Service: Heavy Vehicle Productivity & Safety

Mass limit review for three-axle buses

Three-axle buses have recently been approved for operation at increased axle mass limits following a decision made in November 2018 by Transport Ministers. The announcement came following the National Transport Commission’s (NTC) three-axle bus mass limits review, which included research completed by Advantia into the pavement wear effects. The decision will allow the gross limits… Read more »

Local road access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles

Advantia proudly delivered this important research for Austroads, which includes a comprehensive discussion of the main impediments to road access, numerous case studies, and a series of recommendations. It is a unique challenge for road managers to approve road access for High Productivity Freight Vehicles. Typically a product of the Performance Based Standards Scheme, the… Read more »

Road transport infrastructure priorities for the Australian dairy industry

Dairy Australia, the national body representing Australia’s dairy industry and farmers, commissioned Advantia to identify and prioritise road transport infrastructure needs to increase productivity growth for the sector, with a focus on getting the most out of high-productivity PBS heavy vehicles. Project summary by Rob Di Cristoforo. In order to determine these needs, Advantia subcontracted… Read more »

Future challenges of changing agricultural equipment

Throughout 2015, Advantia assisted road authorities to manage the safety and infrastructure risks posed by the operation of agricultural vehicles on public roads. These studies and Advantia’s wealth of heavy vehicle expertise led to the award of Austroads research project FS2033: Future Challenges of Changing Agricultural Equipment. Project summary by Adam Ritzinger. The agricultural equipment… Read more »

Quantifying the infrastructure impacts of front-mounted bus bicycle racks

‘Bike & Ride’ is an innovative way of combining cycling with bus travel. It is being trialled in several jurisdictions. Buses are fitted with specially-designed, front-mounted bus bicycle racks, allowing two bicycles to be carried. These racks may increase the road space requirements of buses when manoeuvring at low speed, so BusVIC engaged Advantia to… Read more »

Investigating the road and safety impacts of agricultural vehicles in Victoria

The local agricultural fleet is constantly evolving, driven by economic forces and developments in technology. The mass, dimensions, and capacities of equipment gradually increase over time, and road owners must ensure that their policies remain relevant. Throughout 2015, VicRoads engaged Advantia to undertake research and provide technical advice on their agricultural vehicle policies. Project summary… Read more »

Route assessment for overtaking provision

Assessing overtaking provision is an important aspect in understanding the suitability of existing roads to accommodate high-productivity heavy vehicle combinations. Project summary by Adam Ritzinger. Current methods of evaluating overtaking provision are based on old empirical data, which combined with the complexity of the assessment method itself often results in sub-standard outcomes. Advantia investigated possible… Read more »

Road geometry evaluation for heavy vehicle stability

Road geometry parameters such as curve radius, crossfall, superelevation on bends, transitions, rutting and surface unevenness all have an influence on the rollover stability of a heavy vehicle. Using advanced 3D multibody dynamics simulation, Advantia evaluates road designs and survey data in terms of the impact on heavy vehicle stability. Project summary by Rob Di… Read more »

Modular B-triple policy

Not since the introduction of the B-double in the early 1990s did Australia have such an opportunity to improve the road transport industry’s triple bottom line. This project saw Advantia work with the National Transport Commission to create a practical national policy for the proliferation of B-triples based on an industry proposal for modular assembly… Read more »

Victorian high productivity vehicles

Read about how Advantia supported the introduction of Victoria’s ‘Moving More With Less’ policy for longer and heavier heavy vehicle configurations. Project summary by Rob Di Cristoforo. Victoria has enjoyed over 20 years of successful B-double operation at up to 26 metres long and 68 tonnes Gross Combination Mass. In response to continued rapid growth… Read more »