: the Princes Freeway between Kororoit Creek Road and Avalon Road (39 km), and the Eastern Freeway between Springvale Road and Hoddle Street (18 km). According to VicRoads, these exclusion lanes are “aimed at […]

Adam Ritzinger joins Advantia

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Adam Ritzinger, Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

Since 2008 Advantia has built itself up on a foundation of technical excellence, understanding client needs and delivering high-quality outputs. This approach to business proved so successful that demand for Advantia’s services continually increased. Company Director Rob Di Cristoforo wanted to keep building on the previous successes of the company and to continue to meet […]

The (new) meaning of PBS Level 1 road access

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Rob Di Cristoforo | No Comments

A not-so-subtle change has crept into PBS with the introduction of the Heavy Vehicle National Law, and the deathly silence around it is staggering. According to the PBS Network Classification Guidelines approved by Ministers in 2007, Level 1 road access means General Access, “subject to a 50 tonne gross mass limit, posted local restrictions and […]