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Huber P.,Vienna University of Technology | Schweighofer A.,Vienna University of Technology | Kollegger J.,Vienna University of Technology | Brunner H.,OBB Infrastruktur AG Strecken und Bahnhofmanagement | Karigl W.,ASFINAG SERVICE GmbH
Beton- und Stahlbetonbau | Year: 2012

Due to the constantly increasing traffic loads and the revised design approaches it becomes necessary to reassess the expected service life of existing bridges. In many cases the calculative shear resistance turns out to be particularly problematic. In the course of the revision of the Austrian Assessment Technical Regulation ONR 24008 "Evaluation of load capacity of existing railway and highway bridges" comparative calculations according to the shear carrying capacity of existing bridges conforming to Eurocode 2 and fib Model Code 2010 were carried out. The present paper summarizes the main results of the comparison between the fib Model Code 2010 and Eurocode 2 and explains characteristics of the calculations of the shear resistance according to fib Model Code 2010. Copyright © 2012 Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin.

Martin F.,University of Graz | Bernhard L.,ASFINAG SERVICE GmbH
19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

The national Austrian motorway operator Asfinag is considering to install temporary shoulder lane usage on a motorway as already done in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK. This paper presents the methodology and results of a recent cost-benefit study for a two-lane motorway including two interchanges and two exits/entrances. The cost of reinforcement of shoulders, widening ramps, setting up emergency refugee areas, extending the existing dynamic speed control system and installing a surveillance system is being compared with the benefit of improving the service level and its impact on safety. The benefit is justified by decreasing travel times, improving traffic flow reliability and reducing traffic emissions. Numerical analysis of microscopic traffic flow simulation indicate that the cost of temporary shoulder running can be justified if current volumes will increase by 5% to 25% during peak periods. Forecasts on the safety impact rely on observed data at German motorways with marginal decrease of accident rates due to speed harmonization as speeds will be reduced from 130 km/h to 100 km/h. The shoulder lane use has to be extended through interchanges as congestion will build up. Otherwise only the origin of bottlenecks will move. While these figures are site dependent, the general approach and methodology is transferrable.

Binder F.,ASFINAG SERVICE GmbH | Strauss A.,University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna
CONCREEP 2015: Mechanics and Physics of Creep, Shrinkage, and Durability of Concrete and Concrete Structures - Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Mechanics and Physics of Creep, Shrinkage, and Durability of Concrete and Concrete Structures | Year: 2015

Among the approximately 5,000 bridges which are maintained by the infrastructure operator ASFiNAG a total number of 1,500 objects are overpasses. Particularly their substructures are subject to increased chloride contamination due to the application of de-icing salt on the road. Sooner or later this results in damage to the infrastructure and, hence, in a reduced service life. This paper provides a critical discussion of data collected from an on-site monitoring and from weather stations. It reveals important interrelations and dependencies to the corrosion rate. The monitored time variant corrosion rate indicates a significant mathematical detectable periodicity. In particular, the paper focuses on the interactions between environmental loads and corrosion rates of the reinforcement of concrete columns. Finally a temperature compensated empirically model for prediction of the corrosion rate by using environmental and monitoring data will be proposed.

The ASFINAG operates an extensive network of about 2,175 km of important roads in Austria. The oldest routes date from the 1940s, and the average age of the roads is about 30 years. The ASFINAG also operates about 150 tunnel systems with a total length of about 350 km of tunnel, with 17 single-bore tunnels still carrying 2-way traffic. The lifetime of the structures is indeed relatively high but changed requirements for road safety and new standards for the fitting out of tunnels can make refurbishment or upgrading of the tunnels necessary. Since the tragic events of the Tauern Tunnel fire in 1999, about 4 billion Euros have been invested in the safety of tunnels, with a further approx. 1.4 billion planned for the next few years. The safety technology in all tunnels on Trans-European (TEN) routes have to be upgraded by the end of 2019. From the point of view of operation, long lifetime and maintenance freedom are the most important factors, in order not to impair road safety and not to unnecessarily affect the availability for road users (customers). The road tunnel safety law (STSG) requires additional measures of constructional, electrical, ventilation and control technology for the upgrading of road safety. © 2014 Ernst & Sohn Verlag für Architektur und technische Wissenschaften GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin.

