Thinking by Market - Transport

Electric vehicles present opportunities for industry

Electric vehicle recharging

Technologies in transport are changing rapidly, with electric vehicles set to sweep through the industry over the next five to ten years.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Roads and highways

Mining infrastructure: from pit to port

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, Australia

Andrew Keith, Aurecon’s Mining Infrastructure Leader spoke with Australian Mining on the economics of pit to port transportation alternatives.

Markets: Resources , Transport
Expertise: Mine services, Bulk transport

Port infrastructure: Build and they will come?

Port of Singapore

In late 2014, Indonesian President Joko Widodo presented a plan to transform the country into a maritime power and develop 24 ports around the archipelago, generating much excitement in the shipping and port industries.

Markets: Transport, Resources
Expertise: Ports and terminals

A full circle view of tunnels

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Tunnels can unlock congestion, create efficiency, make cities more functional and liveable. Harry Asche and Anthony Bennett, two of Aurecon’s tunneling experts, explore how we are delivering better solutions through smarter tunnels.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Tunnels

Sustainable roads initiative

Sustainable roads initiative

In order to keep up with the developing need of our clients to produce sustainable outcomes, Aurecon is beginning to include sustainability initiatives in our own road design processes.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Roads and highways, Infrastructure design

Constructability considerations in long span bridge design

Akaishi Bridge

One of the critical considerations in the design of long span bridges is structural adequacy and stability in the temporary conditions that exist during construction.
Mike Tapley, Aurecon's Bridges and Civil Structures Leader, Asia, explains why.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Bridges and civil structures

Peninsula Link: Australia’s first road availability public private partnership

Peninsula Link, Australia

The 27 kilometre Peninsula Link was the Mornington Peninsula’s biggest infrastructure project and has completed a missing link in Melbourne’s freeway network.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Roads and highways, Bridges and civil structures

Get real! Trialling transport interchange and terminal design

Bus station

Transport planning experts Brian Smith and Mohammed Islam discuss how undertaking effective field trials of transport interchange or terminal layouts and incorporating the results into designs can help to resolve operational or design issues.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Integrated planning, Infrastructure design, Mass transit, Urbanisation

Transport infrastructure on the African continent is on the move

A generic image of a truck on an African road

As Africa prepares itself for the 21st century, transport infrastructure will be playing a major role in transforming the continent into a vibrant, economic powerhouse.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Infrastructure design

Transport Corridor Roads – Who should ultimately pay?

A photo of a road in Africa

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on who should pay for corridor infrastructure and considers the pay for use principle as the most fair and equitable route to follow.

Markets: Transport, Rural transport, Urban transport

Enhanced transportation to usher in Africa’s economic revival

A picture of a map of Africa

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on how cross-border infrastructure development in Africa has been identified as a key driver for economic development on the continent.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems, Ports and terminals, Airports

Ready for takeoff: Airports to play a key role in unlocking Africa’s potential

A photo of a plane taking off

Abbas Jamie's latest column for Transport World Africa focuses on the boom of air travel in Africa and its ability to leapfrog the physical challenges to progress and help open up the economies of the numerous landlocked countries among the continent’s 54 states.

Markets: Transport, Airports
Expertise: Airports

Transport: the key to Africa’s growth

A photo of a road in Africa

Abbas Jamie's column for Transport World Africa focuses on the major opportunities to grow trade between African countries through integrated transport corridors.

Markets: Transport

Impact of freight transportation on our cities

Freight train with cargo containers

Alex Pey of Aurecon discusses the potential impact of poor population growth planning on Australian capital cities and suggests major rail freight tunnels could be the answer to freight logistics problems.

Markets: Resources , Transport, Freight, logistics and infrastructure, Urban transport
Expertise: Urbanisation, Rail and rail systems, Environmental management

Rail signalling: Q&A

In this roundtable, four of our leading rail signalling experts in both passenger and heavy haul rail networks, talk about the issues facing the industry.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

A new era of crucial focus on achieving increased sustainability

A new era of crucial focus on achieving increased sustainability

In this article, Jeff Robinson highlights a few of the emerging trends he believes have the potential to driver greener ways of going about our everyday lives.

Markets: Built Environment, Transport, Energy, Water
Expertise: Rail and rail systems, Building design, Sustainability

Engineering Meteorology: Making informed decisions to deliver project solutions

An example of an urban comfort index

Michael Green, Engineering Meteorologist, Aurecon, discusses how engineering meteorology can assist in project challenges and help improve the resilience of operational and infrastructure design.

