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W Beam for Rail Track Protection

14 May 2019

Protection of the rail line by over ballasting is common, but takes time to install and remove, and results in the wastage of material. …

Traffic Management Attenuators with Outriggers

5 Mar 2019

A cost effective way to increase the footprint and effectiveness of traffic management attenuators, with the installation of retractable 'outriggers'.

AA Defensive Driving for Fleet and Businesses

5 Mar 2019

Increasing driver competency for network maintenance operators and incident response crews.

Providing Transport Operations Centres with Mobile Eyes

5 Mar 2019

Range of different 'mobile' CCTV solutions to provide visibility of areas with lack of visual coverage to ATOC and AMA.

LED Safety Exclusion Zone

5 Mar 2019

A surfacing or pavement renewal activity at night is a dynamic environment, with health and safety hazards due to moving plants and machinery. An safety…

Mobile Road Inspection Tool

5 Mar 2019

A mobile app that converts GPS to linear coordinates, with various other features that supports more efficient road and asset maintenance inspections.

Fatigue Management Programme

5 Mar 2019

A fatigue management system has been developed to manage the health and safety risk associated with worker fatigue, in particular with shift work.

Easy Spill Kit

5 Mar 2019

Network duty engineers or rapid response units encounter hydrocarbon spills that needs to be soaked up. An easy pour spill kit has been developed to…

SoloProtect ID for Lone Worker Safety

5 Mar 2019

A smart ID badge that provides monitoring and security for staff working alone in the network.

Google Translate for Interface with Customers

5 Mar 2019

There is often a struggle to communicate with Customers on the network who have little or no understanding of English, in particular for those where…

Traffic Response Vehicle Livery

5 Mar 2019

It was challenging for Incident Response crews
to quickly and safely get through congested or stopped
traffic when responding to incidents. A trademarked livery has been developed.

Radio integration with ATOC for Incident Response Communications

5 Mar 2019

During an incident, communication is critical to enable the clearance of incidents quickly.

Cone Laying Machine

5 Mar 2019

A simple modular system attaching to nearly any vehicle which reduces the physical burden on the road worker and greatly improves the safety aspect.

Closure Breach System

5 Mar 2019

The Closure Breach System has been developed to ensure the perimeter of closures are suitably protected in order to provide a safe environment for road…

Mobile Barrier - Tiaki

5 Mar 2019

A mobile barrier that provides lateral intrusion into a mobile working space, and significantly improves worker protection with little disruption to customer's journeys.

Lane Marking 4 RRPMs

5 Mar 2019

Increasing the retro-reflectivity of lane marking layout especially during night time, sun strike and wet weather conditions.

New Sign Overlay Procedure

5 Mar 2019

In order to avoid costly renewals of structural elements, the sign's performance will be renewed with overlays, which approach offers a significant cost saving.

Hydraulic Gantry CAP Applicator

5 Mar 2019

Inability to utilise the application truck on some sites of the network due to insufficient lateral clearance can now be remedied by utilising the Gantry…

Umbilical Spray Cold applied Plastic (CAP) Unit on Marking Truck

5 Mar 2019

Retrofitting the A-type machine in order to do a small amount of B-type work it free up crews and equipment to attend to other work…

Motorway Performance Monitor

5 Mar 2019

Providing a consolidated set of network performance dashboards to conveniently access data and insights for a range of audiences.

Motorway Analysis and Reporting System

5 Mar 2019

A hybrid system that combines real-time traffic data sources with an online first order macroscopic simulation model of the entire motorway system for daily reporting…

Rapid Scenario Testing Tool

5 Mar 2019

Providing a tool than can be used to undertake assessment of congestion and delay, to support planning and operational decision making.

Wi-Fi Enabled Vehicle Detection

5 Mar 2019

Wi-Fi connected loops allows network performance to be monitored, without any data gaps in capital project areas.

Bespoke Box Girder Access Stages

5 Mar 2019

To achieve regular access to the underside of the orthotropic steel deck to the box girder extension bridges for inspection and maintenance work and eliminating…

Inspection Lighting Stick

5 Mar 2019

Provision of additional lighting for inspections inside the closed members of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, removing the need for a person to enter those confined…

Trial Induction Removal of Membranes and Paint Coatings

5 Mar 2019

Using Induction to remove the membrane layer, reducing structural and safety risks with significant cost and programme savings.

Virtual Reality for Crossing Live Traffic and Confined Spaces

5 Mar 2019

Providing an immersed virtual experience to simulate and identify the risks and fail safely when working in high risk areas.

