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1 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 SAVeRS Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint SystemsSAVeRS Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems Prof. Francesca La Torre, PhD, PE Coordinator of the SAVeRS Project Full Professor of Roads, Railways and Airport Engineering University of Florence Civil and Environmental Engineering Department

2 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 Cross-border funded Transnational Research Programme funded by Belgium/Flanders, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom Cross-border funded Transnational Research Programme funded by Belgium/Flanders, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom

3 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 SAVeRS Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint SystemsSAVeRS Subcontractor:

4 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 Objectives of SAVeRS practical and readily understandable Vehicle Restraint System (VRS) guidance document selection of the most appropriate solution in different road and traffic configurations for all types of VRS The objective of the SAVeRS project is to produce a practical and readily understandable Vehicle Restraint System (VRS) guidance document and a user-friendly web-based tool that will allow the selection of the most appropriate solution in different road and traffic configurations for all types of VRS : safety barriers including parapets, crash cushions (including truck- mounted attenuators), terminals and transitions, motorcycle protection devices.

5 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 Workplan of SAVeRS WP0 – Project Management Francesca La Torre (UNIFI) WP0 – Project Management Francesca La Torre (UNIFI) WP1 – Definition of Parameters Gavin Williams (TRL) WP1 – Definition of Parameters Gavin Williams (TRL) TK 1.1 Analysis of NRA methodologies (TRL) [with TCD, UNIFI, VTI, AIT, ZAG, BRRC] TK 1.2 Literature Review (TCD) [with TRL, UNIFI, VTI, AIT, ZAG, BRRC] WP4 – Dissemination and Workshops Bine Pengal (ZAG) [with all] WP4 – Dissemination and Workshops Bine Pengal (ZAG) [with all] WP2 – Influence of Parameters Robert Thomson (VTI) WP2 – Influence of Parameters Robert Thomson (VTI) TK 2.1 Analysis of severity of incidents (AIT) [with UNIFI, TRL, VTI, TCD, ZAG] TK 2.2 Whole life cost analysis (VTI) [with UNIFI, TRL, AIT, TCD, ZAG] WP3 – Creation of the Guidance Document Francesca La Torre (UNIFI) WP3 – Creation of the Guidance Document Francesca La Torre (UNIFI) TK 3.1 – Preparation of the Guideline (UNIFI) [with TRL, VTI, ZAG, AIT, BB] TK 3.2 – Validation of the VRS placement guidance (UNIFI) [with TRL, AIT, BB] TK 3.3 – Pilot application to a project (BB)

6 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 Timetable of SAVeRS January 1, 2013 December 31, 2014 Total Budget of 525 k€ (approx. 700 k US$)

7 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 The expected outcome The Guideline will be structured in 5 sections: Identification of the need for a VRS (barrier placement guidance): allow the user to identify if there is a need for a VRS and the LON; Safety barriers (including parapets): provide guidance for selecting the most appropriate VRS, which is tested according to EN will be provided in different road section configurations. Crash cushions (including TMAs), terminals and transitions: this section of the guide allow to select the attenuators according to EN and the Truck Mounted Attenuators (TMAs) for which a European Technical Specification is still under development and that are currently tested according to the US NCHRP350 or the UK Highways Agency’s TD49/07. Motorcycle restraint systems (MRS): this section of the guideline will provide a tool to identify where an MRS tested according to EN Technical Specification CEN/TS (“Road restraint systems Motorcycle road restraint systems which reduce the impact severity of motorcyclist collisions with safety barriers”) is required and the criteria to select the most appropriate MRS; Recommendation for the implementation of the guideline by National Road Administrations.

8 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 The expected outcome The applicability of the Guide will be tested in a Pilot Project by Balfour Beatty Major Civil Engineering The Guide will be implemented in a user-friendly web-based tool The selection criteria in the Guide will be based also on life cycle principles

9 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 Your contribution …. We really look forward to your contributions for WP1 TK 1.1 : Analysis of National Road Authorities methodologies (National standards, National guidelines, Available database from NRA, police, research institutes, etc…) – Gavin Williams TK 1.1 : Analysis of National Road Authorities methodologies (National standards, National guidelines, Available database from NRA, police, research institutes, etc…) – Gavin Williams TK 1.2 : Literature review (Which parameters are considered for assessing the need and selecting VRS in relation to safety, which parameters are considered for assessing and choosing VRS and MPS in relation to their whole life cost and life cycle cost, Influence of aesthetic and environmental sensibility on the choice of VRS, influence of geographic, climatic and cultural conditions on the choice of VRS) – Ciaran Simms TK 1.2 : Literature review (Which parameters are considered for assessing the need and selecting VRS in relation to safety, which parameters are considered for assessing and choosing VRS and MPS in relation to their whole life cost and life cycle cost, Influence of aesthetic and environmental sensibility on the choice of VRS, influence of geographic, climatic and cultural conditions on the choice of VRS) – Ciaran Simms

10 SAVeRS – Selection of Appropriate Vehicle Restraint Systems TRB, 14 January 2013 For more details Prof. Francesca La Torre, PhD, PE Coordinator of the SAVeRS Project Full Professor of Roads, Railways and Airport Engineering University of Florence Civil and Environmental Engineering Department


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