There are a large number of construction workers, traffic controllers, and other operators working on or near Australian roads every day. Many of these people work only a couple of metres away from passing traffic. With approximately three-quarters of drivers exceeding posted speed limits through construction and roadwork sites, and crash rates increasing significantly during roadworks, make these sites dangerous places to work. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) estimates at least 50 deaths and 750 injuries occur annually as a result of road traffic crashes in Australian roadwork zones.
As the provider of the ITS Platform STREAMS, Transmax can provide an integrated solution that can help save lives, increase efficiency, and decrease costs by combining existing infrastructure, best-of-breed safety devices, and smart technologies to achieve:
- The deployment of smart devices providing visibility and holistic management for site managers and road operators
- Increased automation and compliance functionality and increased support for smart roadside devices
- Mobile app features to support site managers and roadside operator interaction.
How Smart Construction Site Management is improving safety
Smart Construction Site Management utilises a number of measures to improve safety for construction site workers. As approximately three-quarters of drivers exceed the speed limit through construction sites, SMART Construction Site Management can dynamically adjust speed limits to protect workers when on-site. This means that when construction workers are not on-site, and where it is safe to do so, speed limits can be dynamically adjusted. In the scenario where workers are on-site and speed limits have been lowered, existing functionality in STREAMS e.g. variable speed limits (VSL), lane control, and traffic signal management can dynamically adjust network operations surrounding the roadworks site to reduce congestion and improve safety, and utilise existing signage surrounding the roadworks site to provide information to motorists. This provides motorists with the ability to consider an alternative route, or mode of travel.
SMART Construction Site Management has the ability to integrate best-of-breed technologies such as screaming cones, speed awareness, future C-ITS, as another means of keeping construction site workers safe. For example, screaming cones have a built-in alarm that ‘screams’ when the cone is struck by a vehicle, alerting workers to the possible danger of a vehicle entering the construction site.
In addition to keeping workers safe, SMART Construction Site Management can help keep motorists safe by detecting when other motorists are travelling on the wrong side of the road through localised incident detection systems.
How Smart Construction Site Management is improving compliance
Construction site workers are not only exposed to the hazard of vehicles passing very close to where they are working, they also face hazards caused by construction equipment failures. Compliance in the construction industry is not optional, and companies that do not adequately manage their regulatory obligations not only risk tough penalties, they could also be inadvertently placing their workers at increased risk of injury or death. Smart Construction Site Management has the ability to control, regulate and record the performance of safety-critical ITS equipment. Failures can be immediately reported through a web-based or mobile application, enabling risks to be swiftly mitigated.
This technology offers data analytics that inform and enable a network operator to request police enforcement at particular times if compliance with speed limits is found to be low, particularly when workers are on-site.
How Smart Construction Site Management is decreasing costs and increasing efficiency
Smart Construction Site Management is achieving greater efficiency of the entire transport network through the ability to manage the network holistically, rather than through a set of separate systems. It allows road authorities to sweat their fixed ITS assets, and integrate supplementary ITS assets into construction site zones.
Smart Construction Site Management has the ability to control, regulate and record the performance of safety-critical ITS equipment. If a failure occurs on a critical ITS device (eg. mobile traffic signals for tidal flow) which creates unsafe conditions for workers on-site or for motorists navigating through the construction site, this can be immediately reported through a web-based or mobile application. If a failure has been detected, SMART Construction Site Management has the ability to automate response plans triggered by the specific operational condition experienced such as contraflow and congestion.
Where required, SMART Construction Site Management can track vehicles through roadworks sites to dynamically manage tidal flow.