Road Location and Design

This oral history project traces the significant developments in the way new roads are located in the landscape, using ground survey and the application of road design principles. It provides insights into the culture of surveying, the variety of surveying equipment used, data collection by remote sensing, air photo interpretation, the use of computers for design and location optimisation, and model making. It also covers the evolution of road design philosophy and includes a discussion of the effect of environmental and social influences, urban design principles, safety issues and road design standards.

The project was based on 24 interviews with road designers, engineers, surveyors, information technology specialists and others. The sound files in the table below feature some of the key themes uncovered during the course of the project.

A compilation CD and booklet summarising the key themes uncovered during the course of the project have been prepared, and may be ordered from the Transport Library at a cost of A$11 plus postage and handling. Orders may also be placed by fax to the Transport Library on 61 2 8849 2488.

The opinions expressed in the oral history interview tapes are those of the individuals concerned and do not necessarily represent in whole or in part the position of RMS.

Researchers and historians wishing to access the source interview tapes and associated logs should contact the Transport Library by phone on 61 2 8849 2913.

Road Location and Design - Sound files

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