Incorporation of road safety into road management systems

Afghari, Amir Pooyan (2012) Incorporation of road safety into road management systems. Masters by Research by Publication, Concordia University.


Road collisions negatively affect the lives of hundreds of Canadians per year. Unfortunately, safety has been typically neglected from management systems. It is common to find that a great deal of effort has been devoted to develop and implement systems capable of achieving and sustaining good levels of condition. It is relatively recent that road safety has become an important objective. Managing a network of roads is not an easy task; it requires long, medium and short term plans to maintain, rehabilitate and upgrade aging assets, reduce and mitigate accident exposure, likelihood and severity. This thesis presents a basis for incorporating road safety into road management systems; two case studies were developed; one limited by available data and another from sufficient information. A long term analysis was used to allocate improvements for condition and safety of roads and bridges, at the network level. It was confirmed that a safety index could be used to obtain a first cut model; meanwhile potential for improvement which is a difference between observed and predicted number of accidents was capable of capturing the degree of safety of individual segments. It was found that the completeness of the system resulted in savings because of the economies obtained from trade-off optimization. It was observed that safety improvements were allocated at the beginning of the analysis in order to reduce the extent of issues, which translated into a systematic reduction of potential for improvement up to a point of near constant levels, which were hypothesized to relate to those unavoidable collisions from human error or vehicle failure.

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ID Code: 79838
Item Type: Thesis (Masters by Research by Publication)
Refereed: No
Keywords: Road Management Systems, Road Safety, trade-off analysis, optimization, management
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Institution: Concordia University
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Amir Pooyan Afghari
Deposited On: 15 Jan 2015 03:11
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2015 03:11

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