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Council at the forefront of road repair technology

29 September 2017

On the road: Council's Works Cadet Technical Officer Jason Cook has been using cutting edge technology to survey over 7,600 kms of road across the Western Downs.

On the road: Council’s Works Cadet Technical Officer Jason Cook has been using cutting edge technology to survey over 7,600 kms of road across the Western Downs.

Maintaining almost 7,600 kilometres of rural and urban roads across the Western Downs is a challenge now made easier, thanks to two Council vehicles fitted out with cutting edge technology.

  • For the past five weeks, Council’s Engineering Team has been patrolling our region’s expansive network of roads in cars fitted with cameras and gyroscopes;
  • A camera installed on the roof of the vehicle captures a still image approximately every ten metres, which is then analysed for edge breaks, pot-holes, bitumen stripping, cracking and squashes;
  • Purpose-built gyroscopes record vibrations to give a reading on the ‘rideability’ of the road, including unevenness and irregularity in driving conditions; and
  • This data is then used to create a ‘graded roughness’ scale, to categorise and prioritise works and maintenance for Council’s short and long term works schedules.

Council Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services Councillor Greg Olm said that this data will allow Council’s Infrastructure Services Team to prioritise the roads most in need of maintenance across the region.

“Council is being proactive in identifying the need for road repairs across the region, through the use of this innovative technology,” he said.

“Well maintained roads are vital to the liveability and economic growth of our region and ensure we’re connecting our major industries to local suppliers and markets, keeping the Western Downs ‘Open for Business’.

“We’re after a better drive for everyone in the Western Downs. By providing our communities with better connected and safer roads, we’re opening up our great region to residents and visitors alike.”

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Media Contact:
Cr Greg Olm | Spokesperson for Works and Technical Services | 0477 977 082