Route as­sess tool to ex­pe­dite ac­cess

The NHVR, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the ARRB, has re­leased the new Re­stricted Ac­cess Ve­hi­cle Route As­sess­ment Tool for lo­cal gov­ern­ments

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IN A JOINT AN­NOUNCE­MENT on Septem­ber 12, the Na­tional Heavy Ve­hi­cle Reg­u­la­tor (NHVR) and the Aus­tralian Road Re­search Board (AARB) have re­leased what they say is a cut­ting edge route as­sess­ment tool for par­tic­i­pat­ing ju­ris­dic­tions through the NHVR por­tal.

The up­graded re­stricted Ac­cess Ve­hi­cle Route As­sess­ment Tool (RAVRAT) will be pro­vided free to lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto de­scribes RAVRAT as be­ing a piece of func­tion­al­ity that the reg­u­la­tor has been work­ing col­lab­o­ra­tively on with the AARB, the Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion of Queens­land (LGAQ) and lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

He ad­mits that RAVRAT has gone through cer­tain cy­cles in terms of its value and worth to lo­cal gov­ern­ments.

“But I’m re­ally pleased to say that the joint col­lab­o­ra­tion and that strong work­ing re­la­tion­ship that we’re now build­ing with AARB, and not to for­get my lo­cal gov­ern­ment col­leagues, has meant that we now have func­tion­al­ity for lo­cal gov­ern­ment which has been in­te­grated into the NHVR por­tal.”

Petroc­citto says the new RAVRAT will help over 400 road man­agers un­der­stand how they do route as­sess­ments.

“We dealt with nearly 40,000 per­mits last year as an or­gan­i­sa­tion. That’s push­ing to al­most 60 odd per­cent of what all per­mits that are be­ing dealt with through the coun­try at the mo­ment.

“Any­thing we can do that can sup­port, stream­line and in­form lo­cal gov­ern­ment and state agen­cies to make a quicker, faster de­ci­sion … is a pos­i­tive out­come.”

ARRB’s state tech­ni­cal leader Matthew Bereni says RAVRAT ver­sion 2.0 in­cludes a new in­ter­face for the web­site and in­te­gra­tion into the NHVR por­tal – Road Man­ager Mo­d­ule.

“There have been a num­ber of im­prove­ments to RAVRAT which will en­sure a re­duc­tion in as­sess­ment times, im­proved user ex­pe­ri­ence and en­hanced train­ing ma­te­rial,” Bereni says.

“RAVRAT cur­rently in­cor­po­rates three main route as­sess­ment mod­ules with the aim to de­velop more mod­ules in the fu­ture.

“We are mov­ing for­ward to a more stream­lined and bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of our roads. And it means we will need to rely less and less on per­mits.”

ARRB en­gi­neer Kieran Hay ex­plains that RAVRAT is a user-friendly pro­gram.

“It goes through a sim­ple ques­tion, an­swer for­mat; pretty much any­one is able to use it,” Hay says.

“Some of the cri­te­ria re­quire mea­sure­ments, such as lane width where even­tu­ally it will ask you how wide is your road.

“So that is the only time you re­ally need to go out and mea­sure any­thing.

“One of the key things with RAVRAT is it will ac­tu­ally ask you how you got that value so you can ac­tu­ally do a re­li­a­bil­ity of your route.

“It also has some key re­port­ing func­tions so you can ex­port a lot of this data into a spread­sheet and then you can an­a­lyse that data later.

“So you can find what we call ‘pinch points’ in a net­work, so if your en­tire net­work is PBS 4B com­pat­i­ble and then you’re got two roads that aren’t, and they’re key fac­tors, you can ac­tu­ally go and see that and then you spend some money to up­grade those,” Hay says.

How­ever, Petroc­citto has not ruled out fleet op­er­a­tors hav­ing ac­cess to RAVRAT in the fu­ture.

“At the mo­ment it is pre­dom­i­nantly used for lo­cal gov­ern­ments and their in­ter­face be­tween what comes in through our por­tal and then goes to them to help do their as­sess­ment.

“But there’s no rea­son why we couldn’t con­sider open­ing this up more in the early plan­ning stages

At the RAVRAT launch: From left, Robert Chow, LGAQ project man­ager heavy ve­hi­cle ac­cess; NHVR CEO Sal Petroc­citto; ARRB state tech­ni­cal leader Matthew Bereni; ARRB en­gi­neer Kieran Hay; and Scott Brit­ton, LGAQ prin­ci­pal ad­vi­sor – roads, trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture

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