Urbii is a Finalist in the Startup of the Year Awards 2019

We are proud to anounce that Urbii has been selected as a Finalist in the Professional Services Startup of the Year category of the 2019 Client Choice Awards.

In case you haven’t seen already, the complete list of finalists were announced on their website and in the Australian Financial Review .

Our startup was voted as a Finalist by the C-suite leaders of all the medium-large professional services firms who entered this year’s Awards. As per the entry rules, the next step in the judging process is for us to provide a short video outlining why we should be picked as the Overall Winner of this Award.  

These videos will be judged by a panel including senior members of beaton and guests from IP Australia and the Digital Innovation Festival.

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Perth's First Smart Freeway

Urbii attended an informative presentation regarding Perth’s first smart freeway at Main Roads WA. We learnt that Main Roads are using a number of processes to manage real time operations of the road network including:

  • Network monitoring

  • 24/7 CCTV

  • Bluetooth beacons

  • Road user information sharing

  • Monitoring of tunnel operations

  • Incident management and response

Perth’s first smart freeway is proposed on Kwinana Freeway northbound and will include:

  • ALR - All lanes running

  • LUMS - Lane Use Management System

  • CCTV

  • Variable Message Signs and Variable Speed Limits

  • Driver information

  • Real time traffic data (with feedback from road sensors)

  • Emergency bays

  • Ramp signals

Based on the information presented at the session, Main Roads WA are putting a lot of work into this system with staff have spent time interstate and overseas observing similar existing systems in other places.

More detailed information regarding Perth’s first smart freeway can be viewed on the Main Roads projects website - https://project.mainroads.wa.gov.au/home/freeways/smartfreewaykwinana/Pages/default.aspx

Lessons Learnt from SCRAM and other News

Urbii participated in the SCRAM webinar this month. Some of the key lessons learnt for us include:

  • SCRAM is an independent assessment to identify issues and risks using scientific analysis techniques.

  • Scheduling is a primary concern of most project stakeholders. This is especially the case for larger projects.

  • It is important to detect project schedule slippage early on and identify what is driving the slippage.

  • Technical debt occurs when shortcuts are taken in order to meet certain milestones. When shortcuts are taken this often accrues a technical debt which needs to be paid off at a later stage of the project.

  • Decisions to incur technical debt should be made with knowledge of the implications, impacts and risks (schedule, cost and technical). You may incur debt as a choice to achieve a certain milestone or deadline, however you should plan to pay back that debt in your project planning and scheduling.

  • It is important to define project requirements, roles and responsibilities.

Three lane roundabouts and other news

  • Main Roads WA have recently added a new roundabout design template to their list of Standards. This roundabout design template features three approach lanes to the intersection and may be suited to larger arterial roads which may have until more recent times accommodated traffic signals. Expect to see more of these larger roundabouts in the future.

  • As part of Urbii’s commitment to Continued Professional Development and innovation, Urbii has registered to participate in a webinar hosted by Engineers Australia about SCRAM. Schedule Compliance Risk Assessment Methodology (SCRAM) used in Defence is a structured and repeatable approach to project review and assurance which has been developed by industry consultants in partnership with Defence over a ten-year period. Any valuable lessons learnt will be applied to Urbii’s project management systems as we are always striving to improve our service to clients.

  • Urbii supports Engineering students and graduates, and is actively seeking to mentor young Engineers. Urbii representatives will be attending this years thesis presentations related to transport which will be hosted by AITPM. We value the opportunity to hear from and meet some of the bright young professionals that are stepping into our industry. Selected students from the University of Western Australia will present their practical results from transport related thesis.

Stay tuned for more news from Urbii next month. We hope to provide regular updates on news from our organisation and to share traffic, transport and parking tips which may benefit your work.

Welcome to urbii...

Hello and welcome to urbii, a fresh and exciting start up in Perth, Western Australia. Urbii specialises in transport planning, traffic engineering, parking studies and road safety. We are pleased to announce that urbii is now open for business. We look forward to meeting new people and working with the private sector, local governments and state agencies to deliver sustainable transport and safe solutions.