The organisers of October’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne have released details of the technical tours available for the event.
They say a selection of the city’s “most innovative transport organisations” will guide attendees through tours there as well as in Sydney, Brisbane and Auckland, New Zealand. They say participants will be given a “unique insight” into the intricate details of systems that support the world’s most liveable city. This year’s Congress is themed “ITS – Enhancing Liveable Cities and Communities”.
“Melbourne is the perfect destination to demonstrate this theme,” says ITS Australia CEO Susan Harris. “We all know the importance of transport in assisting the ease of living and it’s no coincidence that Melbourne has been named the World’s Most Liveable City for the fifth year in a row this year.
“The Technical Tours provide a rare opportunity for international ITS Congress attendees to obtain a valuable insight into Melbourne’s transport system, one which they will not see anywhere else.”
The tours announced so far are:
ROADS AND TUNNELS
CityLink – Go behind-the-scenes at one of the world’s first fully electronic toll roads (conducted by Transurban)
EastLink is Melbourne’s Newest and Safest Fully Electronic Tollway: Operations, Traffic Control and Maintenance Facilities (conducted by ConnectEast)
Managed Motorway Operation: Largest managed motorway network in Australia (conducted by VicRoads)
SmartWork Zones and the Construction of Managed Motorways (conducted by VicRoads)
SmartRoads to Achieve Improved Network Performance (conducted by VicRoads)
VicRoads Traffic Management Centre (conducted by VicRoads)
Auckland’s Transport Management Systems, Devonport Ferry, Public Transport Control and Integrated Ticketing System (conducted by ITS New Zealand in conjunction with New Zealand Transport Agency and Auckland Transport)
Tour Victoria’s Public Transport Control Centres, Yarra Trams and Metro Trains (conducted by Public Transport Victoria)
AIR AND SEA PORTS
Port of Melbourne: Largest Container Port in Southern Hemisphere and Driver of Urban Economic Growth – Operations Facilities (conducted by the Port of Melbourne Corporation)
Melbourne Port System Tour: Enhancing future freight productivity with ContainerChain (conducted by the Port of Melbourne Corporation)
Port of Melbourne: Operations Control Centre and Hydrographic Survey Boat (conducted by the Port of Melbourne Corporation)
Melbourne Airport: Managing Traffic providing attendees with an overview of recent infrastructure developments and using ITS solutions to improve the traffic flow (conducted by Melbourne Airport)
EDUCATION, RESEARCH AND DEVELOPEMENT
Aerospace, Automotive and Manufacturing Laboratory Showcase at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), (run by the RMIT University, Bundoora Campus)
Factory of the Future, Smart Structures and Research-Led Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology (run by Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus)
Remember Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton will be in Melbourne reporting daily on the website. He is the official podcast supplier for Melbourne 2016, providing preview programmes from next month, and daily editions during the event. These are sponsored by Swarco, Cubic Transportation Systems, MVIS/Bartco (UK and Australia) Vysionics/Jenoptik, Mott MacDonald and PTV.