PROJECT TWO: Network Operations Planning
(Clayton Campus, Semester 1, 2018)
Project Two is due Friday 25th May 2018 by 5:00 pm
This project has two aims:
- to define a network operations plan for Box Hill Central Activity Area which will inform future decision making about changes to land use and transport within Box Hill, and
- to identify a range of options to improve the transport network in and around Box Hill.
Relation to Unit CIV4284 Learning Outcomes
This project draws upon skills developed through the semester and supports Learning Outcomes 2 and 3 (mentioned on page 10 of the CIV4284 Unit Guide):
- Design and conduct assessments of traffic networks as part of a team.
- Appreciate the role of the community and stakeholders in contemporary traffic management.
Required Project Report Output
In this project your group is required to prepare a single report to stakeholders describing and recommending the adoption of your proposed network operating plan, highlighting the key transport issues, and identifying a range of options to improve the transport network.
The report must be no more than 4,000 words (20 pages), excluding title, table of contents, figures and references. Reports exceeding this limit may attract penalties, and pages beyond this limit potentially may not be considered when marking your project report.
This limit is placed in recognition that a professional engineer needs to be able to efficiently and concisely convey complex information to a diverse range of audiences. Further, we only have a short amount of time to review, understand and assess your work, you should try to make it easy for us to find the necessary information to mark your group’s report.
In preparing your project report, your group is required to:
- Identify the key stakeholder groups with an interest in the Box Hill area, and state why they should be included in development of a network operations plan.
- Identify the objectives for the road network in and around Box Hill based on the strategic objectives for the State of Victoria derived from Plan Melbourne and the Transport Integration Act 2010. [References b, c, l]
- Prepare a network operating plan for the Box Hill area that identifies the transport priorities for each road segment and supports the above objectives for the Box Hill road network. Use the 22 road segments in Figure 1. [References a, d, e, f, g, h, i]
- Identify a set of indicators that would allow you to test your plan against the road network objectives.
- Develop a set of target service levels and weightings for each indicator based on the movement and place classification of roads. [References a, j, n]
- For each road segment in your plan, assess the current performance for each indicator as a quality rating from A (excellent) to E (very poor). Make your assessment based on visual observation of the worst performing time of day.
Advisable to visit Box Hill for this! [References k, m]
- Identify the highest priority issues for Box Hill based on the indicators and your targets and weightings. [References a, n]
- Identify possible solutions to the transport issues identified in your network operations plan. [Reference o]
- For each solution option, assess the change in each indicator for each road segment. [Reference a]
- Put together a proposed range of options that optimises improvements to the road network in and around Box Hill.
- Assess how each stakeholder group may react to your proposed options.
Project Marking Criteria Total 100 %
- Key stakeholder groups 5 %
- Objectives for the road network 5 %
- Network Operating Plan
(maps / lists of movement hierarchies for different modes and safety
on 22 road segments, maps / lists of place hierarchy,
quality of explanation) 15 %
- Indicators 5 %
- Target service levels and weightings 10 %
- Current indicator performance 10 %
- Priority issues 5 %
- Possible solutions 10 %
- Indicator changes 10 %
- Proposed road network improvement options 10 %
- Stakeholders’ reactions 5 %
- Overall Report Presentation, Layout and Length 10 %
Guidelines for Completing Assignments (General)
- These assignments should be prepared as if you were creating a professional report for your client. It is important that the report is laid out logically with all of the required material in the main text. Important material should not be put in appendices.
- Transport is a study of movement in space. Appropriate use of maps, photographs, diagrams, traffic flows, tables and figures will greatly aid in the interpretation of your report. Remember that images, figures and tables do not count toward your word limit so do not be afraid to use them when they illustrate key points.
Presentation of Project Reports
- Your assignment report must be printed on A4 paper with 25 mm margins.
- Use headings and sub-headings to organise your report, and include supporting material as attachments.
- Any published material you refer to should be properly referenced and included in a bibliography at the end of your assignment report.
- All pages should be numbered sequentially and include your group number and unit code on EACH page (including the assignment cover sheet and cover page).
- Keep a copy of all of your uploaded assignment reports.
- Assignment reports must be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc / .docx), or Portable Document (.pdf) Format.
- Upload your assignment report to the CIV4284 Moodle Drop Box for Project Two. Only one member of your group is required to upload your assignment.
Typical Project Report Structure
A typical project report includes:
- Title page (including group number)
- Executive summary
- Table of contents
- Main body of the report addressing the required scope of the project
- Any appendices, if required
Project Two is due on Friday 25th May by 5:00pm
These references are included in the “Project Two” section of the CIV4284 Moodle page, or available online at their respective addresses.
- Wall, A. (2018). Network Operations Planning. Presentation to CIV4284 on Friday 27 April 2018 by Andrew Wall, Director Integration Services, VicRoads
- (2017). “Outcome 3: Transport” In: Plan Melbourne 2017. State Government of Victoria
- (2010). Transport Integration Act 2010. State Government of Victoria.
- VicRoads (2016). A Working Guide to Movement and Place Framework in Victoria.
- Victoria (2017). “Metropolitan and Major Activity Centres” Map 14 in Plan Melbourne 2017-2050. http://www.planmelbourne.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0007/377206/Plan_Melbourne_2017-2050_Strategy_.pdf
- VicRoads (2018) SmartRoads Road Use Hierarchy Maps https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/traffic-and-road-use/traffic-management/smartroads
- Victoria (2017). Principal Public Transport Network 2017
- VicRoads (2015). Principal Bicycle Network (PBN): City of Whitehorse. Map in “Bicycle Network Planning”
- VicRoads (2014). Whitehorse Freight Routes. Map: 2014 Whitehorse Freight Routes.pdf
- VicRoads (2016). Benefit Management Framework. Version 3.0. https://www.vicroads.vic.gov.au/planning-and-projects/evaluating-investments
- Austroads (2015). Level of Service Metrics (for Network Operations Planning). Research Report AP-R475-15
- (2007). Box Hill Transit City Activity Centre Structure Plan.
- VicRoads (2017). Road Safety Black Spots and Black Lengths – Box Hill.
Map: “Road Safety Black Spots and Black Lengths – Box Hill.pdf”
- Transport for Victoria (2018). Movement and Place Guides.
- Framework Modules
- Defining Classifications
- Defining Performance Indicators
- Target Performance
- Using Classifications
- Using Performance Assessment
- Transport for London (2013). “The Toolbox”. Chapter 2, Part 2 in Roads Task Force: The vision and direction for London’s streets and roads. Transport for London, London, UK.
Figure 1 – Box Hill Study Area and Road Segments
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