2014 has been a busy and exciting year for me, involving work for Main Roads WA, several areas of VicRoads, Queensland Transport and Main Roads and the Moreton Bay Regional Council.  In addition to continuing to assist the development of Managed Motorways/Freeways projects, I have also been busy working with industry partners to explore how a dynamic bus lane in Melbourne may operate, extend the state of practice with a new Managed Motorways Framework and to understand that impact that Automated and Connected Vehicles will have on transport and our society.

During 2014, I had the opportunity to attend and present at the ITS Asia Pacific Summit, the ITS World Congress, NeTC, the ARRB Conference, ITS Australia industry evenings and a number of other workshops.  It is really useful to go to these events to keep abreast of changes as ITS is a fast moving area and presenting allows me to give something back to this dialogue.  At the ARRB Conference I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Young Researcher’s Award for a paper written with Dave Johnston.  This paper explored a new approach for estimating travel times for light rail and the impact on this travel time of different traffic signal priority options.  It was very nice to be recognised for high quality research whilst in private consulting and of course to be reminded that I am for the moment still younger than I sometimes feel.

I would like to thank everyone that I have worked with throughout 2014 for making the year what it has been and I look forward to continuing to work with you during 2015.

Andrew Somers