QRA for Landslides
Two year study to develop the methodology for undertaking QRA for Scottish debris flow events that affect the trunk road network and for quantitatively determining the risk at selected case study sites.
Study to address one of the recommendations of the NRMR to develop and apply a consistent unit cost benchmarking methodology across all roads authorities.
Research study to investigate the use of photo luminescent cycleway markings to encourage greater use of remote unlit cycleways connecting communities.
Sitezone Proximity Warning Sensor
Study to investigate the potential for wider roll-out of the SiteZone Proximity Warning System to help reduce the risk of vehicle personnel collisions. Proposal submitted by A9 Innovation Group.
LED Lights on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Study to investigate the feasibility of including LED based lights within Personal Protection Equipment (PPE),a method for increasing the visibility of site staff in particular dark conditions. Proposal submitted by A9 Innovation Group.
Tar Bound Arisings (Phase 2)
Second and more detailed phase of research study to produce updated national guidance for all roads authorities and statutory undertakers on to deal safely and cost effectively with tar bound arisings.
Lean Construction in Road Maintenance
Study to embed LEAN construction philosophy within the public road maintenance industry, through three separate but linked improvement projects involving staff from Aberdeenshire Council, Dumfries and Galloway Council and Transport Scotland.
Assessment of Geometric Layout of Type A Lay-bys
Study to investigate whether changes can be made to DMRB Type A lay-bys to create Enhanced Lay-By by altering taper ratios in order to reduce the length of taper required while not compromising safety.
Review of Pedestrian Guidance LTN1/95
Study to review the current guidance LTN 1/95, identify issues raised by stakeholders and the industry on the guidance and seek to develop an improved assessment. This will also assist in establishing a structured decision making process to defend the decision to install or not install crossings.
Landslide Monitoring and Modelling
Landslides can cause potentially costly damage and disruption to Scottish road infrastructure. Debris-flows, a fast-moving torrent of solids mixed with water, are by far the most frequent cause and are capable of wide-reaching impacts, due to their high mobility. Many debris flow events have been recorded across Scotland, particularly at the highly active A83 Rest and be Thankful (RabT). This report builds on previous work on debris flows in Scotland. It demonstrates the potential of Terrestrial Laser Scanning and modelling to enable a better understanding of the hazards, particularly runout. A key finding of the monitoring has been the segregation of slope failure processes into either the modification of existing hillslope gully systems (producing net deposition or scour), or the development of new channels or channel regions. Both effects are significant, as they may result in the release of otherwise consolidated/poorly consolidated sediment stores.
Renewable Energy Generation and Distribution from Road Network Assets
First phase of research is to develop a process for assessing the implementation of renewable proposals (energy generating devices) for use in Road Authority context in Scotland from inception to completion – taking full account of existing processes within Authorities in Scotland (including Scottish Government), UK as a whole and elsewhere in Europe.
Collaborative research with UK Department for Transport and Consortium for Highway Condition Surveys (CHiCS) and led by Surrey County Council into three areas: Optimising the Consistency of SCANNER data; Review the appropriateness of SCANNER RCI Reporting and Review of SCANNER Condition Parameters.
EME2 with Softer PEN Bitumen (Phase 2)
Second phase of initial research into the potential use of softer pen EME2 materials on the Scottish road network. The study will take the outcomes of the initial laboratory testing work in order to develop design curves for pavement design.
Skid Resistance Performance Study
Study to consider how new surfacing materials are performing in service on the network, with outputs used to compare with Polished Stone Value (PSV) and inform improvements in skidding performance and value for money in terms of imported aggregate.
High Speed Friction Testing
Study to carry out high-speed friction testing on a range of road surfacing used on the Scottish trunk road network. A Pavement Friction Tester (PFT) will be used to collect important data on wet skid resistance. The overall aim of this research is to optimise the durability, sustainability and safety of surface courses used on the Scottish trunk road network.
