28th International Australian Road Research Board Conference 2018

Monday, 30 April 2018 to Wednesday, 2 May 2018 from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, South Brisbane, Australia



ARRB conferences are highly regarded refereed events that bring together hundreds of industry professionals. A Scientific Technical Committee drawn from industry and academia have custodianship of the technical content and review process.

The conference will comprise of paper and non-paper sessions on recent developments and innovations in various aspects of linking people places and opportunities. In order for delegates to cement their learnings and share experiences, a number of task-oriented workshops and panel discussion events will be included in the program.

In addition, poster sessions will be held, during which authors of selected submissions will be on hand to discuss their work with delegates.

The 28th International ARRB Conference themes are:


“If only they could talk” has been said of many things. Now it is the emerging reality of roads, needing to actively communicate with the people and the vehicles they support. This theme explores how best to enable not just the physical connectivity of our roads, but digital connectivity as well. Papers are sought from authors active in research and development in incorporating digital technology into pavements, into roads which require only minimal closures for routine maintenance, into innovative and sustainable road building materials, as well as into alternative applications for roads, such as power generation, stormwater capture and communications.

Key themes

  • Digital and physical connectivity of roads
  • Smart sensors in roadbuilding materials
  • Smarter road construction
  • Routine maintenance is streamlined, no major rehabilitation
  • Alternative applications for roads
  • Smarter materials
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In the early days of pavement and asset management, the shortage and quality of data and information was a constraint. This is no longer the case, with pavement strength data collected at traffic speed, cracks detected automatically and roadside and roadway video collected routinely. This theme explores the opportunities which exist due to this volume of data – and other recent and emerging technologies - for road users, owners, designers, constructors, managers and public sector treasuries. Authors are invited to submit papers on ‘big data’s application to not just routine maintenance planning and delivery, but also on building and retrofitting resilience into transport infrastructure and to propose how the next generation of pavements, surfacings and structures are to embrace a digitally connected and motivated world.

Key themes

  • Data collection for asset management
  • Strategic and tactical asset management
  • Resilience economics
  • Pavements and surfacings
  • Structures and other road side assets

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The lightbulb did not come from incremental improvements to candles. Similar ‘smart’ disruptive technologies and services are needed to help maintain connectivity between people, places and opportunities. These technologies, ideas or platforms can often be perceived as a threat, but this theme focuses on exploring the opportunities which they bring. Papers are sought from authors who are currently exploring or have explored and are now implementing radical ideas, services and technologies, particularly where measurable benefits are already evident. The technologies may apply to network wide concepts or detailed detection/measurement devices or any point in between.

Key themes

  • Technologies
  • Connectivity
  • Platforms
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • The self-driving vehicle
  • Disruption in services

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Increased connectivity with mobile phones, big data, combined with an emerging trend of more automated vehicles has seen the emergence of new mobility services. These services provide the possibility to travel and move easily and cost-effectively in both private and public transport. At the same time, infrastructure owners and managers have benefitted through having more widespread real-time information about their networks as well as enhanced tools to better manage and balance supply and demand. This topic is not about technologies but what they offer and how they can be applied in delivering ‘smarter’ journeys. Authors currently engaged in research into unlocking the potential which data, communications and technology offers are invited to submit papers on their ideas and findings. Technical, scientific, product or systems perspectives ranging across journeys, mobility, choices, safety, vehicles, regulatory and policy are all welcome.

  • Mobile Applications
  • New Urban Mobility
  • Future Freight and Heavy Vehicles
  • Network Management Approaches
  • Connected and Automated Vehicles

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User-centred design of the road transport system is critical to ensure that it delivers all the services and benefits that customers expect, now and in the future. These include safety, comfort, efficiency, ease of use, and pleasure. Human Factors and Ergonomics have made important contributions to the research, design, development, operation and evaluation of road transport systems to optimise customer experience and safety. However, as the road transport system evolves, so too will the role of humans within the system. This topic will focus on human issues critical in the design and operation of the road transport system and how these are likely to change as the road transport system becomes increasingly automated, connected and service oriented.

  • Driver State and Performance
  • Improving Road User Behaviour and Safety
  • User-centred design of the road transport system
  • Automated vehicles and the human user
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