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Have you heard of TIPES?

by Australian Road Research Board on January 15, 2015

As a part of an initiative to create more harmonisation within the Australian road industry, ARRB has been endorsed to administer the Transport Infrastructure Product Evaluation Scheme (TIPES) - a process aimed at providing an independent fit-for-purpose assessment of innovative road construction products - into the Australian road sector.

The aim of TIPES is the establishment of a national process for all road agencies to follow when adopting new technology, thus creating a pool of approved products for all agencies to use. In doing this we can have a safe and reliable point of reference as well as a standardisation of processes administered by one independent body.

Who is using TIPES?

TIPES is a national scheme that has been endorsed by all Australian state and territory road authorities. Local government has also recognised the scheme and It has gained support from the Queensland Local Roads Alliance, Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA) and IPWEA QLD and Vic. ARRB are also in discussion with other local government associations to adopt the scheme.

How can TIPES help you?

As a road agency
• Alleviates uncertainty when using new technologies
• Helps create a pool of approved products for the road industry to use
• Lessons from past trials across local government and state road agencies can be captured and shared nationally

As an owner of an innovative product
• You will have a nationally recognised process to substantiate your claims
• It provides reliable and technically sound information for potential customers to consider
• One assessment for all agencies, rather than having to satisfy multiple assessments in a range of different jurisdictions.

How to make TIPES work for you?

Local governments: Need to ask prospective suppliers to provide a TIPES certificate of registration where a new or substantially modified product is being considered for use.

Product proponents: Need to seek an assessment of their products through TIPES.

Want to know more? www.arrb.com.au/TIPES