The Value of the Trunk Road Network to Society and Economy in Scotland
Research to estimate the contribution of the motorway and trunk road network to the society and economy, and how to quantify the benefits of investment in maintaining the network. The research will demonstrate how this investment contributes towards the Scottish Government purpose of providing opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish, through increasing sustainable economic growth. The outcomes from the project will inform the case for continuing investment in the motorway and trunk road network in the upcoming Spending Review
Road Marking Durability & Adhesion to TS2010
Second phase of earlier study to investigate issues experienced by the road marking industry in applying signing and lining markings to TS2010 surfacing. The study will involve a literature review followed by network trials and development of a draft code of practice.
Locating Underground Drainage Apparatus
Study to investigate applications of recent advances in drainage detection and how these can help reduce the need for extensive excavations. The study will involve a literature review bringing together best practice from around the world before conducting trials in different environments.
Skid Resistance of Locally Sourced Aggregate
Study to establish a methodology to determine the in-service properties (skid-resistance) of locally sourced aggregate, thereby allowing the road maintenance community access to additional sources of materials from local Scottish quarries.
TD22/06 VRS on Tight Looped Roads
Desktop review of existing studies and literature relating to the safety impact of physical barrier provision on two-way loop connector roads, and the evidence behind advice given in Clause 5.27 of TD22/06.
Long term damage to roads (compaction)
Study in consultation with the utility industry, to investigate and evaluate techniques and methods that could be used to both assess and improve the compaction of the lower layers, and improve the performance of utility reinstatements.
Effectiveness of automatic trash screen
Funding towards university led research to conduct an evaluative trial to assess the performance of up to four automated trash screens installed by Inverclyde Council with a view to drafting guidance on operation and performance in Scotland.
Pothole repair system and techniques (Phase 2)
Second phase of research, and two year study, to ascertain which pothole repair products and techniques are suitable for use as interim and/or permanent repairs. The study sets out the principal options for repairing potholes and describes a process for selecting the most appropriate solution for any given situation.
Tar bound arisings (Phase 1)
Desktop study to produce updated national guidance for all roads authorities and statutory undertakers on to deal safely and cost effectively with tar bound arisings.
Brine only trials
Allocation of funding towards collaborative trials of Brine-only spreading as a form of winter treatment, along with a wide scale trial of imbiber products.
The future of timber transport
A two-year study in collaboration with Scotland’s Timber Transport Groups to identify, develop and test a consistent methodology for the collection and collation of a national database of exit points where timber tonnages would join the public road network.
Road drainage and flood risk management
Study to investigate the conflict between road drainage design and flood risk management. The study will cover both new build and retrofitted schemes.
Review of road side advertising
Literature review into road safety implications, amenity and revenue potential of road side advertising, followed by consideration of national guidance and policy documentation for both the Trunk Road Authority and Councils.
Recycled tyres in noise barriers
Study to determine the potential for reductions in noise from major roads (trunk and local) through the use of a noise barrier system manufactured or constructed using tyre derived rubber materials (TDRM).
Durability of thermoplastic road markings
Desktop literature review to develop investigate why white lining and road markings are failing to achieve design life. A future phase of the study could include site trials and analysis.
EME2 with Softer PEN bitumen
First phase of initial research involving laboratory testing of EME2 (Enrobé à Module Élevé) Bituminous Binder Course to assess strain compatibility, rutting and fatigue through measurement of micro cracking between the bitumen and the aggregate at low temperatures.
Investigating glowing roads
Study to deliver a wide-based information-gathering report detailing the viability of the various strands of photo-luminescent technology and its potential application on the Scottish road network.
Tourist sign research
Study to investigate range of issues surrounding tourist signposting (including the cost of providing signs) and compare Scotland’s approach with that undertaken elsewhere in the UK and internationally, particularly in the Republic of Ireland and perhaps Scandinavia.
Fabric reinforcement to surface dressing
Attendance at application of Surface Dressing trial to assess laying process and applicability of the proposed control environment, followed by literature review investigating use of products / techniques from elsewhere.
Hydraulically bound materials
Literature review to gather information on the application of hydraulically bound materials (HBM) in flexible pavements and trench reinstatements and give advice on their use in Scotland.
Winter Maintenance (Phase 3) – Liquid Treatments
Study to carry out further trials to investigate the use of brine-only for snow treatments (previous research has focused solely on ice prevention) and various ‘blended’ liquids that are effective at preventing ice on carriageways.