Markets: Energy, Water, Built Environment, Transport
Expertise: Water resources management, Urbanisation

Tunnelling - delivering modern solutions with proven approaches

Tunnel excavation by roadheader on the Eastlink Project

Tunnels play a critical role in the ongoing delivery and maintenance of the infrastructure required in an urbanising world.

Markets: Transport, Water
Expertise: Ground engineering

Case study: Virtual signal sighting walkover

Aurecon's Troy Burton, Mass Transit Expertise Leader, and Michael Gardiner, 3D Visualisation Leader, discuss in this technical paper originally presented at the 2012 Conference of Railway Engineering (CORE2012).

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Mass transit, Rail and rail systems

Traction Power Case Study: Integration of Static Frequency Converters into a metropolitan network

Queensland’s Moreton Bay Rail (MBR) project is the first metropolitan rail network project to adopt Static Frequency Converter technology in Australia. Aurecon, as part of the AECOM Aurecon Joint Venture (AAJV), is the principal electrical designer of the feeder stations for this landmark project.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Mass transit, Rail and rail systems

Building geospatial collaborative systems for transport infrastructure

Auckland station

Keri Niven, Aurecon's Geospatial Service Lead, explains why collaborative technologies are increasingly influencing how transport/infrastructure will interact throughout the life of project design and delivery, and on into the asset management lifecycle.

Markets: Transport, Building information modelling (BIM), Urban transport
Expertise: Mass transit, Rail and rail systems

A Q&A with Stephen Goh, Technical Director – Traction Power Systems

Stephen Goh

Stephen has 28 years in-depth railway traction power expertise. In this article, he shares a few of his thoughts on traction power systems technology and future developments.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Mass transit, Rail and rail systems

Smart solutions for the future billet high on the international tunnelling agenda

Aurecon’s tunnel experts recently shared a wealth of local and global project experiences and knowledge at the 15th Australasian Tunnelling Conference.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Ground engineering

When new meets old: buildings and tunnels

Our cities are continually undergoing renewal, which can mean big changes in the built environment.  A proposal to drive a new tunnel is the catalyst for owners of buildings and other structures in the vicinity to become conc...

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems, Ground engineering

High speed rail: one size doesn’t fit all

Increased urbanisation, environmental impact, passenger expectations and cost of system delivery all influence the shape of future rail networks. Stuart Littlewood, Aurecon's Metros Leader - Asia, discusses why high speed, safety, reliability and comfort are at the core of future rail systems.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

Looking for clues – geotechnical investigation

The objective of any ground and groundwater investigation is to reduce risk to a project. In theory, the more investigations that are undertaken, the lower the risk of geotechnical and/or hydrogeological issues affecting excavatio...

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems, Ground engineering

Keep it moving: construction phase transport planning

In 1950 one in four people lived in cities, it is currently over two in four and in just 20 years it will be close to three in four. Solving urbanisation and transport challenges is critical for the future of governments, communit...

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

People profile: Jane McTaggart

Jane McTaggart

Jane has over 24 years of experience in community and stakeholder consultation and public policy development, and social and human services development.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

People profile: Steven Mok

Steven Mok

Steven is a Chartered Engineer with experience covering the design and commissioning of various passenger rolling stock types, including light rail vehicles, metro, driverless and high speed trains.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

People profile: Charlie Shackell

Charlie Shackell

Based in Sydney, Charlie's 20 year career spans major civil and geotechnical engineering projects involving investigation, design and construction in Australia, South Africa, West Africa, and the United Kingdom.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Ground engineering, Rail and rail systems

People profile: Anthony Bennett

Anthony Bennett

Meet Anthony Bennett, a techincal director for transport based in Melbourne Australia.   With over 30 years of design experience in domestic and international civil engineering projects, Tony's expertise includes underground ...

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Ground engineering

Alternative Traction Power Distribution Systems within the Urban Environment

In this article, Ralph Moulang, Aurecon's Principal Overhead Wiring Engineer, discusses how cities can integrate new and existing light rail systems into the urban environment, while meeting the requirement for continuous uninterrupted tractive power supply for electrified rail systems.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

People profile: Steve Liew

Steve Liew

Steve is Country Leader Manager for Aurecon Singapore. He has considerable experience in directing major projects in the infrastructure sector, including design and construction support of transport projects throughout Asia and Europe.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

Rail control room integration: risk and reward

Railway Control room integration can be an emotive topic. John Cranley, Technical Director - Transport Services, shares his experiences and lessons learned from these often complex projects over his 20 year career.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

Improving accessibility of light rail - CAMS in the Gold Coast Rapid Transit project

Ben Vardon, a senior transport planner based in Brisbane, Australia, and Ashley Stevenson, a civil engineer based in eThekwini, South Africa, look at the process used during planning to improve accessibility to the 16 stations included in Phase 1 of the Gold Coast Rapid Transit (GCRT) project.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

People profile: Jimmy Tong

Jimmy Tong

Meet Jimmy Tong, an associate and leader of our buildings electrical and mechanical (E&M) team based in Hong Kong. He has extensive experience in delivering major metro and urban rail projects in Asia, and in the Middle East.

