Technical Tours

The ITS Asia Pacific Forum 2021 technical tours program is now available!

The technical tours run pre-forum, during and post-forum. Further details can be viewed by + clicking for more information

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Regional ITS Innovations in Tropical North Queensland (Pre-Forum Tour)

Join the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) for this pre-forum technical tour in Cairns, the gateway to Queensland’s tropical north. The tour will provide participants with an overview of ITS innovations in a regional and rural context, where severe weather and natural disasters make transport network resilience a key focus.

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Participants on this tour will learn about:

  • Automated incident detection technology along the Kuranda Range – a world heritage listed rainforest area
  • The Traffic Manage Centre’s flood detection and monitoring technology across remote locations, for road safety and natural disaster management
  • Maritime Safety Queensland’s Vessel Traffic Service (VTS), which monitors vessel movements throughout the Great Barrier Reef and northern Queensland
  • Traveller information systems, travel time monitoring technologies, and electric vehicle charging stations along the Bruce Highway
  • The tour will also include a journey of discovery on the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, voted as one of the best things to do in Cairns.
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Location: This technical tour will commence and finish at TMR’s offices at 15 Lake Street, Cairns.
Please note: this tour is not in Brisbane.
Capacity: 20 pax


Improving Accessibility for a More Inclusive Transport Network

The vision for transport in Queensland is to create ‘a single integrated transport network accessible to everyone’. New technologies are providing new opportunities to understand and improve accessibility to ensure our transport infrastructure and services meets the diverse needs of our customers.

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This technical tour will include a visit to the Queensland Government’s Cross River Rail Experience Centre, a community engagement and education hub for Queensland’s largest infrastructure project – Cross River Rail. The Cross River Rail Experience Centre has been designed as a ‘digital first’ innovation centre. As well as being open to the public; accessibility groups, engineers and designers can use the digital technologies and content to assist in the design and construction of the Cross River Rail project. These digital technologies have the potential to be used for future operations such as training and maintenance when Cross River Rail is operational.

The tour will also include an ‘up close and personal’ session at SAGE Automation’s Matilda Smart Transit Hub. Matilda represents a new approach to delivering a seamless, tailored passenger transport experience, that is highly accessible for all people. Matilda is a portable, connected transit hub that is equipped with the latest smart technologies that offer everyone the equal opportunity of autonomous shuttle transportation.

Participants on this tour will learn about:

  • The importance of accessibility and inclusion in transport planning and operations
  • Innovative approaches to understanding and improving accessibility, in partnership with customers and stakeholders
  • The range of digital innovations integrated into the Matilda Smart Transit Hub to make it highly accessible and future-ready transport innovation
  • Efforts to make Queensland’s New Generation Rollingstock one of the most inclusive modern train fleets in Australia
  • The Cross River Rail Experience Centre and how it is putting accessibility and inclusion at the core of delivering major transport projects
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Location: This technical tour will commence and finish at the Main Entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Street).
Capacity: 30 pax


Integrated Passenger Transport Network, Services and Ticketing

TransLink, a division of the Department of Transport and Main Roads, plans and delivers customer focussed passenger transport services which are a key part of Queensland’s single integrated transport network which is accessible to everyone.

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This tour showcases the high level of multi-modal integration achieved across the physical passenger transport network, payments mechanisms and traveller information services. Participants will receive guided travel on Brisbane’s dedicated world class busway, linking to the Queensland Rail passenger train network and then transferring to the iconic CityCat ferry service.

Participants on this tour will learn about:

  • The multi-modal passenger transport network in Brisbane and the mobility challenges and opportunities
  • Smart Ticketing and payment solutions
  • Passenger information across digital platforms, including technology to improve wayfinding for customers with hearing or vision impairments
  • Public transport network security and safety
  • Queensland Rail’s Rail Management Centre
  • Major public transport projects, including the $5.4Bn Cross River Rail project
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Location: This technical tour will commence and finish at the main entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Street).
Capacity: 20 pax
This technical tour requires:

  • Average level of fitness
  • Bottled water
  • Sun-smart attire
  • Comfortable closed-in shoes
  • No photography is permitted at Rail Management Centre

 


Safely Testing Transport Technology Innovations at the RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence

The RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence is a real-world driver training centre that is developing into a world class facility for research, innovation and testing of connected and autonomous technologies.

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The first of its kind in Queensland, the RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence provides a safe proving ground for the next generation of transport technology and mobility innovations.

