In Melbourne this October, strategies for managing automated vehicles on our roads and using digital technology to make our network safer will dominate conversation at the 23rd ITS World Congress.

WSP Client Director for Transport in Victoria Tim Gosbell explains ‘Australia is a front-runner in the development and deployment of ITS technologies.


‘Our transport team is working closely with our clients to help them adopt and integrate emerging technologies and intelligent transport systems.


‘With such an evolving ITS landscape our teams constantly share developments across different countries,’ Mr Gosbell said.


WSP Technical Executive ITS Scott Benjamin said the ITS Congress is an important event for global discussion about the latest technical developments.


‘Lauren Isaac, Manager of Sustainable Transportation from the United States, will share how local governments can plan for driverless vehicles and the importance of consistency across state and federal transport regulation.


‘Two other American colleagues will co-present with VicRoads, Transmax and Shailen Bhatt from Colorado CDOT, explaining how its congestion management model on major freeways has been successfully adopted and delivered in Colorado, Georgia and Utah.


‘Vice President/Senior Project Manager Scott Shogan from Detroit will explore strategies for developing an early connected vehicle program.


‘This is based on learnings from the world’s largest connected vehicle trial conducted with the University of Michigan Transport Research Institute.


‘Another session will highlight how government and the private sector have successfully collaborated in a MyRo (smart works zone) project in partnership with VicRoads.


‘This project looks set to transform the way we manage travel through road works,’ concluded Mr Benjamin.


The ITS Conference, running from October 10 -14 includes the following presentations:

  • Tuesday 11 October, 11.00 – 12.30: Smart Works Zone (MyRo) Presenter: Scott Benjamin WSP, Henry Okraglik WSP.
  • Wednesday 12 October, 16.00 – 17.30: Developing a Connected Vehicle Deployment Plan: Strategies for Early Development.  Presenter: Scott Shogan WSP
  • Wednesday 12 October, 11.00 – 12.30: Safety challenges for Automated Vehicles.  Presenter: Lilanthi Balasingham WSP
  • Thursday 13 October, 11.00 – 12.30: Business models for Incentive based mobility services for changing traveller behaviour.  Presenter: Presenter Dirk Van Amelsfort on behalf of Viktoria ICT
  • Thursday 13 October, 14.00 – 15.30: Road User Charging.  Considering a wide range of technologies and techniques and benefits of different approaches to RUC globally. Moderator David Ungemah, Speaker Dirk Van Amelsfort on behalf of Viktoria ICT
  • Friday 14 October, 8.30 – 10.00: Managed Motorways – Adapting the Melbourne Concept for US. Moderator Darren Henderson WSP Speaker David Umgahmah WSP
  • Friday 14 October, 8.30 – 10.00: Disruptive Trends in Transport: Smart Cities and New Urban Mobility – IoT, Automated vehicles, car sharing and electrification – wider impacts and implications for our cities. Speaker: Dirk van Amelsfort on behalf of Viktoria ICT.
  • Friday 14 October, 10.30 – 12.00: How Local Governments can plan for Automated vehicles Presenters: Lauren Isaac WSP.
  • Friday 14 October, 10.30 – 12.00: Soft Vehicles, Soft Roads, Soft Transport Presenters: Scott Benjamin WSP.
  • Friday 14 October, 13.00- 14.30 – 12.00: Kangaroo caught in the headlights. Societal impacts of automated vehicles with greatest impact on public transport and mobility Presenter: Lauren Isaac WSP.


For further information on our local ITS capability please see here.