National Traffic & Transport Conference, Adelaide, 30 July - 2 August 2019


A series of forums and interactive workshops were held on the Friday of the conference.

Transport Planning interactive workshop

The ‘Streets for People’ workshop on the Friday hosted by AECOM was a great success.  Attended by over 60 people, including presentations from Paul Steely White from TransAlt and Simon Richardson from AECOM setting the scene before we all split into groups to transform streets!

After three lively discussions and some very out the box ideas including a stream and Quokkas on Hay Street in the Perth CBD, AECOM rounded up the session with some of the stand out ideas and thoughts from the sessions.  This was followed by a panel discussion chaired by AECOMs’ Teresa Matassa, and including the Department of Transport Craig Wooldridge, Paul Steely White and Stephen Hodge of We Ride Australia to discuss the ways and means to influence the decision makers to make these streets for people a reality.

The work didn’t stop on the day! In the coming weeks we will be putting together a report detailing the different ideas and thoughts that came out of the day for people to downloads and see.


Traffic Engineering and Management interactive workshop / site tour

The traffic engineering tour was an amazing opportunity to take a step behind the curtain at some of the innovative operation centres found here in Perth Western Australia. The tour commenced at the recently opened Perth Busport, Australia’s first bus station to use dynamic stand allocation. This allows for a significant reduction in footprint while maintaining comfort and efficiency for passengers.

Moving onto the next venue the tour groups were provided with their own ‘private’ public transport with two buses kindly supplied by the Public Transport Authority / TransPerth travelling a route determined and managed by their team. QUBE Logistics monitoring centre located in West Perth was next on the list. QUBE outlined some of the technology that they employ to manage the safety of their drivers and other road users including monitoring systems on the trucks for speed and operation along with cameras that monitor eye movements and driver behaviour.

UBER HQ was an opportunity to look into the information gathered by the UBER app and the potential insight that it can bring to the traffic engineering industry. One of the interesting takeaways from this visit, is that some of this data is available right now by going to

The final tour location was Main Roads WA Regional Network Operations Centre (RNOC). This newly completed facility (only open for two weeks at the time of the tour) uses state of the art equipment to monitor and manage Perth’s major road network. This facility also caters for all major events / activities / incidents with custom incident rooms allowing for a management team including Main Roads, emergency services and traffic management operations personnel to confer and coordinate responses.

To finish off the tour and the conference week the attendees then headed to Hadiqa, a recently opened Middle Eastern-inspired oasis, for some Moroccan food and drinks.

Transport and Land use modelling interactive workshop

The Transport Modellers Forum on the Friday covered a wide range of hot topics with much interactive feedback from the audience.

First up, we discussed the benefits and issues associated with Activity Based Modelling both internationally and in Australia, with Rick Donnelly and Renan Grace presented and answers questions about the practice in both around the world and as recently in Melbourne. Antony Johnstone took part of the forum on tour to look at operational modelling for traffic signal improvements and it’s implementation within the City of Perth, whilst Rick, Renan and Bruce Johnson answered a range of questions from the floor in a panel discussion.

Following lunch, a number of exceptional young professionals (Iris Brkic, Kassia Ralston, Miaad Khayatian, John Trieu, Cameron Reid) did innovative presentations on range of topics from Fruin level of service (Complete with model dummies),  dynamic traffic assignment and travel times, signal data processing, through to William Gibson and the intersection of science fiction with travel forecasting.  Finally over wine, beers and pizza we contemplated more existential questions around where modelling was heading, who would be doing it and its role in transport planning in the future.  Many thanks to Aurecon for the use of the venue and all the presenters.

Freight and Ports Workshop

On 27 July as part of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management’s (AITPM) National Conference in Perth, Westport challenged twelve teams of experts, including engineers, planners, consultants, researchers and transport advisors, to a future-focused ‘Think-a-Thon’. Teams were asked to create and share their vision for how Westport will look in 2068, when Artificial Intelligence, 3D printing, intergalactic trade, drones, and interconnectivity – along with other technologies we can’t even fathom yet – will have completely changed the way supply chains currently operate.

After a day of brainstorming and pitches, Westport was delighted to crown the mixed team of SITE Planning and GTA Consultants as the Think-a-Thon winners for 2018. Their prototype was an adaptable and environmentally-friendly freight corridor between Bunbury to Kwinana that enabled Perth to become a major trade gateway interstate, globally and even to Mars .  The winning prototype has been placed in a time capsule at Fremantle Ports to be opened in 2068 to see how close they came to predicting the future.

PLENARY SESSION: (run by AITPM Young Professionals Network) Inclusive communities

The WA Young Professionals Network organised and ran a workshop for the Thursday afternoon plenary session at the National Conference, in which they challenged attendees to consider how to create accessible cities through integrated transport and land use planning.

Inspired by words of wisdom from State Member for Perth, John Carey, and expert topic speakers Teresa Matassa, Saskia Noakes and Dr. Ryan Falconer, teams set about creating the transport networks for their very own towns given a range of existing land uses – within a strict budget. Chaos ensued, as pipe cleaners were wrestled into submission and entire movement networks blossomed, and a range of creative solutions were brought to life.

The expert speakers turned into hardened judges, weighing up the merits of each town’s network and crafting a shortlist of the top ideas, from which all attendees voted on their favourite solution. There can only be one winner, and the aptly-named town of “Utopia” took the honours for the afternoon. The session saw enthusiastic participation from conference delegates both young and old, and closed the formal conference proceedings with a bang.


Perth City highlights bike tour

Join WA’s Department of Transport Cycling Team on a leisurely cycle tour of some of Perth’s differing infrastructure, whilst taking in the sights of the Swan River, CBD, new Optus Stadium and Matagarup footbridge.

Bikes will be provided for those who will not be using their own.

> This tour is open to all conference delegates on a first come, first serve basis. Register for this workshop as part of your main conference booking.

Please note that bookings for the complimentary city tours can only be taken up until Tuesday 17th July 2018

RAC Intellibus tour

RAC is proud to be leading Australia’s very first Automated Vehicle Trial right here in Western Australia.

Since 2015, RAC has been working to test and evaluate a fully autonomous, electric shuttle bus and on the 31st August 2016, with the support from the WA State Government and the City of South Perth, we launched our Automated Vehicle Trial on public roads.

There have been many innovations and advances in transport technology over the last 100 years. Now, we are on the cusp of one of the biggest disruptions to transport as we know it.

Automated vehicle (AV) technology is rapidly advancing and these vehicles could deliver many benefits, including improved mobility and independence for many, and reduced crash risk and severity by removing human error from the driving task.

Our Trial is not a pursuit of technology for technology’s sake, but a commitment to ensure AV technology can be applied to solve urban and regional mobility challenges in Australia.

We want to ensure that our community, industry and government alike have an opportunity to experience an automated vehicle in a complex traffic environment while the technology remains largely in development.

By working together with our partners we’re one step closer to readying Australia for the safe transition to automated vehicles and our future world of safer, easier and cleaner mobility.

> This tour is open to all conference delegates on a first come, first serve basis. Register for this workshop as part of your main conference booking.

Please note that bookings for the complimentary city tours can only be taken up until Tuesday 17th July 2018

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