Markets: Built Environment, Transport, Urban transport

Making connections – A Q&A on effective public transport links between cities and airports

Land use and patronage are core principles when evaluating and planning any additions to a public transport system. Here we talk with Stuart Littlewood, Aurecon’s Metros Leader, Asia about his experience of successful airport rail connections in the region.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

Project in focus: South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)) Contract 901 - Admiralty Integrated Station and SCL Enabling Works

The South Island Line (East) (SIL(E)) is a 7 km medium capacity railway extension connecting the Southern District of Hong Kong to the existing MTR network at Admiralty Station (ADM).

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems, Urbanisation

Breathing space: optimising ventilation in metro projects

Mikel Alonso looks at how balancing the key functions of a ventilation system in order to maximise both safety and cost efficiencies for an underground metro or railway system.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Ground engineering, Rail and rail systems

Going underground: saving surface buildings while tunnelling

Anthony Bennett, Aurecon’s tunnels leader, looks at proven approaches to saving the building while developing underground rail infrastructure.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Ground engineering, Rail and rail systems

Metro station construction in congested environments

Warren Dou talks about the effective risk management and innovative technical solutions that address the challenges of constructing underground stations in urban environments.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems, Urbanisation, Ground engineering

Case study: improving constructability

The Hong Kong West Kowloon Terminus (WKT) is part of the large scale (US$8 billion) infrastructure project that aims to link Hong Kong with major Chinese cities via high speed rail.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Building design

On programme! Driving the best outcomes in airport development

Get with the programme

Airport redevelopment projects have the potential to significantly affect operations and profits. John Mason and James Bennett outline why a programme management approach will ensure optimal outcomes for airport owners and stakeholders.

Markets: Transport, Built Environment
Expertise: Airports

All things considered: Delivering the international airport

All things considered

George Reid, Technical Director - Buildings, talks about how engineering can support profitable and sustainable business models.

Markets: Transport, Built Environment
Expertise: Airports

Overcoming environmental challenges to maximise profit

Overcoming environmental challenges

Dr Neil Mackenzie, Aurecon’s Acoustics &Vibrations Leader, discusses the solutions his team has utilised to address some common design issues at airports.

Markets: Built Environment, Transport
Expertise: Airports

Is traditional community and media engagement dead?

Community engagement

With Badgerys Creek again being touted as the location for Sydney’s second airport, Kylie Cochrane, reflects on the consultation effort that will be required for this potential infrastructure project.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Airports

People profile: Jason Wozniak

Jason Wozniak

Jason leads our Advisory team in New Zealand. With more than 15 years of industry experience, his focus is on effectively linking client business objectives to project objectives.

Markets: Transport, Built Environment
Expertise: Airports

Airnodes and the high performing airport

Airnodes

Designed as a landside capacity model influenced by airside demands, the model we call Airnodes can assess airport infrastructure to benchmark airport performance and current capacity.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Airports

Airport terminals - designing for profit

Airports

Great design has the potential to significantly alter the profit equation of an airport and should be a key consideration from the earliest planning stages onward. Stephen Logan shares insight on why is designing for profit so crucial in today’s operating environment.

Markets: Transport, Built Environment
Expertise: Airports

Adaptable airports: designing resilience

Climate change

In the coming years, airports will be significantly challenged to plan for and adapt to climate change induced risks. Trinity Graham, discusses how climate change factors will affect airports and what airport operators might consider for future planning.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Airports

Runways: perfecting pavements

Airports thinking - perfecting runways

In this article, Matt Glenn, Airports Leader - Airside, looks at the business decisions that airport operators must make around pavements, traffic and overload. He also looks at the effects of repeated overload the best approach to pavement evaluation and maintenance.

Markets: Transport
Expertise: Airports

Seismic resilience in the developing world

“Developing nations need to plan how they will recover from large natural disasters and consider how to make their economies more resilient,” comments Sean Gledhill, Aurecon Building Structures Service Leader, and multiple award winner for low damage seismic solutions.