Tunnel Cleaning Machine

5 Mar 2019

Taking into consideration the limited number of tunnels in the region as well as the required frequency for cleaning, it was not cost effective to…

Tunnel Systems - Human Factors Emergency Messages

5 Mar 2019

Standardised messages improve the consistency of messaging to road users providing clear indications of the hazard or issues and better instructions.

Electronic Crack and Movement Monitoring Gauge

5 Mar 2019

Monitoring and understanding the behaviour of cracks on structures that are approaching 40-50 years old, and obtaining a continuous record of data.

Two 2D Lidar scanners combined to be a 3D scanner

5 Mar 2019

To develop a cost effective Lidar scanner that can be used for asset 3D capturing purposes, by combining two 3D scanners.

Bridge Strike Strategy

5 Mar 2019

Strategy to reduce bridge strikes from overheight vehicles that poses a serious risk to the safety of network users.

Double row debris screen for temporary flood protection at corridor gully

4 Mar 2019

A simple 'double row debris screen' solution to protect a catchpit from blockage and flooding.

Next Generation Display Technology

4 Mar 2019

To improve the quality and maintainability of variable message signs, new technology light focusing lenses have been adopted to reduce light pollution and energy consumption.

Stormwater Culvert Safety Grate with Maintenance Access

4 Mar 2019

A custom solution developed to protect large culverts from unsafe access, but still enables access for maintenance and inspections.

Stormwater Asset Delivery Process Map

4 Mar 2019

End-to-end process mapping of stormwater delivery activity to optimise and eliminate waste.

Efficient Cleaning of Slot and Grated Trench Drains

4 Mar 2019

A custom device has been developed for easily and safely cleaning sloted and grated trench drains.

Chute for Stormwater Treatment Pond - Rock Forebay activity

4 Mar 2019

A chute solution to transfer material to site without damaging the sensitive environment.

Planting of rare and threatened species on motorway wetlands

12 Mar 2017

Stormwater landscape renewal activities along the motorway corridor led to a collaboration to explore options for planting rare and threatened species in these areas to improve biodiversity.

‘A vision for Mangere Inlet’ investment guide

12 Mar 2017

During the early project planning stages of the East to West link, it was identified that environmental improvements to the Mangere Inlet could be incorporated…

New bridge width marker design from recycled materials

12 Mar 2017

Bridge width markers are used to guide motorists to a safe distance from bridge barriers. When hit and destroyed, they need to be replaced at…

Battery powered plate compactor

9 Mar 2017

A plate compactor was converted to battery power in order to reduce fume emissions and noise while patching crews were undertaking maintenance in the Homer…

Extending the life of line marking on ramps

25 Oct 2016

The standard methodology for inspecting ramp line marking and retro-reflectivity levels was challenged. A full retro-reflectivity survey of ramps was conducted, and analysis allowed remarking…

Bus reliability improvements: An economic evaluation without traffic modelling

25 Oct 2016

Using electronic passenger and journey time data collected from bus travel to effectively measure bus reliability within a constrained time period.

Utilising GPS based fitness apps to visualise high-use cyclist routes

21 Oct 2016

Using data from GPS-based fitness applications to identify high-use cycling routes, infrastructure can be planned for, which is sensitive to that community’s need.

Retaining existing line marking by precision fine milling

21 Oct 2016

Using precision fine milling between existing line markings to help saves costs of repainting

Minecraft intersection gets kids involved with road safety

21 Oct 2016

Using Minecraft to model traffic and road crossings in their township after the construction of a new major roundabout is helping school children to engage…

Keeping our pedestrians safe

21 Oct 2016

With schools, hospitals and aged-care facilities nearby, Pedestrian Managers were employed to personally escort pedestrians through a complicated work site during intersection upgrades.

'Working at height' safety procedures for test pits

21 Oct 2016

Test pit work had traditionally not been considered as working at heights. A set of safety procedures were needed to mitigate risks associated with working…

Reduced stormwater maintenance cost by rationalising consent compliance requirements

21 Oct 2016

Using inspection and asset condition data to reduce the number of Maintenance and Operations inspections on Stormwater assets.

Guidelines for managing endangered dotterels on NZ Transport Agency projects

21 Oct 2016

The endangered New Zealand Dotterel is sometimes found on Transport Agency Land. A guideline was produced by the Auckland Motorways Alliance to ensure their protection…

Single point consent monitoring and compliance tracking

21 Oct 2016

A change from consent monitoring to internal compliance.

