How to innovate to reduce low bridge and overhead infrastructure impacts (2018-19)

How to innovate to reduce low bridge and overhead infrastructure impacts (2018-19)

Project outcomes

Sponsored by Yarra Trams and VicRoads


Project title:
How to innovate to reduce low bridge and overhead infrastructure impacts
Description of the project:

Yarra Trams in cooperation with VicRoads have identified an increased number of incidents with road users colliding with overhead public infrastructure (i.e. bridges and overhead power supply). This project aims at investigating the reasons why drivers crash into low-clearance bridges and tram overhead, suggesting actions to influence an effective actuation in the pattern (behavioural, structural, design wise etc.)

Project brief

Project brief

Sponsored by Yarra Trams and VicRoads

Location:
Melbourne CBD or Kew, VIC
Description of the project:

Yarra Trams in cooperation with VicRoads have identified an increased number of incidents with road users colliding with overhead public infrastructure (i.e. bridges and overhead power supply). This project aims at investigating the reasons why drivers crash into low-clearance bridges and tram overhead, suggesting actions to influence an effective actuation in the pattern (behavioural, structural, design wise etc.)

Project outcomes

This project has been closed
Project Aims:

This project aims to achieve the following:

  • A review of crash causes considering a collision as a consequence of a breakdown in the interaction between road users and the organisation of the traffic environment. In this sense, extraction of error percentages for a number of relevant causes (interpretation errors by road users, observation errors, design errors, planning errors-assumptions, etc.)
  • Identify new and innovative measures to improve safety and mitigate the impact of collision (i.e. potential value of co-driver advisory technologies and predictive technologies)
  • Investigate behavioural change patterns
Faculty or Department:
Art, Design and Architecture
Arts
Business and Economics
Education
Engineering
Information Technology
Science
Sector:
Transport
Employment Type:
Scholarship
Attributes:

Students with skills and knoweldge in the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • technology mapping
  • analytical reporting
  • behaviourial science/studies
  • psychology

The ability to combine accident causation models with the particularities of the context of the project would also be favourable.

Applications for this project are welcome from penultimate and subsequent year undergraduates, Masters and PhD students (coursework and research) who are currently enrolled full-time at Monash including for the period December 2018 to end of February 2019.

Selection Criteria:

Your application will be reviewed by senior university members and assessed against the following criteria:

  • Quality of covering letter, resume and on-line application including spelling & grammar
  • Relevance of your degree to the project(s) you select
  • Skills, ability, knowledge and experience relevant to the project (s) you apply for
  • Extra - curricular activities (i.e. sports/clubs & societies/memberships)
  • Career goals & ambitions
  • Academic performance
  • Successful completion of group activity
  • Successful interview with industry partner

Please note:

  • Scope for MITI projects are determined by the industry partners, this includes student disciplines and whether they require students at undergraduate, Masters or PhD level.
  • The final selection of the MITI project team will be made by the industry partner.
  • Each industry project will run for 12 weeks over the summer vacation period that is December 2018 through to February 2019 - you must be enrolled as a full time student during this period.
  • If selected you must be available and agree to commit for the entire 12 week period.
Duration:
12 weeks
Max number of recipients:
4
Application process:

A cover letter and current CV are mandatory requirements of the application process.

Your cover letter should state the following information in a clear and concise manner:

  • why this project is of particular interest to you
  • an outline of your experience either through work, study or other interests to support your application
  • what you can contribute as a member of the team

Yarra Trams and VicRoads

Yarra Trams

Yarra Trams is proudly operated by Keolis Downer, the largest private multi-modal transport operator in Australia.

Since taking over the running of the network on 30 November 2009, we have improved safety, delivered record passenger satisfaction, and maintained punctuality during a period of unprecedented growth across Melbourne.

Our guiding principle is to ‘think like a passenger’. We focus on delivering safe, reliable, clean, and easy-to-use services. And we are committed to increasing the environmental, social, and economic contribution that Melbourne’s tram network makes to the city.

We work with the Victorian Government, Public Transport Victoria and other transport agencies and operators to provide a fully integrated transport service for the people of Melbourne.

Website: https://yarratrams.com.au/

VicRoads

VicRoads plans, develops and manages the arterial road network and delivers road safety initiatives and customer focused registration and licensing services.

Website: https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/