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Program Reviews maximise research opportunities

23 Jan 2014

Late last year the CRC, along with the program and project chairs and leaders, researchers and industry representatives, underwent a full review of each of the research programs to ensure that the CRC is maximising the opportunities of its research.

These reviews unlocked a number of opportunities and important progressions in a number of research projects including, SPADS, Route Knowledge Acquisition and Rail Level Crossings (specifically from the R2 Program Review).



“As a result of the CRC having conversations all around Australian and New Zealand, we realised that the way people manage and mitigate SPADs is different in every state, and is rarely evidence-based, and we see significant potential for bringing a harmonised approach, particularly one that is evidence-based around good human factors practice, as a very significant way to minimise SPADs.” 


Route Knowledge Acquisition

“As a result of the CRC's simulator project suite, participants will be able to better integrate simulators into their driver learning programs, and tailor simulator-based scenarios to suite the idiosyncrasies of their rail networks to make driver training faster, cheaper, and safer in the face of looming skills shortages.”

Baseline Rail Level Crossing Video (Rail Level Crossings)

Facilitating a pragmatic path to adoption for low-cost level crossings through a national trial program and the development of a peer-reviewed safety argument with an evaluation of legal implications associated with the approach.This project aims to establish a baseline understanding of level crossing incidents and factors that might influence a driver’s decision to report a particular occurrence as a ‘near miss’; captured from the train driver’s perspective using video data from video cameras installed on locomotives.'  


ITS for Safer Level Crossings (Rail Level Crossings)

“Quick, affordable and comprehensive human factor assessment of the impacts of new ITS on railway crossings. This project aims to improve level crossing safety by examining the road vehicle drivers’ responses to new ITS interventions. These systems include in-vehicle, and road-side warning and protection systems.' 

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