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

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

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…. Read more »

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

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

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… Read more »

Truck and dog policy developments

Truck and dog policy developments

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… Read more »

VicRoads policy offers greater access certainty for quad axle combinations

VicRoads policy offers greater access certainty for quad axle combinations

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… Read more »

Meet Jed Kenwright

Meet Jed Kenwright

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… Read more »

New professional appointments

New professional appointments

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… Read more »

Handle with care

Handle with care

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

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

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… Read more »

Whatever happened to the charging reforms?

Whatever happened to the charging reforms?

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,… Read more »

Bringing proven PBS designs to the masses

Bringing proven PBS designs to the masses

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… Read more »