High flow and safer stormwater grated trench

12 Oct 2016

The traditional grated trench system currently used on road side drain holes is easily blocked, broken and is difficult to operate and repair. A new…

Working together to preserve our natural resources

23 Sep 2016

Faced with limited local water sources and an earthworks job in the region of nine million cubic metres, the Pūhoi to Warkworth project team took…

Auckland Harbour Bridge power failure notification messenger

23 Sep 2016

A solution was needed to ensure a constant power supply was available in the event of a power outage on the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

Better customer outcomes with night works resealing trial

23 Sep 2016

The extreme summer heat and long customer delays on the network prompted the trial of ‘nightworks’ in hope of driving a better customer outcome for…

Understanding highly acidic soil and the effects on assets

23 Sep 2016

Highly acidic soils have been found to cause major corrosion of concrete stormwater assets in the relatively near location of the Marsden City development (Ruakaka)…

Reduced effort with removal tool for damaged sign ground sockets

23 Sep 2016

The Signs Corridor crew looked at ways they could remove damaged ground sockets instead of installing a new ground socket. They trialed a 'pulley extraction…

'Mobile screens' on Nelson Street cycleway project for fall protection

23 Sep 2016

A mobile screen was needed to prevent secondary fall protection from approximately 10 meters above live motorways within the Central Motorway Junction (CMJ)

Wireless and reusable SENSYS traffic detector trial

23 Sep 2016

Trial use of a movable, reusable and wireless SENSYS detector for gathering traffic volume data as an alternative to static inductive loops has reduced traffic…

Bird infestation prevention

23 Sep 2016

Fishing wire was used to stop birds nesting in the Johnson Hills Tunnels Over-height Detection System and causing false alarms.

Reduced inspections with stormwater telescopic inspection camera

15 Sep 2016

Utilising a telescopic camera on a long-reach pole to assess stormwater assets reduces the need for return trips and increase safety.

Reduced injuries with lower sign racks for TMAs

15 Sep 2016

Lowering the sign racking/storage area of Truck Mounted Attenuators (TMAs) makes a two-person job, a one-person job, and reduces the risk of injuries.

Temporary line marking with orange tape

15 Sep 2016

Orange tape was used as road markings during road works to reduce the risks and effects of ghost markings, and to save money in the…

Safer mowing operations with remote control mowers

15 Sep 2016

The introduction of Remote Control Mowers for mowing on steep inclines reduces the risks of traditional mowing and increases productivity.

Better designed loop connection toby box

15 Sep 2016

Legacy and off-the-shelf Toby Boxes are too small to house a large number of traffic loop joints; a solution was needed to make a Toby…

Vehicle breach prevention with XNet Arresting System

15 Sep 2016

The XNet Vehicle Arresting System is being trialed for two years to curb the potential of serious and fatal incidents involving wrong way drivers breaching…

Wireless point-to-point network for CCTV versus trenched solution

15 Sep 2016

Rather than having to trench a new fibre optic cable to extend CCTV coverage, two existing 3rd party radio masts at Bombay and Pokeno were…

Faster incidence clearance with inter-agency incident response training

15 Sep 2016

Developed an Incident Response training course for our staff and external agencies, that enables better coordination and collaboration to clear incidents in motorway incidents.

Portable decontamination wash-down bay for geotechnical investigation equipment

14 Sep 2016

In order to prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease by machinery used for geotechnical investigations within kauri areas, a portable decontamination bay was designed…

Reduced maintenance costs from haymaking

14 Sep 2016

Turning unused land into hay paddocks saves on the maintenance costs for carriageways, whilst supporting community and local farmers.

Safe work area with flexi bins during toll gantry lighting upgrade

14 Sep 2016

The innovative use of ‘Flexi Bins’ to create a safe work area during the Toll Gantry Lighting upgrade.

Easy maintenance Massey Road CCTV lowering pole

2 Sep 2016

To overcome the problem of compromised CCTV visibility in a constrained site, a CCTV pole, which can be maintained without the need for expensive traffic…

Special mobile formwork barriers in very constrained environment

2 Sep 2016

The design of a custom mobile formwork barrier allowed the project team to work on the narrow corridor between the rail track and the SH1…

Power savings from condition based cleaning of tunnel lighting

1 Sep 2016

The tunnel lighting cleaning schedule was changed from quarterly to once every four years resulting in significant savings.

Faster incident clearance with vehicle mounted CCTV camera

31 Aug 2016

A bespoke CCTV camera was developed and engineered to equip the Central Motorway Junction (CMJ) incident response vehicle with an on-board CCTV camera that allows…