19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

Traveller Information Services are coming up across the different regions and modes of transport in Europe. But the vision of the "Connected Traveller" could not be met yet. Real Time Traveller Information Services are providing co-modal services only in prototype applications, rarely connecting regions and are not diversified for the different users yet. This paper will give a state of the art analysis of R&D activities and current implementations in the field of traveller information services from a motorway operator perspective and will show the migration path towards co-modal and co-operative services for the traveller of tomorrow. Particular focus will be drawn on the strategic approach, goals and the derived measures by the example of ASFINAG, the Austrian Motorway and Expressway Company. The current telematics services portfolio are presented with the emphasis on cooperation models for operators in the role of content as well as service providers in the field of traffic and traveller information for customers.

19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

With the increase of traffic congestions on highways and in urban areas the automated supervision of traffic conditions is getting more and more important. As one part of a research project in 2010, the capability of a Bluetooth-based system for incident detection on road networks (BLIDS) was evaluated and tested by cccom Andersen & Moser GmbH. In Austria, the ASFINAG Service GmbH implemented this system into their highway network in order to gather real time information about the travel time. Using the Bluetooth-based traffic data collection BLIDS, the Traffic Management Centre gets a cost effective tool to obtain traffic data that supports the decision-making in case of incidents. Especially the cooperation with neighbouring countries has significantly improved as by using the BLIDS system it was possible to set up international traffic management plans (TMP). Accurate information about travel times benefit to road users like choosing alternative routes before reaching the Austrian border. It is thus possible to prevent exceeding traffic congestions in Austria by on-time information concerning current traffic situations.

19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

ASFINAG is the Austrian motorway operator. As a customer-oriented company with the slogan "reliability in all ways" we offer our users a comprehensive portfolio of traffic information. In order to offer our customers the latest on-trip traffic information, ASFINAG developed in addition to the website an app for iPhone and Android users. Now this special and permanently growing user group is also provided with traffic information easily and comfortably with the new, free app "UNTERWEGS"! Due to the intuitive design of the app users can find everything with just one click - no matter whether you are a commuter, on a vacation trip or business trip.

19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

One of the key aspects in the field of Cooperative Systems - at least from the point of view of a motorway operator - is the availability of reliable, cost-effective communication media to get your services and traffic messages "I2V", from the Infrastructure to the Vehicle. ASFINAG, the Austrian motorway operator, together with "Hitradio Ö3", Austria's largest radio station and ORS, the Austrian Broadcasting Service provider, therefore tested DVB-T2 as a (broadcast) carrier medium for multimedia enhanced cooperative services and traffic messages. These tests were based on previous work on Cooperative Systems, namely the system architecture and TPEG services of the "COOPERS" project, which were enhanced by adding multimedia information (camera pictures and spoken audio messages) to the individual TPEG traffic service messages. The target area for the tests was the Vienna region with the high-traffic triangle of the A23, A4 and S1 motorways. Test results showed that in spite of strong DVB-T2 coverage and signal strength, message reception beyond a speed of 25km/h was not possible with currently available DVB-T2 receiver technology. DVB-T2 in its present state therefore is not a suitable broadcast medium for Cooperative Services, although this could change when more advanced receivers are commercially available.

19th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, ITS 2012 | Year: 2012

This paper describes how essential it is to carry out conformance tests even if the information exchange is standardized like in traditional RDS-TMC. Tests on current navigation devices show that there is only a basic implementation of the RDS-TMC event-code realized. Quite often, different events are merged to a single one. Most of the time, just a subset of the TMC event-message-scope is used to provide the customer with detailed traffic-information. In order to relay meaningful traffic information to navigation devices, the whole information chain has to include the full scope of variants compliant to the defined RDS-TMC standards. Otherwise even basic traffic information could be unintentionally modified by at least on part of the information chain. ASFiNAG has recognized this problem on RDS-TMC traffic information in Austria and started conformance testing of RDS-TMC capable navigation devices The RDS-TMC standard has passed the standardization at least 15 years ago [1]. It could be expected that the OEMs of navigation devices should live up to the complete standards, but they don't. The success of for future ITS systems regarding traffic information will rely on the possibility to support customers with unaltered information as gathered in traffic control.

Life-Cycle and Sustainability of Civil Infrastructure Systems - Proceedings of the 3rd International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering, IALCCE 2012 | Year: 2012

This article gives a brief overview of the outcomes of the evaluation of ASFINAG's mainte-nance strategy. ASFINAG's now consolidated maintenance strategy consists of a condition driven approach which covers all types of assets and is mainly based on two strategic objectives, customers and financial continuity. The underlying strategic approach and basic principles of the evaluation process are outlined as well.

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