NOT ‘JUST’ TEMPORARY TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT DESIGN
Temporary Traffic Management ~ “A means of providing safe passage for the public, past an area where works are planned to be taking place”
Never, has the design of Temporary Traffic Management, been so important. Today, figures show 39.36 million vehicles use our road network that’s as well as Cyclists, Pedestrians and the occasional Horse and Rider! All this use leads to wear and tear, all of which needs repair or upgrade but at what cost? Often, the carriageway user will say “at theirs” and they’d be quite right in doing so; not necessarily financially, more so in terms of delays and hold ups in stubborn roadworks.
Understanding what Temporary Traffic Management is, its purpose and then having the ability to design it in such a way that it provides efficiencies for both clients and the public is critical to all Highway interface projects and must be the first port of call when a project is conceived.
Regardless of the size of scheme, its duration or apparent complexities, we continue to lead the way in terms of both design and delivery. Whatever your needs, whenever you need us, Virtus will be there to assist you and keep the traffic flowing…
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ENGAGEMENT; WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME?
PROJECT CONCEPTION - WHERE DESIGN EXCELS
For clients engaged in Project Design, our Industry Leading Service has a proven track record in Value Engineering, Creating efficiencies and Improving safety by design during the early stages of any Highways infrastructure project.
Concise, compliant design, satisfying the requirements of one of the most complex sectors in infrastructure and construction is surely a critical consideration for everyone involved; especially those demanding success in delivery.
Our extensive understanding of Highway authority’s requirements, obligations to the travelling public, concise understanding of legislation and guidance, provides design houses and construction companies alike, opportunity to develop efficient methods of building, effective programming and accurate designs with little or no change required.
RETRO FIT DESIGN - RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
Timing is critical; retro fit design may not be ideal however our knowledge of highway construction, experience and creative thinking spurs us on to rise to the challenge of providing the highest standard of designs, perfectly suited to active projects.
FROM CONCEPTION TO DELIVERY - NO MATTER WHEN
Regardless of timing, the standard of our work remains true throughout. From Project Conception to Construction, our design process will always provide assurance and confidence in delivery. Our ability to adapt and overcome, to work with our clients and to maintain the highest standards is reflected at all stages of the project.
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BIM LEVEL 2 COMPLIANT
Meeting the needs of every Government sponsored project, complying with mandate, servicing the requirements of project management, design & delivery.
Mandated in 2016, Business Information Modelling Integrated Management, (BIM), became the expectation; arguably, it’s been a long process in complying with the standard however, many companies continue to actively operate in the industry with zero capability or compliance with it.
In recognising this issue, Virtus have taken it upon themselves to develop a flexible means of complying with BIM requirements and are more than capable of adapting to every client’s requirements.
BESPOKE, AWARD WINNING CAD STANDARDS
Developed specifically for Temporary Traffic Management design and, with full support from NBS & Uniclass, Virtus CAD Standards ensure seamless, compliant delivery every time.
Whilst for most, CAD Standards are a simple way of life, designers in the Traffic Management Industry have never applied them let alone taken the time to develop and integrate them into their product.
By understanding the necessity behind CAD Standards, their useful nature and intimate relationship with BIM, we have reverse engineered national guidelines and have developed a fully compliant, bespoke standard, found only in the designs of us and our partners.
UNIQUE PRESENTATION STANDARDS
Complementing our bespoke CAD Standards, the presentation standard runs true throughout all our designs and is delivered to every customer as a must.
Presentation is key to understanding designs whether posted on paper for delivery to site or electronically as 2 or 3D presentations. It reflects a passion for quality and provides clients with assurances that time has been taken in producing the product they expect.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT STANDARDS
Design isn’t just about drawing; it’s about legal compliance, due diligence, recording the facts and fully supporting the entire process.
We employ a strict process of recording data, whether it be provided by the client, resulting from site evaluation and risk assessment or as written commentary detailing our designs. Our written documentation is provided as part of our service and will accompany all designs upon submission to our clients.
3D TECHNICAL & VISUAL
The accumulation of all our standards now enables us to provide 3D visual imagery, and the tools for animation; perfect engagement for our Clients, Authorities & Stakeholders. Take a look at the section below for a full demonstration of our 3D capabilities
Outside of the industry, little is known or understood regarding legislation, guidance and the compliance, governing the design and installation of Temporary Traffic Management.
Expectations of authorities such as the Department for Transport, are that road users, including cyclists and pedestrians, engaged in negotiating Temporary Traffic Management, are entitled to an experience equally as safe and manageable as normal highway conditions – if anyone tells you this is achievable by complying with Safety at Street Works and Road Works ~ Code of Practice (more commonly known as the ‘Red Book’) alone, they are grossly neglecting their duties to the public, and you as a client.
Put simply, Temporary Traffic Management must be designed in line with a multitude of legislative documentation including: The Highways Act 1980, Traffic Signs Manual Chapters 1 to 8, Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016, Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, CDM 2015, Design Manual for Roads and Bridges and of course, the ‘Red Book’.
"Engineering the Future of Design"
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3D TECHNICAL & VISUAL
With an ever increasing demand for 3D Technical and Visual Design, Virtus now have the ability to produce models complying with BIM principles, for all Traffic Management disciplines.
We have developed extensive libraries of 3D elements using manufacturer’s data sheets, ensuring accuracy and appearance remain relative and life-like in every model. 2D schemes can be developed into 3D technical models with further progression to visualisation and animation.
Whilst 3D may not be as useful for delivery to site, it certainly does have significant benefits in terms of demonstration to clients, approving authorities, public liaison, safety and educational presentation as well as completing BIM and contractual requirements, often not seen in terms of Temporary Traffic Management.
Traffic modelling demonstrates how a Highway Junction or Network behaves under specific levels of demand. Well designed and accurate models can help to predict the effect of planned changes to the road network and evaluate options to determine the one which gives the lowest congestion and pollution. We are able to help our clients to develop policies and understand the impact of their investment through modelling and appraising real world scenarios.
SWEPT PATH ANALYSIS
Swept Path Analysis allows us to predict the path of steered vehicles in a variation of scenarios. This can often be an essential tool for the design of Temporary Traffic Management; especially when large and abnormal vehicles may be in close proximity to the works.
This ensures the maximum working space is created whilst allowing safe vehicular movements through site and prevents risks to both site operatives and/or the general public. The ability to design vehicular movements can also be utilised in many other circumstances, such as new road layout design, car parks, warehouses and many more.
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