On Friday, September 2, Arup’s Framework for Prioritising Road Segments Based on Incident Costs to Users project won both the Spatial Enablement category and the JM (Mac) Serisier Award for Overall Excellence at the 2016 Queensland Spatial Excellence Awards (QSEA).
Part of a Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) initiative, this project aimed to identify priority investment locations for implementation of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) treatments throughout Queensland. Tasked with developing a framework able to model the impacts to road users from unplanned road closure events such as floods, crashes, landslides and bushfires, the Arup team utilised GIS as the key technology platform. This enabled summary statistics to be compiled spatially for 2,200 individual road segments throughout Queensland.
This project also included detailed diversion route modelling for all road segments. This enabled a more detailed assessment of road closure impacts by quantifying the distances and timeframes for possible diversion routes for road users, and the financial impacts associated with these diversions.