Markets: Built Environment, International development assistance, Transport
Expertise: Building design

Mobility in urban environments

Biking in the city

Finding an optimal balance between community needs and economic benefits of the urban expressway.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Environmental management, Integrated planning

Creating more compact bus terminals and interchanges

Christchurch Bus Exchange, New Zealand

Brian Smith, Aurecon’s Technical Leader, Transport, explains how more compact bus facilities can better fit within constrained city centre locations and make for improved integration of transport and land use.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Environmental management

HUB-id projects

Optimising land use, operational efficiency, light rail system, integrated urban design

Markets: Construction, Government, Built Environment, Transport, Land development
Expertise: Environmental management, Integrated planning

Smarter thinking around people, places and public transport

Aurecon’s HUB-id integrates human behaviours to drive successful outcomes in land use form and transport function.

Understanding how cities flow and finding sustainable pathways between city centres and suburban developments requires an integrated approach to achieve sustainable transport and land use outcomes.

Markets: Transport

360° Magazine - Transforming transport

In this issue of Aurecon’s 360° magazine, Transforming Transport looks at the complex issues around moving people and resources in a world experiencing massive population growth and urbanisation.

Markets: Built Environment, Transport, Government
Expertise: Airports, Environmental management, Programme and project management, Rail and rail systems

Project drivers

Abbot Point Coal Terminal, Australia

Every major project is unique, encompassing different sponsor and stakeholder environments, different objectives and external influences.

Markets: Construction, Data & telecommunications, Defence, Energy, Government, International development assistance, Resources , Built Environment, Transport, Water
Expertise: Programme and project management

Effective supply chains

Iron ore train

Skilled management of the supply chain is critical and allows major project teams to deliver excellence on schedule, within budget and with quality outcomes.

Markets: Resources , Transport
Expertise: Bulk transport

Seismic resilience in the developing world

In the developing world, natural disasters are often more devastating due to buildings being less able to resist the impact of major events

“Developing nations need to plan how they will recover from large natural disasters and consider how to make their economies more resilient,” comments Sean Gledhill, Aurecon Building Structures Service Leader, and multiple award winner for low damage seismic solutions.

Markets: Built Environment, International development assistance, Transport

Rail boom: how to maximise supply chain efficiency

Aurizon coal train

Rail is becoming bigger, longer, faster and more costly as complex mining provinces are developed in remote locations. Mike Foley spoke to Aurecon’s Ken Devencorn who said supply chain integration and automation are key to facilitating development.

Markets: Resources , Transport
Expertise: Rail and rail systems

The Bayhead Road upgrade – an exceptional example of safety achievement ‘against all odds’

A thumbnail of the Bayhead Road upgrade

Bayhead Road is one of the highest volume heavy vehicle traffic routes in the world. Against all odds, the project team managed to achieve an incredible Zero Lost Time Injuries (LTIs) on completion of the project, and over 1 000 000 Lost Time-free man-hours.

Markets: Transport

Safety drives design of mine roads

Road safety

Richard Jois of Aurecon discusses maximising road safety on mine sites.

Markets: Resources , Transport
Expertise: Mine services

Hands-on approach drives operational cost efficiencies for train positioner replacement

East Intercourse Island train positioner replacement project

A hands-on collaborative approach to D&C equipment supply drove the best end result for reliability, operability, maintainability and safety.

Markets: Resources , Transport, Freight, logistics and infrastructure
Expertise: Rail and rail systems, Bulk transport

Consultants provide fresh perspective on transshipment

Transshipment

Before mining companies embark on detailed discussions with transshipment operators, consultants can provide some useful guidance and information. Andrew Keith and Paulo Cardoso de Campos of Aurecon spoke with AJM's Mike Foley.

Markets: Resources , Transport
Expertise: Mine services

Mobility in urban environments

Biking in the city

Finding an optimal balance between community needs and economic benefits of the urban expressway.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Environmental management

Innovations in heavy haul operations

Full ore wagons being unloaded through tippler rail

Rail Express talks to Ken Devencorn, Aurecon’s Technical Director, Resources & Manufacturing Services about efficient planning and development of remote heavy-haul rail operations.

Markets: Transport, Resources
Expertise: Mine services, Rail and rail systems

Creating more compact bus terminals and interchanges

Christchurch Bus Exchange, New Zealand

Brian Smith, Aurecon’s Technical Leader, Transport, explains how more compact bus facilities can better fit within constrained city centre locations and make for improved integration of transport and land use.

Markets: Transport, Urban transport
Expertise: Environmental management