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The way we design roads – to help meet the challenges of mobility, safety and resilience – is changing rapidly. Three transportation experts from WSP joined industry presenters at the 2017 Roads and Maritime Services Road Design Conference in Sydney last week to explore some of the emerging trends transforming the industry.


Scott Benjamin, Technical Director Intelligent Transport, Damien Cutcliffe, Digital Engineering Lead and Mike Reed, Technical Director - Major Projects, Transport at WSP shared their insights on employing innovative technologies and collaborative approaches on recent projects to solve our clients’ complex challenges.

Phil Nicholls, NSW Client Director, Transport at WSP says, “The key to success in delivering sustainable, resilient and reliable road networks is to put innovation at the forefront of design and to work collaboratively to maximise operational outcomes.”

As part of our presentations:

•Damien highlighted the use of BIM workflows and integration of data with GIS to enhance communications with clients and project stakeholders and deliver complex design solutions on the Sydney Metro City and Southwest project.

•Scott explored how working collaboratively with clients like Austroads is allowing us to future-proof our road networks and prepare for the unknowns of emerging transport technologies.

•like provided context on how systems and alliances that promote a shared culture of innovation have enhanced delivery of the longest road tunnels in New Zealand on Waterview Connection.

“With each stage and facet of road design, we need to continue to plan for the future – not just the present,” says Mr Nicholls. “That’s why we have to challenge the status quo and look to technology and proven practices for answers.”

The Roads and Maritime Services Road Design Conference was held from 30-31 August 2017 in Sydney. 

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