Performance-based standards: challenges in developing infrastructure protection standards

A set of performance standards covering vehicle mass and dimensions are being developed in Australia in a major project under the control of the National Transport Commission and Austroads, which is known as the Performance-Based Standards (PBS) project. The standards, when finally approved, will be an alternative (optional) method of controlling vehicle size and weight. The proposed standards deal both with vehicle safety standards and infrastructure protection standards. It is the latter standards that are the subject of this paper. There are four proposed standards for infrastructure protection which are: pavement vertical loading; pavement horizontal loading; tyre contact pressure distribution and bridge loading. The paper describes the various initial standards and the processes and alternatives considered prior to the selection of the final set of standards. Difficulties with some promising prospective standards are described along with the reasons that led to them being discarded.


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 9p
  • Monograph Title: Loads roads and the information highway: 8th International Symposium on Heavy Vehicle Weights and Dimensions, 14-18 March 2004, Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Gauteng, South Africa

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01390959
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 1920017305
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 23 2012 5:10AM