Participants on this technical tour will experience:

  • The RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence vision in supporting research, testing and transition with future vehicles and transport technologies.
  • Automatic numberplate recognition and speed detection technologies used by the Queensland Police Service to keep roads safe.
  • Use of drones by the Queensland Police Service Forensic Crash Unit to enable rapid on-site data collection at serious crash scenes, enabling quicker clearance to reduce congestion.
  • Research and testing of ITS innovations at signalised intersections to improve safety for vulnerable road users.
  • RACQ’s SmartShuttle, an autonomous shuttle that has been operating in trials on Queensland roads.
  • Transurban’s technology innovations in traffic and asset management, supporting safer and smarter practices.
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: RACQ
Location: This technical tour will commence and finish from the Main Entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Street).
Capacity: 80 pax
This technical tour requires:

  • Average level of fitness
  • Bottled water
  • Sun-smart attire
  • Comfortable closed-in shoes

 


Showcasing the Queensland Government’s Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI)

The Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) is a Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) project that will prepare for, and accelerate, the emergence of advanced vehicle technologies with safety, mobility and environmental benefits.

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Participants on this tour will have the opportunity to experience

  • A drive in ZOE2, TMR’s purpose-built level four automated vehicle prototype. The vehicle will complete a journey of approximately 4km in automated mode, enabling participants to view the transition from manual to automated mode, and back, under the supervision of an expert driver. The vehicle will travel up to 50km/hour, in live traffic conditions.
  • The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP), Australia’s largest trial of Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) technologies. The Pilot, due to commence from mid-2020, will see up to 500 vehicles fitted with C-ITS devices and operate for up to nine months. Objectives of the Pilot include validating the effectiveness of C-ITS for safer and more efficient transport in a live traffic environment.
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Location: This technical tour will commence and finish at the main entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Street).
Capacity: 18 pax
This technical tour requires:

  • Bottled water
  • Sun-smart attire
  • Comfortable closed-in shoes

 


Smart Solutions for Urban Road Network Management

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) uses ITS technologies to optimise the safe performance of the road network for customers. These technologies help to inform users, manage multi-modal demands, enhance user safety, and ensure the transport network is functioning at its best at all times to enable customer journeys.

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Participants on this tour will learn about:

  • Smart Motorways – TMR is deploying smart motorways technologies to optimise the performance of the motorway network, providing safer and more reliable journeys for customers.
  • Hold the Red – This innovative safety treatment represents a new approach in smart infrastructure at signalised intersections, emphasising crash prevention over enforcement-based solutions.
  • Emergency Vehicle Priority (EVP)– EVP is a dynamic ITS solution that enables traffic lights to turn green in a safe and controlled manner ahead of an emergency vehicle’s arrival at an intersection.
  • Transurban Legacy Way control room and tolling technology – The Legacy Way tunnel is one of six toll roads that Transurban operates and maintains in South East Queensland. Learn how this tunnel is monitored and controlled to ensure the safety of all motorists. Hear about current and emerging tolling and transport technologies.
  • Brisbane Metropolitan Transport Management Centre (BMTMC) – The BMTMC is Brisbane’s multi-modal transport management centre, keeping roads and busway networks running by leading incident and network management services.
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Location: This technical tour will commence and finish at the main entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Street).
Capacity: 30 pax


Smartship Australia

Smartship Australia’s state-of-the-art facilities provide world-class training environments and maritime simulation services to the global maritime industry. Smartship is one of the world’s most advance maritime simulators and is giving pilots a realistic experience on the bridge of a ship in a vast array of shipping scenarios, allowing pilots to navigate in some of the world’s most challenging waters. Smartship is an international leader in maritime simulations and training, delivering strong safety outcomes and operational efficiencies for maritime related industries.

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Participants on this tour will learn about:

  • Smartships’s five maritime simulators
  • Port development and optimisation modelling
  • Training, assessment and licencing
  • Hands on experience with bridge and tug simulators
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: Department of Transport and Main Roads
Location: This technical will commence and finish at the main entrance to the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (Cnr Merivale Street and Glenelg Street)
Capacity: 10 pax


Transport Enhancing Liveability on the Gold Coast (Post-Forum Tour)

This post-forum tour is the perfect opportunity to see real-world transport technology innovations at one of Australia’s bucket-list destinations, the Gold Coast.

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The Gold Coast is Queensland’s second largest city, and is a leading tourism, business and events city, boasting one of the best lifestyles in the world. Rapid growth across the region has driven a focus on integrated, safe and innovative transport connections to ensure residents and visitors can move around easily.

Participants on this tour will learn about:

  • World-class public transport interchange facilities delivered for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Telstra’s 5G Innovation Centre
  • Gold Coast light rail operations centre (G:link)
  • State-wide traffic management centre and transport coordination during the 2018 Commonwealth Games
  • Cross agency cooperation providing transport network security and safety.
Cost: AUD75.00
Host: City of Gold Coast
Location: This technical tour will commence at the Helensvale Public Transport Interchange (Town Centre Drive, Helensvale) and finish at the Q1 Building (9 Hamilton Avenue, Surfers Paradise). Note: This tour is not in Brisbane.
Capacity: 20 pax
This technical tour requires:

  • Average level of fitness
  • Bottled water
  • Sun-smart attire
  • Comfortable closed-in shoes
  • No photography is permitted at G link Operations Centre