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Fundamental Geometric Road Design - Port Melbourne


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Good road design will achieve operational efficiency, be safe and cost-effective, be aesthetically pleasing, and minimise the environmental impact. The role of the road designer is to produce the most appropriate design that achieves the specified functionality using the design inputs from all relevant disciplines.

Feedback from past participants has seen us review and revamp our popular road design workshop, and for 2021 we will be delivering the Fundamental Geometric Road Design Workshop, replacing the Basic Geometric Road Design Workshop.

This change reflects ARRB’s commitment to provide road practitioners with a grounding in road design, and then offer a pathway to learn and develop their skills to address the more complex aspects of delivering and managing safer road infrastructure to the community and road users.

The purpose of this two-day workshop is to provide an understanding of the fundamentals of geometric road design. This includes considerations of, the Safe System approach to providing Safe Roads for all road users. Designing within the context of the site and application of the normal and extended design domains are also discussed.

The design must take into account all inputs from stakeholders and road users. This workshop will cover these principles, providing delegates will a clear understanding of the key geometric design requirements to achieve a suitable road design. The course will navigate participants through the Austroads Guide to Road Design Part 3: Geometric
design (2016).

The presenters’ expertise in safety in design concepts will also incorporate design considerations and decision-making processes using AusRAP and iRAP safety assessment principles.

10 - 11 May 2021

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  • Develop an understanding of the fundamentals of geometric road design.
  • Explanation of the underlying principles of key geometric design attributes, how these are coordinated and how these influence safety.
  • Hands on application of the course material through exercises.
  • Consideration of all road user groups including vulnerable road users and heavy vehicles.
  • Group activities to identify safety risks in geometric designs, quantify the crash risk by road user and crash type and modify the design to reduce crash risk.
  • Course mainly refers to Austroads (2016) Guide to Road Design Part 3: Geometric Design.


David joined ARRB in 2008 with a background in road construction and design. He specialises in road safety auditing, safe system road design, crash investigations, motorcycle safety, heavy vehicle access safety and network safety analysis. David has led or been involved in a number of Austroads projects and has presented nationally and internationally on road safety engineering principles. He currently has a special interest in motorcycle safety and infrastructure management to reduce motorcycle casualties.

Noel O’Callaghan joined the Australian Road Research Board as Principal Engineer, Transport Safety in 2015. Prior to that, he was the Principal Road Design Engineer for DPTI, providing road design advice across the Department on a variety of projects ranging from local roads to major expressways. He was the South Australian representative on the Austroads Road Design Task Force, and the Safety Barrier Assessment Panel.


This workshop caters for graduate designers seeking an understanding of geometric road design or experienced road designers who are seeking to reinvigorate their knowledge and develop a holistic approach to geometric design. As this course is based on fundamentals any of the following will also gain a benefit, even if not directly undertaking geometric

  • Project and program managers/directors
  • Consulting, State or Local government road

*Dates and prices are subject to change. 

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